Insurance agencies face new challenges and disrupters

How will extreme weather, Washington and mergers and acquisitions impact the industry?

In terms of revenue, the U.S. insurance industry is the largest in the world. Since 2011, the annual revenue of the industry from premiums exceeded $1.2 trillion, with premiums from life/health (L/H) insurers accounting for 52% and premi­ums from property/casualty (P/C) insur­ers accounting for 48%, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Rising health care costs are impacting L/H insurers, and […]

How to Choose the Right Health Plan for Your Small Business

What are the five important criteria to consider?

There are several factors small-business owners must consider before offering health insurance to their employees. The first is learning about the health insurance regulations that apply to small businesses and which aspects of the law will continue to affect them moving forward in 2019. For example, the Affordable Care Act’s in­dividual mandate penalty was eliminated on January 1 by the […]

Why Helping Others Could Help Your Business

Increased corporate giving could play a beneficial role in increasing a company’s bottom line


Corporate philanthropy is inherently good for the recipient and for the soul of the giver. Today more than ever however, studies show that it can also be good for a company’s bottom line — and for the com­pany as a whole. Giving back connects you to your community When Lily Jordan, a student in fourth- grade teacher Carrie Tafoya’s class, […]

Charities & Nonprofits Leading the Way in Central PA

When Pennsylvania Business Central de­cided to publish the Top 20 Charities and Nonprofits list, we knew we had a chal­lenge on our hands. If there’s one thing that can be said about central Pennsylvania and its people, it’s that they are generous and committed to their communities. It only makes sense that nonprofits and charities abound and just about everyone […]

Alzheimer’s Association of Centre, Blair, Lycoming and Clearfield Counties*

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzhe­imer’s care, support and research and is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals who saw a need in their community, its members and volunteers remain steadfast in their mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through advancing research, providing care […]

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers

The Pennsylvania Small Busi­ness Development Centers (SBDC) are the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing busi­nesses. The SBDC program is a public and private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Eco­nomic Development and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth. […]

American Heart Association of Huntingdon County*

When the American Heart Association was founded in Chicago on June 10, 1924, heart disease was the number one killer in the U.S. Since its founding, the AHA has grown rapidly in size and influence on both a na­tional and international level and has more than 33 million volunteers and support­ers all dedicated to improving heart health and reducing deaths […]

Lift Johnstown

Lift Johnstown’s main goals are to support impactful local projects, foster volunteerism and encourage broad collaboration on vital community initiatives that im­prove the region’s economic and social vitality, such as regional redevelopment, early childhood intervention, support for budding entrepreneurs, trails, parks, river projects, urban agriculture, community health, arts and culture and livable com­munities initiatives. Lift plays a major role in […]

Habitat for Humanity of Centre, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Lycoming and Snyder-Union- Northumberland Counties*

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization that works to fight housing instability in communities in 70 countries and all 50 states. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has worked in nearly 1,400 communities and helped more than 13 million people. Housing instability is an often overlooked or unseen problem in local communi­ties that is more prevalent than […]

Interfaith Human Services, Inc.

Interfaith Human Services is a collaboration of faith communities working together to assist low-in­come Centre County families facing financial burdens, as well as people who need long-term, one-on-one guidance to achieve financial stability. Programs include: • The Financial Crisis Fund, which helps households facing unexpected or una­voidable circumstances. Interfaith Human Services will assist eligible households with payment for rent utilities, […]