May 2018 Pitch Event

On Wednesday, May 9th,  2018, Wilkes-Barre Connect held another Pitch event at the THINK Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Pitch is a formalized process to introduce entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing businesses to our regional investor network in Northeastern Pennsylvania. PITCH is sponsored by the Willary Foundation, and coordinated by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern…
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June 19, 2018

Spotlight Event: Level Up

Our last Spotlight event, held on Thursday, April 26th in Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center, was centered around video gaming and titled “Level Up” Our featured speaker was Chris Bennett, Co-Founder/ Chief Executive Officer at Skyless Game Studios. Our three video spotlights included Jeremy Benscoter, Founder/Programmer & Brandi Brace, Designer/Artist at Atlantic Divide Games; Jeffrey Chiampi, Instructor of…
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April 30, 2018

Honor Event: Wilkes-Barre Connect’s First Honor Event!

The Wilkes-Barre Connect Honor series held its first event on Thursday, April 12th from 8 AM – 6 PM, in partnership with the Small Business Administration, NEPA Alliance, the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University, and Northeastern Pennsylvania PTAC. The SBC Boots to Business Reboot ran from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, featuring speakers…
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April 30, 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
Chamber Annual Dinner 2017

Innovation Connected: Chamber Annual Dinner 2017

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber held its annual dinner at Mohegan Sun Pocono – who was also the sponsor of this years dinner – on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The dinner was held to celebrate an incredible year and honor companies and individuals around our area with an awards ceremony at the end of the night.…
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November 17, 2017
Pitch Event November 2017

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

On Wednesday November 1, 2017, Wilkes-Barre Connect held its first ever Pitch event at the THINK Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Pitch is a formalized process to introduce entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses to a regional investor network – our version of Shark Tank. Wilkes-Barre Connect hosts live pitch events on a quarterly basis. Interested parties…
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November 2, 2017
Holly K. Pilcavage

Wilkes-Barre Connect

Wilkes-Barre Connect has been featured in an article in the Times Leaders, Luzerne County Business News. Wilkes-Barre Connect is an organization that was founded in 2016 by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. It was developed to help grow small businesses and entrepreneurs in the local area. The article explains that Connect is built on…
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October 31, 2017
Kris Jones

Spotlight Event: Tech Talk

Tech Talk was the theme for the second Wilkes-Barre Connect’s Spotlight event held at the THINK Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The featured spotlight speaker for this event was none other than Kris Jones, local entrepreneur and prominent businessman. Jones, the founder of Pepperjam, which he sold in 2009, and ReferLocal, APPEK Mobile Apps, French Girls…
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October 27, 2017
Helen Lavelle

Spotlight Event: Women’s Entrepreneurship

Wilkes-Barre Connect’s first Spotlight event focused on female entrepreneurship in NEPA, hosting three video spotlights and a featured spotlight speaker. Helen Lavelle is the CEO and chief strategist of the Lavelle Strategy Group, an advertising agency based in Scranton and served as the featured speaker for the event. Lavelle gave a passionate speech about her…
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September 28, 2017