Business Notes Featured

9:47am EDT July 22, 2002
The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Business Resource Center has opened, offering a toll-free telephone number, (877) 392-1300, and a Web site at Individuals and businesses are encouraged to use the service. Customer information specialists are available to fill information requests, make referrals to regional service providers and, in the case of significant projects, engage the support of a dedicated marketing/sales representative to guide the project through successful completion.

The Mon Valley Initiative has received a $400,000 capital grant award from the federal Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, a program of the U.S. Treasury Department. The funds will be used to capitalize the MVI’s new Initiative Fund, a financing program for small businesses in economically distressed Mon Valley communities.

Dick Corp. has acquired Fletcher Pacific Construction Co. Ltd., a Honolulu-based company. Fletcher Pacific provides new construction, renovation and tenant build-out services. Dick Corp. is among the top 50 construction contractors in the United States.

Stargate Industries has added two points of presence to serve Web users in Jefferson and Armstrong counties through local exchanges, allowing toll-free dial-up service.

Giovanni’s Italian Grill will locate in the former Italian Oven location in Edgewood Towne Center. The restaurant, which will offer family-style meals and home meal replacement, is slated to open this month.

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has been named the exclusive affiliate in the tri-state area for Christie’s Great Estates Inc., a subsidiary of fine-arts auctioneer Christie’s International plc. Sellers of high-value real estate in the 40-county area that Howard Hanna Real Estate Services covers will be able to offer their properties through the service. Christie’s offers a magazine, published three times a year, that showcases international properties. The offerings of Christie’s Great Estates are also listed on its Web site,

Reed Smith Shaw & McClay and Hazel & Thomas, a Fairfax, Va., law firm, have approved a merger of the firms.

The Employment Network has opened a downtown office. The company also maintains locations in Monroeville and New Stanton.

Manges Marketing Services has been named agency of record for the Citizens Bank Web site, The firm also developed the site.

General American Corp. has reached an agreement to purchase North Star Title Inc. and North Star Real Estate Services Inc. from TCF Financial Corp. of Minneapolis.

Project Resources Inc. has received an open-ended contract with Bell South to start a Bell South subsidiary group in Atlanta, which will eventually move companywide.

Questeq has teamed with Ingram Micro to sell the Questeq Everest line of computers.

Fitting Kohlbrener Creative has been awarded first place in the special market brochure category in the Society for Marketing Professional Services 1999 National Marketing Communications Awards Program. The brochure was produced for Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann.

Enterprise Bank has received approval to operate mobile branch services. The service allows the bank to pick up deposits from its business customers.

RiverPoint Tradeshows Inc. has been established as the trade show division of the Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau. It will own, promote and manage a portfolio of exhibitions and conferences associated with innovative, emerging industries having an international presence in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

D.G. Sisterson & Co. has established the Real Estate Service Group in its Pittsburgh office. The focus is on financial consulting, accounting and taxation to assist in planning and managing real estate ventures.

Flaherty Sabol Carroll Marketing Communications has been selected by Pitt Penn Oil Co. to introduce its Ice Blocker brand product. The firm also has been chosen to promote the Pennsylvania Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program sponsored by Automated Health Systems Inc.

SMC Powder Metallurgy has named Levy Industrial as its e-commerce marketing agency. SMC is a powder metals parts manufacturer for end-users world-wide.

The Home Service Store, a business that refers homeowners and small businesses to maintenance, repair and improvement contractors, has opened an office in Pittsburgh.