Week of: May 14, 2018
OUR MISSION:
JARI will be the collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.
2018 Showcase for Commerce
Linda Thomson
President

The 28th annual Showcase for Commerce will be held May 30 through June 1 in downtown Johnstown.

The 24th annual BAE Systems/Showcase for Commerce golf outing will be held on May 30 at Sunnehanna Country Club. If you are interested in registering for one of the few slots remaining, please contact Cindy Saylor at  csaylor@jari.com  or 814.262.8369.

For a complete agenda of Showcase events, click  here .

We look forward to seeing you at Showcase!
Connecting Local Talent
Debi Balog
Director, Workforce Development
 
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!
Ben Franklin Technology PArtners
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 Tech Celerator @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 jrh498@psu.edu or José Otero JOtero@Jari.com

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.
May 22, 2018
JARI Center for Business Development
160 Jari Drive, Johnstown
12 PM to 1:15 PM
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