Charlee Murdock of Project Headway launches a new hair salon with help from The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative partners

Project Headway CharleeLocal entrepreneuer Charlee Murdock recently opened Project Headway Co., a full-service salon in Weatherly, with the help of CAN BE and the Hazleton LaunchBox.While the global pandemic created many challenges and economic uncertainties for businesses, for some, it created an opportunity. Charlee Murdock, a local entrepreneur and self-described struggling single mom of three, is the founder of Project Headway, a start-up company she launched in 2021 with the help of CAN BE and the Hazleton Launchbox. Within one year of making her dream a reality, Charlee is already making progress with the grand opening of her full-service salon in Weatherly, Project Headway Co.

Project Headway aims to help people make progress in their lives through the beauty industry. For Murdock, the ultimate goal is to build a product development company focusing on philanthropy and helping those in need. Not only will the salon provide valuable services to the community, but it will also help fund the production of her product company, Salon Innovations by Project Headway. With the help of Bill Andahazy, Penn State Entrepreneurship Education Coordinator of the Hazleton LaunchBox Supported by Pasco Schaivo and funds received from PennTAP, she is already working on her first prototype through a partnership with Bucknell University’s Engineering Department.

Read more ...

CAN BE kicks off the Entrepreneurial Power Hour Series with intro to business plans

CAN BE Entrepreneurial Power Hour Series UPDATEDCAN BE will present the first part of their Entrepreneurial Power Hour series on Thursday, February 2 at the CAN BE Innovation Center from 12 – 1 PM.

This six-part series is designed to teach current and aspiring entrepreneurs vital information to grow and maintain their small business.

In this session, Lucy Singer, Business Consultant from the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (Wilkes SBDC), teaches us why a business plan is so important and how to write your own!

To RSVP, please contact Nico Makuta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (570) 579-8511.

State Senator David Argall and State Representative-elect Dane Watro paid a visit to CAN BE Innovation Center

Argall Watro Visit CAN BEPennsylvania State Senator David G. Argall and State Representative-elect Dane Watro recently visited the CAN BE Innovation Center on Monday, December 12, to tour the facility and learn more about its positive impact on local entrepreneurial development.

Senator Argall currently represents the 29th district, serving part of Luzerne, Carbon, and Schuylkill Counties in addition to being the Chairman of the Senate State Government Committee. Since being sworn into office, one of Senator Argall’s top legislative priorities has been revitalizing downtowns and older industrial neighborhoods, such as those within the Greater Hazleton Area.

Accompanying Senator Argall during this visit was State Representative-elect Dane Watro. The former mayor of McAdoo Borough was recently elected to represent Pennsylvania's 116th Legislative District which includes parts of Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties.

Read more ...