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Discover Everything Carbon County - Business & Tourism
Your Guide to Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Penn-Kidder, Weatherly & Panther Valley.

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CCEDC Featured Business of the Month- Northeast PA Kayak School 




Progressive, fun, and successful whitewater kayak instruction that gets you paddling or paddling better than you already do – this is what Northeast PA Kayak School is all about. Located on the scenic and clean Lehigh River, Northeast PA Kayak School exists for two reasons – kayaking and helping you learn how to do it the right way!

Well-thought-out progressions of skills are the hallmark of a Northeast PA Kayak School class. High quality equipment and gear, a flexible schedule, and a convenient northeastern U.S. location make whitewater kayaking classes very accessible for you.

Visit our website to discover a class that is right for you.


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2017 Goals

It's human nature to look back at years-end and reflect on how we spent our time, what we accomplished and how successful we were over the course of the past 12 months. Sometimes we have a feeling of accomplishment and sometimes we may feel like we didn't quite do all that we felt we should.

When I reflect back on what we have done at CCEDC in 2016 I am inspired by all the positives. The new businesses that we have nurtured and welcomed into the county, the numerous ribbon cutting ceremonies and the many existing businesses that have expanded their operations with the commitment to remain in Carbon. I am amazed at how we as a county have grown and how CCEDC has grown alongside.

We have made wonderful friends and created strong relationships that will enhance our communities.
Now it's time to set goals for 2017.

Manufacturer's Roundtable. This group's goal is to attract more attendees and build the reputation of manufacturing as an important career choice and one that offers good paying jobs. We are working to meet with all the manufacturers in Carbon County and develop a close working relationship. The group meets every quarter at a different "host" company to discuss issues that are manufacturing specific and tour the host's facilities.

The Business Education Partnership has two goals. First is hosting a second Teacher in the Workforce workshop. Last year's workshop was a success with twenty-two teachers from our schools participating. They visited our local businesses then took what they learned back to their classrooms and created customized lesson plans for the students. This will help the students understand what will be expected from them when they join the workforce; what options are available to them for a successful career and what steps they need to take in order to prepare themselves for that career whether it is a four year college degree, post-secondary trade school or a certificate of completion.

The second goal is to have another successful 5K Earth Day Hippie Run/Walk in Lehighton. The proceeds benefit our scholarships for all 5 school districts and CCTI. Graduating seniors who are going on to a post-secondary school in the business field and also volunteer to help the day of the event or participate in the Hippie Run/Walk are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

CCEDC also administrates several local low interest loan funds for small businesses. The Small Business Expansion Loan Fund and the CCIDA Revolving Loan fund.
New this year is a Small Business Start-up Loan that will help new entrepreneurs who may not have the financial history required for a more conventional business loan to receive the funding they may need to get their idea off the ground.

Our ongoing commitment to the community and businesses that we serve is the most important goal that we have. If you are as passionate about your business and Carbon County as we are, you owe it to yourself to contact us today and see how a Chamber membership can benefit you.

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

CLICK HERE to Learn More and for Application.