Week of: September 10, 2018
JARI will be the collaborative force that enhances all aspects of our region to grow a diverse economy and build vibrant communities.
Safety Conference Only Three Weeks Away
Debi Balog
Director, Workforce Development

Don't miss the opportunity to gain valuable information regarding safety and health at the 16th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference. The conference will be held on Tuesday, October 2 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center located in downtown Johnstown. There are still vendor and sponsorship spots available.

2018 Opening Session : Leah Hollis, Professor at Morgan State University and International Scholar on Workplace Bully and Diversity. Topic: Workplace Bullying & Diversity

2018 Keynote Speaker:  Bob Fatula, Director of Training/Threat Preparedness, Gittings Security. Topic: Active Shooter Simulation, preparation and planning to minimize chaos and injuries.

Breakout Session Topics can be seen here .
For the vendor or participant information click the links below or contact Debi Balog at 814.262.8366 or via e-mail at  dbalog@jari.com .

Left to Right: José Otero, Cambria County Entrepreneur and Innovative Coach; Tom McConnell, Eternal Remembrance LLC; Ryan Kieta, CEO of Real Design/Creator of PopBench; Matthew Leverknight, Free Feet Shoes
Three Local Entrepreneurs Win Cash Prizes

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, six local entrepreneurs competed for cash prizes as part of a “pitch” event sponsored by the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@Johnstown.  As an important component of the Startup Alleghenies initiative,  www.startupalleghenies.com , the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@Johnstown, is a tech-business startup accelerator offering the area’s emerging entrepreneurs, small manufacturers, students, and tech-startups a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurial training.

Bob Dornich, the Program’s Director commented, “We had such a great group that it was very difficult for the panel to decide on just one winner. So, we added a little money to the pot and awarded three prizes. We’re proud of all those who participated and congratulate the three winners.”

Winners include:

  • $5,000 was awarded to Ryan Kieta, CEO of Real Design. The company is developing a proprietary line of street furniture, PopBench, used in outdoor venues and “pop-up” locations.
  • $5,000 was also awarded to Matthew Leverknight, CEO of Free Feet Shoes. They will use the prize money to develop a prototype of a line of specialty footwear designed for those who have special needs that require the use of ankle-foot orthotics.
  • $2,000 was awarded to Tom McConnell’s company, Eternal Remembrance, LLC, which delivers an easy-to-use, mobile, memorial app that allows customers to connect, celebrate, and honor the legacy of their loved ones.
PTACs Host 1st Annual PTAC Day, September 26, 2018
Lenore Leasure
PTAC Program Manager

To celebrate the success of PTAC clients in communities across the country, the national PTAC network is hosting the first annual National PTAC Day on September 26th. It will be marked by events and community outreach at local, state and national levels to promote the effective work being done by PTACs across the country and the resulting success achieved by PTAC clients. Featured among these activities is a national webinar, Top Tips for Finding and Winning Government Contracts , to be held at 2:00 pm eastern time. Presented by a panel of PTAC procurement experts, the live webinar will provide valuable insights and information to both newcomers and veteran government contractors. 

“We want to spotlight the impact that PTACs are having across the country,” says Tiffany Scroggs, President of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC). “By helping businesses, PTACs stimulate the creation of new jobs and economic growth in their communities.  And, just as importantly, PTAC clients often are new suppliers that provide products and services critically needed by the armed services and all units of government."

For more information about the national PTAC celebration, click here . Follow the hashtag #PTACDay on social media!

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 .
JARI CEO/President, Linda Thomson and JARI Board President Bill Locher are currently in Denmark visiting with the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands
Upcoming Events:

September 14

September 17

October 2
16th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference

October 17

October 18
"Success Is Intentional" Youth Conference
Showcase for Commerce
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