Along the Trail

Our “Placemaker Series”

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) happened because of people.  People that had a vision and wanted to ride it.  People that went about the job of building it.  People that promoted it and those that are maximizing the GAP’s economic potential. The story of the GAP’s success is captured by what these “Placemakers” now have to say or have written.  … Continue reading

Our “Placemaker Series”

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) happened because of people.  People that had a vision and wanted to ride it.  People that went about the job of building it.  People that promoted it and those that are maximizing the GAP’s economic potential. The story of the GAP’s success is captured by what these “Placemakers” now have to say or have written.  … Continue reading

What you order speaks volumes

PART FOUR: If you joined our entrepreneurial summer series during week three (we hit the rafts, bikes, canoes, kayaks), you may still be hungry. This week, we’ll share a booth with some of the most innovative restaurateurs in the region, where they’ll try to read the minds of the dining public – an exercise which might go better with a … Continue reading

It crawled from the Yough

PART THREE: Whether you joined our entrepreneurial summer series at a bed & breakfast (week one) or a distillery (week two), you know that change is a constant in small business. As a result, adaptation is a key phase in the entrepreneurial life cycle. Nowhere is that more true than along the trails and rivers, where consumer tastes shift almost … Continue reading

Kick it up a notch

PART ONE: Summer is make-or-break time for many of the small businesses in our towns, along the trails, and in the city’s most festive neighborhoods. This summer, many entrepreneurs are thinking big. We’re hearing business pioneers talk about being “booked through the fall,” hitting “a nice, aggressive number” or even “picking up a whole new population” of customers. So for … Continue reading