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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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

Wilkes-Barre Connect Business Snapshot: American Paper Bag

Meet Ian Robson, CEO of American Paper Bag, Wilkes-Barre Connect’s very first client and founding success story. Ian had previously spent the past 15 years in the standard bag industry[…]

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April 10, 2018

Spotlight Event: Let’s Get Social

The first Spotlight event of 2018, held on Thursday, March 22nd in Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center, was titled “Let’s Get Social.” Our featured speaker was Chris Bohinski, Founder of NYC Smile 4[…]

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March 30, 2018

Pitch Event: Wilkes-Barre Connect’s First Pitch of 2018!

On Tuesday, February 27th 2018, Wilkes-Barre Connect held its first Pitch event of the year at the THINK Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Pitch is a formalized process to introduce entrepreneurs, start-ups,[…]

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March 1, 2018