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  1. How companies tied to Ben Franklin TechVentures are fighting COVID-19

    Some Lehigh Valley companies are about to get a big boost as they work to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technical Development Authority announced in April it awarded $1 million to each of the four Ben Franklin Technology Partners to support affected companies. Each of the statewide centers is matching the $1 million Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Announces Staff Promotions

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced two staff promotions. Laura L. Lawrence was promoted to Senior Project Manager. In addition to ensuring compliance with state, federal, and organizational regulations, her new role will include the management of client financial deals and investment reporting. Lawrence has served for 12 years at Continue Reading…

  3. Pandemic causing entrepreneurs to shift gears

    The downtime created from the COVID-19 pandemic gave prospective entrepreneurs a chance to realize their dream to start a new business. It also offered an opportunity for entrepreneurs who already started their businesses to change direction to produce something to fill a coronavirus-caused need. Feature citing Ben Franklin clients American Paper Bag, LLC, Sugar Notch; ConnexiCore, Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Northeast Announces Its Action Plan for Investing

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced its action plan for investing funding approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for its Return to Health Fund. The DCED will release a total of $4 million statewide, $1 million to each of the four Ben Franklin centers, to Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Statewide Awarded $4M to Aid Promising Start-ups, Foster Innovation in Response to COVID-19

    The Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) awarded $4 million to the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners to support promising clients that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, even as their innovations are helping the state respond to this public health crisis. Ben Franklin Technology Partners serves all 67 counties through four regionally based centers Continue Reading…

  6. PA Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

    The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) offers a portal for manufacturers of products related to the numerous supply chain components for protecting us from the coronavirus. Manufacturers of supplies and products or companies that can pivot existing manufacturing capabilities to meet the necessary demand can contact DCED via the Manufacturing Call to Continue Reading…

  7. Hero’s Kafe in TechVentures Pivots to Help AHA Residents

    Hero’s Kafe, based in Ben Franklin TechVentures, had to be creative when COVID-19 forced it to temporarily close its breakfast and lunch business. The restaurant teamed with the Allentown Housing Authority to provide meals each weekday to residents — many of whom face higher exposure risk of the deadly disease due to age and infirmities. Continue Reading…

  8. GoggleWorks is 3-D Printing Face Shields

    Highly-sought-after face shields are being 3D printed at the Cross Trainer Mixed Reality studios inside the GoggleWorks Factory in Reading. It’s part of a partnership that’s budded in the last few days with one simple goal: to produce personal protective equipment to help in the fight against COVID-19. The groups involved include Albright College, Alvernia Continue Reading…

  1. Douglas Engler Appointed Regional Manager, Lehigh Valley

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the appointment of Douglas Engler as Regional Manager, Lehigh Valley. Engler will succeed Robert S. Thomson, III, who will retire on June 30. Engler will lead and actively contribute to the regional technology ecosystem, working with business and industry groups, economic development colleagues, higher Continue Reading…

  2. PA’s New COVID-19 WORKING CAPITAL ACCESS PROGRAM is Open for Applications 

    Program Details ·    Access point for this program:  Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO) for county where business is located (Find it here) ·    Eligible Businesses: Any for-profit businesses located in PA and with 100 or fewer employees worldwide may qualify for disaster relief loans. Your application must be processed through the CEDO designated for the county Continue Reading…

  3. Call for 3D Printers – St. Luke’s seeks support to produce COVID-19 protection masks

    Bethlehem’s St. Luke’s Hospital and Filament Innovations of Coplay, as well as 3D manufacturer and BFTP/NEP client ProtoCAM, have teamed to produce 3D printed N95 respirator masks and face shields for health care providers to help protect them from COVID-19. Working together, the three groups expect to produce about 300 to 350 masks and face Continue Reading…

  4. BFTP Has Role in Jump-starting PA Economy with Potential Economic Stimulus Packages

    On behalf of the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners network, we want to express our unified support for the swift measures our Commonwealth has taken to address the business impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and respond to this pandemic. Gov. Tom Wolf, his administration, and the entire General Assembly have showed tremendous leadership during these Continue Reading…

  5. Calling on Life Sciences and Others to Donate Supplies to Fight COVID-19

    On behalf of the hospitals, healthcare systems, life sciences companies and thousands of healthcare workers of Pennsylvania, we are asking all life sciences and other organizations to consider how you may be able to help bring additional supplies and other resources to our Commonwealth’s healthcare institutions so they can continue to test and treat patients Continue Reading…

  6. Temporary Closure of PA Businesses Due to COVID-19

    Governor Wolf has ordered all “non-life-sustaining businesses” to close at 8 p.m. March 19 or begin facing enforcement actions at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, March 21 morning. A list of businesses defined as “life-sustaining” or “non-life-sustaining” can be found here. Some Ben Franklin clients are able to continue operating as they fall in the following Continue Reading…

  7. SBA Funds Now Available to PA Companies

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Gov. Tom Wolf’s request for a disaster declaration throughout the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania businesses economically affected by COVID-19 are now eligible for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and may apply through the SBA loan portal. Small businesses unable to secure a loan elsewhere are eligible to apply for credit Continue Reading…

  8. COVID-19: A message to our community

    Dear Ben Franklin Community: The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has been actively communicating with our economic development partners, the Commonwealth, and the federal government to solicit recommendations and provide input during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goals are to help sustain clients now and to develop an economic recovery plan for our technology-based Continue Reading…