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

CAN-DO-Chamber-Business-Awards-23Matthew G. Nause was honored with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and award sponsor CAN BE during the Chamber’s annual Business and Community Awards Luncheon on October 27. CAN BE (Community Association for New Business Entrepreneurship) is the entrepreneurial arm of CAN DO, Inc.

CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell presented the award to Nause during the ceremony.

Operation-CAN-DOThe CAN DO Student Action Committee is asking the Greater Hazleton community for its assistance in obtaining contact info of military members with ties to Greater Hazleton as part of the 12th annual Operation: CAN DO program that assembles care packages for local military members who are stationed overseas.

The Student Action Committee is encouraging residents throughout Greater Hazleton to submit names and addresses of any family members or friends who are actively serving in the military and have ties to Greater Hazleton. Names can be submitted to Nancy Stasko, Student Action Committee adviser, by calling 570-455-1508 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Names can also be mailed to “Operation: CAN DO,” c/o Nancy Stasko, 1 S. Church St., Suite 200, Hazleton, PA 18201.

CAN DO presented its ninth annual Curb Appeal Awards to 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, McAdoo and Valmont 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 by Marriott and Coordinated Health.

CAN DO soldier and flag 3A United States Air Force serviceman who received an “Operation: CAN DO” care package presented the CAN DO Student Action Committee with a flag that was flown in an aircraft during a mission over Southeast Asia.

Michael DellaVella, whose wife, Diane, is a Kelayres native, attended the CAN DO Board of Directors meeting earlier this month to present the Student Action Committee with the flag. He made the presentation to 2016 “Operation: CAN DO” co-chairs Jenna O’Donnell and Anthony Kimsal, Student Action Committee advisers Nancy Stasko and Charles Burkhardt, CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell and CAN DO Board of Directors Chairman Dr. John Madden.

Representatives from Keystone Job Corps and Jim Kelshaw, CAN DO Director of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, spoke to attendees of the recent Humboldt Park Association meeting about the programs and services available to businesses and industries in Greater Hazleton.

rml logoA Humboldt Industrial Park logistics company that operates from a 525,000-square-foot facility and ships hundreds of trailers of food products across the northeastern United States each week has been named one of the Top Green Providers for 2015 by Food Logistics magazine.

In 2009, Romark Logistics embarked on a mission to become a more energy-efficient operation and achieve the goals of reaching landfill-free status and eliminating its carbon footprint. Six years later, the third-party logistics company celebrated its sustainability efforts after receiving the recognition from the food logistics industry publication.

CAN DO, Inc., the economic development organization serving Greater Hazleton and beyond, announced updated interest rate options for Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) products and loans for the 2016 second quarter.

PIDA provides funding up to 50 percent of project costs for eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs. PIDA loan applications can only be packaged, underwritten and submitted by Certified Economic Development Organizations such as CAN DO, which is authorized to provide these services in the Greater Hazleton and Luzerne County areas.

The new rates are in effect for loan applications received through June 30, 2016.

yudichakvideoCAN 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 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.