Allentown Economic Development Corporation

Why startups need to focus on generating sales and less on fundraising

I had the pleasure of escorting Kirstie Chadwick, CEO of the International Business Innovation Association, around the greater Lehigh Valley during Global Entrepreneurship Week. During her trip, she got to visit nine entrepreneurship centers from Scranton to Philadelphia including the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center in Allentown and Ben Franklin TechVentures in Bethlehem. At two of the […]

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New Chairperson to Lead AEDC Board of Directors

Long-time board member will help drive the organization’s future achievements At its September meeting, the Board of Directors for the Allentown Economic Development Corporation elected Don Bernhard as its new Chairperson. Additionally, several other officer positions on the AEDC Board of Directors were filled. Vincent Tallarico of Lehigh Valley Health Network was appointed as Vice […]

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Technology, artificial intelligence, and automation have collective impact on modern manufacturing and careers

As the famous song lyrics go “The times they are a changing,” and nowhere is that more evident than in modern manufacturing. Routine, repetitive tasks formerly done by humans have largely been taken over by machines thanks to technology, artificial intelligence, and robots. But automation isn’t having as detrimental an impact on the U.S. workforce […]

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Allentown Manufacturers Grow Their Businesses Thanks to Two Loan Programs

The City of Allentown’s Enterprise Zone Revolving Loan Fund and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Minority Business Development Authority Revolving Loan Fund are two great ways for manufacturing businesses in the Queen City to grow their business. While each loan fund has different parameters and requirements, in general they will help a business owner purchase important […]

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“40 Under 40” Profile – Greg Heller-LaBelle of Colony Meadery

In June, Greg Heller-LaBelle of Colony Meadery was honored at Lehigh Valley Business’ fifth annual “40 Under 40” reception and awards ceremony. According to the LVB web site, “The 40 honorees were selected for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.” We wanted to ask Greg what he did to make his […]

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Rail-Served Sites Play Key Role for Lehigh Valley Manufacturers

Bring up the topic of rail service in the Lehigh Valley and you’re bound to find yourself quickly enveloped in a discussion about bringing passenger rail to the region. But while transporting people to and from the region is certainly worth discussing, it’s the impact that freight rail service has on the region’s economy, and […]

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