1. ICS to open new HQ in Northampton County

    Innovative Control Systems (ICS), a manufacturer of a range of products for the car-wash industry, including controllers, payment devices and point-of-sale systems, plans to open a new headquarters in Hanover Township, Northampton County. The headquarters move follows an announcement in February that ICS is opening a 52,000 square-foot manufacturing site in the township. Via Lehigh Valley Continue Reading…

  2. Local Entrepreneurial Endeavors and The Brains Behind Them

    Lehigh Valley Style feature includes BFTP client UBMe – “It’s an app that lets you see what’s happening around you, and connect with the people who are out there.” It’s also hyper-local, according to founder Val Arzunian. TechVentures resident company and BFTP client Carenade, also featured, is an online marketplace for in-home health services. More:

  3. Business starter Ben Franklin says state funding shortfall puts Pennsylvania growth at risk

    Many in the Lehigh Valley might be unaware that Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has been launching businesses since Ronald Reagan was president. But they’re probably familiar with the innovative companies the nonprofit has nurtured. Despite these successes, Ben Franklin has faced stagnant state funding or funding cuts several times in its more Continue Reading…

  4. US Specialty Formulations Graduates From TechVentures

    This manufacturer of sterile injectable products for pharmaceutical companies will move out of Ben Franklin TechVentures and relocate into Allentown, giving the firm space that’s roughly 37,000 square feet larger than its TechVentures home of 3,000 ft2. USSF currently employs 13 and is looking to hire more. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  5. Collegiate entrepreneurs to pitch at BFTP/LVTech competition

    BFTP/NEP and LVTech have joined forces once again to host an event to help college students who are potential entrepreneurs practice their business pitches. The Lehigh Valley Innovation and Collegiate Business Pitch Summit, to be held April 25 at Ben Franklin TechVentures, is in its third year and is being expanded to include displays of Continue Reading…

  6. Without funding innovation, we risk falling behind

    Gilson Snow designs snowboard and ski bases in an innovative and proprietary way to provide an enhanced and unique “feel” on the mountain. The company worked with BFTP to complete manufacturing improvements and expand sales and marketing efforts. “Ben Franklin did more than invest in our success; they surrounded us with internal and external experts Continue Reading…

  7. It’s time to restore funding to PA’s tech-based job-creation engine.

    Entrepreneurship feature on statewide funding of BFTP. Via NETWORK MAGAZINE:

  8. 4 Reasons Why: Business Incubation is Vital to Early-Stage Technology Firms.

    Business incubators provide innovative entrepreneurs and start-up companies with access to needed essential support services when they are most at risk – during their formative years. Blog by Chad Paul, BFTP/NEP CEO:

  1. ICS expands to new production facility

    Innovative Control Systems (ICS) is expanding its production facilities to a new 52,000-sf, state-of-the art facility in Bethlehem. The building will provide a 260% increase in floor space and will incorporate the 5S workplace organization methodology to enhance the efficiency of ICS’s production processes to meet growing demand and position ICS for long-term growth. Via Continue Reading…

  2. US Specialty Formulations pharma manufacturer chooses Allentown for expansion

    “It’s good for our economy when a high-tech business like US Specialty Formulations grows out of Ben Franklin TechVentures and into ownership of their own building in Allentown,” said Allentown Economic Development Corporation Program Manager David Dunn. “Keeping firms like this in the valley says a lot about what we have to offer.” Via AEDC:

  3. Lehigh Valley’s first Net Zero building

    The Sustainable Energy Fund, whose board chairman is BFTP Lehigh Valley regional manager Bob Thomson, broke ground on its new $5.4 million headquarters. The new HQ is believed to be the Lehigh Valley’s first net-zero building and the second commercially viable net zero office building in the country. Via Lehigh Valley Business:; Via Morning Call:

  4. Ben Franklin funding is essential to economic growth in Pa.

    Effort Foundry has been a supplier of high-integrity steel castings to a wide spectrum of industries for more than 40 years. We would, however, not be where we are today without the help of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Pennsylvania’s powerful job creation and high-tech economic development engine. Without Ben Franklin’s support, we have no doubt Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin to Invest $210,000 in Manufacturing Innovation

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors has approved the investment of $210,000 in manufacturers to support regional economic development. Ben Franklin provides 1:1 matching funding for work with a college or university partner on technology-based manufacturing innovation. Investments identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is Continue Reading…

  6. Made Possible in Lehigh Valley

    Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation has unveiled its new “Made Possible in Lehigh Valley” branding video, highlighting the innovation, determination, and work ethic of the region.

  7. Here’s to 30 years of nurturing companies in Allentown.

    Congratulations on 30 years of success to Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network member, AEDC’s Bridgeworks Enterprise Center. Via Keystone Edge:

  8. 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…