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Keep up-to-date on what’s happening in the local community, as well as Altoona’s very own LaunchBox.

4  Simple Things You Can Do to Stabilize Your Small Business Right Now

July 24, 2020

Small businesses all over the world are seeking stability right now, and fortunately there are a number of proven methods for making it happen.

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely upended our normal way of doing business. Stay in place orders caused stores to shut their doors in many states. Other companies find themselves unable to fulfill shipments due to supply chain disruptions. Click below to learn a few things you can do to keep your business afloat .

Blair’s 30 Day Fund raises $120K to aid firms

June 16, 2020

The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund is drawing rave reviews from local businesses. The nonprofit Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund, a volunteer-powered nonprofit and statewide initiative, has provided 19 local businesses each with a $3,000 forgivable loan. Click below to read more!

Entrepreneurs of Necessity – the increase in business startups

May 5, 2020

One of the surprising trends in the recent shutdown of the U.S. economy is an uptick in the number of Pennsylvanians who are starting companies. Why would anyone have the confidence to start a business now? Click below to read more!

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1309 11th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601


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8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Altoona Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD)
Blair County Chamber of Commerce
Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Catalyst Space
City of Altoona
KIZ Resources
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Penn State Altoona Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology
Penn State Altoona Entrepreneurship Minor
Penn State Law Entrepreneurial Assistance Clinic
St. Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

  • LaunchBox is a signature program of Invent Penn State, which is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success. Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and University-community collaborations to facilitate the challenging process of turning research discoveries into valuable products and services that can benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind. Connect with the initiative at