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

CAN DO Christmas Heights ChorusThe 27th annual CAN DO Community will be broadcast across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Cable subscribers can view the hour-long concert on Service Electric Cablevision Channel 20 in the Hazleton area and Service Electric Cable TV & Communications Channel 16 in the Wilkes-Barre market.

Additionally, the concert will be rebroadcast on WYLN-TV 35 on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 12 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 6 p.m.

Student Action CommitteeThe CAN DO Student Action Committee kicked off the holiday season when it hosted the 27th annual CAN DO Community Christmas before a record crowd Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hazleton.

The Student Action Committee greeted members of the community at the free event, which was designed around a theme of “Come Celebrate the Arts.” The evening featured musical performances by students from schools throughout Greater Hazleton, refreshments, a Letters to Santa table and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

CAN DO, a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO) for Luzerne County, has announced the newly released interest rates from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan programs.

SBA 504 and PIDA are two revolving loan funds that assist in the growth of businesses of all sizes in Pennsylvania. They provide long-term, low-interest rate loans to eligible businesses that commit to creating and/or retaining full-time jobs. Eligible costs include, but are not limited to, land and building costs, machinery and equipment costs, refinancing of existing commercial real estate and/or equipment debt and working capital.

Operation CAN DO concludes 2019 driveMembers of the CAN DO Student Action Committee and Freeland American Legion Post 473 joined forces earlier this month to deliver dozens of boxes with items for military care packages to the Legion’s facility as part of the 15th annual Operation: CAN DO drive.

The items will be used to create care packages for military service members with ties to Greater Hazleton who will be stationed abroad for the holidays. Names and addresses of service members are still being accepted. Family members and friends can submit the contact information via mail to CAN DO, c/o Nancy Stasko, 1 S. Church St., 200 Renaissance Center, Hazleton, PA 18201, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CAN DO Christmas planning 2019 Downtown Hazleton will come alive with the sounds of the season when the CAN DO Student Action Committee hosts its 27th annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Wednesday, December 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Church and Green streets in Hazleton.

The public is invited to attend this free event, which features a night of musical entertainment by various instrumental and choral groups from schools throughout Greater Hazleton. This year’s performers include the MMI Preparatory School Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Tina Lizbinski, the Hazleton Area High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Joseph Stefanko, the Hazleton Area High School Cougar Crooners under the direction of Kim Sharonoff, the Heights Terrace Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Gerhard, the McAdoo-Kelayres Mustang Chorus under the direction of Sandra Hoppey, and the Heights Terrace Elementary School Third Grade Chorus under the direction of Rachel Brimmer.

Students from more than 10 schools throughout Greater Hazleton organized drives and collected dozens of boxes of supplies as part of the 15th annual Operation: CAN DO drive.

The CAN DO Student Action Committee partners with the Freeland American Legion Post 473 to collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene items, as well as monetary donations, that are used to assemble care packages that are shipped to military members with ties to Greater Hazleton who are stationed abroad for the holidays.

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.

thumb LF Knitwear chosenL 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 Pub ribbon CuttingBest 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.