April 2014 — Service - Efficiency, Reliability, Quality, Availability
Now That’s Service — Business Matters takes a look at how some Butler County Businesses started offering their service, what makes them special and what keeps them dedicated to serving their customers.
Retirement Project: T.K. Stables Fulfills Owner’s Dream of Caring for Horses
Key to Success: Butler/Cranberry Lock, Safe & Door Opens Up for its Customers
Setting Values: Appraiser Carol Foster Turns Love of the Arts into Profession
Clear Vision: Father’s Sight Issues Set Dr. Wheatall on Career Path
Opportunity Opens: MKB Fills Niche with Compost Filter Socks
Clean Sweep: Jobs Well Done Spurred Growth of Bill’s Interior Grooming
Pricing Property: Farm Roots Serve Owner of Champagne Appraisal Services Well
The Wow Factor: Sweetopia Owner has Flair for Displays
Right Fit: Staffing Professional Discusses Hiring Trends, Tapping into Hidden Job Market — Joey Lerch, lead recruiter for Specialized Staffing & Industry Recruiters in Butler, speaks with Business Matters about helping employers and job seekers find the right fit.
ON THE JOB
Horse Sense: Farrier’s Work Key to Overall Health of Animal — Business Matters reporter David Means spends a day working with third-generation farrier Frank Ammon.
LEARNING TO LEAD
Charlotte Zuschlag, President and CEO of ESB Bank, Touts Virtues of Hard Work, Patience — Charlotte Zuschlag, who has been president and CEO of ESB Bank since 1989, started her career in banking as a part-time teller in college.
Butler’s Google? Hospitality Software Firm Future POS Plans to Develop Own Campus — Butler County is a long way from Silicon Valley, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a successful place to create software. Future POS, a software firm in Center Township, recently bought a 59-acre lot and has plans to build its own campus.
Everything Energy: Game-Changing Nature of Marcellus Shale Dominates Discussion at Symposium — Regional shale gas development and the major impact it has made globally in a short amount of time dominated the discussion during Energy Symposium 2014 at Butler County Community College.
Bankers Breakfast: Cyber Security is Top Priority — The head of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association reported on the trade group’s recent activity and served as a sounding board for banks’ concerns during the Community Development Corporation of Butler County’s annual Bankers Breakfast.
Show Time: Grove City Chamber Event Packs ’Em In — The Grove City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Trade Show connected thousands of people to some of the area’s businesses.
Show and Tell: Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber’s Business Expo Overcomes Weather — The Tri-County Business Expo endured some lingering wintry weather and continued to build relationships within the north Pittsburgh region’s growing business community.
Circle of Success: BC3 Student, Entrepreneur Makes Business of Hula Hoops — Liz Capuano is helping to support herself through college by making and selling custom hula hoops.
Drink it In: New Zelienople Pub Already Considering Expansion — A Seven Fields couple opened a brew pub last fall in Zelienople, and they are now working around the clock to keep glasses topped off and plates full.
The Butler County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Cranberry Business Hub on March 5 for a Meet-N-Move Luncheon at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township. The networking event was the first of the chamber’s five-part luncheon series.
The Butler County Young Professionals presented Volunteering Made Easy on March 18 at the North Country Brewing Co. in Slippery Rock. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities with about a dozen local nonprofit organizations.
— Meeting calendar of all local business organizations
— Real estate transaction reports
— News briefs and event announcements
— Unemployment rate tends and other economic statistics
— New business filings, bankruptcies and liens