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Dress For Success

RICK KESSINGER/THE EXPRESS Embelishment Salon and Formal Wear Studio offered free dresses on the Main Street curb this Thursday, May 21. Above is a photo of a nearly empty rack aside from a single remaining skirt with a large sign with “Free” written on it. Evidently it was successful!

Fishers Woodworking LLC offers a myriad of products

LOGANTON — Looking for some hand-crafted furniture for your backyard? Maybe a new porch swing? A decorative item? Fishers Woodworking, LLC is a small family-owned business that has been in business for more than 30 years. David Stoltzfus is the owner and operator of Fishers ...

Gig workers and self-employed keep waiting for jobless aid

WASHINGTON — 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 ...

Kessinger Propane expands amidst pandemic

BEECH CREEK — The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been kind to local businesses, as many have been forced to either shut down or exclusively offer curbside services. Only a few weeks ago Gov. Tom Wolf announced the statewide shutdown of non-essential businesses and while there have been many ...

PPL contributes $500,000 to Operation HELP

ALLENTOWN— The PPL Foundation has donated $500,000 to Operation HELP to support customers dealing with temporary hardships as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. “These are extraordinary times for individuals and families throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania, and this ...

Jobless claims jump by 70,000 as virus starts to take hold

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged last week by 70,000 to the highest level in more than two years, indicating that the effect of the coronavirus was starting to be felt in rising layoffs in the ...

PA businesses can now apply for disaster loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has implemented its disaster declaration for Pennsylvania so small businesses and private non-profits statewide can access SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help alleviate economic injury caused by the coronavirus. The loans may be used to pay ...

Woodlands Financial appoints agent for Stock Repurchase Program

WILLIAMSPORT —Woodlands Financial Services Company has announced the appointment of D.A. Davidson & Co. as agent for their stock repurchase program that was announced Feb. 27, 2020. D.A. Davidson & Co. will execute on behalf of the Company’s stock repurchase program and in ...

Enbridge hires companies to design, build Great Lakes tunnel

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Enbridge Inc. said Friday it has hired companies to design and build a disputed oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan, despite pending legal challenges. The Canadian company is forging ...

Rural entrepreneurs kick off first PA Wilds PACE Program

ST. MARYS —The first ever rural entrepreneurship cohort offered to small businesses in the Pennsylvania Wilds kicked off on Feb. 17 when individuals representing 10 businesses came together to begin the inaugural PA Wilds PACE Program. Ten businesses were selected for the 10-week long ...

Woodlands Financial announces Stock Repurchase Program

WILLIAMSPORT—Woodlands Financial Services Company (the “Company”) (OTC Pink: WDFN) has announced the initiation of a stock repurchase program under which the company may repurchase up to 10% of the company’s outstanding shares of common stock, or approximately 154,300 shares, in the ...

Pizza delivery driver rises to vice president of operations

LOCK HAVEN — When he was just 18, Greg Lightner was driving by Domino’s Pizza in Lock Haven when he spotted a “now hiring” sign. Lightner thought to himself, “I like pizza. I like driving.” The rest, as they say, is history. Lightner took a job as a driver and worked his way ...

Man’s invention promotes safe driving in winter

Safety on the roads. That’s the motivation behind a former Lycoming County man’s patent-pending invention that works to prevent the buildup of ice and snow on top of large truck trailers, box trucks and other vehicles that can cause accidents. Jim Nelson, a native of Williamsport who now ...

Billtown Blues celebrates donation

WILLIAMSPORT —During a recent board meeting of the Billtown Blues Association, the members shared their appreciation to the PPL Foundation for its recent sustaining grant of $7,500. The funds were used to help expand the Association’s annual Bluesfest to a three-day event and helped to ...

‘One on One’ raises over $49k

STATE COLLEGE — One on One, 424 W. Aaron Drive, State College, is pleased to announce it raised $49,285 through its “Give Back” initiative in 2019, and over $400,000 since its inception. “Give Back” provides One on One’s clients the opportunity to pay for certain services by ...

US workers’ compensation growth slowed a bit in 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ pay and benefits rose at a solid pace last year, but at a slower rate than in 2018, the Labor Department said Friday. Total salaries and benefits such as health insurance rose 2.7% in 2019, according to the government’s employment cost index, down from 2.9% ...

John A. Brown is new SEDA-COG executive director

LEWISBURG — John A. Brown was hired as the new SEDA-COG executive director at their meeting on Jan. 22. Brown was the founder/CEO of John Brown Leadership Solutions LLC and previously held the elected position of Northampton County Executive, where he managed a $400 million budget and ...

Find a Job Friday: Construction jobs

BELLEFONTE — PA CareerLink® Centre County will hold a Construction-focused job fair on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon at their 240 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, 16823 location. At this event, jobseekers can meet face-to-face with hiring managers to learn more about open ...

2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren’t on the books in their own states. As ...

Big winners

PHOTO PROVIDED Students from Central Mountain Middle School and High School (middle and right) show their prizes after being selected as top sales pitches at the LHU Entrepreneurship Challenge recently. Diversified Asset Planners of Lock Haven sponsored this big event for local students from ...