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Halogen Hair Co. owner Ashley Evert has utilized CAN BE virtual services to build a thriving small business

For many entrepreneurs, having a vision and innovative idea for a product or service is the easy part of starting their own small business. The challenges come in figuring out what to do next.

As Halogen Hair Co. owner Ashley Evert said, “No one really tells you how to run a business in beauty school.” However, Evert’s decision to reach out to CAN BE and CAN DO Director of Economic Development Jocelyn Sterenchock when she opened her salon has been vital to the success of her operation.

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International construction software startup build.works selects CAN BE Innovation Center to launch its U.S. operations

The CAN BE Innovation Center has a reputation for being dedicated to helping local and regional entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Now, the facility is gaining some international attention.

Construction software company build.works, which launched three years ago in Tallinn, Estonia by a group of SAP software consultants, recently moved into the CAN BE Innovation Center and plans to use its office space there to start the firm’s U.S. operations. The company provides a strategic cloud solution for Building Information Modeling (BIM)-based resource planning, scheduling, budgeting, procurement, manufacturing and construction of buildings.

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Alpaca Distribution launches wholesale food distribution company in CAN BE Innovation Center

Carolina Polanco and her husband, Jose Alberto, wanted to start Alpaca Distribution to serve a need in the Hazleton area. That desire to serve came full circle for the couple when CAN DO was there to support their needs as they started their new venture.

Alpaca Distribution is one of several new clients to move into the CAN BE Innovation Center in the Valmont Industrial Park in the last few months. Alpaca – a name created by the combination of letters from the names of Jose Alberto, his daughter, Paola, and Carolina – is a wholesale food distributor of dry goods and supplies for restaurants and supermarkets. The company sells an extensive list of name-brand products throughout Greater Hazleton, including brands like Kraft, Sara Lee, Goya, and more.

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