1. 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…

  2. Applied Separations Featured for #NationalInventor’sDay

    Applied Separations develops machinery that utilizes supercritical carbon dioxide for processes including fragrance and spice extractions, cleaning medical implements, and waterless dyeing of textiles. The company has received multiple BFTP investments to develop its technology and streamline its manufacturing, and New Tripoli Bank helped finance Applied Separations’ headquarters in center city Allentown. Via @NewTripBank:

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. Innovative Control Systems Expanding

    Ben Franklin client Innovative Control Systems, the industry-leading provider of car wash control, payment, and management systems, is expanding operations and opening a new 52,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in the Lehigh Valley. Via LVEDC:

  6. Ben Franklin Announces iXchange Award Winners

    Register Now – Early registration discount, $75, until May 7, $95 thereafter. Register on-line at or contact the Ben Franklin Technology Partners at 610-758-5200 or 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…

  7. 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:

  8. 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:

  1. 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.

  2. LVEDC has released its January 2019 LVstartup

    This month’s issue includes stories on Ben Franklin economic impacts and client successes.

  3. 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…

  4. Carenade Health Becomes New Ben Franklin TechVentures Resident Company

    Carenade Health is creating an easy-to-use, efficient online tool through which consumers can compare prices, read reviews, and buy in-home health care services for themselves or their loved ones. Via The Morning Call:

  5. 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…

  6. Georg Fischer Harvel Among Global CPVC Pipe & Fittings 2018 Top Manufacturers

    The critical and significant data in the study makes the research a very important tool for experts, analysts and managers to get ready-to-access analysis by the industry professionals. More:

  7. 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…

  8. Four Ben Franklin Clients Receive KIZ Tax Credits

    Ben Franklin clients/TechVentures resident companies NextShift Interactive, US Specialty Formulations, Logic54 LLC, and Mind Me Inc. were among seven start-ups to receive tax credits through the Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone, which is administered by the Bethlehem Economic Development Corp. Via Lehigh Valley Business: