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Author Archives: Becca Oken-Tatum

A shortage of construction workers is posing challenges for the industry, raising costs and stressing workers

The nationwide shortage of construction workers is posing challenges for the industry, including making it harder to meet deadlines, raising costs to complete projects, and forcing firms to ask their skilled laborers to do more work. There's no easy solutions in sight, but those in the field are making efforts to tackle the problem.

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Lancaster doctor offers a brainy alternative to dairy

Dr. Jordan Balencic and his wife, Tessa, developed a dairy-alternative beverage that contains walnut milk and other clinically studied superfoods proven to have beneficial properties for brain health. It’s called BrainMilk. PHOTOS/MARKELL DELOATCH

Lancaster-based Dr. Jordan Balencic and his wife Tessa have developed a ready-to-drink, dairy-alternative beverage that contains walnut milk and other clinically studied superfoods proven to have beneficial properties for brain health called BrainMilk. To further their efforts, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, a State College-based seed and economic development nonprofit organization, has invested $51,025.

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Notes from your CPA: 2017 tax law requires strategic refresh for nonprofits

Tax experts agree: adjusting to new accounting standards and the effects of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can make the nonprofit world more confusing – and challenging. Here are some tips to help ensure your nonprofit, one of more than 13,000 operating in Pennsylvania, maintains the strong financial backing it needs to continue its meaningful work while meeting today’s state and federal regulations.

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Guest view: Fair housing policies aren’t just relevant to residential landlords anymore

Housing discrimination claims are on the rise. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the two agencies charged with investigating claims of housing discrimination in our state, are busier than ever. Now, more than ever, companies need to be aware of fair housing issues to avoid claims.

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