Business Notes Featured

9:41am EDT July 22, 2002

Desbrow & Associates has been selected to provide public relations and promotional services for Covenant at South Hills, a nonprofit life care retirement community planned for construction in Mount Lebanon.

Nauticom Interactive has completed a Web site for Seniors Living, a source of information about retirement, assisted living and nursing care facilities.

Dick Corp. has been awarded a $42 million contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for construction of a bridge over the Lehigh River in Allentown. The bridge is the final link of a $105 million project to create a three-mile link from Route 22 to Interstate 78.

Scozio’s Market Place has acquired Valley Brook Market in McMurray and the former Food Gallery in Mount Lebanon.

Labwerks Interactive has been chosen to design and develop Web sites for the Art Institutes International’s 21 schools in the United States.

Sheetz Inc. has opened a new convenience store on Perry Highway in Pine Township. The location employs approximately 40 people and offers brand-name grocery products, as well as made-to-order products and gasoline.

The Western Pennsylvania Adventure Capital Fund has closed its second round of fund-raising at $3 million, and doubled its number of shareholders to 175.

Adonix has acquired Computron France, a producer of accounting software.

Hefren-Tillotson Inc. has formed H-T Capital Markets, a wholly owned public finance division with headquarters in Pittsburgh and with an additional office in Philadelphia. H-T Capital Markets provides complete structuring and underwriting services for tax-exempt and taxable debt, as well as comprehensive financial advisory services for government and 501(c) (3) entities.

In addition to its specialization in educational and municipal authority finance, HT Capital Markets will work with Hefren-Tillotson Inc. to provide asset management services to a wide range of clients, including municipalities.

Carlow Hill College has re-established the Carlow Hill College Entrepreneurial Center. The program offers participants classroom training by experienced instructors, hands-on business plan development assistance from experts and seminars conducted by financial and marketing professionals.

Temporary Employees Most Preferred Inc. has changed its name to Preferred Staffing Inc. Additionally, the company is offering human resources seminars at client sites. The training targets those with little formal human resources training, small organizations with no human resources departments and those with limited resources which are unable to afford the investment in time or resources required of more lengthy programs.

Compuvisions Inc. has been selected by STORM LLC to increase content and introduce e-commerce functionality to its Web site. STORM will gain the capability to sell its performance management software directly from its site.

Coyne Advertising has added three clients, the Fragasso Group, a registered investment adviser, the Observer-Reporter, a Washington County daily newspaper, and Cobweb Internet Service Provider, a division of Observer Publishing.

The board of directors of GA Financial Inc., the parent of Great American Federal Savings & Loan, has approved a stock repurchase plan authorizing the acquisition of 5 percent of the company’s outstanding shares.

Respironics Inc. has been awarded a two-year contract to provide positive airway pressure, bi-level and noninvasive ventilation products to American Homepatient. Respironics also was awarded dual vendor status for oximetry, infant apnea monitors, ventilators, nebulizers and related accessories.