Wilds Are Working

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship has launched a Facebook Live video series for small businesses in the Wilds Cooperative to share how they are pivoting to survive the coronavirus crisis. PA Wilds Center Founder and CEO Ta Enos invites you to tune in and contribute.


Cross-pollinate ideas, approaches and resources that small businesses and entrepreneurs in the PA Wilds are using to get their companies through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Invest in the sense of community among rural entrepreneurs in the PA Wilds during this challenging time.

Raise awareness about the role small businesses play in the region’s rural economy, the challenges these companies face with the pandemic, and ways communities and customers can help.



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The COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation efforts have affected us all — but the small business community has been impacted particularly hard.  We want to hear how your business is adapting to this crisis.  We’re in this together, and now is the time to lift one another up by sharing our stories. 


Remote work initiative jumpstarts transformation of community space

SpringBoard, Bellefonte’s coworking space and small business innovation center for the community, was a highlight-amenity for these visitors. Participants could utilize the desk space, full kitchen, printer, and other amenities — all provided to entrepreneurs and remote workers as part of an economic development initiative there. 

Wilds Are Working: Goat Fort + Organic Climbing

Dana Harrington of Goat Fort Indoor Climbing and Josh Helke of Organic Climbing are interviewed by PA Wilds Center Founder & CEO Ta Enos.

Wilds Are Working: Elk County Council on the Arts

Sara Frank of the Elk County Council on the Arts is interviewed by PA Wilds Ambassador Tina Solak from the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center.

Live interviews with entrepreneurs will be posted on Facebook on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Interviews will also be posted to the blog as transcripts, along with the video footage. Follow along as entrepreneurs share their stories, and learn more about how the Wilds are Working.    


We’re looking for Community Partner members in the Wilds Cooperative to help share the stories of our region by becoming interviewers in this series. Learn more about becoming a PA Wilds Ambassador today. 


  • The goal of the Wilds Are Working: Rural Entrepreneurship in Uncharted Times series is to provide a forum where entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Pennsylvania Wilds can learn from one another, find community, and harness support.
  • The PA Wilds Center is allocating $25,000 toward this Facebook live series. Business owners will be paid $250 to participate in a 5-10 minute interview about how they are pivoting their company during these challenging times. Once the $25,000 investment is expended, the program will continue based on available funds and volunteer submissions.
  • Businesses must be located in the Pennsylvania Wilds (counties: Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren, and northern Centre).
  • All applicants must be members of the Wilds Cooperative of PA (free to join). The following membership types are eligible to be paid for content: Professional level Creative Makers and Creative Industry Partners; as well as Experience Maker Host Sites, Trading Posts and Field Guides. Community Partners may submit voluntary submissions and may also inquire about participating as an interviewer. Learn more via email here.
  • Only one paid submission is permitted within a 30-day period. Additional volunteer submissions are invited.
  • Entrepreneurs must be willing to do a live interview.


  • Computer/laptop with webcam
  • Microphone
  • Chrome/Safari browser 
  • Stable internet access (If internet access is a challenge, please contact us directly via email here.)
  • Facebook or YouTube account


Help the PA Wilds Center support regional businesses by donating to this campaign.  All donations will be used to pay Wilds Cooperative Members for sharing their stories. 


Purchases at ShopthePaWilds.com support rural small businesses and producers. Ninety percent of products are made in the Pennsylvania Wilds by artisans and producers. You may also donate to the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) upon checkout, which financially supports the 29 state parks and 8 state forests in the Pennsylvania Wilds!