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.
The Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board (L/S WIB) helped 12 companies, including four in CAN DO, Inc.’s Humboldt and Valmont Industrial Parks in Greater Hazleton, obtain a combined total of more than $50,000 in grant money through two programs that provide reimbursement to companies that run employee training programs.
The L/S WIB assisted the businesses in applying for the Make it in America grant and the Walmart Foundation’s Transportation, Distribution and Logistics grant. Grant programs like Make it in America and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics are authorized by the L/S WIB and administered at the local level by one of three PA CareerLink centers across the two counties.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf toured web.com in the CAN DO Corporate Center on January 15 after it was announced earlier this month that the internet company would be reshoring 74 jobs from the Philippines to Drums, PA. The Governor spent time walking through the facility talking with customer support and web design employees and then held a press conference with media.
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.