Hoping to make life easier for businesses in the area and lure others in, a team including members of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Lackawanna County government unveiled a “one-stop shop” website Friday to connect them to nonprofit and government programs.
The site, www.powered
bylackawanna.org, is scheduled to officially launch Monday, June 1.
The idea behind the website is that few locals — let alone companies outside the area — know about potentially helpful services available to them. Those services include the incubator program at the Jessup Small Business Center, the county’s Small Business Administration loan fee waiver program and TecBridge’s startup and entrepreneurial services.
The website will offer help for startups, established businesses looking to grow in the area as well as companies outside the area interested in moving in, said Jack Reager, the president of BlackOut Design in Scranton, which was hired to build the website.
Nonprofits, businesses and government agencies can use the site to promote opportunities or needs for things like lending, mentoring, facilities and talent.
The site will also allow job seekers to post resumes and employers to post jobs.
The chamber and the county have targeted several types of regional industry that they hope to promote, including health care, finance, energy, advanced manufacturing and higher education.
Robert Durkin, the chamber president, said the website will continue to be a “work in progress” after its launch as the group tweaks it to better serve the business community.
The Lackawanna County Commissioners approved the joint initiative with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce in November to launch a regional marketing campaign and create the website.
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