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    $2.2 Million Loan Fund Supporting Creative Small Businesses

    The fund will prioritize creative businesses located in low-income communities, those owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) or serving a diverse market, and those located in small towns and rural communities. Under the program’s definition, creative businesses include craft manufacturers, arts schools, architecture, design and fabrication firms, media companies, and visual and performing arts production agencies.

    “Economic impact research persuasively demonstrates how creative businesses are important drivers of employment and economic vibrancy,” said Blischke. “These businesses invaluably contribute to the livability, employment, and vitality of our commonwealth. Across Pennsylvania alone, arts and cultural economic activity contributed $25.8 billion to the state’s economy and 176,000 jobs, in 2017. Creative for-profit businesses, such as those eligible for the loan fund, add to this economic activity and, if supported, are positioned to play a critical role in helping the commonwealth’s cities and towns recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic.”

    Eligible loan uses will include working capital; equipment purchases; renovations to retail, production, or office space; and, in limited cases, building acquisitions. Loan amounts will vary, ranging from a few thousand dollars to an average loan size of $75,000, though Bridgeway and Community First will consider requests up to $250,000.

    “With the PA Council on the Arts’ investment, Bridgeway’s Creative Business Accelerator will channel more flexible and patient capital into the arts and cultural ecosystem to help it maximize a recovery economy,” says T.J. Bogdewic, President and CEO, Bridgeway Capital.

    “We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and their support of creative businesses. Community First Fund has served many arts-focused businesses that play important roles in enhancing our communities, said Daniel Betancourt, President and CEO of Community First Fund. “This partnership will increase our capacity to provide these clients with loans and technical assistance.”
    The fund will be supported with small business technical assistance provided by Bridgeway and Community First, each holding responsibility for deploying 50 percent of the total available loan capital. Both Bridgeway Capital and the Community First Fund are nonprofit community development financial institutions (CDFIs) with track records of making investments that benefit low-income individuals and communities in Pennsylvania. CDFIs are community institutions certified by the U.S. Treasury that provide financial products and services to their communities. CDFIs provide services beyond those typically offered by conventional lenders, including community outreach programs, business resources, and financial counseling.

    The mission of Bridgeway Capital is to make western Pennsylvania a thriving region for all by promoting economic opportunity and community revitalization. Bridgeway assists underserved populations by providing capital and education to ignite business and job growth, to develop communities, to support entrepreneurs, and to expand vital services that strengthen their region. Bridgeway serves the western Pennsylvania population from its headquarters in Pittsburgh and satellite offices in Erie and Uniontown.

    The mission of the Community First Fund is to create sustainable prosperity for low wealth communities and individuals, especially people of color and women, by aligning capital, knowledge, and advocacy to advance business ownership, housing, and community development. Community First serves the eastern Pennsylvania population with its headquarters in Lancaster and satellite offices in York, Harrisburg, Reading, Allentown, and Philadelphia.

    The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a state agency under the Office of the Governor. Governed by a council of 15 citizen members appointed by the governor, and four legislative members, the mission of the PCA is to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities through the arts. By leveraging the immense potential of Pennsylvania’s arts and cultural sector, the PCA supports jobs, builds community, motivates learning, promotes the commonwealth nationally and internationally, and sparks innovation.

  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 09:55:00 -0400

    National Night Out returns Tuesday

    National Night Out, an annual campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make communities safer, more caring places to live, returns to downtown Indiana Tuesday night.
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    Local Moose lodge aids veterans in need

    Indiana Chapter No. 20 of Disabled American Veterans received a boost for the chapter’s programs to assist area veterans in need, through a donation from members of Moose Lodge No. 174, Indiana.
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    Unemployment rises again in Indiana County

    Unemployment has risen between May and June for the Indiana Micropolitan Statistical Area (Indiana County) to 6.6 percent, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced Tuesday.
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    It's Happening Here

    Information for this article was provided by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau.
  • Sun, 01 Aug 2021 05:00:00 -0400

    Senior centers set weekly schedule

    Aging Services Inc. social centers are open for lunch and other activities. You must have a reservation to attend a center and receive a lunch. Masks are mandatory.
  • Sat, 31 Jul 2021 09:55:00 -0400

    Volunteers clean up Marion Center park

    The Linton Park Playground in Marion Center was created in 2008 when the borough received a grant for the installation of the park, named after a significant American folk painter born and raised in the town.
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    'God, Me and a Cup of Tea': Home sweet home

    Writer’s block was never a problem after a visit to my daughter’s. I always came home with plenty of fodder.
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    Samaritan's Purse seeks volunteers

    Various volunteer roles are available with Samaritan’s Purse through Operation Christmas Child in the West Central Pennsylvania region.
  • Sat, 31 Jul 2021 09:45:00 -0400

    Community church announcements

    Every Saturday in The Indiana Gazette, find this roundup of family- and community-related events hosted by churches in the Indiana County area.
  • Sat, 31 Jul 2021 09:00:00 -0400

    Xfinity store opens in SouthTowne Plaza

    Comcast has opened its 13th Xfinity Store in western Pennsylvania, at 3100 Oakland Ave. in White Township’s SouthTowne Plaza, down the sidewalk from Walmart. Comcast Keystone Region Senior Vice President Toni Murphy said it is part of an ongoing effort…
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    With Covid restrictions easing, there is a growing sense that. while we will be dealing with the impact of the pandemic for a long time to come, the worst is behind us. Pennsylvania Business Central had been chronicling the many dedicated individuals and institutions in healthcare who have been on the front lines throughout the pandemic. As we emerge from […]
  • Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Meg Clouser

    Director of Health Services, has done an amazing job of leading the pandemic healthcare response at Foxdale Village. She oversees all of our healthcare including personal care, skilled nursing, memory care, Wellness, Life Enrichment and our Medical Home team. She has done a phenomenal job of coordinating resident care, visitation, testing, vaccination clinics, staffing and so much more.
  • Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Melody Daer

    Our Food and Beverage Director, and her staff shifted gears to provide free meals to staff every day, to-go boxed meals for independent living residents and in-room service to all healthcare residents. They did a truly outstanding job of ensuring that this vital service continued while carefully observing all the safety protocols.
  • Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Crystal Bridges

    Housekeeping Manager, adjusted daily tasks for her staff to include meal and mail delivery along with an extra focus on keeping all areas of Foxdale sanitized and safe. The activities of Crystal and her staff were invaluable in guaranteeing that Foxdale was both safe and comforting.
  • Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Cory Williams

    Maintenance Manager, led his team in building visitation booths to allow healthcare residents to safely visit with their families. One of the many impacts of the pandemic was the separation that many experienced due to safety concerns. Not being able to interact with loved ones was an additional burden. Thanks to Cory and his staff, Foxdale was able to provide […]
  • Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Jeannine Shade

    Life Enrichment Supervisor, and her staff coordinated in-person visits, worked with new technology to provide virtual visits, and continued to provide programming to keep residents entertained, educated and engaged. The pandemic also brought concerns about mental and emotional well-being and Jeannine and her staff were vital in this important area.
  • Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Danielle Duvall

    Wellness Programs Supervisor, and her team provided virtual live and pre-recorded exercise programs to keep residents moving. Naturally, there was concern about going out during the height of the pandemic. Danielle and her staff were able to provide residents with a way to keep active and safe.
  • Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    John Fresh

    John Fresh began his career at Conemaugh Miners Medical Center in 2005, working as a Maintenance Worker. Through hard work and dedication to Conemaugh Miners and its patients, the Northern Cambria native was able to advance in his role and grow into an exemplary leader within the facility. In 2020, he became the Manager of Plant Operations and Information Technology. […]
  • Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Suellen Elizabeth Lewis

    Suellen Elizabeth Lewis served as a Chaplain for Geisinger Medical Center and Lewistown Hospital until her untimely passing at the age of 57 in March. A graduate of Bloomsburg University, Suellen began her career as an educator at her alma mater, teaching high school mathematics in Middleburg. During this time, Suellen successfully obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Bucknell […]
  • Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:00:00 +0000

    Julie Russell

    Julie Russell has been employed at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center for 14 years. She started her career as a Clinical Supervisor and has grown to become the Director of Quality and Infection Prevention. She has demonstrated tremendous leadership ability during the pandemic by guiding the hospital’s Risk Mitigation Plan with policies, procedures, and processes, while all aligning with constantly changing […]
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 18:27:07 +0000

    FedEx Ground to expand Nashville operations with 1,100 new jobs

    As the economy rebounds, one shipping company is expanding its Nashville operations. FedEx Ground, headquartered in Moon Township, announced its plan to hire over 1,100 new employees at stations across Nashville in a press release Monday. The release said the hiring initiative – which will take place in the coming months – comes in response to a surge in demand for online delivery services. FedEx Ground's highest need is for package handlers. Operations manager positions are also open.  Employee…
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 18:01:42 +0000

    F.N.B. closing Pittsburgh branch

    Customers shifting to new tech-intensive site in same neighborhood.
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 17:32:00 +0000

    Chatham University to offer new courses at Eden Hall campus following partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

    Chatham University announced a series of new courses to debut this fall at its Eden Hall campus in Richland Township as part of a new partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. New courses include topics covering arts, science, wealth management, history and others. The courses will be taught by Osher members or volunteers as well as faculty from Chatham and CMU. Regional colleges and universities and representatives from community organizations will also…
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 17:30:31 +0000

    Developer of skin cancer treatment raises $1.5M

    Repeat investors stake SkinJect.
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 17:03:54 +0000

    CEC announces headquarters move to 700 Cherrington on the Parkway West

    The company will be moving into a larger office at Cherrington Corporate Center.
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 16:54:31 +0000

    SomeraRoad lands Rite Aid to take long-vacant American Eagle space at SouthSide Works

    SouthSide Works owner lands its largest new retailer yet at mixed-use development, bringing in familiar drug chain as it works to emphasize a neighborhood need approach to leasing
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 16:04:00 +0000

    These Pittsburgh accounting offices are among the nation's largest

    Three local independents among the IPA 400 for 2021.
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 14:59:46 +0000

    Soaking Pittsburgh CEOs in fountains for a good cause becomes national event

    A nonprofit fundraising event that started in Pittsburgh has become a national event.
  • Mon, 02 Aug 2021 12:56:19 +0000

    Middlesex County, New Jersey: A hub for technology and innovation

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution, with leading innovations like artificial intelligence, autonomous technology, and the internet of things, is driving future-forward companies to position themselves for success. With rapid innovation, companies are leveraging technological advances to improve how we live, work and interact with the world around us. For businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators, now is the time to think strategically. Operating in a location and ecosystem that fully and actively…
  • Sat, 31 Jul 2021 17:31:13 +0000

    Personalities of Pittsburgh: Jeremy Searock wants to solve robotics' largest hurdles

    Jeremy Searock believes the world has already entered its next industrial revolution, and the work that he and his team are conducting at Advanced Construction Robotics Inc. is helping to pave the revolution forward.
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