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

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.

Become Bike Friendly on PA Route 6

The PA Route 6 Alliance has recently announced its Bike-Friendly Business Program to help businesses attract more bicycling visitors to the Route 6 corridor and the entire region. This program is available at no cost to business owners and provides tools to enable them to better support bicycling enthusiasts.

Call for original literature: Submission period open for Northern Appalachia Review Volume 4

The Northern Appalachia Review welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction written about, representing, or engaging with the experience of living in or being from what we define in our mission statement as northern Appalachia. Submissions will be accepted through June 15, 2022.

Finalists in the PA WILDS BIG IDEA Contest Have Been Announced

In partnership with the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, and with funding support provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ recent innovation competition targeted the counties of Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, and Jefferson. Nearly 40 entrepreneurs applied for this opportunity; six finalists have been selected from the group.

The Progress Fund hires Project Manager for PA Wilds region

The Progress Fund recently announced the hiring of Kristi Wendel as the Project Manager for the PA Wilds region. In this new role, Wendel will support tourism-niche markets with a focus on providing non-traditional and flexible financing opportunities to help small businesses grow and prosper in rural areas.

Nine entrepreneurs kick off 2022 PA Wilds PACE Program to grow their businesses

Nine small business owners in the Pennsylvania Wilds region are working their way through a course meant to inspire and grow their businesses. The program started on April 14 as the entrepreneurs, representing nine different businesses from across the PA Wilds, gathered in Williamsport to kick off the 2022 PA Wilds PACE program, a 5-week professional development course designed to help scale rural businesses.

Bellefonte to pilot program hosting remote workers as part of Pennsylvania Wilds initiative

Bellefonte is one of two communities piloting a new remote work program called the Wilds Are Working: Recreation and Technology in Rural PA with the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship.

PCA seeks partner organizations for Folk and Traditional Arts Partnership program

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is currently seeking applications from organizations interested in serving as partners in the PCA Folk and Traditional Arts Partnership program. Letters of interest are due by 5:00 PM EST February 28, 2022.

Art in the Wilds accepting applications for 2022 event

Artists are invited to apply to participate in the 2022 Art in the Wilds juried show by March 15. The event is held in Kane, a community located in the Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds landscape of the PA Wilds.

Artisans invited to apply for PA Wilds PACE business boot camp by March 4

The PA Wilds PACE Program is designed for entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses and leverage the Pennsylvania Wilds brand and marketing opportunities. Open to artisan producers participating in the Wilds Cooperative of PA, the 2022 cohort will help entrepreneurs look backward, forward and outward to set their businesses up for long-term success.

OUR PLACE-BASED NETWORK

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OPPORTUNITIES

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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. 

Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry: Turning hammered metal into wearable art

Stephanie Distler, of Johnsonburg, started her artistic journey when she was seven years old. Her love of art grew, before settling to focus on jewelry.

Hello Social Co.: Helping Clients Reach New Audiences by Focusing on Local

Bellefonte-based social media company Hello Social Co. supports small businesses, nonprofits and communities by providing social media management, strategy and support services.

Allegheny Outfitters: Uplifting outdoor recreation and resource stewardship 

A move made by Allegheny Outfitters (AO) a few years ago has turned AO into a one-stop outlet for buying or renting outdoor equipment and booking or planning trips.

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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!