263 early stage companies supported by KIZ program

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20 Under 40: JenniferDessoye

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Dr. Jennifer Dessoye is assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University and owner of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy (BBELA). Discontent with the early education curriculum and understanding of human development and neurolo (read more)

20 Under 40: Amy Hlavaty Belcher

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Amy Hlavaty Belcher, 39, owner and artistic director of Abrabesque Academy of Dancing, believes that for those who have been given much, much is expected. “I just try hard to do my best,” she said. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many gift (read more)

20 Under 40: Christopher Hetro

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Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Laws (read more)

20 Under 40: C. David Pedri

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For attorney C. David Pedri, 37, it’s all about a combination of qualities that contribute to success. “My philosophy is simple: be open and honest, treat people the way you would want to be treated, with respect, and work hard to attain your dreams. The (read more)

20 Under 40: Ed Frable

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Ed Frable, 28, believes “if I work hard and stick to my word, good things will happen. My crew will not be deterred. We will re-evaluate our game plan and not give up until the job is complete,” explained Frable, the owner/operator of Ed Frable Constructi (read more)

20 Under 40: William H. Bender II

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William H. Bender II, CFP, CIMA, CRPC, loves what he does. “I’m lucky. I come to work every day excited to help the people and institutions we work with,” explained Bender, 34, first vice president at Bender Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch. The fam (read more)

20 Under 40: Angelo Venditti

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Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years a (read more)

20 Under 40: Donald Mammano

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At 20, Donald Mammano began his own company, while attending the University of Scranton. Mammano, now 33, and president of DFM Properties, recalls, as a youngster, holding a flashlight while his father fixed the kitchen sink. “From that point on I was fas (read more)

20 Under 40: William J. Fennie III

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William J. Fennie III, 27, is always knocking on the proverbial door, because he knows one day, one will open. As an investment specialist with Integrated Capital Management (iCM) he cannot take “no” for an answer. “I make cold calls every day to invite f (read more)

20 Under 40: Marcus Magyar

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As an advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Marcus N. Magyar, CFP, 30, provides comprehensive wealth management and investment portfolio services to business owners, executives, families and high-net worth individuals. His multi-disciplinary team of pro (read more)

20 Under 40: Heather Davis

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Heather M. Davis, 33, director of marketing and communication, is responsible for creating, overseeing and implementing a strategic marketing and comprehensive communications plan for The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). She is also responsible for pr (read more)

20 Under 40: Alexandria Duffney

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Alexandria Duffney, 30, is competitive by nature and loves a good challenge. These qualities have led her to her position as associate director of graduate admission at Wilkes University. Here she works with prospective students interested in enrolling in (read more)

20 Under 40: John Culkin

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John Culkin’s tenets inform: “Less haste equal more speed; the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it is all about what you are made of, not the circumstances surrounding you; and don’t ask someone to walk a mile in your shoes, bef (read more)

20 Under 40: Conor O'Brien

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“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it,” mused Conor O’Brien.” As co-founder and executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, O’Brien, 25, is responsible for leading the development of the overal (read more)

20 Under 40: Jessica Siegfried

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Jessica Siegfried, 38, is senior designer with BlackOut Design Inc., where she is responsible for all creative design at the full-service agency, from traditional branding and print to collateral and front end web design. “I’ve always had an interest in t (read more)

20 Under 40: David Johns

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David Johns’ career path has been shaped by his diverse experiences. As director of structural engineering at Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Moosic, Johns, 39, ensures that his engineering and consultant teams provide clients with their best effort. “We complete (read more)

20 Under 40: Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones, 38, president of ReferLocal LLC, has learned just as many lessons from her business successes as she’s had from her failures — and she believes it’s important to share that knowledge with her employees. After graduating from American Universi (read more)

20 Under 40: Nisha Arora

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Nisha Arora, 36, tries to be the best version of herself every day. As general counsel for ERA One Source Realty Inc., she realized she cannot control other’s behavior so “I try to focus on myself and how I can be better,” she explained. Arora’s responsib (read more)

20 Under 40: Justin Sandy

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Starting at a young age in Hazleton, Justin C. Sandy, 33, found a passion for running. He became a member then a coach for Misericordia University’s cross country and track and field programs. “It was at Misericordia that I also garnered the profound sati (read more)

20 Under 40: Dr. Ariane Conaboy

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As a doctor of internal medicine at Physicians Health Alliance, Dr. Ariane M. Conaboy, 34, realizes the importance of human life and how fragile it can be at times. Conaboy graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton with a double major in (read more)

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Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced the approval of $15 million in tax credits to support 263 early-stage companies through the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Program.

“It is important that we support Pennsylvania’s talent pipeline, from higher education to business ownership, and provide opportunities for entrepreneurial success and the KIZ Program does just that,” Davin said. “It is an important tool that contributes significantly to young companies’ ability to transition through the stages of growth.”

The Keystone Innovation Zone Program is designed to support and encourage entrepreneurship in and around Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities by providing young Pennsylvania companies with vital working capital to meet critical needs, including covering capital expenditures, workforce expansion, operational expenses and making companies more attractive to venture investment.

The program provides tax credits for companies that have been in operation for less than eight years, whose gross revenues have increased over the previous year, are located in a KIZ and are operating within a targeted industry sector such as information technology or advanced manufacturing/diversified materials.

Below are approved KIZ award businesses

in NEPA.

For a complete list of approved KIZ awards or more information about the Keystone Innovation Zone program, including highlights of past awardees success stories, visit dced.pa.gov.

Lackawanna County

• twobytwo Solutions LLC. $82,585.                

• Chunga LLC. $14,452.                

• Conxx NE Inc. $82,585.              

• Keystone Technology Consulting LLC.

$82,585.             

• DARTdrones LLC. $82,585.                

• Ecolndustrial LLC. $82,585.               

• Northeast Penn Supplies LLC. $82,585.                

• ChannelApe LLC. $1,955.                  

• Otreva LLC. $19,759.                

• Note Fragrances Inc. $82,091.                

• Work Order Center LLC. $82,585.                

• Advanced Design LLC. $82,585.                

• Reaction Technologies LLC. $82,585.                

• Prova Systems. $30,418.                

• Payroll Command LLC. $82,585.                

• IP Support LLC. $82,585.                

• Predictable Property LLC. $82,585                

• Posture Interactive Ltd. $81,334.                

Luzerne County

• Crimson Advisors LLC. $82,585.                

• LSEO LLC. $82,585.                

• Refer Local Business Pages LLC. $13,857                

• Appek Mobile Apps LLC. $25,179.                

• Refer Local Classifieds LLC. $15,641                

• A 24-7 Solutions, Inc. $27,739.                

• Digital ROI, Inc. $1,445.                  

• RF Antenna Design Inc. $33,930.                

• Wordtree Technology LLC. $39,189.                

• Penn3D LLC. $3,656.                  

• MAXX BENCH f/k/a Xonnel Enterprises Ltd.

$32,957.                

• Jungle Computer LLC. $12,414.                

• MOXIEGREEN LLC. $19,491.                

• Maydeer Tech LLC. $82,585.                

• Public Charters, Inc. $82,585.                

• theSMARTsub LLC. $45,292.                

• Bright Solutions Management Group Inc.

$82,585.                

• On Track Enterprises Inc. $82,585.                

• Clear Simple Marketing LLC. $47,193.                

• Digital Reservation Systems Inc. $82,585.                

• Prime Restaurant Solutions Inc. $6,078.                

• Chatka Interactive LLC. $82,585.                

• HSM Real Estate Services LLC.$2,349.                  

• Liquid Sky Marketing Inc.$71,023.

• Connection Energy LLC.$82,585.                

• United Glass LLC. $82,585.                

• Surpass Online LLC. $82,585.                

• Krypton Design LLC. $3,177.                  

• GLB Industries LLC. $44,237.               

• Hot Igloo LLC. $18,990

Pocono Mountains

• Stellar Technology Solutions LLC. $82,585.                

• Imperial 3D Solutions LLC. $82,110.                

• American Systems & Installation Inc. $58,577.

• Marathon Studios Inc. $48,104.                

• TickChek LLC. $15,802.                

• Unify Interactive LLC. $11,141.

Williamsport/Lycoming

• TLC North LLC. $50,570.               

• The R.A.T.E. Company LLC. $10,782.

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