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20 Under 40: JenniferDessoye

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Dr. Jennifer Dessoye is assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University and owner of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy (BBELA). Discontent with the early education curriculum and understanding of human development and neurolo (read more)

20 Under 40: Amy Hlavaty Belcher

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Amy Hlavaty Belcher, 39, owner and artistic director of Abrabesque Academy of Dancing, believes that for those who have been given much, much is expected. “I just try hard to do my best,” she said. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many gift (read more)

20 Under 40: Christopher Hetro

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Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Laws (read more)

20 Under 40: C. David Pedri

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For attorney C. David Pedri, 37, it’s all about a combination of qualities that contribute to success. “My philosophy is simple: be open and honest, treat people the way you would want to be treated, with respect, and work hard to attain your dreams. The (read more)

20 Under 40: Ed Frable

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Ed Frable, 28, believes “if I work hard and stick to my word, good things will happen. My crew will not be deterred. We will re-evaluate our game plan and not give up until the job is complete,” explained Frable, the owner/operator of Ed Frable Constructi (read more)

20 Under 40: William H. Bender II

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William H. Bender II, CFP, CIMA, CRPC, loves what he does. “I’m lucky. I come to work every day excited to help the people and institutions we work with,” explained Bender, 34, first vice president at Bender Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch. The fam (read more)

20 Under 40: Angelo Venditti

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Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years a (read more)

20 Under 40: Donald Mammano

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At 20, Donald Mammano began his own company, while attending the University of Scranton. Mammano, now 33, and president of DFM Properties, recalls, as a youngster, holding a flashlight while his father fixed the kitchen sink. “From that point on I was fas (read more)

20 Under 40: William J. Fennie III

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William J. Fennie III, 27, is always knocking on the proverbial door, because he knows one day, one will open. As an investment specialist with Integrated Capital Management (iCM) he cannot take “no” for an answer. “I make cold calls every day to invite f (read more)

20 Under 40: Marcus Magyar

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As an advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Marcus N. Magyar, CFP, 30, provides comprehensive wealth management and investment portfolio services to business owners, executives, families and high-net worth individuals. His multi-disciplinary team of pro (read more)

20 Under 40: Heather Davis

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Heather M. Davis, 33, director of marketing and communication, is responsible for creating, overseeing and implementing a strategic marketing and comprehensive communications plan for The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). She is also responsible for pr (read more)

20 Under 40: Alexandria Duffney

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Alexandria Duffney, 30, is competitive by nature and loves a good challenge. These qualities have led her to her position as associate director of graduate admission at Wilkes University. Here she works with prospective students interested in enrolling in (read more)

20 Under 40: John Culkin

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John Culkin’s tenets inform: “Less haste equal more speed; the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it is all about what you are made of, not the circumstances surrounding you; and don’t ask someone to walk a mile in your shoes, bef (read more)

20 Under 40: Conor O'Brien

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“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it,” mused Conor O’Brien.” As co-founder and executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, O’Brien, 25, is responsible for leading the development of the overal (read more)

20 Under 40: Jessica Siegfried

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Jessica Siegfried, 38, is senior designer with BlackOut Design Inc., where she is responsible for all creative design at the full-service agency, from traditional branding and print to collateral and front end web design. “I’ve always had an interest in t (read more)

20 Under 40: David Johns

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David Johns’ career path has been shaped by his diverse experiences. As director of structural engineering at Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Moosic, Johns, 39, ensures that his engineering and consultant teams provide clients with their best effort. “We complete (read more)

20 Under 40: Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones, 38, president of ReferLocal LLC, has learned just as many lessons from her business successes as she’s had from her failures — and she believes it’s important to share that knowledge with her employees. After graduating from American Universi (read more)

20 Under 40: Nisha Arora

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Nisha Arora, 36, tries to be the best version of herself every day. As general counsel for ERA One Source Realty Inc., she realized she cannot control other’s behavior so “I try to focus on myself and how I can be better,” she explained. Arora’s responsib (read more)

20 Under 40: Justin Sandy

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Starting at a young age in Hazleton, Justin C. Sandy, 33, found a passion for running. He became a member then a coach for Misericordia University’s cross country and track and field programs. “It was at Misericordia that I also garnered the profound sati (read more)

20 Under 40: Dr. Ariane Conaboy

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As a doctor of internal medicine at Physicians Health Alliance, Dr. Ariane M. Conaboy, 34, realizes the importance of human life and how fragile it can be at times. Conaboy graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton with a double major in (read more)

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Jobless rate continues upward creep

The number of jobless people in the metro area continued its upward creep in May, according to state numbers out Tuesday. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate grew by one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.9 percent, (read more)

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Cena Block

A pilgrimage to the ends of the Earth to fight an evil overlord, a quest to find the last strand of hope left in the world before the apocalypse, an adventure to Target to figure out what would be the best market price for your new product…

Each of these, including the trip to Target, can make for epic tales, and the latter of the three might just be the most dangerous and rewarding.

“There is a journey that an entrepreneur goes through, “ Cena Block, business strategist and mompreneur mentor, says of starting a new business venture. “There are tests, there is doubt, there is fear, there is darkness…Then there is a decision of some kind — and rising action…Where an entrepreneur truly commits to what they want…”

As many journeys do, Cena’s start wasn’t immediately in the world business.

“My Mom was a choir director and private studio and voice teacher… and my Dad was a very talented musician, who…enjoyed playing trumpet and piano.”

With a background such as this, much of Cena’s early life was filled with a plethora of extracurriculars and musical dreams. That was until it was time to apply for college.

“I was disenchanted by becoming a musician or a performer…because I bought into the philosophy that I would not be able to make the kind of income that I saw desired in those different occupations. Instead I chose to pursue a college degree in television and radio arts.”

The dream of breaking into the television and radio world was quickly dissolved as Cena realized she did not have the connections a young woman in the 80s would need to pursue these careers effectively.

She took this as a sign to continue her education in graduate school with a degree in corporate communications.

“When I got my first job out of graduate school, I realized the importance and benefit of working and getting a regular paycheck. … I put my dreams and aspirations for performance on hold and just continued to pursue them as a hobby.”

In the present day, Cena has been busy balancing a full work load, being a mom herself and mentoring other Mompreneurs, through her website Sanespaces.com and the creation of her instructional programs: The Magnificent Mompreneur Mastermind Academy , Planapaloozah , and AWAKE! Manage Your Time To Love Your Life .

Her main advice on managing family life and being a business woman: “I believe that you have to create your family, your lifestyle, and your primary relationships in a way that serves you, your loved ones, and the world in the best way you ALL can.”

Having a strong relationship with your husband, and/or significant other, for support and positivity is another way to strengthen both the relationship of both your home and work lives.

Her relationship with her boys has become stronger through her strong and positive relationship with her husband. She encourages both her children to become entrepreneurs themselves.

“I believe that owning a business offers the highest upward potential for today’s youth,” Cena says of the future of entrepreneurs.

As for mentoring others outside her family, Cena works with Mompreneurs usually within their first five years. She has built online modules and group coaching programs to serves many different groups.

The largest struggle many Mompreneurs suffer with is not realizing how valuable their time actually is. Instead of hiring a professional, who can complete a task correctly and effectively, the try to do too much themselves, which only leads to more chaos and time wasting.

But at the end of journey, though the quest to Target might not have yielded ideal results, through strong relationships and a little mentoring, an entrepreneur can succeed. To learn more about Cena Block and her business visit www.sanespaces.com.

Donna J. Simpson is the consultant manager at The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center. Marina N. Orrson is a freelance writer.

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