Mon River Town Program and partners announce three winners of SMAART Business Plan Contest

Donna Holdorf, Co-Director Mon River Valley Coalition 724-437-9877

(Charleroi, PA) Thursday, 7 January 2016 – The Mon River Town Program in partnership with its fiscal agent the National Road Heritage Program and its River Town Coalition partners, is pleased to announce the three winners of the SMAART Business Plan Contest.

Each of the winners will be awarded $10,000 each to use toward growing their Mon River Valley small business. The SMAART Business Advisory Council judged applications based on the following criteria: relevance to the economic development of River Towns; viability of the business idea; economic impact on the region; presentation quality; and attendance at workshops.

The winners are: Steel Dog Construction, owners Laura & Jason Koon of Charleroi; Full Armor Fitness, owner Samuel Sokol of Charleroi; and Chaney’s Natural, owner Tanya Chaney of Monongahela.




Full Armor Fitness – New Business

Samuel Sokol, owner – 609 7th St., Charleroi PA 15022

Full Armor Fitness, LLC (FAF) is a small community focused fitness center with certified personal training services, owned

and operated by Samuel Sokol. Full Armor Fitness opened in late 2015 on 7th Street in Charleroi. The Center offers

evening hours from approximately 4:30pm-10pm Tuesday through Friday, and approximately 7am – 7pm on Saturdays.

As the business grows, Samuel plans to have Full Armor Fitness become a 24/7 facility.

The Center’s focus is on providing Mon Valley residents with a secure, clean exercise facility where they can pursue their

nutritional and fitness goals. Certified personal training by the owner, Samuel Sokol, is offered as either one-on-one or

small group sessions currently during evening and weekend hours. Mr. Sokol has been certified by National Gym

Association as a Personal Training. NGA is a nationally recognized organization developed by Andy Bostinto, one of the

fore fathers of fitness training.


Salon & Spa by Chaney’s Natural, LLC – Existing business expansion

Tanya Chaney , owner – 138 W. Main St., Monongahela PA 15063

The Salon & Spa by Chaney’s Natural, LLC is a progressive and vibrant salon and spa located in historic downtown,

Monongahela. It offers a variety of massage therapy services, manicure and pedicures with an emphasis on natural nail

care and organic/natural products, facials and waxing services. The salon also distributes a full line of the highest quality

vitamins, minerals, supplements and meal replacement shakes and natural food products which is being expanded so

that it can provide more products to fit the needs of its clients. All of the products are chosen based on quality and

Coupled with the nutritional products, Chaney’s offers a comprehensive 13-week lifestyle/weight management program

called IN.FORM, which teaches participants how to fuel their body to obtain maximum results in the areas of weight

loss, healthy living and making wholesome lifestyle decision.


Steel Dog Construction – New business

Jason & Laura Koon, owners – 1399 Route 481, Charleroi PA 15022

Steel Dog Construction is a carpentry business owned and operated by the husband and wife team Jason and Laura

Koon. It specializes in interior finish carpentry, including but not limited to the installation of stair systems, mantels,

custom built-ins, cabinets, millwork (base, crown molding, wainscoting and coffered ceiling). Additionally, Steel Dog

undertakes both residential and commercial property renovations. The company’s work ranges from custom projects to

With over 15 years experience, Jason’s work as Steel Dog’s lead carpenter has excelled in a variety of settings. As a

highly skilled, detailed finished carpentry, where only perfections is acceptable, the high standards learned there are

carried through every level of every client’s project. Aside from custom and high-end homes, Jason’s experience

includes production based new home construction, kitchen & bath remodels, commercial casework and fixture install.