Week of: March 25, 2019
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JARI is the collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.
Maker-To-Manufacturing Mini-Grants Available
Debi Balog
Director, Workforce Development

A mini-grant program, funded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and administered through Catalyst Connection, is designed to assist Maker-To-Manufacturers in integrating and expanding entrepreneurial services and resources in the advanced metals and materials fields. The grant may be used for prototype development, business case development, sales and distribution partners and operational excellence advice.

The EDA M2M mini-grant provides 50% or up to $3000 toward the vendor cost of providing intensive service beyond the basic technical assistance of the commercialization network.

Click here for more information and grant guidelines. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Debi Balog, Director, Workforce Development at 814-262-8366 or via email at dbalog@jari.com .
DUNS Number to be Phased Out of Government Contracting
Lenora Leasure
PTAC Program Manager

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced March 18, 2019, an award to Ernst and Young LLP (EY) for entity validation services , ending the 20+ year use of the Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS number. The award with a one-year base and four option years, allows the GSA the opportunity to re-engineer the system. The federal government will no longer be locked in to a private company’s proprietary identifier.

The new entity validation will be called the System for Award Management Managed Identifier, or SAMMI, number. Although system functionality details are still being worked out by an inter-agency working group, the DUNS number will be phased out over the upcoming months.

The JARI PTAC will stay abreast of the process, informing our clients of the status. Please contact us with any questions at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at jariptac@jari.com .  
Increased Business Vehicle Deductions
M ichele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

Barnes Saly & Company  provided valuable information to our  Expertise Matters  blog on JARI's website this week. The newest blog, Increased Business Vehicle Deductions , discusses how The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 and other tax reforms have brought about significant changes in the way that vehicle use is deducted for business purposes.

Expertise Matters  is a section of our blog in which we invite area experts to write guest posts on topics of interest to businesses and people thinking about starting a business.  Let us know what topics you would like to see addressed in Expertise Matters by getting in touch with Lauren Thompson at  lauren@jari.com .
Will Your Business Have State Tax Liability in 2019?
Debi Balog
Director, Workforce Development

If so, consider this...JARI is a participant in the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (NAP) offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The program gives businesses with state tax liability the option to make a donation to the JARI Workforce Program and receive 55% in tax credits in exchange for the donation.  Under the NAP program, JARI offers customized training programs for unemployed and underemployed local residents.

If you are interested in helping JARI continue to provide educational opportunities for individuals in your community while earning tax credits, please contact Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Development Director at 814-262-8366 or via e-mail at dbalog@jari.com .
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