Workplace safety is key in running a successful business. Employers with committed safety programs help reduce employee injuries and help minimize insurance costs. The PBA Workers’ Compensation Program, through its carrier Eastern Alliance, is offering free safety presentations for current and prospective Workers’ Compensation program participants.
Harrisburg, PA – The PA Builders Association Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is celebrating Professional Women in Building Week, Sept. 18 - 22. PWB Week aims to drive awareness of the vast contributions women have made and continue to make every day in the residential construction industry.
“Women are a vital component of the home building industry. PWB Week provides a platform to collectively demonstrate the important roles women play,” said Maria Coutts, Chair, PBA Professional Women in Building Council. “Women have long been in this field, but now we want to shine a spotlight on them to highlight their great work,” she added.
“PWB is seeing an organic evolution of women at the grassroots level making the necessary strides to fuel the next generation of female building professionals through industry support, professional development, and leadership training opportunities,” says Cathy Sloan, PBA Professional Women in Building Council member. “Our members are not just the builder’s wives anymore, but accredited, licensed and certified professionals representing all facets of the residential construction industry.”
PWB has become NAHB’s fastest growing council, experiencing a 40% growth in membership over the last decade, and counts 55 Pennsylvania members of its 1531 total membership.
For more information, visit www.nahb.org/pwbweek
The Small Business Advantage Grant provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500 ($7,000 for lighting-only upgrades), to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or adopt waste reduction processes. The program is open July 25, 2017 through June 30, 2018, or until funds are exhausted.
Pennsylvania-based businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Eligible applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution prevention related expenses.
An overview of the program, eligibility requirements and application instructions are included in the Small Business Advantage Grant Package (see links below). Beginning in 2017, all applications must be submitted on-line. Sample hardcopies of the Grant Package may be obtained by calling DEP's Small Business Ombudsman Office at 717-772-5160.
Small Business Advantage Grant Documents
Below is a list of the documents you will need when applying for the Small Business Advantage Grant:
For technical questions regarding the grant, please e-mail program staff at email@example.com for assistance, or call the Small Business Ombudsman Office at 717-772-5160.
Mark McNaughton, chair, PBA Government Affairs Committee and president, McNaughton Homes, was a featured guest on WITF’s Smart Talk program on Monday, Aug. 28. The hour-long daily, live, interactive program focused on the Central Pennsylvania residential real estate market. Mark was joined by Smart Talk host Scott Lamar; Bob Fox, the incoming vice president of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors; Jennifer King, president of the Lancaster County Association of Realtors; and Cheryl Young, a senior economist with the real estate website Trulia.com.
WITF-FM is headquartered in Harrisburg and broadcasts NPR talk and news programming across a 17-county region. An archived podcast of the show is available. Many thanks to Mark for representing PBA.
The home of Steve and Jen Black in Elizabethtown, PA hosted a cocktail reception of the members and invited guests of the Pennsylvania BUILD-PAC Trustees on Wednesday, August 23.
Guests included Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA 7), Rep. Charlie Dent (PA 15), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA 16), and Rep. Scott Perry (PA 4).
BUILD-PAC, or Builders United in Legislative Decisions Political Action Committee, is the political arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It helps elect pro-housing, pro-business candidates to federal office.
Friday, August 11 is 8/11 and the celebration of National 811 Day. It's a reminder that you "know what's below" and call before you dig. PBA members their first $125 covered by us.
DiPasquale Named as PBA’s Director of Endorsed Trade Programs
The PBA Membership Challenge begins August 1, 2017, and ends on December 31, 2017. NAHB’s membership statistics as derived from the NAHB WMS will be used for ascertaining membership goals reached, spike credits awarded, new members secured and any and all other measures necessary to determine eligibility. Data as of December 31, 2017, and produced by NAHB in mid-January 2018 shall constitute the final figures applicable to the PBA Membership Challenge. We are sorry, but no local association or self-reported statistics will be accepted. PBA leadership, in its sole discretion, will decide any questions regarding eligibility.
There is no time to waste. Start recruiting new members now. Not only do you get a chance to win more than two thousand dollars without buying a raffle ticket; you make PBA and your local association stronger. Let’s get to 4,850!
Over $30,000 Raised for PaCAH
Members of the PBA were busy over the three-day conference. Designer bags, sports tickets, and gift certificates were sold to the highest bidders, raising $1,145 for PaCAH. Contributions of over $1,900 were raised in conjunction with the PaCAH VIP Night at the Ballpark and a big thank you to the local associations who presented PaCAH checks on the board floor – a total of over $19,000. That’s a total of over $22,000 raised for PaCAH over the weekend!!
Affordable Housing Summer Seminar
Members gathered Friday afternoon for a seminar entitled “Using Mixed Income and Mixed Use Development to Support Local Community Revitalization." The discussion included a panel of housing practitioners and funders about their involvement in mixed income and mixed use projects as part of an overall community revitalization strategy. Panelists included Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministry, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and seminar sponsor Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.
Associates Council Project: Camp Victory
The PBA Associates Council's next building support project takes place at Camp Victory, a 125-acre facility in Millville, PA for children with special needs and their families. Several sections of the camp are in need of repairs, remodeling, and maintenance. Through a partnership with Penn College Construction Association, the PBA Associates Council will raise initial start-up funds through a GoFundMe campaign and then begin the work projects in late-2017.
Another huge thank you to our partners EK McConkey, and BDX for networking with our members and assisting them with questions over the weekend. We appreciate you sharing your time with us.
PBA 2017 Fall Board Meeting
Mark your calendar for the next Board of Directors Meeting on October 28at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. We look forward to seeing you there!
The schedule of events and board meeting agenda has been set for the for the PBA Summer Board of Directors meeting from Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA. The Board meeting is Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m. Other events planned during the three-day event include the Affordable Housing Seminar, Regional Caucus Meetings and the PA Committee for Affordable Housing (PaCAH) VIP Night at the Ballpark.
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