PennTAP News & Announcements

The Corner aims to provide pre-accelerator programming along with flexible and inviting co-working space that transforms business concepts into startup companies. Corner 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. Our technical advisor Alanna connects companies to resources at Penn State, performs on-site industrial energy efficiency assessments and coordinates building re-tuning training and walk-throughs. Alanna can evaluate energy conservation opportunities as well as assist with preparing project-funding requests through utility rebates, the Small Business Advantage Grant Program, and the Rural Energy for America Program. Be sure to stop in and say hello!
We Are Hiring Technical Advisors!

We are looking to fill two technical advisor positions - one in the Northeastern PA region and one at Penn State University Park. Follow the links to learn more about each position and apply.

The Small Business Advantage Grant provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $5,000 to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes.

Our team of technical advisors can: 
  • determine if your project qualifies for funding 
  • assist with audit/assessment to gather pertinent data for application 
  • answer questions throughout the process 
  • assist with completing the application 
  • make connections to other funding programs

Learn more about our Energy Grant and Rebate Services and contact us today for assistance!
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Hosted by PennTAP & PECO
Date: Sept. 16, 2021
Time: 11:00 am – Noon
During this webinar, we will discuss financial incentives available for small to mid-sized manufacturers throughout Pennsylvania to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities and productivity of their businesses. A representative will also discuss prospects for funding available through PECO, including incentives for upgrading motors, variable-frequency drives, compressed air systems, lighting, chillers and much more. Additional funding prospects will be discussed by a PennTAP advisor. Learn more and register.
Hosted by NWIRC
Date: Starting Sept. 10, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - Noon
Location: Dubois, PA
Cost: $599 ($539 if registered by Aug 27)

Do you have newer supervisors who need formal training? Do your leaders, at various levels, need to improve their communication skills and ability to work with generational differences? Honing in on essential leadership skills can improve employee turnover, increase productivity, and help a company meet other organizational goals. Learn more and register.
Hosted by the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
Date: Oct. 6 & 7, 2021
Location: Virtual AND in person at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center

Digital fairness is a crucial consideration for any scientist who relies on computation. Join the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences as it brings together researchers from around the U.S. to discuss data, equity, reproducibility, and other topics related to fairness. The Symposium will include multiple keynotes, panel discussions, an industry panel, a student poster session, and more. Learn more and register by Sept. 20.
Hosted by Penn State Materials Research Institute
Date: Oct. 12 - 13, 2021
Location: Penn State University Park's HUB-Robeson Center and the Millennium Science Complex

Materials Day is designed to share Penn State’s vast materials research knowledge and infrastructure with our industrial and government research and service partners. You or a representative from your organization should attend if you want to keep abreast of all that happens around materials at Penn State or if you are looking to identify graduating students for future positions. The 2021 version of Materials Day will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person conference options, however in-person attendance is encouraged. Learn more and register.
PennTAP continues to provide businesses with vital information, resources, and technical assistance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at or 814-865-0427.

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