News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.
Ranek Technologies founder and CEO Joe Halcisak had the idea and vision for an innovative app. But, he needed to find the guidance to create a business plan and a place to launch his computer software development startup. It all came together when he discovered the CAN BE Innovation Center.
Halcisak formally founded Ranek Technologies in May of 2020 and officially moved into the CAN BE Innovation Center this year. But his association with CAN BE and CAN DO Director of Economic Development Jocelyn Sterenchock began in 2018. Halcisak was a member of a team that won the tecBRIDGE High School Business Plan Competition that year and went on to be named the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs of the Year, an award that is sponsored by CAN BE.
For many entrepreneurs, having a vision and innovative idea for a product or service is the easy part of starting their own small business. The challenges come in figuring out what to do next.
As Halogen Hair Co. owner Ashley Evert said, “No one really tells you how to run a business in beauty school.” However, Evert’s decision to reach out to CAN BE and CAN DO Director of Economic Development Jocelyn Sterenchock when she opened her salon has been vital to the success of her operation.
Brinn Gammer and Starling Reyes were recently recognized as winners of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce’s Young Innovator of the Year award for 2020 and 2021, respectively. The award is sponsored by CAN DO’s entrepreneurial arm, the CAN BE Innovation Center.
CAN DO, Inc., Greater Hazleton’s economic development organization, reflected on the theme of transition and growth as the organization held its 65th Annual Dinner Tuesday at Capriotti’s Palazzo.
The dinner was centered around marking the end of Board Chairperson Bill Magnotta’s three-year term and the transition to Joseph Lettiere as CAN DO’s new president & CEO.
CAN DO, Inc. recently appointed Cody Wood as its Project Manager.
In his role, Wood reports to CAN DO’s Director of Operations and is responsible for the management and maintenance of all CAN DO-owned buildings as well as industrial/corporate parks and will serve as a liaison with all the industries and businesses located within those parks. His duties include managing projects, building expansions, land development, utility upgrades and controls upgrades; and coordinating with contracted engineers, surveyors, hydrogeologists, contractors, municipalities and zoning departments to complete projects.
CAN DO, along with other members of The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (THInC) including the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center and the Hazleton Launchbox Powered by Pasco L. Schiavo, is partnering with Luzerne County Community College to hold a Virtual Entrepreneurship Week May 3-7.
CAN DO, Inc. recently appointed Samantha Fenicchia as its Director of Administration and Karen Martinez as an Accounting Specialist I.
CAN DO is joining Partners in Education, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania CareerLink® and other community partners to launch the Hazleton Works campaign to address workforce development needs of both employers and job seekers in Greater Hazleton.
The campaign’s objective is to develop a collaboration between schools, businesses and organizations to address area workforce development needs and identify how individuals can gain the appropriate training and skills for those positions.
In its role as CAN DO’s entrepreneurial development arm, CAN BE’s mission has always been to foster entrepreneurship and new venture development in Greater Hazleton.
With entrepreneurship and innovative thinking growing throughout the area, CAN BE continues to expand the ways it serves as a primary business development support system for entrepreneurs.
In addition to working with CAN BE Innovation Center clients and independent business owners, CAN BE also provides mentoring services to individuals entering entrepreneurship competitions.
Little Leaf Farms is on a mission to transform the way food is grown and distributed. Now, just six years after breaking ground for its first greenhouse, the company is expanding on founder and CEO Paul Sellew’s vision to provide the freshest, best-tasting baby greens for East Coast salad lovers all year round by bringing Little Leaf Farms to Greater Hazleton.
Sellew said the company found the ideal location to expand its production and open its first Pennsylvania greenhouse in Greater Hazleton, specifically within the McAdoo Industrial Park. Greater Hazleton understands the needs of the food processing industry and this area will allow the company to maintain its goal of delivering fresh lettuce that is harvested and shipped to stores within 24 hours.
“Northeast Pennsylvania really understands the food business and we are proud to be part of this growing community,” Sellew said. “The McAdoo area is a great location to access a number of major markets where we are growing. The NYC metro area, Philadelphia, as well as the entire Mid-Atlantic region, are all growth markets for our company.”