Connecting and promoting the products, services and experiences only found in the PA Wilds

Wilds Cooperative members can sign up for PA Wilds Marketplace, Makers Market

You MAKE things in the PA Wilds. Here’s an opportunity to SELL them! The PA Wilds Makers Market is an online exhibitor event on November 5-6, which features products only found in the Pennsylvania Wilds on ShopthePAWilds.com. 

WCO Creative Maker applications due by September 19 for 2022 Fall Jury Review

Monday, September 19 is the deadline for artisans and entrepreneurs in the creative industry to register for the Wilds Cooperative of PA Fall Jury Review.  Visual, craft and food artisans, as well professionals working across various creative digital media are encouraged to apply.

PA Route 6 Alliance opens nominations for ‘Do 6’ Awards

The PA Route 6 Alliance wants to recognize six innovators, movers, and initiatives along the Heritage Corridor that made a difference in 2021 and is now taking nominations for the 12th annual "Do 6" Awards.

Seed your BIG IDEA and watch it grow: Agricultural, food and beverage entrepreneurs could win up to $25,000

Did you know Ben Franklin Technology Partners is an award-winning, tech-based economic development program? Ben Franklin has been investing in tech startups and small manufactures for nearly 40 years. Now they are looking for innovators with BIG IDEAS who are developing new products or processes in the agriculture (AG) and food/beverage industries.

2022 PA Wilds Buyer’s Guide features regionally made products, area shops and PA Wilds branded goods

Individuals or retailers looking for products made in the Pennsylvania Wilds are encouraged to check out the 2022 PA Wilds Buyer’s Guide, a free downloadable tool designed to connect people to regionally-made products and services.

PA Wilds digital community gift card offers new opportunities for Wilds Cooperative members

The Shop the PA Wilds digital gift card is a new program that is being launched in the PA Wilds, and it will offer a new opportunity for businesses participating in the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania value chain network to attract more customers.

PA Made celebrates grand opening of new retail shop May 27-28

PA Made Clothing & Arts Co. is celebrating the Grand Opening of their brick-and-mortar store located in Weedville, PA. The celebration is slated to be held Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 during store hours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 18452 Bennetts Valley Highway, Weedville, PA 15868.

Find out who will win up to $50,000 at the PA Wilds $50K BIG IDEA final pitch event

Tune in on Thursday, June 9th from 2-5 pm for the PA Wilds $50K BIG IDEA Contest final pitch event at North Central LaunchBox in DuBois, PA. RSVP to attend live or virtually via ZOOM.

Regional Artists Needed for ‘Heart of the Arts’ Project

Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) is looking for skilled and experienced artists for this year’s Heart of the Arts (HOTA) project.

Register for CCAC Regional Juried Photo Show by May 27

The Clinton County Arts Council will host its Juried Photo Show for 2022, titled “Ways of Seeing,” from June 10th to July 3rd, 2022. This year's annual regional photography show will be open to all interested photographers living within a 150 mile radius of Lock Haven.

OUR PLACE-BASED NETWORK

ABOUT US

Learn more about the WCO, our place-based network of creative entrepreneurs and organizations.

OPPORTUNITIES

Take advantage of opportunities to leverage the PA Wilds brand and grow your business.

TOOLS

Find more tools and resources related to WCO membership and growing your business.

Spring Creek Picnics: Offering luxury picnics in the PA Wilds

Picture this: A perfectly curated tablescape alongside slowly flowing water, underneath the shade of a weeping willow. In the background, the sound of kids playing, ducks quacking, and even a summer concert being performed. It’s the scene that Renea Nichols creates almost weekly through her business Spring Creek Picnics, based in Bellefonte — part of the I-80 Frontier landscape of the PA Wilds.

PA Made: Bringing the outdoors in

Mickayla Poland at PA Made has a knack for bringing the outdoors inside. Her artwork is inspired by wildlife, culture and the people of Elk County. And her workspace is, too.

Stone Media Consulting: Helping businesses and nonprofits with online marketing

Dedicated to businesses’ online presence, Stone Media Consulting, located in Warren, PA, in the Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, offers a full range of digital marketing services from Google Ads, Google Ads for Nonprofits, e-commerce support including Amazon management, and social media advertising and content.

The Gateway Lodge: Creature comforts nestled in the PA Wilds

Nestled among the hemlock and pine next to Cook Forest State Park, near Clarion, PA, and part of the Cook Forest and The Ancients landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds, lies The Gateway Lodge. 

Jabebo Earrings: Recycling cereal boxes into jewelry that celebrates nature

In 1994, Kevin Abbott made his first pair of earrings -- a sun and moon set -- for his wife, Mary. Since then, more than 300 designs have been developed by Kevin and the artisans employed at the couple’s earring company, Jabebo.

Innovative Manufacturers’ Center: Helping manufacturers find resources to innovate, grow and prosper

Headquartered along in the I-80 Frontier of the Pennsylvania Wilds in Williamsport, PA, the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center (IMC) helps Central Pennsylvania manufacturers tap into regional, state, and national resources in order to help them innovate, grow and prosper.

Straub Brewery: Third oldest brewery in U.S. calls the PA Wilds home

Straub Brewery traces its roots all the way back to 1872 and continues to brew from it its original St. Marys location, part of the Elk Country landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds. 

Ellen Paquette: Uplifting and celebrating endangered species through art

Ellen Paquette, of Warren, creates her art in multiple mediums, but much of her work depicts animals, many of which are endangered.

Penn State SBDC: Supporting entrepreneurs with education, tools and info

Serving Centre, Clinton and Lycoming Counties, the Penn State Small Business Development Center (Penn State SBDC) provides entrepreneurs with the education, information, and tools necessary to build successful small businesses.

Smith + Front reopens in Bellefonte’s historic Gamble Mill

Smith + Front, a retail store previously based in Philipsburg, recently opened in a new location in Bellefonte. Both communities are in the I-80 Frontier landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds. 

GET INVOLVED

MAKE CONNECTIONS

The Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO) is a network — and we want to facilitate connections among members. When we work together to address market demands in the PA Wilds, we help our communities thrive.

FIND COMMUNITY

If you, your business or your organization are located in the PA Wilds and you make a product, offer a service, or provide an experience, then we want to hear from you. Learn more about what it takes to join our network!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Events happen every day in the PA Wilds, from place-based activities happening in communities across the region to webinars and professional development. Here’s where to post and find them.

SELLING PRODUCTS

One of the primary goals of The Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO) is to help PA Wilds enthusiasts find products proudly made in the region. Learn about opportunities to easily find or sell products made in the PA Wilds.

SHARING NEWS

The WCO forum offers a platform for members to share their updates and news, calls to action and business opportunities. Learn more about the latest happenings in the Wilds from our network!