Harrisburg lawyer named to PBA Board of Governors


Dauphin County lawyer Matthew M. Haar was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors as the unit county governor.

His term begins May 13, at the end of the bar association’s annual meeting, a release noted. Managing partner of the Harrisburg office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Haar is vice chair of the PBA’s Shale Energy Law Committee and serves on the PBA’s Administrative Law Section Council and Civil Litigation Council. He is also member of the PBA’s Large Law Firm and Federal Practice committees.

Haar is a past president of the Dauphin County Bar Association, chair of its House Committee and a member of its Local Rules Committee. He is a former president of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has also served as an instructor at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, teaching courses on problem solving.

Haar has more than 20 years of experience as a litigator of corporate and commercial disputes, including cases involving insurance and reinsurance, energy and permitting, and clean energy.

WBCO appoints 3 advisory board members, announces grants  

The Women’s Business Center Organization, a program of the York County Economic Alliance, appointed three new members to its advisory board: 

  • Margaret Eckles-Ray, program director for White Deer Run York Assessment Center. 
  • Tara Houser, vice president of marketing with First Capital Federal Credit Union. 
  • Nicole Shaffer, director of her traditions with Traditions Bank. 

The WBCO also began its 2022 season by allocating $10,000 in Bloom grant funds to six women-owned businesses in York County. 

The money comes through the Bloom Business Empowerment Center, which aims to “accelerate small business ownership and success, promote Pathways to Prosperity for talent development, and advance representation in leadership and access to opportunities,” a news release said. 

The recipients are: 

  • Revolt Style Studio, for signage and marketing for 717 fest, a weekend-long, vintage-only vendor market offering curated clothing, accessories, home decor and more. 
  • Sara Ellen Event Venue, to support event venue startup and marketing.   
  • Lash Up, for business improvements to make clients feel safer and more welcome with the addition of extra lighting in the parking lot and other outside areas. 
  • Velvet Beauties, for off-street parking for customers; business improvements; and renovations for a better fitting room. 
  • The Curious Little Playhouse, for an outdoor music system. 
  • Portraits of Beauty by Gretchen, for continuing education to better serve clients through an Elite Enhancement 3 Day Training course on Eyebrow Ombre Powder Brow Training. 

Since 2018, 93 small businesses have received a combined $275,000 in Bloom grants – with an average amount of $2,900 each. Fifty-four percent of the enterprises are owned by a person of color, and 64% by women.