Are you looking to start or grow your business? We are a creative lender that can finance the opportunities you see. To work with you, our Program Manager, Kristi Wendel, has opened an office in downtown Ridgway. Kristi is a PA Wilds resident and committee to help grow the small businesses in the PA Wilds. You can read more about … Continue reading
Since 2018, we have been working to reopen the Historic Hazelwood Brewery as a beer drinkers destination. Yeah, its taken longer than expected. Real estate projects creep more than they run. COVID didn’t help and this is no small project. It involved a lot of property acquisition, community outreach, planning and more planning, lots of permits, and the complete rehabilitation … Continue reading
We’ve been lending in the PA Wilds of north–central Pennsylvania since before it was trademarked “The PA Wilds“. To increase our outreach and impacts in the PA Wilds, our new Program Manager, Kristi Wendel, has opened a new office in downtown Ridgway, PA. Kristi is a PA Wilds resident and committed to helping grow the tourism industry and other sustainable … Continue reading
We are honored to announce that our President & CEO, David A. Kahley, was named the “2021 Preservationist of the Year” by the Young Preservationist Association of Pittsburgh. The announcement was part of the annual award program of the Young Preservationist Association (YPA) that was virtually released on December 21, 2021. The announcement of the Preservationist of the Year begins … Continue reading
The Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy (formally the Allegheny Trail Alliance) and Fourth Economy (an economic development consulting firm) deserve a standing ovation for their just released Economic Impact Report on the Great Allegheny Passage. If you are interested in outdoor recreation, environmentally sustainable development and Trail Towns, I suggest you dig into their Impact Report. I have seen thousands of … Continue reading
Our Hazelwood Project made the front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Saturday, August 15th. Bob Batz, the author of the article, nicely covered the history of the brewery and our redevelopment effort. Read the PDF here. It begins in the lower left corner of the page.
Ben Peoples Industries was recently featured in a Tribune-Review article “State loans survival money to some hard-hit businesses” published on Friday, May 15, 2020. Read the full story.
The Progress Fund was mentioned in the Tribune-Review article “Allegheny, Westmoreland groups offer help to region’s small businesses during tough time” published on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Read the full story.
Riley’s Pour House takes us to the top We are numbers people, numbers enable us to measure results. So, $75,000,000 is a big important number to us. With our recent loan to Riley’s Pour House in Carnegie PA, The Progress Fund has made over $75,000,000 loans to small businesses across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. The results from those … Continue reading
Last night, our regional story went national on Marketplace Business News! Last year, our work along the GAP aired on the local environmental show, the Allegheny Front. It was re-broadcast last night as part of NPR Marketplace’s national show. Continue reading