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BUSINESS INCUBATOR PROGRAM

The Program

The second floor of the Scranton Enterprise Center (SEC) houses a business incubator.

Business incubators nurture young firms, helping them to survive and grow during the start-up period when they are most vulnerable. The SEC provides a number of services to enhance the development of young firms. These services include hands-on management assistance, access to financing, intensive mentoring programs and networking opportunities.

The SEC’s business incubator tenants have access to shared office services, equipment, conference rooms, flexible leases, and expandable office space. These services coupled with professional management will stimulate the growth and development of new business ventures in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Space Available for Lease

Floor Plan – Click to Download PDF

Services Provided

Clerical and administrative services

  • On-site receptionist
  • Photocopying and postage equipment
  • Shared high speed internet connection
  • Janitorial, security and maintenance services
  • Publication and library services
  • Audio and visual equipment

Assistance with business development activities

  • Training
  • Mentoring
  • One-on-one counseling

Seminars and workshops

  • Various topics on an on-going basis

Shared Use Spaces

The seminar and conference rooms are available to all Business Incubator tenants on a first come, first served basis.

Seminar Room - 21.5' x 28'
Conference Room - 13' x 23'
Shared kitchenette with vending machines
Copy/Fax/Mail Room

Program Application

When a business is interested in locating in the Scranton Enterprise Center business incubator they should contact Aaron Whitney at 570-342-7711. Each business is required to complete an application form and submit a thorough business plan and financial information for at least 2 years. The application and business plan information are reviewed by a committee and either approved or denied. If approved, the business is then provided a lease for the space.

Application

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a business incubator?

Business incubators nurture young firms, helping them to survive and grow during the start-up period when they are most vulnerable. The SEC provides a number of services to enhance the development of young firms. These services include hands-on management assistance, access to financing, intensive mentoring programs and networking opportunities.

The SEC’s business incubator tenants have access to shared office services, equipment, conference rooms, flexible leases, and expandable office space. These services coupled with professional management will stimulate the growth and development of new business ventures in northeastern Pennsylvania.

What is the process to locate within the business incubator?
When a business is interested in locating in the Scranton Enterprise Center business incubator they should contact Aaron Whitney at 570-342-7711. Each business is required to complete an application form and submit a thorough business plan and financial information for at least 2 years. The application and business plan information are reviewed by a committee and either approved or denied. If approved, the business is then provided a lease for the space.

What is the advantage of locating within the business incubator?
There are many ways that a small business can benefit from locating within a business incubator. First, by sharing common costs associated with a running a business, the Business Incubator reduces the occupancy expenses for the business and therefore, the business has additional capital to utilize for development purposes.
Secondly, the business will have access to several business development tools such as networking opportunities, mentoring programs and financial assistance. The business environment created by a business incubator is one that is conducive to the growth of businesses and the entrepreneurs who run them.

What is the term of the lease in the business incubator?
The term for tenants leasing space within the business incubator is twelve months.  The business can be approved for additional twelve month terms not to exceed sixty months.

Current Tenants

Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute

Founded in September of 2003, The Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute (NPTI) exists to facilitate collaboration and technology transfer among the region’s fourteen colleges and universities, and to serve as the nexus for innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship by leveraging the capital and talent that exists in academia, business, and government.

NPTI is the capstone organization created as a result of the 1999 Battelle Report, a Technology Strategy for Northeastern Pennsylvania. The report encouraged the region to build an innovative, knowledge-based and technology-focused economy by harnessing the intellectual capital and energy from within our institutes of higher education.

NPTI manages the Keystone Innovation Zone for Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties and coordinates the Great Valley Technology Alliance’s annual collegiate Business Plan Competition
and Entrepreneurship Institute.

Contact Information:

Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute (NPTI)
The Scranton Enterprise Center
201 Lackawanna Ave.
Suite 211
Scranton, PA 18503
PH: (570) 341-8099
FX: (570) 408-9812
E-Mail: tluciani@greatvalleyalliance.com

www.nepati.com


Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania links early-stage technology firms and established manufacturers with funding, people, technology, universities and other resources to help them prosper. In the process, we fuel economic growth for northeastern Pennsylvania.

Our mission is to boost the economy of our region with new and retained jobs, new technology companies, and established manufacturers that are more competitive. We provide early-stage technology firms and established manufacturers with funding, networking opportunities, and technical and business expertise. The program has been recognized and modeled nationally and internationally.

Our success is measured based on the commercial success that our clients achieve as a direct result of our assistance. Ben Franklin enterprise developers work with early-stage firms and established companies to enhance their entire way of doing business. Typical investments range from $30,000 to $150,000 per year for up to three years.

Serving a 21-county area, Ben Franklin Technology Partners is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.


Contact Information:

Northeast PA Regional Office:
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA
The Scranton Enterprise Center
201 Lackawanna Ave.
Suite 219
Scranton, PA 18503

PH: (610) 849-9090
FX: (610) 849-0284

E-Mail: kokrepkie@nep.benfranklin.org

www.nep.benfranklin.org


SCORE

SCORE® is the most recognized and utilized supplier of counseling and mentoring services for America’s small businesses. SCORE® provides professional guidance to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses.

Contact Information:

Score 703 Scranton PA
Scranton Enterprise Center
Suite 216
201 Lackawanna Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503

PH: 570.851.1608

E-Mail: scorescranton@yahoo.com

Web: www.scorescranton.org


Lackawanna County Workforce Investment Board

The Lackawanna County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is a non-profit Board of dedicated business men and women and community leaders that serves as a conduit for information and communication among stakeholders, promoting economic growth through strategic investment and leveraging of resources to increase career advancement opportunities and the competitive advantage of businesses in Lackawanna County and all of Northeastern PA. The Board promotes a comprehensive and structurally sound workforce development system through human capital development, capacity building, and operational effectiveness.

Contact Information:

Virginia H. Turano
Executive Director
Lackawanna County Workforce Investment Board
201 Lackawanna Avenue  Suite 215
Scranton, PA 18503

PH: 570-342-3649
FX: 570-346-7014


Cushman & Wakefield of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Cushman and Wakefield, Inc. is the world’s largest privately-held commercial real estate services firm.  The company advises and represents clients on all aspects of property occupancy and investment, and has established a preeminent position in the world’s major markets, as evidenced by its frequent involvement in many of the most significant property leases, sales and assignments.  Founded in 1917, it has 253 offices in 60 countries, employing more than 15,000 professionals.  The firm has more than $3.7 billion in assets under management globally. 

 


Cracked Innovations

Founded in 2014, Cracked Innovations is a local Social Media Company with a mission to create online tools that are used to produce a better offline experience. Cracked Innovations is launching the What Now Social networking application which combines many popular social networking services such as Meetup, Yelp, Facebook and Snapchat into one easy to use application. The application creates value for the users by allowing them to manage their entire social life in one place rather than clicking through multiple apps and it makes it easy for them to connect with the local venues that offer the products and services they’re interested in. The backend of the platform caters to the local businesses in the area by providing them with an easy, cost effective way to reach their target demographic.

Contact Information:
Cracked Innovations, LLC
Scranton Enterprise Center
201 Lackawanna Ave
Suite 200A,
Scranton, PA 18503

PH. 570-843-6096
E-mail: kgranville@crackedinnovations.com
Web: www.crackedinnovations.com
Web-App: www.whatnowsocial.com


My College Roomie

My College Roomie is an online social network and roommate self-selection tool for colleges and universities aimed at improving the way higher ed institutions match roommates. The platform utilizes an advance algorithm to suggest good roommate matched to students based on personal compatibility, and also provides them with tools used to network within the platform in search of suitable roommates. It is the first service of its kind to streamline all aspects of the roommate and room assignments process using a social networking environment.


Sho Technology Solutions, LLC

Sho Technology Solutions, LLC (SHO) is a computer software organization focused on delivering software solutions to its clients. As an Application Service Provider (ASP) paired with powerful cloud infrastructure partners, SHO creates and/or obtains software solutions to bring a client's dream to life or a problem to rest. SHO also serves as a Managed Service Provider (MSP) by supporting and maintaining its client's existing software.

SHO’s mission is to anticipate a client’s business problem and already have a configurable solution available through existing software product offerings. SHO then executes rapid software development methodologies to ensure the product offerings specifically address client needs. SHO is there along the way to maintain, support and grow the applications as business changes or innovations are born.