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The Wilds Cooperative and the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship are proud to present the first

PA Wilds Creative Entrepreneur's Conference

April 27, 2018  
Pajama Factory, Williampsport

The Wilds Cooperative of PA is rural PA’s largest network of creative entrepreneurs. Our creative artists and entrepreneurs influence our regional brand and visitor experience in a unique way. Join us we launch our first conference to engage members in program strategies, networking and professional development. Session topics include Capitalizing on PA’s Booming Outdoor Recreation Economy, Unifying Your Community with the PA Wilds Design Guide, Marketing Across Digital platforms and Within Four Walls, and Producing for Wholesale. The event will also feature a Keynote luncheon and tours of the Pajama Factory.

We are in the process of finalizing the agenda so check back soon for more details and registration information! 

Join us on April 26 for the Annual PA Wilds Dinner  for two days of networking and learning. 

More details about the Annual PA Wilds Dinner here

Looking for lodging?




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PA Wilds Dinner & Conference Business Opportunities

More than 250 guests, including business and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds, along with state partners and officials from Harrisburg will gather for the dinner and conference to get an update on the state and local effort to grow the region’s economy while “Celebrating 15 Years – The Wilds at Work.” This is a great chance to introduce your work to PA Wilds enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and business leaders. We have a variety of ways for your company to get involved, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with you to combine a number of these opportunities to create an experience that is the best fit for you.

Download our Business Opportunities Info Sheet  to learn more about these opportunities

As a business you can:

  • SPONSOR & EXHIBIT Sponsors receive recognition in our conference promotion and materials, and have access to Exhibitor Tables for an on-site presence. Sponsorship support contributes significantly to our ability to keep our registration costs low while bringing together a top notch program. 


  • UNDERWRITE Partner with PA Wilds to present various elements of the conference. We will work with you to identify educational programming, factory tours or conference events that are in line with your mission. With our underwriting program, we can be creative and flexible to find the best fit for you. 


  • ADVERTISE Getting your name in front of our attendees is easy with options in our printed program book. Certain ad sizes are included in Sponsorships and Underwriters receive a 50% discount.   To sign up for advertising contact LaKeshia Knarr directly, at  lknarr at pawildscenter.org

  • GENERAL INFORMATION We will also have a community information sharing space, with tables and bulletin boards. You may bring your own for free, or mail it ahead with $25 “stocking fee.” Contact LaKeshia directly about this opportunity, lknarr at pawildscenter.org

Act now! Our commitment and materials deadline is April 13, 2018.

Are you interested in sponsoring and underwriting  multiple programs?

Contact LaKeshia directly and she will help tailor a package that fits your business needs! 

Download our Business Opportunities Info Sheet 



Williamsport has many lodging options from Bed and Breakfasts to larger hotels throughout the city and surrounding area. Our team has worked with the Holiday Inn Downtown and Holiday Inn Express to negotiate a preferred rate for our event.

Holiday Inn Downtown, 100 Pine Street, $75 plus tax (for single or double) call 570-327-8231 for reservations

Holiday Inn Express, 90 Pine Street, $80 plus tax (for single or double) call 570-327-5292 for reservations.
You must call to book your reservation and reference the "PA Wilds" rate while booking your room.

Additional Discounted Rates for Event Attendees:

Genetti Hotel & Suites, 200 West Fourth Street, $84 rate for singles and doubles (plus tax) for 15 rooms per night. The cut-off date will be April 11th. Guests can call the hotel at 570-326-6600 and request the “PA Wilds Center” group room rate.

Hampton Inn Williamsport, - Downtown, 40 Via Bella, Non-Commissionable room rate of $92 (plus tax) per night for single-quad occupancy. Guests can reserve online using Group Code “PAW’ or by calling the hotel directly at 570-323-6190 and asking for the "PA Wilds” room rate.

Find additional lodging options via the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau website here

The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is a program of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, a regional non-profit. Find them online at facebook.com/pawildsTreps or Twitter @pawildsTreps

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