S&T collecting cellphones for soldiers
S&T Bank, a full-service financial institution with branch locations in 10 Pennsylvania counties, has partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers to serve as a collection site for customers to donate cellphones that benefit U.S. soldiers deployed overseas.
As part of the S&T Mobile Banking “S&T Bank Says Thanks to Our Troops Sweepstakes,” customers will have an opportunity to donate gently-used cellphones for a chance to attend the “Jerome Bettis Show” as a guest, including lunch. Ten customers will be randomly selected to attend. The bank also is accepting nominations of current and former U.S. military personnel and will randomly select three of them to attend the show as well.
For official rules, please visit www.stbank.com or call (800) 325-2265.
Pre-business planning seminar set for Dec. 5
St. Francis University Small Business Development Center will host a pre-business planning seminar from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5. The event is open to anyone interested in opening and operating a business. The seminar is free.
The Small Business Development Center is located at 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto. Topics to be discussed are feasibility issues, marketing, record-keeping, business plans, legal issues, regulations/taxes and financing. Pre-registration is required for the seminar 48 hours prior to scheduled date. To respond, call 472-3200 or email at email@example.com.
Interim HealthCare receives award
Interim HealthCare of Johnstown Inc. has been named a 2012 HHCAHPS Honors recipient. The award recognizes home health agencies that provide the best patient experience. It identifies the highest performing agencies ranked by analyzing satisfaction measures covering both performance and improvement of care over a 12-month period.
The rankings were compiled from the HHCAHPS survey results of more than 1,800 home health agencies from April 2011 to March 2012. Founded in 1966, Interim HealthCare’s local office is located at 322 Warren St. in Upper Yoder Township.
Credit union donates $1,450 to care center
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Franklin Johns-
town Federal Credit Union employees sold pink ribbons, T-shirts, candy bars and held dress-down Fridays. The credit union board matched the amount raised by the employee candy bar fundraiser and the credit union was able to donate $1,450 for patient services at the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center.
Kelly Eckenrod served as project coordinator. Mary Summits is the credit union’s CEO.
Public asked to donate coats and jackets
Wolf Furniture and WTAJ-TV, along with the Salvation Army, is asking for the public’s help to make sure every child in the community has a warm coat this holiday season.
Donations of new or gently used coats and jackets can be dropped of at Wolf Furniture showrooms. Wolf Furniture locations include 1130 Scalp Ave. in Richland Township, Plank Road in Altoona and 138 Valley Vista Drive in State College.
Makdad receives Signature Award
Makdad Supply Co. recently was awarded the 2012 Signature Award by Emerson Climate Technologies Inc., a business of Emerson.
To qualify, Makdad increased its sales by a minimum of 10 percent over 2011. In 2008, Makdad received the Signature Award and in 2010 it received the Peak Performance Award.
Makdad is located in Altoona and has a store at 1001 Plitt Court in Johnstown and four other locations in central Pennsylvania.
S&T collecting cellphones for soldiers
Atlantic Broadband boosting Web speeds
Massachusetts-based Atlantic Broadband announced this week it is boosting Internet speeds by 50 percent or more to some of its high-speed service offerings in Johnstown.
Richland woman opens development center
It only took a few years after graduation for Ashley Parkins to catch her big break.
With her human development and family studies degree from Penn State Altoona in hand, she began building her career in child care. When opportunity struck, she seized it – and it was right in her own backyard.
DAVE MASTOVICH | Making your season merry
With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas than last year, retailers moved into full holiday marketing mode earlier than ever. The creative onslaught of promotions from national business to consumer (B2C) companies started before Halloween.
Shop small has big impact
Small Business Saturday is coming up at the end of the week, and shoppers are being encouraged to shop at small, local businesses, not to cut down on their spending.
BUSINESS PEOPLE | Local Realtor saluted
Della D. Csehoski, association executive of the Cambria-Somerset Association of Realtors, will be honored by the National Association of Realtors with the Realtor association certified executive designation, which recognizes exceptional efforts made by Realtor association executives.
BUSINESS BRIEFS | St. Francis center receives client award
The St. Francis University Small Business Development Center received the Happy Client Award from the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center network.
THOMAS SEITZ | Year-end tax suggestions for businesses
It’s not too late to make moves to reduce your 2013 taxes if you are a business owner.
Business leaders weigh in on Johnstown's future
Members of the local business community learned about the region’s 2014 outlook during the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Summit on Friday morning.
The rise of big chocolate
Thanks to a recent pair of recent business deals, it's an industry that may never be the same.
Big chocolate is about to get even bigger.
Still blooming: Partnership will keep Flower Barn intact
George Griffith thought he might have to sell – pare down his more than 50-year business and consolidate to one building. He wasn’t looking forward to auctioning off space that was so rich with memories, although it meant a narrower focus and less overhead. Even his 30-year-old parrot was put off – it cursed at the employees as they shuffled around packing up boxes.
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