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Starting Up

Could there be a more exciting time than starting up a business? Probably not. The thought of launching your passion into a for-profit venture requires a tremendous amount of planning and foresight, as well as the right partnerships. Let's get started together.

Step 1. Check your idea is feasible

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Researching the viability of your idea

Find ways to collect accurate information about your business idea. Learn more.

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Protecting your competitive advantage

Learn ways to protect your small business' competitive advantage. Learn more.

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Four strengthening strategies

Use these four strategies to make your start-up strong. Learn more.

Step 2. Check if you have the finances

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Calculating the cost of startup

Know what you need before you start. Learn more.

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Sources of small business funding

Six steps for navigating funding. Learn more.

Step 3. Check you are compliant

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Business records you need to keep

Staying on the right side of the IRS. Learn more.

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Keeping track of your finances

In a nutshell - document everything. Learn more.

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Protecting your intellectual property

Maintain a competitive advantage. Learn more.

Step 4. Launch

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Developing new ways to do business online

Meet your customers where they are. Learn more.


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Customer Stories

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Nick Davis MD and Associates

While working on a home refinance in early 2020 with First Commonwealth, Dr. Nick Davis was introduced to John Walters from... Read more.

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Enginehouse 25 Wines

Running three businesses, Duane and Kate Rieder have come to rely on their partnership with First Commonwealth Bank. Read more.


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Growth Checklist

The main areas of focus for getting started in business. Learn more.

Tools and Templates

Business Plan Template

A sound, well constructed plan is the blueprint for a small business. 

Cash Flow Improvement Template

This calculator helps determines how much extra profit a business could make by implementing each of the 5 cash flow improvement strategies.

Break Even Template

This break-even calculator is a simple tool can used to work out how much a business needs to sell in order to achieve a desired financial return.