Final Chance to Register for CONNECT! 2018

You are cordially invited to our biennial one-stop event to increase your bottom line.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
UPJ Murtha Center ~ Johnstown, PA

CONNECT! 2018 will be held at the Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness at UPJ on October 17, 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and participate in presentations addressing:

  • Introduction to Government contracting
    Cyber Security
    Doing business with PennDOT
    Woman-owned business certification
    HUBZone certification

Attendance is $25, seating is limited. Register today as registration closes Monday, October 8th!

Please contact us for any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

Safety Conference Provides Key Health and Safety Information for Area Companies

On Tuesday, October 2nd, nearly 150 individuals completed eight hours of health and safety training and earned 0.8 continuing education credits toward their safety committee and professional certifications at the Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference held at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center.

Thirteen health and safety experts donated their time to offer high-quality workshops on a variety of topics. The information presented will help participants create a safer and healthier work environment.

Many thanks go to the sponsors, speakers and exhibitors for their assistance in making this event a huge success. This year's sponsors include: Titanium - Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Gold - Damin Printing Company, North American Höganäs and PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services; Silver - Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center; and Bronze - S.A. Comunale. For a list of in-kind contributors, vendors and speakers, click here.

Also, a special thank you to the 2018 conference committee: Lauren Brewer, JARI; Daren Cuppett, Ron Donaldson and Kathy Garris, Lockheed Martin AeroParts; George Erisman, Galliker Dairy; Paul Seitz, PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services; Dave Johnson, North American Höganäs and Renee Podlucky.

For more information on the Safety Conference and/or the Safety Industry Partnership, please contact Debi Balog at (814) 262-8366 or via e-mail .

Establishing Compensation Structures

On Thursday, September 6th, Brooke Contacos, PHR, Consultant for HR Consultants, Inc, will present Establishing Compensation Structures. There are far more factors that contribute to compensation than job title or geographical location. Attendees will learn to properly structure and administer a compensation program that will help attract top talent, retain core employees and encourage longevity. They will also be able to establish and maintain an effective compensation administration program that requires three major steps: job analysis, job evaluation and market pricing.

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 September 4th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.

ATTENTION VENDORS: Early Bird Deadline

There is still time to register to be a vendor or sponsor at the 16th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference. This year’s Safety Conference will take place on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown. The Early Bird Registration for vendors is open until September 7th for a low price of $175. All vendor registrations after September 7th will be $300.

Click here for the vendor/sponsorship registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Balog, Director of Workforce Development at (814) 262-8366 or via email at .

Basic Industrial Electricity Training Course

We received a suggestion on the schedule for the classes:  2 full (8 hours) days a week for 2.5 weeks.  Please let us know your thoughts.  Thanks.

 

Basic Industrial Electricity Training Course

WEDNet funding can be used to help defray the cost of the training. To check your company eligibility, contact Julie Davis at 814-262-3813 or via email at .

JARI and Penn Highlands Community College are hosting a training course on Basic Industrial Electricity. There are 12 seats available to companies who may be interested in participating. Details on the classes are listed below and the course outline is attached.

Location: Penn Highlands Community College, Richland Campus

101 Community College Way

Johnstown, PA 15904

Dates and Times: The first session is scheduled for the week of September 17 and the second session is scheduled for the week of September 24.

  • Classes will be held from 8:00am to 12:00pm, Monday-Friday over a 2 week period.

Length of Training: 40 hours

Certificates of completion will be provided .

Provider: Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Instructor: Mr. Stan Kieta, President, REAL Controls, Inc.

Cost / Participant: For 8 participants, the cost per person will be $1,000. If we have 12 participants the cost will be $900.00 per person.

Seats will be filled on a first come basis. To reserve seats, please complete the attached registration form and return the form to Lauren at . Also, include the company contact person for billing purposes. Companies will be invoiced individually.

The deadline to reserve seats is August 13. Thank you.

Basic Industrial Electricity Doc

Electrical Non-Credit Registration Form

2018 Showcase for Commerce Highlights

The 28th annual Showcase for Commerce concluded on June 1st. Here are some highlights:
 
  • U. S. Senator Bob Casey and U.S. Congressman Keith Rothfus supported Showcase for the 6th year
  • 91 exhibitors participated in over 100 booth spaces at Showcase ‘18
  • 88 golfers participated in the 24th annual BAE Systems/Showcase for Commerce golf outing
  • The BAE Systems Supplier Briefing offered a unique opportunity for one-on-one sessions with representatives and businesses interested in doing business with BAE Systems
  • The Government Contracting Series “Hot Topics in Government Contracting” provided information to participants concerning certified cost and pricing and indirect rates in addition to other topics
  • Speakers at the Government Acquisition Leaders Briefings included: U.S. Senator Bob Casey, U.S. Congressman Keith Rothfus, RADM Ronald A. Boxall, Director, Surface Warfare; Mr. Robert Kowalski, Acting Chief of Staff, PEO Ammo; and Dr. Larry Schuette, VP, Lockheed Martin, S&T Engagement
  • Senator Jack Reed presented the keynote at the John P. Murtha breakfast
  • Over $100million in contract awards announced at the Showcase Press Conference
  • Congressman G. T. Thompson and Governor Tom Wolf participated at the Public Exhibition
 
The Showcase for Commerce Committee thanks the Showcase sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, venue staff and volunteers, and all those behind the scenes who contributed to another successful event.

Connecting Local Talent

JARI is facilitating Open Discussion Forums for defense industry employees displaced in 2018. The purpose of the forums is to provide re-employment and support services to participants as they transition into employment.

We invite employers and agencies to attend one of the meetings to discuss support services and job opportunities. Also, we could utilize the skills of human resource professionals and subject matter experts to review and offer tips on resumes, job search resources and interviewing skills.

Participants include individuals that have experience in the following occupations: human resources, graphic design, contract accounting, risk management, contract administration, infrastructure analysis, financial analysis, executive assistance, administrative assistance, contracts administration and government liaison. Each participant has skills, education and experience that may transfer into a number of different industries.

The group meets once a week at the JARI Center in Richland. Meeting days and times are flexible. If you are interested in providing assistance, please contact Debi Balog, Workforce Development Director at 814.262.8366 or via e-mail at dbalog@jari.com.

In Eight Short Weeks You Could Be On The Way To Launching A Tech-StartUP!

If you have a new, tech-based business idea or you are developing an innovative product, process, or software application, you’ll want to check out this program! As part of the Startup Alleghenies initiative, the BF TechCelerator@Johnstown is providing a business startup accelerator, along with one-on-one mentoring sessions, for emerging tech-entrepreneurs.

Beginning Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the eight-week program will be held in alternating locations which include 814 WORX and the JARI Center for Business Development. Our Accelerators are free of charge, but space is limited. Contact Jerry Hudson at or José Otero at .

Business mentoring from Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network and local economic development and startup experts will be available at no cost. General topics to be discussed over the eight weeks include:

  • Customer discovery
  • Business and revenue models
  • Value propositions
  • Legal issues
  • Cost structures and more.

You’ll come away from this experience with a viable business model as well as a list of networking contacts and a concrete path forward. However, perhaps the most important thing you will gain is the confidence that comes from knowing if it’s the right time for you to start your own tech-business – or not.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Not only will you receive up to $1,000 to help with your initial accounting, legal, or customer discovery costs, you will also have the chance to pitch your business idea to a panel of judges at the completion of the eight weeks. If you win, you could be awarded up to $10,000 in seed funding to help get your startup UP and running.

Not sure if a TechCelerator is right for you? Check out this video of a recent graduation event held in Altoona.

QuickBooks Online

On Tuesday, May 22nd, Lynn Rovan, Barnes Saly & Company, will present QuickBooks Online. Attendees will receive a general overview of QuickBooks while learning to select company and user preferences and the setup of chart of accounts. Attendees will also learn about invoicing and payments, billing and paying bills, bank reconciliation and reporting.

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. Please click here to register by May 21st. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.

Government Contracting Series Topics Announced

The JARI PTAC invites you to attend the Government Contracting Series workshop sponsored and presented by Wessel & Company on Thursday, May 31, 2018. As a manufacturer, a service company, or a technology firm, you already have the right tools to produce a quality product, execute high level service, or deliver the latest and greatest technology. To be successful in federal government contracting, you also need to be equipped with the right tools to manage contract risk, stay compliant, and make a profit. Being duly informed of regulations, requirements, and best practices are all crucial for success.

The Government Contracting Series workshop will include updates on certified cost and pricing, proposed new rules from FAR Council and GSA and the new lease standard. Additionally, the session will include a presentation on Indirect Rates—Importance and Uses including discussion on different rates overhead, material, engineering and sg&a, uses for proposals as well as rolling rates forward for provisionals.

This educational program is intended for program managers, contract, procurement, or finance professionals who are involved with companies that have prime or subcontracts with the Federal Government (or companies who want to begin to get involved with government contracts).

Click here for flyer details. For more information and tickets go to www.showcaseforcommerce.com. Please contact us with any questions and for all your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .