Week of: August 20, 2018
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Stone Bridge Brewing Company Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Michele Clapper
VP, Economic Development

Please join us this Friday, August 24th at 4:30 for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony event for Stone Bridge Brewing Company. Stone Bridge Brewing Company, owned and operated by Jeremy Shearer, is located at 104 Franklin Street in Downtown Johnstown.

If you're interested in attending this event, please RSVP to Lauren Brewer at (814) 535-8675 or via email at lbrewer@jari.com .
Come and Applaud the Six Local Entrepreneurs Pitching for Up to $10,000!
Ben Franklin Technology PArtners
An important component of the recent  Startup Alleghenies  initiative, the TechCelerator@Johnstown offers the area’s entrepreneurs, students, faculty members, and emerging tech-startups a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurial training!

Starting in July, 2018, the eight-week program was held in alternating locations which included 814 WORX in downtown Johnstown and the JARI Center for Business Development. Six entrepreneurs received business mentoring from Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network and local economic development and startup experts at no cost. The curriculum included topics related to identifying customers; business and revenue models; value propositions; legal issues, and cost structures to name just a few.

On Thursday September 6, 2018, these six local entrepreneurs will compete for a cash prize of up to $10,000 which will be awarded at the graduation “pitch” event. A team of judges from the community will make the decision on the winning presentation.

Event Information
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Cambria Courthouse (2nd Floor); 110 Franklin Street, Johnstown
Networking reception to follow at the same address in the Press Bistro!
Snapshot of the Presenters:
  • Vinzeal Wolf’s company, ETAL Transfer Authority, has developed an affordable transportation solution that will run a commuter shuttle from Johnstown to Pittsburgh.
  • Travis Lodolinski’s company, Agently, provides automated tools to online businesses that will help them reach and engage with their prospects as well as follow-up after a sale.
  • Ryan Kieta’s company, Real Design, is developing a proprietary line of street furniture, PopBench, for use in outdoor venues and “pop-up” locations.
  • Matthew Leverknight’s company, Free Feet Shoes, will be producing a line of specialty footwear designed for those who have special needs that require the use of ankle-foot orthotics.
  • Tom McConnell’s company, Eternal Remembrance LLC, delivers an easy-to-use, mobile memorial application that provides an innovative way to connect, celebrate and honor your loved ones’ legacy.
  • Joshua Barbin’s company, Zion Preparatory Schoolhouse, is creating a talent pipeline in Johnstown that will begin to turn around “brain drain” by helping students develop talent relevant to the local marketplace.

For more information contact Bob Dornich/BF TechCelerator at 814-865-7332 or Jose Otero, Entrepreneurial Coach, JARI at 814-535-8675. 
Safety Conference Topics Announced
Debi Balog
Director, Workforce Development

We are back again this year for the 16th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference. This year's event is scheduled for October 2, 2018 and will once again be held at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown.

Conference participants can look forward to the following topics:
  • Managing Conflict in the Workplace
  • Managing Stress Before it Manages You
  • Move it Safely - Avoiding Injuries While Moving Materials
  • Personal Safety & Security - Being Aware of Your Surroundings
  • Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery
  • Workplace & Sexual Harassment: What You Need to Know
  • “Highway Watch” Awareness
  • Gauging Employee’s Perception Regarding Safety and Health in Your Organization
  • Technology Updates for Safety/Computer Based Training Programs

Vendors, sponsors and participants help to keep the conference strong year after year. It has proven to be a good opportunity for companies to display products, make new contacts with local businesses and visit with existing clientele. Vendors are able to connect with new and existing customers while participants can gain useful information on the latest resources to keep the workplace safe and secure.

Click the corresponding links below for the vendor/sponsor registration form and the participant registration form.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the Safety Conference, contact Debi Balog at  dbalog@jari.com  or at 814-262-8366.

September 6, 2018
JARI Center for Business Development (160 Jari Drive)
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Upcoming Events:

August 24

September 6

September 14
All Industry Partnership Meeting hosted by: Cambria County Library

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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