Business Resources

BUSINESS RESOURCES

FUNDING + TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

PA WILDS BUYER’S GUIDE

COVID-19 RELATED RESOURCES

ADDITIONAL WCO
SUPPORT

FUNDING + TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

PA WILDS RESOURCE GUIDES

We’ve compiled a list of resources offered by various regional service providers that can help you find funding opportunities (such as public arts grants or small business loans) and technical assistance.

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PARTNER RESOURCES

The informational, financial and interactive information provided below represents various information and opportunities that may benefit members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA. We do our best to aggregate information we become aware of; however, it is not an exhaustive list. 

This quick reference area pulls together partner information, including informational update related to business opportunities and environmental awareness campaigns important to area entrepreneurs; financial opportunities aside from standing offerings outlined in the PA Wilds Resource Guides; and interactive workshops and events to help entrepreneurs network and find develop professional skills.

WCO members are asked to submit events via the WCO Events Calendar and news/updates via the WCO Forum. Partners not in the WCO may submit offerings using the brief form below.

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We’d love to share more resources for businesses, organizations and communities in the PA Wilds. If you represent a Pennsylvania-based organization that is offering financial, informational or interactive offerings for entrepreneurs, please let us know.

Members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA may submit events here to appear on the WCO Events Calendar. In addition, WCO members may submit news and calls for collaborations here.

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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.

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).

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.