Small Business: Big Decisions
Worth the Effort: Small business owners say the rewards of entrepreneurship outweigh hardships.
Starting up a small business can have big challenges. Owners talk about the challenges they faced and their best advice for starting small.
Unhealthy Situation: Small businesses struggle to comply with ACA requirements
Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, small business owners have been laboring to find health insurance for their employees each year. They share their struggles and their solutions.
Small Pool: Employers face hiring issues
Small business owners don't have time or resources to devote to finding and keeping quality employees. Staffing companies and small businesses are trying to solve the growing problem together.
Feel for Success: Small business owners must be passionate about their endeavors
Strategic People Solutions Consultant, Gene Gatty speaks to having passion for your business' product or service as the best method for marketing small business.
Finding its Way: Butler Technologies overcomes early hurdles to build solid foundation
Butler Technologies Owners, Nadine Tripodi and Bill Darney started their small business in downtown Butler in 1990. Although the custom-made interface business has been successful, the business partners initially had major hurdle to clear.
On the Job
Life-Changing Event: Illness spurred Breakneck Tavern owner to pursue goal
When Breakneck Tavern Owner, Jason Eisenreich got a serious case of Lyme Disease, he realized life can be short so he fulfilled his dream to start his upscale casual restaurant in Mars. Business Matters Editor, Beth Koop went on the job to find out what it's like to run an increasingly popular restaurant on a busy Saturday night.
Matters of Change: McFarland retires as publication's account executive; Ashbaugh fills
Butler Business Matters Advertising Account Executive, Mary McFarland announced her retirement after eight years of developing the business publication. Former Oberg Industries Training and Talent Development Manager, Neil Ashbaugh became the Business Matters advertising executive on May 31.
Ruling Class: State lawmakers say overregulation hurting jobs
State legislators representing Butler County told business owners they believe excessive government regulation is choking off job growth in Pennsylvania.
Lifesteps: Butler center marks 25 years
Lifesteps marked the 25th anniversary of its Butler Program Center at an open house and celebration on May 19. President and CEO Karen Sue Owens said the teamwork of the entire community has made the program a success.
Efforts Honored: Distinguished Service Awards recognize women's volunteer work
Pamela Ambrose and Gerri Paulisick have their hands full as mothers, wives and workers but somehow they still make time to volunteer. For their efforts, Pamela Ambrose was the junior recipient and Gerri Paulisick the senior recipient of the 67th Annual Distinguished Service Award at the Butler Country Club.
Name that Room: Zelie residents can sponsor Kaufman House work
Zelienople residents and businesses will now have a chance to “own” a piece of history by investing in the renovation of the Kaufman House. The Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau kicked off the Kaufman House Community Connection Campaign, which will offer an opportunity to invest sponsoring certain areas of the historic hotel.
The Legislative Action Committee of Butler County hosted the State of the Commonwealth on May 13 at the Butler Country Club. The event was an open forum with State Senators, Scott Hutchinson, Donald White, and Elder A. Vogel and State Representatives, Brian Ellis, Jaret Gibbons, Jim Marshal, Daryl Metcalfe, Tedd Nesbit, and Jeff Pyle. There were more than 80 attendees at the event, which was sponsored by Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, First Energy, and XTO Energy.
Distinguished Service Award committee, the Rotary Club of Butler, and the Butler Eagle held the 67th Distinguished Service Award dinner May 4 at Butler Country Club. Pamela Ambrose was honored with the junior recipient award and Gerri Paulisick was the senior award recipient. There were 200 people in attendance.
Lifesteps of Butler celebrated the 25th anniversary of the program May 19 at the Butler County Program Center on New Castle Road. There were more than 100 people in attendance. The event was sponsored by Maher Duessel Certified Public Accountants.
The Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau hosted its Toast to Tourism dinner May 5 at the Atrium in Prospect. Nine grants were awarded for improvements to Butler County parks, recreational areas, and tourist development projects. For the first time this year, a local business man was named Tourism Ambassador of the Year. More than 200 people attended.