HYP Business in the City Programs

The purpose of the HYP Business in the City is to assist young professionals with starting and growing businesses in the City of Harrisburg.


Inspiring Entrepreneurship:

The HYP’s “How It’s Built in the ‘Burg” series is based on the popular NPR Podcast “How I Built This” about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the companies they have built. With a host of our own, HYP will pull in local entrepreneurs and business founders from the Central PA Area to share their triumphs, failures, serendipity, and insight.  Larry Binda, Editor of TheBURG to be the main interviewer, but might have other fill-ins.

March 30, 2022- Jessica Meyer’s – J.E.M. Group

2021 Speakers

  • Artie Tafoya, Co-owner Appalachian Brewing Co.
  • Jason Webb, Soccer Shots
  • Amma Johnson, AMMA JO
  • Adam Porter, Startup & Provision
  • Brittany Holtz, Studio B
  • David Hickethier, andCulture

The program will be used to help promote the Kiva Loan Program.


Startup Funding:

HYP Kiva Loan Committee

Using the Kiva platform, HYP has assembled an Ad Hoc committee to lend microloans to young professionals starting and growing companies in the City of Harrisburg. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, they celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.

100% of every dollar that you or the Harrisburg Young Professionals Kiva Loan Committee lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.

Loans are at 0% interest but can be no more than $10,000.  Funds are revolving, so as long as lent funds are being paid back, they will be reinvested in future business loans.


Have a business that needs funding?

Starting in Q3 of 2018 the HYP Kiva Loan Committee will begin reviewing business plans for business owners looking to get an “endorsement” and funding for a microloan by HYP through the Kiva crowdfunding platform.  Businesses must have a physical presence within the City of Harrisburg.  For questions, please email info@hyp.org for further details.


HYP Kiva Loan Funding

Individual Donations

HYP is accepting donations from individuals who would like to invest in the HYP Kiva Loan program and give feedback on what they would like to see be supported in the City of Harrisburg – ex. I would like there to be an ice cream shop near Reservoir Park.

Hershey Park Tickets

DISCOUNT Hersheypark® Tickets are available to order. If you would like to order tickets for the 2018 Summer Season (valid any one public operating day), please complete and submit this ONLINE ORDER FORM along with full payment by:

  • March 26 – Tickets are $39.95 (save $27.85/ticket off regular price admission)
  • May 20 – Tickets are $49.95 (save $17.85/ticket)
  • July 15 – Tickets are $54.95 (save $12.85/ticket)


NOTE: Tickets are valid any one-day April 27, 2018 – September 30, 2018


Get Involved!

Create a Kiva account and join the Harrisburg Young Professionals lending team – encourage your employees, friends, or family to join and track our collective lending impact on Kiva. Lending teams are self-organized groups built around common interests, school affiliation or location. Join as many teams as you’d like, and rally around shared lending goals by counting each of your loans at checkout toward the team’s impact.


Expertise & Partners:

Counseling/Business Planning/Capital

Kutztown Small Business Development Center (Harrisburg Office)

717-213-5027 | brill@kutztown.edu

Catamaran Accelerator

717-686-4314 | hello@catamaran.cc

Startup Harrisburg Co-Working

717-743-1091 | tyardsley@startuphbg.com

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

717-948-6339 | heddleson@cnp.benfranklin.org | gbr4@psu.edu

Community First Fund (Women & Minority Owned Businesses)

717-823-7160 | eirvis@communityfirstfund.org

PA Business One-Stop Shop

833-722-6778 | N/A