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Alfa Foods, LLC joins Hazleton Kitchen Incubator to manufacture specialty meat products

Alfa Foods webThe Hazleton Kitchen Incubator welcomes its newest client, Alfa Foods, LLC. This small, food manufacturing business is owned and operated by area native, Alejandro Llerena, and specializes in crafting various meat products, including hot dogs, ham, sausage, salami, chorizo, bacon, jerky, and jerky sausages, which are all made from premium ingredients such as pork, beef, and chicken.

With a commitment to quality and innovation, Alejandro has worked diligently to bring his culinary dreams to life. "I am happy to embark on this journey with Alfa Foods," said Llerena. "My mission is to provide the community with exceptional meat products that stand out in both flavor and uniqueness…selling my products in a niche other companies won't do."

Alfa Foods is currently in its sampling phase, which includes perfecting recipes and designing labels to go on its packaging. Mr. Llerena aims to have his products readily accessible to the public very soon.

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CAN BE Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Stray Threads Screen Printing

Stray ThreadsThe CAN BE Innovation Center is proud to celebrate the one year anniversary of Stray Threads, a woman-owned, manually operated, screen-printing company that specializes in smaller productions orders and specialty inks. In celebration of this milestone, we sat down with Stray Thread’s owner, Megan Sterenchock, to reflect on her journey

For those who may not be familiar with you, tell us about who are you and your business’s story?

“I’m Megan Sterenchock, the founder of Stray Threads. I’ve been in the screen printing world for the past 10 years - my first job out of college was for a bigger, local screen-printing company, and I’ve done artwork for other local printers over the years. As a t-shirt and hoodie enthusiast, I’ve also been on the consumer side of ordering shirts and merchandise for companies. I love nothing more than a well-designed shirt printed on a nice soft and cozy garment!

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CAN DO Student Action Committee learns about local entrepreneurship at the CAN BE Innovation Center

SACatCANBE GroupMembers of CAN DO’s Student Action Committee recently toured the CAN BE Innovation Center to learn about its mission, function, and how the organization helps entrepreneurs in the area.

During their visit, Student Action Committee members had the opportunity to meet and interact with CAN BE tenants, who spoke to students about how they started their businesses and what resources were provided by the regional incubator. Students were able to ask questions, including how each local entrepreneur learned about the Innovation Center and what local resources have been the most impactful in starting and growing their businesses

In addition to learning about CAN BE, the visit gave CAN DO’s student members a firsthand look at local entrepreneurship and the organization’s role in promoting business opportunities within the local community.

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CAN BE sponsors Greater Hazleton Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 10th year

2023 Young Entrepreneur of the Year AwardLongtime CAN DO partner, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, held its 22nd Annual Business and Community Award Ceremony at Top of the 80’s on Thursday, October 26th.

At the luncheon, CAN DO’s Director of Economic Development, Jocelyn Sterenchock, proudly presented the 2023 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Paul DeAngelo, Jr of Hazleton. This marks the 10th year that the organization’s entrepreneurial arm, the CAN BE Innovation Center, has sponsored the award.

“CAN BE is honored to present this award for the tenth year in a row and recognize the hardworking and innovative entrepreneurs that we have right here in Greater Hazleton. Paul's inspirational journey, fueled by dedication and resilience, embodies the essence of this award.” Sterenchock said.

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