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Larson Design sets aim to national stage with new leadership

As Larson Design Group plans their growth into national recognition, the Williamsport-grown company now enters a new phase of leadership. David Martin, LDG’s current president and COO, will now also be the CEO as Keith Kuzio transitions into a leadership adviser role. “I’m grateful ...

Store workers become enforcers of social distancing rules

NEW YORK — Sandy Jensen’s customer-service job at a Sam’s Club in Fullerton, California, normally involves checking member ID cards at the door and answering questions. But the coronavirus has turned her into a kind of store sheriff. Now she must confront shoppers who aren’t wearing ...

COVID-19 pandemic creates problems for Womer’s Notary, a business of 1

Helen Womer does her best not to complain about her situation. Each time she talks about how tough the COVID-19 pandemic has been on she, her family and her business, she follows it by pointing out she’s luckier than others. Womer’s Notary Message and Tag Service at 131 South Railroad ...

Workers must risk infection or losing unemployment payments

Some of the millions of American workers laid off because of the coronavirus are beginning to face a tough choice — return to work and risk infection, or stay home and risk losing unemployment payments. The decision is most pressing in states where governors have started allowing businesses ...

SEDA-COG offers loan program for new businesses

Businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in 11 central Pennsylvania counties now have another funding option — a new loan program established by SEDA-Council of Governments. No payments are due in the first six months for the new SEDA-COG EDA COVID-19 Loan Fund. There is a limited pool of ...

Gig workers and self employed keep waiting for jobless aid

Like many Americans cooped up during the virus outbreak, Jeff Kardesch of Austin, Texas, is spending a lot of time on social media. It isn’t just idle talk with friends. Kardesch is struggling to find out when he’ll receive the unemployment benefits he needs. His business as a ...

Peter Herdic House and Inn hopeful for return

Though predominantly closed, the Peter Herdic House Restaurant and Inn, located on West Fourth Street, is offering limited take out orders and is bringing in staff for cleaning and the preparation of reopening according to Liz Miele, owner. “We have limited take out, once a week if that,” ...

Pier 87 works on reopening plans

Some restaurants in our area, like Pier 87, are taking time to reorganize and plan before reopening to their customers. “We did some deep cleaning, and it was a good time to do projects and repairs,” said Brad Russell, co-owner of Pier 87 at 5647 Route 87 north of Montoursville. The ...

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 ...

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.