Supportive Business Network

Greater Reading’s business community is exceptionally proactive and interconnected. This supportive network makes it easier for businesses to find and take advantage of new and profitable opportunities.

Many of our area’s largest employers have been here for 75-100 years or more–and continue to thrive. Nearly 400 companies are headquartered in Greater Reading, and nearly 600 companies are manufacturing-based businesses.

Supportive Business Network

World Trade Center of Harrisburg

The World Trade Center of Harrisburg promotes international trade by providing networking and educational programs, technical assistance, trade information, and referral services.

Greater Reading Economic Partnership works closely with the World Trade Center of Central Pennsylvania to connect local companies in Greater Reading with opportunities and resources to expand their business into the global marketplace.

Foreign Trade Zone 147

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 147 is considered outside the customs territory of the United States for the purposes of duty payment. Under zone procedures, the usual formal customs entry procedure and payment of duties are not required on merchandise unless it enters customs territory for domestic consumption, in which case the importer has a choice of paying duties on the original foreign material or the finished product. To learn more about the advantages of a Foreign Trade Zone, visit our FTZ 147 page.

Office of International Business Development

The Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development (OIBD) and the Office of Foreign Direct Investment work with the largest network of overseas offices of any U.S. state, Pennsylvania is committed to breaking down barriers for businesses looking to locate in the state. International representatives from the State of Pennsylvania connect Pennsylvania based companies to identify potential customers in foreign markets.

Regional Resources

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania links early-stage technology firms and established manufacturers with funding, people, technology, universities and other resources to help them prosper. In the process, we fuel economic growth for northeastern Pennsylvania.

Early stage companies

Established Companies

Manufacturers Resource Center

The Manufactures Resource Center (MRC) provides access to specialized coaching, mentorship and a variety of business and marketing assistance normally outside the reach of most manufacturers. MRC is dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks counties.

Community First Fund

Community First Fund creates sustainable prosperity for low wealth communities and individuals, especially Persons of Color and women, by aligning capital, knowledge and advocacy to advance business ownership, housing and community development in the communities they serve.

Greater Reading Economic Partnership is your point of entry for access to all State and Local resources, contact us to learn more.



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Supportive Business Network
Greater Reading’s supportive business network can help any local business reach new, profitable opportunities and succeed.