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The Progress Fund News

Going full circle

Last week, we shared an article written by TABLE Magazine about some noteworthy tourism businesses we funded. This goes full circle because ten years ago, we helped TABLE Magazine get started! TABLE Magazine was recently honored with a proclamation from the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for “playing a vital role in promoting the great work of the region’s farmers, entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, … Continue reading

Related Project: TABLE Magazine

All in the family

Ridge Runner Distillery, one of our newest borrowers was featured in TABLE magazine along with the rest of their culinary clan. (Article by Kelly Gould) “There’s Nothing Like Family. John and Sharon Klay would probably agree, considering that they named their Western Pennsylvania winery after their only son, Christian.  If you’ve lived in the area for a while, you’ve probably … Continue reading

Golf thrives in Western PA

The headlines have been nothing short of funereal.

Golf is dead, they say. Or at least it’s in the decline. You can thank the Great Recession for that. Generational change. Or credit Tiger, whose spectacular rise was outdone only by his disastrous fall, mirroring the decline of golf’s popularity. Maybe, some say, the fault lies with the sport, which is too slow, too expensive, too elitist and too hard to learn. Continue reading

Related Project: Birdsfoot Golf Club

Running to Wellness

In the world of retail sales, there are a handful of stores that attract and build loyal customers from far and wide. These “Destination Retailers” stand out because of the helpfulness of the staff along with the goods and services offered. Two Rivers Treads of Shepherdstown, West Virginia is one of those businesses where people literally run to their front door. Continue reading