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Business

New employee benefits consultant at Swift Kennedy & Associates

Owen Olshefskie has been hired as an employee benefits consultant at the Williamsport branch of Swift Kennedy & Associates, an insurance brokerage firm specializing in group employee benefits, individual policies, and senior insurance plans. Olshefskie’s responsibilities will include ...

Local brick and mortar stores stand strong during the digital age

Two local brick and mortar retail businesses are still standing in the advent of online streaming and subscription services. With the emergence of traditional commerce’s digital frontier, the methods by which consumers receive products has drastically changed, shifting the landscape of ...

Women’s Energy Network starts local chapter

Women’s Energy Network, a global nonprofit organization for and by professionals in the energy field, kicked off the opening of its Susquehanna Valley Chapter Wednesday evening. The chapter is meant to provide leadership, career development programs and networking opportunities for its ...

Local banks provide relief during shutdown

Local banks recently assisted federal workers with aid during the government shutdown. Two such banks were Jersey Shore State Bank and Luzerne Bank, according to Aron Carter, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management at Penns Woods Bancorp Inc. Penns Woods owns both Jersey Shore ...

People in business

New account manager at brokerage firm Clarissa Paige has joined the Williamsport branch of Swift Kennedy & Associates as an Account Manager. She will assist clients with policy renewals, claims, billing issues, and enrollments, and compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Prior to ...

How businesses can save on health insurance costs

Health insurance costs have risen dramatically over the last decade and this trend shows no sign of abating. While many large employers have solved this problem by moving from traditional insurance policies to self-funded plans, smaller companies had been reluctant to take on the risks of ...

Bonner Sport & RV expands to new location

In an effort to reach out to more customers, Bonner Sports & RV, Jersey Shore, is set to introduce a second location in coming weeks. On March 1, the business will open a branch store at Kristi Road near the Lycoming Mall. “This branch is exclusively for new RVs because of growth in ...

New Chamber president has the experience and ideas to improve area economy

As Vincent J. Matteo exited office as president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce at the turn of the year, Jason C. Fink, long-time associate and second-in-command of Matteo, was chosen by the board out of a diverse 34 applicants from both Lycoming County and abroad. Fink, ...

Local doctor remembers former president George H.W. Bush

Dr. Grace Shu, of the U.S. Public Health Service Advisor and Chairman for Asian American Voters Coalition, smiles as she remembers her friend, President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday. “President Bush 41 was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met,” Shu said.  “At the same ...

Local doctor appointed museum’s senior consultant

The Shanghai Art Collection Museum of China appointed Dr. Grace Shu as its Senior Consultant. Dr. Shu is the only Chinese-American to serve in this capacity. The SACM is located near Tianshan Park in Shanghai. It hosts several collections, exhibitions, and rare treasures from all over ...

Tariffs and the war on trade

A tariff is a tax, it’s that simple. But things can, and recently have, been getting a little more complicated. “You can actually think of it like a sales tax,” said Michael Kurtz, assistant professor of Economics at Lycoming College. “If you’re bringing goods in from abroad, you ...

Local doctor attends UN event featuring Chinese disabled artist troupe

The Chinese delegation to the United Nations held a special event at Lincoln Center on Nov. 6, “My Dream,” which featured a troupe of disabled artists from China.  China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism also supported the troupe and event. Dr. Grace Shu, Senior Advisor to the ...

Local doctors present for passing of 2 state resolutions

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack welcomed Dr. Grace Shu, Dr. Jason Shu, and a delegation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Harrisburg Oct. 16 in order to celebrate passage of PA House Resolution 1149 (primary sponsor: Representative Jeff Wheeland) and PA Senate Resolution 465 (primary ...

Local doctors present for passing of 2 state resolutions

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack welcomed Dr. Grace Shu, Dr. Jason Shu, and a delegation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Harrisburg Oct. 16 in order to celebrate passage of PA House Resolution 1149 (primary sponsor: Representative Jeff Wheeland) and PA Senate Resolution 465 (primary ...

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 ...