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.

Reserve Your Seat!

The 14th Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference is fast approaching and you still have time to reserve your seat.  The Safety Conference Committee has once again worked hard to offer a fantastic line-up of workshops that will be of interest to any audience.
Join us at the conference on Tuesday, October 4 from 8:00am to 3:30pm.  Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 28.
If you are interested in attending the conference, providing a sponsorship or exhibiting, please contact Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Director at  or by phone at (814) 262-8366.

Announcing the 2016 Safety Conference Workshops

The 14th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, Johnstown, PA.
Participants will have the opportunity to visit the vendor booths and take part in the workshops that will be going on throughout the day.  The workshop topics are as follows:
Opening Session: Tom Churbak – HSE Solutions, LLC
“Engaging Employees in Safety/Marketing Your Safety Program”
Keynote Session: Deputy Secretary – Jennifer Smith – PA Department of Drug and Alcohol: Opioid Epidemic and Crime Impacting Our Communities
  1. Identifying and Addressing Warning Signs of Potential Workplace Violence – City of Johnstown Police Department Detective
  2. Lockdown Procedures for Office/Industrial Buildings – Department of Homeland Security
  3. Workplace Health & Wellness/Conemaugh Health Hospital
  4. OSHA updates to include common violations
  5. Addressing Repetitive Injuries – Workplace Health
  6. Driving in Bad Weather
  7. Electrical Safety NFPA70E

Closing Session: “Best Practices in Safety” Panel Discussion

*CEU certificates provided by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
If you are interested in attending the conference, providing a sponsorship or exhibiting, please contact Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Director at  or by phone at (814) 262.8366.

Doing Business with PennDOT


Join the leaders of the Diverse Business Supportive Services Center at this free seminar. This workshop will provide attendees with tips and strategies for working with PennDOT and securing Pennsylvania state-funded contracts.


August 11, 2016

11 AM-12 PM

begins at 10:45 AM

JARI Center for Business Development

160 JARI Drive,

Johnstown, PA 15904


The cost is free! Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

Contact Lenora Leasure, JARI PTAC Program Manager, for additional information. (814) 254-4022 or 

Transitional Re-Entry Advisory Committee


A Transitional Re-entry Advisory Committee (TRAC) has been formed to assist ex-offenders with successful re-entry into the community.  The committee is comprised of various non-profit partners, educational institutions, employers, law enforcement and community agencies.  The goal of the committee is to help individuals “stay on track” by improving their lives through education, employment, support services and a reduced rate of recidivism.  TRAC will hold a meeting at 10:00 am on July 26 at the Penn Traffic Building Conference Room located at 319 Washington Street, downtown.  The committee is inviting employers to participate to assist with providing job search advice and options for employment.  If you are interested in attending the meeting and/or becoming a member, please contact Debi Balog, Director, Workforce Development and TRAC Committee member at 814-262-8366 or via e-mail 


Click for the meeting agenda, speakers and mission statement.

Two FREE Seminars in Johnstown on July 19th

Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center is on the road with its partners this month offering two highly sought after FREE workshops.


July 19, 2016

PA Highlands Community College

101 Community College Way

Workforce Education Center

Rm. A144

  • 10 a.m. – Noon    LinkedIn for Business Marketing
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.     What’s Working in Ecommerce Today

For more details and to sign up, click here. NOTE: You must register online in advance.