Local Business

Survey says: Revenues to rise

A nationwide survey of small business owners indicates 59 percent of them expect to see increased revenues in 2017. Nearly 49 percent of small business owners also plan to spend more on marketing and advertising, according to a new survey from Clutch, a leading B2B ratings and reviews ...

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New hires and promotions -- Jerry Hudson has become the newest member of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA team. Hudson will serve as the primary point of contact for tech-entrepreneurs who need startup funding as well as those who need business mentoring ...

Behind the desk

Company name: Classic Travel Address: 215 Allegheny St., Suite 102, Hollidaysburg Telephone number: 696-3558 Email: janet@classictravelpa.com Position: Travel consultant Years with company: 10 years with Classic, 25 years in the travel industry Family: Single What products or ...

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Kerr at new location Kerr Kreations Floral & Gift Shoppe has moved to a new location at 1417-1419 11th Ave. in downtown Altoona. Kerr Kreations, previously located at 1816 Sixth Ave., is a full-service florist offering unique floral designs for weddings, funerals, events and everyday ...

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Mount Aloysius recognized CRESSON — The Mount Aloysius College Nursing Division was notified that its Online RN to BSN program has been ranked 28th in the country by RNtoBSN.org. Citing convenience, freedom and the variety of learning formats offered to students, RNtoBSN.org noted that ...

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Saint Francis recognized LORETTO — Saint Francis University has been ranked No. 50 in the nation by GreatValueColleges.net in its top “Online Christian Colleges and Universities” from 2016. Schools were ranked by a number of sources including the National Center for Education ...

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The board of directors executive committee of F.N.B. Corp. declared a quarterly cash dividend of $18.13 per share on F.N.B. Corp.’s Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E. The dividend is payable May 15 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April ...

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The Southern Allegheny Establishing Farmer Study Circle Network will host “Joining a Grower Cooperative at 6 p.m. April 19 at Friends Farm in Williamsburg. Discussion points will include the process of joining and the successes and challenges of marketing produce through a wholesale ...

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In Altoona, 6.7 percent of mortgages were delinquent by at least 30 days (including those in foreclosure) in January compared with 7.4 percent a year earlier, representing a decrease of 0.7 percentage points. Altoona mortgages in serious delinquency (90-plus days past due) totaled 2.7 percent ...

Meteorologist Burton to join WTAJ mornings

Former WJAC-TV meteorologist Jim Burton will join “WTAJ News This Morning” starting Monday. K.C. Kantz, Colleen Nelson and meteorologist Christy Shields will remain with the weekday program, making Burton the show’s second meteorologist, WTAJ-TV Vice President and General Manager Phil ...

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Customers and associates at Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets donated $631,473 during the annual, in-store Bag Hunger campaign held in February and March in all stores to support local and regional food banks in four states. According to partner food banks, $1 is the equivalent of ...

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Simington Cleaners — formerly known as the Old West Wash House — at 217 Union Ave. — has expanded and now offers dry cleaning, as well. The dropoff laundry area has been expanded by 1,760 square feet into the former GIG Music Box location. Simington Cleaners now offers in house ECO ...

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Payless closing area store in Plank Road Commons Payless ShoeSource is closing its store in Plank Road Commons as part of its recent bankruptcy filing. The store in the Logan Valley Mall will remain open, according to a list from the company. Statewide, 11 stores are closing, part of the 400 ...

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PITTSBURGH UPMC launches new app UPMC Health Plan recently launched the new smartphone-enabled UPMC AnywhereCare app that allows patients to receive care from emergency room professionals 24 hours a day and with reduced copays from the comfort of their own home or office. Using the video ...

Award recipient named

TYRONE — A longtime Tyrone businessman and community supporter has been selected as the 16th recipient of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. Harry Sickler, senior partner of Harry K. Sickler Associates, will receive the award at the ...

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Chamber sets safety tour The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Safety Committee will hold a safety tour from 9 to 11 a.m. April 21 at Albemarle, 2 Adams Ave., Tyrone. Albemarle Corp. is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine, refining catalysts and ...

Zeigler in Chevy baseball program

CLAYSBURG — As a part of Chevrolet’s nation-wide commitment to support youth sports, Zeigler Chevrolet is supporting Claysburg Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. The sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2017 youth baseball ...

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Woody’s II to re-open Woody’s II, 3305 Pleasant Valley Blvd., will reopen for business at 10 a.m. Monday. The restaurant, owned by Lynne Grove, sustained smoke damage Feb. 24 when the strip plaza was damaged by a brush fire. Woody’s II will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through ...

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Claysburg Claysburg store adds U-Haul Lighthouse Hardware has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Claysburg community. Lighthouse Hardware, 13198 Dunnings Highway, will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for ...

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Job fair workshop set The PA CareerLink Blair County Office will host a Job Fair Success Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. April 3. This workshop will train job seekers to be prepared for upcoming job fairs. For more information, call 940-6200. Nursing program recognized LORETTO — Saint ...