By Dave Gardner
Although they may be an endangered species, the nation’s entrepreneurs continue to try, fail and then try again with fascinating attempts to become self-employed.
According to Gallup, the United States now ranks No. 12 among the globe’s developed nations with business startups. Even relatively small nations such as Israel, Finland and Hungary, are experiencing higher rates of business births than America.
By Dave Garder
Varied motivational forces, from basic survival to a deep-seated need for success, create the hungers that drive the entrepreneur to do battle in commerce.
These forces include an eye-on-the-prize attitude, a need for adrenaline that accentuates the roller coaster rides within business, a lust for wealth, longing for community service and the acquisition of retirement funding. In addition, a bit of narcissism may be present.
By Dave Gardner
Entrepreneurs within NEPA, like sparkling lights on a Christmas tree, may be outwardly different but are lit from within by the glow of self-determination.
Lisa Wray, a resident of West Lemon Township, operates the Lemon Tree boarding house within her three-story home set on nine picturesque acres. She bills the establishment as a home away from home, and has tapped the region’s expansive natural gas industry for business.
A scholarship fund has been established at Pennsylvania College of Technology with a $530,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg.
Preference for awards from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship Fund at Penn College will be given to first-year students enrolled full time in an associate of Applied Science degree major that is nontraditional for their gender.
By Kathy Ruff
That’s the sentiment in Pennsylvania by those asked what they think about lawmakers’ inability to compromise on a budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
“The information and the feedback I have gotten from businesses concerning the delay, the budget impasse and delay of passing a budget is it’s time to negotiate and move something forward,” says Darlene Robbins, president of the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association, Pottsville, Schuylkill County. “It’s time to get the work done.”
County leaders from throughout Pennsylvania unveiled a list of five key county government legislative priorities for 2016, led by a call to state officials to enact comprehensive reforms to The Commonwealth budget and human services funding.
Members of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) noted that the priorities reflect a consensus of Pennsylvania’s county governments on issues of highest significance and greatest potential impact to counties and their taxpayers. In addition to the commonwealth budget and human services funding, other priorities cover a range of issues that acknowledge counties’ commitment to improving county governance, including diversifying the county tax base and reforming the assessment system, addressing challenges facing the county child welfare system, comprehensive behavioral health services reform and maintenance of the shale gas impact fee.