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Lancaster City on the Rise

It’s Friday night and the Horse Inn is packed. There’s a wait for a table in the main dining room and the front bar is filled with pairs of diners and drinkers sipping on craft cocktails — perhaps a “Call […]

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Sweet Jobs Give Immigrants New Opportunities

ASSETS client and participant in the 2015 Great Social Enterprise Pitch, The Stroopie Co., is making news! If you’ve ever heard of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, you’re probably aware that it’s home to one of the biggest populations of Anabaptist religious sects, such […]

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Small Change. Big Difference.

ASSETS is the #GiveLocal recipient of March and April 2017! Launched in 2017, Lemon Street Market’s #GiveLocal project is a register round up initiative designed to support Lancaster organizations whose missions align with ours. Customers can elect to “round up” […]

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Eastern Mennonite University Alumni Help Build ASSETS

WITH HOLIDAY DEMAND ON THE UPSWING, The Stroopie Company went to two shifts in early November, allowing them to churn out up to 6,000 Dutch stroopwafels (cinnamon-y, carmel-y goodies best enjoyed with a hot beverage) a week. All six workers […]

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Lancaster entrepreneurs pitch social business plans

To view the original post on Central Penn Business Journal, click here. Contestants in the 2016 Great Social Enterprise Pitch collect funds to support business ideas Would you like to see low-income communities have more access to healthier foods, or more […]

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Column: Why Lancaster needs a Women’s Business Center

ASSETS Executive Director explains Lancaster’s overwhelming need for a Women’s Business Center. To view the original post by Jessica King on LNP, click here. Women represent over 50 percent of Lancaster’s population, yet own half the number of businesses that […]

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Q&A: Reaching out to women entrepreneurs

To view the original post by Chad Umble on LNP, click here. For Melisa Baez, 25 is a critical number. Baez, the director of the new Women’s Business Center at Assets in Lancaster, said she has the number posted near […]

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Another look at the benefits of B Corp certification

To view the original post on LNP, click here. An article in the March 29 edition of LNP highlighted the reasons why local businesses have not chosen B Corporation certification — a type of outside verification of socially and environmentally […]

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Making space for entrepreneurs in Lancaster

Courtney Rinden, ASSETS intern, references ASSETS and Lancaster City Alliance’s Cultivate Lancaster forum. View the original post on LNP here.  In any community, there is space and place. Space is the physical environment we inhabit. Be it urban, suburban, or […]

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Great Social Enterprise Pitch Competition planned for this Friday

Central Penn Business Journal recently published an article titled “Great Social Enterprise Pitch Competition Planning for This Friday”.  The Great Social Enterprise Pitch, a business plan competition in Lancaster facilitated by the Lancaster County Community Foundation and ASSETS Lancaster, will host […]

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It’s going to take all of us to alleviate poverty here

ASSETS Executive Director Jessica King recently published an article in the Lancaster Newspaper titled “It’s going to take all of us to alleviate poverty here”.  There are innovative and accessible approaches to reducing poverty in a city our size, but to end […]

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Value-led sourcing can make a difference here

ASSETS Program Director Jonathan Coleman recently published an article on Lancaster Online titled “Value-led sourcing can make a difference here”. In many ways, Lancaster is a city on the rise, with an influx of entertainment options, shops, restaurants and hotels […]

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Column: Paying higher wages is good business

ASSETS Executive Director, Jessica King, published a column with LNP discussing the benefits of paying higher wages. To view this post, in it’s original format, on LNP, click here. Many companies that employ low-wage workers have voluntarily raised their starting pay […]

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Column: Big ideas needed for small enterprises

ASSETS Executive Director, Jessica King, wrote a column for LNP discussing poverty alleviation and the creation of the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. To view the column, in it’s original format, on LNP, click here.  I have failed at my job. […]

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Business-based solutions can address violence, poverty

ASSETS Program Director Jonathan Coleman recently published an article in the Lancaster Newspaper titled “Business-based solutions can address violence, poverty”. In this article Jonathan gives some advice on how he thinks we can reduce poverty in the city.  When I […]

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ASSETS Lancaster surveys south city businesses

LNP highlights a survey conducted by ASSETS researching businesses on the south side of Lancaster City. To view the original post, with images and the map we created based on our findings, click here.  Assets Lancaster has released a survey of businesses […]

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Study looks at business in south Lancaster City

CPBJ highlights a study conducted by ASSETS discovering the poverty rate in the south part of Lancaster city. To view the original post, on CPBJ’s website, click here. The poverty rate in the south part of Lancaster city is 40 percent — […]

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Social Enterprise Pitch voting under way

As posted on LNP. You can view the original post, written by LNP, click here.  The Great Social Enterprise Pitch has moved to the voting stage. The “pitch,” a project of Assets Lancaster and the Lancaster County Community Foundation, aims […]

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Social Enterprise Pitch semi-finalists selected

LNP wrote up an article about our 2014 Social Enterprise Pitch semi-finalists. To view the post, in it’s original format, click here.  A youth hostel, a delivery service and several sustainable agriculture or landscaping businesses are among the 10 ideas […]

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ASSETS Lancaster to make 1st microloans Friday

LNP announces ASSETS first set of microloan awards. To view the article, in its original post, click here.  ASSETS Lancaster will award loans to its first group of eight entrepreneurs at 10 a.m. Friday in the nonprofit’s 100 S. Queen […]

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New loan program for Lancaster-area small businesses

Central Penn Business Journal details our new micro loan program, which helps small, local businesses. To view this post, in it’s original format, click here. Assets Lancaster, a nonprofit economic development group dedicated to helping small businesses, has teamed with an […]

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New businesses must tackle special challenges in first year

LNP shares some of the stories of businesses that ASSETS has helped and backed. To view this article, in its original format, click here.  For six years, Daniel Cubilete spent his “off” hours working for heating and air conditioning contractors to make his […]

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