The Markosky Engineering Group is our 2017 Business of the Year! Watch the video here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released a request for information (“RFI”) seeking input from the public as to which SBA regulations should be repealed, replaced, or modified because they are obsolete, unnecessary, ineffective, or burdensome. The RFI is prompted by various Executive Orders seeking to reduce the number and costs of federal regulations, including Executive Order 13771, signed by President Trump on January 30, 2017, requiring agencies to identify two existing regulations that the agency may cancel for every new regulation it proposes to implement, and Executive Order 13777, in which President Trump ordered agencies to evaluate existing regulations to determine ones to be repealed, replaced, or modified.
To guide public input, the RFI includes the following list of questions for commenters: (1) Are there SBA regulations that have become unnecessary or ineffective and, if so, what are they? (2) Are there SBA regulations that can be repealed without impairing SBA’s regulatory programs and, if so, what are they? (3) Are there SBA regulations that have become outdated and, if so, how can they be modernized to better accomplish their regulatory objectives? (4) Are there SBA regulations that are still necessary, but which have not operated as well as expected such that a modified approach is justified, and what is that approach? (5) Are there SBA regulations or regulatory processes that are unnecessarily complicated or could be streamlined to achieve regulatory objectives more efficiently? (6) Are there any technological developments that can be leveraged to modify, streamline, or repeal any existing SBA regulatory requirements?
Comments are due to SBA by October 16, 2017. You may submit comments, identified by Docket Number SBA– 2017–0005, at Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Identify comments by ‘‘Docket Number SBA– 2017–0005, Reducing Regulatory Burden RFI,’’ and follow the instructions for submitting comments.
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The Standard Charitable Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation to support the Leadership Westmoreland program. This annual nine-month leadership development program empowers professionals in the area to learn, grow, and lead through learning experiences. Since the program’s launch in 2015, 41 local professionals have graduated from the program with 23 more set to graduate in 2018.
As a community bank that believes in making a difference, Standard Bank keeps money local by deriving its funds and lending to the communities in which it operates–ultimately helping to grow the local economy. To further support their dedication to community growth, the bank also provides financial assistance to local non-profits via the Standard Charitable Foundation (which has awarded nearly $500,000 in local grant funding since its inception in 2011). For more information about the benefits of community banking and the Standard Charitable Foundation, visit Standard Bank’s website at www.standardbankPA.com.
Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Chad Amond, President & CEO of the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.
“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”
Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different
university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.
Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.
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Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce to Honor Excellence in Local Business at Awards Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting
The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor excellence in local business at the 2017 Awards Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting in October. The Annual Business Meeting is held each fall to recognize the organization’s leadership, highlight past year achievements, and review the goals for the upcoming year. In addition to the brief business meeting, an awards ceremony will be held to recognize and honor the 2017 award recipients.
This year’s award recipients include: The Markosky Engineering Group, Inc. - Business of the Year; Dr. Gennaro Piraino, Jr., Superintendent of Franklin Regional School District - Chamber Member of the Year; ACHIEVA/The Arc of Westmoreland – Not-for-Profit of the Year; and Kim Kramer, President of Legacy Wealth Solutions – ATHENA® Award.
Nominations, submitted by fellow members, were collected during the months of May, June and July. A 10-member panel of judges independently read each nomination summary and rated each candidate. Scores were calculated to determine the award recipient in each category. Recipients will be honored in a special awards ceremony during the luncheon event that includes a video presentation; and each recipient will receive a handsome engraved plaque of Westmoreland County.
“As in the past, the Chamber was thrilled with the caliber of nominees this year. These nominees are the types of outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations that embody the Chamber and make Westmoreland County a great place to live and work,” said Chad Amond, president of the Chamber. “The recipients as well as the nominees are all winners, as is Westmoreland County for having them as a part of our community.”
Other nominees included Century Support Services, Christofano Associates, Jeannette Specialty Glass, Levin Furniture, MSA—The Safety Company, and Parker Hannifin for Business of the Year; Kathleen Comini, Key Bank, Dan Galbraith, Solutionist, and Amy Miller, Heartland Payment Systems for Chamber Member of the Year; Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society, Council on Substance Abuse in Youth, Greensburg YMCA, St. Anne Home, Threshold, Inc., United Way of Southwestern PA, and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art for Not-for-Profit of the Year; and Joy Klohonatz, Christine Mohler-King, Jennifer Ricciardelli, Janet Sardon, and Janice Smarto for ATHENA® Award.
The 2017 Annual Business Meeting & Chamber Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in Greensburg. The event includes a plated lunch, brief business meeting and awards ceremony.
The event is sponsored by First Commonwealth Bank, Graham Insurance Group, S&T Bank, Classic Hits 107.1 WHJB, Comcast Business Class, Skene 19 Films, Smail Auto Group, Trib Total Media, Carlow University, Fotorecord Print Center, Laura Edgerly Designs and PNC Bank.
Confirm attendance by registering online at: www.westmorelandchamber.com or contact the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce at 724-834-2900.