JARI and SAPDC Partner to Assist Local Entrepreneurs

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a $1,213,868 grant to the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC) to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The grant, along with $1,233,213 of partner matching funds, will help the partner organizations develop places and resources aimed at addressing the needs of the region’s current and future entrepreneurs.

The program’s objective is to build a robust entrepreneurial pipeline so people from across the region can access the resources and support needed to be successful.

JARI is pleased to announce Jose Luis Otero as the Cambria County Coach. Rich Lasek and Dan Parisi will be the Coaches for Blair County and Somerset County respectably.

For more information and to read the full press release, click here.

Vision Teams Win Funding during PITTchFest ’17

At PITTchFest ’17, held on June 1 at Showcase for Commerce, three Vision teams competed for cash funding to help implement their community initiatives. PITTchFest is a shark-tank style competition with the goal to provide start-up capital to innovative business ideas. This year, PITTchFest expanded to include a new “social entrepreneurship” category. Eight Vision2025 capture teams applied to pitch, and three finalists were selected.

The Central Park Square Marketing Group took first place winning $2,000 to help develop an outreach and marketing strategy to promote investment into and around Central Park. The Urban Johnstown Connectivity Project received $1,000 to contribute to the completion of a regional trail planning initiative. Fresh Start Soap Pantry won $500 to help develop a sustainable business and marketing strategy to deliver care kits, hygiene products and resource information to local individuals in need.

Sponsors for PITTchFest ’17 were Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, JARI, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, GapVax, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Enterprise Venture Capital Corporation.

Upcoming Lunch & Learns

 

Protecting Your Intellectual Property 

On Tuesday, June 27th, Attorney John Haschak of Leventry, Haschak and Rodkey, LLC, will be discussing what it takes to protect your intellectual property. Attendees will receive an introduction to patents, trademarks and copyrights and an overview of licensing. They will also learn about protecting trade secrets and employee considerations. Attorney George Gvozdich will serve as the moderator.

Basic Accounting for Small Business

On Thursday, June 29th, Patti Hudson, CPA and Shareholder of Wessel & Company, will present Basic Accounting for Small Business. Attendees will learn about the importance of the chart of accounts, bookkeeping principles and understanding financial reports. The presentation will also cover information on reconciling bank accounts and record retention practices.

These Lunch & Learn events will be held at the JARI Center (160 JARI Drive) from 12 to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration forms above and e-mail them to Lauren Brewer at .

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Now Accessible On Any Device

The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Government-wide Policy and the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council, recently released the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) in the Kindle bookstore. The Kindle version of the FAR eBook joins the previously released iBooks version, making the eBook accessible on any device for free. This format is easy-to-read with the capability to highlight text and bookmark frequently used sections. Additional information on downloading the FAR on Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks is available here.

Please contact us for any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or via email at .

Marketing Segmentation: How to Hit the Bullseye with Your Marketing

Tuesday, June 20th, Dave Mastovich, MASSolutions, will present information on market segmentation. Attendees will understand how to leverage one of the most neglected target markets, learn how to create the ideal customer profiles and hear how to apply Marriott’s Segmentation strategies. They will also be able to understand how to create their own referral source marketing program and how they can position by segment to maximize marketing ROI.

This Lunch & Learn event will be held at the JARI Center (160 JARI Drive) from 12 to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form and e-mail to Lauren Brewer at .

JARI Welcomes Bill & Mark’s Auto Repair, Inc.

JARI would like to congratulate Bill & Mark’s Auto Repair on their new business venture. The company located in Lilly, PA, is owned by Bill Slone and Mark Gummo. With a combined 25 years experience, they are a full service auto repair shop offering all major and minor repairs at a reasonable price.

The owners stated, “We are excited to have our own auto business and provide service to the community. This would not have been possible without the assistance and support of JARI and the St. Francis Small Business Development Center.”

“We are proud to support small business growth in our region,” said Linda Thomson, JARI President, “We wish Bill and Mark all the best.”

If you would like assistance in starting your own business please contact Michele Clapper, VP of Economic Development, at (814) 262-8368 or via e-mail at mclapper@jari.com.

Upcoming Marketing Lunch & Learns

Understanding Your Market & Marketing Concepts

On Wednesday, June 14th, Dr. Randy Frye, Saint Francis University, will present “Understanding Your Market & Marketing Concepts.” Attendees will acquire knowledge about what constitutes the marketing process while developing a marketing strategy that will win over and retain customers. They will also be able to develop a marketing plan that enables their firm to differentiate themselves from others and to gain a competitive advantage.

Marketing Segmentation: How to Hit The Bullseye with Your Marketing

Tuesday, June 20th, Dave Mastovich, MASSolutions, will present information on market segmentation. Attendees will understand how to leverage one of the most neglected target markets, learn how to create the ideal customer profiles and hear how to apply Marriott’s Segmentation strategies. They will also be able to understand how to create their own referral source marketing program and how they can position by segment to maximize marketing ROI.

These Lunch & Learn events will be held at the JARI Center (160 JARI Drive) from 12 to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration forms above and e-mail them to Lauren Brewer at .

Restructuring Consortia Meeting

The JARI consortia have been in operation for 17 years. Over the years members volunteered their time and talent and have accomplished many things.

>We want the partnerships to continue to operate and to be beneficial for all. In an effort to “re-energize & re-structure” the partnerships, we are inviting members to come together to discuss ideas to re-format the meeting content and to look at ways to make it easier for individuals to attend.

A “brainstorming” session will be held on Tuesday, June 27 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the JARI Center for Business Development (160 Jari Drive, Richland Township).

Anyone is welcome to participate. Please RSVP to Lauren Brewer via email at .

Succession Planning

On Thursday, June 8th, Jonna Contacos-Sawyer, SPHR, CCP, CMC, SHRM-SCPSM, HR Consultants, Inc, will define succession planning, discuss the need for the program and discuss how it links to the strategic plan. Attendees will review the difference between a management replacement chart and an individual development plan, gain senior leadership commitment for an annual audit of the program, and implement a continuous improvement model for the systematic succession plan.

This Lunch & Learn will be held at the JARI Center (160 JARI Drive) from 12 to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided.

Registration is required. If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form and e-mail it to Lauren Brewer at .

JARI PTAC Supports Showcase Events

The JARI PTAC is pleased to support Showcase for Commerce 2017.  Please join us for the following events:
Supplier Briefings – JWF Defense & Kitron
May 31, 2017
8:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center
For information and to register, click here.
Successful Contract Management & Performance
Sponsored by Wessel & Company
May 31, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Holiday Inn Ballroom
For information and to register, click here.
Government Procurement Expo
June 1, 2017
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Cambria County War Memorial Arena
For more information, click here.
To register, click here.
If you have questions, please contact Lenora Leasure, at or (814) 254-4022.