ClearCount Closes $3.4M Series B Funding Round

Local life sciences companies have been on a complete capital raising rampage lately. ClearCount is joining the fold as it locked down another $3.4 million.

ClearCount is bringing to market the SmartSponge System, the only system to use both counting and detection for the prevention of left behind surgical sponges. A tiny RFID chip (about the size of a penny) in the sponges allows them to be easily tracked – counted before they go into the patient, then reconciled at surgery’s close.

And as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently announced that it will no longer cover the costs of 27 “Never” events, such as sponges left behind after surgery, hospitals are now adopting new technology that will not only prevent these medical errors, but that will also improve efficiencies.

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NAI Pittsburgh Names John C. Bilyak Shareholder & Principal

NAI Pittsburgh Commercial is pleased to announce that John C. Bilyak has been named as shareholder and Principal.

Mr. Bilyak has over twenty (20) years of commercial real estate and business experience. His career in real estate has been primarily focused on the disposition and leasing of land and industrial oriented property. Mr. Bilyak also concentrates on the sale of investment grade office and industrial buildings.

Since joining NAI Pittsburgh Commercial in January 2007, as the Director of Industrial Brokerage for the North-Shore based firm, Mr. Bilyak has completed some of the largest industrial transactions in Western Pennsylvania.

Bill Leone, Managing Principal of NAI Pittsburgh Commercial said adding Mr. Bilyak as a new shareholder reflects the firm’s commitment to its clients and to its business philosophy.  “John has made an outstanding contribution to his clients, his colleagues, and the firm, while also demonstrating the values embodied in our founding principles,” stated Leone.  “Our goal is to retain and add talent while providing our clientele with the highest level of service.  Each Principal brings unique attributes to NAI Pittsburgh Commercial.”

NAI Pittsburgh Commercial, locally owned company and established leader of Western Pennsylvania’s Commercial Real Estate Industry, provides results-oriented brokerage, consulting, marketing and research services to businesses and investors throughout the world.

Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces Select Cargas as 2009 Top Small Workplace Finalist

 The Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces have collaborated to identify exceptional small organizations in their 2009 annual ranking of the Top Small Workplaces. Cargas Systems was chosen as one of 35 national finalists.

In order to be nominated, each organization must be independent, with no more than $200 million in annual revenues and 500 or fewer employees. Applicants were drawn from US companies and across a broad spectrum of industries to include private, nonprofit and publicly held organizations.

The Program’s selection committee considered small employers that foster teamwork, flexibility, high productivity and innovation. In addition, organizations must also help their employees grow personally and professionally, while providing benefits that improve their lives and communities.

The Winning Workplaces evaluation criteria included many of the practices that Cargas Systems embraces including: open communication, teamwork, healthy work/life balance, career advancement, strong core values and team-based compensation. Cargas Systems considers these measures a key link to their average employee tenure of 7 years.

 “Our entire team is extremely proud to be named a Top Small Workplace finalist by one of the most prestigious business publications in the world,” says, Chip Cargas, Chairman and CEO of Cargas Systems. “It’s rewarding to be recognized on a national level for our special culture and employee ownership model. Any employee can be an owner at Cargas, regardless or role or title. This inspires us to work as a team toward common goals, deliver great customer care and share the success widely.

Tech 50 Winners Announced!

By all means, last night’s Tech 50 Awards gala was a smash hit. If you couldn’t make it, you missed a ton of show tunes and positive energy. Here’s a quick run down of the winners:

  • Universal Electric Corp. — Advanced Manufacturing
  • Bright Innovation — Art + Technology
  • BPL Global — Green Technology
  • ANSYS — High Rise
  • Vivisimo — Information Technology
  • Net Health Systems — Life Sciences
  • Bossa Nova Robotics — Rising Star
  • — Service Provider
  • Keith Schaefer — CEO of the Year

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Pittsburgh Business Coach ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ on Economic Recovery

As economists continue to state the recession’s end is rapidly approaching, the business coaches at The Growth Coach® tend to agree and remain cautiously optimistic in their outlook on economic recovery. The Growth Coach is the only pure business coaching franchise system throughout North America with the single purpose of helping drive the success and balance the lives of small business owners and professionals.  As such, these business coaches have their fingers on the pulse of the small business community and are ideally suited to provide economic insights.

 Chuck Chrissis, owner of The Growth Coach franchise in Pittsburgh, PA, recently participated in the ‘Business Barometer’ survey, a random study completed by 40% of the business coaches (Growth Coach Franchise Owners) across the U.S. The Growth Coach corporate headquarters conducted the survey to capture a snapshot of the “economic mindset” of the thousands of small business clients their coaches serve.

 The most commonly chosen response among all the certified business coaches surveyed, including Chuck Chrissis, is that an economic uptick will begin over the next 3-6 months. This sense of prosperity is based on the feedback, attitudes and actual experiences of the entrepreneurs these coaches serve in their respective local markets.

 “While the recession has clearly had an impact on our Pittsburgh region, one positive trend I am now starting to see is the willingness of business owners to once again invest in themselves and their organizations.  They are also beginning to invest more in their sales and marketing efforts to position themselves for the economic uptick.  Most of my clients are expecting improved sales over the next 6 months and are gearing up for that, said Chuck Chrissis.

 “Since these clients have been in our on-going coaching and accountability programs, they have weathered the economic storm by facing reality, making tough decisions early on, developing focused actions plans, and allowing themselves to be held accountable for getting critical things done. I now see and feel optimism return to our small business community.  That is encouraging since this vital sector is the economic growth engine for our Pittsburgh region”, stated Chuck Chrissis.

 “During the last quarter our level of business activity has increased consistently each month. Customer requests for quotation are up 30% over the first half of the year. We are starting to see the quotes turn into orders for delivery in the 4th quarter,” says Jeff Farbacher of Acutran LP, Growth Coach client and transformer manufacturer located 30 miles north of Pittsburgh in Fombell, PA.

 The Growth Coach defines business coaching as the art and science of guiding entrepreneurs to reach their objectives and overcome obstacles and limitations that keep them from reaching optimal success in business, and in life. The company utilizes its signature Strategic Mindset® group coaching process, one-on-one coaching, tele-coaching, and other related services to help small business owners, executives, and self-employed professionals. All services come with a money-back guarantee. The coaching process includes examining the current reality of both their business and personal lives and developing a road map to help them achieve their goals. 

 For more information from Chuck Chrissis, please visit or call 412.527.8534.

For more information from Jeff Farbacher, please visit or call 724.452.4130.