Regional business update, Oct. 13 | News

Grant helps DSI in CEBA initiative

SHENANDOAH — The revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc. has received a First Federal Charitable Foundation grant to help support the purchase of architectural plans for the development of DSI’s proposed Center for Education, Business & Arts — CEBA — to be built in the 100 block of North Main Street.

The project, according to a release from the Hazleton-based foundation, involves construction of a 37,131–square-foot facility, a multistory innovation center that will include “DSI’s offices, retail spaces, a variety of maker and artist spaces, a business incubator and co-working spaces, a community event space, multiple culinary kitchens, a community computer room and conference room, warehouse/storage/shipping rooms, offices and a classroom for Penn State, and a presentation space with bleacher seating that can hold more intimate events for the community.”

Karen Kenderdine, DSI president, thanked the foundation for its support and said DSI has an ongoing capital campaign to raise matching funds to build CEBA, a “place for individuals to start or expand their business, provide educational opportunities and serve as a community hub …”

The CEBA’s mission, according to the release, is to “provide educational, artistic, recreational and economic opportunities that create jobs, increase household income, build community and enhance the quality of life in the Schuylkill County region.”

The grant amount was not listed in the foundation release. Kelly Kostanesky, foundation public relations specialist, said via email the foundation “does not disclose the grant amount totals that are awarded. There are several criteria that go into how they select the amount of money a grant recipient receives and the foundation doesn’t want to mislead any other nonprofits that may apply in the future and think they can be awarded a similar amount so they (foundation officials) choose to omit the grant amounts from the releases.”

Nonprofits with a 501(c)3 designation and located in Luzerne, Schuylkill, Carbon and Columbia counties are eligible to apply to the First Federal foundation for grants, as is any organization whose headquarters is elsewhere but that services any of the four counties.

For more information on the foundation or to obtain a grant application, visit or call 570-501-2784.

COVID-19 cancels breakfasts for vets

FRACKVILLE — Veterans breakfasts for the remainder of 2020 at Lewie’s Restaurant, Lehigh Avenue, have been canceled.

The cancelation, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, involves the last two breakfasts for the year, slated in November and December, according to a release.

Lewie Eyster, restaurant owner, said that the breakfasts will resume in 2021.

Ribbon-cutting at Bridal Studio

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — A ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Bridal Studio, 33 E. Main St., is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, according to a Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce flyer forwarded by Samantha Chivinski.

The event will include give-aways, a happy hour, a new bridal collection on display from designer Justin Alexander plus treats from local vendors, the flyer says.

People should register online at or by calling 570-622-1942.

MAEA schedules virtual roundtable

POTTSVILLE — A virtual Luzerne/Schuylkill safety roundtable by the Pottsville-based Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association is set for 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 29, via Cisco WebEx.

The focus, according to an MAEA release, involves Occupational Safety and Health Administration industry-related guidelines regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as OSHA updates.

Mark L. Stelmack, OSHA area director for the Wilkes-Barre office, will be the presenter. To register, or for more information, email Chris Robbins at [email protected] or call 570-622-0992. More information about MAEA is available at

Business After 5 mixer scheduled

POTTSVILLE — The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 O’clock Mixer will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Simon Kramer Cancer Institute, 15 Alliance St., New Philadelphia.

The institute is the event sponsor; all CDC safety guidelines will be in effect as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a chamber flyer forwarded by Danielle Laudeman.

For more information, call the chamber at 570-622-1942 or email [email protected]

GIANT announces grant program

CARLISLE — The GIANT Co., which operates Giant and Martin’s markets, has announced the creation of a $200,000 grant program designed to provide funding to child care providers in Pennsylvania who are facing operational and financial challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, according to a GIANT Co. release, is being offered in partnership with Pennsylvania Key and The Hershey Co. to child care organizations that are licensed by the state Department of Human Services and the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

Now through Nov. 13, child care providers can apply for grants of up to $10,000.

In Schuylkill County, there is a Giant Market at the Cressona Mall, Cressona.

For details about the grant program and to apply, visit Recipients will be notified in late November and funds will be distributed before the end of the year, according to the release.

County economic loan program

POTTSVILLE — The Schuylkill County commissioners have provided funds for an economic development loan program, according to a Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce flyer forwarded by Danielle Laudeman.

Called the Schuylkill Small Business Development Revolving Loan Program, the program is available countywide and can be used by new businesses and existing businesses that need assistance for expansion. The current rate is 3.65% fixed for five years.

Eligible businesses “must be able to create jobs that will employ county residents.

Loans can be made for the acquisition and rehabilitation, or new construction for non-residential properties, or purchase of equipment or machinery.”

Loans may not be used to refinance existing debt or for working capital, according to the flier.

For more information, email Laudeman at [email protected]

MAEA training

for lead worker

POTTSVILLE — — The Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association is offering lead worker two-day certificate training Mondays, Oct. 19 and 26, at its office, 250 One Norwegian Plaza, Pottsville.

The instructor is Christine M. Robbins, M.Ed., director of training and development with MAEA.

To register, or for more information including pricing, call 570-622-0992 or email to [email protected] More information also is available at

Geisinger offers

flu vaccine clinics

POTTSVILLE — — Geisinger, in a move to respond to the importance of people getting flu shots and to make it easier for them to do so, is offering drive-through flu vaccine clinics through early November throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania.

The no-cost flu-shot clinics will be open to the public for people older than 18, according to a Geisinger release.

Locally, Geisinger’s public drive-through flu shot events include:

■ Saturday, Oct. 31, Friendship Fire Company No. 1, Englewood near Frackville, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■ Saturday, Nov. 7, Tremont Area Ambulance, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For a full list of flu shot locations, as well as tips on staying flu-free this season, go online to

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