NEPA Scene Staff

Small businesses can ‘test drive’ retail locations for Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Market, opening Nov. 28

Small businesses can ‘test drive’ retail locations for Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Market, opening Nov. 28

From a press release: Applications are now open for small businesses interested in test driving a retail location as part of downtown Wilkes-Barre’s 2020 Holiday Pop-Up Market, which will open on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. Since 2018, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Market has provided local independent retailers, whether they are established or just […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Luzerne County Chambers launch Project EVOLVE to support businesses affected by COVID-19

Luzerne County Chambers launch Project EVOLVE to support businesses affected by COVID-19

From a press release: The Greater Wilkes-Barre, Greater Hazleton, Greater Pittston, and Back Mountain Chambers of Commerce have launched a new economic development initiative called Project EVOLVE. Project EVOLVE is an initiative designed to identify solutions and align external innovation to assist local businesses as they adjust to, and thrive in, the new post-COVID economy. […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA Strong hosts small business Christmas in July online auction on July 26

NEPA Strong hosts small business Christmas in July online auction on July 26

From a press release: In this time of separation and social distancing, NEPA Strong and over 80 local businesses are coming together virtually for a Christmas in July auction on Sunday, July 26 via Facebook. The list of items continues to grow and already includes commitments from some of the area’s finest names in apparel, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA music venues join National Indie Venue Association to save industry and request funding

NEPA music venues join National Indie Venue Association to save industry and request funding

From a press release: Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, the National Independent Venue Association now has nearly 2,000 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including venues like Stage West in Scranton and State College, the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, and ArtsQuest’s Musikfest Cafe and […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Chamber offers reopening businesses #reviveNEPA as Lackawanna County enters yellow phase

Scranton Chamber offers reopening businesses #reviveNEPA as Lackawanna County enters yellow phase

From a press release: The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce wants to ensure businesses are prepared to reopen as Lackawanna County moves into the yellow phase this Friday, June 5. Both Geisinger and the Scranton Chamber have released several important resources for Northeastern Pennsylvania companies to use as they prepare to get back to business. […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton Chamber of Commerce will host virtual ‘dinner’ with $125+ tickets

Scranton Chamber of Commerce will host virtual ‘dinner’ with $125+ tickets

After rescheduling its annual dinner from March 31 to June 17, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will move the event “to a virtual platform to ensure the safety of the guests and staff,” a first for the 152-year-old tradition. In a May 27 press release, the not-for-profit organization said that […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Businesses take ‘Luzerne County Ready Pledge’ to reopen safely in yellow phase on May 29

Businesses take ‘Luzerne County Ready Pledge’ to reopen safely in yellow phase on May 29

From a press release: As Luzerne County prepares to transition into the yellow phase of reopening this week, local organizations are launching the new Luzerne County Ready Pledge to communicate a commitment made by businesses of all sizes to protect the health, safety, and well-being of their employees and customers during the coronavirus pandemic. Being […]

 The Conversation

Small businesses still struggle to receive aid after hurricanes, coronavirus, and other disasters

Small businesses still struggle to receive aid after hurricanes, coronavirus, and other disasters

The U.S. government has committed hundreds of billions of dollars to help small businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic. But early reports suggest larger companies are gobbling up much of the aid, while many of the neediest ones – particularly those with only a few dozen employees – aren’t benefiting. For example, large, generally profitable companies […]

 The Conversation

Alcohol sales spike as America drinks through coronavirus crisis, adding more health issues

Alcohol sales spike as America drinks through coronavirus crisis, adding more health issues

In the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, it has become easier to buy alcohol than toilet paper or eggs. Across the U.S., governors are terming alcohol sales an essential business and loosening restrictions to permit home delivery and carryout cocktails, throwing an economic lifeline to one group of small businesses. Are alcohol sales actually essential? […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton helps artists and small businesses with ‘Steamtown Live’ stream

Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton helps artists and small businesses with ‘Steamtown Live’ stream

From a press release: When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. This week, The Marketplace at Steamtown in downtown Scranton is introducing Steamtown Live, a live streaming showcase of local businesses and artists on the Marketplace’s Facebook page and the Scranton Public Market Instagram account. This opportunity to connect to the community is […]