JARI – The Vault

JARI is proud to have helped the Vault become a destination business in the heart of Johnstown’s business district, bringing people and life to our downtown.

JARI – Para-Coat Technologies

JARI helps businesses of any size find ways to grow in our region. Para-Coat Technologies came to us for help with a variety of needs — ranging from finding a new location to financing.

Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference 2019

The 17th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, Johnstown, PA.

If you are looking for more information about the Safety Conference contact Debi Balog, Director of Workforce Development, at (814) 262-8366 or via email at .

JARI – Growing Your Region

JARI is helping grow a diverse economy in our region. Get involved by volunteering or donating, or you can give us a call to find out how we can help your new or existing business.

Accounting for Non-Accountants

On Thursday, June 20th, Tiffany Wetzel-Sturtz and Erin Dumm of Barnes, Saly & Company P.C. will discuss accounting basics for non-accountants. Attendees will learn the following:

Defining that confusing accounting jargon
The accounting equation
Understanding bookkeeping basics
Reading and analyzing basic financial statements
Helpful financial ratios
Tips for preventing and detecting fraud
And other important topics beginners need to know

This Lunch & Learn will be held at the JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. Click here to register by June 18th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.

Child Care Roundtable Discussion

JARI and The Learning Lamp are hosting a roundtable discussion to address child care needs across the region. Child care is a workforce issue that negatively impacts business operations. According to the Child Care Action Campaign, U.S. businesses lose $3 billion annually as a consequence of child care-related absences. Employer-supported child care improves employee recruitment, reduces turnover and boosts productivity. For every $1 invested in high quality early care and education, communities like ours can save between $4 and $17 in future costs for things like special education, juvenile justice and welfare support.

Join us and share your feedback on employee child care issues as well as ideas on how to improve services.

When: March 26, 2019 at 8:30 AM
Where: Penn Highlands Community College
Richland Campus, Workforce Education Center, Room A142

For more information and registration, please contact Debi Balog via email at .

Local Entrepreneurs Will Pitch to Win Up to $10,000 in Somerset!

Do you know Mark Barbera, Kirk Sherbine, Tim Kretchman, BJ Opett, Dan Morris, or Emily Mahler? For the past several weeks, these local entrepreneurs have been participating in a business startup accelerator program, the TechCelerator@Somerset. On March 14, 2019, they will each make a graduation “pitch” to a team of judges from the community. The winner will walk away with up to $10,000!

Come and support local entrepreneurs, each of whom will have the opportunity to share with the audience their intended target market, the problem, their solution and how their idea will make money for them and future investors. While the judges deliberate, stay to enjoy the fun networking reception, co-sponsored by the Somerset Trust Company and Uptown Works, that follows.

When:           Thursday, March 14, 2019 / 5:00 PM
Where:          Historic Somerset Trust Building – 131 N. Center Avenue
Why:              Local entrepreneurs will “pitch” for a cash prize of up to $10,000.

Join us for the presentations, but also stay and enjoy the reception! Click here to RSVP by March 9th!

About the TechCelerator@Somerset:

As an important component of the Startup Alleghenies initiative, www.startupalleghenies.com, the team at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA developed a curriculum that is providing Somerset County entrepreneurs, grad-students, faculty members, and emerging tech-startups with a weekly business training accelerator program.

Voting Open for the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Video Contest

Catalyst Connection will be hosting an award ceremony for students who participated in this year’s Explore the New Manufacturing Student Video Contest. Eleven regional schools were paired with 11 regional manufacturing companies to create a video with the theme “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” The program is one of many efforts to build awareness about career opportunities in manufacturing. Come celebrate the resurgence of manufacturing in the region, see the work created by regional students and network with regional manufacturing companies.

Click on the voting link to review the videos and cast your vote.  Click on the registration link to RSVP for the ceremony. JARI and the Somerset Chamber of Commerce are partners in this program. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Balog at 814-262-8366 or via at .

Flood City Flooring Hosting Ribbon Cutting Event


Flood City Flooring LLC will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, March 8, at 2 PM for their grand opening at 225 Washington Street, Johnstown, PA. Please plan to join us in celebrating this new business!

Justin and Christina Schrengost are the owners and operators of Flood City Flooring LLC. Justin has worked for almost 20 years in the flooring industry. “Christina and I are very excited to have our own new business! It would not have been possible without the help of JARI, the City of Johnstown and the support of friends and family”, said Justin. Linda Thomson, President, JARI, stated “JARI is pleased to welcome another home-grown small business into our local economy. Flood City Flooring will be a great addition to the downtown business community.”

Flood City Flooring LLC now has their showroom open to the public at 225 Washington Street, Johnstown. Justin and Christina are proud to create local jobs to help the community prosper and provide customers with excellent service at an affordable price.