The following is a comprehensive list of resources and partners to help guide you to your success. To begin your journey, contact the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Coach in your county or click on the “Enroll” link in the top right of the web page and fill out the online form.

Business Planning, Research and Forecasting

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THE HITE FAMILY LAUNCHBOX FOR INNOVATION

Our experienced and knowledgeable network of advisors consists of local business owners, Penn State faculty and researchers, and industry experts both inside and outside of Altoona.

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PENN STATE SHEETZ CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL EXCELLENCE

Students enrolled in the entrepreneurial program at Penn State Altoona can work as consultants for startups and existing businesses to help the entrepreneur develop a business plan.

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ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SFSBDC)

The SBDC at St. Francis University helps with developing business plans, financing proposals, projected financial statements, monthly cash flow statements along with financial analysis.

FUNDING A BUSINESS

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814 WORX

Establishing partnerships with local investors to create a fund for investing in a variety of regional businesses.

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ALTOONA BLAIR COUNTY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (ABCD)

ABCD offers loan products including the SBA program and their experienced staff can assist entrepreneurs to connect with incentives, grants, tax credits, loans or a combination of these options.

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BEN FRANKLIN VENTURE FUNDING (BFVIF)

BFVIF offers classroom training on topics critical to decision-making for investors considering high-growth startups for possible investment including Pitching to Investors, Elevator Pitches and using financial statements as a management tool.

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BEN FRANKLIN/INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP

The Innovation Partnership helps PA-based, early stage technology companies secure federal research grants.

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BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA (BF CNP)

BF CNP provides startup and early stage investment capital for companies that have an innovative product they plan to bring to market.

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CITY OF JOHNSTOWN

The City of Johnstown provides low interest loans to businesses located within the city that can be used for working capital, machinery/equipment, inventor and acquisition of property and/or business.

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ALLEGHENIES – PENELEC SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUND

The Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund provides investments, loans and limited grant-making to sustainable and renewable energy initiatives within the 23 county Penelec service territory.

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JOHNSTOWN AREA REGIONAL INDUSTRIES (JARI)

JARI offers three funding alternatives including a Microloan program, the JARI Growth Fund and as the Cambria County Certified Economic Development organization, can package PIDA loans and serve as the conduit for other programs.

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KIZ RESOURCES TAX CREDITS

KIZ Resources offers a commitment to integrity and quality to helping companies apply for and sell their Pennsylvania tax credits, working with clients through every step of the process.

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SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT (SAPDC) COMMISSION BUSINESS LENDING

The SAPDC loan programs provide below market, fixed rate, financing for businesses (except professional or retail) located or willing to locate within the six SAPDC counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset.

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SOMERSET COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SCEDC) WATERS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND (EDF)

Any startup or business less than four years of age can use the WATERS EDF for Machinery/Equipment, Inventory or Working Capital for terms of 2-5 years

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SOMERSET COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SCEDC) TOURISM LOAN FUND

The SCEDC Tourism Micro Revolving Loan fund is available for any tourism related business in Somerset County to use for Machinery/Equipment, Inventory, Marketing, Working Capital and Building Improvements for terms of 2-5 years.

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ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)

The SBDC staff is well versed in the various economic development financing programs available and works with clients to lay out defined sources and uses of funds statements.

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THE PROGRESS FUND

The Progress Fund provides financing from $20,000 to $1 million to people who are starting, expanding or buying a small business and funds can be used to restore and rehabilitate buildings, purchase inventory or equipment, but the assets of an existing business and for working capital.

CHOOSING A NAME, MARKETING, AND PROMOTION

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814WORX incubator will offer marketing and branding programs for the entrepreneur, aimed at helping new/established companies market and brand themselves effectively.

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BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP EMARKETING LEARNING CENTER (eMLC)

eMLC offers digital media, marketing and ecommerce training and professional development programs designed to help business and workforce professionals keep pace and bridge skill gaps in emerging technologies for competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

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THE HITE FAMILY LAUNCHBOX FOR INNOVATION

Our on-site professional clinics are designed to help you get your business off the ground and avoid common mistakes that many startups face. Consultations are free and clinics are open to the public.

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PENN STATE UNIVERSITY SHEETZ CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL EXCELLENCE

Students enrolled in the entrepreneurial program at Penn State Altoona can work as consultants for startups and existing businesses to help the entrepreneur develop a marketing plan.

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SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (SAPDC) INTERNATIONAL TRADE PROGRAM

SAP&DC International Trade program retains and creates job opportunities by assisting small and medium sized companies with increased sales of goods and services exported from the region.

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SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (SAPDC) MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MCAP)

SAP&DC MCAP provides one-on-one assistance to guide business and startups to get your business, idea, message and brand moving, beginning with creating a comprehensive marketing plan rooted in a deep understanding of your brand, goals and mission.

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ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)

SBDC helps clients in the areas of market analysis and industry research utilizing various resource tools and senior level student teams to assist new and emerging businesses.

FINDING A SPACE/LOCATION ASSISTANCE

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814WORX

This incubator space will establish partnerships with real estate firms, local landlords and the county to have office space readily available.

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BOTTLE WORKS

Bottle Works provides studios for working artists to provide opportunities for artists and audiences to promote and celebrate the Arts through exhibits, education and participation.

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CATALYST SPACE

Whether you are starting a game changing product-based company, a second satellite office, or are a freelancer, the collaborative entrepreneur space in Downtown Altoona is an environment where your inspiration and creativity can run wild.

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FIELD TO FORK AGRICULTURAL INCUBATOR

This fully licensed, shared-use commercial kitchen incubator is for local farmers and food entrepreneurs who need a space to create their value-added products.

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THE HITE FAMILY LAUNCHBOX FOR INNOVATION

The Altoona LaunchBox is best for entrepreneurs looking for a flexible, conveniently located, space to hold meetings or somewhere to get work done in this 4,400 sq. ft. dedicated space located in downtown Altoona.

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JOHNSTOWN AREA REGIONAL INDUSTRIES (JARI)

The JARI website hosts a property locator feature that provides details about current commercial property listings that interfaces with site selectors and commonwealth for location and demographic assistance.

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SOMERSET COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SCEDC)

The SCEDC offers a host of resources in this area, from working with site selectors, to the robust acreage in our business parks, to working with commercial realtors and other entities.

LEGAL FORMATION/BUSINESS TYPE

Resources in the Alleghenies

KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONE (KOZ) – PARCEL SUB-ZONES

Developable land, free of specific state and local taxes, up to 5,000 acres, with each zone offering parcel specific sub-zones in various sizes.

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ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)

This SBDC does not offer direct legal advice, yet can work with clients to help them better understand the advantages/disadvantages of various types of legal business structures.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, PROTOTYPES AND PATENTS

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CATALYST SPACE

This multi-purpose collaborative environment for professionals, entrepreneurs and individuals offering equipment resources including 3D Printers, Laser Cutters/Engravers, CNC, Screen Printing Press and Wood and Metal Working tools.

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PENNSYLVANIA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (PennTAP)

PennTAP offers entrepreneurial services related to product and process design and prototyping, connecting businesses to PSU resources Learning Factory and Integrated Design Studio.

TALENT - FINDING STAFF, PARTNERS

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814WORX

814WORX will educate people how to properly interview, write a resume, dress for an interview and more.

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PA CAREERLINK BLAIR COUNTY

PA CAREERLINK Blair County is the county’s workforce delivery system to support local and regional economic development by providing comprehensive market-driven employment, training, education and economic development services.

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PA CAREERLINK CAMBRIA & SOMERSET COUNTIES

PA CAREERLINK is a proud partner of the American Job Center network and is your FREE one-stop resource for recruitment assistance, candidate screening and referrals.

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JOHNSTOWN AREA REGIONAL INDUSTRIES (JARI)

JARI assists local businesses with employee recruitment, training assessments, short and long term training plans, accessing funding sources and accessing other employer service agencies.

MENTORS

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814WORX

The incubator recognizes the standout resource for entrepreneurs is Mentorship and we are establishing an extensive mentor network where participants in the space can tap into the extensive knowledge the network has accumulated.

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BEN FRANKLIN TRANSFORMATION BUSINESS SERVICES NETWORK

Network team of seasoned business professional offering hands-on assistance to entrepreneurs on strategic planning, marketing research, financial management, accounting and office setup practices, human resource planning and advertising.

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THE HITE FAMILY LAUNCHBOX FOR INNOVATION

Our experienced and knowledgeable network of advisors consists of local business owners, Penn State faculty and researchers, and industry experts both inside and outside of Altoona.

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ENTREPRENEURIAL ALCHEMY

A community initiative of Cambria County bringing together people, ideas and money far and wide, to initiate, facilitate and support organic business development and economic growth.

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JOHNSTOWN AREA REGIONAL INDUSTRIES (JARI) PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC)

PTAC works with companies interested in selling to federal, state and local government agencies or to their supply chains with assistance in one-on-one counseling, registrations, workshops and networking opportunities.

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PENNSYLVANIA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (PennTAP)

PennTAP at Penn State provides technical focus on Cybersecurity, Network and Website Assessments, Energy Cost Reduction and Pollution Prevention.

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SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (SAPDC) PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC)

PTAC professionals help businesses do business with the government with an array of needs from registrations and NAICS code searches, to contract issues and change orders.

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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT JOHNSTOWN (UPJ)

UPJ offers courses in Entrepreneurship and Business Design and Development for undergrad students who can receive a minor and even cash awards as part of our signature program in the Cook Family Idea Lab.

Startup Alleghenies Resource Matrix

  • Saint Francis Small Business Development Center
  • Saint Francis Small Business Development Center
  • Ben Franklin Partnership
  • Catalyst Space
  • PennTap
  • Ben Franklin Partnership
  • Saint Francis Small Business Development Center
  • Saint Francis Small Business Development Center
  • Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD Corp.)
  • Johnstown-Area Regional Industries (JARI)
  • Somerset Economic Development Corporation (SEDC)
  • Ben Franklin Partnership
  • St. Francis Small Business Development Center
  • Ben Franklin Partnership
  • Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC)
  • PA CareerLink
  • St. Francis Small Business Development Center
  • Ben Franklin Partnership
  • St. Francis Small Business Development Center
  • Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD Corp.)
  • Ben Franklin Partnership
  • City of Johnstown
  • Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
  • Johnstown-Area Regional Industries (JARI)
  • KIZ Resources
  • Somerset County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC)
  • The Progress Fund
  • Altoona LaunchBox
  • Catalyst Space
  • Startup Alleghenies Online Community