Redbank Renaissance

209 Lafayette Street
New Bethlehem, PA. 16242
Phone: (814) 275-1718
[email protected]
www.RedbankRen.org

Business Resources

facade-workFaçade Improvement Grant

Renaissance continues offering its façade improvement grant program for businesses in the historic business district of New Bethlehem with a total of $5,000 available to award annually at the present time. Click below for the Façade Improvements Grant Program Manual.

It is hoped that with increased donations, success and a waiting list of façade applicants, we may be
able to apply for state funding to expand the program inthe future.

  • Façade Program Manual – PDF
  • RRI Grant Application – PDF

bike-racksBike Rack Matching Grant

Redbank Renaissance, Inc. is pleased to announce a new grant program for local businesses near the Redbank Valley Trails in New Bethlehem’s Business District. The intent is to allow businesses to purchase small bike racks similar to the large one that Renaissance purchased for the trailhead in New Bethlehem.

Renaissance will match 50% of the cost of eligible and approved bike racks. Contact 814-275-1718 for more information.

newbie-parkletAvailable Business Properties

**Wanted**
Are you a business looking for a great location on a busy highway? New Bethlehem lies at the intersection of Routes 66 and 28, only 16-18 miles from Interstate 80. We have many low-cost available properties of varied sizes that might suit your business. We need a bike shop, sporting goods store, shuttle services and outfitters to support the 4-season recreational opportunities that abound, the Peanut Butter Festival Mountain Bike Race participants, the newly developed and award winning Redbank Valley Trails, as well as the many soccer and school sports teams in the area. We’re looking for more accounting services, coffee shops and unique retail stores. The beautiful Redbank Valley along Redbank Creek provides great inspiration for artists and crafts persons and is a great place to live, work and play. Come for a visit, you’ll want to stay.

For Rent by Owner:
Dinger Building, 200 Block Rear Broad Street off Hunter Street, 1750 Square feet available for rent, 12 rooms including 2 bathrooms with waiting or reception area. Ideal for law, doctor or other office use. Please call Ernie Dinger for more information at 814-275-1765.

For Sale by Owner:
Properties are available. Check back for updates.

Local Realtors and Properties:

Burford & Henry Real Estate Services
Brian Burford
11178 Route 322
Shippenville, PA 16254
Tel: (814) 227-7355
Fax: (814) 227-2450
E-mail: [email protected]
www.burfordandhenry.com

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services
Squirrel Hill
5887 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Office: (412) 521-2222

Maria DePasquale, Sales Associate
[email protected]
Direct: (412) 521-2222 x251
Cell: (412) 953-8174

Henry White, Sales Associate
[email protected]
Cell: (412) 551-1112
Web Site

Keller Williams Realty
Ryan Gould
Cell: 412-400-6981
Office: 412-933-8500 x 8595
Fax: 724-933-8595
E-mail: [email protected]
www.kwpittsburghhomes.com

Pat Merwin Realty
232 Broad Street
New Bethlehem, PA 16242
814-275-2497
E-mail: [email protected]
www.merwinrealty.com

Re/Max River Country Realty
Jim Bowersox, Realtor
Greg Smathers, Broker
404 Main Street
Clarion, PA 16214
814-226-7395 or 800-668-9014
Fax: (814) 226-4581
www.rivercountryrealty.com

VG Dougherty Real Estate
600 Longview Road
Fairmount City, PA 16244
Phone 814-275-2750
Fax 814-275-2802
[email protected]
www.vgdougherty.com

newbie-signAre you a business looking for a great location on a busy highway? New Bethlehem lies at the intersection of Routes 66 and 28, only 16-18 miles from Interstate 80. We have many low-cost available properties of varied sizes that might suit your business. We need a bike shop and sporting goods store to support recreational opportunities that abound, the Peanut Butter Festival Mountain Bike Race participants, the Redbank Valley Rails to Trails, PA’s 2014 Trail of the Year, that runs through the center of New Bethlehem, as well as the many soccer and school sports teams in the area. We’re looking for more accounting services, shops and unique retail stores. The beautiful Redbank Valley along Redbank Creek provides great inspiration for artists and crafts persons and is a great place to live, work and play. Come for a visit, you’ll want to stay.

Upcoming Programs:

The First Step: Starting a Small Business, a 3 ½ hour one-day workshop by SBDC Clarion University is offered in several local counties. This program is useful for existing businesses and may qualify you for additional hours of one-on-one consultation.
Topics –

  • What to consider before starting a business
  • How and why to prepare a business plan
  • Guidelines on how to finance your business
  • License and tax information
  • Regulations governing a business
  • Other resources you can use to help you plan and succeedPlease check with the SBDC to confirm costs, meeting times and dates and to register.You can visit the SBDC on the web at: http://www.clarion.edu/SBDC/.

Information and assistance is available from Redbank Renaissance, Inc. on Business Transitions and Succession Planning for those business owners who are approaching retirement or considering sale of their businesses. For information or requests for other workshops, please contact the Economic Restructuring Committee or a Board member.

Small Business Administration Offers 2 Online Finance Courses for Small Business Owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has 2 free online finance courses to help small business owners with the basic principles of finance and borrowing.
The self-paced courses are:

These courses walk business owners through steps that answer questions about debt financing, available loan programs, what small businesses should know about borrowing money, how to prepare a loan package and how loan requests are reviewed by lenders. The finance primer gives an overview of the SBA’s loan guaranty programs to help small businesses understand the variety of financial resources, including those from the SBA. The finance courses can help entrepreneurs avoid such common mistakes as securing the wrong type of financing, miscalculating the amount of financing required, and underestimating the cost of borrowing money. The loan package course includes small business links to related information, and refers course participants for direct support in preparing a loan request to appropriate resources that include SBA’s district offices, SBA resource partners and lenders. Course participants who complete the 30-minute online training programs can earn a certificate of completion from the SBA.

These courses have been added to a menu of more than 26 online tutorials offered by the SBA through its virtual training campus at the Small Business Training Network (SBTN) (http://www.sba.gov/training)

DEP’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program

Please check the Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program for ways to limit your energy costs.

About the program: Administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program, provides a 25 percent reimbursement grant (up to a maximum of $25,000) to enable Pennsylvania small businesses (businesses with 100 employees or fewer) to acquire certain pieces of equipment or adopt certain processes that promote energy efficiency.

Well-designed energy efficiency projects can help small businesses cut operating costs and increase competitiveness, while simultaneously reducing Pennsylvania’s energy demand. The reimbursement grants can be applied toward the cost of purchasing and installing numerous
energy efficient items and systems, including geothermal heat pumps; energy efficient HVAC, lighting, and refrigeration systems; insulation and air sealing projects; etc.

Click on the following link into your browser to download the application and guidelines:

http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/energindependent/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=543714

caruso-buildingClarion University’s Small Business Development Center:

http://www.clarion.edu/sbdc


Clarion County Economic Development Corporation

330 North Point Drive
Suite 212, Clarion PA 16214
Phone: 814-226-9045
Fax: 814-226-9047 (fax)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.callclarionpa.com
Hours of Operation:

Open Monday through Friday
8:30am – Noon & 1:00pm – 4:00pm


Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce
(formerly New Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce)

309 Broad Street, Suite 2
New Bethlehem, PA 16242
814-275-3929
www.newbethlehemarea.com


Commonwealth of PA Business Information:

http://www.paopen4businessbriefcase.state.pa.us


PA Department of State Corporation Bureau:

http://www.dos.state.pa.us/corps/


Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning & Development:

http://www.nwcommission.org


United States Small Business Association

http://www.sba.gov/


New Bethlehem Area Public Library

http://www.newbethlehempubliclibrary.org


Small Business Administration Introduces 2 New Online Finance Courses for Small Business Owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has introduced 2 new free online finance courses to help small business owners with the basic principles of finance and borrowing.

The self-paced courses are:

These courses walk business owners through steps that answer questions about debt financing, available loan programs, what small businesses should know about borrowing money, how to prepare a loan package and how loan requests are reviewed by lenders. The finance primer gives an overview of the SBA�s loan guaranty programs to help small businesses understand the variety of financial resources, including those from the SBA. The finance courses can help entrepreneurs avoid such common mistakes as securing the wrong type of financing, miscalculating the amount of financing required, and underestimating the cost of borrowing money. The loan package course includes small business links to related information, and refers course participants for direct support in preparing a loan request to appropriate resources that include SBA�s district offices, SBA resource partners and lenders. Course participants who complete the 30-minute online training programs can earn a certificate of completion from the SBA.

These courses have been added to a menu of more than 26 online tutorials offered by the SBA through its virtual training campus at the Small Business Training Network (SBTN) (http://www.sba.gov/training)


DEP’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program

About the program: Administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program, provides a 25 percent reimbursement grant (up to a maximum of $25,000) to enable Pennsylvania small businesses (businesses with 100 employees or fewer) to acquire certain pieces of equipment or
adopt certain processes that promote energy efficiency.

Well-designed energy efficiency projects can help small businesses cut operating costs and increase competitiveness, while simultaneously reducing Pennsylvania’s energy demand. The reimbursement grants can be applied toward the cost of purchasing and installing numerous
energy efficient items and systems, including geothermal heat pumps; energy efficient HVAC, lighting, and refrigeration systems; insulation and air sealing projects; etc.

Click on the following link into your browser to download the application and guidelines:

http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/energindependent/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=543714

Upcoming Events

Sep
25
Mon
12:00 am Martial Arts Classes
Martial Arts Classes
Sep 25 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Martial arts classes are offered by the American Karate Academy at First Baptist Church in Distant on Monday Evenings. See www.winterhawk.info or call 724-868-2771.
Sep
26
Tue
9:00 am Clarion Co. Commissioners Meeting @ Commissioners' Conference Room
Clarion Co. Commissioners Meeting @ Commissioners' Conference Room
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 am
Clarion County Commissioners meet on the 2nd Tuesday or Wednesday and usually on the 4th Tuesday of each month, except as noted. Meetings are at 9 AM at the Commissioners’ Conference Room in the County Administration Building at 330 Main Street, Clarion, PA.
9:00 am Clarion Co. Commissioners work s...
Clarion Co. Commissioners work s...
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Commissioners hold a work session generally every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 9 am except as otherwise scheduled.
7:00 pm East Brady Borough Council Meeting @ East Brady High School
East Brady Borough Council Meeting @ East Brady High School
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
East Brady Borough Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7 PM at the East Brady High School.
7:00 pm Redbank Watershed Association Me... @ New Bethlehem Area Public Library at 7 PM.
Redbank Watershed Association Me... @ New Bethlehem Area Public Library at 7 PM.
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Redbank Watershed Association meets on the 4th Tuesday at 7 PM at the New Bethlehem Area Public Library.