News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.
CAN BE Innovation Center tenant, Ranek Technologies, as well as three Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences (HAAS) students were recently honored during the 20th annual tecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition award ceremony held at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.
CAN DO partnered once again with students from the Hazleton Area High School Arts and Humanities Academy and Mural Club's Visual Arts Studio 3 for a painting project on the windows at CAN DO's property at 21-23 West Broad Street in Hazleton. Pictured are, from left: Anne Flowers, teacher/club advisor; Valerie Tirado; Fremely Peredes Torres; Lacy Curvey; and Aidalisa Diaz. CAN DO would like to thank the students for their dedication and sharing their talents with the community.
A collaboration between THInC partners CAN BE and the Hazleton Launchbox supported by Pasco Schaivo, Esq., as well as Penn State University’s Happy Valley LaunchBox, helped an entrepreneur grow her business from a literal seed into a reality.
After graduating from the Happy Valley LaunchBox, powered by PNC Bank’s FastTrack Accelerator program in the spring of 2021, Krista Schneider, founder of Shared Roots, landed the initial funding she needed to formally launch her business when she won the 19th annual tecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition non-collegiate competition.
At Shared Roots, Schneider takes waste products (spent grain and hops) from the Berwick Brewing Company and upcycles them into biodegradable garden squares made with recycled paper that are pre-seeded and ready to plant. As they decompose, they feed the soil with vital nutrients and organic matter while fending off weeds until the seeds germinate.
When Lindsey Barnes decided to turn her sweet idea for a business into a reality, she found the support she needed to launch her operation through The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (THInC) and the Hazleton Kitchen Incubator.
As with many start-up entrepreneurs, Barnes began L&B's Sweet Treats, which makes a variety of hand-dipped chocolate confections, at the request of family and friends who were looking for desserts for their special occasions.
In fact, Barnes said she initially got the idea for the business while planning her wedding. The unexpected free time she had during the COVID-19 pandemic helped her launch the operation.
CAN DO’s Student Action Committee will hold its inaugural CAN DO Community Park Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 3, at 5 p.m. in the park located at the corner of Broad and Laurel streets in Downtown Hazleton.
The event, which will be held during Downtown Hazleton First Friday, is open to the public and will include a complementary hot chocolate bar, courtesy of Milkhouse Creamery, throughout the event.
The evening will begin with Santa and Mrs. Claus lighting the tree followed by featured performances from Keystone Ballet Academy's Sugar Plum Fairy and ballet dancers followed by the Olde Towne Carolers.
Those in attendance can have their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as the Sugar Plum Fairy, who will be located within The Hub at 13-15 W. Broad Street
CAN DO’s Student Action Committee will ring in the holiday season with the the 28th annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Wednesday, December 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church on the corner of Church and Green streets in Downtown Hazleton.
The public is invited to attend this free event, which features a night of musical entertainment by various instrumental and choral groups from schools throughout the Hazleton Area School District. In keeping with Christ Lutheran Church's safety guidelines, all attendees must wear masks during the event.
Global nutraceutical manufacturer, Amapharm LLC, announced plans to locate its first American facility within the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums.
Amapharm, which was founded by Wolfgang Marks in 1977, launched the world's first vitamin gummy for children in 1996 and later introduced the world's first vitaminized jellybeans, toffees, and fruit bites. The company has decades of expert knowledge in the nutraceutical industry and currently distributes products in more than 75 countries.
The multivitamin and supplement manufacturer will occupy a 43,500-foot building being constructed by CAN DO. Construction is expected to begin within the next two weeks and the company intends to be operational by fall of 2022. Once fully operational, Amapharm plans to create between 50 and 100 jobs.
CAN DO President & CEO Joseph Lettiere said, “Having an international nutraceutical manufacturer locating to the CAN DO Corporate Center is a significant project for the community and an important tenant to add to our world-class business park. Amapharm could have located anywhere in the United States but they chose our Corporate Center.”
In conjunction with CAN DO’s Student Action Committee, Freeland American Legion members used the donated items to create care packages to send to brave military service members with ties to Greater Hazleton who will be serving abroad during the holidays.
In his role, Polanco will support brand awareness of CAN DO and the entrepreneurial arm of the organization, CAN BE, through written and visual content as well as marketing collateral that promotes the organization, its activities and partnerships. He will also develop and implement campaigns across social media and traditional marketing mediums that align with the organization's goals and work in collaboration with additional departments within CAN DO.
CAN DO President & CEO Joseph Lettiere said, “Miguel will be a great addition to the CAN DO team. His enthusiasm for the community and skillset will play an essential role in our marketing efforts, enhancing the organization’s ability to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life in Greater Hazleton through the creation and retention of a full range of employment opportunities.”
CAN BE Innovation Center client IntelliGreen has been selected as one of seven companies that will compete for $15,000 in investment funding during Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania's 18th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol.
This is the second consecutive year that IntelliGreen will compete in Ben Franklin Venture Idol. Ryan Robinson, VP - Sales and Marketing for IntelliGreen, said the company gained tremendous value from last year's competition and has evolved significantly since then. He feels IntelliGreen stands a better chance to win this year.
“Venture Idol brings way more value than just a competition. You learn how to concisely and accurately pitch a product and show investors that you know what you are talking about. Our team is well experienced in running a business but we learned about going out for funding. It allows us to see what investors are looking for and how they make decisions. It taught us that people invest in people, not companies,” he said.