Cardinal Health Inc. has named Anthony J. Rucci as its executive vice president of human resources. Rucci joins Cardinal from the University of Illinois at Chicagos College of Business Administration, where he was dean. Prior to his work at the university, Rucci held senior staff and line management positions as a corporate officer of two Fortune 100 companies, Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Baxter International.
BalletMet Columbus has elected four local business executives to its board of trustees: Janet K. Feldkamp, a partner with Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Beth Mooney, president of Bank One, NA (Ohio); Charles D. Smith, partner with Bricker & Eckler LLP; and Gregory Weaver, lead client service partner and advisory partner for Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Gov. Bob Taft has named Ohio Department of Human Services Director Jacqui Romer-Sensky to head the newly created Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The agency, which becomes operational July 1, was created by merging the Ohio Department of Human Services with the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services to create a seamless system for providing services to people looking for jobs and employers looking for workers.
Jay B. Barney, professor of management and human resources at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, has been appointed to the position of academic director for the colleges MBA programs. He will manage and oversee the curriculum and academic program development for the colleges MBA programs and will serve as chair of the MBA policy committee.
Barney, who holds the Bank One Chair of Excellence in Corporate Strategy, joined the Fisher College faculty in 1994. Prior to that, he taught organizational strategy and policy at Texas A&M University and UCLA. He earned his doctorate degree from Yale University.
Nana M. Jones, director of local government and community affairs for Columbia Gas of Ohio, and Mary Sue Findley, senior vice president of staff and administration at Fifth Third Bank, have been appointed as new members of the board of trustees of the Center for New Directions.
Former Mayor Gregory S. Lashutka and retired chief executive officer and chairman of Banc One Corp. John G. McCoy have received honorary doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University for their contributions to society and the business community.
The Longaberger Co. has announced several appointments in the areas of manufacturing, treasury management, accounting and strategic growth. The appointments include Jim Gimeson to vice president of manufacturing; Mary Farmer to executive director of basket operations; Rusty Deaton to vice president of treasury management; Jim Mannion to executive director of strategic growth; Julie Schmitt to controller; Sherry Pattison to director of taxation and risk management; and Angela Gilmore to director of product cost management.
Also appointed were Anne Dunlap, vice president of information services; Donna Krueger-Simmons, executive vice president of business growth; and Carol Brault, director of accounting operations, who will assume additional responsibilities. Along with Dunlaps responsibility for the companys technology leadership and operational support, she will lead the newly created area of Project Office, which will facilitate the timely progress of strategic projects. Krueger-Simmons, who oversees and leads the areas of sales, marketing and communications, will expand her management role with the addition of the Longaberger Homestead, The Place Off The Square and Dresden retail. Brault, who oversees the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger and payroll, has also assumed responsibility for the development and construction accounting areas.
Beth A. Savage has been appointed managing director of the Columbus office of Milwaukee-based AuditForce.
Annie Luken Hall, director of the Government Relations Group of Bank One Corp., has been re-elected to a position on the Ohio Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Custom Coach Corp. has hired Barbara Wayman as manager of communications. In the newly created position, Wayman will oversee the companys public relations, advertising and promotion efforts.
The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved tax credits for three local companies. Alliance Carpet Cushion in Johnstown will receive a 55 percent tax credit for a seven-year term to expand its manufacturing operations. The $4.7 million project is expected to create 50 jobs within the first three years of operation.
Horizons Video & Film Inc. in Upper Arlington will receive a 55 percent tax credit for a six-year term to consolidate and expand operations by rehabilitating the former DeSantis mansion. The estimated $4.65 million project is expected to create 41 jobs and retain 57 jobs within the first three years of operation.
Micro Industries Corp. in Columbus will receive a 60 percent tax credit for a five-year term to expand its integrated systems products operation. The estimated $2.5 million project is expected to create 42 jobs and retain nine jobs within the first three years of operation.
Columbus-based Equity Construction has completed construction on two new medical office buildings and completed an addition to the existing Newark Surgery Center. The three single-story medical buildings consist of 44,565 square feet of office space and will house the medical facilities of several area physicians, including orthopedics and a pharmacy.
RWS Building Co. has been awarded a contract for the Grace Memorial Church of Christ Christian Unions new facility at 464 Rathmill Road. The project, which includes a multipurpose building, education wing and related site work, is scheduled for completion in May.
Two local businesses have been awarded 504 loans from the Small Business Administration. Graphics Awards of Columbus received a $675,000 loan. MEngineering Inc. of Westerville received more than $2 million in financing.
Columbus-based Custom Coach has leased motor coaches for the 2000 election to presidential contenders John McCain, Steve Forbes and George W. Bush.
Hoggys, a Columbus group of restaurants known for barbecue and homemade specialties, has broken ground on its newest site at Sancus Boulevard and Polaris Parkway. The new location is scheduled to open in March.
Mills/James Productions has produced an animated game opener video for a German pro soccer team. The team, owned by Bayer, selected Mills/James for the project after seeing a similar video the local company produced for the Columbus Crew last year.
Columbus architecture and construction firm NitschkeSampsonDietz has been selected as a 1999 Pacesetter Award winner from the National Association of Home Builders Custom Builders Committee and Custom Home Magazine.
Ohio Equities LLC has won the property management contract for Executive Jet Inc.s new 200,000-square-foot operational headquarters at Port Columbus International Airport. Ohio Equities will provide full-time management services for Executive Jets hangar and administrative offices.
Baird Communications Inc. will provide various services for several new clients, including media relations for Disney on Ice Toy Story during its Columbus engagement this month; promotion of a new fiberoptic system delivering cable TV, cable modem and telephone service to Northeastern Ohio by Conneaut Telephone Co. of Conneaut; and completion of a radio and print advertising program for the grand opening of the Columbus Speech and Hearing Centers new building at 510 E. North Broadway.
Greencrest, a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations firm, has signed Charles Penzone Inc. to its client list.
Columbus-based Moody/Nolan Ltd. has received the Award of Merit rom the National Organization of Minority Architects for its work on the Smith Brothers Hardware Building renovation. The firm worked closely in the planning and design phase with the building owner, Retail Planning Associates.
Upper Arlington-based National Church Residences has been awarded five grants totaling more than $19 million for the construction of affordable senior housing facilities in Indiana, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The new Ohio facilities include a 49-unit building on Tussing Road for Franklin County citizens.
I really enjoyed, Managers are out, by Patrick Donadio [SBN, December 1999]. I am with BH Thermal Corp. (formerly known as BriskHeat Corp.), which has been manufacturing in Columbus for 50 years.
It certainly is not business as usual when it comes to managing people; we are learning a new mindset is needed. I agree with the author in that managing by control is not practical and does not lead to ... superior performance.
Managers need to adapt to each individual employee and being a coach makes a lot of sense.
James P. Zins
BH Thermal Corp.
Its all about attitude
Just had to comment on your editorial in SBN [Sorry, we dont have that, December 1999].
Wasnt the exact idea you suggest the basis of the story that was told in a very old movie (one of my favorites, to this day), The Miracle on 34th Street, with Natalie Wood?
I do agree, though, that helping someone and sending them in the right direction, even if you cant help them [yourself], is the way to go.
I recently saw how people helped people in a similar fashion over the Internet even! When a hurricane hit Charleston, S.C., [last] year, there was a bulletin board posted by the Emergency Management Center on the Internet. Everyone was so helpful, it was incredible (my husband and I have relatives and property down there). We had information before my parents who live there did!
So, the spirit of helping and giving of yourself, is not just for Christmas; it should be a daily part of our lives, whether in business, the mall or in disaster situations. Its something both the giver and the receiver will feel good about.
City of Dublin
A losing battle
I enjoyed your article [Wheres the demand? SBN, January 2000] and, like you, I feel the Dispatch should move on. Sadly, companies like the Dispatch often feel they are bigger than life.
I support Time Warners position and, frankly, think the company has gone beyond the call of duty to get consumers to support its position. Let Channel 10 try to exist without Time Warner cable. I believe it will come cowering back after a short time without the advertising revenues. Thanks for your insight.
Earl F. Smith
area sales manager
Time to take a stand
The bad news is, I dont read much of SBN Columbus, except for your editorials. The good news is, I really like your editorials. I compliment you on the soundness of your business insights, the reasonableness of your tone, and the precision of your language.
While I have promised myself that I would write to you for some time, it is your January 2000 editorial on the ONN/Time Warner dispute that finally moved me to make good on that promise [Wheres the demand?]. Like you, I believe Time Warner has done the right thing.
Faced with such blatant blackmail, I only wonder that it took them so long to recognize what was the right thing.
Those people are called entrepreneurs, and each year, the most successful among them are chosen for the most prestigious honor in business: Ernst & Youngs Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, sponsored by SBN, McDonald Investments, Bowne, USA Today, Nasqau/Amex, Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, CNN and CNNfn.
The EOY program was developed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs whose achievements place them among the leaders in business.
Nominations for this years program are being accepted through April 7. Finalists will be honored at a banquet in June. Winners announced at that banquet will be inducted into the Entrepreneur Of The Year Institute at a national conference in November.
Requirements: To be nominated for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
- The individual must be an owner/manager responsible for the recent performance of a privately-held company; and
- The company must be at least two years old.
- Founders of public companies are eligible, but must still be active in top management.
- Individuals who have assisted others in becoming successful through business or academic support may be nominated for the Supporter of Entrepreneurship award.
To nominate yourself or someone else, contact Ernst & Young at (800) 755-AWARD for an Entrepreneur Of The Year nomination kit.
Vice president, eBay and chief executive officer, Billpoint, a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay
Janet Crane brings more than 20 years of payment and banking experience both with large financial corporations and small entrepreneurial companies. Prior to joining Billpoint, she was president and CEO of Mondex USA and vice chairman of Mondex International, the smart card companies owned by many of the worlds leading financial institutions.
Before Mondex, Crane held executive positions at Wells Fargo, MasterCard, Transaction Processing Inc., Mellon Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She has managed businesses responsible for debit, credit and smart cards, as well as corporate cash management.
Crane has served on the Cirrus and Star boards of directors and is a frequent industry speaker and thought leader. She is a graduate of Bucknell University.
Billpoint facilitates efficient person-to-person payment services over the Internet. Focusing on online trading communities such as auction sites, Billpoint allows buyers and sellers to use credit cards to conduct convenient, safe, and reliable transactions online. Billpoint, founded in 1998, is located in San Jose, Calif.
The company was acquired by eBay in early 1999 and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Vice president of marketing
As vice president of marketing, Jennifer Alexander leads STORMs branding and communications efforts. Before joining STORM, Alexander was a senior vice president at Young & Rubicam in New York.
Her agency experience in establishing large, national advertising and branding programs will be key as STORM aggressively penetrates the Web performance market. During her tenure at Young & Rubicam, Alexander led strategy and campaign development for the Citibank Citi f/i business, the banks new Internet product.
In addition, she specialized in business planning and development for Young & Rubicams Key Corporate Accounts, including Citibank, Ford and AT&T. Alexander managed the development and global implementation of TeamSpace, a groundbreaking Internet/extranet, workflow tool that enabled Young & Rubicam to share work with client teams globally and across lines of business.
Alexander led the agencys Detroit office in establishing the brand team structure in place for Lincoln-Mercury. Prior to joining Young & Rubicam, she spent two years with the Agency Management Group in Pittsburgh as senior consultant, then as vice president.
Alexander attended Colby College in Maine and graduated from Carnegie Mellon Universitys Graduate School of Industrial Administration.
Linda S. Werner, Esquire
Vice president and estate planning officer
Linda S. Werner is a vice president and estate planning officer of PNC Advisors. Her primary areas of practice include estate planning, wealth succession planning and estate and gift tax planning.
She was formerly an associate of the Pittsburgh law firm of Reich, Werner & Alexander, and earlier, an associate counsel in the Trust and Investment Section of Mellon Bank, N.A.s legal department. Werner is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh.
She received her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio. She is a native of Pittsburgh.
Michael J. Campbell
Founder and CEO
Michael James & Co.
As a founder and CEO of Michael James & Co., Michael J. Campbell is responsible for managing client services and strategic marketing programs. His focus includes helping clients understand the multitude of channels in the marketplace, specifically business partners and trade groups, and creative ways of leveraging those organizations to establish market leadership.
Previously, Campbell was managing director of public affairs and program development at the Pittsburgh Technology Council, where he managed outside agency relationships, a team of sales managers, account executives and meeting planners. He built from scratch a highly successful million-dollar special-events program including industry conferences and expositions.
Before the Technology Council, Campbell worked for a number of business and industrial organizations, including the Pittsburgh World Trade Association and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.
While with the World Trade Association, the United Nations Development Program tapped him to serve on a consulting team working in Beijing. He subsequently participated in other U.N. initiatives in Europe and served on foreign trade missions in Asia.
Campbell earned his bachelors degree in philosophy and political science at Gannon University. He did his masters work in international policy and finance at the University of Pittsburgh.
Nancy Evans is co-founder of iVillage.com: The Womens Network, and has served as editor-in-chief since the companys inception in June 1995. The mission of the company is to provide effective solutions to everyday challenges facing women in their many roles as professionals, parents, friends and partners.
iVillage.com utilizes the power of personalized services and peer advice made possible by the Internet.
As co-chairperson and editor-in-chief of iVillage.com, the nations largest Web site for women, Evans has created a cyberspace community for more than 7.3 million women per month who get and share information on subjects ranging from current events, parenting and financial and career planning to health care issues that can be life saving as well as life enhancing.
Evans has introduced an environment in which women from all walks of life have access to each other. Full-time career women who spend a lot of time on the road, as well as full-time homemakers and stay-at-home moms, not only have access to previously unavailable expert advice, but also can communicate directly with each other through the Web sites live, online chats and message boards.
Prior to founding iVillage, Evans founded the magazine Family Life to create a national kitchen table for parents of children ages 3 to 12. She published it in a joint-venture with Jann Wenner. Along with overseeing the business, she served as editor-in-chief.
Family Life was nominated for the National Magazine Award in General Excellence in its first year of publication. Subsequently sold to Hachette, Family Life now is owned by TimeWarner.
Concurrent Technologies Corp. (CTC)
Robert Albertelli primarily supports the CTCs Electronic Commerce Resource Center (ECRC) program. He is responsible for managing the outreach and technical support activities, with an emphasis on communicating the message of the ECRC program to prospective clients.
He conducts information technology consultations and training for enterprises throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Albertelli has more than seven years of experience working with e-commerce technologies and assisting organizations in implementing e-commerce into their own operations.
The mission of the ECRC program is to identify and assist industrial enterprises in making the transfer from a paper-intensive environment to one that provides for the generation, exchange, management and use of digital data, both technical and business.
Robert C. Buzzelli
Robert C. Buzzelli is an investment officer with PNC Advisors, specializing in providing expert advice to investment management and trust clients.
Buzzellis prior experience includes serving as treasurer for USX Corp. and working as part of the Institutional Trading & Investments group at Mellon Bank. A Pittsburgh native, he received his B.S. in accounting and marketing from Robert Morris College and his M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.
Akerman Consulting & Training, Inc.
Sandie Akermans training and consulting business focuses on effectiveness and productivity of individuals and organizations by improving relationships.
She believes that people are at the heart of the bottom line and that behind every issue is how we relate to ourselves and others. Akerman has more than 22 years of progressive management, training and sales experience. Before starting Akerman Consulting & Training, Inc., she was the director of training and development for PPG Industries, Inc. Architectural Finishes, where she was responsible for providing training and development for 890 employees and the customers of this division.
Prior to that, Akerman was employed by Dictaphone Corp. in Stratford, Conn., where she was responsible for the development and implementation of extensive training materials for each product for corporate trainers and customers. She was responsible for managing the hiring, training, and evaluation process for more than 50 training professionals.
She received her bachelors degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., where she studied broadcast journalism and political science.
Sharon L. Kuczynski
Sharon Kuczynski is a financial consultant with Hilliard Lyons, the Sewickley, Pa. brokerage firm acquired by PNC Advisors in 1998. Kuczynski provides investment and financial planning services to clients in various stages of wealth accumulation. Prior to joining Hilliard Lyons, she held related positions with PNC Brokerage Corp., Legg Mason Wood Walker and Parker/Hunter Inc.
She received her bachelors degree in business administration from Slippery Rock University and holds Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.
Seton Hill Colleges National Education Center for Women in Business (NECWB) is accepting applications for its Westmoreland County-based PowerLink program, which seeks to assist woman-owned businesses to expand profitably through the use of professional advisory panels.
During its two years of operation, PowerLink has assisted four women-owned businesses, Temporary Employees Most Preferred, Huntingdon; Henrys Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Linen Services of Greensburg; Neurological Physical Therapy Specialists Inc. of Greensburg; and RE Uptegraff Manufacturing Co. of Scottdale.
A panel of experts matched to the businesss needs, provides women-owned enterprises assistance in overcoming some of the hurdles they are experiencing as they work to grow their businesses, says Jayne Huston, associate director of the NECWB.
Volunteer professionals in management, accounting, legal, marketing and human resources are included on PowerLink panels, which serve as advisory boards to the qualifying woman business owner at no charge.
For women entrepreneurs such as Cynthia Molitor, owner of Neurological Physical Therapy Specialists Inc., PowerLink provided invaluable business education and support.
The PowerLink board members have provided me with an information treasure chest, Molitor says. As a physical therapist, I have always focused on providing the best therapy program possible for our clients, yet I didnt have the business background that it takes today to run a health care practice.
The boards practical knowledge in finance, marketing, legal, human resources and other areas of business have helped me make this practice viable and competitive in a very competitive health care market.
Rebecca Davidson, assistant vice president of Southwest Bank and a PowerLink panel coordinator, has witnessed what she considers remarkable results.
PowerLink is one of the most valuable experiences I have ever had, she says. The advisers are very dedicated and eager to help, and their enthusiasm is contagious. The wealth of information I have personally gained has brought my knowledge of the manufacturing industry to a whole other level, which helps me in my own job.
[PowerLink] provides invaluable expertise and assistance.
Says Huston: Resources we can provide to these women business owners will not only make a difference in their ability to profitably grow their businesses, but to Westmoreland County as a whole. When businesses succeed, the entire county profits.
Applications for the next class of PowerLink-Westmoreland businesses are now being accepted. Women-owned businesses that most likely will be selected are those which meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of two years in operation;
- Minimum of two full-time employees;
- Minimum annual revenue of $250,000 for manufacturing or retail businesses and minimum annual revenue of $100,000 for service businesses;
- Clearly defined company objectives/goals with explicit reasons for seeking PowerLinks assistance in meeting those objectives/goals.
For more information about how your business can grow through the use of advisory panels, please contact Jayne Huston at (724) 830-4612.
E-commerce in Pennsylvania has been made easier, thanks to a law approved recently by Gov. Tom Ridge.
The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, or EUTA, basically removes barriers to the use of electronic records, electronic signatures, electronic notarizations and acknowledgements and the use of electronic agents in the conduct of business, according to Raymond Pepe and Robert Wittie, attorneys with law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart.
The law, they say, accepts electronic forms of signatures, notarizations and records as legal when it comes to satisfying contract formation, agency relationships and the retention of records. If a law requires a signature, an electronic signature (defined as a “sound, record or process attached to or logically associated with a record or executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record)” is acceptable. Moreover, transferable records can include the execution and use of electronic notes, bills of lading and warehouse receipts.
Pennsylvania is the first state to accept in virtually its entirety the original act, created by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
The law does offer protection from misuse of electronic signatures. According to Pepe and Wittie, you can use an electronic signature if you can demonstrate: (1) that you have in place a reasonable security procedure; (2) your good-faith reliance on the procedures in agreement with other parties involved; and (3) evidence that the security procedure indicates that a message was, in fact, from the person to which the electronic signature or record is attributed.
With the prevalence of depression and its costly effects on workplace morale and productivity, what is a company to do?
Plenty, if you’re willing to reach out and help your employees while still abiding by stringent Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, according to an article in law firm Buchanan Ingersoll’s Pennsylvania Employment Law Letter. If recent studies are correct, one depressed worker can cost an employer as much as $600 in treatment and lost productivity. The main thing you can do, the article outlines, is encourage employees to seek treatment.
Consider the following:
- Make sure your employee health plan includes mental health coverage.
- Implement an employee assistance program that provides free, confidential counseling to help employees deal with issues ranging from stress to clinical depression.
- Offer mental health screening as an employee benefit.
- Educate supervisors about the signs of depression and what’s available to help employees.
- Consider Web sites for more information about depression, including NFBR at www.treatdepression.com; National Institute of Mental Health at www.nimh.nih.gov; National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association at www.ndmda.org; National Alliance for the Mentally Ill at www.nami.org; National Mental Health Association at ww.nmha.org; and American Psychological Association at www.apa.org.
If your company uses temporary workers, you remain protected from workplace injury lawsuits by them, even if you’re not the one paying Workers’ Compensation premiums for them.
A federal court has joined the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in ruling that companies directing and controlling temporary workers on a steady basis should be viewed as the “real employer” and should be protected from liability under the exclusive remedy provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act even if the temporary agency is paying the premiums, according to Buchanan Ingersoll’s Pennsylvania Employment Law Letter.
The court ruled in favor of a warehouse facility that had hired a temporary employee from an agency. While the agency paid the insurance, as well as the wages, the warehouse determined the type of work to be performed and had control over the worker’s duties and responsibilities, including the right to fire him. That made him an “employee” of the warehouse, according to the court ruling.
The ruling, from Shaw v. Thrift Drug Inc., 1999, should help you succeed in asserting that your company is immune from a workplace injury lawsuit if a worker gets hurt on the job and tries to file a suit against you.
Clubbed in court
Winner International, maker of the world-famous automobile anti-theft device The Club, once again has defended patent claims in court.
At the end of January, the United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, reaffirmed the 1998 opinion of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia that upheld all of Winner International Royalty Corp.’s patent claims on the device.
In question were the automatic self-locking ratcheting mechanism, as spelled out in U.S. Patent No. 4,935,047, and claims 9 through 11 of the related patent application. Winner also owns a patent covering the “commercial embodiment” of the original steering wheel anti-theft device known as The Club. And its shape is a registered trademark.
At issue was the obviousness of the design, but the courts all ruled that it was “nonobvious.”
Can you say ergonomics in 300 pages or less?
The Occupational Safety and health Administration sure knows how to get on the good side of business.
Not only did this regulatory agency issue more than 300 pages of new ergonomics rules for business, it allowed only a 70-day comment period. But thanks to U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, who lashed out with a letter signed by 62 member of the House and Senate, OSHA has granted a 30-day extension beyond the Feb. 1 deadline.
Says Bond: “While there is some relief in the extension, it has come so late that it may not help many of the people who need it. This has been typical of the way OSHA has responded to the small business community on this issue.”
He adds that this rule is the most complicated and broadest rule the agency has ever attempted.
“OSHA still appears ready to try and jam this rule down the throats of small businesses who will not have had a chance to register their concerns.”
Compiled by Daniel Bates
Businesses with 100 employees or fewer can borrow up to $50,000 at an annual interest rate of 2 percent for up to seven years. The loans must finance improvements that reduce the use of or reuse raw materials, reduce the production of waste or make a significant reduction in energy consumption. The pay-back period for the improvements must be less than the term of the loan.
Examples of projects that may qualify include the purchase of energy-efficient equipment, reductions in chemical use, closed-loop cooling or process water systems.
The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the state Department of Community and Educational Development. Up to $2 million is available annually.
How to Reach: Loan forms are available by calling the Department of Community and Educational Development at (800) 379-7448, at the DEP Web site at www.dep.state.pa.us or at the ENVIROHELP Web site at www.pa-envirohelp.org.
Local businesses looking for new markets might find them in China, says Ann Dugan, executive director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dugan traveled to China as a delegate to a conference for more than 300 Chinese economic development specialists interested in setting up programs similar to the small business development centers in the United States.
Their small business economy is beginning to swell, and they need the knowledge to guide and foster those entrepreneurs, says Dugan.
Some of the best opportunities in China for U.S. companies are for chemicals, telecommunications equipment, computer software, consumer-oriented franchises, plastic materials and resins, pharmaceuticals, pollution control equipment and certain agricultural goods.
With Chinas economy well on its way to becoming the second most powerful in the world, you may have good reason for getting into this huge market.
Building relationships with the Chinese people is time-consuming, Dugan says, but the payoff will be well worth it in a country of such enormous possibilities.
How to reach: Katz Graduate School of Business, (412) 648-1544 or at www.pitt.edu/-sbdc/