Events and seminars

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tariff system

IMC announces a free webinar on the Classification under the Harmonized Tariff System and Schedule B from 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday.

An understanding of the Harmonized System is essential for importers and exporters alike. Proper classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule or Harmonized Schedule B is a regulatory requirement under the Customs Modernization Act and export control regulations.

This program will provide those new to importing, exporting or the seasoned professional a solid understanding of the classification process. It will also benefit anyone involved in determining eligibility for Free Trade Agreements.

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Workshop aids with

government contracts

Businesses can attend a free hands-on workshop to learn online resources for government contracting, featuring SEDA-Council of Governments Procurement Technical Assistance Center from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 12 at IMC, 1127 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The training will be in a computer lab so participants can navigate and explore government Internet sites.

Registration is required. To register, visit

For more information, contact SEDA-COG’s Kristen Moyer at 570-524-4491 or

Course examines

pollution prevention

Join IMC and PennTAP on Jan. 19 for a free webinar on Pollution Prevention with a Focus on Food Manufacturing. The seminar will review the common pollution prevention measures available within the food processing industry. The areas of focus will include food waste, packaging waste, solid waste, water and energy.

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Workshop examines


with government

Businesses will have the opportunity to learn basic principles they need to know to do business with local, state and federal governments in a free workshop in Williamsport, conducted by SEDA-Council of Governments Procurement Technical Assistance Center staff.

The Selling to the Government: The First Steps workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 20 at the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, 102 W. Fourth St.

Topics include how the government buys goods and services, certifications and registrations necessary to sell to local, state and federal governments, how government agencies advertise their opportunities, locating subcontracting opportunities with government “prime” contractors and understanding the sales process

Registration is required and can be completed online at For more information, contact SEDA-COG’s Kristen Moyer at 570-524-4491 or

SEDA-COG’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps companies explore and compete in the local, state and federal government marketplace. For more information about the SEDA-COG Procurement Technical Assistance Center, visit

Meeting addresses

patent searches

The Williamsport Inventor’s Club will address “Doing Preliminary Patent Searches” at its meeting at 5:15 p.m., Jan. 25

Dr. Mark Ciavarella, assistant professor of management at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will be discussing issues related to obtaining a patent and demonstrating methods you can use to discover if an idea already has been patented using patent search websites. These are free methods an inventor can use before going through the expense of hiring a patent attorney to do a full patent search.

At Pennsylvania College of Technology, Ciavarella teaches courses in small business management, entrepreneurship and business planning and operations. He is a former small business owner and counselor with North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center. He has published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. He received a bachelors degree from Shippensburg University, an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

The Inventor’s Club is designed to educate, foster collaboration and networking and give attendees the tools, resources and knowledge they need to move their inventions forward.

The Innovative Manufacturers’ Center is host to the Williamsport/Lycoming Keystone Innovation Zone, which has provided program support to the Williamsport Inventor’s Club since its founding in 2007. Meetings take place on the fourth Wednesday of most months and are open to the public. All attendees are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the start of each meeting to protect the inventors and information exchanged.

Attendance is free and open to the public; however, registration is required for this meeting.

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Auditor training

offered in January

IMC presents ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training on Jan. 30 and 31.

ISO requires that you conduct internal audits of your own management system. Your registrar expects your internal auditors to be qualified to conduct internal audits. This Internal Auditor Training Class is designed to train your personnel to become qualified to conduct internal audits in a positive, constructive, auditee-friendly manner. This two-day class teaches the fundamentals of the audit process and a comprehensive understanding of the ISO standard. Participants can use their freshly gained knowledge during practical exercises and case studies.

The course is also recommended for anyone desiring an in-depth understanding of the auditing process and the requirements for a successful registration audit

Participants will receive training materials and a certificate after successful completion.

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