OUR ENTREPRENEURIAL AND INNOVATION COACHES

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.

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Andrew Trexler

atrexler@bcda.org

814-623-4816

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.

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Rich Lasek

richl@abcdcorp.org

814-944-6113

Entrepreneur and Innovation Coach – Blair County

Altoona Blair County Development Corporation

Blake Fleegle – Cambria County, Somerset 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.

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Blake Fleegle

bfleegle@jari.com

814-254-4023

Entrepreneurial Coach – Cambria County, Somerset County

JARI

Christa McGeary – Huntingdon and Fulton Counties

Hey everyone! I am Christa and I am so excited to help you turn your dreams into realities! I am a native to Huntingdon County. I like to say that I was born with entrepreneurial blood. My grand dad, grandmother, and father were entrepreneurs. They had their part in lighting my passion for business throughout my childhood and inspired me to travel that path in my professional career.

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Christa McGeary

cmcgeary@hcbi.com

814-506-8287

Entrepreneur Coach – Huntingdon & Fulton Counties

HCBI (Huntingdon County Business & Industry)