Business Resources

WPWA is committed to helping our businesses connect to resources that can provide skilled workers now and in the future. We can help you match potential employees with appropriate training and help you with your business’ training needs. Contact us for more information and to see how we can help your business.

Below are some links to resources that can help your business.

Economic Development

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Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) is Wayne County’s lead economic development organization. WEDCO provides the services needed to bring new business to our county, support the business that is already here, improve the local tax base, and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Wayne County. WEDCO is a non-profit corporation comprised of businesses in partnership with state, county, and municipal government that realizes a bright economic future depends on investing and planning today.

PikeCountyDevAuthlogocopyThe Pike County Economic Development Authority is dedicated to the development and growth of the business community, while ensuring that all who work here continue to enjoy living here as well.

 

 

The Chamber of the Northern Poconos The Chamber of the Northern Poconos is the voice of business in the Wayne, Pike, and Lake Region by promoting and supporting their membership and by serving as the center of commerce for the Northern Poconos while informing consumers and advocating for responsible economic growth, industry, local business, and tourism, thus enhancing the region’s quality of life.

PikeChamberPike County Chamber of Commerce’s mission to accelerate business growth in Pike County. Pike County Chamber of Commerce represents business in promoting economic development while preserving and enhancing our community’s quality of life and provides value-added programs and benefits to promote membership and to help members achieve success. Pike County Chamber of Commerce builds partnerships and coalitions for business to effectively work with community, government and educational organizations in the shaping of public policy.

DeptCommEconDevDepartment of Community and Economic Development connects you with help & resources, through a network of partners, resources and experts to help your company grow and succeed. To find out what resources are available for businesses, follow this link http://dced.pa.gov/business-assistance/. DCED also offers an array of different funding programs, grants, loans, tax credits and other incentives to help businesses, communities, and municipalities succeed in Pennsylvania which can be found by following this link http://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/.

NEPAllianceThe NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne. NEPA Alliance services include Business Financing, Government Contracting Assistance, International Trade Assistance, Non Profit Assistance, Transportation Planning, Research and Information, and Local Government Services.

Community Business Partnerships

Community Business Partnerships are comprised of area businesses, organizations and individuals working together to bring cohesiveness, aesthetics, and structure to the growth and development of local downtown areas

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Greater Honesdale Partnership

Downtown Hawley Partnership

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Business Services

Pike County Workforce Development Agency strives to bridge the gap between employers and job seekers building upon the close working relationship already in place between the local partners involved in workforce and economic development. If your Business is in Pike County please contact the Pike County Workforce Development Agency at 570-296—2909 or workforce@pikepa.org.

The Wayne County Employment and Training Center is a partner agency with Pennsylvania’s CareerLink System. Together staff works with employers to promote job openings, to support skills building, and to refer qualified job applicants. If your Business is in Wayne County please contact Wayne County Employment and Training at 570-253-5970 extension 4150 or workforceinfo@co.wayne.pa.us.

NEPA SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) is a credible resource providing professional development and networking opportunities. NEPA SHRM is an influential change leader guiding the advancement of the Human Resources profession through the efforts of committed volunteers.

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry offers a variety of services and information for employers.

PA Department of Unemployment Compensation Employer Services website offers everything you need to know about Unemployment Compensation requirements for a business.

CareerOneStop Business Center sponsored by the US Department of Labor is your source for help hiring, training and retaining a strong workforce. Here you can find help under the following:
Recruit and Hire: Hiring the right employees is essential to every organization’s success. Find tools and best practices for the critical steps in your hiring process and including diversity in your workforce.
Train & Retain: Training that builds the skills of your employees will improve productivity and workforce retention. Explore resources to plan your training strategies and prepare for future workforce needs.
Toolkit: Select from an assortment of tools for customized solutions to your recruiting, hiring, and training needs.
Pennsylvania’s WorkStats is a resource provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. There you can find information such as:
  • Monthly updates on highlights of workforce, unemployment, employment and unemployment compensation statistics statewide and by county,
  • Snapshots of labor market data from across the state, and
  • Labor & Industry-created research, reports, booklets, fliers, fact sheets and more that detail industry, occupation and economic data from around Pennsylvania.

The Pocono Counties Workforce Investment Board is comprised of private-sector business people, community based organizations, labor, economic development and education representatives involved in directing employment and training opportunities to residents of the four Pocono Counties – Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne. The Workforce Investment Board’s mission is the integration of workforce and economic development to assist companies located within our region and to attract new companies throughout the region. The following link provides the five year projection for our region.

POCONO COUNTIES WORKFORCE INVESTMENT AREA FIVE YEAR LOCAL PLAN, July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2017

PA Department of Labor and Industry offers substantial information on Employer Unemployment Compensation Services. Here you can find information on anything you need to know about Unemployment Compensation as well as upcoming seminars, webinars and expos, designed with your business in mind.

Internships and Job Shadowing

How can an employer increase efficiency and profitability and how can they look to affect a positive change? One way is to ensure that new employees are knowledgeable and efficient in what they bring to the work place. An employer may want to ensure that their workplace remains fresh with new ideas. Utilizing interns can be the answer to these positive driving forces. The importance of an internship experience cannot be overstated. An internship makes the classroom’s theories concrete by placing the student in a real life work situation, performing actual professional tasks and interacting with co-workers and customers.

Businesses offering internship programs gain a variety of benefits. One of the more significant advantages is the opportunity to select and develop your future talent. About four out of every five businesses using internships as a recruiting strategy report a ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ return on investment. Internships also provide an opportunity to evaluate and screen students prior to making a full-time position offer, which can save your business money. Businesses have reported converting more than half of eligible interns into full-time hires. If hired in a permanent position, previous interns assimilate faster to their new roles and have shorter learning curves than external hires. Its a win win!

Contact Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance for information on Internships and Job Shadowing.