The Stourbridge Project

The Stourbridge Project is a community-based initiative to transform the former Stourbridge Elementary School in Honesdale into a business incubator / accelerator with a coworking space. Wayne County has a strong entrepreneurial culture, yet has lacked a facility dedicated to nurturing business start-ups and building a future for our young professionals.

The Stourbridge Project pairs a place to work with coordinated delivery of business development services. Entrepreneurs connect to experienced mentors, educators, training programs, resources, and our business community. The goal is to create new jobs, increased commerce, investment opportunities, a connection to emerging technologies, and local businesses.

For more information about the services available at the Stourbridge Project visit http://stourbridgeproject.org/.

Programming at the Stourbridge Project

Celebrate Arduino Day on April 21st, 2018 @ the Stourbridge Project! Arduino Day is a celebration of Arduino, an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Have fun learning how to write code and build electronics projects. Workshops, seminars, project displays, hands-on Arduino experiences for all ages at the Honesdale Arduino Day event.

Hi-tech Glowforge Pro Laser Cutter machine and 3D Printing instruction beginning in June!

Coding Camp for kids coming Summer 2018!

The Business Essentials Seminar Series offers useful information for businesses at any stage of their life cycle in a casual, low-keyed environment. These sessions include local and regional experts donating their time and expertise with time worked in for networking and connecting.

Spring 2018 Seminar Series Schedule:

April 5, 5:30-7:00 pm: Raising Capital, Don Webster, tecBRIDGE
This seminar aims to help entrepreneurs learn what avenues are available and how to successfully secure equity funding for their business’ growth.  This seminar also highlights regional resources available for NEPA entrepreneurs.

April 12, 4:00-7:00 pm: Prototyping and the New Production Era, James Harmon, Director of the 3D Print Center at Keystone College
This session covers the evolution of 3D printing, its uses and the future of the technology. This seminar includes in depth information about the machines, software, the Internet of Things (IoT)-the 4th industrial revolution, the maker movement and addresses the consumer market and industry.

April 19, 5:30-7:00 pm: Business Leadership 101: What does it mean to be a good leader? Ivet Bandirma, Blue Sky Consulting
Leadership happens in all forms – from the day-to-day in your family and community to the complexities of dealing with others as a business owner or manager. In this workshop we will discuss Resonant Leadership to understand the characteristics of leaders who have made a difference in the business world delving into who resonant leaders are, what they look like, and most importantly, why they have such great success.

April 26, 5:30-7:00 pm: Hiring Myths: Why Human Resources are Your Most Important Investment, Ivet Bandirma, Blue Sky Consulting
In this workshop, we will look at the characteristics of a good hire, dispels some common myths about hiring, explore why it’s important to have a mission, vision, and culture before you hire, and learn how to prepare yourself to take on the responsibility of having an employee (or more!).

May 3, 5:30-7:00 pm: Research & Development and KIZ Tax Credits, Mike McCann, MVM Associates
Find out all you needed to know about qualifying for, buying and selling Tax Credits! The Pennsylvania R&D Tax Credit was created to enhance economic growth in the Commonwealth. Any Pennsylvania company, who has conducted qualified research, may qualify for Pennsylvania’s Research & Development Tax Credit. The KIZ tax credit application is based on increasing gross revenues with a maximum KIZ Tax Credit Award Amount of $100,000 each year.

May 10, 5:30-7:00 pm: Business Law Basics, Stephen Bresset, Bresset & Santora, LLC
This session covers:

  • Available business entities,
  • The necessities of corporate or partnership formalities,
  • The formation process including EIN, insurance necessities and accountant responsibilities,
  • The necessity of having a unity between the accountant and the attorney to secure the best representation,
  • Healthcare costs and buying pools,
  • Equipment purchases,
  • Business organizations to join and
  • Passive and Active marketing.

May 17, 5:30-7:00 pm: Intro to E-Commerce, Scott Mowry, Maptown Project
Confused about how to get your own e-commerce website or online store going. This basic course will give you a roadmap of what you’ll need to navigate in order to bring your product or service online for fun and profit! A few of the subjects covered are:

  • Assessing your product or service for e-commerce
  • Planning and registering your business, web address, and identity
  • Financial / banking set-up
  • Understanding Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Critical aspects to site building for e-commerce
  • Expectation and performance measurements
  • Launch and Fulfillment concerns
  • Post launch metrics and analytics
  • Marketing your store and driving traffic
  • Site optimization for best results

May 24, 5:00-7:00 pm: First Steps- Leigh Fennie, The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center
New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience are encouraged to attend one of the SBDC First Step Workshops before meeting with one of our consultants. The start-up essentials workshop is a two hour program covering the basics of starting a business.

May 31, 5:30-7:00 pm: Business Plan Boot Camp, Jack Barnett & Company
Learn the basics of writing a business plan. Give your plan a real workout and learn how to make your business plan robust and comprehensive.

Volunteer

A major component of the project is developing a local Professional Network that will share talent and experience, offer a training program or individual mentoring, participate in a speaker series or panel discussion or similar activity. Perhaps you are savvy in online marketing or an expert in interviewing and selecting employees, maybe financial management is your field, or public relations. Think of what you can offer to a new business venture or entrepreneur and become a member of the network. Please complete the form below. For more information, contact Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance at 570-390-7613.