Northwest Bank Presents Contribution to JARI for NAP Program

Northwest Bank executives, Jim Knipple and Kevin Volk, presented a contribution to JARI in the amount of $50,000.00 for the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program. Other contributors include: First National Bank, 1st Summit Bank, Somerset Trust Company and In-Shore Technologies.

“Northwest Bank is proud to partner with JARI to support its projects which are geared towards improving the Johnstown community,” says Jim Knipple.

Funding from the tax credit contributions will be used to eliminate blight through a number of approaches: creation of public space; streetscapes; planters; trees; lighting; a reuse study; architectural and engineering assistance; and marketing of underutilized properties in a portion of the Central Business District and Old Conemaugh neighborhood.

Eggs & Issues: Workforce Development Benefits

If your looking for recruitment and training resources for your business, please consider attending the “Eggs & Issues: Workforce Development Benefits” on Wednesday, April 12 at the Somerset Country Club.

Representatives from seven workforce related agencies will review and highlight the many resources and benefits available to businesses in the Southern Alleghenies region. Industry experts will discuss employee recruitment options, training resources and funding options for workforce development.

Registration, networking and a breakfast buffet will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program at 8 a.m. Admission is $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members.

Registration is required by Friday, April 7. For more information or to register, contact the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or .

Two FREE Seminars!



There will be two seminars on March 28 and 29 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (lunch provided). Both seminars will be held at JARI Center, located at 160 Jari Drive, Johnstown.


Find out what you need to know about NAFTA and other FTA’s!  In this seminar you will learn how to take advantage of our existing agreements and how to prepare for any changes or new agreements.
This seminar will help you identify what has changed and the steps necessary to be in full compliance. Attendees will also gain an understanding of how to navigate the ITAR & EAR.


These seminars are free and registration is required. The deadline to register is March 20, 2017.  For more information and registration details, click on the links above or email Tina Taylor 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.

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.

Lunch & Learn: Creating the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Lunch & Learn:
Creating the Perfect Elevator Pitch
Thursday, July 7th, 2016

12 PM – 1:15 PM

JARI Center for Business Development
160 Jari Drive in Richland

Click here to view the flyer and registration.

Click here to view the full press release.

President of Prime Design Solutions, Brian Law, will share his expertise in developing a sales pitch that’s short enough to be delivered during an elevator ride. Attendees will learn to create a good overview of what your company has to offer, and how to concisely convey that information to potential clients.

The cost to register is $5 per person, and lunch will be provided. To register please return the attached registration form, visit and click on the calendar to access the registration forms, or contact Lauren Brewer at . Please register by Wednesday, July 6th. No shows and cancellations on the day of the event will be billed.

Lunch and Learn: Marketing Panel


Dr. Randy Frye (St. Francis University); Jean Solarczyk (Wessel & Company); Lori Baumgardner (1st Summit Bank); Ryan Gindlesperger (1st Team Advertising) will be answering questions and offering advice about marketing.


Thursday, June 23
JARI Center for Business Development
12:00 PM  – 1:15 PM

Click here to view the full press release.


Cost is $5 per person and lunch is provided. To register please click here for the registration form or contact Lauren Brewer at . Please register by Wednesday, June 22.

5 Business Habits to Dump in 2016

5 Business Habits to Dump in 2016


By Suzanne Grove

Every year around this time a concept emerges from the exhilarating, exhausting, and beautifully-decorated fog of the holiday season: The New Year’s Resolution. These words shout at us from the front pages of magazine racks at the grocery store checkout. Our friends and family make bold declarations on social media about the changes they plan to make. Radio and television hosts run special segments on willpower and the latest inventions designed to make you more fit, happy, and wealthy for the New Year.

Unfortunately, the focus too often remains solely on revamping your personal life. After the hustle and excitement of the holidays, your business life might also need a makeover. So, rather than slumping back to the office with sugar plum memories dancing in your head, follow the four tips below to dump old work habits and bring about a more invigorating and successful 2016.

  1. Dump: Spreading yourself too thin.

Do for 2016: Focus your time and energy on your passions and activities that utilize your talents.  While you might be tempted to volunteer for five different organizations, emcee a few charity events, attend every fundraiser, and serve on multiple boards, you will build a much stronger professional profile if you’re able to give your best effort to each activity.

  1. Dump: Self-Defeating Beliefs

Do for 2016: Make confidence with a measured amount of realism your new mantra. It’s easy to take on a pessimistic attitude when you’re bogged down with work in the middle of the winter. But negativity and heading into new projects with doubts and self-defeating talk never makes the situation better.

  1. Dump: Thinking in terms of “always” and “never”

Do for 2016: Embrace new ideas and re-examine old habits. All professionals strive to reach a comfortable and familiar groove in their work lives, but you can easily become stagnant if you refuse to shake things up now and then. Stop and take the time to analyze your partnerships, marketing, finances, and the basic processes essential to your business. If you always go in one direction or always turn down certain ideas, take some time to delve deeper into why you operate this way.

4. Dump: Approval-seeking

    Do for 2016: Learn you can make choices that are best for you, your business, and your professional life without needing the approval of everyone around you. Everyone desires to be liked and to earn approval—it’s a common topic in psychological study. But this doesn’t mean you should bend against your instincts or business acumen to make others like you. Sure your business partners or lenders might need to sign off on certain business plans, but don’t be afraid to stand up for your ideas when they come up against opposition.



Entrepreneurial Insight

Entrepreneurial Insight

How to Burn the Midnight Oil
(Without Getting Burned)

When new entrepreneurs make the initial decision to start a company, they often envision working fewer hours and experiencing a more leisurely schedule—one that allows them to tailor their work life around their personal life and not the other way around.

But, in most cases, not too much time passes before these individuals discover the workload involved with any startup will require burning the midnight oil. In fact, most studies estimate the majority of entrepreneurs will have no less than a 60-hour work week, a conservative number compared to the 80-hour weeks of many famous entrepreneurs.

If you want to put your best foot forward as a new business owner, you can’t afford to just dip your toes in to get a feel for the temperature: you have to plunge yourself in full force. After all, these are your dreams you’re working to make come true. In addition, depending on the size of your company, you might have a lot of people depending on you.

So, how do you prevent burning out before you even get the chance to light your industry on fire with your new business? Read the tips below to get a handle on how to achieve a balance that will keep your work life and personal life running smoothly.


  • Don’t be afraid to shut down at night. While it might seem alluring to knock a few more items off your “To-Do” list right before you go to sleep, this will only do more harm than good in the long run. The problem with this habit is two-fold. First, if you’re groggy and exhausted, you simply won’t be contributing your best work. Second, you’re harming your body and mind when you fail to get enough sleep. You won’t only be setting yourself up for failure that night when you email the wrong person or insert the wrong set of calculations in a project—you’ll most likely also need a pot of coffee just to make it through the whole next work day. Turn off your devices and realize that by hitting the hay, you’re taking the first steps to a more productive tomorrow.


  • Focus on your best working times. Everyone has a different entrepreneurial style. This not only includes how you manage your clients and motivate your employees, but also the times at which you work to your fullest potential. Some business men and women successfully pack in a full cardio routine, eat on a protein-packed breakfast, and put in two hours of work before the rest of us even hit snooze on our alarm clocks. It’s OK if that schedule works best for them. But if, no matter how hard you try, you just aren’t a morning person, don’t beat yourself up. Sure, you will still have to conform to the norms of 9-5 business hours and take a few early-morning meetings, but, when you don’t have those appointments, focus your time and energy on the hours that work best for you. Tackle your most important projects at the time when you’re the most alert and passionate about your work.


  • Schedule time for yourself. Write personal time into your calendar. Whether it takes the click of a mouse or the stroke of a pen, do it. And don’t hit delete or erase unless absolutely necessary. It’s easy to forget about the basics like a date night with your significant other or a much-needed night on the couch with popcorn and a queue of your favorite TV series on Netflix. And while it may first appear like a waste of time, it’s not. In fact, everyone needs that personal time to physically and mentally recharge. Without it, you will be unhappy at work, and that will reflect in all aspects of your business.


  • Stay in-tune with your body. Staying physically strong can also help you stay mentally sharp as an entrepreneur. The body and mind communicate with one another continually. This is why making sure to get exercise and eat right are key. Exercise will not only keep you healthy, but also serves as a great way to eliminate stress from the job. Eating the right foods can do the same. Getting sick might be inevitable, but by staying in-tune with your body and listening to its signals that you’re overworked will help you lose less days at the office. And when you do become sick don’t always force yourself to suit up and go to the office—you risk making others sick and will slow your recovery time.