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CAN DO News

News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.

CAN DO Student Action Committee seeks donations for local service members as part of Operation: CAN DO drive

CAN DO Operation CAN DO chairs 2017 1The CAN DO Student Action Committee is seeking donations for the 13th annual Operation: CAN DO drive that creates care packages that are sent to military service members stationed overseas.

Committee members kicked off this year’s campaign earlier this month when they sent letters to area schools and businesses requesting goods or monetary donations. The students, in cooperation with American Legion Home Association Post 473 in Freeland, will use the items to create care packages to send to servicemen and servicewomen with ties to Greater Hazleton who will be stationed abroad for the holidays.  

The Student Action Committee is requesting a variety of non-perishable food, personal hygiene and entertainment items, such as tuna or chicken salad kits, energy bars, gloves, lip balm, magazines and puzzle books. For a complete list of items appropriate for donation, contact CAN DO Director of Administration and Student Action Committee co-advisor Nancy Stasko at 570-455-1508 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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CAN DO appoints Charles F. McElwee III and Jocelyn Sterenchock for economic development, entrepreneurship roles

CAN DO, Inc. recently appointed Charles F. McElwee III as its Economic Development Specialist and Jocelyn Sterenchock as the Coordinator of Entrepreneurial Services.

CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell said, “We are delighted to welcome Charles and Jocelyn to CAN DO. Their backgrounds and previous work experience will complement our efforts to facilitate job growth in the community and they will undoubtedly become valuable members of the CAN DO team. Business financing and entrepreneurship are two core components of CAN DO’s strategic plan and we are very excited to have found the perfect fit in both roles so that our organization can continue to serve the Greater Hazleton community in these vital areas.”

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CAN DO honors 2017 Curb Appeal Award winners

curbappeal2017winnersCAN DO celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Curb Appeal Awards with a ceremony to honor its industrial park and corporate center tenants who have beautified and maintained the visual appeal of their properties.

The awards were presented to companies in the Humboldt, Valmont and McAdoo industrial parks, Humboldt Station and the CAN DO Corporate Center during an industry mixer held Thursday at Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station. The mixer was co-sponsored by Residence Inn and Coordinated Health.

The Curb Appeal Award plaques were presented in the categories of Companies with 1 to 75 employees, Companies with more than 75 employees, Commercial Service and Commercial – Hotels, Restaurants, Retail.

Residence Inn was named the overall winner, receiving the top award in the program. Larry Walko Landscaping completed the landscaping work for the Residence Inn.

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Annual Regional Manufacturing Showcase & Trade Show

Annual Regional Manufacturing Showcase & Trade Show

Thursday, October 5th
9:30 am - 2:00 pm at The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton

Join manufacturing executives, suppliers, trainers and consultants to network, create new business, learn and celebrate manufacturing!

Why You Should Attend…

  • Showcase your products and services to regional manufacturers
  • Establish new business and supply chain relationships
  • Discover grants, loans and incentives available to manufacturers
  • Meet and talk with manufacturing executives and leaders
  • Learn about products made in northeastern and northern Pennsylvania
  • Discover the REAL FACTS about advanced manufacturing in our region

Keynote Presentation
Thriving in a Complex and Chaotic Business Environment

Alexander (Lex) Sloot, Author & Motivational Speaker

Alexander (Lex) Sloot is a successful manufacturing, marketing, publishing and commercial real estate entrepreneur. Lex holds more than 40 U.S. Patents and is a classical pianist, public speaker and philanthropist. Has has also authored two dynamic motivational and philosophic books – The TOOLS to XEL, initially published in 2004, and Viability – The Essence of Existence, published in 2016. Lex will share his unique approach, process and guiding principles in achieving career, financial and personal success.

General Admission - $40.00 Company Display Table + 2 Admissions - $200.00

Register today!!! https://goo.gl/LPx4jF

CAN DO Holds Orientation Session For New Board of Directors Members

CAN DO Board OrientationCAN DO held its annual orientation session for new board of directors, committee and staff members as part of its initial activities for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell and Board of Directors Chairman Dr. John Madden welcomed the group of more than 30 members. Madden told the attendees that the orientation session would give them “a look at an organization that is one of the most important organizations in Hazleton.”

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Keystone Ballet Opens Dance Studio in CAN BE Business Innovation Center

Keystone BalletWhen Emily Finer wanted to turn her dream of owning her own ballet studio into a reality, she turned to CAN DO and the CAN BE Business Innovation Center for help. Now, after finding the perfect home for her new studio and refurbishing the space to fit her business needs, Keystone Ballet Academy recently held its grand opening and became the newest tenant at the CAN BE business incubator in the Valmont Industrial Park.

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CAN DO Student Action Committee marks 40th anniversary, holds meeting to begin planning 2017 events

Student Action Committee holds first meetingThe CAN DO Student Action Committee, a group of high school juniors and seniors from throughout Greater Hazleton who serve as non-voting members on the CAN DO Board of Directors, recently marked its 40th anniversary and held an initial meeting for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

During the meeting, the group of eight seniors and eight juniors focused on learning their roles and responsibilities as Student Action Committee members, including attending CAN DO’s bi-monthly board of directors meetings. The group also began the planning process for its two signature events, “Operation: CAN DO” and CAN DO Community Christmas.

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State Rep. Tarah Toohil Discusses Workforce Development At Latest Humboldt Park Association Meeting

humboldt park association logo FINALState Representative Tarah Toohil discussed workforce development initiatives to ensure that today’s student population is prepared for careers in the industrial sector at the latest Humboldt Park Association meeting, which was held at American Eagle Outfitters.

Rep. Toohil spoke about having a greater focus on promoting job availability in Greater Hazleton and joining together with the Pennsylvania CareerLink® office and regional businesses to provide students with the necessary skills they need to enter the workforce. This fall, Toohil will host the annual Jobs For You career fair at the Hazleton Area High School. The event gives students a look at jobs that are available for those interested in directly entering the workforce after graduation.

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CAN DO Announces Limited-Time Interest Rate Incentive for PIDA Loans

CAN DO, Inc. announced a limited-time interest rate incentive for Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan applications as well as terms and conditions for current and future PIDA interest rate policies.

PIDA announced a new 2 percent interest rate policy regarding loans that apply to real estate, machinery and equipment, working capital, and pollution prevention projects. For PIDA loan applications received on or before December 31, 2017, borrowers will receive a 2 percent interest rate fixed for the full term of the loan.

Under this incentive, PIDA loans can be used under the following terms: Real Estate (15-year term), Equipment (10-year term), and Working Capital (12-month term). Eligible applicants can borrow $35,000 for every job retained and/or $50,000 for every job created within three years of closing of the loan. Applications can be submitted through CAN DO, Inc.

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Butler Township holds groundbreaking ceremony for municipal building and police station in CAN DO Corporate Center

Butler Township Groundbreaking webButler Township officials hosted a groundbreaking on Wednesday at the future home of the Butler Township municipal building and police station on Site 11 in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums.

The $4 million building project includes a 13,500-square-foot facility that will house Butler Township’s police station, detention area, administration building and zoning office and an additional 4,300-square-foot police storage garage. Township officials expect to move into the new facility in February of 2018.

Butler Township officials finalized the purchase of the five-acre lot on Site 11 in the Corporate Center late last year. Butler Township was looking for a location that would help it better serve the township’s growing population in terms of emergency response time and convenience when conducting municipal business.

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