New Kensington’s Candy Tillies certainly one of 15 corporations to be featured at Nationwide Small Enterprise Week summit

A New Kensington enterprise proprietor might be featured Wednesday on the conclusion of the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration’s three-day Nationwide Small Enterprise Week digital summit.

Amy Johnson owns Candy Tillies, a baklava bakery that’s amongst a number of new, small companies which have opened within the metropolis’s downtown.

Johnson mentioned her enterprise was certainly one of 15 throughout the nation chosen to be featured in the course of the summit, which started Monday. She recorded a video speaking about her story and the way the SBA was helpful to her. She mentioned it’s scheduled to stream starting at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Johnson, a New Kensington native, and her husband Carl, an Air Power veteran, moved again to New Kensington in 2001. She opened Candy Tillies in December in a constructing on Fifth Avenue owned by Olde Towne Overhaul.

Johnson mentioned she is aware of an SBA worker who thought her story was a very good one for the summit’s theme of resiliency — she give up her company job and opened a start-up enterprise in the course of the pandemic in a city attempting to revitalize.

“I had no concept of the huge quantity of assist and assets that had been obtainable from the SBA and at my native district workplace till I met an worker of the SBA who launched me,” Johnson mentioned. “They provide coaching and training, on-line trainings, lending applications, mentors and even prospects of promoting your items or companies to the federal authorities. They actually have a ‘Boots to Enterprise’ program that gives veterans and their spouses with entrepreneurial training and coaching applications.”

President Biden signed a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 12-18 Nationwide Small Enterprise Week.

Based on the SBA, the summit is spotlighting the resilience of the nation’s entrepreneurs and the renewal of the small enterprise economic system as they rebuild from the financial disaster introduced on by the covid pandemic.

Celeb individuals have included Pittsburgh native Mark Cuban and Jennifer Lopez.

To see her video, Johnson mentioned individuals must register on the SBA web site,, for the summit. Registration is free.

Johnson mentioned she is revamping her marketing strategy for Candy Tillies and has utilized to the SBA for a mentor to assist her assessment and look at the plan and assist with enterprise growth and development methods.

“I’m simply beginning my reference to the SBA, they usually have been great to work with. There are much more assets down the street that I hope to have the ability to make the most of,” she mentioned. “I’m grateful to now be related, as I’m studying as I’m going with Candy Tillies, however principally grateful that once I come into challenges — which I’ll — I gained’t really feel like I’ve to face them alone, and might simply attain out to my native SBA workplace for help and steerage.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Assessment employees author. You’ll be able to contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or by way of Twitter .

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