Startup Alleghenies Entrepreneur Enrichment workshop showcases Bedford County’s small businesses and collaborative spirit

Bedford, PA – Bedford County Development Association and Startup Alleghenies recently co-hosted an Entrepreneur Enrichment workshop session and mixer at LIFeSTYLE NextDoor. Nearly 50 people attended the free event which featured information for business owners on redirecting negativity and reducing stress as well as opportunities to get to know local small businesses.

Psychologist and motivational trainer Dr. Sherry Cain presented “Redirecting negativity to perform as your highest self,” designed to guide business owners as they face and manage adversity along their startup journey. Dr. Cain is based in Bedford and has been helping people from all walks of life for over 30 years. She is a private coach and consultant who specializes in helping businesses build resilient, high-functioning teams. 

“Right now, the world is really a tough place. Having an event like this where people can come together and support each other and know they have the power to make change is very powerful,” Dr. Cain said.

Kennedy Pearson of Yoga by Kennedy led stress-reducing guided breath work for the workshop attendees and 8 local small businesses participated in a pop-up, including Aesthetics by Kell, Kerr’s, Mary’s Quilt Shop, Good 2 B Home, The Organic Snack Company, Mahendi, Territo Optometry and Smowards.

Food and drinks were provided by LIFeSTYLE NextDoor and featured beer from their new brewing company, Wild Brewing Co. All food was prepared from locally sourced ingredients and sold by small businesses. The menu included mushroom soup with mushrooms from Sundreams Farm; lamb from Monsour Farm; apple pie from Ridgetop Orchards; and fresh produce from Mile Level Market.

“Having so many entrepreneurs gather for this educational and networking event was inspiring.  The evening showcased Bedford County’s opportunities and demonstrated our strong collaborative spirit,” said Jen Marsh, Vice President of Bedford County Development Association and Bedford County’s Startup Alleghenies Coach. “The strong support that our local businesses lend to each other makes Bedford County truly unique.”