Bravo Charlie Aviation is a scenic airplane ride company based in Fayetteville, WV. For their adventurous customers, flying over the New River Gorge is an once-in-a-lifetime thrill. We helped the first pilot/owner to expand his operation many years ago. At his suggestion, the newest pilot/owner came to The Progress Fund for a loan to purchase the popular business and its … Continue reading
The Progress Fund Stories
Our mission is to help people, and recently it was a “Peoples”, in this case to Mr. Ben Peoples’ expanding business in North Braddock, PA…”Ben Peoples Industries”. (Yes that was a silly sentence, but this occurrence doesn’t often happen, just had to do it.) The playful story goes on, because Ben stripped down an old Strip Club. Read on … Continue reading
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
At 147 years old, Straub is the newest place to go. Yesterday, Straub Brewery opened its first ever tasting room and tap room. Until now, visitors to the Brewery could only sample the beloved beer from Straub’s famous “Eternal Tap” which is a fun experience, standing there in the middle of the Brewery operations, but it lacks a little…in particular … Continue reading
PART SIX – Our entrepreneurial summer series has taken us to B&Bs, distilleries, trails, docks, restaurants, climbing gyms and ice cream shops.
If you’re pumped to take on your own business, then we’re thrilled.
If, on the other hand, we’ve got you pondering retirement, we get that, too. Either way, our sixth and final episode has exactly what you’re looking for. Continue reading
PART FIVE – We’re at that point in our entrepreneurial summer when the days are so long and bright that you’d almost think they’ll never end. When a small business owner finds that the line of customers just doesn’t end, it may be time to open a second location. In week five of our series, we’ll find out that doubling down can pay off big – but the days are long, and not always in a perfect way. Continue reading
PART FOUR – If you joined our entrepreneurial summer series during week three (we hit the rafts, bikes, canoes, kayaks), you may still be hungry. This week, we’ll share a booth with some of the most innovative restaurateurs in the region, where they’ll try to read the minds of the dining public – an exercise which might go better with a nice Moscato. Continue reading
Re-emerging returnable beer bottles
If you liked our email about the local craft beverage scene, you might be interested in Straub Brewery’s environmentally friendly packaging. Continue reading
PART THREE – Whether you joined our entrepreneurial summer series at a bed & breakfast (week one) or a distillery (week two), you know that change is a constant in small business. As a result, adaptation is a key phase in the entrepreneurial life cycle. Nowhere is that more true than along the trails and rivers, where consumer tastes shift almost as surely as weather changes. Continue reading
PART TWO – Our entrepreneurial summer series dawned last week with stories of the inspired women who run bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals along our region’s trails. Successful businesses usually have great stories – of innovation or tradition, local roots or international reach. Continue reading