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“I got into this business in the 1990s with the intention of starting my own business. It just took me 27 years,” Beau B...
03/26/2021
Long-time brew master Beau Baden says it’s time to run his own show. - LVB

“I got into this business in the 1990s with the intention of starting my own business. It just took me 27 years,” Beau Baden, who is opening Sherman Street Beer Co. in Allentown soon, said.

Beau Baden is a well-known name to those in the Lehigh Valley’s craft beer scene. For years he was the brew master for Fegley’s Brew Works, which has locations in Bethlehem and Allentown. He was responsible for developing some of the brew pubs’ signature brews.

#Breaking: Former Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesda...
03/25/2021
Dr. Rachel Levine confirmed as nation’s assistant secretary of health - LVB

#Breaking: Former Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as the Biden Administration’s assistant secretary of health.

Former Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as the Biden Administration’s assistant secretary of health.

Commercial real estate projects have returned for architectural and design firms but they look different as businesses d...
03/24/2021
Designing office spaces with COVID-19 in mind - LVB

Commercial real estate projects have returned for architectural and design firms but they look different as businesses design office spaces with COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses in mind.

Commercial real estate projects have returned for architectural and design firms but they look different as businesses design office spaces with COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses in mind.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost broadband internet access t...
03/24/2021
Comcast unveils plan to invest $1 billion to help connect low-income households - LVB

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost broadband internet access to low-income households, Comcast has announced plans to spend $1 billion over the next 10 years to further narrow the digital divide.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost broadband internet access to low-income households, Comcast has announced plans to spend $1 billion over the next 10 years to further narrow the digital divide.

A new initiative to replace nearly 50% of the state government’s energy usage with solar power was announced by Governor...
03/22/2021
Wolf announces solar plan that could generate 191 megawatts in Pa. - LVB

A new initiative to replace nearly 50% of the state government’s energy usage with solar power was announced by Governor Tom Wolf on Monday and is the largest solar commitment by any government in the U.S. to date.

A new initiative to replace nearly 50% of the state government’s energy usage with solar power was announced by Governor Tom Wolf on Monday and is the largest solar commitment by any government in the U.S. to date.

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s effort to get out the COVID-19 vaccine now has some new wheels – thanks to a donation fro...
03/22/2021
LVHN hits the road with donated mobile vaccine unit vehicles - LVB

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s effort to get out the COVID-19 vaccine now has some new wheels – thanks to a donation from Bennett Toyota in Allentown.

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s effort to get out the COVID-19 vaccine now has some new wheels – thanks to a donation from Bennett Toyota in Allentown.

After being ranked 30th in the nation for vaccine distribution, the Pennsylvania Health Department said the roll out of ...
03/19/2021
CDC now ranks Pennsylvania second in nation as vaccine roll out speeds up - LVB

After being ranked 30th in the nation for vaccine distribution, the Pennsylvania Health Department said the roll out of vaccines is increasing and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now moved the state to no. 2 in the nation for the number of vaccines administered in the last seven days.

After being ranked 30th in the nation for vaccine distribution, the Pennsylvania Health Department said the roll out of vaccines is increasing and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now moved the state to no. 2 in the nation for the number of vaccines administered in the last se...

This former foundry, vacant for more than 20 years, will be demolished and replaced with apartment buildings.
03/19/2021
In Emmaus, a 20-year-old eyesore is being reborn as apartments - LVB

This former foundry, vacant for more than 20 years, will be demolished and replaced with apartment buildings.

An Emmaus-based developer is keeping it local with plans to rehabilitate a roughly 8-acre brownfield site in the borough, turning the top blighted property there into upscale apartment housing.

03/19/2021

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC and panelist Robert A. Weishaar, Jr. are passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Learn how your company or organization can do the same by joining our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit. Sign up today: https://www.cpbj.com/event/diversity-inclusion-summit/

As the availability and administration rate of the COVID-19 vaccine ramps up across the Commonwealth and industry expert...
03/19/2021
Things to consider before demanding employees get the COVID vaccine - LVB

As the availability and administration rate of the COVID-19 vaccine ramps up across the Commonwealth and industry experts are predicting availability to the general public in the Spring, many employers are wondering whether they can require their employees to be vaccinated.

As the availability and administration rate of the COVID-19 vaccine ramps up across the Commonwealth and industry experts are predicting availability to the general public in the Spring, many employers are wondering whether they can require their employees to be vaccinated.

Allentown’s PPL Corp. is officially getting out of the power business in the United Kingdom, while bolstering its presen...
03/18/2021
PPL deal sells U.K. utility, buys Rhode Island one - LVB

Allentown’s PPL Corp. is officially getting out of the power business in the United Kingdom, while bolstering its presence in the United States.

Allentown’s PPL Corp. is officially getting out of the power business in the United Kingdom, while bolstering its presence in the United States.

Brittney Waylen, vice president of government affairs for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, said many small...
03/18/2021
Businesses frustrated by slow vaccine roll out are starting to see hope - LVB

Brittney Waylen, vice president of government affairs for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, said many small and large businesses in the region have been expressing frustration with the pace of the roll out.

There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with the COVID-19 pandemic as vaccine rates begin to pick up in Pennsylvania. Still, many are frustrated with the slow pace up until this point – especially in getting vaccines to those working with the public who aren’t health care workers or t...

Ten plumbing and HVAC professionals from Reading-based UGI HVAC, a HomeServe USA company, are spending two weeks in Texa...
03/17/2021
‘We loaded up our vans and left.’ Reading-based UGI-HVAC crew helping storm-ravaged Texas - LVB

Ten plumbing and HVAC professionals from Reading-based UGI HVAC, a HomeServe USA company, are spending two weeks in Texas, working to restore water and air conditioning services to residents affected by a massive winter storm last month.

Ten plumbing and HVAC professionals from Reading-based UGI HVAC, a HomeServe USA company, are spending two weeks in Texas, working to restore water and air conditioning services to residents affected by a massive winter storm last month that killed at least 58 people and disrupted power and water se...

Gaming revenue in Pennsylvania for the Month of February was almost back to where it was pre-pandemic, saved mostly by o...
03/17/2021
February gaming revenue fell 1% in Pa., and that’s not bad - LVB

Gaming revenue in Pennsylvania for the Month of February was almost back to where it was pre-pandemic, saved mostly by online offerings.

Gaming revenue in Pennsylvania for the Month of February was almost back to where it was pre-pandemic, saved mostly by online offerings.

Pennsylvania businesses mostly held back on making large changes to their benefit plans during the pandemic, according t...
03/16/2021
Survey of PA businesses shows pandemic had minor impact on benefit plans - LVB

Pennsylvania businesses mostly held back on making large changes to their benefit plans during the pandemic, according to a survey of 100 organizations.

Pennsylvania businesses mostly held back on making large changes to their benefit plans during the pandemic, according to a survey of 100 organizations by Harrisburg employee benefit and investment advisory firm Conrad Siegel.

Redistribution specialist RJ Schinner is moving out of its current Bethlehem facility into a larger location in Hanover ...
03/16/2021
RJ Schinner doubling space with move, neighbor also expanding - LVB

Redistribution specialist RJ Schinner is moving out of its current Bethlehem facility into a larger location in Hanover Township, Northampton County.

Redistribution specialist RJ Schinner is moving out of its current Bethlehem facility into a larger location in Hanover Township, Northampton County.

Take the first steps in creating your companies DEI business strategy by joining our upcoming virtual Diversity, Equity ...
03/15/2021
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit - LVB

Take the first steps in creating your companies DEI business strategy by joining our upcoming virtual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit on March 30th. Sign up today! https://lvb.com/event/diversity-inclusion-summit/

The Pennsylvania community has a critical role in the space of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Attend this online summit to take the first steps in creating your companies DEI business strategy and making equitable action a priority to improve business outcomes. The keynote and panel will focus on....

#Breaking: Restaurants can resume bar service, sell alcohol without customers needing to purchase food first and fill th...
03/15/2021
Restaurants can reopen bar service, sell drinks without food, starting April 4 - LVB

#Breaking: Restaurants can resume bar service, sell alcohol without customers needing to purchase food first and fill their dining room to 75% capacity beginning April 4, Gov. Wolf announced.

https://www.lvb.com/restaurants-can-reopen-bar-service-sell-drinks-without-food-starting-april-4/

Restaurants can resume bar service, sell alcohol without customers needing to purchase food first and fill their dining room to 75% capacity beginning April 4, Gov. Wolf announced in a press release on Monday.

The AEDC has released the results of its annual incubation impact survey, which showed that its Bridgeworks Enterprise C...
03/10/2021
AEDC reports record 2020 for companies at Allentown Bridgeworks - LVB

The AEDC has released the results of its annual incubation impact survey, which showed that its Bridgeworks Enterprise Center grew to a total of 11 companies earning nearly $16 million in revenue.

The AEDC has released the results of its annual incubation impact survey, which showed that its Bridgeworks Enterprise Center grew to a total of 11 companies earning nearly $16 million in revenue.

The sector continues to struggle to attract new entries (those aged 30 or under) at all levels, partly due to a lingerin...
03/10/2021
Jobs in ‘the trades’ are hi-tech and high paying, so why are workers so hard to find? - LVB

The sector continues to struggle to attract new entries (those aged 30 or under) at all levels, partly due to a lingering negative image, as well as by less interest by younger generations to work with their hands.

A high priority industry, construction and its trades is essential for economic growth and flourishing communities, employing necessary skilled trades like plumbing, electric, masonry or carpentry. The sector offers steady work, sustainable wages, benefits and long-lasting career opportunities.

The custom-made casts and splints form-fit the anatomy-the hands, wrists, arms and lower limbs, according to St. Luke’s....
03/09/2021
Broken bone? This cast makes healing a breeze - LVB

The custom-made casts and splints form-fit the anatomy-the hands, wrists, arms and lower limbs, according to St. Luke’s. The health network believes that this new way of casting may eventually render traditional casts obsolete.

It is lighter in weight, easier to maintain and offers the wearer the convenience of being able to scratch an itch through the lattice-like openings in the cast.” Dr. Kristofer Matullo, section chief of hand surgery and orthopedic residency program director, St. Luke’s University Health Network

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union took the opportunity of International Women’s Day to announce that it has named ...
03/09/2021
First Commonwealth has 50% female leadership with promotion of Karla Trumbauer - LVB

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union took the opportunity of International Women’s Day to announce that it has named Karla Trumbauer to the post of chief information and technology officer, making 50% of the credit union’s executive roles held by women.

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union took the opportunity of International Women’s Day to announce that it has named Karla Trumbauer to the post of chief information and technology officer, making 50% of the credit union’s executive roles held by women. “I’m ... Login Login User ID / Emai...

As the company quickly pivoted to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Bethlehem’s OraSure Technologies Inc. exited 2020 a str...
03/08/2021
With new COVID-19 tests on the way, OraSure expects solid growth in 2021 - LVB

As the company quickly pivoted to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Bethlehem’s OraSure Technologies Inc. exited 2020 a stronger company with an 11% growth in sales -- $50 million of which was in COVID-19-related testing equipment alone.

As the company quickly pivoted to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Bethlehem’s OraSure Technologies Inc. exited 2020 a stronger company with an 11% growth in sales -- $50 million of which was in COVID-19-related testing equipment alone.

Will a shortage of construction subcontractors hinder the region’s post pandemic recovery? With few layoffs or furloughs...
03/08/2021
As construction demand races back, finding a company to do the work could be tough - LVB

Will a shortage of construction subcontractors hinder the region’s post pandemic recovery? With few layoffs or furloughs and ongoing projects, the dam bursting on pent-up demand in the construction sector could be both a blessing and a curse.

Will a shortage of construction subcontractors hinder the region’s post pandemic recovery? With few layoffs or furloughs and ongoing projects, the dam bursting on pent-up demand in the construction sector could be both a blessing and a curse.

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Lehigh Valley, PA BioPharma Networking Group would like you to join us online at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 for a fantastic webinar by Chief Science Officer of Levolta Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Renee Stewart! Levolta is working on the next generation of osteoarthritis medications here in the Lehigh Valley!!! Sign up below:
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Hi everyone! I'm Alexa, a current graduate student locally at Lehigh University. I recently started a facebook community for business owners to network, connect and hopefully take part in virtual events to build and promote their businesses! If you're interested in this, please join and share your experiences with other business owners! Would love to have as many of you involved as possible :) This is the link: https://www.facebook.com/BusinessOwnersStrong and it is in no way a competitor to this group. Thanks for checking it out & I hope to connect with you all more!
Hi everyone! I'm Alexa, a current graduate student at Lehigh University, studying Technical Entrepreneurship. I've recently started a page for business owners as a means of sharing experience, networking, potential virtual events, and promoting your business overall! (It is definitely different than this group, so no competition :)) If anyone would like to follow that page and join in, the link is: https://www.facebook.com/BusinessOwnersStrong Have a great night!
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Lehigh Valley's Outdoor American Bridal Show at Shepherd Hills Golf Club was a big success. By the night of the event we had 125 reservations plus guests. We had 22 vendors with 85 couples show up. Exhibitors said that the couples were planning 2021 and 2022 weddings. Our next outdoor Bridal Show takes place on October 22nd in Allentown The Grove at South Mountain - a mountain grove with a grand pavilion space. Call for exhibiting information American Bridal Show - Rich or Lisa 908-963-2296
Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10 AM – 6 PM America On Wheels Public · Hosted by Alfonso Todd III The 9th Annual Event will be on Saturday, June 26, 2021. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM at America On Wheels Museum in Allentown, PA. Highlighting: Health Care Organizations – Caregivers – Healthy Products – Preventative Health Featuring: Local, Regional, National, International Health/Wellness Businesses OFFICIAL FB LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/985163405282827 CURRENT VENDORS INCLUDE: TBA Healthcare organizations, non-profits and community organizations will be on hand to educate, demonstrate, and facilitate. Including: Reiki Demonstrations, Chair Massages, and more... There will be featured panel discussions and demonstrations provided by area healthcare professionals. We are currently seeking organizations, health practitioners, and vendors to participate in these events. In addition, small/large businesses and community organizations are encouraged to come out, network, and meet the public. EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/lvhealthexpo/ For more information or sponsorship opportunities please contact: Alfonso Todd @ 484.627.1391
Hello folks, school begins in only a couple weeks. Here is a friendly reminder: Hello folks. As offered in previous posts, we would like to reach out again to parents who's children want to return back to school, but are concerned about the safety of traditional school bus transportation. Just a little background on our limousine company. We started our company 14 years ago and struggled to build it. Before the pandemic we finally were very busy. The majority or the work we did was corporate executive airport transfers to Newark and JFK. Once the pandemic hit, all our corporate executive work completely stopped. Companies we drove for stopped traveling and we went from 20-30 trips a day down to zero! We are devastated but we want to save our company and keep our drivers and vehicles busy. So we decided to fight for what we love and retool by reaching out to our local retail community and looking for other ways to serve. We know this idea might not be for everyone, but we are hoping to interest parents in a safer cleaner transportation option for children that want to attend in person school learning again. They all want to go back, but we all want them to be safe. We are offering private and simi private daily services to and from school. The rates will NOT be "superstar" rich and as long as we have a commitment from parents for the school year, we are committed to providing safe reliable on time school transport for parents that wish to provide a safer and better experience compared to traditional bussing. We can effectively social distance children that ride together and we have put stringent practices in place to help prevent the spread of COVID19 while in our vehicles. Here are some examples of what more we are doing compared to traditional bussing. 1) All chauffeurs will ware face masks at all times and all children will be required to ware faces masks while in our vehicles. We will provide a mask to forgetful students at a small cost. 2) We have purchased Air Dogs and air purifiers that run continuously in our vehicles throughout the trip. They are equipped with HEPA filters and work using negative and positive ions to kill germs in an enclosed space. We find them very effective and a great way to provide that extra layer of protection. 3) Hand sanitizer will be available in all our vehicles and students will be reminded and encouraged to use it before and after a trip with us as they enter into and out of the vehicles. 4) We are wiping down and disinfecting all touch surfaces with a special and SAFE EPA certified product that is proven to kill all germs including Coronavirus. 5) Our drivers will be screened daily and their temperature will be taken to ensure we do not have a symptomatic employee to be concerned about. None of them will be permitted to travel to a hot spot state or territory without informing my company, and if they do, they will not drive for us for at least 14days or until they can provide proof they have tested negative for covid. All students will be required to ware seat belts, much like they do in your personal vehicle. Because it's a small vehicle ( sedan, suv or van ) it's a more controlled environment and more comfortable too. We have completed all criminal background checks and clearances and have been in touch with the school to make sure we are permitted under law to provide service. This is not an issue as our drivers will not be required to enter school buildings, however we did get clearance certificates from the online background check resources given on the EPSD web site in addition to our own company required background checks we do when we hire our wonderful chauffeurs. If families are interested in signing up or if you have any questions we welcome your calls or suggestions. Our office can be reached at 610-966-5755 We hope we can assist in providing a safer more controlled transportation resource for your school children by reaching out to our community and engaging in a different and much now needed segment of the industry and helping to reduce the risk of COVID for your family. We would be happy to meet with community and or family members and show our vans and proposed fleet vehicles for those interested. Come meet with us in person there is no commitment necessary until school opens and your children begin going to school. If the schools end up closing again, there are no penalties or obligations. Thank you for reading! Darla