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Bits of Business: Groomstop makes an impression in branding a business

Centre Daily Times employee mug shot Shawn Annarelli, July 16, 2014.
Centre Daily Times employee mug shot Shawn Annarelli, July 16, 2014.

Scott Gardner has run Groomstop, an engraving business, for five years and decided it was time to expand his business ventures.

He saw dye-sublimation, a technology that employs a printing process using heat to transfer dye onto materials, as the next logical step.

Gardner will soon launch reMarkables, a business that uses dye-sublimation, in Bellefonte.

“It’s a business where we can put images on stuff, and that’s the brief version,” Gardner said. “We have all kinds of things we can do from marketing items like keychains and nametags, everyday things, brass plaques, iPhone covers, shirts and a lot more.”

Gardner showed off an iPhone cover he used dye-sublimation on, which resulted in a picture of his German shepherd, Lexi.

Though dye-sublimation dates back for decades, Gardner said it a constantly evolving industry.

“What we do is put coating on these items receptive to our gas dye, so we actually print this ink on special paper and then place it on the item with 400 degrees for a period a period of time,” he said. “The ink changes to a gas and penetrates the coating, and then when it cools down it stays forever. It’s not a new technology, but it’s improved from what others have done.”

It’s all in your head

Ever wonder why you still can’t putt? Why you still can’t lay down a bunt? Or why your free throw clanks off the rim?

Sherrie Borden may hold the key to your troubles.

Borden, who has run Borden Solutions for four years, recently launched a new service called COR.E Performance Dynamics in her business for the athletes who seem to have a mental block in their game.

“It’s based on how to recognize negative energies and how they impact you and hold you back,” Borden said. “In relation to sports, your skill level doesn’t change day to day, but your energy level does. If you’re having a bad day and you go out on the golf course, you won’t play as well as if you were in a positive state of mind.”

Borden said she offers a method to bring out an athlete’s true skill.

The online service takes people through four steps that include understanding how personal energy works for and against you in your sport, determining what influences your game, building a philosophy about your sports and developing a success formula.

Small business gets big prize

Colleen and Jim Small, owners of the UPS store at 19 Colonnade Way, were recently named the 2015 Pittsburgh District Small Business Person of the Year by the United States Small Business Administration.

The award recognizes the Smallsfor 10 years of entrepreneurial excellence and refined customer service. They also own an Altoona location.

“I’m especially thankful to my talented staff and their incredibly high-standards of customer service,” Jim Small said. “Above all, I want to thank my loyal customers and fellow small-business owners who have helped make this achievement possible.”

He also credited their success to assistance from the Penn State Small Business Development Center.

The SBA will present the Smalls with their award during a 1 p.m. Wednesday reception at their State College location. SBA District Director Kelly Hunt and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township will speak at the event.

Free skin cancer screening

Geisinger-Scenery Park will hold a free skin cancer screening event 1-4 p.m. Friday.

Registration is required by calling 272-7200.

If you have moles, skin changes or have been exposed to UV rays, you should attend to find out if you are at risk for skin cancer, which is most treatable when it is caught early.

More than 3 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, according to a press release by Geisinger.