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The Scranton Plan and SLIBCO, the industrial and economic development affiliates of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for three new incubator tenants and three new anchor tenants Nov. 8, at the Scranton Enterprise Center (SEC).

‚??Prosperity and economic vitality result when the Commonwealth serves as a reliable partner in leveraging private investment and creating the best possible conditions for business investment and job growth. The Scranton Enterprise Center (SEC) and the business it attracts to the city evidence a successful public-private partnership between the Commonwealth; the Greater Scranton Chamber; and the business community of Northeastern Pennsylvania. To date 19 companies and over 150 employees have ‚??graduated‚?Ě from the SEC. Its sustainable business model is once again on display as we welcome new tenants to the facility,‚?Ě said Senator John P. Blake.

Kuhcoon, LLC is a social media as a service (SMaS) platform. The platform is built to help medium and enterprise businesses create a social media strategy to drive sales by providing them with affordable social media management, data-driven marketing strategies, and a dedicated professional community manager. Kuhcoon won the Great Valley Technology Alliance's Business Plan Competition earlier this year. They moved to the center‚??s incubator floor on May 23.

Global Exercise Group, LLC is a lower-back health exercise education company focused exclusively on helping individuals suffering from low-back pain by using a holistic approach. They seek to improve the physical, mental, social & emotional, and spiritual quality of life for individuals suffering from lower-back pain with a focus on exercise education and social interaction. They moved to the center‚??s incubator floor Aug. 15.

Angel Star Holdings, LLC is a multi-faceted Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business committed to providing accurate and timely analytical results. Along with accredited labs, the AngelStar team has the knowledge and experience to solve the most complex testing needs as well as periodic regulatory requirements. AngelStar moved to the center on Oct. 1.

Marshall, Parker & Associates is a law firm that has been in operation since 1980. They are a widely recognized leader in providing elder law, asset preservation, and estate planning and administration to seniors and their families. They are a trusted source for the expert legal advice that families need to maintain their financial security and protect their wealth for future generations. Marshall, Parker & Associates moved to the center‚??s incubator floor on Oct. 15.

Perry Wellington Realty, LLC is a regional brokerage which is vertically integrated. They offer Mortgage, Title, Real Estate for buyers and sellers and a Real Estate Training School as part of their company. The broker, Adam Conrad owns all or part of each of the companies. Their mission is to deliver outstanding customer service through the entire process of buying or selling your home. Perry Wellington Realty, LLC moved to the center Nov. 1.

Connie Phieff Speaks, offers motivational speaking, executive coaching, workshop facilitation, and leadership mentor for association creativity and sustainability. The mission is to serve as an inspiration to individuals and associations to seek clarity and discover capacity for change. Connie Phieff Speaks moved to the center Nov. 1.

‚??This ribbon cutting ceremony symbolizes our commitment to nurturing young firms and helping them survive and grow their businesses during the start-up period. We want our tenants to be successful and provide resources for them to do so,‚?Ě said Aaron Whitney, facilities manager, SLIBCO.

Business incubators are programs designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business resources and services. The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, in its efforts to promote business activity in the region has two business incubator facilities, the Scranton Enterprise Center (SEC) located in the heart of downtown Scranton and the Technology Incubator Facility, which is currently under construction in the Jessup Small Business Center in Jessup, PA.
Both incubators are designated as Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones (KOEZ), meaning they are exempt from state and local taxes for a set period of time, as are any businesses located on the property. The Technology Incubator Facility will be available for occupancy in the Spring 2013 and offers KOEZ advantages through 2020.

‚??Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and today‚??s ceremony provides further testimony to this fact. A vibrant small business base is the foundation for the future growth of our area and the blueprint for enabling us to attract other businesses here,‚?Ě said Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

‚??I want to congratulate these firms for their commitment to ‚??grow-up‚?Ě here and to provide valuable services to our community‚??s residents. On behalf of my fellow Commissioners, I wish them a bright future.‚?Ě

‚??The City of Scranton is very proud of the success of the Scranton Enterprise Center; these new tenants will be a real asset to downtown Scranton,‚?Ě said Christopher Doherty, mayor of Scranton.
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