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After virus fades, service industries may be changed forever

WASHINGTON — For years, personal trainer Amanda Tikalsky didn’t have to worry much about her job. The U.S. economy’s record-breaking 11-year expansion offered security to service workers like her. Then came the coronavirus, which closed the Milwaukee athletic club where she worked for ...

Coronavirus poses challenges to area dance studio

HUGHESVILLE — Nearly 30 years ago, Kellie Shaner-Gordner and Duane Gordner taught dance lessons to a handful of children from the basement of their church. Today, the couple has built up a base of about 300 students and opened two studios, but they worry about the detrimental toll the ...

Marcellus Shale Coalition donates meals to UPMC

The Marcellus Shale Coalition and several of its members donated 600 lunches recently to doctors, nurses, first responders and staff at UPMC Williamsport. The MSC, along with members Alta Resources, Cabot Oil and Gas, Chevron, Greylock Energy, Olympus Energy, Penn E&R, Range Resources and ...

Marketing grants available to help local businesses

(Editor’s Note: This initiative was first announced and launched on March 28 by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and Ogden Newspapers.) Businesses throughout Northcentral Pennsylvania can apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers ...

Area businesses donate masks, protective supplies to hospitals

Some businesses have begun to offer hospitals dust masks, face shields and latex gloves to help in the battle against spread of COVID-19. When their business slowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zartman Construction in Northumberland decided to give several cases of construction dust masks ...

State Chamber offers guidance to employers, employees

Andrew Levy and Ursula Siverling, business attorneys with McNees Wallace & Nurick, provided detailed information regarding legal ramifications, the government shut downs and the Family First Relief Act as well as the Stimulus Bill and how that relates to small businesses in a state Chamber ...

M&M focuses on family, customer service

Edgar Miller Jr. started M&M Paving and Excavating in 1971 on a farm in Montour County. From those humble origins, Edgar grew the business and moved it to Williamsport in 1988. This year is their 50th Anniversary. “We serve central and northeastern Pennsylvania,” he said. “We are ...

Local professor, class helps businesses go online

Ill-prepared to move forward in the digital space, several area businesses were thrown into confusion by COVID-19 but a college professor and his class are helping ease the transition. Robert “Spyke” Krepshaw, professor of web and interactive media at Pennsylvania College of Technology, ...

Small business centers provide assistance

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers provide technical assistance and information for businesses navigating the impact of COVID-19. With 16 centers hosted at colleges and universities, the SBDC delivers consulting services and educational programs to businesses across the ...

Printing business to help small businesses create revenue during outbreak

In an effort to help small businesses through these uncertain economic times, The Graphic Hive announced a new initiative to help businesses generate revenue. The Graphic Hive is offering free setup for an online apparel store for all small businesses. These online apparel stores will offer ...

Penn State, LHU SBDCs become one

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University Small Business Development Center and the Penn State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have joined forces. The new larger organization, Penn State SBDC, will serve Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Mifflin counties. Penn State SBDC will ...

COVID-19 forces small businesses to rethink strategies

Renee and Michael Brown planned to open a third location for their coffee company — and put their plans on hold when the coronavirus hit. Sales at the Browns’ San Francisco coffee shop, Weaver’s Coffee & Tea, are down about 4%; while that’s not drastic, the coronavirus outbreak in ...

Local McDonald’s gets a makeover

The McDonald’s location at 1940 Lycoming Creek Road had its grand reopening and customer appreciation event Friday. The location now offers digital self-order kiosks and food delivered to tables by McDonald’s crew members.

Woodlands Financial Services Company announces stock repurchase program

Woodlands Financial Services Company (OTC Pink: WDFN) announced the initiation of a stock repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to 10% of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock, or approximately 154,300 shares, in the open market, in accordance with all ...

Woodlands Bank promotes community office managers

Woodlands Bank is proud to announce the promotions of Heather Corbin and Denise Cardillo to Community Office Managers. Heather was the Assistant Community Office Manager at the Lock Haven Office before she stepped into her new role of Community Office Manager at the Lock Haven Office. ...

Regulators challenge merger of health networks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it is taking action to block the planned merger of two major Philadelphia-area health systems, saying it would reduce competition and harm patients. The commission issued an administrative complaint and said it is also filing a ...

Ernie Cafe serves up exotic drinks

When Pat Olarikdeach’s kids wanted to sell lemonade in the summertime, it gave her an idea. That idea became Ernie Cafe, located at 11 W. Fourth St, just two doors down from her husband Ken Theerasuk’s family business, Joy Thai Cuisine. The cafe opened in November 2019 and their ...

Milton Industrial Park gets grants for access road

MILTON — SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) helped Milton Borough secure nearly $2.7 million in state and federal grant funding to construct Marsh Road to improve access to five developable lots in the Milton Industrial Park. SEDA-COG assisted the borough with the submission of the ...

Transco back again, seeking permits for Eastern gas pipeline

A hotly contested proposal to build a pipeline to take natural gas to customers in New York City and Long Island is back before New Jersey regulators. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project would add to the existing Transco pipeline and would carry enough gas to heat 2.3 million homes. It ...

Awards highlight chamber’s annual banquet meeting

Three area businesses were honored at the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards and banquet meeting Thursday at the Holiday Inn. “We’re looking to improve and expand,” said Lance Thomas, co-owner of ClearView Asset Protection, a Hughesville area company that ...