CCEDC Featured Business of the Month- Blue Mountain Resort
Come FIND YOUR FUN IN CARBON COUNTY PA! The conditions are great for FUN on the slopes! While you are here, be sure to check out the many amazingly cool things that there are to do and see right here in Carbon County!
Redefine adventure this winter at Blue Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania’s highest vertical!
Whether you ski, ride, or tube, you are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Have resolutions to do
something new, get outside more, or lose some weight? Join us for National Learn to Ski & Snowboard
month in January and check out our new Beginner Shred Pack – take 3 lessons, get a FREE season pass
for only $199. For 3 days, enjoy a 1.5-hour lesson with a certified instructor, rentals, and access to the
school hills for practice! Once you complete your 3 rd lesson, you are eligible for a FREE season pass to
use for the remainder of the season after February 20 th . Don’t ski or snowboard but still want to get out
of the house? Come to Winter Fest on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 th and 5 th . Enjoy fireworks, try the
USA Olympic Luge Track, spend time with the sled dogs, or try snowshoeing! And while you’re here,
don’t forget to check out our snowtubing park! Featuring up to 39 lanes over 1,000 feet long and the
only family-sized tubes in the Poconos, you and your family and friends will have a blast flying down the
hills! Beat the winter blues and redefine adventure at Blue Mountain Resort. Check out our website for
more details at www.skibluemt.com. See YOU on the Mountain!
UPCOMING FEATURED CHAMBER EVENTS
- Wednesday February 8th: Sip & Soap Women in Business After Hours Soap Making Mixer & Workshop
- Thursday February 16th: Tubing at Blue Mountain Mixer (YPC)
- Saturday March 25th: Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting at GreenLeaf Gallery and Gift Shop
- Wednesday March 29th: It's 5 O'clock at Kresge Services Mixer
- April 17th - 23rd: A Taste of Carbon County Restaurant Week
- Saturday April 22nd: Earth Day Hippy 5K - D&L Trail, Lehighton
- Wednesday April 26th: Administrative Professionals Luncheon, Mahoning Valley CC
It's human nature to look back at years-end and reflect on how we spent our time, what we accomplished and how successful we were over the course of the past 12 months. Sometimes we have a feeling of accomplishment and sometimes we may feel like we didn't quite do all that we felt we should.
When I reflect back on what we have done at CCEDC in 2016 I am inspired by all the positives. The new businesses that we have nurtured and welcomed into the county, the numerous ribbon cutting ceremonies and the many existing businesses that have expanded their operations with the commitment to remain in Carbon. I am amazed at how we as a county have grown and how CCEDC has grown alongside.
We have made wonderful friends and created strong relationships that will enhance our communities.
Now it's time to set goals for 2017.
Manufacturer's Roundtable. This group's goal is to attract more attendees and build the reputation of manufacturing as an important career choice and one that offers good paying jobs. We are working to meet with all the manufacturers in Carbon County and develop a close working relationship. The group meets every quarter at a different "host" company to discuss issues that are manufacturing specific and tour the host's facilities.
The Business Education Partnership has two goals. First is hosting a second Teacher in the Workforce workshop. Last year's workshop was a success with twenty-two teachers from our schools participating. They visited our local businesses then took what they learned back to their classrooms and created customized lesson plans for the students. This will help the students understand what will be expected from them when they join the workforce; what options are available to them for a successful career and what steps they need to take in order to prepare themselves for that career whether it is a four year college degree, post-secondary trade school or a certificate of completion.
The second goal is to have another successful 5K Earth Day Hippie Run/Walk in Lehighton. The proceeds benefit our scholarships for all 5 school districts and CCTI. Graduating seniors who are going on to a post-secondary school in the business field and also volunteer to help the day of the event or participate in the Hippie Run/Walk are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
CCEDC also administrates several local low interest loan funds for small businesses. The Small Business Expansion Loan Fund and the CCIDA Revolving Loan fund.
New this year is a Small Business Start-up Loan that will help new entrepreneurs who may not have the financial history required for a more conventional business loan to receive the funding they may need to get their idea off the ground.
Our ongoing commitment to the community and businesses that we serve is the most important goal that we have. If you are as passionate about your business and Carbon County as we are, you owe it to yourself to contact us today and see how a Chamber membership can benefit you.
Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance?
The CCEDC Can Help!
Starting a new business certainly has its challenges. You come up with an idea you do the research even find a great location. Now how are you going to bankroll it?
Remember that usually the first dollars into your business are yours. Perhaps you dipped into savings or cashed in your 401k or maxed out your credit cards. You may even have worked your regular job and moonlighted at your business to get it off the ground but now you’re ready for the next step; actually going out on your own.
At the startup stage, angel investors are hard to find and asking for help to find grants, or ‘free money,’ is a common request that my office handles all the time. While there may be some small grants, these are not common.
New businesses have a hard time getting funding from a bank because they don’t have the financial history of actually being in business. There is really nothing concrete to show a lender that your business is successful much less be able to pay back a loan. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
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