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    Your Idea Could Be Worth Big Bucks!


    So, why do most people enter Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest?  Because they want to win!  Since the contest’s inception, nearly $2 million in cash prizes have been awarded throughout the program’s 32-county footprint in central and northern Pennsylvania.  Winning up to $50,000 will go a long way in helping infuse a startup with much-needed cash.  But, the pitch experience gained, the training offered, and the contacts made are worth every bit as much as the prize money. 

    For this $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest, which opened on May 14 we are looking for tech innovators located anywhere in our 32-county footprint in Pennsylvania (Northwest, Central, Southern Alleghenies, and South Central), including Indiana County, who are developing new products, processes, or software applications. 

    For a complete list of the eligible counties visit

    If you have not previously received Ben Franklin funding, won a prize from either a contest or a TechCelerator Startup Boot Camp, and you currently do not have more than $500,000 in sales, you are eligible to apply.

    Visit  for rules and entry form. The deadline is August 23, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    For more Information:  Annie Hughes/717-948-4301 or or Liz Wilson/814-898-6541 or 

    About Ben Franklin: The largest early-stage investor in our region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP, (an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority) provides investment capital, operational assistance, BIG IDEA contests, and TechCelerator Startup Boot Camps to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers to create and retain jobs in Pennsylvania.  Visit Ben Franklin’s website at or phone the Harrisburg office at 717-948-6339.

  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:59:00 -0400

    Board approves final budget with 2.2 percent tax increase

    The Purchase Line School Board unanimously adopted a 2021-22 final budget at Monday’s meeting, voting for a 2.2 percent tax increase.
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:49:00 -0400

    Girl Scouts wrap up another year

    Indiana Girl Scouts are wrapping up another Girl Scout year. From volunteer appreciation events and earning badges to virtual and in-person activities and service projects, Girl Scouts continued traditions and kept their sisterhood connected.
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 04:44:00 -0400

    Volunteer opportunities

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer opportunities may be on hold. Please contact the agency/organization you are interested in and see if they are accepting new volunteers and to see the requirements they may have for their volunteers.
  • Mon, 21 Jun 2021 07:59:00 -0400

    Nurses win grant for IASD programs

    The Highmark Foundation has awarded the Indiana Area School District a grant of $7,500 to help school nurses to identify emerging health trends among students, and to find evidence-based practices to promote better student health, social and academic success and…
  • Mon, 21 Jun 2021 07:49:00 -0400

    Conservation agency operates from new home base

    The county’s leading environmental advocacy and service agency has completed its move to a new facility on the grounds of the Indiana County Technology Center along Hamill Road, White Township.
  • Sun, 20 Jun 2021 09:50:00 -0400

    HC seniors win Rado scholarships

    The Rado family of Homer City has awarded scholarships to two graduating Homer-Center High School students from the Jonathan Rado Memorial fund.
  • Sun, 20 Jun 2021 04:48:00 -0400

    Local board schedule public meetings

    Meetings of municipal governments, school boards and county governmental bodies scheduled this week are on the following days and locations. Some agencies are meeting virtually on various platforms, and some are meeting in person. Instructions on how to “attend” these…
  • Sun, 20 Jun 2021 04:49:00 -0400

    CBC declares dividend

    Community Bankers’ Corporation of Indiana, the parent company of Marion Center Bank, has declared a regular dividend of 9 cents per share for shareholders of record on June 15. The dividend will be payable on June 30.
  • Sun, 20 Jun 2021 04:44:00 -0400

    Indiana Free Library schedules weekly programs

    The Indiana Free Library offers a lineup of free programs for the week beginning Monday.
  • Sun, 20 Jun 2021 04:44:00 -0400

    Human Services Calendar

    Information for this column was provided by Indiana County Department of Human Services.
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000


    Pennsylvania business is ready to go into full gear as the Wolf administration has announced the easing of more Covid restrictions in advance of the general lifting of restrictions previously announced for Memorial Day, May 31. The order still requires all Pennsylvanians to wear masks until 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. But, after officials at […]
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

    Central PA Chamber of Commerce celebrates 116 years of service

    The Central PA Chamber of Commerce is proud to have served the region now for 116 years, having celebrated its birthday on May 19. Looking back on its origins, the Chamber sees that it has the same basic mission today that The Milton Board of Trade had when they started in 1905: “To be the preferred resource center for our […]
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

    Legislation would keep Pennsylvania government from taking money out of banking fund to pay other expense

    (AP) Legislation authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R- Cumberland, to strengthen the independence of Pennsylvania’s banking fund unanimously passed in the house. “House Bill 859 would prevent state government from accessing dedicated revenue in order to balance budgets,” Delozier said in a news release. The new legislation would change both the Banking Fund and the Institution Resolution Account to Trust […]
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

    AmeriServ Financial, Inc. and Riverview Financial Corporation Complete Previously Announced Branch Purchase Transaction

    (AP) AmeriServ Financial, Inc., the parent company of AmeriServ Financial Bank, and Riverview Financial Corporation, the parent company of Riverview Bank and its operating divisions, jointly announced on May 24, the completion of their previously announced transaction providing for AmeriServ’s acquisition of Citizens Neighborhood Bank’s (CNB), an operating division of Riverview Bank, branch and deposit customers in Meyersdale, as well […]
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

    Banking CEO Roundtable

    With the announcement this month that the Covid restrictions in Pennsylvania will be lifted, businesses are looking forward to getting back to “normal.” In the past year, the pandemic has become the most potent factor in our daily lives and in our economic activity. Businesses and the financial institutions that support them have had to adapt swiftly and in unexpected […]
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

    Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 12 Airports

    Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will invest $10 million in state grant funds benefitting 12 Pennsylvania airports. “Aviation plays a vital role in keeping our state’s economy moving,” Governor Wolf said. “These investments will help Pennsylvania’s airports operate safely, expand to meet current demands, and sustain growth well into the future.” As of […]
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

    Reliance Bank CEO Dennis Doll Retires

    Dennis Doll recently retired as the president and CEO of Reliance Bank. Doll has been with Reliance since 1995. Doll began his career at Community Consumer in State College in the 1970s. Three years later, he took a job at Ridge Homes in Milesburg handling commercial lending. When the business closed in the 1980s, he joined Mellon Bank, later moving […]
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

    Central PA Tourism Bureaus

    The first rule of good writing is to avoid cliches. But it is impossible not to say, like so many others, that the past year has been like no other. A year that began with uncertainty has given way to a new resolve as vaccinations have risen and the state Covid restrictions are being lifted. One of the regional industries […]
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

    CBICC Engages Search Firm to Find New President & Chief Executive Officer

    State College, PA – The Board of Directors of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) has begun the search for CBICC’s next President & Chief Executive Officer, retaining Waverly Partners as its executive search firm. Board member Ted McDowell will head a 13-member search committee that will work with Waverly Partners to identify qualified local, regional […]
  • Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

    PA Chamber helps Caring Communities open new Location

    Congratulations to Caring Communities! The Central PA Chamber of Commerce helped them celebrate their new Bloomsburg location at 599 E. 7th St. on Friday, May 14, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Caring Communities’ mission is to provide a system of comprehensive services to prevent, test and treat public health disparities while creating educated, stigma-free communities. Available clinic services include: STD […]
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 20:11:40 +0000

    Young Entrepreneur: Stephen Canton is creating tracking tools for the operating room

    “As soon as I went into the operating room for the first time it was so cool. I felt like an astronaut the first time I put the gloves on.”
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 18:35:22 +0000

    Western PA prime place for bank acquisitions, here are the best bets to be buyers

    Competition heats up, customer needs change and guess where the most community banks in the commonwealth are located, according to new PNC report.
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 18:28:53 +0000

    Industrial brokers reflect on how region's 'most amazing deal' for new Amazon facility may just be the first

    Modest-sized Amazon facility on McClaren Road sells for an unheard of price in the region by SunCap.. ... Expect more like it to come, says exec.
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 18:28:53 +0000

    Why Highmark and the other Blues invested in pharmacy startup Evio

    The Blues already do this separately, including reaching what are called value-based contracts with pharmaceutical companies that pay based on how the medication works to treat its members. Highmark has reached several of these partnerships.
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 17:33:42 +0000

    SEIU-represented workers at local nursing homes authorize strike

    Nursing home employees represented by SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania have authorized strikes at a dozen facilities in Pennsylvania, including several in the Pittsburgh region, to protest low wages and staffing levels. SEIU said the about 800 represented workers include nurses, nurse aides and other caregivers, and that the authorizations provide for a potential 10-day strike notice. The nursing homes include The Grove at Washington in Washington County, Beaver Valley Health and Rehab in Beaver, Beaver…
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 17:31:57 +0000

    S&T hires new northeast Ohio president from another Pittsburgh bank

    Both banks are based in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 16:13:09 +0000

    New Century Careers launches robotics technician apprenticeship program

    The apprenticeship's first cohort is scheduled to start in July.
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 16:00:26 +0000

    First Look: PIT unveils renderings of new cargo facility

    The nearly 80,000-square-foot complex will feature advanced automation systems and the capability of being able to unload two Boeing 747-8 Freighters side by side, or up to four Boeing 757-200s at once.
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 15:56:15 +0000

    Highmark, other Blues helping to fund new pharmacy startup

    Highmark Inc. and four other Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations are helping to fund a new company, Evio, that is designed to tackle cost and equity issues surrounding prescription and especially speciality medications. Evio bills itself as a different type of pharmacy, one that focuses on the patient and makes it simple for patients and prescribers while providing data and partnerships to drive down the high costs of pharmaceuticals. It will in the initial months provide data and evidence-based…
  • Tue, 22 Jun 2021 15:30:15 +0000

    MSA in deal with UK nonprofit to help firefighters in developing countries

    "We are proud to be able to partner with Fire Aid on this meaningful initiative," said MSA Chief Legal Officer Stephanie Sciullo.
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