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  1. Ben Franklin Invests $465,000 in 11 Companies and 12 Business Incubators

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP_NEPA) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $465,000 in support of regional economic development. Eleven companies and 12 business incubators from BFTP_NEPA’s 21-county service area received funding. BFTP_NEPA announces the following early-stage company investments, which are provided in the form of loans with warrants. Brewpub Continue Reading…

  2. Job Opportunity: Marketing Associate/Manager

    Role: Advance the brand of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) and enhance networks of support through ongoing communication of the organization’s accomplishments by marketing existing clients, and by building awareness among prospective new clients. Establish and strengthen relationships, leading to an improved perception and advantageous action among key constituents, including business, Continue Reading…

  3. Job Opportunity: Associate Manager for Client Development

    Role: The Associate Manager for Client Development is responsible for ensuring that clients in the BFTP_NEPA portfolio receive the best possible support from our team, from outside advisors and experts, and from service providers and vendors when we introduce them or pay for their services. We call this package of support our Solutions Network, and Continue Reading…

  4. Grovara Named Among Most Promising B2B Retail Tech Companies Worldwide

    Ben Franklin client Grovara, launched in Ben Franklin TechVentures, is the leading B2B global marketplace for wellness brands, connecting natural and organic brands with international retailers. The firm was named as a Retail Tech 100 Company, CB Insights’ annual ranking of the 100 most promising B2B retail tech companies in the world — a list Continue Reading…

  5. Saladax Announces Global Distribution Agreement With Beckman Coulter for Antipsychotic Drug Tests

    Beckman Coulter Introduces Antipsychotic Drug Testing to Address Unmet Clinical Need for More Than 69 Million People Living with Serious Mental Conditions There are a significant number of people globally impacted by serious mental illness. Ben Franklin client and TechVentures resident company, Saladax Biomedical, Inc., develops, manufactures, and markets assays, tests that rapidly identify therapeutic Continue Reading…

  6. Banking on Ben Franklin

    Ken Okrepkie, Ben Franklin Regional Manager Pocono Northeast, was featured on a half-hour Keystone Edition Business show on PBS WVIA. He describes the work of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania and how it has supported local companies and improved the regional economy. Ben Franklin clients Jennifer Ciarimboli of studioBEMindfulness, and Ian Robson Continue Reading…

  7. Wayne Barz Named to Lehigh Valley Business’ Power 100

    Congratulations to Ben Franklin’s Chief Investment Officer, Wayne K. Barz, for his selection by Lehigh Valley Business as one of the region’s Power 100! According to Lehigh Valley Business, these are the individuals who shape our communities and influence the quality of life in our region. They are leaders  — some quite prominent and well-known Continue Reading…

  8. USSF calls oral COVID-19 vaccine a game changer

    Ben Franklin client US Specialty Formulations is making progress on an oral vaccine for the COVID-19 virus that could be a game changer in the fight against the disease.  Kyle Flannigan and Garry Morefield of USSF said the ease and safety of the vaccine is what’s needed in the next stage in the fight against Continue Reading…

  1. The Supply-Chain Empire

     (excerpt) … After the war, though, Lehigh Valley leaders “started wondering what would happen if Bethlehem Steel somehow went away,” reported the Morning Call, a local newspaper. Following a series of steelworker strikes—including one lasting 116 days in 1959—local business leaders embarked on an economic-development initiative to establish the region’s first modern industrial park. The establishment of Lehigh Valley Continue Reading…

  2. Downtown Wilkes-Barre Rebound: Our best days are still to come

    The heartbeat of any community is its urban center, and Luzerne County is no different. We are fortunate that Wilkes-Barre, with its long history and having survived the residential exodus into suburbia decades ago, is our urban center. Like the flowing water in the Susquehanna River, Wilkes-Barre, too, is moving forward in a kind of renaissance. Private Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Virtual iXchange May 18 – Free Registration Now Open

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) will present its annual iXchange virtually on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, 2022, at 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The event is free-of-charge to guests, and registration is required. REGISTER HERE. This year’s iXchange theme is Innovators: Past, Present, and Future. Ben Franklin’s iXchange is a premier business/technology event Continue Reading…

  4. Philip Crowley, Esq., Appointed to Ben Franklin Board

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) has announced the appointment of Phillip P. Crowley, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of Crowley Law LLC, to its board of directors. Crowley Law is a boutique corporate law firm focused on helping emerging technology and life sciences start-ups launch and grow. BFTP_NEPA has led tech-based Continue Reading…

  5. BFTP Created/Retained 7,356 Jobs in 2021

    In 2021, 7,356 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP_NEPA) work. BFTP_NEPA generated cumulative impacts of 76,956 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. “Ben Franklin clients are an important part of the resilience northeastern Pennsylvania is exhibiting in Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin Hosts Lehigh University Start-Up Job Fair

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA)  hosted the Lehigh University Start-Up Job Fair at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on February 22. Lehigh undergraduate and graduate students met with Ben Franklin clients Intuidex, Mussel Polymers, Optamo, OptoVibronex, TerraHealth, LBN, and Raven Biomaterials, as well as other regional companies, to share and fill upcoming internship Continue Reading…

  7. USSF Founder Named in Forbes Story on the Next Generation of Black Leaders and Entrepreneurs

    Despite fewer support networks, less access to resources, and an unrelenting global pandemic, many Black-owned businesses have achieved an astonishing feat since 2020. They continue to rise and flourish even in a struggling economy. According to NBC News, American Black business owners increased by a staggering 38 percent from February 2020 to August 2021. Black entrepreneurship Continue Reading…

  8. US Specialty Formulations co-founder one of few Blacks in pharmaceutical leadership positions

    USSF is Developing an Oral COVID Vaccine. For Dr. Kyle Flanigan of Bethlehem, one of few African Americans in a pharmaceutical business leadership position, getting into the field wasn’t a challenge; it was what came afterward. “The challenge for Black people in this industry is recognition and promotion,” said Flanigan, co-founder and chief executive officer Continue Reading…