Resources for Business Startups in NEPA

Women’s Entrepreneurship Center: START-UP Program

Tuesdays, June 7-28, 2016 (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

Business StartUP Series for Women (“StartUP”) is a FREE 4-week certificate program designed for women with lower incomes, those in transition or those trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, the program will offer women support and guidance in determining if entrepreneurship is an option for them. Learn start-up basics, legal and insurance considerations, marketing and social media essentials, business plan development, accounting and budget skills, financing options and requirements, and goal setting. Local women business owners will also visit the sessions to share their experiences.

The Middle Finger Project (TMFproject)

Ash Ambirge, founder of the Middle Finger Project, literally built a million dollar brand around giving the middle finger! TMFproject is the local “hotspot for women who are starting their own business and looking for fresh, interesting ways to stand out from the sea of sameness & make anybody care.” I personally love the snarky website and original, full of confidence bold writing.  Ash offers online workshops like how to get your first clients, making sales calls, and creative business/product/book naming. Also check out her helpful self study courses.

NEPA Business Plan Competition (BPC)

February - April 2016

The Business Plan Competition is about businesses investing in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s greatest asset…its PEOPLE. Students from the area’s Fourteen colleges and universities, along with non-collegiate teams are eligible to win their share of $100,000 in cash and in-kind business services to launch their tech focused company

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

As an entrepreneur in the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre area, I’ve personally found the Scranton Small Business Development & Consulting (SBDC) to be an invaluable resource. The Scranton SBDC provides free and confidential small business consulting and quality training programs in Lackawanna County. There are also other branches in Bradford, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties.

If you are starting your own business I highly recommend SBDC’s The First Step: Starting a Business Workshop. This class gives you everything you need to know to start and operate your very own small business in Pennsylvania. Check out their other events and seminars as well.

The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center (WEC)

The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center (WEC) is a partnership between the Kania School of Management (KSOM) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC). If you are interested in owning/managing your own business in NEPA, the WEB provides training programs, consulting, and even a step-by-step certificate program for women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

Professionals Organized & Working to Enrich the Region (POWER!)

POWER! gives Northeastern Pennsylvania young professionals an opportunity to meet, socialize and network. There’s a few groups in the region but the Wilkes-Barre, PA group seems to be most active. Members meet monthly for great networking opportunities all over NEPA. POWER! events are typically held at fun, interesting restaurants or bars in the area. And dues are only $35 a year!


Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. If you haven’t checked it out, here are some great groups that support local entrepreneurs. Go make some friends!

  • Scranton Personal Development Meetup: a group for entrepreneurs who are interested in learning and growing personally and professionally.
  • Scranton Coworking: Interested in coworking with other freelancers, telecommuters, entrepreneurs, and creative minds? This is the perfect group for you.
  • NEPA Tech Meetup: a growing group of tech professionals based in the Greater Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Poconos, Hazelton region. This group aims to build a supportive network of tech professionals, start-ups and small businesses.
  • Northeast PA WordPress: a personal favorite, this group discusses WordPress topics. Meetups are typically held once a month, and can even be attended remotely.
  • NEPA Creative Writers: A group for all aspiring writers in NEPA who want to sharpen their skills and help others do the same.
  • Green Drinks Scranton: Interested in sustainability and building a green community in Scranton? Grab a drink with these like-minded environmentalists.

Local Internships

Are you a student looking to get some experience? Check out these internship opportunities available to students attending Johnson College, Keystone College, Lackawanna College, Marywood University, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Summit University (formerly Baptist Bible College & Seminary) and The University of Scranton.