Employer Resources

What's New
Local area employers and those interested in starting or expanding a small business now have access to a concise set of information to support their company's growth.

This page is laid out in the following sections (quicklinks to each section):
Financial Incentives for Employers to Hire
Programs and services are available which offer employers a range of easy-to-access options to help offset hiring costs. Workforce Development Services Available for Employers PACareerLink®-Chester County can save employers time and money with candidate assessment, recruitment assistance and funding for On-the-Job Training (OJT) for new hires and Incumbent Worker Training for existing employees.
  • PA Job Gateway Employer Services
  • Manufacturing Business Resources
  • PACareerLink®-Chester County Employer Services
  • On-the-Job Training Program
  • New Hire Reporting Program
  • PACareerLink Regional Contacts:
    • Chester County (Exton) - Contact Butch Urban at (610)280.1015
    • Montgomery County (Norristown) - Contact Patricia Drummond at (610)270.3429
    • Delaware County (Chester) - Contact Marge Mirarchi at (610)447.3307
    • Delaware County (Media) - Contact Susan Bond at (610)723.6000
    • Bucks County (Bristol) - Contact Norm Brewer at (215)781.1073
    • Lancaster County (Lancaster) - Contact Patricia Adamchyk at (717)299.7631
    • Philadelphia County:
      • North - Contact Nicki Woods at (215)560.5465
      • Northeast - Contact Joe Buscher at (215)281.1038
      • Northwest - Contact Joe West at (267)339.0333
      • Suburban Station - Contact Ed Sikina at (215)557.2592
WorkKeys® Occupational Skills Assessments Available Through PACareerLink®-Chester County!
WorkKeys Career Readiness Assessments provide employers with a uniform measure of key workplace skills, helping employers make informed decisions about hiring, training, developing, promoting and retaining qualified employees.

The WorkKeys system helps employers:


  • Streamline the hiring process;
  • Identify training needs of current staff and evaluate current employees for potential promotion, and;
  • Identify the skill benchmarks for specific jobs in your organization through job analysis.
WEDnetPA gives qualified businesses opportunities to train new and existing employees through a Guaranteed Free Training Program. Training is provided by West Chester University, Cheyney University and Delaware County Community College. Business Capital Resources Do you need resources in order to expand your business? Flexible financing and loan options are available to make it even easier for businesses of all sizes to grow. Small Business Investment Resources:
  • Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to early stage and existing small businesses.
  • Chester County Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) - aligns regional educational institutions, private businesses, business support organizations, commercial lending institutions, venture capital networks, angel investors, and foundations, benefiting life science, bio technology and information technology companies. Eligible KIZ companies have the opportunity to access a number of benefits that may be available to them, typically at no cost. Among the benefits companies may qualify for are KIZ-specific tax credits, intern reimbursement, training reimbursement and access to translational research and grant funds.
  • SCORE Chester County provides business growth and management services.
Entrepreneur Services Are you thinking of starting your own business? Small business creation in a difficult job market can offer a viable solution for those who are struggling to re-enter the workforce. Small businesses are a vital part of the economy, and supporting the development of new small businesses through entrepreneurship is an increasingly important strategy in accelerating the pace of economic recovery. Take advantage of the following resources in preparation for launching your new venture! Click here to gain access to a wide variety of online small business management training programs. Hands-on assistance is available to equip you with everything you'll need to succeed with commencing your business! Collaborative Business Coalitions
An Industry Partnership is a multi-employer collaborative effort that brings together management and labor around the common purpose of improving the competitiveness of a cluster of companies or organizations producing similar products or services and sharing similar supply chains, critical human resource needs, infrastructure requirements, business services, and/or retention/recruitment challenges.

The purpose of supporting existing partnerships is to concentrate attention and resources on particular clusters of industries that provide good wages and benefits, have the greatest potential for economic growth and/or which face serious challenges to growth or retention.

These partnerships also provide companies with a more cost-effective way to provide training to their employees, training they may not otherwise be able to afford on their own. In addition, Industry Partnerships provide companies with access to region- and industry-specific labor market information, and allow even the smallest businesses to better compete in the global marketplace.

Learn more about Chester County's Industry Partnerships.