A small business in Pennsylvania can file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy if it intends to cease doing business and owes unmanageable debt. If the company closes its doors, a Chapter 7 Trustee will take over any unencumbered assets and will likely hold a public auction to sell the property. In the meantime, as soon as the case is filed in the federal bankruptcy court, an automatic stay is issued to protect the business from further collection activities as it winds down its affairs.
Small businesses can file for a Chapter 11 or a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Pennsylvania and all other federal bankruptcy districts. Chapter 11 is a reorganization plan that a business will file to reorganize its debts and business affairs, and hopefully continue to do business, even after the bankruptcy is ended. The business in a Chapter 11 ultimately wants to be discharged from the bankruptcy with a new lease on life and with the authority to continue doing business.