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

Hello Social offers group coaching social media support

Hello Social Co., a Wilds Cooperative of PA member based out of Bellefonte, recently announced a Group Coaching service designed to support individuals and entrepreneurs on a budget.

Elk County Council on the Arts Announces Funding Opportunities for Small Arts Organizations in the Region

The application period is now open for Entry to Program Stream, a new general operating support grant opportunity for small arts organizations and non-arts organizations or units of government.

Applications for Penn State SBDC Business Plan Bootcamp due by January 14

The Penn State SBDC Business Plan Bootcamp is a free 8-week accelerator program designed to take participants through the entire journey of writing a full business plan.

Entrepreneurs invited to apply for 2022 PA Wilds BIG IDEA Contest

In partnership with the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an award-winning, tech-based economic development program, is looking for innovators with BIG IDEAS located in Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, or Jefferson County, PA. If you are developing or crafting a product, process or innovation related to the maker economy, outdoors and recreation, forest products, manufacturing, or technology, you need to apply!

Bellefonte launches community-wide gift card program to support small businesses

Shoppers in Bellefonte will now have an exciting new way to support small businesses. Downtown Bellefonte Inc. will launch a community-wide gift card -- The LoveBFT Card -- on Small Business Saturday (November 27).

Funding Available for Canoe and Kayak Access Projects in Western Pennsylvania

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking grant applicants for its Canoe Access Development Fund, which supports projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways.

Early-Stage Entrepreneurs invited to apply for Idea TestLab Winter 2022 Accelerator

The Idea TestLab is designed to help you learn how to turn your business idea into a viable business and get a chance to win up to $3000 in funding!  The 5-week virtual accelerator is for early-stage entrepreneurs with scalable business ideas.

Covation Center offers 10-week MasterClass to help businesses grow

The MasterClass virtual cohort program consists of 10-weekly meet-ups, one-on-one consulting sessions, and tools to grow business and increase profits.

Elk County Council on the Arts Launches Program to Support Local Creative Entrepreneurs

Elk County Council on the Arts launches Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, which matches eligible creative entrepreneurs with existing, free, local, small business consulting services and financial resources up to $2,000 to help them grow their businesses, audiences, and revenue.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners launches Job Link Program

Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) has launched a Job Link initiative to help companies in Central and Northern PA find the talent they need.

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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.

Blackberry + Sage Market: Creating Sustainable Goods for a Healthier Future

Tara Heckler started her business Blackberry + Sage Market, formerly A Touch of Nature, to help show others the benefits of clean living.

The Covation Center: Empowering Entrepreneurs in the PA Wilds and Beyond

Dedicated to educating and empowering small business owners across Pennsylvania, The Covation Center is a non-profit organization located in downtown Williamsport, the largest city in the PA Wilds.

PA Lumber Museum: Unraveling the Story of Our Working Forests

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and Store, located along Scenic Route 6 in Ulysses, is a must see destination within the Dark Skies landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Sue’s Salves: Plant-based healing skin care products

Sue J Morris, creator of Sue’s Salves, uniquely fuses herbalism, aromatherapy and astrology into the crafting of her body and skin care products.

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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.

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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!