welcome to wilkes-barre connect
Wilkes Barre Connect provides the tools necessary to establish and grow your business in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
From mentoring and training to networking, technical assistance and connections to to capital and financing opportunities, Wilkes-Barre Connect is available to businesses across all industries and sectors.
The Wilkes-Barre Connect team aligns you and your business with appropriate providers, services, and locations to meet the goals and objectives defined within your strategy.
Acting as a catalyst for business development in Northeastern Pennsylvania, we formulate strategic partnerships with the academic and business community to spur business and job creation, retention. Administered by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber, Connect is run through a committee comprised of strategic partners.
Our five areas of focus - entrepreneurs, veterans, interns, financing, and education - were selected because we understand the value, talent and opportunity that lie within each.
Whether you're interested in becoming a member or attending an event, Wilkes-Barre Connect offers something for everyone. Monthly educational courses led by connect partners are tailored to meet each group's specific needs, events are designed to connect you to peers and executives within your industry and so much more.
An initiative for Connect members, W/B/C Intern is designed to strengthen the collaborative effort among our academic institutions and business community through the creation of an online, regional internship program for Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The W/B/C 101 program features videos from industry leaders that provide entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing companies with instruction in small business fundamentals. The series, housed on our website, include topics ranging from social media and marketing to HR and accounting.
A formalized process to introduce entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses to a regional investor network, W/B/C Pitch hosts live pitch events on a quarterly basis at the THINK Center Lecture Hall. Interested parties will be vetted and then processed through a 3-month training program prior to participating in the event.
Through the W/B/C Spotlight program, quarterly events will provide an opportunity for industry leaders and entrepreneurs in NEPA to meet, discuss, and identify potential partnerships. Each event will feature a fifteen-minute presentation from an entrepreneur outside the region – our version of TED Talks.
The W/B/C Honor program will provide specific trainings and seminars for veterans in order to afford them the opportunity to access the resources they need to successfully grow a business.
The Wilkes-Barre THINK Center is a 6,000 sq. ft. media and technology center.
Our Lecture and Media Hall is a 50 seat theatre, equipped to host virtual meetings, podcasts, technology competitions and more. The Co Working Space provides room for students and entrepreneurs to meet, and our three, tech-driven conference rooms are ideal for training sessions, presentations and pitches and private meetings.
“Wilkes-Barre Connect is a true asset to Northeastern Pennsylvania by ensuring companies such as Pepperjam have direct access to the talented students and young professionals being produced by our local colleges and universities.”
- Michael Jones, CEO, Pepperjam
“Wilkes-Barre Connect served as a tremendous resource by assisting in the development and implementation of a funding strategy, allowing us to expand our company right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”
- Katie Lambert, CFO, McCarthy Tire Company
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