Week of: June 24, 2019
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From left to right: Dave Poorbaugh, USDA; Nathan Nyland, Regional Development Finance Corporation; Michael Richards, USDA; Angel Marshik, SBA; Michele Clapper, JARI; Byron Stauffer, Indiana County Development Corporation; Tony Palamone, IUP SBDC
JARI Launches SBA Microloan Program in Indiana County
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

JARI is pleased to announce the launching of the SBA Microloan program into Indiana County, PA.
Last year, JARI issued 13 microloans throughout Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Somerset counties. JARI is ready to offer capital to qualifying entrepreneurs in Indiana County. 

“We are looking forward to assisting many small businesses start up or expand, offering more employment opportunities as well as new business services throughout Indiana County,” Linda Thomson, JARI president, said.

Members of the JARI team attended a Rural Lender’s round table on Tuesday, June 25th at IUP to officially introduce and launch the program to the area. They were able to hear from and meet with other members from the SBA, USDA, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, IUP SBDC, Regional Development Finance Corp and area banks.

If you’re interested in learning more about the microloan program, please contact Michele Clapper at mclapper@jari.com or at (814) 262-8368.
Expertise Matters Webinar
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

Dave Mastovich, MASSolutions, will present “Building a Great Brand” on Monday, July 8th, for a JARI Expertise Matters webinar. Webinar participants will learn about creating a Big Idea message, wording to use when creating this message, and the importance of combining aspects of both art & science in your marketing efforts. 

This Expertise Matters webinar will be held online beginning at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 8th. The cost is free but registration is required. Click here to register by Wednesday, July 3rd.
New Angel Fund Aims to Help Region’s Startup Companies

On Monday evening, over 22 accredited-investor members from all corners of the business community joined together to pool capital resources and business connections under the umbrella of the Alleghenies Angel Fund, LLC, a newly-organized Pennsylvania limited liability company formed for the purpose of investing in entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania. 

“We are very excited that the Alleghenies Angel Fund will become another resource for entrepreneurs in the region. We consider the Angel Fund to add great value to the Startup Alleghenies mission to bring greater economic vitality, talent and jobs to the Alleghenies region by creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. We could not be happier to be partnering with the newly formed Alleghenies Angel Fund,” stated Steve Howsare, Executive Director Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission.

For the full press release, click here . If you are an accredited investor or an entrepreneur interested in learning more about the Alleghenies Angel Fund contact Debbi Prosser at dprosser@sapdc.org .
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