GUEST BLOG: New Online PA Business One-Stop Shop Launches

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Dennis M. Davin, Secretary of Community and Economic Development Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 14, 2018 GUEST BLOG: New Online PA Business One-Stop Shop Launches Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  The Blog Pennsylvania has a reputation for producing visionary leaders and entrepreneurs with can-do spirit, from Benjamin Franklin and Rachel Carson to Andrew Carnegie and Cecil B. Moore. Right from the beginning, our residents were willing to work hard, develop revolutionary new ideas, and take a risk in sharing them with the world. Today’s Pennsylvania is no different — did you know that 99.6% of Pennsylvania’s businesses are small businesses? That’s nearly half of the state’s workforce. Our entrepreneurs’ success significantly impacts our statewide economy, and we want to ensure that they have the tools and resources they need to flourish while working smart and living happy.That’s why we created the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop (One-Stop) — a team of business experts offering the resources, tools, and experience to help Pennsylvania entrepreneurs and businesses dream big, plan for the future, and achieve their goals. Throughout my administration, we have been working hard to create jobs and support Pennsylvania’s workforce by creating new manufacturing programs, increasing participation in apprenticeship programs, improving the state’s economic climate, investing in Pennsylvania communities, and more.To support our entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages of development, business.pa.gov was officially launched on Feb. 7, 2018. The PA Business One-Stop website takes the intimidating checklist of starting and operating a business and distills it down into the essentials, guiding businesses through all stages of development — from planning and startup to operation and expansion. We want to make navigating business-related processes in state government simple and accessible so you can get back to doing what you do best — creating, innovating, and succeeding in Pennsylvania.So, where should you start? The One-Stop encompasses many relevant business topics and processes, but here are just four of the many essential things you can achieve through the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop website:Turn Your Concept into an Actionable PlanEveryone starts at the beginning, and it’s important that your first step as an entrepreneur is as informed and as hassle-free as possible. Our Plan section will help you flesh out your concept into a actionable plan: it includes a template for writing a business plan and information about business structure and naming, as well as where you can find free business advice and mentorship in your area as you continue to develop and hone your idea.Register Your BusinessRegistration can appear tricky if you’re new to the process. Luckily, we have a breakdown of everything involved in the business registration process in Pennsylvania, including how your structure affects your registration requirements; information on local registrations, permits, and special registrations; and a checklist with all the necessary steps so you can be confident that all your bases are covered.Explore Small Diverse Business ResourcesIn Pennsylvania, small diverse businesses are defined as those that are disabled-, women-, minority-, LGBT-, or veteran-owned businesses. We believe in making business ownership accessible to all, and are dedicated to creating more opportunities to grow and succeed for our small diverse businesses. In our Grow section, you can see how to get certified as a diverse small business both in Pennsylvania and on a national level, as well as view resources and unique opportunities available only to small diverse businesses.View Employer Responsibilities for Operating BusinessesMaybe you started your business alone, but now your enterprise has grown, and you need to hire additional employees. If you’ve never managed employees before, you might not be sure about your responsibilities as a Pennsylvania employer. Our Operate section covers many common employee-related requirements for Pennsylvania employers, including Workers’ Compensation, Local Earned Income Tax, Employer Withholding, common business taxes, and more.No other state can rival Pennsylvania and its unique mix of culture and tradition, innovation and entrepreneurship, and technology and talent. Our state is leading the way for successful businesses and communities with innovation, imagination, and a legendary can-do spirit, and we hope this resource and the information it provides will inspire you to join our vibrant and supportive business community and turn your vision into a reality.The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop is the go-to resource for planning, registering, operating, and growing a business while working smart and living happy in Pennsylvania. You can learn more by visiting the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop website. 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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final: England, New Zealand eye glory after years of pain

first_imghighlights New Delhi: February 20, 2015. Westpac Stadium. Wellington. England’s ultimate hour of humiliation. Tim Southee takes 7/33, England is decimated for 123. New Zealand chase the total down in just 12.2 overs. It was so bad that even the floodlights for this Day-Night encounter were not on and England fans had not even woken up to catch the match on TV back home. England was eliminated in the first round, New Zealand reached the final where they were beaten by Australia. Four years later, after the humiliation at Wellington, England are in the final and in a divine Act of Providence, they square up against the team which resulted in humiliation and ultimate transformation. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has seen the end of the hegemony of Australia and India. At Lord’s on July 14, there WILL be a new world champion.For England, the final is four years of planning, revamping and total change of outlook to be where they are. After the Wellington humiliation, England transformed into ‘New England’. Gone was the team which played cricket like the 90s. This was an England team that pushed the boundaries of aggression. At the helm of their transformation has been Eoin Morgan, an Irishman. Batsmen like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have changed the way England perceive their ODI cricket and their ruthlessness, aggression and fearless cricket make them a sight. Add Joe Root’s solidity and Morgan’s calmness and England’s batting is intimidating.Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood offer pace, accuracy, hostility and guile. Rashid is playing through the pain of a shoulder injury but such is the determination of England to achieve the glory that they are willing to push themselves to the next level. The heartache of 1979, 1987, 1992 and losses in the 2013 Champions Trophy final and the 2016 World T20 are all driving forces for England to shed their tag of ‘perennial underachievers.’ALSO READ | BCCI official confirms MS Dhoni’s retirement news: SourcesAt the other end, the other ‘perennial underachievers’ are showing their alchemy in ICC World Cups. New Zealand, a population of 1/100th of India and a cricket budget which is 1/8th of England, show that on the big stage, there is none better than them. For New Zealand, this is another chance to come out of the giant shadow of the All Blacks, the all-conquering Rugby team considered the greatest sporting team of all time. New Zealand had missed the chance in 2015 in Melbourne. They have a chance in 2019 at the home of cricket.Kane Williamson’s tactical acumen has grown in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as it was experienced by his batting approach and captaincy during the semi-final against India. Unlike England, Williamson and Ross Taylor are the only batsmen contributing. Martin Guptill and the other batsmen have failed for consistency. In the bowling, there is only Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson who have been impressive with Mitchell Santner showing his worth against India.With so little resources and support, they have had to resort to cunning and New Zealand have mastered that brilliantly. However, on the big stage, can New Zealand handle the pressure and not repeat the mistakes of 2015? The situation is similar. In Melbourne, 93000 Australians were behind the team. Here, 30,000 England supporters and millions outside will be gunning for Morgan’s side to finally shed the underachiever tag. For New Zealand, this is an ideal opportunity to spoil the party and stake their name in the history books.For Eoin Morgan, he might not be tempted to make any changes for the final despite Adil Rashid’s dodgy shoulder. With the Lord’s wicket potentially assisting seam and swing, the team might go unchanged. If the wicket is flat, they could potentially play Moeen Ali in place of Liam Plunkett.EnglandProbable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark WoodNew ZealandWith Matt Henry bowling superbly in Old Trafford, he might stay in the side. Henry Nicholls gave a solid exhibition against India and he might open with Martin Guptill.Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultWho will win?There is desperation for England, having lost in all ICC event finals in the last couple of decades. With the trend of home domination, England will be expected to be the favourites. However, never count out New Zealand but on the big stage, one feels with the team composition, England holds all the aces.Weather and PitchThe forecast in London is fair on Sunday and thus there might not be a need for a reserve day. Lord’s has dished out green pitches in this edition of the tournament.Stadium and TimingsThe encounter will take place at Lord’s in London at 15:00 pm IST local. England has lost three finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992 World Cups.New Zealand lost in the final of the 2015 World Cup.England defeated New Zealand in the league stages of the 2019 World Cup in Durham.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more