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.
The PA Wilds Buyer’s Guide is an annual digital publication by the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania (WCO), a network of more than 400 creative entrepreneurs based in the 13-county region known as the Pennsylvania Wilds that is managed by the nonprofit PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center).
Visit www.WildsCoPA.org/our-members to download the 2022 PA Wilds Buyer’s Guide or learn more about the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
“The PA Wilds Buyer’s Guide is a tool that lifts up our region’s artisans, producers and retailers – helping to make important connections among them so they can develop new business opportunities and ultimately create more locally rooted wealth in our rural communities,” said LaKeshia Knarr, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Director at PA Wilds Center. “The Buyer’s Guide showcases whether artisans sell their products at wholesale prices, and outlines retailers’ sourcing models as well. We have seen that visitors at our PA Wilds Conservation Shops are excited to learn that the products they’re taking home are from our region and support local artists, and we believe this tool can provide more opportunities for that type of shopping experience for residents and visitors alike at destinations across the region.”
ABOUT THE WILDS COOPERATIVE OF PA
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is one of rural Pennsylvania’s largest networks of creative entrepreneurs, featuring over 400 businesses located in the Pennsylvania Wilds. The WCO seeks to grow and connect the unique establishments and creative producers central to our region’s place-based tourism development. The WCO provides members with branding and marketing tools; networking and education opportunities; access to new markets and products, and mentorship and referrals to PA’s financial and technical service programs for small businesses. The WCO is managed by the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., a regional nonprofit organization that seeks to marry conservation and economic development in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Learn more about the WCO at www.WildsCoPA.org.
ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA WILDS
The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 13-county region that includes the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren, and northern Centre. For more information on the region, visit www.PAWilds.com.
The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that inspires the communities of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The PA Wilds Center works with partners to promote the region as a premier outdoor recreation destination and manages the Wilds Cooperative of PA in an effort to help businesses find new markets. For more information on the PA Wilds Center, visit www.PAWildsCenter.org.
RECENT WCO NEWS + UPDATES
- PA Route 6 Alliance celebrates accomplishments and ‘Do 6’ Awards, recognizing two from the Pennsylvania WildsCommunity leaders, groups, business owners, county commissioners, and state legislators joined the PA Route 6 Alliance in Mansfield on September 21-22 to celebrate the organization’s 2022 Annual Meeting & “Do 6” Awards.
- First Wilds Cooperative Membership Meeting offers opportunity for networking, learningOn September 20, 2022, members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA assembled for the first ever Membership Meeting.
- The Progress Fund: Financing and supporting businesses in the PA Wilds and beyondThe Progress Fund is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that is focused on providing flexible financing to new or expanding tourism-niche businesses.