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Wilkes-Barre Connect: Helping Businesses Start and Grow in Northeastern PA

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. Entrepreneurs, veterans, interns, financing, and education were selected as our five areas of focus 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.

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NEW WORKFORCE PROGRAM: Project PIVOT is a unique, collaborative program created and launched by Wilkes Barre Connect – the entrepreneurial and economic development arm of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce – that aims to provide accelerated workforce training and upskilling opportunities for workers aligning with the historic and seismic industry shifts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How It 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.

1. Intake Form

Prospects visit Wilkes-Barre Connect online and complete the brief intake form.

2. Preliminary Consultation

A Wilkes-Barre Connect representative will conduct a follow-up meeting / session.

3. Establish Strategy

Identify a strategy to address the short and long-term needs of the Connect client.

4. Make Referral

Connect client to the appropriate Wilkes-Barre Connect service provider.

5. Perform Touch Points

The Chamber will continue to connect with the Wilkes-Barre Connect client to provide them upcoming trainings, events and opportunities.

“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

“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
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