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Lehigh Valley Business Leaders Praise LVEDC’s Business Outreach Program

By Colin McEvoy on March 29, 2018

Melody Bradford (center), LVEDC Director of Business Outreach, heads the organization's Business Outreach Program (BOP).

Melody Bradford (center), LVEDC Director of Business Outreach, heads the organization’s Business Outreach Program (BOP).

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s (LVEDC) Business Outreach Program seeks to serve as a single point-of-contact for all of your business needs, helping to identify resources to assist you in succeeding in today’s competitive environment.

Led by LVEDC Director of Business Outreach Melody Bradford, the BOP uses a customer-oriented approach to economic development designed to link Lehigh Valley businesses to resources throughout the community that will help their business become more profitable.

Several Lehigh Valley businesses have benefited from assistance by the BOP, and we wanted you to hear directly from them. Below are just a few testimonials from business leaders discussing the program.

For more information about the BOP, visit lehighvalley.org/BOP.

“LVEDC’s Business Outreach Program is always helpful in assisting us to find local businesses that could help in our operations and in expansion. Even when we are not in immediate need of help, they are constantly making connections and facilitating a strong network in the Lehigh Valley region so that businesses could support and learn from each other. Their work really drives the growth in Lehigh Valley and attracts new businesses to come here.” — Gilbert Lee, Chief Financial Officer of Fuling Plastics

“As one of the fastest growing companies in the region, our partnership with LVEDC has been invaluable. Through the business outreach program and its partners, we’ve leveraged assistance to recruit and train workforce, improve business processes, and establish connections to other businesses for services and resources.” — Catherine Bailey, President & COO of Rea.deeming Beauty

“Tyber Medical relocated to the Lehigh Valley three years ago with a goal of transforming a four- person startup company into a 25-person vibrant business. This achievement was possible through the dedication, direction and hard work of the LVEDC team in providing guidance on local growth programs such as funding and workforce recruiting. We look forward to the next three years and the future growth of Tyber Medical with our strategic alignment with the LVEDC and the state of Pennsylvania.” — Jeff Tyber, President, CEO & Founder of Tyber Medical

“I have worked in numerous metro areas in several states and have never experienced the level of commitment as provided to business by the LVEDC Business Outreach team. They are truly welcoming and offer a partnership of services to locate and train quality talent.” — John Dobinski, Human Resources Manager with Lineage Logistics

“The business outreach team was quick to engage with us early on in the CFIUS approval process by offering their support and help as needed. Post-closing of the transaction, they engaged with us once again to assist with the recruiting of technical, and other resources. We are extremely grateful for the partnership.” — Michael Ioannou, President & CEO of NAURA Akrion

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