Business news of local interest

Area firms named to ‘best’ list

Four area companies are among those recognized in the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania.

Among medium-sized companies, Doing Better Business Inc. of Altoona was ranked No. 7, 1st Summit Bank of Johns­town was No. 12 and Mutual Benefit Group of Huntingdon was No. 26.

In the small-sized companies category, Wessel & Co. of Johnstown was No. 26.

This year’s list represents 23,000 employees of 44 small, 27 medium and 29 large-sized companies.

Team Pennsylvania partnered with the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Central Penn Business Journal 18 years ago to bring the Best Places to Work program to Pennsylvania.

Chamber sets breakfast club

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club program will meet at 7:45 a.m. Dec. 14 at The Casino at Lakemont Park.

The event will feature a presentation on Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week with the keynote speaker Scott Lee, PFEW’s vice president of marketing and development.

The cost to attend is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers and includes a full breakfast buffet.

For more information or to make reservations, visit the chamber online at or call 943-8151.

JARI sets Lunch & Learn

JOHNSTOWN — JARI will hold its next Lunch & Learn program from noon to 1:15 p.m. Dec. 19 at JARI Center, 160 Jari Drive, Johnstown.

Attorney George Gvozdich will discuss the pros and cons of various legal structures for businesses. He also will talk about the liabilities and benefits and the tax implications of each.

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

Sheetz supporting children

For the past 25 years, Sheetz For The Kidz has partnered with The Salvation Army to host Christmas parties and make the holiday season brighter for more than 100,000 underprivileged kids across the Mid-Atlantic.

This holiday season, each of Sheetz’s 564 stores will support 16 children from their local communities by partnering with The Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families.

Sheetz employees volunteer their time to shop, wrap and host holiday parties for the children and their families. At the holiday parties, Santa will greet children and present them with new toys, clothes and other basic needs purchased specifically for them. The children and their families will enjoy food, crafts, games and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa.

In total, 9,300 children will be aided by Sheetz For The Kidz this December.

During the month of December, customers can donate at checkouts at all Sheetz store locations. The company said that 100 percent of customer donations go to support the children.

Beauty School recognized

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — Altoona Beauty School was chosen to represent excellence in the category of Nails in Modern Salon Media’s 2017 class of Excellence in Education honorees.

Honorees were determined based on key criteria in several categories and grouped according to number of locations.