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What issues do Shamokin businesses face – and what opportunities can they leverage?

Those are some of the questions that SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) and its partners will ask as they walk the city and surrounding area every Wednesday in February.

Representatives from SEDA-COG, CareerLink, and the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be completing the walks together to help answer business’s questions on the spot, said SEDA-COG’s Betsy Lockwood.

“We’re calling this Business Walk Wednesday. We want to know what opportunities and challenges the Shamokin businesses are facing and how we can partner with them to build further success,” Lockwood said. “While this is in no way mandatory, we would love the opportunity to talk to interested businesses so we can help offer solutions.”

To address the needs businesses express, workshops will be held this spring and summer.

This effort is part of the statewide PA Engage! program, a relatively new statewide business retention and expansion program that offers companies advantages and connections.

In a 10-county central Pennsylvania region, a network of publicly funded partners empowers businesses to stay in PA, grow and excel. With the Engage! program, the partners identify and invest in businesses that may be unaware of the host of local resources available to them.

These partners are part of the Central Region Partners for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network that SEDA-COG coordinates, which has over 20 business service providers in the region.

The local business service providers have a history of successfully partnering with businesses to help them reach their goals. From manufacturing, restaurants, gyms, orchards, farms, and more, no matter the business, the local business service providers can boost businesses to the next level.

Locally, Engage! was financed by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Department of Community and Economic Development.

For more information or to set up a special time to meet, contact SEDA-COG’s Betsy Lockwood at 570-524-4491 or elockwood@seda-cog.org