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Arbonne- Susan Wenzel, Independent Consultant


Arbonne-Susan Wenzel, Independent Consultant


It is not where you begin in life, but where you end that matters", *wife *mother *sister *daughter *spiritual Jesus lover .   Every day is a new day, a new day to reflect, learn and love more than the day before.   I have fallen in love with so many aspects of Arbonne for many reasons, the first being the health of my daughter in which we have struggled for over a decade, and for the fact that Arbonne truly stands by the philosophy of Pure, Safe and Beneficial. Arbonne combines superior, botanically based products with a generous compensation plan, exceptional support, training and committed leadership to create the perfect window of opportunity.

Arbonne's pure, safe, beneficial botanical product lines include: skin care, bath & body, make up, nutrition and hair.

With Arbonne, life is full of awesome opportunity — to earn a living that can be fit around your current commitments and responsibilities, enjoy a flexible schedule, to transform your life and the lives of others. Imagine the possibilities! Discover how fulfilling life can be as an Arbonne Independent Consultant. I never ever thought I would be in direct marketing either, but it is the best thing I ever did and has provided my family more opportunity and vision for my family. Not only that but The Arbonne Charitable Foundation empowers teens to live confidently, dream big and believe that Our Independent Consultants are the heart of the Foundation and, with your support, we fund programs that help teens overcome issues like homelessness, bullying, foster care, access to education, human trafficking, mental health, and eating disorders. Contact me to learn more. I'd love to hear from you

For more information about Arbonne products and opportunity, please call 570-249-4361 or visit https://www.arbonne.com/pws/susanwenzel/tabs/home.aspx                                           



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What's Next for Carbon County?

Looking at our evolution as a society we have gone from hunters and gatherers to an agrarian society to an industrial society and now our latest iteration of technology.  What’s next? Alexander Graham Bell would not recognize the wireless communication technology of today. Nor could Charles Babbage, an English mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer in the early 19th century have foretold the power of the internet that we hold in our hands today.  

Will we continue on the technology path or is there something out there that we have yet to discover or develop further such as artificial intelligence? Perhaps it will be colonizing other planets or something that none of us can even fathom.  

One thing I do know; Carbon County is on the cusp of some pretty amazing things.  The projects that we are working on here at the CCEDC are very exciting and will help to positively transform our county and more importantly create more jobs.  

We may think that tourism is always getting the spotlight, but manufacturing in Carbon is very much alive and well.  Our Leadership Carbon class had the opportunity to see that in person when we toured three of our local manufacturers:  Architectural Polymers in Aquashicola and Sharps Compliance and Hydra-Tech Pumps in Nesquehoning. Architectural Polymers is a local home-grown business started in a garage that has grown into a company that ships its products internationally.  It’s the same story for Hydra-Tech; that of a small company started in the founder’s garage that also ships world-wide.

The Main Street and Trail Towns initiatives are also an important component to a robust economy.  It may not seem like much to some people, but a lot of ancillary businesses prosper when there are amazing outdoor attractions such as the D&L Trail, the Appalachian Trail or the Lehigh River in the mix.  Carbon County offers 4 seasons of outdoor fun and adventure.

Successful economic development means having a good cross representation of many different types of business from tourism to manufacturing to healthcare and hospitality.  They all work hand-in-hand to create a healthy and robust economy.

Perhaps there is someone out there that is already working on the next greatest invention that will take us to the next level.  One of our projects at CCEDC that I am hopeful will become a reality in 2019 is the creation of an incubator space to assist up-and-coming entrepreneurs to mentor them in being a successful business owner and provide services for them that they may not be able to afford on their own.  

Who knows what we can accomplish unless we take that first step and make it happen. I am looking forward to what is next for us in Carbon County.  

Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance?

The CCEDC Can Help!


Starting a new business certainly has its challenges.  You come up with an idea you do the research even find a great location.  Now how are you going to bankroll it?

Remember that usually the first dollars into your business are yours.  Perhaps you dipped into savings or cashed in your 401k or maxed out your credit cards.  You may even have worked your regular job and moonlighted at your business to get it off the ground but now you’re ready for the next step; actually going out on your own.

At the startup stage, angel investors are hard to find and asking for help to find grants, or ‘free money,’ is a common request that my office handles all the time. While there may be some small grants, these are not common. 

New businesses have a hard time getting funding from a bank because they don’t have the financial history of actually being in business.  There is really nothing concrete to show a lender that your business is successful much less be able to pay back a loan. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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