“Financing Your Business in 1, 2, 3” a Success!

The Somerset County Commissioners and JARI hosted the Financing Your Business in 1, 2, 3 seminar on November 16, 2016 at the Somerset Country Club.

Attendees learned about the financial opportunities available from the SBA, St. Francis SBDC, SCEDC, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ), SBA Microloan Program, JARI Growth Fund, the Progress Fund, Southern Alleghenies Loan Programs and SBA 504 Program.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Wessel & Company, Ameriserv, Somerset Trust, SCEDC and The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the various financing options available, please contact Michele Clapper, VP of Economic Development at (814) 262-8368 or via e-mail at .

Learn About Apprenticeships

If you are interested in establishing an apprenticeship program in your company, please join us for a “how to” information session on Wednesday, November 30. The session will be held from 9 AM to 11 AM at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Workforce Education Center located at 101 Community College Way, Richland Campus.
Stuart Bass, Executive Director and John Tkach, Director of Projects from Keystone Development Partnership will be presenting. The session is part of the second annual National Apprenticeship Week.
“The goal of the National Apprenticeship Week is to educate businesses and leaders about the importance of Apprenticeship programs and how they can improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits and more. These programs can lead to great jobs that also help positively impact our economy,” said Stuart Bass.
The session is open to all employers (large or small), at no cost. For more information, please click here. If you are interested in attending the session, please RSVP to Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Development Director at or by calling 814-262-8366.

Learn How to Prevent Shoulder, Back and Neck Injuries


Members of the JARI Manufacturing Consortium invite you to join them for a “mini” workshop on Preventing Neck, Shoulder and Back Injuries on a Manufacturing Floor.  The content will be applicable to a general audience as well.  The workshop presenter is Brian Dillon, DPT, Facility Director/Staff Physical Therapist, PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services.  The workshop will be offered at the Manufacturing Consortium meeting at 8:00 am on November 8 at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Workforce Education Center, Richland Campus (101 Community College Way).  There is no cost to attend.  Click here for the meeting agenda.

If you are interested in attending the workshop and learning more about the manufacturing consortium, please contact Debi Balog at 814-262-8366 or e-mail at

Vision 2025 Consultant Receives Business Recognition

Ryan Kieta, a consultant who provides community development services to JARI for the Vision 2025 initiative, has been named to Pennsylvania Business Central’s 2016 Class of Foremost Under Forty in the October edition of Pennsylvania Business Central.
Editor Spencer Myers summarized the honor by writing, “Each honoree was selected by our editorial board for their grit and determination to keep growing in their chosen field… The selection committee based its final selections on nominees who have made a positive impact on the Central Pennsylvania business community by consistently moving their business forward, adapting to major changes in their personal and professional life and giving back to the community through volunteering or mentoring.”
 “JARI is very proud of the quality work that Ryan is producing and appreciates the recognition from the PA Business Central”, said Linda Thomson, President, JARI.
For more, visit the PA Business Central website.