Highmark representative to discuss Chamber Choice plans at Hazleton Chamber Oct. 19

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and Highmark Blue Cross invite Hazleton area businesses to join them on Monday, Oct. 19 from 5:45 – 7 p.m. at the Greater Hazleton Chamber office to learn about new ChamberChoice products and services, which includ

Strengthening economy, ‘spill over’ may aid NEPA commercial real estate market

By Phil Yacuboski With just a few months left in 2015, commercial realtors are busy pitching their best inventory of all shapes and sizes and places throughout the region. John Cognetti, Hinerfeld Real Estate said there are not many industrial properties

Cash-out refinances up 68% year-over-year; average borrower tapping $67,000 in equity

Black Knight’s August Mortgage Monitor (The Data & Analytics division of Black Knight Financial Services manages the nation’s leading repository of loan-level residential mortgage data and performance information on approximately two-thirds of the o

October is ‘National Cybersecurity Awareness Month;’ Wayne Bank observes it by providing tips to protect your identity

According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft has topped its list of consumer complaints every year, for the last 15 years. Identity theft occurs when a criminal obtains and misuses someone’s personal information without permission, typically

Mauch Chunk Trust offers Economic Outlook 2016 discussion Oct. 13 at Mahoning Valley Country Club

The Mauch Chunk Trust Company will be offering an Economic Outlook discussion on Oct. 13 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton. Dr. Edmond J. Seifried of Seifried & Brew will be the featured guest speaker and will focus his discussions around t

DCED announces new low-interest loans approved by Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority

PIDA approved $4.15 million in low-interest loans for four projects: Allegheny County The Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania was awarded a $2,000,000, 15-year loan at 2.75 percent, on behalf of TruFood Manufacturing I

Fed research identifies best jobs, metro areas for workers without a college degree

Jobs that offer workers without a four-year college degree an opportunity to earn at least the median wage represent as many as one in three local NEPA jobs and as few as one in six in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. These opportunity occupat

Legislation introduced to counteract ‘joint employer’ ruling

A group of lawmakers Sept. 9 introduced ABC-supported legislation to help restore the “joint employer” standard under the National Labor Relations Act that has been in place for over 30 years. The standard was overturned by the National Labor Relations Bo

‘Budget fight about taxes, taxes and more taxes’

By Kathy Ruff (Note: At press time, budget negotiations continue as the legislature returns to Harrisburg.) Financial deadlock persists in the halls of the Capitol building as legislators continue debate on adoption of Pennsylvania’s 2015-16 budget. After

‘Family Budget Calculator’ purports to show what families need to get by in Pennsylvania

The liberal Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released an update to its signature Family Budget Calculator, which shows what is required for families to attain a secure yet modest standard of living in rural and urban communities in Pennsylvania. EPI said,

Many small businesses unaware of pending EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) liability shift

By Coleen McMurray and Frank Newport Highlights ■ Many owners unaware of the pending EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) credit-card standards ■ Quarter three index is at 59, down from 71 in quarter one ■ Small-business owners less positive on revenues Des

Regulations: The hidden tax

By Dave Gardner Like an approaching hurricane, government regulations are buffeting American business. The business community fears where this regulatory trend will lead. Jeffrey Alves, Ph.D., dean of the Sidhu School of Business at Wilkes University, hol

New labor rules affect OT, union elections

By Dave Gardner The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor have been tinkering with regulations involving rules regarding union elections and laws that concern employee overtime exemptions, generating a great deal of controversy

A moral issue or a question for the marketplace?

By Dave Gardner Of all business affairs into which government meddles, the most contentious involves the minimum wage. For some, the wage is too low. Others say it’s too high. Some even believe there should be no government-mandated wage floor whatsoever.

ABA report: Consumers opening more credit-card accounts as card market grows

The number of credit-card accounts continued its steady rise in the first quarter with new accounts across all risk categories growing 14 percent over the same period a year ago, according to the American Bankers Association’s latest Credit Card Mar

Stagnant Census: Real median household income, official poverty rate unchanged in 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Sept. 16 that in 2014, there was no statistically significant change from 2013 in either real median household income or the official poverty rate. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance covera


BANKING & FINANCE CHRISTIE BONNICE STATE FARM Christie Bonnice, owner of Christie Bonnice State Farm has earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr. Candidates for the CLU designation must com

Retailers: NLRB joint employer ruling ‘roadblock’ to job creation

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the Aug. 27 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that certain companies can be considered joint employers: “The NLRB’

What you need to know about the new computer chip in payment cards

Banks across the country are issuing new credit and debit cards with an embedded computer chip —a small, metallic square on the front of the payment card — in an ongoing effort to protect their customers and reduce fraud. The advanced security of the chip

Many small businesses unaware of pending EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) liability shift

By Coleen McMurray and Frank Newport Highlights ■ Many owners unaware of the pending EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) credit-card standards ■ Quarter three index is at 59, down from 71 in Quarter one ■ Small-business owners less positive on revenues Des

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