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Marcellus Shale


The Department of General Services (DGS), Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) administers the Marcellus Shale Survey to those registered unconventional gas producers listed with the Department of Environmental Protection. All responses reflect Producer efforts and subcontracting opportunities during reporting period timeframe. Act 13 requires Producers to respond to the survey within 90 days.

Relevant Survey Dates for FY 2021-22:

  • Reporting Period: April 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022
  • Survey Issue Date: January 13, 2023
  • Survey Responses Due: On or before April 13, 2023
  • Final Report: June 12, 2023

Questions or requests for clarification regarding the survey should be forwarded to

  • Marcellus Shale Survey FY 2021-22: Online | PDF


Small Business Resources

  • Self-Certification & Verification; Doing Business With The Commonwealth
    Learn about the process to self-certify as a Small Business and verify as a Small Diverse Business and uncover the basics for doing business with Pennsylvania in this informative webinar.
  • Small Business Assistance Network
  • The Small Business Assistance Network (SBAN) is the first stop for entrepreneurs interested in learning about the vast toolbox of business services and resources available within Pennsylvania.
    COSTARS is Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program. The COSTARS program provides registered local public procurement units, as well as state affiliated entities, (together “members”) and suppliers a tool to find and do business with each other effectively through the use of a contract established by DGS. 
  • The PA Diverse Business Financing Initiative consists of capitalizing revolving loan funds managed by local economic development service providers, including Certified Economic Development organizations and Community Development Financing Institutions. The initiative supports lending to diverse businesses, including MBEs, WBEs, VBEs, SDVBEs, DOBEs, LGBTBEs, and more.
  • Links to PA County/City and University Small Business Portals (Jul 2022)

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