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Two local manufacturers talk marketing tactics

What better way to know what marketing tactics B2B manufacturers are using than to ask two of them what works for them?  Meet Carla Ott, President-Owner of Otterbine-Barebo, Inc. located in Emmaus, her company is a leader in…

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Six entrepreneurs make Bridgeworks their new home

Working from home can have its advantages, but when entrepreneurs want a professional space to meet with clients and to function as their main base of operations, they need to get out of the basement and into an office space. …

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In its 30th Year, Bridgeworks Enterprise Center Reaches Capacity and Breaks Records

Annual incubator impact survey shows record results for program The Allentown Economic Development Corporation announced the aggregated results of its annual Incubator Client Impact Survey today. In 2018, the 11 Bridgeworks client…

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Training the next generation of manufacturing technicians at LCTI

Photo taken at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute in North Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Smith) It’s the role of educational institutions to prepare students for careers, which often meant directing them on a…

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Advanced education through community college internships and pre-apprenticeships

When students who graduate from a local career and technical institute want additional training and career preparation, they often head to Lehigh Carbon Community College or Northampton Community College. Each college takes a…

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Getting ahead through hands-on career experience in manufacturing

Demco Manufacturing Apprentice Jeremy Howard Arguably the best way to prepare someone to enter the manufacturing field is through early training in the workforce. That can come in the form of an internship, cooperative education…

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AEDC Presents Organization Overview to City Council Committee

Scott Unger of AEDC presents to Allentown City Council's committee members. In 2019, Allentown Economic Development Corporation will celebrate its 40thanniversary. Since its founding in 1979, AEDC has focused its mission on…

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2018 Year in Review – Overview

AEDC discusses manufacturing and retail job outlook with state elected officials and regional economic developers Entitled “Where are the jobs?” it featured representatives from regional economic development, municipal, and union…

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2018 Year in Review – Lending Programs Overview

Each year AEDC empowers local businesses to grow and expand through the two loan programs it administers, the Allentown Enterprise Zone Revolving Loan Fund and the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority Revolving Loan…

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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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