Augustine Die & Mold, Inc. Among the Region’s First to Achieve AS9100 Rev. D Certification

Congratulations to Augustine Die & Mold, Inc. (ADM) on their achievement of the AS9100 Rev. D certification in Somerset County!

AS9100 Rev. D is the most recent Quality Management System (QMS) standard for the aviation, space, and defense industry.  AS9100 is based on the ISO 9001 quality management system and supported by the International Aerospace Quality Group.

ADM offers precision machining, specializing in aerospace and defense applications in addition to design, manufacturing, and repair services of tooling in the plastics industry. ADM is one of the region’s first to attain the AS9100 Rev. D certification after an extensive analysis of its Quality Systems by BSI Group America, one of the industry’s premiere certification bodies.

7 Types of Advertising That Don’t Cost an Arm and a Leg

Recently the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published an article on various ways that businesses can advertise without breaking the bank.

Advertising can be a powerful way to deal with marketing challenges such as low brand awareness, a declining customer base or heavy competition. Or perhaps you simply have a desire to drive more foot traffic to your business and think advertising can help.

There are many more affordable and cost effective techniques available if you choose wisely.  Here are 7 types of advertising that needn’t cost a lot, and can fit within a small business budget:

  • Social Media Ads
  • Classified Ads
  • Event and Charity Sponsorships
  • Sign Spinners
  • Every Door Direct Mail
  • Local TV Ads
  • Local Deal Vouchers

Finally, remember that the most benefit comes from combining advertising with other marketing. Click here to read the full article from the SBA.

If you’re interested in starting your own business or expanding your current business, please contact Michele Clapper at  or by phone at (814) 262-8368.

Legal Structures for Business…The Pros and Cons

On Tuesday, December 19th, Attorney George Gvozdich, will be discussing the pros and cons of various legal structures for businesses. Attendees will also learn about the liabilities and benefits, as well as discuss the tax implications of each.

This Lunch & Learn will be held at JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12 PM 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. Registrations are due by December 18th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.

JARI Funds Second Bedford County Business

JARI and the Bedford County Development Association (BCDA) are pleased to announce funding for a second Microloan business in Bedford County. Manor Meadows Farm, a Land of Lakes approved dairy farm, is owned and operated by Kenneth Stanton.

Manor Meadows Farm began approximately five years ago when Stanton was deeded a piece of his parent’s property. He is purchasing an additional herd of dairy cows in order to increase his production. “I’m very excited that I will be able to grow my business with the assistance of JARI,” noted Stanton. Linda Thomson, JARI President, commented “JARI is very excited to be working with an agricultural business in Bedford County that has an opportunity to grow production. This is great for our region.”

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 .

TRAC Community Resource & Job Fair

The Transitional Re-entry Advisory Committee (TRAC) hosted a Community Resource & Job Fair on Friday, November 17th in Johnstown.

Nearly 115 people attended the event in hopes of gaining useful information and leads on potential job opportunities. The fair hosted 32 agencies, 4 schools and 12 employers.

The purpose of the fair was to provide pertinent information on resources and jobs available to individuals wanting a second chance in life and to those who are struggling to find employment in our area.

For more information on the TRAC program, contact Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Development Director, at  or (814) 262-8366.