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    WEDNetPA Employee Training

    The WEDnetPA training program revamped its training guidelines and policies last year to better address the higher-technology training needs of Pennsylvania companies that are incorporating sophisticated technology into their operations — and require workers with more advanced skill sets.  The changes made involved realignment within their core training areas — the previous Basic Skills training was revamped in the new Essential Skills training program, which pays employers up to $450 per employee, and the restructured Information Technology program was revamped into the Advanced Technology training program, which pays employers up to $850 per employee.

    The WEDnetPA Job Training Program provides reimbursement to qualified companies for training employees in a wide range of essential and high-tech topics, and applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    For application information, please contact Wendy Kopczyk, IUP WEDnetPA Partner at 724-357-4841,, or visit
  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:10 +0000

    Second Annual 50 Women Owned Businesses to Follow

    By Spencer Myers

    Multiple academic studies, along with heaps of personal experiences, have shown that in business settings men not only talk more than women, but also tend to more frequently interrupt their female peers.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:14 +0000

    Resolution aims to increase number of women serving on boards, leadership roles

    Halie Kines
    Industry Reporter

    On April 26, a resolution was passed that urges all nonprofit institutions, public and private companies doing business in Pennsylvania to have a minimum of 30 percent women directors by the end of the year 2020. This was passed with a unanimous vote of 189-0.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:15 +0000

    Marakae Marketing Inc.


    Maria Bernardo Brady envisioned Marakae Marketing in 1996 to achieve her goals of a rewarding career while enjoying motherhood. Marakae is pronounced Ma (short “a”), Ra (long “a”) and Kae (long “a”) and is a name formed by the first syllables in Maria’s name along with her daughters’ names, Rachael and Kailey.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:16 +0000

    Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Inc.


    Benzel’s has specialized in the production of pretzel products for well over 100 years. Adolph Benzel, the grandfather of current president, Ann Benzel’s, husband, started the company after emigrating from Germany.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:17 +0000

    The Sargent’s Group


    The Sargent’s Group, Inc. was founded in 1980 by Sara “Sally” Sargent and consists of three sister companies: Sargent’s Court Reporting, Inc., Sargent’s Transcription Service, Inc. (STS) and Sargent’s Personnel Agency, Inc. (SPA).

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:19 +0000

    Swisher Concrete Products, Inc.


    Since 1990, Swisher Concrete Products, Inc. has continued to grow by acquiring updated manufacturing equipment, trucks, etc. as well as maintaining a core group of employees that have made it all possible.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:19 +0000

    Blair Insurance Services, Inc.

    Divorced with three young kids and equipped with five years of insurance experience and three years of investment experience, Bonnie Hand started Blair Insurance Services, Inc. Blair Insurance Services grew to have two offices in Altoona and Pittsburgh. Blair Insurance Services offers business insurance, group health, life insurance, annuities and bonding.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:21 +0000

    Margaret Sams Consulting


    Established in 2006, Margaret Sams Consulting (MSC) has done environmental studies for hundreds of public and private projects throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, within a wide variety of environmental contexts.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:22 +0000

    Yoga Dear


    Yoga Dear believes that yoga is so much more than fancy yoga poses. They’re a vibrant community of friends and family, who practice together and believe in the power of yoga to strengthen the body, invigorate the mind and ignite the spirit.

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  • Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:24 +0000

    Roberta Binder Heath, LL C


    Robin Binder opened Roberta Binder Heath, LLC. in 2010, a firm that concentrates on school law, business law, employment law and labor relations, commercial and general civil litigation, civil rights and construction litigation. Binder also teaches as an adjunct professor of business law at Juniata College, a position she has held since 1999.

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  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:35:29 +0000

    Sources: Buyer on tap for Cherrington, Foster Plaza

    Rugby Realty Co. Inc. working to buy 15-building collection on the Parkway West.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:09:34 +0000

    Jewish Healthcare Foundation spearheading women's health care initiative

    The launch will coincide with a "Big Idea Challenge" for health care organizations with ideas for improving women's health.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:07:30 +0000

    Pitt breaks patent record — again

    Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are having a banner year, receiving 92 patents in the fiscal year. That's already ahead of the previous record of 80 that occurred in 2016, according to a news release from the University of Pittsburgh. The fiscal year ends June 30. It's part of Pitt's renewed focus on entrepreneurship and innovation; Pitt was No. 27 among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for 2016 list. “The growing culture of innovation and entrepreneurship…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:36:51 +0000

    K&L Gates closing Anchorage office

    Only Pittsburgh-based firm with Alaska office pulling the plug on site after 10 years.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:31:30 +0000

    United Steelworkers warn about Chinese imports of aluminum

    United Steelworkers International warned that the United States’ capacity in aluminum manufacturing is being threatened by unfair foreign imports. USW were among the organizations and companies that testified earlier this week at a U.S. Department of Commerce hearing in Washington, D.C., into the ongoing Section 232 investigation on the effect of foreign imports on the domestic aluminum industry. A similar investigation is also ongoing into the impact of foreign imports on the steel industry. A…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:31:14 +0000

    Community Bank opening operations center

    Bank relocating 70 employees throughout July to Waynesburg facility.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:01:13 +0000

    Mountain Valley Pipeline receives environmental impact statement

    The Mountain Valley Pipeline has received its final environmental review ahead of a vote on the 304-mile project carrying Marcellus Shale natural gas through West Virginia and Virginia. The environmental assessment was released Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates interstate pipeline construction. The pipeline, which will have the capacity of 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, is co-owned by Pittsburgh-based EQT Midstream Partners (NYSE: EQM). It has…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:31:55 +0000

    PNC stress test results top regulators' minimums

    PNC Financial Services Group Inc. is capitalized strongly enough to withstand a severe hypothetical economic downturn in a worst-case scenario regulators sketched for the nation’s largest financial institutions. Pittsburgh’s largest bank released the results of its annual company-run stress test required of financial institutions to show they have sufficient capital on hand to absorb losses and support operations under extreme circumstances. The test was conducted in accordance with regulations…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:55:41 +0000

    Shareholders reject Mylan's pay plan but vote in board nominees

    Shareholders from Mylan NV turned thumbs down at the generic pharmaceutical company's executive payment plan but approved the company's slate of board members. Bloomberg reported that a majority of the shareholders voted against the plan, which drew fire from some due to a $97.6 million package for Executive Chairman Robert Coury. But the board nominees were approved during the annual meeting, which was held Thursday afternoon in Amsterdam. Mylan (Nasdaq: MYL) is run out of its corporate offices…
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:53:32 +0000

    Boomers are pumping up prices — and rents — for vacation homes. Here's where Pittsburgh stacks up.

    There are opportunities to be had for people looking to invest in a vacation home – especially for those looking to rent the place out when they’re not using it. But investors should move sooner rather than later, analysts say. Between the booming stock market and the nation's shortage in housing inventory, demand for vacation homes is expected to increase. A recent report by the National Association of Realtors found that vacation-home buyers as a share of all U.S. homebuyers declined for…
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