Business

US rig count increases 10 to 751; Texas up 16

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 751. A year ago, 514 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 597 rigs sought oil and 153 explored for natural gas this week. One was ...

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From left, Kevin Langdon, a StartupLewisburg member and CTO of Play Impossible, with Tyler Paulson and Chris Kisvarday, adjunct faculty, Bucknell University, at a Tech Meetup Lewisburg event. Play Impossible has developed a gaming system.

Center in Lewisburg helps start-ups

Like many people who dream of owning and operating their own businesses, Deena Eberhart was unsure if she could make it happen. But thanks to the Bucknell Small Business Development Center incubator program, she’s getting the support she needs to get started. “It’s really a great ...

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Brenda Jennings stands next to a chair at her salon on Lycoming Creek Road.

New business spotlight on FAITH Hair and Nail Salon

Brenda Jennings long had wanted to open her own salon and was pretty sure she could be an entrepreneur — after years of working for others, she decided to make it happen in 2016. “It’s going really, really well,” she said of her new business, FAITH Hair and Nail Salon, 2090 Lycoming ...

People in business

YMCA hires development director Jessica Probst is the new development director for the River Valley YMCA Probst, according to a news release from the River Valley YMCA, “has a desire to see communities thrive by encouraging all ages to live a positive and healthy lifestyle. Her concern ...

Events and seminars

Workshop looks at intellectual property IMC and Williamsport Inventor’s Club are sponsoring Intellectual Property Basics from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday. The phrase “Intellectual Property” refers generally to: patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. While people ...

Law firm makes ‘best’ list for Harrisburg area

Marshall, Parker and Weber, an elder law and estate planning firm, has been named a Tier 1 firm in the Harrisburg metropolitan area for Elder Law by U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list for elder law in 2017, a news release said. This will be the firm’s fourth year in a row ...

Campaign to beautify public spaces recognizes stores

Keep America Beautiful recently honored Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets with its 2016 National Community Improvement Award for Waste Reduction and Recycling, according to a news release. Giant/Martin’s Bags to Benches program was an integral part of Keep America Beautiful’s ...

Campaign to beautify public spaces recognizes stores

Wegmans Food Markets, a family-owned supermarket chain with 92 stores in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region, was ranked No. 2 for corporate reputation among the 100 most visible companies, according to the 2017 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study, a news release said. “This only ...

Colleagues say judge in Dakota pipeline case is even-handed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The federal judge who will decide whether oil flows through the disputed Dakota Access pipeline has shown sympathy for the historical plight of American Indians, but also has made clear that he doesn’t think that should play a role in judicial decisions. U.S. ...

Hiring pace accelerates

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stepped up hiring last month, adding a healthy 227,000 jobs, and more Americans began looking for work, a sign that President Donald Trump has inherited a robust job market. January’s job growth was the best since September, and it exceeded last year’s ...

Pipeline plans in limbo as energy commissioner exits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major natural gas pipeline projects along the East Coast and Midwest face uncertainty as the federal agency that oversees the work loses a commissioner and will be unable to decide on projects for the first months of the Trump administration. Democrat Norman Bay is ...

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Harry Swank has opened an automotive repair shop, American Car Pride and Truck Repair in Old Lycoming Township.

New business spotlight on American Pride Car and Truck Repair

Harry Swank wanted to give customers a reliable and honest place to take their vehicles for repairs. In November, he opened American Pride Car and Truck Repair at 1445 Dewey Ave., Williamsport. “I pretty much offer any kind of service,” said Swank, who is the sole proprietor of ...

People in business

2 join center’s board The Innovative Manufacturers’ Center, a public-private partnership dedicated to increasing central Pennsylvania manufacturers’ innovation, productivity and profitable growth, has named Nicholas Gilson, Gilson Boards and Lynne Krape, APC International Inc. to ...

Events and seminars

Seminar’s focus on 3D printing A webinar at 1 p.m. Monday will cover how additive manufacturing or 3D printing has evolved to change product development, low volume plastic part production and injection molding. The workshop also will discuss how additive manufacturing has decreased ...

Doctors, residents attend presidential inauguration

On Jan. 20, area physicians Dr. Grace Shu and Dr. Jason Shu, and area residents Paul Nyman and Suzanne Nyman attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, according to a news release. Dr. Grace Shu is the chairwoman for Chinese-American ...

How Trump’s immigration order could hurt economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries could slow the U.S. economy by hampering two of the nation’s top export industries: Tourism and higher education. Trump’s immigration order followed his order to ...

Women are, very slowly, getting more seats in American boardrooms

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of women sitting at the table in corporate boardrooms across the country is rising very slowly, but it’s rising. Just over 15 percent of all director seats at publicly traded U.S. companies were held by women as of Dec. 31, according to a study by Equilar, a ...

Tax credits give boost to companies throughout region

Steve Post runs a digital marketing company in Lewisburg and like many small business owners is eager for all the financial help he can get. The $23,175 in tax credits his business stands to receive through the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Tax Credit Program will be of real ...

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Bill Fredo, left, and Mark Lorson run Boom City Brewing Co., on Pine Street, which opened in December.

New business spotlight on Boom City Brewing Co.

Boom City Brewing Co. is a full-service restaurant and microbrewery in downtown Williamsport. Bill Fredo and Mark Lorson own and operate the establishment located across from the Lycoming County Courthouse at 317 Pine St. Since opening in December, Boom City has seen a brisk lunch and ...

Electric utility firm offering grants

The PPL Foundation opened its 2017 Sustaining Grant program this month and is accepting applications from organizations focused on education, workforce development and community revitalization, according to a news release. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in grants to 95 ...