Business

Events and seminars

Courses address manufacturing certification IMC announces Lean Manufacturing Level One Certification starting Tuesday. According to a news release, if business owners and management want to reduce waste, maximize productivity, increase responsiveness and engage employees, then equip people ...

IRS hotline extends customer service hours

To help meet the high demand to its toll-free call center that typically comes as the tax deadline nears, the Internal Revenue Service is extending its customer service hours, according to a news release. The first two weeks of April are typically some of the busiest times of the year for IRS ...

Investment advisory firm wins award

According to a news release, Thrivent Mutual Funds has been honored with six prestigious 2017 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards, including winning the Best Overall Small Fund Family, out of 32 fund families, and the Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family award, out of 50 fund families. In ...

City doctor honors leaders at celebration of Chinese New Year

The Philadelphia Chinese Benevolent Association held its 2017 Chinese New Year Banquet on March 28 at Joy Tsin Lau Chinese restaurant in Chinatown to grandly celebrate The Year of the Rooster. About 600 people attended. According to a news release, the atmosphere was very warm and welcoming ...

Hiring slows, but joblessness falls to 10-year low in the US

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in March, yet Friday’s jobs report still had much to be encouraged about, including a drop in the unemployment rate to 4.5 percent, the lowest in a decade. Employers added just 98,000 jobs, the Labor Department said. It was ...

Consumer borrowing up in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers stepped up their borrowing in February as a rebound in the use of credit cards offset a slowdown in auto and student loans. Total borrowing rose $15.2 billion in February, the biggest gain in three months and an acceleration from January’s increase of $10.9 ...

Baltimore police overhaul OK’d over objections from Trump

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge on Friday approved an agreement negotiated under the Obama administration to overhaul the troubled Baltimore police force, sweeping aside objections from the Trump Justice Department. President Donald Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, promptly ...

New ways to return online purchases that just aren’t right

NEW YORK (AP) — As online shopping surges, so do the returns — and the hassles for shoppers trying to get rid of items that aren’t right. A few startups dedicated to online returns as well as changes at some big stores may make it easier. With the contest for shoppers’ loyalty ...

Accused Yahoo hacker says he’ll live with parents

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails said Wednesday he’ll live with his parents and forgo access to phones and any electronic equipment if he’s allowed out on bail. Officials allege that Karim Baratov poses an “extremely high flight risk” ...

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Families United Network will relocate from this Muncy location to a site on the campus of Ashler Manor once the new building is complete.

Project will expand Muncy-area day care

Families United Network is expanding its day care services with a move into a new building at the campus site at 276 Ashler Manor Dr., Muncy to accommodate 150 children. “We do about 30 (kids) currently. In our new facility, we will not only have traditional day care, but also before- and ...

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Amie Palmer, who recently started a pet-sitting business, holds her cat.

New business spotlight on A+ Palmer Pet Sitter

There are dog sitters and there are cat sitters. Then there’s Amie Palmer — she’s a pet sitter. Palmer will look after all sorts of animals — cats and dogs, farm animals, even snakes. “I love animals. I’ve always loved animals,” said Palmer. Her business, A+ Palmer Pet ...

People in business

3 LHU alumni in business hall of fame Three Lock Haven University alumni recently were inducted into the Business Hall of Fame. The Business Hall of Fame recognizes alumni for their professional success, distinguished service, and upstanding character, according to a news ...

Events and seminars

Seminar examines selling to government Business owners have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with SEDA-Council of Governments Procurement Technical Assistance Center staff to get expert insight into selling to the government in a sessions scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, ...

Electric utility, union reach deal

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1600 in Pennsylvania have ratified a new five-year labor contract, PPL Corp. announced recently, a news release said. The agreement, which will run through May 15, 2022, includes a wage increase of 2.5 percent in the first ...

Staffing services firm wins award

Spherion Staffing Services recently earned the Safety Standard of Excellence mark, according to a news release. The Safety Standard of Excellence Program, developed by the American Staffing Association and the National Safety Council, promotes the safety and health of temporary employees placed ...

Lewisburg company recognized for certification program

ISO 9001 Certified is not exactly a household phrase, but it’s one which many businesses are becoming more familiar. Scott Dawson, president of Core Business Solutions, has more than an inkling of what it means. His Lewisburg-based company helps other business become ISO 9001 ...

State’s jobless rate reaches 7-year low

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped in February for the third straight month, hitting a post-recession low of 5 percent as payrolls climbed to a record high. Following a five-year revision to employment data, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate issued Friday by the ...

People in business

Man recognized for leadership David Cooper, of Penn Group Insurance Services, Montoursville, recently was recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, according to a news release. Cooper was awarded a certificate marking ...

Events and seminars

Seminar examines selling to government Business owners have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with SEDA-Council of Governments Procurement Technical Assistance Center staff to get expert insight into selling to the government in a sessions scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 6, ...

Rural hospitals unsure on GOP health care bill

CLAXTON, Ga. (AP) — Talmadge Yarbrough had just sat down at his desk and opened a box of pecans when he let out a gasp that could have been his last breath. He’d gone into cardiac arrest in his office, a co-worker called 911 and an ambulance drove him 2 miles to the small hospital that ...