News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.
Nick Micene recently marked his fifth anniversary as a member of CAN DO's operations staff.
Micene came to CAN DO in 2016 as a journeyman electrician with additional experience and knowledge in masonry. He was hired as a maintenance specialist and was promoted to Lead Maintenance Specialist in March of 2020.
CAN DO’s Director of Operations Greg Kurtz said, “Nick has done very well with us. He's learned a lot about our facilities, utilities, and other types of maintenance over his time with CAN DO. We're very excited for his continued growth with us.”
CAN DO announced it has promoted Melissa Frederick to Administrative Coordinator. Prior to her promotion, Frederick served as CAN DO's Marketing Specialist since January of 2007. She joined the organization in September of 1999 as an office assistant and became a full-time marketing assistant the following August.
As the Administrative Coordinator, Frederick will be directly responsible to CAN DO President & CEO Joseph Lettiere and work closely with other management staff in assuring the completion of administrative responsibilities essential to the operation of the company. Her duties will also include office management, real estate support, serving as Assistant Secretary, and assisting with work for the CAN DO Community Foundation.
CAN BE is joining The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (THInC) partners the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, The Hazleton Art League, Penn State Hazleton, The Hazleton Launchbox, Luzerne County Community College, and Lackawanna College to present Downtown Hazleton’s first-ever participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is supported by the Kauffman Foundation and held from November 8-14.
Members of the Valmont Industrial Park Association, West Hazleton Borough, and CAN DO met Wednesday to discuss West Hazleton Borough’s plan for replacing the deteriorating bridge on Jaycee Drive in Valmont Industrial Park.
Dominic J. Yannuzzi, PE, CM, a project manager with the engineering firm Benesch, outlined details of the steps being taken by West Hazleton to make extensive upgrades to the bridge which is tentatively scheduled to begin on or around October 1, 2021.
CAN DO recently honored former President & CEO Kevin O'Donnell for his 47 years of service with the organization at a retirement dinner at the Valley Country Club where family members, friends, former colleagues, economic development partners and acquaintances were in attendance.
CAN DO Board of Directors Chairman Charles Burkhardt presented O'Donnell with a resolution detailing O'Donnell's many accomplishments and accolades through his nearly five decades at CAN DO.
In addition to Burkhardt, CAN DO President & CEO Joseph Lettiere, former board chairman Donald Pachence, and O'Donnell's daughter Erin Rudalavage all gave speeches honoring Kevin, highlighting his career and outlining the impact he’s had on economic development in Greater Hazleton.
The CAN DO Student Action Committee announced the list of items it can accept as part of its 17th annual Operation: CAN DO drive.
Items for the Operation: CAN DO drive will be collected through October 21 at schools throughout Greater Hazleton and at CAN BE, 103 Rotary Drive in West Hazleton. All donations collected by October 21 will be transported to the Freeland American Legion, where they will later be packaged for shipping overseas.
Some items appropriate for donation are listed below:
The CAN DO Student Action Committee is seeking support from businesses and individuals across Greater Hazleton as it plans the 17th annual Operation: CAN DO drive.
Operation: CAN DO is an effort, in conjunction with the Freeland American Legion Post 473, that has its Student Action Committee members create care packages to send to those brave military service members with ties to Greater Hazleton who will be serving abroad during the holidays. The Student Action Committee, who spearheads this annual program with assistance from the Freeland American Legion Post 473, kicked off this year’s campaign by sending letters to area schools and businesses requesting goods or monetary donations for the care packages. The committee is also seeking the names and contact information of service members who would like to receive a package.
For entrepreneurs who dream of starting a business in the food industry, one of the biggest barriers to entry is having the resources and access to professional kitchen equipment. That's why the latest addition to Downtown Hazleton's entrepreneurial ecosystem is working to make it easier for people to start their own culinary business.
The Hazleton Kitchen Incubator, located inside the Hayden Family Center for the Arts at 31 West Broad Street, is the latest project from The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (THInC) designed to help entrepreneurs and startup companies. The kitchen incubator program gives regional food and beverage businesses a low-risk opportunity to start small, test and develop a business idea and plan, and scale their operations without the cost of equipping and maintaining their own commercially-licensed culinary facility.
CAN DO staff members recently visited several Hispanic-owned businesses across parts of Hazleton and West Hazleton as part of an ongoing educational outreach campaign regarding the business development and support services that CAN DO offers to small businesses.
CAN DO’s Director of Business Development, Mark Minnig, and Director of Economic Development, Jocelyn Sterenchock, partnered with Fermin Diaz, Entrepreneurial Instructor for the Hazleton LaunchBox, to talk with the business owners about their needs and the many ways CAN DO can help.
Minnig said, “The staff at CAN DO recognizes the important role the Latinx community has played – and will continue to play – in the growth of our community. This outreach initiative gave us the opportunity to get out and introduce ourselves to many Hispanic business owners in Greater Hazleton.”
CAN DO announced it has promoted Mark Minnig to Director of Business Development. Prior to his promotion, Minnig has served as the organization’s Business Development Specialist since April of 2019. As the Director of Business Development, he will continue to play a critical roll within the CAN DO staff by serving as the business liaison throughout Greater Hazleton to both industries and small businesses. Additionally, Minnig will continue his role within the organization of economic development financing matters for CAN DO as well as its clients within the community.
Moving forward, Minnig will look to expand the organization’s business retention and expansion program, Engage!, through new initiatives such as CAN DO’s business newsletter, Dollars and Sense, and through his role as Secreatary of the Humboldt Park Association. Minnig will also play a key role in the pursuit of attracting new development to the Greater Hazleton area.