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Suite 5 - 232 sq. ft. - Available at Pi: Partnership for Innovation

May 26, 2022

520 Evans St. Bethlehem, PA - 2nd Floor
Rent = $12.50/sq. ft. Full Service 
Extremely affordable location
Free off-street parking available to company employees

Collaborative and energetic environment with other startups 
Loft-style start-up space in tech-savvy Southside Bethlehem
Cool, industrial-vibe (vintage hardwood floors, exposed brick, etc.)


 

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Bethlehem Startups Get $450,000 in Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credits

May 25, 2022

A half-dozen Bethlehem startup companies have been awarded a total of more than $450,000 in tax credits from the Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ).  Soltech Solutions received just over $150,000 in KIZ tax credits, while Seven Sirens Brewing Company and Paro AI, Inc. were each awarded $100,000. Almas Foods International received $88,569, while Opatmo LLC and UBMe, Inc. were also provided tax credits...

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Lehigh Valley Rising Ep. 9 Lighting Companies (Video)

May 19, 2022

The Lehigh Valley is home to the lighting industry's biggest names, such as Lutron, SolTech, EcoTech Marine, PPL, SolTech, and LightLab International. Take a look at how each one of these companies shows us how important light can be...

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PRESS RELEASE: Bethlehem-based Startups Awarded $456,614 in KIZ Tax Credits

May 19, 2022

Bethlehem, PA – A total of $14 Million in KIZ Tax Credits have been awarded to KIZ Companies across the Commonwealth.  The comprehensive list of awardees can be found here. 7 Bethlehem start-up companies have managed to secure $456,614 in tax credits according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development...

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Soltech Solutions, Lehigh University SBDC Win SBA Awards

May 16, 2022

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office has announced its 2022 Small Business Week Award Winners, and two of the winners are based right here in the Lehigh Valley.  Soltech Solutions LLC, a Bethlehem-based manufacturer of state-of-the-art grow lights for plants, has received the Eastern Pennsylvania Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award for 2022...

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SBA Officials visit Eastern Pennsylvania’s 2022 Entrepreneurial Success of the Year (with Video)

May 11, 2022

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office announces Soltech Solutions, LLC, located in Bethlehem, as the recipient of its Eastern Pennsylvania Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award for 2022...

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Award-winning product ‘Built by Bethlehem

May 9, 2022

Bethlehem-based startup Soltech Solutions recently won the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award.  The company aims to help people “bring nature indoors” with its design-inspired plant lights for home and office.  Paul Hodges, Soltech’s Chief Executive Officer, said he founded the company with two others in 2016 shortly after graduating from college...

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LV Startup

May 5, 2022

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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Soltech Solutions Wins Eastern PA Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award

April 14, 2022

Eastern Pennsylvania Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award: Soltech Solutions LLC, Bethlehem; Cofounders Paul H. Hodges, Michael A. Planer, and Chris L. Clark; nominated by J. William Reynolds, Mayor, City of Bethlehem and President, Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation...

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U.S. Representative Susan Wild Visits Pi

April 11, 2022

We were happy to host, with Mayor Reynolds, U.S. Representative Susan Wild at Pi: Partnership for Innovation. Her dog Zoey served as tour guide and met a friend...Soltech Solution's office dog Loki. It was great to hear about the success that startups Soltech, Goblies, and Zaffrus have had...

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LV Startup

April 7, 2022

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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Bethlehem-based Saladax Acquires Patent Portfolio

April 5, 2022

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethehem-based Saladax Biomedical Inc. has acquired a patent portfolio from Janssen Pharmaceutica NV.  Saladax did not disclose terms of the agreement to acquire intellectual property from Janssen, which is part of Johnson & Johnson. The transaction includes 17 patent families and, along with Saladax's existing intellectual property, covers the major antipsychotic drugs that are prescribed worldwide, according to a Saladax press release...

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Startup Resources: State Tax Credits (KIZ, R&D)

March 16, 2022 (12:00 p.m.)

Learn about tax credit resources offered through the State of Pennsylvania. Often times, as a business owner, you spend so much time focused on launching, growing, and managing the day-to-day operations of the company...and for good reason. But resources may be available to you through local, State, and Federal government organizations. So let the resources work for you and work smarter, not harder. This seminar is geared towards startup companies in the Lehigh Valley that are developing innovative and proprietary technology...

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LV Startup

March 3, 2022

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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Bethlehem Mayor Reynolds and Staff Visit TechVentures

February 17, 2022

Bethlehem Mayor William Reynolds and his staff met with Ben Franklin staff and had a tour of Ben Franklin TechVentures on February 16. Ben Franklin TechVentures is Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ award-winning technology incubator/post-incubator, located on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus in Bethlehem...

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Say ‘Goodbye’ to Outdated Online Reviews and ‘Hello’ to Real- Time Feedback!

February 15, 2022

With support from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the Southside Bethlehem KIZ and Pennsylvania CareerLink, Bethlehem technology company, UBMe has officially launched real-time feedback for restaurants on the UBMe App, which will revolutionize the way customers can obtain live information from restaurants and the way online reviews will take place moving forward...

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LV Startup

February 3, 2022

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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Small Business Incubators Grow Companies, Jobs, and Networks

 January 20, 2022

Paul Hodges had an idea to make grow lights that looked good in homes and offices, unlike those on the market that were suitable only for the basement.  

“I realized that people wanted to grow plants inside, but the lights were ugly,” he said. “I wanted to make beautiful lights with warm white ambient light in modern fixtures.” To accomplish his goal, Hodges turned to the Partnership for Innovation (Pi) at the Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) for help...  

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Lehigh Valley Rising Ep. 5 Business Incubators (Video)

January 20, 2022

Join host Valerie Bittner as she introduces local business incubators and new entrepreneurs in the region.  Pi: Partnership for Innovation and the Southside Bethlehem KIZ is featured along with companies Zaffrus and Goblies...

 

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Northampton Community College to Develop Pathways to Manufacturing Program

January 18, 2022

Northampton Community College (NCC) has been awarded new state funding to develop a Pathways to Manufacturing program for low-income individuals, veterans, and others in the Lehigh Valley.  NCC will receive $199,125 through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program, which is designed to help companies identify and train a skilled workforce for existing or newly open positions...

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Terrahealth Coaching Partners With AblePay Health!

January 7, 2022

AblePay Health members can receive a 13% discount on their 3-month Growth Program, providing a solution to chronic illness by establishing healthy habits...

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LV Startup

January 6, 2022

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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Bethlehem Startup Among ‘Most Fundable Companies’ List

December 14, 2021

FLX Solutions, a Bethlehem-based startup that creates modular snake robots, has received national recognition on the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s fourth annual Most Fundable Companies List. The company was one of 16 early-stage U.S. companies to receive the prestigious designation, and one of only three to receive a Platinum registration. FLX Solutions competed against over 3,300 other companies under consideration for the list...

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Ben Franklin to Invest $495,000 in 11 Companies

December 13, 2021

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $495,000 in support of regional economic development. Eleven companies from BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. Investments identified as a continuation project indicates that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project work...

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LV Startup

December 2, 2021

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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Pepperdine Graziadio Business School's Most Fundable Companies of 2021

November 30, 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s Most Fundable Companies® presented by the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurship. In our fourth year, more than 3,300 early-stage US startups from across all 50 states vied for a space on the list...

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Gift Guide: The Best Tech Gifts for Plant Geeks

November 23, 2021

Sometimes when you get mad about something silly on the internet, people will tell you, “go touch some grass.” But a few months back, when Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s rebrand to Meta and shared his vision of the metaverse, I felt an insatiable need to go outside so that I could literally touch grass. The development of new technology is exciting, but when it can feel a bit overwhelming, there’s nothing better than being surrounded by some green stuff.

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LV Startup

November 4, 2021

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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LV Startup

October 7, 2021

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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FLX Solutions Named A Winner In The U.S. Department Of Energy E*Robot Prize

October 1, 2021

On August 19th, 2021 The U.S. Department of Energy named Team F.G.S a winner of phase 1 in the The American-Made Buildings Prize (E*ROBOT). The award recognizes their improved modeling and planning software coupled with an innovative robotic platform allowing for minimally invasive and cost effective retrofits across all types of existing buildings...

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Local Entrepreneurs Take Center Stage In Upcoming Competition (with Video)

September 30, 2021

An upcoming competition is shining the spotlight on local entrepreneurs.

It's called StartUp Lehigh Valley, and it'll be broadcast live right here on WFMZ-TV on October 27th. WFMZ's Eve Russo chatted with Richard Thompson, managing partner of Factory LLC and co-host of StartUp Lehigh Valley...

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UBMe Launches www.ubmefood.com

September 29, 2021

Dating back to the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, UBMe has been working alongside restaurant owners to eliminate extra costs and fees associated with online ordering systems. With major companies like DoorDash and Grubhub taking over 30% of online ordering revenue from restaurants, UBMe founder Val Arzunian decided it was time to put an end to that...

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HAWKeye - Bike Computer with Vehicle Detection (with Video)

September 29, 2021

Skillion is launching HAWKeye - a universal smart bike computer with vehicle detection, cameras, lights, rider dashboard & security.  Find their campaign on Indiegogo today...

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LV Startup

September 2, 2021

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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3 Friends Run Grow Light Company in Bethlehem (Video)

August 25, 2021

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - You're probably not expecting to find a grow light company tucked away on a side street in South Side Bethlehem. "It was through a CNN List of top 100 places to start a business – we were going through it and all the sudden we landed on Bethlehem, Pa.," said Soltech Solutions CEO Paul Hodges. The company makes grow lights that are designed, manufactured, and shipped right out of Bethlehem...

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Southside Bethlehem KIZ Continues to Invest in Bethlehem Entrepreneurs

August 20, 2021

The Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) has been continuing its tradition of supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Lehigh Valley, while also stepping up to help Bethlehem companies seeking relief funds during the COVID-19 crisis...

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PRESS RELEASE: The Southside Bethlehem KIZ Invests in Entrepreneurs to Start 2021

August 16, 2021

Two $15,000 Technology Transfer Grants have been awarded to companies by the KIZ Board.  Almas Foods International was awarded $15,000 for marketing. This is their second such award through the KIZ and they have recently expanded their facility in Pi: Partnership for Innovation from 232 sq. ft. to 777 sq. ft.  Almas is better recognized through their product name, Zaffrus, that covers a variety of saffron-based products...

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First Look at EcoTech Marine's New Headquarters (Video)

August 9, 2021

We headed over to Pennsylvania to visit EcoTech Marine's new 60,000 sq. ft. facility. Check out what goes into these quality products that are made in the USA...

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Meet the Manufacturer: EcoTech Marine (Video)

July 31, 2021

The National Museum of Industrial History continues its 2021 Meet the Manufacturer Virtual Lecture Series with Patrick Clasen, co-founder and Director of Finance of EcoTech Marine. Now in its second decade, EcoTech Marine continues to revolutionize the way people think about aquarium technology. Each of their products is meticulously engineered to improve the health of aquarium ecosystems —and to enhance the natural beauty of aquascapes...

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HAWKeye Launching Soon on Kickstarter! (with Video)

July 13, 2021

HAWKeye is a universal smart bike device that combines a computer, multiple cameras, rider dashboard and security system into one touchscreen...  

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Ben Franklin to Invest $275,000 in the Regional Economy

July 6, 2021

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $275,000 in support of regional economic development. Five companies from BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding.

BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investments, which are provided in the form of loans with warrants...

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LV Startup

July 1, 2021

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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LV Startup

June 3, 2021

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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LV Startup

May 6, 2021

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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BETHLEHEM MAYOR'S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

April 16, 2021 

Good morning and welcome to the Annual State of the City Address.  Thank you for joining me this morning.  Let me begin by thanking ArtsQuest, the Chamber, all the sponsors, my department heads, City Council, all of you - attending in person and virtually, and most importantly – the residents of the City of Bethlehem...

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Aquatic Lighting Sales Are Aglow With These Trends

April 12, 2021

Keeping dry goods in stock continued to present a problem for pet specialty retailers through the end of 2020, but both livestock and equipment sales showed strength leading into 2021. Now, in the first quarter of the new year, retailers report that they expect sales to grow as business conditions slowly return to normal...

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FedEx Small Business Grant (Video)

April 6, 2021

Soltech Solutions is a small company out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We design and manufacture LED plant lights that uniquely integrate museum-quality décor lighting with a photosynthetic spectrum.  We are entering into the FedEx Small Business Grant with the goal of using the money speed up the release of our new product. The new product will create jobs and opportunity here at Soltech... 

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LV Startup

April 1, 2021

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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Lehigh Valley Had Two Economies in Pandemic Year (with Video)

March 16, 2021

The Lehigh Valley went through a simultaneous boom and bust in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic struck hard at service businesses while other industries thrived. Don Cunningham, chief executive of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp., went over the highlights and lowlights of the split economy during his organization's annual report...

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Coloradans Help Adaptive Skiers Get Back on the Slopes (with Video)

February 12, 2021

DynAccess, an adaptive ski company out of Pennsylvania, worked with Denver7 to quickly replace the stolen skis. Enabling Technology out of Denver then outfitted the skis with outriggers and customized technology. Other companies also helped out, including Colorado companies BW Welding and Aspen Seating...

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LV Startup

February 5, 2021

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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Bethlehem Startups Receive $600,000 in KIZ Tax Credits

February 1, 2021

Ten startup companies from the city of Bethlehem were awarded a total of just over $600,000 in Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) tax credits, the fourth highest total in the history of the program...

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PRESS RELEASE: Bethlehem Start-ups Awarded $601,684 in KIZ Tax Credits

January 26, 2021

A total of $15 Million in KIZ Tax Credits have been awarded to KIZ Companies across the Commonwealth. The comprehensive list of awardees can be found here. 10 Bethlehem start-up companies have managed to secure $601,684 in tax credits according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development...

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This Easy-To-Use Plant Grow Light Will Make Your Plants Extremely Happy

January 22, 2021

I love nearly everything about my new studio apartment—the location, the privacy, the fact that I can cook in my “kitchen” while watching TV in my “living room.” My beloved collection of plants, however, hate my studio apartment and its single north-facing window. After years of believing I had a green thumb, I'm now living in a flora abbatoir. RIP, Calathea Rattlesnake...

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Mayor Donchez Announces a Partnership 

January 11, 2021

Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez announced today that the City of Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Health Bureau and UBMe have formed a partnership in an effort to better the vaccination process for PA civilians who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. “With the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, it is imperative now, more than ever, that safety is a top priority throughout the vaccination process, from start to finish,” Donchez stated...

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LV Startup

December 3, 2020

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...

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StartUp Lehigh Valley Virtual 2020

November 18, 2020

StartUp Lehigh Valley Virtual 2020 is a virtual event that positions the Lehigh Valley as the innovation hub of the East Coast by bringing together local entrepreneurs, business leaders, angel investors, industry experts, merchants, higher education representatives, students and community members...

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UBMe Launches Revolutionary Online Ordering and Curbside Communication

November 13, 2020

With the holidays rapidly approaching amidst a global pandemic, local restaurants are looking at creative ways to increase their revenue while promoting safety and convenience for their customers and staff. With support from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the Southside Bethlehem KIZ, UBMe’s patented technology now includes a product specifically for restaurants that provides an online ordering platform and implements curbside safety and connectivity...  

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LV Startup

November 3, 2020

LV Startup is a monthly newsletter, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the greater Lehigh Valley...