The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 24, 2012

Business briefs 11/25/2012

The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN — 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 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

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.

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