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.
More than $3 million in federal funds have been awarded in Western Pennsylvania to boost entrepreneurship, economic development and broadband connections in areas severely impacted by the decline of the coal industry. Grants and recipients include Bridgeway Capital, a Pittsburgh nonprofit lender, $1.2 million for initiatives to help startups including business development workshops, counseling, a business incubator, and small grants...
They don’t name community centers just for anyone.
To have your name entrenched forever in history, you must have been a force in the community for decades. You must have been a visionary, a person people looked up to, a person people went to for advice, leadership, and life lessons. You must have sparked positive change for the community, whether it was in economic development or educational growth.
Sarah B. Campbell was all of the above
An adding machine sits in an upstairs hallway of the former Mulberry Street Second Presbyterian Church in Wilkinsburg. It is from the era of manual typewriters, when the borough had 43 active churches. It has fewer than half that now... The Pittsburgh Foundation and Bridgeway Capital paid for planning and architectural services.
A new business resource center in Homewood will be named for a longtime social activist in the neighborhood who died last year.
Bridgeway Capital’s Sarah B. Campbell Enterprise Center will open in October at 7800 Susquehanna Street, a small business incubator and training facility.
The 2,100-square-foot enterprise center on the first floor of 7800 Susquehanna will provide educational services for startups, including information on funding. It will be open by appointment and also can be reserved for business meetings.
Bridgeway, a certified Community Development Financial Institution, provides investment funds and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Bare Bule was the only farmer at the Mwanakuche Community Garden in Perry South one recent afternoon when an SUV pulled up, a woman got out and approached him. Residents sat on stoops of nearby townhouses.
“We want to help you sell your stuff,” Melodye Martin told Mr. Bule, speaking for her church congregation. “We want to volunteer to help you.” The garden has received support from the Buhl Foundation, Grow Pittsburgh and Bridgeway Capital. The soil tested safe for use, but the farmers amended it with compost.