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

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.

Host an event during Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State 2021

Join us November 8 - 12 to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week! Events support the national themes of education, ecosystems, inclusion, and policy.

October 23 PA Wilds Makers Market: Watch artisan demonstrations, find regionally-made wares from home

If you’re looking for a gift or locally-sourced ware, be sure to tune into PA Wilds Makers Market on October 23.  This online shopping experience is designed to help you ‘find your next WILD thing,’ specifically handcrafted products and services in the Pennsylvania Wilds. 

PA Wilds entities honored with recent ‘Do 6’ Awards

On Thursday, September 16, the PA Route 6 Alliance held its Annual Meeting & "Do 6" Awards Celebration in a virtual format. Four of the awards went to individuals, communities or initiatives covering the PA Wilds region.

PA Wilds Center partners with Hello Social Co. to offer intensive social media marketing workshop

PA Wilds Center partners with Hello Social Co. to offer intensive social media marketing workshop Businesses and organizations in the Pennsylvania Wilds seeking to receive hands-on social media marketing training for their brand have an opportunity to attend a...

Virtual PA Wilds Makers Market Slated for October 23; Vendor Applications Due by September 24

PA Wilds enthusiasts can easily find products, services and experiences proudly made in the region during the PA Wilds Makers Market on October 23. Vendor applications open August 23 - September 24.

Registration Open for September 11 Virtual Writers’ Conference of Northern Appalachia

Members of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania are invited to attend the 2021 Virtual Conference of the Writers’ Conference of Northern Appalachia (WCoNA) on Saturday, September 11.

Application for 2021 Watershed Mini Grant Program Now Open

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and BHE GT&S are now accepting proposals for the 2021 Watershed Mini Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to watershed groups and organizations across the region.

Statewide Creative Sector Workforce & Community Development Grant due September 3

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) has opened the Statewide Creative Sector Workforce & Community Development Grant to support the creative sector, and applications are due by September 3.

OUR PLACE-BASED NETWORK

ABOUT US

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OPPORTUNITIES

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TOOLS

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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.

The Woodsmen Show: Celebrating our lumber heritage

For over 68 years, wood carvers, ax throwers, log rollers and the like have descended on Cherry Springs State Park to participate in the annual Galeton Rotary Woodsmen Show.

Rich Valley Apiary: Turning organic honey into self-care products

Rich Valley Apiary can best be described as a family affair. Ryan and Brandi Magaro, and their three children, raise bees and turn their honey into byproducts.

The Queen Bed & Breakfast: A Victorian gem in the heart of historic Bellefonte

What makes The Queen Bed & Breakfast stand out in a community that has a handful of inns is its nod to history. The Queen transports guests to an early, more romantic time — but with all of the comforts of the 21st Century.

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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!