CCEDC Awards Dinner, Phoenixville Foundry

Why Choose a PIDA Loan for Your Business?

July 15, 2019

There are so many different ways to use a loan from the PA Industrial Development Authority or PIDA. PIDA is not a substitute for conventional bank lending but works in conjunction with banks or other lenders to provide as much as 50% of the project cost to a maximum of $2,000,000. PIDA’s below market interest rate… Read More >

Local Tech Group Launches Survey for Workforce Diversity

July 1, 2019

From Silicon Valley to the IT departments of the smallest companies, it is no secret that the tech workforce often lacks the diversity found in other fields. Women make up 47% of the U.S. workforce but account for less than 24% of technology workers. African American and Hispanic workers are employed in tech at roughly… Read More >

Seedcopa and SeedcoDE Share News of Historically Low SBA Loan Rates

June 24, 2019

Seedcopa and SeedcoDE, affiliates of the Chester County Economic Development Council help businesses get the money they need to start, grow and expand through a variety of loan programs.  By working with programs available through Federal, State and Local agencies, they are able to facilitate loans that compliment conventional, commercial loans. In fact, interest rates… Read More >

Teens Jumpstart Their Careers with Summer Academies

June 17, 2019

The Chester County Economic Development Council’s STEM Innovation Summer Academies provide unique, hands-on learning experiences for the next generation of healthcare, technology and engineering professionals. The summer programs, which kick off the week of June 24, are designed by the CCEDC to provide career exploration and industry skills to develop the next generation of leaders… Read More >

Chester County Innovators, Entrepreneurs Gather for TechStars Startup Weekend

June 10, 2019

For the second year in a row, aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, and would-be inventors gathered for Chester County Startup weekend, where they had 54 hours to take a new idea from concept to creation. The three-day event, held at Penn State Great Valley May 31-June 2, was jointly organized by Penn State Great Valley’s REV-UP Center… Read More >

CCEDC Summer Academies Kick Off with Acceptance and White Coat Ceremony

June 3, 2019

Pre-college students from local schools received their pins of achievement and medical white coats during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 after being accepted into the Chester County Economic Development Council’s STEM Innovation Summer Academies. The summer programs that start in June are designed by the CCEDC to provide career exploration and industry skills… Read More >

West Chester’s Green Lawn Fertilizing/Green Pest Solutions President Named SBA Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award Winner

May 13, 2019

When Matt Jesson began mowing lawns, he never imagined his after-school job would become an industry-leading lawn care and pest control business earning more than $15 million in annual revenue. Now Matt Jesson, President of Green Lawn Fertilizing/Green Pest Solutions in West Chester, has been named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a National… Read More >

Two Area Teams Advance to State-level Competition in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Student Video Contest

May 6, 2019

Following on the heels of this year’s regional awards ceremony, the organizers of the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? (WSCM) student video contest for the Chester and Delaware Counties had two teams advance to the “Best of PA” competition. This is the second year that a state-level competition was held.  Regional contests began in 2013 with the… Read More >

Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n) Supports WCU’s 7th Annual WCU Business Idea Competition

April 29, 2019

The Chester County Economic Development Council, through its Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n) startup initiative participated in the 7th Annual West Chester University (WCU) Business Idea Competition on April 17.  i2n partners with educational institutions like WCU and other partners to create an ecosystem that provides regional support for innovation and entrepreneurship.  This Business Idea Competition… Read More >

Chester County Economic Development Council to Hold First-of-Its-Kind Local Business Forum on Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

April 16, 2019

In a survey of medical personnel as well as leadership at local hospitals and health care-related companies, Health Care Connect (HCC), an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), found the number one concern was a shortage of services for the growing number of people facing mental health and substance abuse problems, particularly… Read More >

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