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  1. Seth Mattison will keynote on The War At Work at the Ben Franklin iXchange.

    On-Line registration for the May 21st iXchange is open. We have the most diverse workforce in U.S. history, with five generations at work. While workers of different ages are pretty much looking for the same things – meaningful contribution, advancement opportunities, and compensation for a job well done – they can have very different ideas Continue Reading…

  2. BFTP Testifies before Senate Appropriations Committee as Proposed Budget Keeps Funding at Historically Low Levels

    The four CEOs of Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ statewide network testified today before the state Senate Appropriations Committee and cautioned that the 2019-20 draft budget plan that keeps funding at historic lows represents a disinvestment in Pennsylvania’s economic growth at a time when other states are stepping up investments. View testimony HERE. Since 2007-08, “Challenge Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Technology Partners Testify Before Senate Appropriations Committee as Proposed Budget Keeps Funding at Historically Low Levels

    The four CEOs of Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ statewide network testified today before the state Senate Appropriations Committee and cautioned that the 2019-20 draft budget plan that keeps funding at historic lows represents a disinvestment in Pennsylvania’s economic growth at a time when other states are stepping up investments.

  4. Ben Franklin Technology Partners to Appear Before PA Senate Appropriations Committee

    3:00 PM, Wednesday, March 6, live-streamed: https://www.pasenategop.com/ The Ben Franklin Technology Partners (Ben Franklin) Pennsylvania statewide network will present before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee regarding the proposed 2019-2020 Pennsylvania budget at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6, live-streamed here: https://www.pasenategop.com/. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of four Ben Franklins Continue Reading…

  5. Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Map Highlights Regional Resources for Start-ups

    A new, interactive map has been launched by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation that highlights organizations, initiatives, and resources available in the Lehigh Valley to entrepreneurs and start-up companies. https://bit.ly/2GMlr5C

  6. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania Creates/Retains 5,968 Jobs in 2018

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has reported that 5,968 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of its work in 2018, for a cumulative total of 55,864 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. Client companies raised an additional $62.9 million in follow-on funding from Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Tech Partners asks for more state funding

    The state budget proposed by Gov. Wolf continues funding of $14.5 million per year for Ben Franklin’s four-center statewide network, the same budget it’s been working with since 2007 when BFTP’s statewide budget was nearly halved from its previous allotment. Via Lehigh Valley Business; News Release

  8. Proposed Budget Perpetuates Reduced Funding Levels for Ben Franklin

    Funding has dropped nearly 50 percent, from $28 million to $14.5 million, since 2007-08, even as neighboring states compete more, invest more HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 5, 2019) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2019-20 General Fund budget would continue to fund Ben Franklin Technology Partners at the reduced level of $14.5 million. The appropriation is about Continue Reading…

  1. Ben Franklin Announces iXchange Award Winners

    Register Now – Early registration discount, $75, until May 7, $95 thereafter. Register on-line at http://sites.ennect.com/e6908 or contact the Ben Franklin Technology Partners at 610-758-5200 or iXchange@nep.benfranklin.org. Hot hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served; a cash bar will be available. A nationally known speaker will present the keynote. Ben Franklin has announced the winners of Continue Reading…

  2. Glenn Discusses Statewide BFTP on Harrisburg Program

    BFTP Director of Statewide Initiatives Ryan Glenn was interviewed on January 24 on Smart Talk, a Harrisburg-based, daily live interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers. Glenn discussed Ben Franklin’s work and funding challenges: https://bit.ly/2RthZOg

  3. BFTP’s Okrepkie and other local experts discuss Wilkes-Barre’s economy

    Ben Franklin Pocono Northeast Regional Manager Ken Okrepkie cites importance of tech firms, entrepreneurship, and business incubation, with collaboration among economic development organizations, as key to region’s past and future successes. Via NE PA Business Journal: https://bit.ly/2B7yLNo

  4. BB&T Invests in Ben Franklin Clients

    Connie Faylor, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Regional Manager, Greater Reading/Berks and Schuylkill, accepts a $10,000 check from the BB&T Economic Growth Fund of Berks County Community Foundation from David Roland, Market President, Berks/Schuylkill/Northern Montgomery Counties, BB&T. The funds will be used to invest in regional technology-based companies that create and retain highly paid, sustainable jobs.

  5. LVEDC has released its January 2019 LVstartup

    This month’s issue includes stories on Ben Franklin economic impacts and client successes. https://bit.ly/2VXPJqm

  6. Ben Franklin Technology Partners Brings Victories

    One organization we consistently hear from is the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, an investor in the region’s technology sectors since 1983. Despite having its state funding cut by more than half in the past 10 years, it has continued to bankroll companies in Berks County and the surrounding region. Every one of Continue Reading…

  7. How Marketers Attract and Retain Attention

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners iXchange 2018 event featured digital distraction expert Curt Steinhorst as the keynote speaker. Having spent years studying the impact of technology on human behavior, Steinhorst equips professionals around the world to work smarter and stronger in this constantly connected age. See his insights on how marketers attract and maintain the Continue Reading…

  8. Study: Ben Franklin Grew Pa.’s Economy by $4.1 Billion, Created 11,407 Jobs from 2012 to 2016

    Challenges remain because of state funding shortfalls. With a focus on startups and innovation, Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) remains a powerful job creation and high-tech economic development engine for Pennsylvania, according to the latest independent economic analysis of the organization. But state funding shortfalls are starting to curtail the partners’ ability to fund companies Continue Reading…