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New CarbonOpoly Game Is Not Only Fun For the Family

But Also a Lesson in Carbon County History



Featuring an interview with CCEDC Executive Director, Marlyn Kissner.

Gain some insight into what makes this LIMITED EDITION real estate game so special.


Discover Winter Here Billboard Features Original Photo

by Local Photographer, Joseph P. Matukonis 



If you have seen our new DISCOVER WINTER HERE billboard on Rt. 903 near the PA Turnpike
EZ-Pass slip ramp and on Rt. 248, this beautiful Carbon County winter photo was taken by
local photographer, Joseph P. Matukonis (a.k.a. OC JOE). The CCEDC thanks Joe for allowing
us to use his compelling photograph for our Winter Find Your Fun in Carbon County Campaign. We invite you to learn more
about Joe and visit his web site to view more gorgeous shots of Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

ABOUT JOE: Living all my life in the Panther Valley and Tamaqua area, I found out there was so much to do and see without
traveling. About 15 years ago, I bought my first camera to capture our local sights. This is my hobby, and something to do when
I retire. You can check out my photos on my website: www.photosbyocjoe.com Thank you, and enjoy our backyard.

Joseph P. Matukonis, Photographer: E-mail | Phone: 570-668-4580




So You Think You're Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?

You are on the cusp of a new business venture.  You think you're ready to leave your current, steady pay check job to leap into the unknown and go full time with your own business.   Or are you?

It is a difficult choice this leap of faith.  If you move too soon, you may not be able to pay your basic bills much less finance and grow a fledgling business.  If you move too late, you may miss the opportunity to be the next great idea. 

Many entrepreneurs have had to make this decision at one point or another.  The trick is getting the timing right.  Here are some suggestions to help you make the decision of a lifetime.

1. Start with a plan.

The best way to kill a business before you even start is not having a plan.  You need a business plan in writing because if it's not written down, you won't take it seriously. 

Just as important as a business plan though is the knowledge that your idea is feasible. NOTE: CCEDC can help you put your business plan together and make sure it is a viable idea.

2. Financial stability is important!

One of the most important benchmarks you should achieve before going full-time with your startup is financial stability. If you have to worry about where the money is coming from to keep the lights on, you won't be able to focus on your business.

NOTE: CCEDC can help you put together a budget.

3. Know when to ask for money.

Lenders want to see proof that you have a viable business model that makes money.  The general rule of thumb is to have at least 3 years of finance reports or tax returns to show that you are serious and that your idea can actually make money. Building equity in your business before approaching investors or lenders is the best way to show them you are serious about being successful and your business idea is a valid one. NOTE: CCEDC has low interest micro loans, Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loans and working lines of credit for your business.

4.  Be the best in your niche.

If you can't afford to offer a product that people actually want to buy then it isn't time to launch your product or service.  You don't have to wait for the "perfect time", but you do need to have a market for your product.  NOTE: CCEDC can help you with your marketing. 

5. Have passion, passion, passion.

If you truly love something, and are committed to seeing it through, it won't matter how many late nights you put in or how many frozen dinners you eat along the way -- you'll make it work. N

NOTE: CCEDC is passionate about helping businesses succeed!

6. Your partner is your lifeline.

Whether it's your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or best friend, having a supportive partner makes all the difference when choosing to go full-time with your startup. Having the support of someone who understands the gigantic risks you are about to face will give you more confidence to take those risks instead of shying away from them.

Contact Kathy Henderson at CCEDC today for more information on starting your own business! 610-379-5000 or SEND HER AN E-MAIL.