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Advance Sourcing Concepts’ Commitment to Community Shown in Salvation Army, Chamber Partnerships

Aug 31, 2015 11:40AM ● Published by Vanessa Orr

(left to right, front row) Tony Dills and Judith Bernhard of Advance Sourcing Concepts; Salvation Army Lt. Kenneth Cleveland; Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber Executive Director Jim Boltz; (in the bus) Darci Faiello, Elizabeth Rant, Melissa Ernst of Advance Sourcing Concepts

Running a successful business requires commitment to one’s clients, employees, and to the community at large. Judith Bernhard, founder of Advance Sourcing Concepts, has always nurtured these relationships, not just within her staffing company, but through her work with nonprofit, military and business organizations.

“I’ve always been active in the community. To me, ‘giving back’ is more than just words; it’s a commitment of time, energy and resources,” said Bernhard of her involvement with the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Salvation Army. “Building long-term relationships is important to us; not just with clients and staff, but with other businesses and organizations.”

(seated at the table) Judith Bernhard, Lt. Kenneth Cleveland and Jim Boltz (standing) Darci Faiello, Melissa Ernst, Tony Dills and Elizabeth Grant
This commitment has led to Advance Sourcing Concepts being named one of the top 100 woman-owned businesses in Pennsylvania, as well as a gold winner of the Cranberry Community Choice for staffing companies. “We are very proud to find ourselves on these lists, and I want to give credit where credit is due,” said Bernhard. “Our team works very hard for our clients and is always thinking about how they can better serve them. I think this gives us an edge; we don’t turn off our interest in the business at 5 o’clock; we think about how we can do things better every day.

“People choose to work with Advance Sourcing Concepts because we provide quality solutions without the risk,” she added. The company provides client support through its three divisions—staffing, executive search and government contracts—and as a Certified Women Business Enterprise, is able to operate in all 50 states.

The company, which will be celebrating its 10th year in business in 2015, specializes in health care, business support and the IT industry. “Our team, with more than 50 years of experience in the Pittsburgh market, is focused on results,” said Bernhard. “Our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible people, sourced to their specifications.” In addition to background and reference checks, Advance Sourcing has more than 1,200 tests available to determine a candidate’s skill set; the staff also provides training and coaching, as well as on-the-job feedback to ensure the best hiring fit.

As a member of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bernhard is able to keep her finger on the pulse of changes in the business world. “The chamber helps us to be proactive in helping our clients; we can anticipate their needs, rather than react to them,” she explained.

With more than 1,000 members, the chamber offers business owners a chance to network with other members, as well as offers free or low-cost educational opportunities. “Networking is a very integral part of owning a small business, and we have a very active networking schedule, including five Connections meetings every week and two after-hour events every month,” explained Executive Director Jim Boltz. “We also have a number of signature events, including the Food and Wine Classic, Taste of Cranberry, a business expo, career fair and golf outings.”

The chamber’s nonprofit foundation also provides five college and 10 trade school scholarships, and holds a giving tree at the holidays to collect presents for impoverished families. During its annual Days of Caring campaign, members donate time to help local nonprofits, and the chamber also partners on Project Bundle-Up with the Salvation Army of Western PA to provide winter coats to kids and seniors. This year’s campaign will kick off in September.

“Judith is a wonderful advocate; she has a real talent for connecting people and organizations,” said Boltz of Bernhard’s work on the board and on numerous chamber committees. “In fact, as an avid supporter of the Salvation Army, she was key in helping us develop that relationship.”

As a member of the Northside branch of the Salvation Army’s advisory board, Bernhard puts her considerable energies toward promoting the good works that they do, including this August’s Fill the Bus campaign, which collected backpacks and school supplies for underprivileged children, and the Red Kettle Campaign, which will begin in November to raise money for programs provided by the Northside Worship and Service Center.

“The Salvation Army’s goal is to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to meet human needs without discrimination,” explained Lt. Minnie Cleveland, who operates the Northside branch with her husband, Lt. Kenny Cleveland. “We want people in need, especially families, to know that there are options available to them.”

In addition to its children and youth programs, which include the Girl Guards and Boys’ Adventure Corps, this September, the Salvation Army introduced a new healthy eating component to its afterschool program in partnership with United Healthcare and Children’s Table. “We will be providing fresh fruits and vegetables, and also teaching children and their families about the basics of nutrition and how to make better food choices,” said Lt. Cleveland.

“Our children’s programs do more than just provide an outlet,” she added. “We help instill values, build a spiritual foundation and self-esteem, and build them up as individuals.” The Northside branch also provides counseling for those who need it, food bank distribution, and Sunday school and regular religious services.

Just as the Salvation Army and the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber work to better the community, so does the team at Advance Sourcing Concepts. “We really enjoy what we do, and I believe it shows in the relationships that we’ve built,” said Bernhard. “We’ve got a great team who really care about results.”

To learn more about Advance Staffing, visit www.ascpeople.com or call 412-415-5083. To learn more about the chamber, visit www.pghnorthchamber.com or call 724-934-9700. To learn more about the Salvation Army, visit www.use.salvationarmy.org or call 412-321-0290.

This advertorial has been provided by Advance Sourcing Concepts.

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