Thinking of starting a business? Looking to grow your business? Today The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Lackawanna County announced a joint economic development initiative designed to make it easier to access services to help grow your business, right here in Lackawanna County.
Lackawanna County is home to a host of business development organizations that provide a wide array of support services to help budding and growing businesses. This initiative seeks to strengthen the communications and interconnectedness between and among those entities; Establish a gateway to such resources for those looking to start or expand a business, and; Launch an integrated marketing campaign to raise awareness of these services, and position Lackawanna County as one of the best places to start, expand or relocate a business.
“In nearly every aspect technology is driving industry and innovation. To compete with other markets, we need to exist in that space,” said Bob Durkin, president of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “By developing a web-based portal to the support services available to businesses located in Lackawanna County, we can increase the effectiveness of these independent services while making the process of starting or growing a business here easier to navigate.”
The initiative can be perceived as a “portal” through which entrepreneurs and/or ongoing business concerns can step to access the range of business development tools including: loan programs, tax incentives, business plan support, educational resources, venture capital, technical support, networking opportunities and more.
“This economic development initiative is a tremendous way to showcase Lackawanna County and will be a very valuable asset for us in our goal of creating jobs and diversifying our economy. It will inform local businesses and companies outside the area where to go for assistance and what’s available to utilize for their projects,” explained Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Chairman of the County’s Board of Commissioners. “This program is a true community partnership.”
“As a part of our Job Creation Initiative, this project will let corporate officials and site selection personnel know that we are ‘open for business.’ It will feature the public/private partnerships at work in our community that are business-friendly,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien. “We are also promoting the incentives that are available to help companies come here, build a foundation, create family sustaining jobs, thrive and be a cornerstone for our growth.”
“This is a great opportunity for Lackawanna County. It is a chance to show off our community’s assets, vibrancy and business climate. It gives decision-makers a real hard look at what we can offer if they locate their operation or a satellite branch here,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.