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By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC To Pivot: When used as a verb it means “to turn on a point” but when used in business it has a much broader definition; “A pivot usually occurs when a company makes a fundamental change to their business after determining (usually through market research) that their product isn’t meeting the needs of…

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By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC As the world starts to ask what’s going to happen when this pandemic is finally over and we can look at what it will take to jumpstart the economy again one thing is for certain: We have to save Main Street! In Carbon County, Main Street is…

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By Tony Iannelli |President & CEO, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Published by the The Morning Call | Apr 15, 2020 It was late January and the chamber held its 2020 Economic Outlook event at SteelStacks. The event, as usual, was packed with 600 community and business leaders shaking hands, hugging and happily sharing…

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By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC There is no doubt that COVID-19 has irrevocably changed the way businesses will compete over the next decade.  How will you survive as a business much less compete in the coming months?  Let’s put this in perspective.  Events like COVID-19 are called “Black Swan Events” and are…

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By Kathy Henderson, CCEDC Director of Economic Development When Starting a Business 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…

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Lessons from the Top By Kathy Henderson, Director of Carbon County Economic Development I don’t always eat fast food, but when I do, one of my favorites is Chick-fil-A.  It’s too bad I have to travel so far to get it.   Why do we love Chick-fil-A so much?  Their food is a little more expensive…

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By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development We’ve all heard the saying “the love of money is the root of all evil”.  But that is not entirely true.  That statement says the love of money it doesn’t mean money itself.  Money can also be used for good.   Loving money more than anything else including your…

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By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development It’s September already!  Where did the year go?  We usually ask ourselves that question around this time of year and look back to see how were we so busy that another year has slipped away from us, where has the time gone and more importantly what have we…

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By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development What is Economic Development?  I recently asked that question of high school students and was not at all surprised to get blank stares and crickets.   People have many different ideas of what economic development is and some have no idea at all. Jeff Finkle, President and CEO of…

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By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC I read an article in Bloomberg recently by Claire Ballentine about the “Rust Belt” and ways that the local communities are turning around abandoned manufacturing plants.  An excerpt from her article sounds a lot like what some of our towns in Carbon County have become. Ms. Ballentine…

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