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9:41 AM

The Three Gifts



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 From the Desk of Marlyn Kissner, CCEDC Executive Director


  The holidays seem to remind us of the great people in our lives. We take special time to celebrate with family and friends, co-workers and colleagues. I love giving gifts and hand written cards with a big heartfelt "thank you"... to remind our members, sponsors, volunteers and partners of how grateful we are to have their support throughout the year. For many non-profits and not-for-profits, it is the board members, committee members and volunteers who are the incredible support system we all depend upon.

The following are three wonderful gifts that we receive throughout the year from the many people, who volunteer and support our efforts, for this, we thank you:

First, the gift of Time: Thank you to our many volunteers who give us countless hours of time assisting at our events, planning our programs, strategizing on future goals and attending committee meetings.

Second, the gift of Treasure: As a not for profit organization, we depend on sponsorships, memberships and partnerships to fund our programs, initiatives and the organization. Many thanks to our partners who continue to support our efforts that in turn support our businesses and communities throughout the county.Read More

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10:42 AM

Shop Small, Shop Often!




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by Alice Wanamaker – Member Relations Director, CCEDC

According to a blog post published last November by Emmelia De La Cruz , 54% of US sales happen at a small business. That’s a great percentage but wouldn’t it be great if it were 64% or 75% or even 90%? On average, 48 cents from every dollar you spend locally, stays local, compared to only 14 cents spent at big box stores. So as we raise our percentage of sales happening at small businesses locally, we also raise our percentage of dollars that stay locally!

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov. 26 and The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation is encouraging everyone to take action for our greater good. Whether you are a small business owner or a consumer thinking about the holidays, we encourage you to shop small and find unique items for your family and friends.
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3:21 PM

Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance? The CCEDC Can Help!

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Guest Blogger: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, Carbon County, PA

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.Read More

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