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Mauch Chunk Trust

MCT was incorporated August 25, 1902 and remains today a locally owned and managed independent community bank. While many banks of our type have merged or simply disappeared, our ability to change with the times has allowed us to grow and prosper for over 115 years.

You’ll still find us today in the heart of Jim Thorpe with our main office located at 1111 North Street. Our seven branches serve Jim Thorpe, Albrightsville, Nesquehoning, Lehighton, Hometown and West Penn.

The secret to our success is simple. We’re not merely bankers, we’re your neighbors. We live in the same communities that we serve, we share your interests. We’re equally affected by the decisions we make. What’s good for you is good for us, too.  In fact, our reputation was built through more than 115 years of community involvement. You’re as likely to find us with rolled-up sleeves digging into a community project as you are in a suit and tie sitting behind our desk.

Serving your financial needs is our business. Serving your communities is our privilege.


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It's Time to Promote Careers in Trades

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corp., and the CCEDC's Business Education Partnership had the opportunity to partner with Lehighton High School to host a Career Day earlier this month. It was an amazing way to showcase career choices to the students with companies that are right here in Carbon County.

Among those companies represented were manufacturers, hospitality, tourism, attorneys, bankers, and Realtors just to name a few. A large number of students were even able to register for a summer job with some of the companies. CCEDC is looking to partner with our other high schools in Carbon County to host Career Days and wants to thank all the businesses that participated to make it a success.

These events are extremely important for our students. They enable companies to speak directly to the students and explain what they do. It is equally important for the students to learn what types of jobs are available in our county and what kind of education they will need to work in those industries. Not all good paying jobs require a 4 year college degree. Some jobs require a 2 year tech school certification with some students even being hired upon graduation from Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI).

Take manufacturing for instance. Representatives from Ampal, Ametek, Blue Ridge Pressure Casting, SMF and Highwood attended the event. They brought along samples of what they produce right here in our own backyards. In order to be hired by these manufacturers, potential employees need science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related educations. These are not your grandfather's manufacturing jobs. They require a lot more technical knowledge. Most of which is learned in high school and tech school.

A study released by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) establishes manufacturing as the driving industry behind Pennsylvania's rural economy and the premier provider of jobs and wages within the commonwealth's non-urban areas. Unfortunately, most skilled-construction professionals are nearing the age of retirement and they are not being replaced by an equal or greater number of young, talented workers. Becoming a skilled tradesperson does not preclude workers from additional business education. 
Quite the opposite; many of the most successful construction owners started in the field, learned the business from the ground up and then added the business acumen to build their own companies.

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs recently spoke to congress about this problem also. His comment was "If we want to make America great again, we gotta make work cool again." In a letter he wrote to a viewer, he stated "Making work cool means challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that keep people from exploring careers in the trades. There are lots of ways to do that, and no one way is superior to another."

CCEDC is working with our local companies and schools to look at the opportunities available to our students in the local workforce. If you have a school age child, you owe it to them to allow them to explore all the resources that are open to them for success.

Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance?

The CCEDC Can Help!


Starting a new business certainly has its challenges.  You come up with an idea you do the research even find a great location.  Now how are you going to bankroll it?

Remember that usually the first dollars into your business are yours.  Perhaps you dipped into savings or cashed in your 401k or maxed out your credit cards.  You may even have worked your regular job and moonlighted at your business to get it off the ground but now you’re ready for the next step; actually going out on your own.

At the startup stage, angel investors are hard to find and asking for help to find grants, or ‘free money,’ is a common request that my office handles all the time. While there may be some small grants, these are not common. 

New businesses have a hard time getting funding from a bank because they don’t have the financial history of actually being in business.  There is really nothing concrete to show a lender that your business is successful much less be able to pay back a loan. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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