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PA WILDS BUYER’S GUIDE

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PA WILDS BUYER’S GUIDE

Looking for more products for your retail outlet?  Looking for a retail location where you can sell your products? 

Download our free PA Wilds Buyer’s Guide, the premier tool for sourcing artisan products proudly made in the PA Wilds. 

The Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO) is a value chain network of juried visual, craft and food artisans; creative industries partners; retailers and more — all of whom call the PA Wilds home. These artisans’ goods reflect the beauty, bounty and rural traditions of our region. And the places that sell those goods make it easier for shoppers to “take home a piece of the PA Wilds,” a brand with true retail power! The WCO helps make the connection — and this guide is a product of that effort. 

This guide is organized by medium, so you can focus on the types of products that fit your retail space and your market. The guide also showcases PA Wilds branded products and creative industry professionals who can help fulfill other business needs.

COVID-19 RELATED RESOURCES

There are many resources and tools available to businesses, employers and nonprofit organizations experiencing setbacks due to COVID-19.  Check out updates from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

GENERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Find financial support, information for employers and workers, and more.

ARTS & NONPROFIT RESOURCES

Locate resources for the arts industry and nonprofit community.

RELATED INFORMATION

Check out updates and recommendations from state and national agencies.

WILDS ARE WORKING VIDEO SERIES 

LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER AMID COVID-19

In 2020, WCO members were invited to take part in the Wilds Are Working: Rural Entrepreneurship in Uncharted Times, a Facebook Live video series to share how they pivoted to survive the coronavirus crisis. Some of the lessons are ones that will have lasting impacts.

The goal of this initiative was to cross-pollinate ideas, approaches and resources that small businesses and entrepreneurs in the PA Wilds used to get their companies through the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provided a sense of community in a time when social norms were majorly disrupted.

ADDITIONAL WCO SUPPORT

Be sure to check out all of our other resources, opportunities and tools made available.

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.

RESOURCES

Learn more about WCO member benefits and how to make the most of your membership.

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.