Stay Tuned for Our 2019 Schedule of Events!

March 2019 Pitch Event

Wilkes-Barre Connect, powered by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, hosted a private “pitch” event on March 20, 2019 at Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center. This event featured full presentations by local startups Smoke Shield and Miner’s Mills Distilling Co. Smoke Shield is a solution to the problem of the overabundance of deaths in residential…
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April 8, 2019

Creative Meetup

On Tuesday, March 26 at 5 PM, the first ever Creative Meetup fueled by Coal Creative and Connect took place inside of Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center. This first meeting was an open forum to determine the layout, ideas, and overall approach to future monthly creative meetups. We had 75 individuals from throughout the region come together to…
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April 8, 2019

Wilkes-Barre Connect Spotlight: Innovate & Create

On February 27th we had our first Connect Spotlight event of the year inside of Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center. Featured speakers for the night, Murf Meyer & Diana Kolsky, the comedians behind the upcoming film “HEYNA?” and our multi-video spotlight on Coal Creative, presenting “The Creative Process” made this first event of the year a smashing…
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April 8, 2019

Direct Effect Innovation Challenge

The first-ever Direct Effect Innovation Challenge took place on April 6th from 10:00 – 4:00 PM at Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center. We’ve partnered with The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development, Maga Design, Inc., and the united States Postal Service to create a ONE DAY challenge: create innovative direct mail marketing solutions for two community organizations,…
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April 8, 2019

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 Development Center at Wilkes University, and Northeastern Pennsylvania PTAC. The SBA Boots to Business Reboot invites veterans and spouses of veterans to this day-long program,…
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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 Advisor to the President at AIGA, and Fellow at Signal Analytics. Our three video spotlights included Nicole Farber, CEO at ENX2 Marketing, Tanner Coleman, General Manager…
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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. At the event, the panel consisted of seven internship coordinators, as well as representatives for the business community, and local students. The featured panelists were:…
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November 26, 2018

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 in Europe, until he visited Northeastern Pennsylvania in October of 2016 to explore the possibility of opening his own specialty paper bag manufacturing company in…
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April 10, 2018

Wilkes-Barre Connect gets a featured insert in the Times Leader

In their Thanksgiving newspaper, Times Leader featured an insert that was all about Wilkes Barre Connect. In the insert, they highlight how the “connections are invaluable” within Wilkes Barre Connect. The paper also goes into detail about what Wilkes Barre Connect is at the core. They give first hand accounts of events and break down…
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December 1, 2017