Briefcase

Business news of local interest

Business group sets meeting

The Downtown Altoona Business Community will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Altoona Family Dentistry, 1500 12th Ave.

Christina Battisti, who has spent the last 10 years in Hollywood, will share the power of well-told stories to connect people, heal wounds, inspire, encourage and drive people to action.

Space is limited, so attendees should call 943-6022 to reserve a seat. People do not have to be a member of the DABC to attend.

Those attending should bring a pen and paper or a laptop.

SFU offers free workshops

LORETTO — The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center will hold a series of workshops to help individuals exploring the idea of starting a small business or businesses looking for a way to stay relevant in today’s economy.

“Writing Your Business Plan” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. March 20 at the Ebensburg Municipal Building and from 9 to 11 a.m. March 23 at the Somerset Trust Historical Building.

“Understanding Your Market and Marketing Concepts” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. March 27 at the Somerset Trust Historical Building and from 9 to 11 a.m. April 3 at the Ebensburg Municipal Building.

“Social Media Marketing” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. March 30 at the Somerset Trust Historical Building and from 9 to 11 a.m. April 6 at the Ebensburg Municipal Building.

“Understanding Financial Statements” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. April 10 at the Ebensburg Municipal Building and from 9 to 11 a.m. April 13 at the Somerset Trust Historical Building.

For more information or to register, contact the SBDC at 472-3200 or by email at sbdc@francis.edu or sign up directly at https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/?home=127.

FNB merger nearly complete

PITTSBURGH — F.N.B. Corp. has announced final receipt of all required regulatory clearances for its proposed merger of Yadkin Financial Corp.

The Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have provided final clearance for the pending FNB-Yadkin merger as well as the merger of Yadkin’s bank subsidiary, Yadkin Bank, into FNB’s bank subsidiary, First National Bank of Pennsylvania.

The merger is expected to be completed by March 13 and is subject to certain routine and customary closing conditions.

The merger between FNB and Yadkin will create a regional banking franchise that extends from the Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast with nearly $30 billion in total assets and more than 400 full-service banking offices.

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