Success – See you at the top

Welcome to the Success edition of West Shore Connect, which focuses on men who are making a difference in Central PA. As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to support local small businesses.

According to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, companies with fewer than 100 employees account for 98.1% of businesses in the United States. A report from the SBA indicates that small businesses created 10.5 million net new jobs while large businesses created 5.6 million from 2000 to 2019.

Small businesses will also play a key role in revitalizing the economy in the aftermath of the pandemic. A poll conducted in April/May 2021 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife indicates that 65% of business owners are optimistic that the worst of the pandemic is behind us.

The men featured in this issue are driving positive change on the business front and in the community at large. In the following interviews, they share insights into their unique experiences as business owners and community leaders.

We must continue to support each other to bring our businesses back from the impacts of COVID-19. Please do business with the men spotlighted in this 2021 edition as well as our advertisers. It is up to the residents of Central PA to make this tool a resource. Please share it with others and help us continue to grow by participating in our 2022 issue.

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Marsha Blessing PUBLISHER

Article Listing

  1. Scott Martz – Business Owners Trade Alliance
  2. Richard Utley – Utley Associates & Central PA Black Business Directory
  3. Patrick Cawley – Keystone Elder Law P.C.
  4. Ron James – Ron James Choices
  5. Ryan Reeher – West Shore Decks
  6. Matt Farner – RPM Signs and Lighting
  7. Todd Archer – Archware
  8. Cumberland County’s Superhero
  9. Driving Diversity
  10. Training for Financial Wellness
  11. Reducing Post-op Pain