"A team led by Katie Johnson, from the Creative Business Accelerator at Bridgeway Capital, and Knotzland founder and owner Nisha Blackwell has been developing the Origins program through close collaboration with these makers. The goal? To create a support program to help makers of color grow their fledgling businesses."
"With 11 employees on her payroll and desperate for cash flow, Ms. Flanagan on Wednesday morning called her lender, Bridgeway Capital. By that afternoon, Bridgeway had decided to waive payments on Community Kitchen’s five-year $150,000 loan for three months. Nonprofit lenders like Bridgeway, with a deep social mission to support businesses in the Pittsburgh region, were among the first to offer relief to small enterprises that have been smacked hard by the economic fallout."
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"Beyond the aesthetic value of work by local makers, Katie Schaible, design and development specialist at Monmade, pointed out that buying items like light fixtures and bar tops from makers with fully local supply chains can help a development qualify for LEED certification."
"Stylist Sonia McKoy will moderate the afternoon panel discussion on financial resources for Pittsburgh makers with Adam Kenney of Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator;"
As a computer programmer, Mr. Nicol began toying with analog synthesizers more than a decade ago and became part of a Pittsburgh network of people of similar interests. His hobby grew into a basement business in 2011. In recent years, he’s moved operations to a 1,500-square-foot warehouse enterprise zone at 7800 Susquehanna St., Homewood.
"Both of the non-profit organizations in this joint demonstration — Culinary Kitchen and the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh — provide tuition-free, 12- week workforce training to those facing employment challenges such as conviction records, lack of education or training, substance abuse, and/or family financial challenges. Both are funded by federal dollars and revenue generated through sales of goods and services performed by program trainees. And both, in Miller’s view, are “changing lives one person at a time and providing a really valuable service to the Commonwealth by helping the individuals that we serve to gain living wage jobs and, ultimately, transition off of public assistance.”"
"Considering that the Lohr Building on Wood Street in Wilkinsburg is more than 130 years old, it’s hard to think of it as “a work in progress.” But that’s how Tracey Evans, executive director of the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp., describes the landmark structure as she and the WCDC move their offices into the renovated first floor."
"In December, members of the architectural team designing the new terminal and multi-modal complex set to open in 2023 toured the studios of a local craft business accelerator to meet artists, furniture designers and small-batch manufacturers. They wanted to see, touch and experience these possibilities in real life."
It is often said that no one is an island, and no one can accomplish their goals and dreams without the assistance of others. For the past 29 years, Bridgeway Capital has been proving that theory as they continuously provide financial assistance and education to potential and existing entrepreneurs in communities across Western Pennsylvania.
A little over one year ago, Pittsburgh-based designers Rebekah Joy, Kelly Simpson-Scupelli and Rona Chang planted a flag for sustainable fashion at 3711 Butler Street. Supported by Kiva and Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator, the trio launched Make + Matter, a studio storefront dedicated to ethically produced crafts and fashion, in August of 2018.
Sixty-five new businesses and 200 new jobs are expected to be created through a $1.22 million grant to Bridgeway Capital that will create the Western Pennsylvania Entrepreneur Diversification Fund. The grant and $5.6 million from private investments will fund counseling, business development workshops, a regional business incubator and provide grants to entrepreneurs.