The Allan P. Kirby Enterprise Center provides opportunities for Wilkes students, faculty and staff to create new businesses, work with the center to obtain funding and operational assistance, and create a strategy to fully commercialize their ideas and establish independent businesses.
The center is an initiative of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes and reflects the University's commitment to support Wilkes-Barre by attracting new business to the downtown and retaining talented individuals to work locally.
Previously located in the Luzerne Bank Building on Public Square, the Allan P. Kirby Enterprise Center (APKEC) is now housed at 10 W. Northampton St. in Suite 2000, one floor above the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Within the enterprise center, there is a meeting room, a classroom, and six office spaces. Each office has two desk areas to allow for two companies to be housed in the same office space. The culture of the APKEC is meant to be one of family, one that will help all involved in the organization to grow and succeed. It is a home for what will become a family of new businesses.
The positive aspects of the center are incredibly advantageous to fledgling companies. The APKEC and its partners, plan on hosting training sessions. These will be conducted on subjects such as intellectual property information, social media, and website upkeep, and so forth. Clients are able to enjoy easy access to resources, such as proximity to mentors, Scholars, and training courses to allow them to succeed and grow. Another aspect to mention is the incubator is located in a KIZ/KOZ zone. This allows for businesses within the area to receive tax benefits.
Assistant Director of the Allan P. Kirby Center, Charles Pierce received his certification to be a business incubator manager in November 2017 from the International Business Incubator Association (inBIA). His certification has provided a valuable resource our incubator tenants.