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.”"

Black-owned businesses surge back after early pandemic losses

Burnt out after a 22-year career in health care, Tina Daniels turned her side-hustle of renovating homes into a full-time enterprise in 2019.

Her North Shore-based business, Concrete Rose Construction, was just a year old when the pandemic upended the economy. But instead of buckling, her residential building and renovation firm bloomed over the past two years. In 2021, it surpassed $1.2 million in revenue.

Jeannette Entrepreneurial Association

Bridgeway Capital increases small business assistance to emerging minority and women entrepreneurs in Westmoreland County. Introducing Kim Louis as Bridgeway’s Community Entrepreneur Liaison for Westmoreland County to connect emerging entrepreneurs to resources that build their capacity to access capital and grow. As a partner for business growth, Bridgeway offers business assistance that builds the capacity of entrepreneurs and prepares them to access capital. The Community Entrepreneur Liaison model is a new effort by Bridgeway to increase its support of small business ecosystems in the communities of New Kensington and Jeannette in Westmoreland County.

ErieMade Business Academy Now Enrolling

"Backed by Bridgeway Capital's Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) and Western Pennsylvania Entrepreneur Diversification Fund with additional financial and administrative support from Erie Arts and Culture, the ErieMade Business Academy will provide a platform for anyone with ambition and a worthwhile concept. The six-month program will offer aspiring entrepreneurs one-on-one guidance and peer support while instilling business fundamentals, with the freshly renovated Erie Center for Arts and Technology (ECAT) at the former Wayne School playing host. Working closely with registrants will be project consultant and business assistance specialist (and 40 Under 40 honoree) Kristen Santiago of Ivy + Atlas and Gone Local Erie."

ErieMade Business Academy to provide hands-on support to emerging and established makers growing in Erie

Erie Center for Arts and Technology, Bridgeway Capital, and Erie Arts and Culture team up to help creative entrepreneurs and businesses pursue opportunities for growth and impact in Erie County. With support from Bridgeway Capital and its Creative Business Accelerator (CBA), the Erie Center for Arts and Technology (ECAT) recently launched the ErieMade Business Academy. Entrepreneurial artists, designers, makers, craftspeople, and micro manufacturers are invited to apply to the six-month program, which will provide one-on-one and peer group support for a wide range of business fundamentals. With access to a new state-funded grant program by Erie Arts and Culture, the three partners bring capacity building and capital to Erie’s creative economy.

$100K grant boosts pilot program for entrepreneurs in Johnstown

In addition to JARI, Bridgeway Capital, a Pittsburgh-based social impact investor, is in the partnership.

Fleegle said Bridgeway and JARI have worked together in Johnstown in the past, and ACRE Partners was an idea of Adam Kenney, Bridgeway Capital’s managing director of programs.

Both JARI and Bridgeway are set to provide Johnstown entrepreneurs with small business guidance and access to flexible capital – including grants and micro-loans.

Press Release – New Ken Shop Small

The New Ken Shop Small Crawl will be held on Small Business Saturday, November 27th, 2021. Shop over 40 participating businesses while getting to know the New Kensington small business community. The businesses invite shoppers to explore their shops, many will offer free samples and snacks. As well as, the chance for shoppers to win one of three baskets full of items donated by the participating businesses in a free raffle contest.

Fallingwater Design Residency

"PG&H, Concept Art Gallery, and Fallingwater collaborate to introduce handcrafted products from nine local makers that were created during the design residency program, the Fallingwater + PG&H Mak Project. In its second year, the residency brings together regional creatives as a cohort and offers exceptional access to Fallingwater and its grounds to design inspired new products."

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