Business news of local interest

Veterans to get free care

Nearly 450 Aspen Dental practices will open their doors June 24 to provide free dental care for thousands of veterans across the nation.

The June 24 Day of Service will be Aspen Dental’s fourth annual, and is the largest single-day oral health initiative targeted at veterans. It’s part of Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative to deliver free dental care to veterans.

Aspen Dental locations in Johnstown and State College are participating.

Local veterans can call 1-844-AspenHMM to schedule an appointment. Appointments are required and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

State College

Land trust receives grant, loan

The State College Community Land Trust has been awarded a $100,000 grant and a $350,000 construction loan from West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to help fund the construction of an affordable duplex equipped with green energy technology in the Borough of State College.

Envinity Inc. of State College has been selected to construct the duplex and will partner with Henry Architecture & Design, and Macht Architecture. GreenBuild will benefit not only the people who own the homes, but also will serve as a model for builders, developers, architects and individual homeowners seeking new ways to reduce energy costs.

Other key partners in the project are the Borough of State College, the Penn State Hamer Center for Community Design/Energy Efficient Housing Research Group, Centre County Commissioners, and S&T Bank.

State College

Walmart adds training center

The State College Walmart Supercenter, 373 Benner Pike, today will celebrate the opening of the region’s new Training Academy with a graduation ceremony for its first crop of graduates.

One of 200 training academies scheduled to open across the country by the end of 2017, the academy will train as many as 90 associates per week from 21 Walmart Supercenters near the State College area.

The Training Academies are dedicated facilities where the company’s front-line supervisors will receive hands-on training that combines the classroom and the sales floor. The training will help department managers and hourly supervisors gain both core retail skills and the skills and knowledge to run their specific department.

Among the Walmart leadership team involved are: Michael Meraglia, store manager, State College Walmart Supercenter; Jeremy Ritter, Academy manager and former co-manager, Altoona; Stephen Nevling, Facilitator 1, former assistant manager, Altoona; Jennifer Queer, Facilitator 1, former assistant manager, Ebensburg; Betsy Roberts, Facilitator 1, former assistant manager, State College; and Alicia Gutierrez, Facilitator 1, former co-manager, State College.

Business After Hours set

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours, hosted by the Blair County Historical Society, from 5 to 7 p.m.

June 22 at Baker Mansion.

Cost to attend is $10 per chamber member and $20 per non-member. For more information or to make reservations visit the chamber online at www.blair or call 943-8151.