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The Progress Fund News

Three cheers for the winners!

A well-crafted plan for economic development Local favorites, Butler Brew Works and Straub Brewery brought home the Gold this week from the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship amongst international competition. Butler Brew Works in Butler brought home the coveted Gold Medal for their “Ale of Eros” Belgian Style Fruit Beer. Straub Brewery in St. Mary’s won two Gold Medals for … Continue reading

Related Project: Butler Brew Works

10/09 = 10,000

We’re proud of our borrower, 10/09 Kitchen! Sara Letzo, co-owner of 10/09 Kitchen, recently joined 146 entrepreneurs from 38 states to graduate from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a national program designed to help create jobs and stimulate economic opportunity. Goldman Sachs offers this program to help small businesses and is a major supporter of CDFIs. We appreciate their support … Continue reading

Related Project: 10/09 Kitchen

Ingredients for Success

The Progress Fund and its Trail Town Program® were mentioned in a recent article about the growing resources available for trail-based businesses. As the economic impact and use of regional trails increases, community-focused organizations are helping entrepreneurs take advantage of trail-driven economic opportunities in their towns. Through the development of business plans, project financing and entrepreneurial coaching, each organization offers … Continue reading

A peddler peddles to pedalers

Another trail business starts pedaling Trails are fun, but trails with services are economic development drivers. Service businesses are popping up across the region on the Panhandle Trail, Montour Trail and Butler-Freeport Trail. Burgettstown, PA is starting the trail season with a new business: The Shoppe Along the Way at the Burgettstown Train Station. This new trail town is located … Continue reading

Adventure in reinvented West Newton

Outdoor enthusiasts have discovered West Newton, a unique destination with endless possibilities for adventure. Located less than an hour from downtown Pittsburgh, it’s easily accessible by bike or car, and offers a welcome escape from the city for bicyclists, fishermen and kayakers. While West Newton has possessed fantastic natural resources including the Youghiogheny River and Great Allegheny Passage, it lacked … Continue reading

Related Project: Performance Kayak