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Business

Uncertainties escalate for Federal Reserve as it weighs another rate cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve finds itself in an unusually delicate spot as it considers how much more to try to stimulate an economy that’s still growing and adding jobs but also appears vulnerable. As it considers a potential interest rate cut at its meeting next week, a string ...

Start-up helps nursing home residents see the world

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Jim Halsey, 83, has traveled in his life to Japan and South Korea, through Europe and Central America. One recent day, he squatted in a narrow, wooden boat and watched as an elephant trudged through a swamp in Botswana. Halsey, who was an intellectual-property lawyer ...

Tri-County gets $2.5 million grant for fiber project

MANSFIELD — Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative has been awarded a $2.5 million grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to construct 175 miles of fiber optic line that will deliver reliable broadband internet service to underserved areas of north-central Pennsylvania. The ...

‘Agritainment’ helps fund local farms

Local pumpkin farmers are now busy hosting visitors but those visitors aren’t just buying pumpkins. They are also walking through corn mazes, taking hayrides and petting farm animals. For farmers, this is another revenue stream for their bottom line. It is known as ...

Interior design company changes location

By DEREK DANNEKER ddanneker@sungazette.com It took three locations for a local interior design and installation company to find their fit. Their Hughesville location, open since March, allows Artisan Kitchen and Bath Design to ensure their quality, and variety, through a showroom and ...

Leader program enters third year

A program designed to further spark the development of local leaders is entering its third year. And those involved with the Emerson Project feel it is serving its purpose. Matching participants with leaders in the private, non-profit and public sectors, it’s designed for those who have ...

Reducing the high millennial turnover rate

We are rapidly reaching a point in the U.S. workforce composition at which company leaders must decide how they are going to approach and manage their multigenerational constituency. Employers must focus on recruitment and management strategies that keep millennials engaged and turnover down ...

Tax on beer sold at Pennsylvania breweries goes into effect

HARRISBURG (AP) — A tax on beer sold at Pennsylvania breweries and brew pubs is in effect, and some are passing along the higher cost to customers. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the use tax of about 1.5 percent that began Tuesday is technically a tax on the brewer for using its ...

BMW executive tells students about government’s role in car industry

For Russ Lucas, of BMW North America, the federal government’s intervention in the car business is a mixed blessing. Lucas, a 1979 graduate of Lycoming College, recently spoke to a group of economics and political science classes as part of the college’s James W. Harding Executive ...

Gator Auto Sales believes in honest business

Honesty is the most important and valued attribute at Gator Auto Sales, said Marlin Angelo, owner, who still works as a part-time police officer after 25 years. His son, Anthony Angelo, who started cleaning the cars when the lot opened in 2016, is now the general manager and soon-to-be ...

How to start your small business

Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. The ...

How to use social media to help your business

Social media is very important for businesses. A social media presence helps to validate your brand and tells consumers that your business is active and focused on thriving communication with consumers. Back by popular demand at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. October 16, Lock Haven Small Business ...

US stocks fall, bond prices rise as investors turn cautious

Stocks ended modestly lower and bond prices rose on Wall Street Thursday as investors turned cautious, shifting money into lower-risk holdings. The selling, which lost some of its momentum toward the end of the day, came as traders weighed the implications of the impeachment inquiry into ...

Feds aim to tweak overtime rule change

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has issued a rule that will make overtime pay available to 1.3 million additional workers, though the proposal replaces a more generous one advanced by former President Barack Obama. The Labor Department said Tuesday that it is raising the salary ...

Social media strategies for small businesses

Social media is very important for businesses. A social media presence helps to validate your brand and tells consumers that your business is active and focused on thriving communication with consumers. Back by popular demand on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Lock Haven ...

Rare gaming opportunity found in Clinton County

The second video gaming lounge in the state, owned by an independent business, was recently opened at a McElhattan truck stop, to “overwhelmingly positive,” public response said the owner. Since 2017, it’s legal for a truck stop to have five gaming machines. The betting ranges from ...

Billtown Auto-works maintains cars and customer relationships

Corporatized auto-repair work has eliminated the mechanic-client relationship, leaving both the lesser — a mistake Jay Edkin, owner and operator of Billtown Autoworks, 205 Fleming St. South Williamsport, seeks to correct. Though many years as a BMW enthusiast has made him into an expert in ...

Striking workers question whether UAW leaders can be trusted

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — The strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers is playing out amid a corruption scandal inside the UAW that has caused distrust of the union leadership among many rank-and-file members. On picket lines at plants across the country, many of the 49,000 ...

Inventor brings beverage cooling wrap production to Pajama Factory

Williamsport’s Pajama Factory has a penchant for attracting Hollywood. Most recently, Actor/Screenwriter Daniel Dotterer chose to have his new invention, the Chillzie, manufactured there. “Chillzie, a revolutionary, sustainable and reusable, double-patented, beverage cooling wrap can chill ...

Rustic Event Rental offers a venue for many different occasion

MUNCY— Last January, Rustic Event Rental, a business owned and operated by Holly and Byron Mitchell, opened with unique, customizable decorations and flexible options for locals in need of event decor for weddings, baby and bridal showers, birthday parties and more. Holly Mitchell ...