Startup Alleghenies Launches Public Service Announcement During National Entrepreneurship Month
Startup Alleghenies (SUA) created a Public Service Announcement (PSA), #Start Right Here, as part of its ongoing mission to generate awareness of the benefits of entrepreneurship right here and right now in the Southern Alleghenies. The 30-second spot not only highlights the variety of businesses in the SUA ecosystem, but also the six counties in which they were launched and thrive, including: Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset.
“The innovative ideas, grit and commitment of our entrepreneurs is really at the heart of the success of our Start Right Here. Right Now. movement and the region, so we wanted to celebrate and congratulate them with this PSA during entrepreneurship month,” said Debbi Prosser, director business-development, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC).
Since launching two years ago, Startup Alleghenies has expanded from three to six counties, and provides free coaching to 451 entrepreneurs in the region, helping them navigate SUA’s vast network of partners at economic development groups, private and community organizations, colleges and universities. Eighty-one percent of these entrepreneurs are mid-career professionals, who are contributing to the regional economy by creating 332 new jobs, opening 116 new businesses, and generating more than $4million dollars in new sales activity.
Following the launch of the #StartRightHere PSA, each Friday in November look for a #StartRightNow interview with one of our entrepreneurs on Facebook (@startupalleghenies), Twitter (@StartupAllegh) and at www.startrighthererightnow.org. Featured entrepreneurs include Bedford Fine Art Gallery (11/15), Garden Harvest (11/22), HHG Drums (11/29), Coco-Caffeinate (12/6) and Custer’s Market (12/13).
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Startup Alleghenies is celebrated its second year in April 2019. Here are the highlights about our 451 enrolled and active Startup Alleghenies entrepreneurs in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties.
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Startup Alleghenies is on a mission to bring greater economic vitality to the region by creating an ecosystem for success that recruits and supports entrepreneurs. Launched in June 2017 by the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC), Startup Alleghenies entrepreneurs are mentored by coaches who provide 360 support to help them navigate a vast network of partners at economic development groups, private organizations, investors and universities–all working together to bring talent, new businesses, and jobs to the region.
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“I think we’ve probably hit peak Silicon Valley, and we need to figure out ways to have a more diverse, inclusive economy. We want the rust belt to become the startup belt.”
–AOL Founder and Revolution CEO Steve Case, November 2017 on CNBC (see video)
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