Assets Turns 25

And we’re celebrating all year long
(May 2018 - May 2019)

Our birthday wish is for a changed Lancaster.

Like the businesses we help, we’ve grown exponentially over the last 25 years. We’re so much more than the 12-week business start-up course we began as in 1993. Today, ASSETS is a non-profit that works with starts-ups and existing businesses to form a more ethical economy. We offer in-depth training and creative financing for entrepreneurs, and work with established businesses to improve their social and environmental impact. We’re a team of innovators, changing the ecosystem of business and building an economy where everyone can prosper.

Join the conversation. Let’s use business as a force for good.

25 Ways to Get Involved
and Give Back this Year

Continue to check back as we add to our list through May 2019!

  1. Follow us on social media

  2. Become a $25 Monthly Donor

    This not only allows you to make a consistent difference all year long, it also helps us develop a stable base of funding we can rely on from month to month.

    Donate Today →
  3. Watch the 2018 Live Pitch

    The 2018 Great Social Enterprise Pitch is now over, but you can still watch the full video! The Pitch is a friendly business plan competition that helps take innovative, socially-conscious business ideas to the next level! After months of professional development and idea incubation, only five finalists are chosen to move onto the Live Pitch. The Final Five pitch their business ideas to a live audience and a panel of judges.

    2018 Pitch →
  4. Event Passed

    November 16: The Extraordinary Give

    A powerful and inspirational day to show extraordinary support to our local community! Remember ASSETS and celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us during Lancaster County's largest day of giving. Find our Roaming 25th Party downtown Lancaster on ExtraGive giving out birthday treats and stickers. You won't be able to miss us - we'll be the ones with the party hats and balloons.

    Learn more →
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    December 8: Gifts That Give Hope

    Check everyone off of your list in one day, AND give back to your community! Enjoy local culinary delights, a fair-trade marketplace, kids' activities, and an inspiring community atmosphere. Visit ASSETS' table to learn how you can shop locally and with intent this holiday season.

    Learn more →
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    December 9: An Evening with Father Greg Boyle

    The "Father of Social Enterprise" joins us to celebrate our 25th anniversary, sharing his experiences as the founder of Homeboy Industries - the largest gang rehabilitation program in the world. Sponsored in partnership with the Parish Resource Center.

    Register today →
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    January 24th: Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum

    This annual workshop series provides an opportunity for the thriving network of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and business resource providers in Lancaster to connect, collaborate, and grow. Register today for this free event!

    Learn more →
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    January 29th & February 5th: Quickbooks 101 Two-Part Webinar

    Join ASSETS and Fred Waller, EA, CFP, for a webinar to go over the fundamentals of structuring and using Quickbooks for your business. This is a two-part series that will give you practical guidance for setting up your business for financial success.

    Register today →
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    January 31st: B Corp Happy Hour!

    It's a B Corp party! If you're a Lancaster B Corp, you're invited to gather for a happy hour from 5:00 - 6:30pm at Spring House Brewing. We'll be joined by the team from Strategy Arts (a B Corp consulting company based in West Chester) so they can get connected to our local B's.

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    February 1st: Application deadline for Marketing & Development Associate

    Join the team! We're looking for a talented and passionate individual to fill this vital role. This position will focus on content creation, social media, grant writing, and donor stewardship. Apply now through February 1st.

    Apply today! →
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    February 8th: Application Deadline for Accelerated Idea Incubator

    Got a great business idea? Or in the start-up phase and looking to refine your business plan? Our 5-week Accelerated Idea Incubator (formerly known as the Learning Circle) is designed to meet your needs as you launch your business. Applications are due February 8th at 11:59pm. Classes are Wednesdays from 6-9 pm February 27-March 27.

    Apply here →
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    March is B Corp Month

    March is National B Corp Month. To celebrate, we’re highlighting each of Lancaster’s 17 certified B Corps. The trend of “B Corporations,” businesses that balance purpose and profit, is rapidly growing across the nation — and Lancaster is leading the way for Pennsylvania. While Lancaster is much smaller than cities such as Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, it is home to 17 businesses that are certified as “B Corp.” That’s more than 25 percent of all B Corp businesses across the state. Why are so many Lancaster businesses deciding to be a “force for good?”

    Read all about it! →
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    March 14th: Ready to party? Be the first to see Fig's Spring Issue

    Since it's B Corp Month, we're continuing the party with Fig Magazine's spring issue, launching March 14th. We've partnered up with Fig to talk about using business as a force for good in our community, and to highlight the businesses who are doing it best. Be the first to see the issue (and ASSETS' special section) at the Launch Party at The Imperial Blue Ballroom.

    Register now! →
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    March 25: Application Deadline for 10-Week Idea Incubator

    Got a great business idea? Or in the start-up phase and looking to refine your business plan? Our 10-week Business Start-up Idea Incubator (formerly known as the Learning Circle) is designed to meet your needs as you launch your business. This more in-depth curriculum teaches entrepreneurs not only how to map out a great idea, but also how to launch their business successfully. Applications are due March 25th at 11:59pm. Classes are Wednesdays from 6-9 pm April 24-June 26th.

    Apply here →
  15. Coming in Spring 2019: Impact Business Breakfast Series

    Our breakfast series is back by popular demand! ASSETS believes that business can be about more than just making lots of money. We believe that business, done right, can be a positive force for good in the community. The Impact Business breakfast series creates a platform to discuss effective opportunities and ideas with the wider business community.

    2019 series coming soon! →

Stories of Impact

At ASSETS, we believe in transforming our community through business. We believe that entrepreneurs, social enterprises, and established businesses that measure what matters will change our economy for the better through their social and environmental impact. We believe that women, people of color, refugees, and immigrants infuse our community with ingenuity, hope, and the courage it takes to work hard and overcome barriers. We believe it's our job to provide resources, training, and opportunities to help create an equitable economy that works for everyone, reduce poverty, and create a changed Lancaster.