Business news of local interest


SBA sets seminar, workshop

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the JARI will hold a free seminar geared to help small business owners interested in selling goods or services to the federal government from 10 a.m. to noon March 24 at JARI, 160 JARI Drive.

Business Opportunity Specialist Marisa Fentzel will be explaining SBA’s certification programs, HUBZone and Women-Owned Small Business, while Lenora Leasure, JARI Procurement technical assistance center program manager, will discuss the Vets First Verification Program.

To register, call 254-4022.


NES&L cash tender offer

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc. has announced the results of its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase any and all of its 11 percent senior notes due 2018 having an outstanding aggregate principal amount of $203.5 million.

The company has accepted for purchase about $196.47 million (or approximately 96.55 percent) of the outstanding 2018 notes. The company will pay holders of 2018 notes $1,006 per $1,000 principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the settlement date, which is expected to be today.

Women’s care expanded

UPMC Altoona has expanded its women’s health care with the creation of UPMC Altoona Women’s Health Services at 2918 Sixth Ave.

Formerly known as Women’s Health and Laser Care, gynecologists Stephen Bisacco and Marina Opida, along with advanced practice provider Susan Stern, each bring more than 25 years’ experience and expertise in providing health care to area women.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of this experienced team to our UPMC family of providers,” said Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial, in a statement. “We welcome their existing and new patients. UPMC Altoona remains committed to expanding physician services, making specialty and primary care more accessible to more people in communities throughout our region.”


FNB completes merger

F.N.B. Corp. has successfully completed its merger with Raleigh, N.C.-based Yadkin Financial Corp.

As a result of the merger, FNB has nearly $30 billion in total assets and more than 400 locations, with operations spanning eight states. FNB now holds a top 10 retail deposit share in five major metropolitan markets with populations greater than 1 million.

Lunch n Learn planned

JARI’s next Lunch n Learn will be held Tuesday at JARI Center, 160 JARI Drive, Johnstown.

Shelley Johansson, communications specialist for Prime Design, will discuss what it takes to write a good press release. Attendees will also learn the anatomy of what goes into a press release, promotion versus public relations copy, the role of quality visuals and uncovering potentially publishable topics within a business.

The cost to register is $5 per person, and lunch will be provided.

To register, visit and click on the calendar to access the registration forms or contact Lauren Brewer at