Local Business

Briefcase

INDIANA First Commonwealth to buy Santander branches First Commonwealth Financial Corp.’s banking subsidiary, First Commonwealth Bank, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 14 branches located in State College, Lock Haven, Williamsport and Lewisburg, with approximately $525 ...

Business enters next generation

HUNTINGDON — A risk Dennis Cisney Sr. took many years ago has paid off. This year, the business started by Cisney and his partner, Richard O’Donnell — Cisney and O’Donnell, Inc. — is marking 50 years in business. “It is a great honor for my dad, who started it with Richard ...

Briefcase

MARTINSBURG PSU plans program for women The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is offering a day for women to relax, learn and network on May 9 at the Bistro at the Village Green, 403 Village Way, Martins­burg. Part of the continuing series, Women Rooted in Agriculture, the meeting will be ...

Briefcase

LORETTO Jewelry business opens Sekerak’s Sassy Sparkles is now open for business at 1960 Manor Drive, Loretto. Business owner Susan Sekerak is an independent consultant for Paparazzi Accessories and sells Paparazzi jewelry for men, women and kids. Business hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, ...

Briefcase

Edward Jones recognized Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study. The study measures overall investor satisfaction with 18 full-service ...

Briefcase

Teacher to offer weekend of gentle Yoga, training Nationally recognized Yoga teacher Rudy Peirce will offer a weekend of dynamic gentle yoga and a yoga teacher training May 16-19 at Bloom Yoga and Wellness, 1506 12th Ave. Joyce Peirce will offer sessions on MELT Away Stress, which is a ...

Easter sales stay steady

Spending for Easter is expected to be about the same as last year, according to the National Retail Federation. “Easter 2019 spending is actually expected to be on par with spending in 2018 and the trend over the last several years. The year-over-year changes in both per person spending and ...

Behind the desk

Bolt Tax & Financial LLC Address: 1707 Newry Lane Duncansville Telephone number: 695-2478 Position: Owner Years with company: 27 years Family: A wonderful husband; four fantastic kids and their spouses; and eight precious grandchildren What products or services does your company ...

Making social brand ‘human’ is crucial

Social media gives small businesses an interactive way to connect with prospects and customers, yet many businesses still struggle with building relationships via the platforms they’re using. They fail to make their brands “human” on social media. According to nationally known social ...

Briefcase

Business After Hours set The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. April 24 at Empower3 Center for Health located in the Puritan Park Building at 2525 Ninth Ave., Suite 2B. Cost to attend is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. ...

Mexican restaurant opens airport location

MARTINSBURG — A Mexican restaurant has opened in the Altoona-Blair County Airport. La Fiesta, which operates at 3312 Pleasant Valley Blvd. and in Ebensburg, opened its newest location on April 2 on the second floor of the airport terminal building in North Woodbury Township. Unlike the ...

ZHB will allow small engine shop

The city Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday granted permission for a Horseshoe Curve-area man to operate a small engine shop on the 2900 block of Broad Avenue, where a vehicle repair garage recently closed. The board OK’d a change in nonconforming use so that Jason Mapes of Veterans Memorial ...

Landscapers predict busy year

Area landscapers are expecting a busy year. Mother Nature may lend a helping hand. “After the first week of April we expect temperatures to moderate and become more seasonal. This will provide a good transition to outdoor work,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Bob Smerbeck. “We ...

State low-interest loan approved for DelGrosso’s

DelGrosso Foods Inc. in Tipton has been approved for a state low-interest loan designed to promote and retain industries. The spaghetti and pizza sauce manufacturer will receive a $2 million, 15-year loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority at a 2.5 percent rate. The loan ...

Briefcase

Local businesses go through OSHA program Professionals Auto Body in Duncans­ville and Altoona and sister company KarPro Tire & Auto Center have all been through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration consultation program and have met the first stage of the government standards ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 12th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

Briefcase

JOHNSTOWN Conemaugh Memorial Medical earns certification Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has earned Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Conemaugh Memorial’s program ...

Leadership conference coming to Altoona

For the second year, the world’s largest one-day leadership conference is coming to Altoona. Known as Leadercast Live 2019, the conference will be simulcasted locally from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at the Wright Place for Kids, 1809 11th St., Altoona. The Nehemiah Project will host the ...

Blair Chamber to end Buy Here Bucks

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce has discontinued an initiative created to encourage greater sales of products and services at local retailers and hospitality businesses. The Buy Here Bucks gift certificate program, which began in October 2017, fell short of expectations both in terms of ...

Blair Chamber to end Buy Here Bucks gift certificate program

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce has discontinued an initiative created to encourage greater sales of products and services at local retailers and hospitality businesses. The Buy Here Bucks gift certificate program, which began in October 2017, fell short of expectations both in terms of ...