Economic Development

The Covation Center is dedicated to supporting small businesses throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

As part of this mission, the Covation Center is participating in a number of outreach programs in collaboration with the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

Engage! : As part of a state-funded intiative focused on identifying PA companies to target for engagement  through various outreach methods, assessment of the needs of these companies, and assisting those targeted companies through referrals and direct technical assistance, the Covation Center is taking a “Main Street” approach, focusing on reaching out to small businesses across a 10 county region. We hope to engage in conversation with these businesses, to learn about their specific needs, challenges, and successes.

From these conversations, we will be inviting 40-60 businesses to participate in Engage!GrowPA, a small business growth cohort-
based program providing curriculum based roundtable discussions, and intensive 1 on 1 mentoring/coaching sessions. The “Engage-GrowPA” cohort growth program is based off the successful two year implementation of the SBA “ScaleUp America” program in North Central PA. This innovative partnership approach combines the traditional strengths of the PREP business support services with the benefits of facilitated peer-learning supported by mentoring/coaching.

DIAP Outreach: To Be Added