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Author Archives: Becca Oken-Tatum

SBA loan fuels growth of Adams lab (access required)

Laboratory, Analytical & Biological Services of New Oxford relied on a federally-funded SBA 504 loan through Adams Economic Alliance to move from East Berlin and ren-ovate a larger facility, shown above, near Cross Keys in eastern Adams County. PHOTO/SUBMITTED

When Fred Richstien II sought financing last fall to expand his business in Adams County, he heard about a federal loan program that might help him achieve his vision.. By summer, he had a financing package totaling $845,000 in hand for his company, Laboratory, Analytical & Biological Services, or LABS, of New Oxford, part of which included a Small Business Administration 504 loan facilitated by the Adams Economic Alliance.

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Manheim Township couple’s startup focuses on walnut-based beverage for brain health

Tessa and Dr. Jordan Balencic are working to raise $900,000 to develop and launch BrainMilk, a walnut-based dairy-alternative beverage with several flavors featuring “other clinically studied superfoods,” like blueberries and turmeric. Their fundraising campaign that got off to a strong start thanks to a recent $51,025 investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

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Fired up: Distiller joins vibrant beverage scene in Carlisle (access required)

Friends and Boiling Springs residents Devin Flickinger and Mark Farrell teamed up this summer to open Hook & Flask Still Works at 137 N. Hanover Street in downtown Carlisle. The pair, who are making history as the first distillery to open is Carlisle since Prohibition, are also volunteer firefighters for the Monroe Fire Co. and chose Carlisle for its craft beverage scene.

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Guest view: New perspective is not just a different point of view

Over many years in leadership positions, I’ve observed excellent people become overwhelmed and breathlessly run through each day with a foggy perspective on what they’re truly accomplishing. It’s crucial we learn how to regularly rise above the frenzy and replenish our perspective, leading to smarter work and a spirit of empowerment and purpose. Following are a few methods I’ve found beneficial over the years. The methods are not a replacement for company strategic planning exercises, but rather an augmenting personal philosophy for each day.

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