Business news of local interest


Hometown Bank expanding

Hometown Bank of Pennsylvania has filed applications with the state Department of Banking and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to open a branch office at 107 E. Allegheny St., Martinsburg.

The office is expected to open in late summer, said Elaine Barfield, senior vice president.

“That market area is similar to the markets we have in Bedford, Everett and Claysburg. They are all smaller communities with similar types of businesses and consumers,” Barfield said.

The opening of the new office is expected to lead to the creation of about six new jobs, Barfield said.

Hometown Bank of Pennsylvania was organized in 2007 as the only locally owned and managed financial institution in Bedford County. The bank initially opened in 2007 with a branch in Everett, and later that same year, it opened a branch in Bedford. In September 2017, the bank opened its third branch in Claysburg.

Business After Hours set

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. May 31 at Comfort Inn Duncansville, 130 Patchway Road.

Cost to attend is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber at 943-8151 or online at