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Get to Know Your Economic Development Ecosystem

May 17, 2017 | Posted in News

-Brett Wiler, Director of Research, Grants, and Business Outreach
“Our job is to make change. Our job is to connect to people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them." -Seth Godin

In March of this year, I wrote an article called, “Leveraging the Chamber Network to Elevate Your Business in 2017.” The premise of the article was to encourage business leaders to utilize the network of over 800 chamber members to address challenges or opportunities in 2017. Whether your company has a planning, banking, legal, operations, or technology need, we feel confident that one of our member companies can assist you.

Not only are we blessed with a variety of private sector service providers in Erie, but we also boast an especially robust and far-reaching network of economic development resources designed to assist companies and help them achieve sustained success. With that, much like the previous article, we implore you, the business owner, to leverage the tools available in the economic development ecosystem, as outlined below.

Growth Services
There’s no time better than the present to address the key strategic needs of your business. If you’re looking to develop a strategic plan, implement lean principles into your manufacturing operations, or explore new product development or process improvements, these key economic development partners have you covered.
The Gannon Small Business Development Center
The Northwest Industrial Resource Center
Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Ignite Erie University Collaboration
SCORE
The Northwest Commission

Workforce
Recruiting, hiring, training and retaining workers is a ubiquitous issue for all business owners. Whether you’re looking to recruit talent, or train the talent you already have, the following partners are here to help.
Northwest PA CareerLink
Edinboro University – WEDnet Program
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College – Community and Workforce Programs
Tech After Hours
Erie County Vo-Tech Adult Education

Land and Building
Looking to expand upon your current building? Or perhaps looking to relocate downtown to be part of the urban revitalization? Or maybe you’re sick of working out of your basement and looking for a community of like-minded entrepreneurs to share space with? This is the list for you.
Erie County Redevelopment Authority
Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University
Corry Area Redevelopment Authority
The Governor’s Action Team
Radius CoWork

Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Just starting out and need help writing a business plan? Or maybe you’re looking to launch a new product line? These resources are designed to assist you with all things innovation. Market research, validation, testing, prototyping, new venture start-up – we’ve got you covered.
Gannon Small Business Development Center
Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University
Northwest Industrial Resource Center
Innovation Collaborative
Innovation Commons at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Capital and Finance
Money, money, money! Business growth requires money. Whether you need an injection of working capital, or you’re looking to borrow money with flexible terms and competitive rates, the economic development system has options for you.
Erie County Redevelopment Authority Revolving Loan Fund
City of Erie Enterprise Development Zone Revolving Loan Fund
Northwest Commission Revolving Loan Fund
Bridgeway Capital
Ben Franklin Technology partners

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