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By Spencer Myers
Editor

It has always been Pennsylvania Business Central’s pleasure to welcome the new year by honoring 100 organizations in our readership that continue to strengthen our region’s B2B marketplace.

This year, we saw a record amount of nominations come in from every corner of our readership. While this makes it harder for us to decide on the final 100, it lets us rest easy in knowing that the final list better represents the businesses serving our readership.

The companies and organizations were selected based on three core components: consistent growth, commitment to honest business practices and community giving.

Simply put, the company or organization must be an asset to the community. Sometimes that stems from a commitment to charity and volunteering, as you’ll find with companies that require volunteer hours or organize charitable events. Sometimes its from creating a strong base of employment for a region, as you’ll find with the large manufacturers, healthcare networks and financial centers featured. Or sometimes it’s from attracting other businesses to the area by maintaining, as you’ll find with chambers of commerce and other area associations.

When put together, all three kinds of organizations are responsible for and proud of growing the economy of the Commonwealth, and that is what makes them a Top 100 Organization.

When crafting the profiles for this edition, we asked each company or organization what they felt their responsibility to their community was and what they consider to be their proudest moment. Interestingly enough, the answers to both questions often aligned. The old adage goes, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I think this year’s Top 100 Organizations proves that being proud of fulfilling your responsibility to the community is an important component of that love.

Although, as in years previous, we feature a few promising, emerging start- ups, I view this edition as a chance to honor the established institutions in our readership that provide that bedrock for the entrepreneurial ecosystem to grow up out of. The manufacturers that prove, “yes we do still make things in America” and the community banks that prove the financial sector can care about the people it does business with.

We hope that the final list represents the wide array of businesses and organizations that keep our state moving forward.

Looking forward, the editorial team at the Pennsylvania Business Central, along with the Marcellus Business Central and Women in Business, is excited to continue to be at the center of it all. 

2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

North Central Sight Services

Williamsport
Est. 1957

North Central Sight Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency based in Williamsport, Pa. The agency is proud to provide blindness prevention education, vision screenings, services and employment to individuals who are blind or visually impaired in the communities of Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga Counties. North Central Sight Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, as designated by the IRS and is registered with the Bureau of Charities in the state of Pa.

North Central Sight Services’ mission is to provide exceptional programs, services and employment to the blind and visually impaired as well as excellent education, prevention services and products to all customers. For 58 years, the agency has assisted individuals who are blind or visually impaired to maximize their quality of life. They have helped prevent vision loss through educational programs and screenings for children and adults. To accomplish their mission, North Central Sight offers vision rehabilitation therapy, support services, an employment program and a prevention of blindness program.

North Central Sight Services incorporates a business model in daily operations to help fund the mission. Through the AbilityOne Program, they manufacture, package and distribute SKILCRAFT products to the state and federal government. They also provide business services such as document management and “Sip for Sight” bottle-less water coolers to the surrounding communities as a way to provide employment opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

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