Tag: Business Resources

The Progress Fund: Financing and supporting businesses in the PA Wilds and beyond

The 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.

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.

The Progress Fund hires Project Manager for PA Wilds region

The Progress Fund recently announced the hiring of Kristi Wendel as the Project Manager for the PA Wilds region. In this new role, Wendel will support tourism-niche markets with a focus on providing non-traditional and flexible financing opportunities to help small businesses grow and prosper in rural areas.

Innovative Manufacturers’ Center: Helping manufacturers find resources to innovate, grow and prosper

Headquartered along in the I-80 Frontier of the Pennsylvania Wilds in Williamsport, PA, the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center (IMC) helps Central Pennsylvania manufacturers tap into regional, state, and national resources in order to help them innovate, grow and prosper.

Artisans invited to apply for PA Wilds PACE business boot camp by March 4

The PA Wilds PACE Program is designed for entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses and leverage the Pennsylvania Wilds brand and marketing opportunities. Open to artisan producers participating in the Wilds Cooperative of PA, the 2022 cohort will help entrepreneurs look backward, forward and outward to set their businesses up for long-term success.

WCO Creative Maker applications due by March 21 for 2022 Spring Jury Review 

Monday, March 21, 2022 is the deadline for artisans creative professionals to register for the Wilds Cooperative of PA Spring Jury Review. Basic Level Creative Makers are also eligible to be re-juried.

Apply Today! Northern PA Regional College hospitality program starts January 31st

Entrepreneurs are invited to register for the upcoming Guest Service Gold® cohort training program being offered by the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) in partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. The program begins January 31, 2022.

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.

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.