Greater Hazleton has positioned itself as an ideal location for businesses in the food processing industry due to its strategic location near the crossroads of Interstate 80 and 81 and its dedicated and highly-skilled workforce.
CAN DO, Inc. is focused on bringing food processing industries to the area to take advantage of the region’s many qualities, including the competitive operating environment, an abundant water supply and rail service. The organization promotes its ability to serve the food processing industry through its We CAN DO Food blog at www.wecandofood.com.
CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O'Donnell and Director of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Jim Kelshaw recently sat down with Senator John Yudichak for a candid discussion on economic development in Greater Hazleton for the Senator's Pennsylvania Report segment.
For the 14th consecutive year, aspiring entrepreneurs will have a chance to compete for a share of $100,000 in cash and in-kind business service through the 2016 Business Plan Competition facilitated by TecBridge. The competition is open to students from the 14 area colleges and universities as well as non-collegiate teams.
Registration opened at the beginning of February and runs through March 17. The deadline to submit final business plans is April 1. Interested applicants can visit www.nepbpc.com for a registration form and complete competition rules.
Facilitated by TecBridge, the competition is endorsed by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Association of Colleges & Universities and supported by local Chambers of Commerce and regional businesses. CAN BE, the Community Association for New Business Entrepreneurship, has served as a sponsor of the competition for many years.
Located directly along the I-81 corridor in Northeast Pennsylvania and just minutes from I-80, Greater Hazleton offers an ideal location, just two hours to New York City and Philadelphia and within a day's drive of half the nation's population.