Week of: February 19, 2018
JARI will be the collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.
H&W Global Receives HUBZone Certification
Lenora Leasure
PTAC Program Manager
Congratulations to H&W Global on their recent HUBZone certification. Due to designation updates in July 2017, H&W was able to take advantage of the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program. The program helps urban and rural small businesses gain additional access to federal procurement opportunities. Benefits of being HUBZone certified include competitive contracting, a 10% price evaluation preference, and even sole sourcing. The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of prime contracts to HUBZone certified small business and prime contractors also have a 3% subcontracting goal.

Although there are several eligibility requirements including the business be physically located in a HUBZone, companies often have trouble meeting the employee residence requirement.  A minimum of 35% of a company‚Äôs employees must live in a HUBZone in order for a business to be eligible to apply for HUBZone certification. Prior to July 2017, only a few census tracts within area counties were eligible. Now, both Indiana and Somerset counties in their entirety are eligible.   

Congratulations again to H&W Global, longtime JARI and JARI PTAC supportor. If you would like to learn more about the HUBZone or have any government contracting assistance needs, please contact the JARI PTAC at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at jariptac@jari.com .
BUILDing Connections
Lenora Leasure
PTAC Program Manager
The BUILDing Connections workshop is right around the corner. The free workshop is a special session for small to medium sized construction contractors interested in government contracting or subcontracting and will feature presentations from the PA Department of General Services, the PA Department of Transportation, and JARI PTAC staff.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the JARI Center for Business Development, 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Registration is required and can be completed here or by emailing jariptac@jari.com . Seating is limited, so register early!

If you would like to learn more about this workshop or have any government contracting assistance needs, please contact the JARI PTAC at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at jariptac@jari.com .
2018 Cambria County Job Fair
Debi Balog
Director, Workforce Development

The 2018 Cambria County Job Fair will be here before we know it. This year's job fair will take place on Tuesday, May 1st from 1 PM to 5 PM at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown.

Register by April 6, 2018 for the Early Bird registration rate of only $95! All registrations after April 6th will be $120.

For exhibitor registration and sponsorship information, click the link below, visit our  website or contact Debi Balog, director of workforce development, at (814) 262-8366 or via email at  dbalog@jari.com

Showcase for Commerce
Linda Thomson
Registration is open for Showcase for Commerce 2018 which will be held May 30th- June 1st. 
Showcase brings local, regional, national and international businesses together to expand business opportunities. Join us to learn the latest news from acquisition and legislative leadership. Network with other businesses or explore possibilities to grow into new markets or build your supply chain. 
For more information or to register, please visit   www.showcaseforcommerce.com .
Showcase for Commerce
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