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    DEP Accepting Applications for the 2016 Small Business Advantage Grants

    7/26/2016
    With more than 900,000 small businesses in this Commonwealth, a well-designed energy efficiency or pollution prevention project can help small businesses cut operating costs and complement the economy, while simultaneously protecting the environment.

    The grants provide funding to projects that include auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems and waste recycling systems.

    Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania. Eligible projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses.

    Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 25, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

    Last year, DEP awarded 151 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Pennsylvania businesses to support pollution prevention and energy efficient upgrades, spurring more than $2.9 million in private investment.

    The grant program is funded by the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, which is financed by the PA Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and Act 13 Impact Fee as well as the hazardous waste transportation and management fees, and hazardous sites cost recovery.

    Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted until fiscal year 2016-17 funds are exhausted or April 14, 2017, whichever occurs first.

    Applications are available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office Site. Applicants are advised to carefully review the guidance document, which has been updated and is also available on the DEP eLibrary.

    Applications must be mailed to DEP’s Grants Center, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776 or hand delivered to the center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Faxed or electronic submissions will not be accepted.

    To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.
  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:29 +0000

    Women in manufacturing on the rise

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    BY SPENCER MYERS
    Editor

    The past decades of deindustrialization and resulting layoffs in America have left the manufacturing industry with a potential workforce that is hesitant to enter into what they have been taught is rough work with an uncertain paycheck.

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  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:34 +0000

    STEM programs plant opportunities for women, young females

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    BY HALIE KINES
    Industry Reporter

    “I was in [my advisor in undergrad’s] lab, working in the summer with another undergraduate - who was a guy - and [my advisor] said to the guy, ‘when you grow up and go out and become a successful scientist, you can donate money back to Penn State!’, and then he said to me, ‘Heather, when you grow up and marry someone, you can donate money back to Penn State!&rsquo

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  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:35 +0000

    How a job acquires a gender

    BY SARAH THEBAUD AND LAURA DOERING
    University of California, Santa Barbara and McGill University

    (AP) - “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.”

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  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:35 +0000

    Beating the fear of rejection

    BY SHARI LEVITIN
    author, speaker and CEO of Shari Levitin Group

    Are you paralyzed by fear? Good. What you’re afraid to do, you must do. The question you’re afraid to ask, you must ask. In this article I will look at “getting out on the skinny branches.” Failure is inevitable. Resilience is a life skill, one that will fill your soul and your pocket.

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  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:37 +0000

    Five ways DIY divorces can lead to disaster

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    BY ANN LEVIN
    MCNEES WALLACE & NURICK LLC

    The number of websites offering “do- it-yourself” divorces has exploded in recent years, with many sites advertising services for less than $200. While these sites may be useful for informational purposes, relying solely on these services to complete a divorce can create costly consequences for both parties.

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  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:39 +0000

    Entrepreneurial Women’s Expo returns to reinvent itself

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    STATE COLLEGE, PA - Women business owners from throughout Pennsylvania will soon congregate in the Happy Valley to celebrate each other’s successes and help push one another’s businesses to the next step.

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  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:40 +0000

    Jobs with higher pay still see gender pay gap

    BY HALIE KINES
    Industry Reporter

    “We always ask why we don’t see women in top leadership positions, but we never ask why we see so many men in these jobs. These positions often require long, stressful hours that may not be worth it if you want a balanced and fulfilling life.”

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  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:41 +0000

    Investing in the health of moms and babies

    BY NATALIE MCCULLEN
    RN, BSN, IBCLC International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant

    There is more to breastfeeding than providing milk. By protecting the health status of both mom and baby, breastfeeding has a positive impact on the level of overall public health, along with benefits for our economy and environment, too.

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  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:41 +0000

    Student-faculty research earns award from psychology association

    WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Research about the influence of maternal depression on a child’s self-esteem earned a psychology student and her faculty mentor an Eastern Regional Research Award for 2016-17, given by Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.

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  • Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:41:43 +0000

    Speak on It!

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    Public speaking is an excellent way to spread awareness of your business and communicate your vision to groups of receptive, like-minded potential clients. Public speaking can also be a source of passive income to supplement your growing enterprise. Most importantly, delivering an engaging presentation on a topic close to your heart is exhilarating, rewarding and a lot of fun!

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  • Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:19:18 +0000

    PJM registers power, demand drop during solar eclipse

    PJM Interconnection LLC, the operator of North America’s largest power grid encompassing multiple states including Pennsylvania, saw a drop of about 520 megawatts of wholesale solar generation connected to the grid during the solar eclipse Monday. In addition, PJM also estimated that electricity from behind-the-meter solar generation, mostly rooftop solar panels that offset load, fell by about 1,700 megawatts. PJM said it had expected a reduction in power from rooftop panels to result in an increase…
  • Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:06:13 +0000

    TFM Truckload Pittsburgh's fastest-growing manufacturing/transportation company

    No. 2 on the 2017 Fastest Growing Companies list.
  • Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:54:47 +0000

    Interim director appointed at Duquesne Law's new Kline Center for Judicial Education

    Pittsburgh lawyer Joy McNally has been named interim director of the newly established Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education of Duquesne University School of Law. Thomas Kline, a Philadelphia attorney and Duquesne Law alum, made a $7.5 million gift last month to establish the center. It will collaborate with the state’s nine law schools and the Pennsylvania Unified Court System to deliver continuing education courses and seminars for judges. Details about the search for a permanent director…
  • Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:49:56 +0000

    Tropical Smoothie Cafe coming to Pittsburgh

    Atlanta-based Tropical Smoothie Cafe is entering southwestern Pennsylvania. The fast-casual restaurant chain signed a franchise agreement with Lori Gast, who plans to open the first Pittsburgh location next spring. The company did not identify where the location will be. Following her first opening, Gast plans to develop additional locations throughout the area over the next several years. “Two years ago, my husband and I first experienced Tropical Smoothie Cafe during a trip to North Dakota…
  • Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:47:16 +0000

    Blast Furnace alum leading University of Alabama accelerator

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is launching a new commercialization accelerator program to help students and faculty research ideas and concepts and build them into companies, the Birmingham Business Journal, a sister publication, reported. Its executive director, Max Polec, had participated in Blast Furnace, the 2-year-old student startup accelerator at the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute, and was an intern at the institute. “Not everyone is going to do the startup…
  • Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:42:49 +0000

    Personalities of Pittsburgh: Jack Glover

    In this week's Personalities of Pittsburgh, Incline Equity's Jack Glover, who caught the investing bug at age 13, talks about becoming an entrepreneur and cracking down on CEOs.
  • Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:53:21 +0000

    Gas prices hold steady

    With Labor Day on the horizon as the summer driving season winds down, AAA East Central reports that gasoline prices in western Pennsylvania held firm at $2.59 per gallon. AAA said that gasoline inventory levels are on the increase, which played a role in decreasing gas prices in most states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with the exception of New York and Pennsylvania, which were stable. A year ago, gas prices in the region were about a quarter lower at $2.34. The highest average price in…
  • Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:45:03 +0000

    Exclusive: UPMC said in talks to take significant space at Station Square

    Health system considering landmark Freight House Shops for new training facility, sources say.
  • Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:30:07 +0000

    Wabtec suit alleges intellectual property theft by former employee

    The allegation, similar to one leveled by Waymo against Uber earlier this year, claims that a former employee took information on Positive Train Control technology to a spinout company he created while still employed by Wabtec.
  • Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:17:32 +0000

    Spilman adds five from Pietragallo, including two litigators

    Firm building toxic tort practice at Pittsburgh office.
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