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Small Business Week

Small Business Week: Our Small Business Coordinator and Latino Outreach Coordinator, Jobany Bedoya, was out visiting business all last week during Small Business Week (4/30/18-5/5/18).  He visited 9 businesses last week, and you can follow the stories on our GRCA Facebook Page. The businesses visited were:   Nonno Alby King’s Auto Repair Frock BeBalanced Baker  Continue Reading »

TAB Industries Expands in Reading

Background The Greater Reading Economic Partnership helped TAB Industries locate in their current home, the Stone Pointe Business Center back in 2012.  Since then, they have been expanding and growing their business.  TAB Industries is a shining example of a company committed to making Greater Reading be something greater.  In 2012, our strategic location, strong  Continue Reading »

2017 GREP Annual Report

Highlights from 2017 2017 was a big year for the Greater Reading Economic Partnership.  One of the biggest changes of our organization’s history took place, we joined the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA).  GRCA is a combination of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Greater Berks Development Fund, and us, the Greater  Continue Reading »

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?

Background On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, students answered the question, “What’s so cool about manufacturing?”  Created by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, PA in 2013, the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” contests draw entries from nearly 200 teams across Pennsylvania. The teams of students and teacher coaches receive camera equipment, software, and professional guidance as  Continue Reading »

Talent Attraction

Why Talent?  Why Now? Greater Reading is looking to be home to the best and the brightest skilled talent to meet the needs of our growing companies and to attract new companies.  As a result, we recently hosted nationally known Janet Ady of Ady Advantage who shared with us a framework for addressing talent issues.   Continue Reading »

Local Business Outreach Roundup: 2014-2017

Background In 2013, the Greater Reading Economic Partnership took a renewed focus on the local businesses who are already in Berks County.  Deb Heffner took on the role of director of business outreach and under her guidance the program has blossomed.  In the past few years, the program has completed over 230 visits to local businesses.    Continue Reading »

The Conversation: Deb Heffner

This originally appeared in the Reading Eagle’s Business Weekly Issue from 1/2/18. By Lisa Scheid: A native of Lobachsville, Deb Heffner’s journey from a small-business owner to an economic development professional was a long one. A sort of perfect storm of experience and ambition led her to a top spot at the Greater Reading Chamber  Continue Reading »


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