Business

Speaker: Sense of purpose vital to future success

Alicia Tillman’s life and career are about stories. When Tillman started her position as chief marketing officer for SAP, she asked how the technology company is making a difference, then worked on telling that story. First, she told the story to employees over a three-month period, ...

Citizens & Northern Bank announces merger plan

With an eye toward growth and extending its reach to more customers, Citizens & Northern Bank will soon merge with Monument Bank. Officials with Citizens & Northern Corp., Wellsboro, bank holding company for Citizens & Northern Bank, and Monument Bancorp, Inc., Doylestown, ...

As joblessness falls, skilled workers might become hard to find

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer Are America’s employers at risk of running out of skilled people to hire? The U.S. economy has become a seemingly perpetual job-generating machine, having steadily added workers for nearly eight years. Even with the unemployment rate now at 3.7 percent ...

New owners bringing their vision to local winery

New owners of the Bastress Mountain Winery, Sarah and Frank Kudlack, have coupled their unique perspective, garnered from their experiences living in different areas along the East Coast and in the midwest, with their vision to make their winery a destination for more than just tasting ...

From street to store: Young owners expand unique hot dog restaurant

For followers of Derone’s Dynamite Dogs who’ve enjoyed the one-of-a-kind hot dogs for the past two years, there’s no need to be chasing down the food cart, because the business is now housed in the Transit Scoop on the corner of Pine and West Third streets. Tom Derone, the man ...

As gun shop nears 50 years, owner receives special gift

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — An area businessman of nearly 50 years was honored recently with a gift commemorating his life and family. Jim Wheeler, owner of Wheeler’s Guns and Ammo, opened his doors on July 1, 1972, not knowing that 46 years later his business would be one of the largest gun and ...

Annual consultants’ tour yields results

A group of business representatives recently toured the area as part of the second annual site consultant familiarization tour hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce and the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Fourteen consultants participated in the ...

Starting early Roth IRA pays off

Do you have a child or grandchild earning some income? Indirectly, that after-school or summer job might present a savings opportunity for that teenager. You could help your child or grandchild save for future goals by assisting them to create and fund a Roth IRA. So many people wish they had ...

Local doctors remember Senator John McCain

Local doctors Grace and Jason Shu remember when John McCain ran for president in 2008 with running mate Sarah Palin. “He told us that he always put his country ahead of himself,” Jason Shu said. “It was clear that he sincerely loved America.” “Senator McCain spent time talking ...

Local doctors attend Chinese Embassy reception

Washington, D.C. Major General Zhang Li and his wife hosted a historical reception for hundreds of distinguished guests at the Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 91st Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army on July 30. General Zhang Li is China’s Defense ...

Locals attend Republican event

Dr. Grace Shu, Dr. Jason Shu, Winton Lin, Grace Lin and Ruiling Lu attended, by invitation, the “Rally At The Rock” in Bradford County. Grace Shu serves as chairwoman of the Asian-American Voters Coalition and minority chair of the Lycoming County Republican Committee. Other ...

Why wait to save for retirement?

Common wisdom says you should start saving for retirement as soon as you can. Why do some people wait decades to begin? Nearly everyone can save something. Even small cash savings may be the start of something big if they are invested wisely. Sometimes, the immediate wins out over the ...

Health insurance rules must be followed, or businesses face fines

Most business owners are worried about the rising cost of health insurance, but many are unaware of another looming financial burden — namely, the large fines they would need to pay if they have not complied with complex health insurance regulations. This is because the federal government ...

Medical marijuana facility celebrates opening

SOUTH AVIS — “It’s been a collaborative community effort,” said Pete Smeltz, chair of the Clinton County commissioners. Collaboration seemed to be a theme at the ribbon-cutting Wednesday afternoon for Terrapin Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana facility. Terrapin Pennsylvania is one ...

Insurance firm makes new hire

Victoria McSpedon has been hired as a client service representative at the Williamsport branch of Swift Kennedy & Associates, an insurance brokerage firm specializing in group employee benefit plans and senior insurance needs. McSpedon’s responsibilities will include assisting ...

Davanti Wood Fired Pizza sets up shop

Davanti Wood Fired Pizza is showing up — at festivals, fairs, parties, weddings and other venues. Ray and Charleen White, of Jersey Shore, started up the mobile business last year and are having fun introducing their Neopolitan pizza to people. “We have a 13-foot trailer with a pizza ...

A move for high earners pursuing a tax-free retirement income

Does your high income stop you from contributing to a Roth IRA? It does not necessarily prohibit you from having one. You may be able to create a backdoor Roth IRA and give yourself the potential for a tax-free income stream in retirement. If you think you will be in a high tax bracket when ...

New business spotlight: Blagman’s Wheelin’ & Grillin’

In recent years, food trucks have become part of the local scene, parked at curbsides and lots selling their special fare. Earl and Tera Blagman have joined that growing business community. For Earl, the start-up of Blagman’s Wheelin’ & Grillin’ seemed the way to ...

New Sun-Gazette staffers taking paper into the future

A new generation of staff is in place to lead the Williamsport Sun-Gazette into the future, according to Bernard A. Oravec, publisher. The Williamsport Sun-Gazette recently named Seth Nolan as business editor. In that capacity, Nolan will oversee the newspaper’s business news, ...

Polishing business moving to Northern Tier

Jeff Goodhart has been operating a metal polishing and restoration business in Berks County for the past 20 years. But heeding the call of the wild, he’s decided to move his operation to the Northern Tier. “I am very excited,” he said. “I grew up in the city. (But) I love to be ...