Financing Your Business in 1, 2, 3!

The Somerset County Commissioners and JARI will be hosting a financing seminar on Wednesday, November 16, from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM at the Somerset Country Club. Attendees will learn about different financing options.
For more information and registration details, please click here. Please RSVP by Friday, November 11th to reserve your seat

2016 Youth Conference Success!


JARI and the Human Resources Association of the Alleghenies (HRAA), hosted the 5th Annual Youth Professional Development Conference on Thursday, October 13th at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center. Roughly 130 students from 11 different school districts attended the conference for a chance to connect with local entrepreneurs and business leaders to discuss career choices and employment opportunities.
Keynote speaker, Earl Springer, corporate manager for employee programs, Sheetz Inc, opened the conference with a presentation on how to make a great first impression in job interviews. He also provided information on the history of the Sheetz corporation and 400 different types of careers that Sheetz has to offer.

API Hosts Fall Government Business Development Forum

Roboteam’s MTGR stole the show once again at the Fall Government Business Development Forum (GBDF) hosted by API in Windber. Attendees heard from Nick Miller, API Director of Materials and Planning, about their products and services, including their recent partnership with Roboteam. Miller mentioned they are always looking for local suppliers and encouraged companies to reach out if interested in doing business with API. Carl Sax, representing BCL Manufacturing, spoke about the relationship they have with API. A tour followed the brief presentations where attendees walked through various sections of the business, including the MTGR production room. JARI PTAC thanks API for hosting the forum.
Government contracting is more than the Department of Defense (DoD), even if the end product is a DoD product. Contractor and subcontractors can contribute a wide variety of products and services to the government.

Local Companies Host Career Services Industry Tours

The second round of industry tours for college representatives was held on September 29 with 6 “tourists” in attendance.  The tours are part of a collaborative project among colleges, JARI and the regional BASICS Committee.  The purpose of the project is to facilitate discussion between business and education regarding student internships, career opportunities and projects that provide real world work experience.

“We appreciate the time and eagerness of our local companies to collaborate in programs and services to better prepare our students and connect them to jobs and internships,” said Larry Brugh, Associate Dean of Career Services and Workforce Education at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.  “It’s extremely helpful for us to get a better understanding of the operations of local companies.”
A special thank you to the following companies who hosted the tours:  Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP), Gautier Steel & Gautier Specialty Metals and RNDT, Inc.  The participating schools were Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, St. Francis University, Penn State Altoona, Juniata College and UPJ.
Additional tours will be held across the region on an ongoing basis.  If you are interested in hosting a tour, please contact Debi Balog via email at  or by calling 814.262.8366.