At the core of our program are entrepreneurial Coaches who work one-on-one with startups and small emerging businesses—whether the idea is only on paper or already in the works. Startup Alleghenies Coaches are available to work with residents in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, or Somerset counties.

When you enroll in Startup Alleghenies, you will be paired with a coach from your county. They’ll help you explore and build structure around your dream. Whether you need a business plan, capital, marketing, a physical space or other resources, they’ll be at your side every step of the way.

Andrew Trexler – Bedford County

Hello. My name is Andrew Trexler.

I like to consider myself a pretty lucky guy.

I spent my younger years in Blair county and my high-school years in Claysburg, PA.  I have been a tinkerer and experimenter my entire life.  Growing up, if I met anything that grabbed my interest, I would tear it apart, figure out how it worked, then try to make a better version of it.


Andrew Trexler



Start-up Business Coach – Bedford County

Bedford County Development Association

Rich Lasek – Blair County

I am the Manager of Loan Servicing and Entrepreneurial Development at the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation.  With more than 13 years of commercial banking and economic development experience, I am here to help get your ideas to the market.


Rich Lasek



Entrepreneur and Innovation Coach – Blair County

Altoona Blair County Development Corporation

Blake Fleegle – Cambria County

Hi Everyone! My name is Blake and you may recognize me from my successful venture in Johnstown, the Westwood Plaza Theatre & Café. I am a hardworking family man with a lot of relevant entrepreneurship experience for my age.  Although I still sell popcorn on the weekends, I am here to help make your business dreams come true in the same way I achieved mine over a decade ago.


Blake Fleegle



Entrepreneurial Coach – Cambria County


Debra Clark – Huntingdon and Fulton Counties

Hello everyone, I’m Debra and I can’t wait to meet and help all of you turn your ideas into successful businesses!

Here’s a little background on me and how I became an Entrepreneur Coach.  I grew up in rural central Pennsylvania and after college I chose to make Huntingdon County my home.


Debra Clark



Entrepreneur and Innovation Coach-Huntingdon & Fulton Counties

HCBI (Huntingdon County Business & Industry)

Joe Fetzer – Somerset County

Hi! I’m Joe, and I am very excited to be the Entrepreneur Coach for Somerset County! It’s great to introduce myself to you and tell you a little bit about me.

Life has been such a wonderful rollercoaster of a journey (and the track keeps going!). I was born and raised in beautiful Johnstown, PA. While attending high school I felt the need to always help others, be kind, and find a way to make sure other’s needs were taken care of before my own.


Joe Fetzer


814-445-1400 ext. 1569 (office)

814-961-1480 (mobile)

Entrepreneur and Innovation Coach-Somerset County

Somerset County