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Entrepreneurs to share expertise at PSNK forum

| Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 12:34 a.m.
Teri Jo Carrier Submitted

An entrepreneurial forum is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Penn State New Kensington Conference Center, Upper Burrell.

Local businessmen will offer insights on owning or expanding a business by sharing ideas on building a business and utilizing the appropriate resources.

They are: Brian Jacobs, president of Westarm Therapy, Lower Burrell; William Kabazie, president of ALKAB Contract Manufacturing Inc., New Kensington; and Neil Andritz, president of Rivers Edge, Leechburg. Moderator will be Douglas Rosensteel, president of BHD Technologies Inc., Greensburg.

Other topics include marketing techniques and challenges for start-up companies.

It is geared to anyone interested in starting a new business or growing an existing business, said Pat Hollinger, continuing education outreach coordinator at the New Kensington campus.

Campus students and local business community welcome. Cost is $10 and includes a light dinner.

It is sponsored by StrongLand Chamber of Commerce and Westmoreland County Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ). KIZ combines the resources of educational institutions, private businesses, business support organizations, commercial lending institutions, venture capital networks, and foundations to foster innovation and create entrepreneurial opportunities.

New Kensington houses one of the counties four KIZ zones at Schreiber Industrial Park.

For more information, contact Hollinger at 724-334-6053 or via email.

Westarm Homecare adds to corporate staff

Westarm Homecare of Lower Burrell has hired Teri Jo Carrier of Leechburg as a clinical liaison/nursing director at its corporate office.

Her responsibilities will include coordination of patient care, liaison for community resources and management of the Westarm home-care nursing staff.

Prior to accepting her new position, she was the director of resident assessment at a skilled nursing facility in Monroeville and the regional director of clinical reimbursement with a skilled nursing organization in the Pittsburgh area.

Her professional interests focus on acute rehabilitation and long term care settings. She also has experience as a pediatric staff nurse and private duty nursing.

Carrier, a registered nurse, earned a bachelor's degree in professional services and leadership at Duquesne University. She lives in Leechburg with her four children and extended family.

Westarm Homecare is a Medicare-certified home health agency offering physical, occupational and speech therapy and skilled nursing services to patients in their home or facility residence.

Business women plan to meet 8 a.m. Tuesday

The Allegheny Valley Chapter of the Women's Business Network will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday at UPMC Lighthouse Point at Chapel Harbor, Fox Chapel.

The meeting is open to area women business owners and those in sales seeking networking opportunities with other business women to expand their contacts and share ideas to help grow their business.

The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Meeting agendas include self-marketing, a business presentation by an individual member.

For more information, contact Sarah Nickel at 412-767-5290 or visit

Goddard recognizes its schools in region

Pittsburgh-area Goddard Schools were recently awarded the Market of Excellence at the 2012 Goddard School National Franchisee Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

This award is presented annually to acknowledge a market that has demonstrated the best collaborative effort in representing The Goddard School in their community.

Honorees listed below also received several business awards:

Mark and Jennifer Rebstock, The Goddard School, 3000 Brooktree Road, Wexford, Circle of Excellence, five years in business;

Lori and Bob Santo, The Goddard School, 825 East McMurray Road. Peters Township, Circle of Excellence, five years in business;

Dina and Matt Speranza, The Goddard School, 8065 Rowan Road, Cranberry, Circle of Excellence President's Club.

GSI, franchisor of The Goddard School, unveiled new technological tools to help enhance ongoing collaboration with parents, and a new logo in 2013 for the brand's 25th anniversary.

Convention attendees also participated in a variety of workshops on topics ranging from technology and curriculum to enrollment, human resources and operations.

For more information, visit

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