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Ask Me About… a Homewood organization helping people overcome employment barriers

"With skilled workers highly sought after these days, the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh sees a moment for students whose lives it wants to help change through education and employment opportunities.

That will be evident when the Homewood nonprofit hosts an open house April 20 at 5 p.m. in its 7800 Susquehanna Street headquarters."

Artists, budding entrepreneurs gain a guide at new ErieMade Business Academy at ECAT building

"Financial support for the program is coming from the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Bridgeway Capital. It opened an Erie office in 2012 and since then has loaned $26 million for small-business ventures in Erie County and northwestern Pennsylvania that cannot access mainstream sources of finance.

Bridgeway operates its Creative Business Accelerator to help artists, entrepreneurs and other creators to grow their businesses. The accelerator is providing program support to the ErieMade Business Academy."

Women have long held key roles in Erie, but there’s getting to be a lot more of them

"Cathryn Easterling, director of Bridgeway Capital’s Erie office, took on her role as the director just as COVID emerged. She attributes female success to the ability to adapt and thrive.

“It was March 30, 2020, and I started my job as director with three kids learning from home and a baby,” she said with a laugh. “Women have a tendency to break silos and engage corporate staff. We manage remote spaces, business transitions and parenting.”"

Local tech startup Sustainible partners with Bridgeway Capital and Kiva Pittsburgh to showcase its business assessment tech

"Sustainible, a local tech-focused startup that offers a business model assessment tool to entrepreneurs and their startups, announced it entered into a partnership with Bridgeway Capital and microcredit funding platform Kiva Pittsburgh that will supply eligible businesses with Sustainible's tech-driven evaluation tools."

4 days ago

Bridgeway Capital
We are excited to close another loan with long-time client Craig Heidelberg of Dapper Don's Styling Lounge. Bridgeway was able to continue helping Craig with a loan to purchase equipment to meet the demand at Dapper Don's Styling Lounge. We are proud to help Craig continue to dream big as his business grows!Learn how we can help you dream big by visiting are Cathryn Easterling, Bridgeway's Erie Office Director and Craig Heidelberg, Owner of Dapper Don's Styling Lounge ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Bridgeway Capital
Krystal Robinson, the owner of Taste and See, enrolled in the Erie Minority-Owned Business Accelerator with a vision to launch a fruit and veggie bar that shows fresh produce can be delicious and accessible. Krystal was motivated by her own experience of being unable to find healthy options – like fruit and vegetable smoothies – in downtown Erie.Read the full story at ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

Bridgeway Capital
"So my experience in working with Bridgeway was almost this brick-by-brick foundation... What Bridgeway was able to do in the cohort program was kind of gather us on a monthly basis and again me doing my part but then freely receiving the information that Bridgeway had available and their team was amazing... Because they made it a point to provide the resources, to provide the atmosphere to have conversations about what it looks like to own a business and the essential pieces necessary to be a business owner. It just all works together." - Krystal RobinsonKrystal had a vision written down in her journal in 2018 of a healthy food option for downtown Erie. Bridgeway was able to help Krystal bring her vision to reality. Watch her story. ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

Bridgeway Capital
When Bridgeway works with small businesses, we become trusted advisors that connect them to resources that accelerate business growth. Our business assistance programs provide critical capacity-building guidance that helps our clients pursue new opportunities for economic mobility, create jobs, and revitalize neighborhoods. In 2021, Bridgeway delivered 5540 hours of business assistance to 281 entrepreneurs, from group workshops to one-on-one consultations and more. To see more of our impact statistics, check out Bridgeway's 2021 annual report here: client Taste & See Fruit and Veggie Bar. Read their story in Bridgeway's 2021 Annual Report. ... See MoreSee Less
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Night Owl? Moonrise Maker Market Debuts This Weekend at Market Square. Read in Pittsburgh Magazine how the nighttime market will feature more than 30 local artists, crafters, and makers. Read on at

The market is hosted in partnership with Bridgeway's ....

Congratulations Bridgeway's Cathryn Easterling being named one of the Erie Reader's 40 Under 40. One of her nominators wrote of her: "Cathryn is the epitome of what it means to hold space and create opportunities here in Erie!" Cathryn says...


ICYMI: Watch Mikey Hood of Pittsburgh Today Live interview Bridgeway client Jerry Hughes of Jerry's Pizza and Bridgeway's Lending Team Leader, Shawn Thomas. On the show, see what makes Jerry's Pizza the heart of the Hill District, as he serves his commu...

Sneak Peek: Tune into KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live tomorrow starting at 9 AM to watch Mikey Hood interview Jerry Hughes of Jerry's Pizza and Bridgeway's Lending Team Leader, Shawn Thomas. On the show, see what makes Jerry's Pizza the heart of the Hill D...