Wolf Administration Celebrates Entrepreneurship, Tours Pajama Factory Makerspace at 2018 PA Wilds Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Executive Deputy Secretary Scott Dunkelberger joined Lycoming County Commissioner Rick Mirabito and officials from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a tour of the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, Lycoming County, and to meet with one of the makerspace’s tenants Equinox, a manufacturer of outdoor recreational gear. The tour was part of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship’s Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference — a one-day educational conference for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes being held in conjunction with Pennsylvania Small Business Week.

“We are proud to help our entrepreneurs and small businesses turn their ideas, hopes, and dreams into reality, and we are committed to making it easier than ever for small businesses to start and grow in Pennsylvania,” Executive Deputy Secretary Dunkelberger said. “Small businesses like the companies at the Pajama Factory play a vital role in supporting our state economy and we’re proud to support their growth.”

The tour of the facility included visits to several of the businesses housed within the Pajama Factory along with community groups, entrepreneurs, and artists. During the tour, Dunkelberger highlighted the ways in which the Wolf Administration is supporting small business across the commonwealth. Statewide, Pennsylvania is home to 1 million small businesses, employing 2.5 million Pennsylvanians and accounting for 99.6 percent of all businesses in the state.

“DCNR is pleased to be a partner in supporting Pennsylvania small businesses, especially those in the rural areas of the state like the PA Wilds where our state parks and forests, and the foot traffic they generate, are real economic engines for small business success,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn.

To support small businesses and entrepreneurs like those located within the Pajama Factory, the Governor Wolf recently launched the new PA Business One-Stop Shop as the first point of contact to help connect small businesses to resources and guide them through all stages of development — from planning and startup to operation and expansion. The initiative simplifies the process and eliminates the guesswork around business operations and procedures.

Pennsylvania Small Business Week runs from April 29-May 5, 2018 and is designed to celebrate the significant impact small businesses have on the state’s economy and highlight the vast resources available to support their success. As a part of the 2018 PA Small Business Week celebration, DCED will be sharing helpful resources for current and future entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses, as well as highlighting success stories across our state.

For additional information about 2018 PA Small Business Week and the resources available to small businesses, visit the PA Business One-Stop Shop or the DCED website, and follow along or participate in the conversation by using #PASmallBiz on social media. For complete list of events and resources taking place throughout the commonwealth, please visit the events calendar.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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