Business incubator has new tenant

BELLEFONTE –Centre County’s newest startup business incubator has another new business that will soon be taking up residence inside its downtown Bellefonte location.

Yesterday, the Centre County Commissioners welcomed SpringBoard’s newest tenant, Scott Coaching, and discussed the progress and future of the startup space.

The new business will be the second one to move into the space since it opened last May. The first was social media management and branding business Hello Social Co., which moved in last October.

“The SpringBoard incubator has already assisted with things like First Sunday in Bellefonte and getting the Bellefonte merchants reenergized,” said Commissioner Mark Higgins.

The new business is part a new initiative recently launched that will allow the next five tenants to start out with a rent rate of only $5 per month for the tenant’s first few months in the space. Before the new rate kicks in, Higgins explained that tenants will be required to assist the incubator with services, consulting, and holding meetings for the general public.

The owner of the new business, Eileen Scott, hails from New York and has made Bellefonte her home within the past few years. She has 30 years of experience in communications and strategic planning for government and non-profit organizations, in addition to working with entrepreneurs.

Her new business includes life coach services and workshops for the public.

“It’s about working with people and empowering them,” Scott said. “Specifically, it’s to help those who need to bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be in life.”

The new business will help individuals find peace, focus, and a better life-work balance.

“We look at the whole person, the way they’re living their life; we challenge the phrase ‘I don’t have time,'” Scott said.

In her past life, Scott worked as a reporter for almost 15 years, and said that everyone has a story to tell and the right questions can open up a story or path in life not previously planned or considered.

“I’ve lived long enough and I’ve heard enough stories that I felt that I wanted to help people to live those lives even better and not just tell their stories but help them to reach and ask those questions that get them thinking and get them looking within themselves for the answers instead of looking to other people,” Scott said.

Scott has already had discussions with the Bellefonte Area School District and received very positive feedback during the district’s professional development day last August. She said she wants to work with not only business, but teachers and students as well.

Next month, Scott will have a workshop at SpringBoard that will focus on smart living. She anticipates that it will run from 8 to 9 a.m on Feb. 13., with workshop fees to be around $25 per person.

Scott said she also plans to start an “artists’ way” workshop, which will help individuals give voice to their creativity.

More information about Scott Coaching can be found online at www.eileenscottcoaching.com or by contacting eileen@eileenscottcoaching.com.

In other business, the commissioners approved:

r A revised asset management policy that will provide for the tagging, inventory, and disposal of assets valued at $1,000 or more and for IT equipment and software valued at $100 or more. The policy is effective Jan. 1, 2018.

r A contract renewal with Matthew Tomrell to provide cleaning services in the MDJ State College/Centre Region. Contract total is $55 per week for a total of $2,860 for the period of Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018.

r A contract renewal with DLT Solutions, LLC to provide software update and license support renewal for the Oracle database, the platform for the prosecutor’s management system to operate. Contract total is $788.73 for Feb. 18, 2018 through Feb. 17, 2019.

r A contract renewal with Netbrain to provide software maintenance and support for Netbrain software, which is used for county network management. Contract total is $2,205 for Dec.11, 2017 through Dec. 10, 2018.

r A contract with PCoRP and Dynamic Imaging Systems Inc. to install Corretrak, an electronic documentation software for tracking inmates through inmate identification, program attendance, security rounds, and headcount. Total cost is $22,503.80 for the period of Jan. 30, 2018 through Jan. 29, 2021.

r A memorandum of understanding for the final land development plan for the Bellefonte/State College KOA. The proposal includes a final plan for development of 30 additional RV campsites, a satellite bathhouse, and infrastructure to service the proposed land development activity.

r An Act 13 At Risk Bridge funding increase from $25,000 to $84,250 for the replacement of the T-810 Gum Stump Road Bridge in Boggs Township. Total estimated project cost is $337,000, and the increased funding amount would cover 25 percent of the cost.

r 2018 Agricultural Land Preservation Program appropriations that total $112,596. Funding is as follows: $80,000 standard County allocation, $15,571 in 2016 Clean and Green Interest, $6,845 commitment from Ferguson Township, and $10,000 commitment from Potter Township.

r A contract renewal with Allied Mechanical to provide quarterly preventative maintenance on the 9-1-1 equipment room HVAC unit. Contract total is $840 for Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018.

r A contract renewal with SBM Electronics for annual maintenance of the Verint Audiolog Voice Logging Equipment. Contract total is $24,850.80 for Jan. 31, 2018 through Jan. 30, 2019.

r Payment for a automatic renewal contract with MIS Sciences Corporation to provide secondary dispatching services to Fire, EMS, Police, and County agencies. Total cost is $2,400 for Dec. 1, 2017 through Nov. 30, 2018.

r Payment for an automatic renewal contract with Onsolve, LLC to provide CodeRed service to 9-1-1. Total cost is $9,500 for the period of Dec. 31, 2017 through Dec. 30, 2018.

r A contract with PFM Financial Advisors LLC (PFM) to provide retainer services related to financial planning, budget and strategic advice and planning, policy development and services related to debt insurance. Contract retainer is $8,000 per year for Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2021 and will automatically renew for two additional two-year periods.

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