Tag: PA Proud

Pennsylvania is a state of small businesses, with our one million small businesses forming the bulk (more than 99%!) of our business economy. How have so many small businesses found success here? There are a variety of factors, but it’s largely a combination of our welcoming communities, flourishing main streets, state support and assistance, robust […]
Home to 1 million small businesses employing 2.5 million individuals, Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurs and innovators play a huge role in the communities in which they operate. Have a great business concept but intimidated by the idea of starting your own business? We’ve got you covered. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has compiled the […]
Signallamp Health works with physicians and nurses to provide population health services to patients with multiple chronic conditions across six states, including Pennsylvania. In March 2016, Governor Tom Wolf toured and announced that Signallamp would add 69 jobs at a new site in Scranton with assistance from a Pennsylvania First program grant and WEDnetPA funding, […]
BrandYourself BrandYourself cofounder Pete Kistler was struggling to land internship interviews — it turns out, searching his name online came up with negative results for a criminal with the same name. After searching for assistance with a pricey reputation management company, Kistler teamed up with Patrick Ambron to start BrandYourself with the objective of providing […]
In March, my colleague Kim Thomas wrote about Erie’s remarkable revitalization efforts and its long-term vision. And seemingly every day, we hear great news coming out of Erie — thanks to its passionate, loyal residents and advocates. It is beyond inspiring to see a community rally so readily in response to negative press and widespread […]
On a statewide level, Pennsylvania has nearly 1 million small businesses that employ 2.5 million individuals – that is almost half of our private workforce. I’m excited to share that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will celebrate PA Small Business Week from April 30 – May 6, 2017. Aligning with the U.S. […]
Yards Brewing Company In the late 1980s, two college buddies learned to brew beer in their dorm room with a home brew kit, and from their newfound passion, Yards Brewing Company was born. Since then, the regional craft producer has grown from a garage-sized operation in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia to a 38,000-square-foot facility […]
What does it mean to be a “Rust Belt” state? We’re attracting and retaining new residents as more and more people realize this is the perfect place to work smart and live happy. Historically, the term “Rust Belt” has been used to characterize a portion of the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. plagued by a declining […]
Three hundred miles northwest of Pennsylvania’s state capital, nestled between Ohio, New York, and Lake Erie — and merely hours from some of the largest metropolitan cities in the country — sits Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city: Erie. Right from the start, Erie defies the expectations of a Pennsylvania city. It’s where you’ll find Pennsylvania’s only “seashore” […]
This article was previously published on KeystoneEdge.com For more than a decade, Dave Goldman co-owned Philadelphia-area restaurant chain Landmark Americana. He was also a seasoned home brewer. His ultimate goal was to combine those passions by opening a brewpub featuring his long-workshopped recipes. With the crowded market, the ability to develop a product that goes […]
Soltech Solutions Operating out of Bethlehem, Pa., Soltech Solutions develops green, energy efficient products that can enhance daily life. From planting newbies to green thumbs, Soltech’s Aspect LED grow light can turn anyone into a garden guru, providing plants with the required light to grow inside a home. A passionate team of three entrepreneurs’ designs […]
Pennsylvania has maintained a dedicated team of professionals focused on attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) for over two decades, providing quality assistance to international companies interested in establishing business operations in our state. Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD) is responsible for offering customized services to help […]
This month, the line between business and the arts blurs. Keystone Edge — an online magazine covering what’s next and best in the state — is back with a peek at our latest edition. Keystone Edge is here with some scintillating stories to cure your winter doldrums. In February, it’s all about how creative enterprises […]
About the Small Business Spotlight The second Saturday of each month, the #PAProud blog highlights small businesses and owners who are delivering new products, services, or technology; are positively impacting their local community; or offering creative solutions to their own challenges or those of others. In 1992, Roland G. Murphy founded RGM Watch Co. in […]
About the Small Business Spotlight The second Saturday of each month, the #PAProud blog highlights small businesses and owners who are delivering new products, services, or technology; are positively impacting their local community; or are offering creative solutions to their own challenges or those of others. In honor of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, […]
Tom Lauwers founded BirdBrain Technologies, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pa, in 2010 after earning his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. BirdBrain’s flagship products are the Finch Robot and Hummingbird Robotics Kit, used in educational settings worldwide. What does your business specialize in and who are your clients? BirdBrain Technologies came to be during my […]
Starting this month, the team from Keystone Edge — a digital magazine covering what’s next and best in Pennsylvania — will be giving #PAProud readers an inside look at each month’s issue. For November, it’s all about making things in Pennsylvania — past, present, and future. Our lead story looks at the maker movement across […]
With Small Business Saturday (November 26, 2016) right around the corner, we wanted to take the time to highlight the free resources available to those looking to start their own business in Pennsylvania. We value our small businesses, and are committed to fostering a business environment where your services and products can grow and thrive. […]
Pennsylvania’s legacy as a life sciences leader began when we opened the nation’s first hospital in Philadelphia in 1752. Today, this industry’s continued success is evidenced by the 2,300 life sciences establishments and 77,000 life sciences employees that call Pennsylvania home. In a few days, the Department of Community & Economic Development’s Office of International […]
It is my honor to post the first entry in DCED’s new blog, #PAProud. This brand new communication channel presents an opportunity for our team to share timely, relevant information with you on all topics related to community and economic development in Pennsylvania.