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Are you looking to start, grow, or expand your business in NEPA?

The Wilkes-Barre Connect program, powered by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, aligns you and your business with appropriate providers, services, and locations to meet the goals and objectives defined within your strategy.

HOW WILKES-BARRE CONNECT WORKS

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.

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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.

SPOTLIGHT

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.

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INTERN

This initiative 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.

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101

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.

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HONOR

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

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PITCH

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.

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Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center is a 6,000 square feet media and technology center.

WILKES-BARRE’S THINK 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.

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WILKES BARRE CONNECT PARTNERS

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SUCCESS STORIES

“Wilkes-Barre Connect made it clear that it was a one stop shop and that it could make it easy for us to link in to everything else that was available in the region. They were very proactive in helping us out in a variety of different ways, including funding from incentive programs.”

Ian Robson
CEO, American Paper Bag

“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

Latest News

November 2018 Honor Event

The Wilkes-Barre Connect Honor series held an event on Thursday, November 8th from 8 AM – 3:30 PM, in partnership with the Small Business Administration, NEPA Alliance, the Small Business[…]

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November 26, 2018

Spotlight Event: Innovations in Marketing & Branding

Our last Spotlight event, held on Thursday, November 1st, in Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center, was titled “Innovations in Marketing & Branding.” Our featured speaker was Julie Anixter, Founder at Ensemble.Works, Special[…]

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November 26, 2018

wilkes-Barre Connect Intern Panel: How to Post and Host a Successful Internship

On Wednesday, October 24th, Wilkes-Barre Connect Intern hosted a free panel discussion event at Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center. The panel discussed the best practices to post and host a successful internship.[…]

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November 26, 2018