Expertise Matters Webinar

Dave Mastovich, MASSolutions, will present “Salespeople are from Venus, Marketers are from Mars: Learn How to Leverage Both to Maximize Your Bottomline” on Wednesday, May 2nd, for a JARI Expertise Matters webinar. Webinar participants will learn why marketing should drive sales, efficiency vs. effectiveness, and how to meet a sales’ short-term agenda while adhering to a marketing’s long-term goals. They will also be able to organize a team and deliverables to increase productivity with the No BS Marketing Sales Takeaways Workbook.

This Expertise Matters webinar will be held online beginning at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 2nd. The cost is free but registration is required. Click here to register by Tuesday, May 1st.

You and Your Credit Score

On Thursday, April 26th, Angela Gorzelsky, Johnstown Credit Bureau, Inc., will present “You and Your Credit Score.” Attendees will learn what credit is and why their credit is score is so important. They will also be able to learn the ‘who’ and ‘how’ of scoring.

This Lunch & Learn will be held at JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided. Click here to register by April 17th.

Managing Your Stress in Your Small Business

On Thursday, April 19th, regional experts from a variety of fields will discuss the definitions, triggers, physiological effects, varying intensities, and progressive stages of stress and its impact on us. Attendees will learn how to balance the demands of their career, family and personal life as well as rethinking priorities each day to be in control, keeping high energy levels and become a more productive business owner by reducing stress levels. Attendees will also be able to walk away with the knowledge to effectively manage stress.

The following professionals will serve on the panel: Peter Kosanovich, Penn Highlands Community College; Amy Nielsen, Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates, Inc.; and Michael Stohon, In-Shore Technologies.

This Lunch & Learn will be held at JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided. Click here to register by April 17th.

Leading With Your Heart, Managing With Your Mind

Tuesday, April 17th, Corey Christman, Vethos LLC, will present “Leading With Your Heart – Managing With Your Mind.” Attendees will have an introspective review of who they are and what they stand for, while also exploring the Stimulus Response Theory. They will also learn the power of vulnerability and how to embrace empathic communications to be able to relate to one another in the workplace.

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. Click here to register by April 16th.

Entering the Downstream Petrochemical Value Chain Workshop

Catalyst Connection is offering the Entering the Downstream Petrochemical Value Chain workshop next Wednesday, April 11th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to manufacturing companies looking to enter or grow market share in the existing and emerging shale gas sectors.

This workshop will focus on opportunities in the downstream petrochemical economy as a result of new natural gas refinery plants (such as Shell Chemical’s “cracker plant”) that are currently being built or planned.

The cost of this workshop for attendees (valued at $300) has been subsidized with a grant provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through the West Virginia University Research Corporation. Each attendee will only pay $50 for the day!

Click here to view the workshop agenda and to register.

Showcase for Commerce

Registration is open for Showcase for Commerce, May 30-June 1, 2018.

Showcase brings local, regional, national and international businesses together to expand business opportunities. Join us to learn the latest news from acquisition and legislative leadership. Network with other businesses or explore possibilities to grow into new markets or build your supply chain.

Look for upcoming announcements about this year’s special guests and speakers. For more information or to register, please visit

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Student Video Contest

Catalyst Connection, which has been helping regional manufacturers grow their businesses for 30 years, celebrated the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Student Video Contest at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown campus on Thursday, March 23. The program focused on getting students out of the classroom and into the manufacturing environment. The event attracted more than 175 people, including manufacturers, industry leaders, students, teachers and parents.

For the video content, 8 manufacturing companies were paired with 7 middle schools from Cambria, Indiana and Somerset counties who were encouraged to interview employees and go behind the scenes to learn about the manufacturing industry. Each team submitted its video to Catalyst, and voting took place on The contest yielded more than 48,000 votes over a five-day period.

Award winners included:

Best Manufacturing Message
Greater Johnstown with Lockheed Martin

Most Creative
Rockwood with ASSA ABLOY

Viewer’s Choice
Rockwood with ASSA ABLOY

Best Marketing Plan
Blairsville-Saltsburg with Clark Metal Products

Bonus Video on Community Impact
Forest Hills with JWF Industries

New System for Award Management (SAM) Security Measure

System for Award Management (SAM) registrants will see a new requirement when registering new entities. Due to alleged, third-party fraudulent activity, new entity registrations will require an original, signed notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity Administrator before the SAM registration will be activated. Notarized letters must be mailed to the Federal Service Desk and contain the information outlined in the FAQ posted here. Please note this may increase the time it takes for registrations to become activated.

GSA has posted information at this link if you are interested in learning more about the situation. Please contact us for more information regarding this or any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at

C3: Creating Opportunities, Connecting Resources & Contracting Diversity

Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Thursday, May 3rd from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall for the C3: Creating Opportunities, Connecting Resources & Contracting Diversity workshop.
This daylong event will provide opportunities to network with Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies, Prime Contractors, Universities, Support Organizations, and other businesses both large and small. Attendees can connect with representatives throughout the day, attend training sessions, market their products and services, and get answers to their questions. Click here to see the full agenda and click here to register.

JARI Launches “Expertise Matters”

JARI is excited to announce the launch of a new section of our blog called “Expertise Matters,” in which we will invite area experts to write guest posts on topics of interest to other businesses and people thinking about starting a business. It is a natural extension of our current educational offerings, such as our Lunch & Learn seminars.

A big way area businesses can help each other is by sharing their expertise. Thank you to our contributing partners that have given their time and effort into helping us get things started: Prime Design Solutions; HR Consultants, Inc; MASSolutions; and Attorney George Gvozdich.

We are excited about this new cooperative effort, which over time will result in an extensive archive of educational articles by local experts on our website. Let us know what topics you would like to see addressed in Expertise Matters, or you might volunteer to write for us, too. Just get in touch with Lauren Brewer at