Microloan Client Expands Catering

JARI is pleased to announce that Melissa Kreutzberger, Firehouse Subs Franchisee and JARI Microloan client, is expanding her catering efforts in the Johnstown area. Firehouse Subs offers a catering menu for a variety of different platters such as subs, salads, snacks and desserts for any occasion. Kreutzberger is hoping to reach out to new and existing customers in order to provide a simple and hassle free option for those planning their next event.

If you are interested in a Firehouse Subs catering coupon or would like to see their catering menu click the corresponding links. For more information regarding the JARI Microloan Program, contact Michele Clapper at (814) 262-8368.

Team Better Block, Johnstown

Tuesday, August 29, Andrew Howard, Texas based and internationally-renowned urban planner, will be in Johnstown to present ideas on “How to Build a Better Block.”

Team Better Block is dedicated to enhancing single commercial blocks in underused urban corridors through quick, cheap and creative placemaking techniques that design for community, connection and commerce from the ground up.

Andrew will be leading us in thinking about how to Build Better Blocks in Johnstown, focused on Gazebo Park and other downtown blocks as first case studies.

Click here to view the agenda. If you are interested in joining a Vision2025 Capture Team or would like more information, visit the Vision2025 website.

Ben Franklin’s Big Idea Contest Now Open

Have you been thinking about developing or commercializing an innovative product, process or new software application? Ben Franklin Technology Partners are looking for budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers or even small existing businesses. The risk-free BIG IDEA contests have been helping folks start or grow their businesses for nearly 20 years.

A simple online application could be the first step in taking you from Start UP to UP and running. Visit the Ben Franklin website for more information and to apply. The application deadline is October 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Click here to find out if you qualify! For questions, contact Jill Edwards at  or phone (717) 948-6625.

HUBZone Program Map Update

Somerset County businesses may now be eligible for the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program. The HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. To qualify for the program, a business must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be a small business by SBA standards
  • It must be owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, or an Indian tribe
  • Its principal office must be located within a “Historically Underutilized Business Zone,” which includes lands considered “Indian Country” and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act
  • At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone

The July 2017 update of HUBZone maps include Somerset County entirely. There are several reasons being HUBZone certified is beneficial for a company, including:

  • Competitive and sole source contracting
  • 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities
  • 3% Federal Procurement goal for prime contracts

If you would like to learn more about the HUBZone Program, contact us at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

2017 Youth Conference

The Human Resources Association of the Alleghenies (HRAA) and JARI are pleased to host the 6th Annual Success is Intentional Youth Professional Development Conference (YPDC) on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown.

Students in grades 10-12 from multiple local school districts will be in attendance. This event highlights career preparation for both college-bound and trade-focused students by providing educational workshops to prepare students for their future.

How to Get Involved and Support Our Future Workforce

  • Become a Program Sponsor and feature your company at this event
  • Donate company branded items or gift cards for prize giveaways

There are limited seats available for school districts. If your school has not registered and would like to attend, click here.

For more information and the sponsorship form click the links or contact Debi Balog at (814) 262-8366 or via e-mail at .

2017 Small Business Advantage Grant

On behalf of Governor Wolf and DEP Secretary McDonnell, the Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to announce the opening of the 14th round of the Small Business Advantage Grant.

The program is designed to assist small businesses in deploying pollution prevention or energy efficiency measures into their operations.  Pennsylvania-based small businesses with less than 100 employees are eligible. Businesses are able to receive a 50% reimbursement match on new equipment or processes which save a minimum of $500 and reduce their energy or waste by 25% per year. The grant maximum is $9,500 for energy efficiency or pollution projects or $7,000 for lighting-only upgrades.

New this year is an on-line application process, making it easier to apply and allowing grants to get into the hands of small businesses faster. Paper applications will no longer be accepted. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The full 2017 Grant Guidance, including all requirements, step-by-step instructions and other necessary forms can be found on the DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant webpage. Applicants are advised to carefully review the guidance document, which has been updated for 2017.

If you have questions regarding your application submission, please contact Ed Boito, Small Business Ombudsman, at (717) 783-0909.

PA DGS Hosting Procurement Expo & Forum

On September 6 and 7, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services will be hosting a Procurement Expo & Forum at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. The Expo will be a premier networking & educational event for public procurement decision-makers and suppliers. Public purchasing decision makers, end-users and elected officials will have the opportunity to meet vendors, learn about trends in public procurement and can attend more than 50 educational workshops.

Exhibit opportunities are available for vendors wishing to showcase their products and services to local, school district, non-profit, educational and state procurement decision makers.

Contact Lenora Leasure, PTAC Program Manager, at  or (814) 254-4022 for more information. For the agenda, attendee and exhibitor registration, educational sessions and hotel accommodations visit www.paprocurementexpo.com.

Registration Open for Bringing the World to PA Event

Registration is now open for the annual Bringing the World to PA event. The event will be held again this year in Cambria County, at the Sunnehanna Country Club. BTW2PA is a once a year opportunity for area business in the region to meet one-on-one with 14 Pennsylvania Authorized Trade Representatives covering over 46 markets.

Please see the full flyer and registration by clicking the corresponding links. Registration is due by August 31, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Taylor via email at  or (814) 949-6517.

CTC to Operate New Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is recognized as one of the world’s premier nonprofit applied scientific research and development organizations for the creation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies. The skills and processes developed at CTC will be leveraged by the new Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing (CANM) to benefit the U.S. Small Modular Reactor/Advanced Reactor (SMR/AR) industry.

There will be a two-day event on August 23rd and 24th in which a Nuclear Suppliers Workshop and an Open House will be held.

Nuclear Suppliers Workshop
August 23, 2017
Sheraton Station Square
300 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15219

Sessions will be conducted by national speakers representing various components of the nuclear industry geared toward strengthening the nation’s advanced nuclear manufacturing network. The day’s activities conclude with an optional (no host) LA Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game.

CANM Open House
August 24, 2017
Concurrent Technologies Corporation
128 Industrial Park Road, Johnstown PA 15904

The Open House will feature a ribbon cutting, tours, and an opportunity for visiting suppliers to meet one-on-one with CTC/CANM personnel to learn how to become part of the Advanced Manufacturing network.

For more information on the Nuclear Suppliers Workshop and CANM Open House and to register, click here. Organizations interested in attending only the CANM Open House in Johnstown should contact CTC through this contact form.

Calling All Vendors, Sponsors and Participants!

We are back again this year for the 15th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference. This year’s event is scheduled for October 3, 2017 and will once again be held at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown. Our keynote speaker will be Wylie Davidson from Dival Safety with a presentation, “Safe 4 the Right Reasons”.

Vendors, sponsors and participants help to keep the conference strong year after year. It has proven to be a good opportunity for companies to display products, make new contacts with local businesses and visit with existing clientele. Vendors are able to connect with new and existing customers while participants can gain useful information on the latest resources to keep the workplace safe and secure.

Below you will find more information as well as the vendor/exhibitor registration form, the sponsorship form and the participant form.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the Safety Conference, contact Debi Balog at  or at 814-262-8366.