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News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.

humboldt park association logo FINALRepresentatives from the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association discussed workforce development education and training opportunities at the latest Humboldt Park Association meeting hosted by American Eagle Outfitters.

As a Certified Economic Development Organization for Luzerne County, CAN DO has assisted companies in preparing grant applications that have resulted in local companies obtaining millions of dollars in funding for expansions and upgrades at their facilities. Although this process usually takes months to complete, CAN DO staff worked diligently to help Milkhouse Creamery LLC prepare an application in just two weeks that resulted in a $318,000 grant for the local dairy company.

SterenchockJocelynCAN DO, Inc., announced it has promoted Jocelyn Sterenchock to Director of Economic Development. Sterenchock has served as CAN DO’s Coordinator of Entrepreneurial Services since September of 2017. In addition to continuing to manage CAN DO’s entrepreneurial development, she will be responsible for workforce development and many of the organization’s marketing initiatives as part of the new position.

Sterenchock will continue to manage all entrepreneurial development duties and responsibilities for both CAN BE and the CAN BE Innovation Center, which includes providing leadership in the procurement and management of programmatic funding for CAN BE in addition to oversight of all leases for tenants within the facility. She will also continue to develop and manage support programs for entrepreneurs and provide leadership for the overall promotion of entrepreneurship in Greater Hazleton primarily through THInC (the Hazleton Innovation Collaborative). 

CAN DO, a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO) for Luzerne County, has announced the newly released interest rates from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan programs.

SBA 504 and PIDA are two revolving loan funds that assist in the growth of businesses of all sizes in Pennsylvania. They provide long-term, low-interest rate loans to eligible businesses that commit to creating and/or retaining full-time jobs. Eligible costs include, but are not limited to, land and building costs, machinery and equipment costs, refinancing of existing commercial real estate and/or equipment debt and working capital.

CAN DO Christmas Heights ChorusThe 27th annual CAN DO Community will be broadcast across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Cable subscribers can view the hour-long concert on Service Electric Cablevision Channel 20 in the Hazleton area and Service Electric Cable TV & Communications Channel 16 in the Wilkes-Barre market.

Additionally, the concert will be rebroadcast on WYLN-TV 35 on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 12 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 6 p.m.

Student Action CommitteeThe CAN DO Student Action Committee kicked off the holiday season when it hosted the 27th annual CAN DO Community Christmas before a record crowd Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hazleton.

The Student Action Committee greeted members of the community at the free event, which was designed around a theme of “Come Celebrate the Arts.” The evening featured musical performances by students from schools throughout Greater Hazleton, refreshments, a Letters to Santa table and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

CAN DO, a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO) for Luzerne County, has announced the newly released interest rates from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan programs.

SBA 504 and PIDA are two revolving loan funds that assist in the growth of businesses of all sizes in Pennsylvania. They provide long-term, low-interest rate loans to eligible businesses that commit to creating and/or retaining full-time jobs. Eligible costs include, but are not limited to, land and building costs, machinery and equipment costs, refinancing of existing commercial real estate and/or equipment debt and working capital.

Operation CAN DO concludes 2019 driveMembers of the CAN DO Student Action Committee and Freeland American Legion Post 473 joined forces earlier this month to deliver dozens of boxes with items for military care packages to the Legion’s facility as part of the 15th annual Operation: CAN DO drive.

The items will be used to create care packages for military service members with ties to Greater Hazleton who will be stationed abroad for the holidays. Names and addresses of service members are still being accepted. Family members and friends can submit the contact information via mail to CAN DO, c/o Nancy Stasko, 1 S. Church St., 200 Renaissance Center, Hazleton, PA 18201, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CAN DO Christmas planning 2019 Downtown Hazleton will come alive with the sounds of the season when the CAN DO Student Action Committee hosts its 27th annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Wednesday, December 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Church and Green streets in 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 Greater Hazleton. This year’s performers include the MMI Preparatory School Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Tina Lizbinski, the Hazleton Area High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Joseph Stefanko, the Hazleton Area High School Cougar Crooners under the direction of Kim Sharonoff, the Heights Terrace Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Gerhard, the McAdoo-Kelayres Mustang Chorus under the direction of Sandra Hoppey, and the Heights Terrace Elementary School Third Grade Chorus under the direction of Rachel Brimmer.

Students from more than 10 schools throughout Greater Hazleton organized drives and collected dozens of boxes of supplies as part of the 15th annual Operation: CAN DO drive.

The CAN DO Student Action Committee partners with the Freeland American Legion Post 473 to collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene items, as well as monetary donations, that are used to assemble care packages that are shipped to military members with ties to Greater Hazleton who are stationed abroad for the holidays.

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