Sally Handlon

Program Host

Sally Handlon is founder and president of Handlon Business Resources (HBR) LLC, a WBENC certified business, located in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.  HBR is a short term project management partner to executives and business owners in implementing the long, overdue recommendations to move the company forward. In Stephen Covey’s matrix, HBR addresses the important, non-urgent priorities.

She is a 2014 recipient  Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation MVP, 2014 recipient of the YWCA of Bethlehem Woman of the Year, 2011 recipient of the Lehigh Valley Suites Award for Management Consulting, 2007 recipient of the PA Best 50 Women in Business,  2004 recipient of the US Small Business Administration Women In Business Advocate – Philadelphia Region, The Morning Call’s – Lehigh Valley “30 Who Shape the Valley” and “Women to Watch” as well as Niche Magazine’s Top 100 Retailers Nominee. Other awards include the Chamber’s Athena Award (1988) and The Hillside School Service Award (1996).

Active in the Lehigh Valley community for over 30 years, Sally has been involved with civic and business groups in Allentown, Bethlehem & Easton.  Her current Board activity includes: Rising Tide Community Loan Fund Board, WDIY Board and LV Meet the Buyers Steering Committee.

Sally was active on the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s General Board for six years and chaired the Local Sourcing and Business Diversity Council for 8 years.  She was on the Board of the Moravian Book Shop, Women’s Leadership Institute at Cedar Crest College Advisory Board. She also served on the Business Advisory Committee for the Mayor of Bethlehem PA.  Additional board experience includes: Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber, Small Business Council, DBA- Bethlehem Merchants Association, SouthSide Film Institute, South Bethlehem Historical Society, Executive Women’s Council, Allentown YWCA, Allentown Neighborhood Housing Association and The Hillside School.  She has been keynote speaker at area events as well as presented position papers at the American Bankers Association in Atlanta, Retail Lending conference in Boston and the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University. She is a past senior seminar advisor for Cedar Crest College. She is a founding member of the Women’s Business Council of the Chamber (1982) as well as co-founding south Bethlehem’s First Friday in 1998.

Since 2009, Sally has been a host on WDIY for a monthly radio show which focuses on business in the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Discourse.

A graduate of Penn State University with post graduate business courses at Muhlenberg College and Bucknell University, her varied employment experience includes: financial services, call center management, retail & commercial lending, higher education, community & institutional recreation, community health planning, retail business owner, corporate mergers & acquisitions.  She is a graduate of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, two year and graduate program.  She is also one of 8 in the US (18 worldwide) accredited as Excellence Audit Facilitator with the Tom Peters Future Shape of the Winners program.  She is currently enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Health curriculum for health coach certification.

Sally Handlon welcomes David Dunn, program manager for Urban Made and Bridgeworks, to share information on Allentown Economic Development Corporation’s (AEDC) history, projects and current programs - Urban Sites, Urban Made, and Bridgeworks, a manufacturing and business incubator.

Sally Handlon welcomes Susan Bianchi, owner of Intrinsic Health Systems, who reveals an approach to understanding how to use your own resistance for increased, lasting flexibility and mobility.

Sally Handlon welcomes Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, MSW, director for Community Action Lehigh Valley's Campaign for Racial and Ethnic Justice. They discuss the various programs currently offered, and those being created, which target developing stronger relationships with our community—as families, organizations, and companies.

Sally Handlon presents the inaugural segment of Lehigh Valley Business Beat, highlighting business leaders and entities, issues, and resources in our community. This episode features Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board Lehigh Valley.

Sally Handlon talks about the Bethlehem Food Co-Op finding a home with Kelly Allen, Board President and Carol Ritter, Board Member and Capital Campaign Chair. They share current news, the process of selecting the northside Bethlehem location, and the next steps in targeting a fall 2022 opening.

Sally Handlon welcomes Lehigh Valley SCORE chapter Program Director Girish Sud and volunteer/mentor Catherine Bailey to talk about how SCORE has been supporting local small business for 56 years with a variety of programs available for everything from start-ups to ongoing businesses.

In honor of Earth Day later this month, Sally Handlon features Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, who explains the importance of planning for green spaces and how that affects the Lehigh Valley’s quality of life plus the benefits to the region, its residents, and our local economy.

The Nurture Nature Center has taken a leadership role in Easton’s Climate Action Plan. In honor of Earth Day later this month, Sally welcomes Dr. Kate Semmens, Science Director and Rachel Hogan Carr, Executive Director, to discuss this project and other endeavors the NNC is working on.

Loren Robinson, founder of the full-service marketing organization Millennia Media LLC, talks about how digital disruptions accelerated by the pandemic have created marketing challenges and opportunities for small and medium size businesses.

Sally Handlon features The Kindness Project with Jenae Holtzhafer, who shares the beginnings of her non-profit organization dedicated to foster care support in the greater Lehigh Valley.