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2018 Year in Review – Bridgeworks Enterprise Center

Bridgeworks Enterprise Center is the only business incubator in the Lehigh Valley dedicated primarily to manufacturing startups ranging from advanced plastic polymer formulation to sophisticated design engineering and rapid prototyping…

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TRuCapSol Celebrates Grand Opening of its Bridgeworks Lab

Allentown, Pa. — November 29, 2018 — On Thursday, Allentown Economic Development Corporation celebrated the grand opening of TRuCapSol LLC’s laboratory at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center. The startup venture joined the business…

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Lessons Learned from Bridgeworks Graduates

November was National Entrepreneurship Month as started by presidential proclamation under President Obama in 2016. Since the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center at Allentown Economic Development Corporation is focused on helping startup…

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How face-to-face time with customers is critical to success

By Anthony Durante, Program Manager, Bridgeworks Enterprise Center   At least once per week, I have this conversation with a prospective entrepreneur: Entrepreneur: “I have an awesome idea for a product!” Me: “What problem are you…

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AEDC Launches Sponsorship Drive

When the nonprofit Allentown Economic Development Corporation based its manufacturing-focused business incubator in a former Mack Trucks assembly plant nearly 30 years ago, it brought back to life a 62,501 sq. ft. vacant building that…

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Affordable Office and Coworking Space Brings Entrepreneurs to Bridgeworks

You’ve started a business and have been working from home. That sounded like a good idea, and maybe it was… for the first few months. But now you’re finding out that working from home comes with its own set of distractions, and that…

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PPL Provides Foundation Grant to Support Economic Development

AEDC receives $5,000 from PPL to support program activities Allentown, Pa. — October 15, 2018 — The Allentown Economic Development Corporation has received a $5,000 contribution to support its economic development programs from the PPL…

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Exposing school teachers to today’s vo-tech career and education options

The news is out about current and projected labor shortages for manufacturing careers, and the Lehigh Valley is no exception. The need to train and educate the next generation of machinists, welders and mechatronics technician…

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Teachers excited about lessons learned from CIT visit

Stemming the loss of trained technicians in the manufacturing industry by introducing a new generation to trade careers is what recently motivated Pen Argyl Area School District to partner with the Career Institute of Technology in…

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State RACP grant to kick off Allentown Metal Works construction of first building’s rehab

With the selective building demolition phase completed earlier this year, the next phase of work at the former Allentown Metal Works in South Allentown will shift its focus to the first of three buildings to be rehabilitated at the…

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Working capital loan helps human services entrepreneur make ends meet

A desire to help others is often rooted in a personal life experience. For Adewale Dosunmu it was caring for an aunt with a disability that made him want to start a business to help people like her. After a career working in finance…

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New joint-initiative aims to teach manufacturing basics to new recruits

If you’ve ever considered a career in manufacturing but didn’t have the training to pursue it, now is your chance. A new program called The Fundamentals of Manufacturing is being launched this fall as a joint initiative of…

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Revolution Recovery recycles byproducts of Allentown’s rebirth

As the Queen City’s downtown revitalization continues, it has seen the demolition of several old buildings and the construction of many new residential and office buildings. But with progress comes waste and the need to discard the old…

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Lehigh Valley Grand Prix speeding ahead into next decade

For 11 years Lehigh Valley Grand Prix LLC in South Allentown has been pumping up the adrenaline of local residents and visitors who drop in for a day or evening of indoor go-kart racing. And at 48,000 square feet, it is one of the…

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Allentown Metal Works another step closer to redevelopment

Brandenberg works through the demolition of a former warehouse building on the Allentown Metal Works site. The future of Allentown Metal Works on the city’s south side continues to come into focus as work performed at the site over the…

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