SFU sets business workshops

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

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

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

Seminars will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 13 at the JARI Center for Business Development, 160 JARI Drive, Johnstown, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the SBDC,117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto.

Preregistration is required for the seminar 48 hours prior to scheduled the date. Interested persons may contact the SBDC at 472-3200 or register online at www.francis.edu/SBDC-Workshops.


Credit union opens

The Timberland Federal Credit Union, a member-owned cooperative, is open for business in the historic Moshannon Building, at the corner of Front and Pine streets.

A grand opening reception will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Friday.

“It’s hard to overestimate the importance this new business will have on the renaissance of downtown Philipsburg,” said Faith Maguire, Main Street manager for the Philipsburg Revitalization Corp., in a statement.

“We envision that the Timberland Credit Union will serve as the anchor for a newly reviving downtown, along with such new businesses as Brown Dog Catering, Shindig Alley and the Tropical Paradise Pet Store,” she added. “With the Rowland Theatre and Thieves’ Market and Twisted Vine wine store already in the neighborhood, there’s no limit to the synergy that can be generated near the corner of Front and Pine.”