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INTERN INSIGHT: Intern Experience

Written by Chamber Intern Britton Heim READ HIS BIO HERE

Britton HeimI recently ended my internship at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce as an entrepreneurship intern. One might ask, “what in the world does an entrepreneurship intern do?” Well, I’ll tell you! Basically I became a creative mind for the Chamber that researched various entrepreneurial and start-up communities and then devised ways in which the concepts used by other organizations could be altered and adapted to promote an entrepreneurial, start-up community right here in Wilkes-Barre.

I began to realize all of the great resources we have here in Wilkes-Barre. We have incredible academic capital coming out of Wilkes University, King’s College, and the other surrounding schools that have the potential to really drive the economy here. We also have prime transportation location as we are positioned right along I-81 and very close to I-80. There are also very many larger corporations in the area that have the ability to help small start-ups grow.

I started to realize these things through the research I was doing and this inspired me to begin to explore Wilkes-Barre a little more. As I walked around on different occasions I noticed all of the empty store fronts on Washington St., Northampton St., and many others, but with the knowledge I had gained at the Chamber I could see the big picture. I pictured what it would look like if these store fronts were filled with innovative little specialty shops and student start-ups. I could see the image of the college town I have heard so many local leaders talking about and it inspired me to become part of this future.

Wilkes-Barre is an amazing little city with great potential, and it’s getting there as we see more and more businesses pop up; Franklins on the Square, the Wilkes University Business Incubator in the Luzerne County Bank Building, and so many other small businesses that are up and coming. We just need more people to see the big picture. When you walk the streets and see those vacant shops don’t think it’s just a vacant building, think of all of the different businesses that would thrive with the store front and how great it is that that store front is there for the taking for that perfect store. Soon enough Wilkes-Barre will return to its former glory, but we need more people to see the potential this city has. Through my internship at the Chamber and all of the amazing people there I got to see a whole new side to Wilkes-Barre I never would have otherwise. My internship was an invaluable experience that gave me a whole new insight on this city and really motivated me and inspired me to stay in the area and help push this city in the right direction.

I would like to thank everyone at the Chamber for the experience they gave me and I look forward to working with you in the future.

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Britton HeimBritton Heim is a Sophomore Entrepreneurship Major and a leadership studies minor at Wilkes University. He is also an intern at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber for the Spring of 2015.

So tell us a little bit about you Britton…

I’m a Ford guy, I like to be outdoors, I love music (mostly metal and rock, but all music), and I enjoy tattoos.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Rebuck, PA, which is in the middle of nowhere Northumberland County. After college I plan to start my own businesses and become a serial entrepreneur. I work for my father’s company, Heim’s Disposal, I am an independent marketing consultant with Ambit Energy, and I am also part of a group of students in the process of starting a business. I am also the President and Co-Founder of the Entrepreneurship Club at Wilkes University.

Why Wilkes-Barre?

I almost went to college at Montana State University because I have relatives there and I love it out there. I chose to go to college in NEPA could see myself at Wilkes University more than Montana State. I love it at Wilkes and I can’t imagine being at any other school.

How did you choose your  major?

I was originally going to go for management and take over the family business, but I came to realize that what I really wanted was to create something of my own, not just take over what was built. So I chose Entrepreneurship to learn some of the skills I’d need in the business world in hopes of preventing some mistakes along the way of creating my own businesses.

When you look at Wilkes-Barre, what are your impressions?

Greater Wilkes-Barre is a nice little place that is slowly improving and seems to get better every year. I had two teachers in high school that attended Wilkes, both talk about how it was then compared to now. Both attended before Wilkes-Barre had its “downfall”, so they often talk about the stages Wilkes-Barre went through and what was there then that’s not now and what we have that they wish they would have had.

What do you hope your future looks like?

I want to get up everyday and do what I love, which is what ever business venture I have myself set on at the time. I would love to open a few different businesses and help economically develop not only Wilkes-Barre, but other areas like it.

If you could create your dream job, it would be…?

Owning a business based around creative problem solving and innovation. I would love to be hired by big companies to think outside the box for them and come up with new, fresh ideas to help them innovate and reach new markets, which most managers and executives have a hard time doing.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I would like to have a business established and be prepared to step into the real world with confidence, and I believe I am on the right track!