The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 29, 2012

In brief: Workshop to discuss workforce trends

The Tribune-Democrat


Johnstown Area Regional Industries will host “Riding the Waves of Change with Our Future Workforce” workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at the Holiday Inn ballroom, located at 250 Market St. in downtown Johnstown.

Joyce Gioia, a speaker and strategic business futurist, will present an in-depth look at future workforce trends, occupational forecasts and strategies for building workforce capacity.

Cost is $10 per person and includes refreshments.

Registration deadline is Jan. 15.  

For more information or registration, visit or call 262-8366.

The program is supported by the Community Initiatives Fund of the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies and in part by PA CareerLink of Cambria County/Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board.  

Wessel presents tax-planning session

Wessel & Co. presented a year end tax planning session, “Teetering on the Fiscal Cliff … Is Your Parachute Ready?” to clients and guests of the firm on Nov. 28, at the Holiday Inn in downtown Johnstown.

The list of speakers included Ronald Devine of CBIZ Inc., who spoke on healthcare


Other topics included Pennsylvania Tax Credits by Chad Korenoski, CPA at Wessel & Co.; Planning for 2013 by Tom Seitz, CPA; and the Economy and Fiscal Cliff by Barry Gilchrist. Seitz and Gilchrist are partners at Wessel & Co.

Wessel & Co. is a regional certified public accounting firm headquartered in Johnstown.

St. Francis presents help for veterans

St. Francis’ Enactus team and Small Business Development Center is partnering with VetAdvisor to offer a free five-session workshop to help veterans start their own businesses.

The program begins Jan. 23 and sessions will be held biweekly. Classes will be taught by St. Francis faculty and business professionals and will be held at the university’s Small Business Center in Loretto.

The “From War to Entrepreneur” program will teach aspiring entrepreneurs the basics of business planning, marketing and various aspects of the financial, legal and accounting issues facing new businesses.

At the end of the program participants will receive a completion certificate along with continued help from Enactus and the Small Business Development Center to move business concepts to reality.

The workshop is open to anyone who served in the armed forces.

Registration deadline is Jan. 18. To register or for more information, call 472-3369 or

Goodwill gets donation from credit union

Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley Inc. received a donation from the USSCO Federal Credit Union as part of USSCO’s annual giving program to local charities that support children and families.  

Each of USSCO’s four branch locations had the opportunity to select an organization within its own community. USSCO’s Moxham branch selected Goodwill because of the many services the organization provides to youth such as mentoring, on-the-job training, and career and education guidance. 

Goodwill will use the donation to support its GoodGuides youth mentoring program that matches adult volunteer mentors with youth ages 12 to 17.   

The program creates a support system for youth to build positive relationships with adult role models in the community and provides youth with opportunities to gain the skills to succeed in high school, postsecondary education/training programs and future careers.  

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