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Montgomery County, PA Community Action Development Commission

Be Your Own Boss (BYOB)

  • Program Status: Open
  • Geared towards future entrepreneurs

How to Start a Business

Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) is business training for those who are interested in starting their own business.  The training covers several topics any business owner needs to know, including licensing/zoning information, insurance requirements, and IRS tax requirements, just to name a few.


Held twice a year starting Feb-May and Sep-Dec.  The 12-week sessions will provide guidance for business start-ups or expanding businesses.

The coursework will cover the Core Four Business Planning Concept of

  1. Success Planning
  2. Market Planning
  3. Operations Planning
  4. Cash Flow Planning

A special emphasis on formulating and drafting a viable business plan.

“Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn “

                                                                              - Ben Franklin


Eligibility in based on income using a sliding scale. Scholarships are available for individuals with income at/or below 125% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Other determination may be made by the Director of the program.

Please fill out this Application, and bring it with you to registration.

Income Guidelines


Tuition: $100.00.  Scholarships based on FPG (Federal Poverty Guidelines)

Veterans tuition will be waived upon proof of service.

What Does the Program Provide?

The training curriculum includes:

  • Licensing procedures
  • Zoning requirements
  • Insurance requirements
  • Sole proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Corporations
  • Franchising
  • Marketing
  • Patents, trademarks
  • Application for grants
  • Cash flow projections
  • Financing your business
  • How to write a business plan
  • Recordkeeping
  • Accounting procedures
  • IRS tax requirements

Program Background and Details

Since 1997 MERC has been working to promote self-sufficiency and alleviate poverty in Montgomery County, PA.  The Mission of MERC is to provide a comprehensive level of business development services and grow small businesses in Montgomery County, with particular concentration on the low-to moderate income communities.