2015-09-25

Women Making a Difference 2015




In a 1971, Gloria Steinem wrote, “I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.” The 37 women in this edition of the Pennsylvania Business Central are among the courageous people who have been building […]

Women Making a Difference 2015




In a 1971, Gloria Steinem wrote, “I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.” The 37 women in this edition of the Pennsylvania Business Central are among the courageous people who have been building […]

Boosting bank’s profitability amidst challenges




For the past six years, banks have operated under very challenging circumstances – zero percent interest rates, slow loan growth, home foreclosures, a fall-off in fee- based business, uncertainty over new federal regulations, competition from nontraditional institutions not bound by the same regulations, rising operating costs for regulatory compliance and securing computer networks against cyberattacks. Banks focused on reducing costs […]

Banking on cybersecurity

New federal guidelines seek to lessen vulnerability of financial institutions


When the infamous Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” Today, bank robbers don’t need masks, machine guns and getaway cars, they can get to where the money is with a computer, software and a capable hacker who can sneak passed a bank’s firewalls to steal customers’ personal account information to […]

What the Federal Reserve did and why it matters



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve’s decision to hold a key interest rate at historic lows will extend a period of speculation among investors. By delaying a rate hike for at least a month, the Fed has announced its belief that the economy, more than six years after the Great Recession, still hasn’t recovered enough to overcome uncertainties abroad and […]

Industry Lists



Our helpful lists are entirely reader provided and are distributed to businesses and public locations across our 24-county coverage area. They provide a wonderful opportunity to share information about your business with readers across Pennsylvania. There are four ways to become part of Pennsylvania Business Central’s coveted lists and they are all absolutely free of charge. You can: Go online […]

CAMBRIA COUNTY SPOTLIGHT




Cambria County was created in 1804 from parts of Bedford, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties, but wasn’t fully organized until 1807. When asked what makes Cambria County exceptional, Robert Layo of the Johnstown Chamber of Commerce said,“the area’s natural beauty and great quality of life that include outstanding recreational and cultural amenities.” According to Layo, the Johnstown-area has also seen consistent […]

A Q&A with Linda Thomson of Johnstown Area Regional Industries




To get an economic snapshot of where Cambria County is and where it is headed, the Pennsylvania Business Central interviewed Linda R. Thomson, president and CEO of the Johnstown Area Regional Industries. Thomson has worked for JARI for 15 years and worked for 17 years before that in other economic development roles in Pennsylvania. PBC: What sets Cambria County apart […]

Local business leaders reinvent Johnstown




On September 15, Cambria County residents gathered at the Holiday Inn in downtown Johnstown to hear about Vision 2025, the new revitalization plan for the city, and to give feedback to business leaders about the plan, which will be officially unveiled next month. The idea for Vision 2025 began nearly two years ago when Bill Polacek, CEO of JWF Industries, […]

ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE



Dr. Randy L. Frye is the founding dean of the School of Business, director of the Graduate School of Business and Human Resource Management, and professor of business administration at Saint Francis University. Frye earned a B.A in social sciences from Pitt-Johnstown. He also holds an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in human resource management […]