OAKS PA – Two area residents, Heather Moore of Phoenixville and Joseph Bergquist of Lower Providence (above), have joined the staff of Tompkins VIST Bank, which operates branches in Oaks and Birdsboro PA.

Both are vice presidents and commercial banking relationship managers. Each is responsible for providing conventional and Small Business Administration loans and other banking solutions to business customers in the greater Philadelphia region.

Moore last served as a vice president at Susquehanna Bank. She holds an associate degree from Delaware County Community College. She is a member of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and its CIG group, and the Society of Professional Women. She also is a board member of HelpHOPELive and is a founder of the organization’s annual fundraiser.

Bergquist last served as a vice president at The Victory Bank. He holds a B.S. in finance from St. Joseph’s University, and an MBA from Widener University. He also graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Bergquist is a member of the Professional Business Network, the Spring-Ford and Perkiomen Valley chambers of commerce, the Montgomery County Development Corporation, and the Chester County Industrial Investment Development Council. He also serves on the Lending Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association.

Photos from Tompkins VIST Bank

Rolph Graf, an engineer representing the proposed Spring Valley Farms housing community, describes plans Monday to the Lower Pottsgrove Planning Commission

Rolph Graf, an engineer representing the proposed Spring Valley Farms housing community, describes plans Monday to the Lower Pottsgrove Planning Commission

SANATOGA PA – Saying they wanted a greater number of items on an engineering checklist “cleaned up,” members of the Lower Pottsgrove Planning Commission declined Monday (July 20, 2015) to immediately endorse preliminary approval of plans to built 178 single-family homes on almost 146 acres bordering Bleim and North Pleasant View roads at the township’s northeast side.

Instead, the developer of the proposed Spring Valley Farms housing community has been asked to return to another commission meeting, possibly on Aug. 17 (Monday), for further review and discussion.

Planners did vote to support waivers sought by the developer that would give the project greater flexibility in dealing with approaches to stop signs at intersections, the type of storm water sewer pipe to be installed, placement of trees between sidewalks and curbing, and the type of curb to be installed.

They also repeated concerns about the impact development traffic may have in further congesting nearby roads – specifically Bleim, Pruss Hill and North Pleasant View – at peak morning and evening travel times. But they acknowledged that because state roads were involved, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation would play a role in determining how, if at all, those concerns were addressed.

The developer must apply to PennDOT for approval of its plans as well, but cannot do so until planners recommend and the Board of Commissioners vote for preliminary approval, township Manager Ed Wagner explained.

The project would be served with public water available from a storage tower further north on Pleasant View, and with public sewer from Deer Ridge Drive under a negotiated easement with a property owner there, according to its plans. Its streets and facilities would be privately owned, and serviced and maintained by a home owners’ association and not at taxpayer expense, the board was told.

Because the project is within the township’s newly created Preservation Subdivision District overlay, developer Brennan Marion is offering two adjacent parcels of land, totaling 86 acres, to be dedicated to the township as open space. Another 20 acres within the development also would be deemed as open.

Planners (from left) William Wolfgang, Anthony Cherico and Scott Fulmer review project documents

Board members spent much of their hour-long meeting in a review of items already completed by, or still outstanding with, Marion and his engineering representative, Rolph Graf of Graf Engineering LLC. The lists consisted of recommendations made by the township engineering firm, Bursich Associates. Most “were not major,” Bursich representative Chad Camburn told commissioners.

But they were sufficient to have board member William Wolfgang declare he “was not ready to go forward” with the project because “there are too many ‘maybes.’ I’d like to see some more definitive answers” to some checklist items before recommending the project’s approval. His colleagues agreed.

Wolfgang, who lives on Pruss Hill, and new commissioner Scott Fulmer both objected to what they perceived as future traffic problems created by drivers from Spring Valley Farms. Fulmer estimated the development would eventually result in adding 300 cars to local roads. “There’s no way that’s not going to have an impact,” he said.

Fulmer, who formerly served as president of the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors, also observed that, over time, families in Spring Valley Farms might enroll up to 300 children in Pottsgrove schools. “The district won’t be able to handle that,” he noted.

POTTSTOWN PA – Sadly, The Post can’t be everywhere at once.

It’s impossible to give all local business news sufficient coverage, and as actor Clint Eastwood once famously said in his movie role as detective “Dirty” Harry Callahan, “A man’s GOT to know his limitations.”

We don’t want you to miss a thing, however. So below find a list of editor’s selections: links to stories we think you’ll consider interesting, along with their sources and dates they were published.

Agriculture Secretary Affirms State’s Responsibility to Address Food Insecurity During Tour of Susquehanna County Food Bank
PA Department of Agriculture (July 16, 2015)
State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding toured a Susquehanna County food bank, speaking to food access and what that access means to Pennsylvania’s families.

National Penn Bancshares, Inc. to Release 2nd Quarter 2015 Earnings, Conduct Webcast Conference Call on Thursday, July 23, 2015
National Penn Bancshares (July 6, 2015)

Libra Named Site Vice President at Limerick Generating Station
Exelon Corp. (July 2, 2015)
Exelon Generation announced July 2 that Rick Libra has been named site vice president at Limerick Generating Station.

TPDer Honored with George Stoudt Award by South Jersey ASCE
Traffic Planning and Design (June 5, 2015)
Joe Janos, P.E., trails design manager and highway design engineer at TPD, was honored with the George Stout Award by the South Jersey Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineering.

For more western Montgomery County PA Business news, read The Sanatoga Post.

From the Pottstown Chapter of SCORE
For The Post Publications LLC

POTTSTOWN PA – Without oil, your car won’t run. Without water, your plants will wither. Without good cash flow, your small business is almost certainly doomed.

Yet despite its importance, cash flow is relatively simple to monitor and manage. It comes down to making certain that more cash enters your business than exits your bank account.

Get it sold. The first step toward ensuring a healthy cash flow is converting sales into real money as quickly as possible. That boosts your bottom line, and provides a safeguard against unpleasant surprises such as slow or non-paying customers, and unexpected expenses.

Get it in advance. One way to shift cash your way is to ask for all or a portion of payment up front. Asking for at least a deposit before you begin work protects both you and your customer. If you establish the policy fairly and properly, it shouldn’t alienate good customers.

Accept credit card payments. They can help speed cash into your account, though it does require a small transaction fee. If you already have a merchant credit card account, encourage customers to use this option more often.

Also, consider new credit card technology such as Square, which allows transactions to be made using smart phones regardless of where you do business. This technology expedites the flow of cash into your bank account, sometimes as quickly as the next business morning, and adds a welcome measure of convenience for your customers.

Watch receivables. A healthy cash flow also requires close attention to your receivables, the money customers owe to you for products or services you’ve delivered. Create a detailed “aging schedule” of what you are owed, by whom, and for how long. Call overdue accounts, focusing first on the largest amounts due. Don’t rely on email unless you feel certain you’ll receive a response.

SCORE and its Pottstown chapter, located at 244 E. High St., has developed a variety of helpful templates and other starter guides for projecting, managing, and analyzing cash flow. Find them in the “Tools and Templates” section of SCORE’s main website, here. The chapter also regularly hosts workshops on cash flow, both on-site and via the Web.

SCORE is a non-profit organization of more than 13,000 volunteer business mentors. They provide free, confidential business advice and training workshops to small business owners.

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ROYERSFORD PA – Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services Inc., a company that provides occupational health services, injury care and injury case management from 61 offices across the Mid-Atlantic region, has expanded by buying a privately-held physical therapy firm in Virginia.

Phoenix operates an office at 780 Main St., Royersford, as well as in Phoenixville, Trooper, and Elverson PA.

Acquisition of the Virginia-based Advanced Center for Physical Therapy gives it the ability “to continue with its strategic growth plan for expansion” beyond Pennsylvania, Phoenix said in a Wednesday (July 15, 2015) press release. The rehab firm did not disclose its purchase price.

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SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove has written what might be thought of as “do-it-yourself guides” to understanding township policies and procedures for land development, the creation of a property subdivision, and seeking a variance from the Zoning Hearing Board.

All three are often considered the stuff of gobbledy-gook by residents and, perhaps more important to the Board of Commissioners, business owners interested in relocating to the township. In the past, just reading local subdivision and land development laws, and the complexities of dealing with zoning, usually required an interpreter fluent in legalese. A couple of aspirin, too.

Hopefully not any more, board President Bruce Foltz says.

Foltz and fellow commissioners were all too happy to review and approve drafts of the policy re-writes during their July 6 meeting. Manager Ed Wagner said the revisions “make the process simple” and easily understood, “and they’re more comprehensive too,” he added. They were created by Wagner, Codes Enforcement Officer Joe Groff and Solicitor Robert Brant, and relied heavily on comments from others who had to slog though previous versions, he added.

“I’ve been asking for a long time to make this simple and straight-forward,” Foltz said. “I’m glad to see we finally got it done.”

Copies of the revisions are available for distribution upon request at the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., Wagner said. They also are expected to be posted soon on the township website.

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