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MEMBER RESOURCES

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PA WILDS BUYER’S GUIDE

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WCO GUIDELINES + TOOLKITS

Looking for specific details as to how to take full advantage of your membership? Here are resources to help!

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.

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.

ABOUT

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.

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.

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...

New Creative Business Loan Fund program launched in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, in partnership with Bridgeway Capital and Community First, recently announced the launch of the Creative Business Loan Fund. This fund makes available $2.2 million in the form of affordable, flexible financing to small, creative businesses across the commonwealth.

ARC’s Appalachian Leadership Institute accepting applications through May 1

The Appalachian Leadership Institute offers a free, nine-month program that focuses on skill-building, seminars, best practice reviews, mentoring, networking, idea exchange and more. Passionate community members and leaders are invited to apply through May 1, 2021.

Call for Artists: Entries to participate in LH JAMS Festival due by July 24

Creative Makers in the Wilds Cooperative of PA are invited to participate in the 6th Annual Lock Haven Jams & Art on Main Street (LH JAMS) Festival, slated for Saturday August 14, 2021.

Susquehanna Greenway Photo Contest underway; submissions due by June 30

Creative entrepreneurs in the Wilds Cooperative of PA are invited to submit original photographs and share stories in Susquehanna Greenway Partnership's 10th annual Susquehanna Greenway Photo Contest!

Vendors, Exhibitors Invited to October 3 Outdoor Adventure Expo in Bellefonte

The Outdoor Adventure Expo highlights the PA Wilds I-80 Frontier community of Bellefonte and its natural assets, while showcasing regional vendors, nonprofits and businesses that specialize in outdoors and recreation-related products. Vendors and exhibitors are invited to participate.

Williamsport First Fridays start May 7, offer opportunities for vendors

Williamsport First Fridays are community events that celebrate the arts on the first Friday of every month, beginning May 7 and running through October. Vendors invited to learn more.

WCO Juried Artisans invited to submit designs for PA Wilds-branded products

Creative Makers in the Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO) are invited to create and submit designs for use on several PA Wilds –branded soft goods products such as apparel, totes, hats and other accessories. Submissions for this open call are due by March 31, 2021.