Week of: November 12, 2018
JARI is the collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.
JARI Growth Fund Receives $600,000 from USDA
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

JARI Growth Fund is pleased to announce the awarding of $600,000 from the USDA for a Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) loan product and technical assistance. The JARI Growth Fund USDA RMAP Loan Product will fund businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the Southern Alleghenies region which includes Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset Counties.

The JARI Growth Fund USDA RMAP program will help microenterprises start up and grow. Loan funds up to $50,000 for small businesses with less than 10 employees are available. The fund will also provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs.

“We are pleased to collaborate with our economic development partners in having another fund available to assist small businesses in our region,” said Linda Thomson, JARI President. “The RMAP Loan Product is another tool in the Startup Alleghenies ecosystem that we all have developed in the region and hopefully will help the microenterprises that we serve reach their full potential,” said Steven Howsare, JARI Growth Fund Chair and Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission Executive Director. “Good businesses are one of the bedrocks of a healthy community, and assisting rural microentrepreneurs is key to maintaining a strong business community,” said Curt Coccodrilli, USDA Rural Development State Director.

For more information, contact Michele Clapper at the JARI office (814) 535-8675.
Video in Marketing
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development
Video has far more uses in marketing than the traditional 30-second TV ad! On Thursday, December 6 th , Brian Law, President of Prime Design Solutions and Innovative Tomato, will talk about the expanded role of video in marketing today, including:
  • Innovative uses of video to promote your business
  • How video can support your content marketing strategy
  • Creative ways of distributing video, including through social media

This Lunch & Learn will be held at the JARI Center (160 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA) from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. Click  here  to register by December 4th. No shows on the day of the event will be billed.
Registration Open for Sandler Enterprise Selling Workshop
Lenora Leasure
PTAC Program Manager

The Sandler Enterprise Selling workshop will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM at the JARI Center for Business Development. Presented by Moore Power Sales, this interactive workshop is for companies facing challenges selling to large enterprises including the Department of Defense (DoD) and large prime contractors. Topics of discussion include:
  • Effectively winning accounts with a long selling cycle
  • Successfully leveraging relationships with large clients to win more wallet share with those accounts
  • Strategically deploying your people so you are successfully growing accounts
  • Developing a Go/No Go Strategy that will keep you from wasting time and money on opportunities that won’t develop into business
  • Successfully positioning your company against the competition during competitive bids

Attendance is $35 and includes a copy of “Sandler Enterprise Selling”, seating is limited. Click here to register. Registration closes Friday, December 7 th !

Please contact us for 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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