News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.
Two clients associated with CAN BE received awards as part of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Business and Community Awards program.
Halogen Hair Company owner Ashley Evert, who was one of the first business owners that CAN BE officials worked with outside of its incubator as part of The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (THInC) program, won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, which is sponsored by CAN BE. American Eagle Solutions, which is co-owned by Shane Acernese and Robert Bradley and located in the CAN BE Innovation Center in the Valmont Industrial Park, was one of two recipients of the Green Business of the Year award.
L F Knitwear owner Laura Evans has taken a unique cross-country journey to turning her entrepreneurial dreams into a reality. And, now that she has a professional base of operations in the CAN BE Innovation Center in the Valmont Industrial Park, Evans is in a solid position to continue growing her business.
At L F Knitwear, Evans uses a knitting machine to hand-loom sweaters, hats, scarves and blankets for sports fans of professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. She also makes regular hand-knit bulky sweaters, blankets and scarves.
Best Cigar Prices, a global e-commerce cigar retailer, held a ribbon cutting for Best Cigar Pub, a one-of-a-kind cigar lounge and retail store, at its facility in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums.
Although the private ribbon cutting event was held, Best Cigar Pub is not yet open to the public. However, company executives expect the grand opening to happen within a few weeks as soon as all details are finalized.
Best Cigar Pub is a 3,000 square-foot expansion of the company’s existing 25,000 square-foot distribution facility. It features an expanded retail store, where guests have access to the company’s massive humidor and can essentially shop its entire website selection in person.
CAN DO launched a redesigned website aimed at delivering the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about the Greater Hazleton area for the economic and industrial development community.
The modern look and responsive design make it easy for users to quickly and efficiently navigate to the information they are seeking, including details on industrial and commercial real estate in Greater Hazleton together with CAN DO’s four parks. The website also provides valuable information to those interested in entrepreneurship, utilities, community and workforce data, and business financing options.
The CAN DO Student Action Committee spearheads the annual program that creates and ships care packages to military members with ties to Greater Hazleton who will be stationed abroad for the holidays. The public is encouraged to submit the names of service members so packages can be sent to them for the holidays. The Student Action Committee conducts the annual drive with assistance from members of the Freeland American Legion Post 473 who package the items and ship them abroad.
CAN DO is partnering with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) and the Hazleton Area School District to conduct an Industrial Maintenance Specialized Diploma program.
The evening program begins this month at the Hazleton Area Career Center. Students will take a total of six classes over three semesters (fall, spring and summer). In addition to earning the specialized diploma, graduates will receive 18 college credits, which can be applied to the Mechatronics Associates Degree program.
CAN DO held its 12th annual Curb Appeal Awards ceremony to recognize companies in its Humboldt, Valmont and McAdoo Industrial Parks, the CAN DO Corporate Center and Humboldt Station that create a vibrant and welcoming design to their facilities through their landscaping and grounds maintenance.
The awards were presented 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.
When American Eagle Solutions managing partners Shane Acernese and Robert Bradly combined their expertise to co-found the company in 2016, they had a plan to disrupt the typical energy-efficiency market. Just three years later, the company has grown to 10 employees and offers a unique package of services that helps its customers reduce energy costs.
Since many of its customers reside in CAN DO’s parks, it was a natural choice for the company to look at the CAN BE Innovation Center in the Valmont Industrial Park for a home for its operations.
The CAN DO Board of Directors today announced that Joseph Lettiere, a 19-year veteran of CAN DO, has been chosen to succeed Kevin O’Donnell as the head of the organization upon O’Donnell’s retirement at the end of next year.
Lettiere will become only the third paid CEO of CAN DO since its founding in 1956, following in the footsteps of Joseph Yenchko who served from 1963 until 1985 and O’Donnell who took over the top position upon Yenchko’s retirement.
When Emily Finer opened Keystone Ballet Academy in the CAN BE Innovation Center in 2017, she had a vision of bringing ballet instruction with a world-class style to Greater Hazleton. Over the past two years, Finer has capitalized on the services that CAN BE offers to small businesses to grow her dance school to more than 40 students who range in age from three years old to adults.