BEDFORD — From an art studio in an old newspaper setting up to a coffee store that showcases local artisans in its window, the highlight was turned on little enterprises and their house owners Tuesday early morning all through a walking tour of downtown Bedford to rejoice the Commonwealth’s Small Company Week.
Mari-Pat Beene’s artwork studio Pigeon Hill Studios was the 1st stop on the tour. Originally from Greensburg, she has worked in graphic structure since 1986. Following graduating from Indiana College of Pennsylvania, she moved around, going to San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Washington, D.C., metro location.
“When I lived in southern Maryland, there was zero sense of group since it was extremely transient,” Beene explained. “Everybody worked up in the DC Metro area.”
Established in 2017, Beene’s studio delivers photograph framing providers, wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery courses, oil and acrylic painting classes and an artwork gallery. She even shares her retail place with other smaller corporations in the location.
“Each business compliments each other,” Beene claimed. “We will not contend, so it is a good collaboration sharing space with 3 corporations.”
Structured by the Wolf administration, the tour also involved stops at other well known areas like Bedford Candies Upcoming Door, a restaurant and gift shop and Juli’s Wearable Artwork, a women’s outfits and components shop.
When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the nation in early 2020, Juli’s Wearable Art proprietor Juli Gonsman claimed she experienced to appear up with an solely new business enterprise design. To maintain her small business afloat, she employed social media characteristics like Fb Live, exactly where she usually experienced hundreds of viewers.
“One of the fun facts I feel is when we began providing online, I imagined it would be people that we understood,” Gonsman explained. “We transported to California, Michigan, all about the place.”
About 88% of Pennsylvania firms that exported merchandise in 2019 were being small companies — and smaller firms exported goods value $12.5 billion, according to a state press launch. For each $100 invested at a little business, $48 goes back into the neighborhood financial state in which the business enterprise is positioned.
“It is the people behind the organizations that assistance our industry that actually contribute to the range and lifestyle of our neighborhoods, cities and towns, areas, and state,” Carrie Fischer Lepore, deputy secretary of marketing, tourism, and movie at Pennsylvania Section of Neighborhood & Financial Advancement, reported. “They are the types that not only make Pennsylvania a good put to take a look at, but also a amazing place to connect with house.”
Mirror Personnel Writer Rachel Foor is at 814-946-7458.