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Launch Pottsville Finalist – The Craft Atelier and Gallery

It’ll be an incubator for artists and non-profits.

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It’s time to meet another of the entrepreneurs competing in the Launch Pottsville business competition. Pottsville Area Development Corp. just released another video introduction from 1 of the 10 finalists, The Craft Atelier and Gallery. The goal of the business is to promote arts and education in the area and provide space for non-profit organizations, too.

The goal of Launch Pottsville is to develop new business owners in the city. PADCO believes the winners of this year’s contest, to be decided in a few months, will be up and running before the end of the year.

The initial entry field for the Launch Pottsville contest has been narrowed down and the public can learn a little bit about each of the finalists.

Launch Pottsville Business Contest Finalist – The Craft Atelier and Gallery

The Craft Atelier and Gallery is founded by Emily Ehlinger, of Pottsville.

Ehlinger outlines her vision for the business she hopes wins Launch Pottsville. She says her idea has multiple facets. It’ll have office space for non-profit organizations in the area. But it’ll feature studio space for artists as well as a consignment gallery for them to sell their creations.

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“Growing up, there were a lot of opportunities for young artists regardless of financial standing,” Ehlinger says.

She says she pursued a career in theater, which allowed her to go other places and be mentored by talented people in that field.

“That should be here,” Ehlinger says. “Right now, Schuylkill County does not offer subsidized low rent for emerging non-profits and young artists.”

These videos are part of Phase 2 of the Launch Pottsville competition, a chance for the public to learn about the . The winner at the end gets $150,000 in cash and pro bono services to help start their business.

During Phase 2, the Launch Pottsville finalists work with local mentors to refine their business plan and goals. They also get a chance to scout some real estate in Pottsville as a potential location for their business.

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The contest ends with a Shark Tank-style elevator pitch presentation in front of an audience at Schuylkill YMCA on April 28.

Check out the full video intro for The Craft Atelier and Gallery:



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