How to attract great workers? Local manufacturers learn innovative workforce development in Homewood

On Tuesday, June 18, Catalyst Connection gathered dozens of manufacturers from across Western Pennsylvania for a tour of 7800 Susquehanna in Homewood, a socially-conscious business hub funded by Bridgeway Capital. During the tour and discussions with some of the in-house experts, representatives from Mitsubishi, MECCO laser-engraving, Quality Mould machine shop and other organizations learned about innovative approaches to workforce development.

Saturday, May 25: DC2 Symposium at Touchstone Center for Crafts

Saturday, May 25: DC2 Symposium at Touchstone Center for Crafts
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Makers of all ilks are invited to retreat to the tranquil Laurel Highlands center for the first annual symposium presented by Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator and Monmade. Surrounded by inspiring woodlands, entrepreneurial creatives from throughout the region and country will discuss the intersection of design, craft and commerce. Conversations, keynote talks and Q&As will explore global markets, handmade and manufactured production and sustainability. There will also be time for networking and socializing, plus a catered luncheon.

Fallingwater and Monmade collaborate to elevate Pittsburgh makers

"Sixteen local makers were recently selected by Fallingwater to participate in the first Fallingwater + Monmade Design Residency. The residency for the makers—all designers, craftspeople, and artists from Monmade—will take place April 24 – 26 at High Meadow, Fallingwater’s newly expanded and renovated educational program complex."

Our view: Minority entrepreneurs getting boost

"It was fitting that the launch of the Erie Minority-Owned Business Accelerator on Wednesday evening took place at Learning Ladder Early Childhood Education in the 2500 block of Peach Street. Learning Ladder’s owners, Kenya and Sean Johnson, are well down the path to which the would-be minority entrepreneurs at the accelerator kick-off aspire. They received a $150,000 loan in 2016 from Bridgeway Capital to buy the building they had been leasing for their day care center."

Bridgeway Capital CEO Mark Peterson to Retire

"Mark Peterson, who has led Bridgeway Capital since its founding in 1990 as a community loan fund to help revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, plans to retire. “For 29 years, we refused to let money and a lack of resources separate our communities. I am certain Bridgeway will continue to provide flexible capital to fuel small business and job growth.”-Mark Peterson"

IDEALAB 2019: Let’s make more stuff

"Greater Cincinnati is a hub for manufacturing and has been so for decades, and ideas for continuing to grow that sector of the economy, especially among small manufacturers in the urban core, will be the focus of IDEALAB: reMaking Industry, which will be held this Thursday, May 9 at the Xavier Center for Innovation. Adam Kenney will speak about Pittsburgh’s Monmade and its Craft Business Accelerator. Monmade connects manufacturers with markets and buyers and is a project of the Craft Business Accelerator, which finances artisan businesses, maker enterprises, design/build shops, and entrepreneurial artists."

Monmade’s DC2 conference offers local makers a national perspective on growing their businesses

"Since launching in the spring of 2017, Monmade has hosted dozens of events connecting Pittsburgh crafters and makers with the local support to transform their art into sustainable businesses. On May 25, Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator and Monmade will host the DC2 symposium at Touchstone Center for Crafts, just south of Ohiopyle. The day-long event will feature lectures and Q&As with creative entrepreneurs from across the country."

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