Week of: November 6, 2017



Our Mission
JARI will be the  collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.

Behavioral Analytics for Small Business
Michele Clapper,
VP, Economic Development

Corey Christman, Predictive Synergistic Systems, will discuss behavioral analytics within the workplace on  Thursday, November 30 . Participants will hear a brief overview of behavioral analytics and understand the relationship between drives, motivating needs and behaviors. Attendees will also learn about self-awareness and the key to longevity in business and life. Registered attendees will be asked to complete a brief assessment prior to the event. Results will be shared on the 30th.
This Lunch & Learn will be held at JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12 PM to 1:15 PM. The cost to register is $5 per person and lunch will be provided. Click here to register.  Please register by November 28. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.

Big Idea Contest Winner to be Chosen November 16th!
Ben Franklin Technology Partners CNP

The ten finalists in Ben Franklin's 2017 BIG IDEA Contest will be making presentations to a panel of area judges beginning at 1:35 PM on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

If you know any of the finalists listed below, or if you are just excited about the Startup Alleghenies initiative in general, please stop by the Bottle Works, located at 411 Third Avenue in Johnstown, to hear the presentations:
  • Joseph DiGangi with AssureTech 
  • Justin Capouellez with Boomerang Beacon 
  • Heather Moyer with Crossroads Consulting 
  • Mark Kasterko with MT Arms 
  • Adam Stokes with muonSoft
  • Donald Nixon with Nixon's Technical Service
  • Hunter Swisher with Phospholutions 
  • Ryan Kieta with Real Design 
  • James Wang with SimplrTechnologies
  • Anthony Biddle with Siterite
The finalists' presentations will conclude at 5:00 PM, and a catered reception will immediately follow.  While the judges deliberate, you are invited to enjoy the refreshments and network with the finalists.  This will allow you to learn more about all of them in preparation for casting your vote for the People's Choice Award which will close at 6:15 PM.  All of the winners will be announced at 6:30 PM.
This year's cash prizes will be awarded to four winners:  
First Place: $25,000; Second Place: $15,000; Third Place: $7,500; and a People's Choice Award: $2,500. 

In addition to the $25,000, the first place winner will also receive:
If you are planning to attend, please send a quick note to jilledwards@psu.edu.

SBA 8(a) Application Process Changes
Lenora Leasure
PTAC Program Manager

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a new initial application process for the 8(a) Business Development Program.  New applicants for the 8(a) program will need to submit the initial application through the SBA.gov website starting November 15, 2017.  Eligible small, disadvantaged businesses are encouraged to attend one of the two webinars the SBA is holding to learn how to navigate the new website application process.  The identical webinars are scheduled to be held on Thursday, November 9th from 2 PM to 3 PM EST  and Monday, November 13th from 10 AM to 11 AM EST.   Pre-registration is not required for either session.
The SBA's 8(a) Business development program was created to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the government marketplace.  Businesses that are at least 51% owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals may be eligible to apply for this program.

Please contact us to learn more about the SBA's 8(a) program or any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at jariptac@jari.com .  
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Big Idea Contest

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