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PREP Partners Combine Forces to Assist Lake Region Micro Electronics

Lake Region Micro Electronics Corporation was recognized on June 27, 2013 as a start-up business success story. The company took advantage of regional Partnership For Regional Economic Performance (PREP) resources and prospered through federal government contracting opportunities.

The company, a small Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) certified with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, was formed in 2012 by Allison “Allie” Mancino, President and CEO. The company has been awarded approximately $62,000.00 in government contracts from the Department of the Army and the Defense Logistics Agency (Aviation) for items, relating to electronic connector manufacturing and computer storage device manufacturing.

Allison, a twelve year veteran of Purchasing Electronic Components, said “I left the industry ten years ago to care for my five young children. I returned to the industry I fell in love with, eager to use my past experience to meet the needs of today’s buyers.”

Allison got her start at the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce where she met with The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance in the start-up of her business. Based on Allison’s business model, the SBDC referred her to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NEPA PTAC) to pursue the potential to apply for government contract opportunities. Allison was invited to the PTAC Government Contracting Showcase 2012. Shortly after the Showcase, Tobyhanna Army Depot awarded the company a contract which provided a start in the government contracting arena. Allison visited the PTAC Center, located in NEPA’s Pittston headquarters, for further assistance and support. NEPA President & CEO, Jeffery Box noted, “This is a true success story for the state DCED program PREP, Partnership for Regional Economic Performance. The NEPA Alliance, the Scranton SBDC and the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce worked together to help Lake Region Micro succeed.” As a result of the visit, the PTAC enrolled Lake Region Micro Electronics Corporation in the PTAC’s bid matching program which generated additional solicitation opportunities.

Allison stated that “Lake Region Micro Electronics Corporation continues to build on our past performance from small contract awards with various DOD agencies as a direct result of the PTAC support staff, their bid matching program, and contacts I have made through the PTAC program opportunities.”

This story represents a successful collaboration in service to the business community by two Pennsylvania DCED PREP Partners, NEPA Alliance and SBDC, as part of the Partnership for Regional Economic Performance Program.

Pictured from left:  First Row – Gina Ehrhardt, Representative Mike Piefer’s Office; Karen Ostroskie, NEPA Alliance; Jeffrey Box, NEPA Alliance; Allison Mancino, Lake Region Micro Electronics Corporation; Donna Labar, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce; Debbie Gillette, Pocono Lake Region Chamber; Bruce Mackle, Senator Lisa Baker’s Office.  Second Row – Mary Beth Wood, WEDCO; Paula Terpak, NEPA Alliance; Frank Migneco, NEPA Alliance; Keith Yurgosky, Scranton SBDC; Tony Herzog, Congressman Tom Marino’s Office; Wayne County Commissioner Jonathan Fritz; Carlos Arrigo, Intern Congressman Tom Marino’s Office.