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Wolf administration visits small businesses in Scranton, urges Pennsylvanians to support their favorite local stores

Scranton, Pennsylvania – Today, Acting Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Neil Weaver, highlighted the importance of small businesses in the Commonwealth and encouraged Pennsylvanians to support their favorite local shops during Small Business Week businesses in Pennsylvania. The celebration takes place May 1-7, 2022, as proclaimed by Governor Tom Wolf.

“Small Business Week is the perfect time to celebrate the more than one million small businesses that employ around 2.5 million workers across the Commonwealth,” Acting Secretary Weaver said. “I hope Pennsylvanians use this week to support their favorite local businesses by visiting, shopping online, providing positive reviews and recommendations online, and tagging them on social media. We should be doing all we can to support small businesses this week, and every week – they are the backbone of our economy.

Weaver was joined by Mayor Paige Cognetti and others on an afternoon walking tour of downtown Scranton. The tour celebrated the diversity and impact of small businesses on Pennsylvania’s economy and communities.

“I am pleased to join Acting Secretary Weaver today in touring businesses vital to Scranton’s economy,” Mayor Cognetti said. “These local entrepreneurs bring innovation to our community and are key to our future growth.”

Since 2015, the Wolf administration has created a number of programs to help women and minority-owned businesses. These include the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA), which provides low-interest loans to businesses owned and operated by ethnic minorities; the Small Diverse Business Capital Access Program (SDBCA), which provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to diversified small businesses committed to creating and retaining full-time jobs in the Commonwealth; and the Business Opportunities Fund (BOF) to help disadvantaged and diverse small businesses access finance.

The following local businesses were highlighted during this afternoon’s visit to Scranton:

  • RD Salon & BlowDry Bar – a hair salon
  • The Giving Tree – a wellness center
  • Commonwealth Coffeehouse – a cafe and restaurant
  • Pink Pedal – a clothing store
  • Adezzo – a cafe and lounge

As part of Small Business Week, DCED visits local businesses on walking tours in several Commonwealth cities, including Reading, Philadelphia, Bedford, Erie and Zelienople. The tours celebrate the contributions of small businesses to the culture and fabric of the communities in which they reside.

Diversity and Small Business Impact in PA
  • 39.4% of small business owners are women
  • 16.6% are racial minorities
  • 4.2% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 6.3% are veterans
  • 13,690, or 88.2%, of Pennsylvania businesses that exported goods in 2019 were small businesses – and small businesses exported goods worth $12.5 billion
  • For every $100 spent on a small business, $48 is pumped back into the local economy where the business is located
State resources for small businesses

DCED and our partner networks across the Commonwealth offer many resources to help small businesses grow.

  • The PA Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) is the first point of contact for business development in Pennsylvania. The BOSS team helps connect and guide businesses through all stages of development – ​​from planning and start-up to operation and expansion.
  • Pennsylvania’s 16 Small Business Development Centers