Business briefs, Jan. 29


ServeSafe food safety training certification session set

Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer a ServSafe Food Safety Certification Training course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and from 9 a.m. to noon March 9 with the certification exam at 1 p.m.

The program will be held at the Penn State Extension Office, 10722 Fairgrounds Road, Suite 6, Huntingdon. Cost for the two-day certification course is $175.

Sharon McDonald, extension educator for Penn State Extension will be the instructor. To register or for information, contact the Blair County Extension Office at 940-5989. Registration deadline is Feb. 16. Information and online registration is also available at extension.psu.edu


Architectural firm receives customer satisfaction award

Judy Coutts, AIA Architect of Altoona, has been awarded “Best of Houzz” for customer satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.

The local architectural firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals.

Customer satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews received in 2014.

Career and Technology Center sets class on voice acting

The Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center in conjunction with Voice Coaches, will present “Getting Paid to Talk,” an introduction to the world of voiceovers, on Feb. 17.

Attendees will learn everything from the basics of getting started, working in the studio, effective demo production methods, industry pros and cons, to where to look for opportunities in and around their community and how to land a job.

The fee for the class is $45.

Registration at least a week in advance is required to attend and enrollment is limited to 25 students. Register by calling 941-TECH.

Notary and Copy Stop opens location in Lakemont

Notary and Copy Stop has opened a second location at 319 S. Logan Blvd. in Lakemont.

Business hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The telephone number is 949-7070.

Notary and Copy Stop, owned by Mary Leitz, also has a location at 401 Sixth Ave.


Saint Francis schedules

two pre-business meetings

The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center has scheduled two pre-business planning seminars for February.

The free seminar is for people who are interested in opening and operating their own business.

Topics to be discussed are feasibility issues, marketing, record keeping, business plans, legal issues, regulations/taxes and financing.

Seminars will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 at Altoona-Blair County Development Corp., Devorris Center for Business Development, 3900 Industrial Park Drive, and from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the SBDC, 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto.

Preregistration is required for the seminar 48 hours prior to scheduled date. For more information, contact the SBDC at 472-3200 or sbdc@francis.edu.


Northwest’s income drops by 14.9 percent over year

Northwest Bancshares Inc. announced net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31 of $17.3 million, or 19 cents per diluted share. This represents a decrease of $3.1 million, or 14.9 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Net income was unchanged from the quarter ended Sept. 30 which also was $17.3 million, or 19 cents per diluted share.

The board of directors of the company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of 14 cents per share payable on Feb. 13 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 5. This represents the 81st consecutive quarter in which the company has paid a cash dividend.

Headquartered in Warren, Northwest Bancshares Inc. is the holding company of Northwest Savings Bank.