Events and seminars

Courses address manufacturing certification

IMC announces Lean Manufacturing Level One Certification starting Tuesday.

According to a news release, if business owners and management want to reduce waste, maximize productivity, increase responsiveness and engage employees, then equip people with the tools to continuously improve with this 8-day lean certification program.

Sessions include A3 thinking and value stream mapping, April 11; effective communication, April 25; root cause analysis and standard work, May 9; change management and visual workplace, May 23; facility tour and total predictive maintenance, June 7; teams and single minute exchange of dies, June 20; principles of Kata, June 28; lean project presentations and graduation, July 11.

To register, visit or call 570-329-3200 ext. 8085.

Workshop looks at

coaching leaders

The West Branch Human Resources Society will host a seminar on “coaching your leaders” from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Williamsport Country Club, 800 Country Club Drive, Williamsport.

According to a news release, while traditional training can increase productivity by more than 20 percent, training and coaching combined can result in nearly a 90-percent increase in productivity. When you know how to coach for performance improvement, you create happier employees, happier customers, and a more effective, profitable organization. This presentation will focus on: knowing the impact of coaching on performance; differentiating coaching, counseling, and mentoring roles; and coaching with optimal performance in mind.

Patricia Mack will be a presenter at the seminar. She holds 20 years of experience in the financial services and healthcare industries, specifically in the areas of training, human resources and sales. Mack teaches a variety of supervisory, management, client relationship, project management and human resource-related courses for Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology. This program is approved for HRCI credits and SHRM credits.

The West Branch Human Resources Society is supporting the West End Community Center this year. The center is in need of items for their “SOUP”er Backpack Program. This program provides kid-friendly, non-perishable items for over 100 local children to take to their homes on the weekends. Suggested items are juice boxes/pouches, fruit/ pudding /jello cups, individual cereal boxes, individual packs of crackers, granola or other healthy snack bars. Donations will be accepted at the program in April.

The West Branch Human Resources Society serves Human Resource professionals from a variety of business and industries throughout North-Central Pennsylvania. Whether new to the HR field or with many years of experience, the society, the news release said, is a local resource for networking, information, professional development, and continued support of excellence in Human Resources. The society meets monthly on the second Wednesday of every month between September and May.

Event registration can be completed online at or by contacting Ame Shuman, West Branch HR Society Board Secretary, at or 570-323-8711. Membership applications also are available from the website.

Workshops help with

international sales

Businesses looking to dive into the international marketplace can get expert help at a seminar by SEDA-Council of Governments’ Export Development Program.

The “Introduction to Exporting” seminar will be held on two dates and locations: April 20 in Lewisburg and April 25 in State College, both from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event is ideal for sales, marketing, and logistics managers, as well as companies that are new to exporting — or for those who want a refresher course.

SEDA-COG’s Export staff will show businesses everything they need to know, from researching the market to making the sale and shipping. Fulton International Group also will present the payments and foreign exchange portion of the program.

Staff help doesn’t end with the seminar — from pricing and payments, logistics, regulations, and documentation, SEDA-COG’s Export staff walks businesses through each step and troubleshoots problems that may arise.

There is a fee for the class and registration is required at by April 14. For more information, contact Noelle Long at 570-524-4491.

Cosponsors are the Fulton International Group and the Small Business Development Centers of Bucknell and Penn State universities.

SEDA-COG’s Export Development team serves the businesses and communities of central Pennsylvania by encouraging and facilitating economic development through growth in world trade. This program is partially funded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Office of International Business Development.

Workshop looks

at 1st steps

The Lock Haven Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on first steps for starting a small business April 21 at the outreach office at the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, 1127 W. Fourth St.

This workshop, a news release said, will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

Attendees will learn: Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business, How to assess the feasibility of their business idea, Differences between business organization structures, How to develop a business plan, How to obtain financing, How to market their product or service and the applications and licenses needed to start their company.

There is a fee to attend and registration is encouraged at or 570-484-2848.

Seminar teaches

QuickBooks program

The Lock Haven University Small Business Development Center will hold an Advanced QuickBooks class from 1 to 4 p.m., April 26 at its office at 301 W. Church St., Lock Haven.

In this workshop participants will learn how to analyze financial data and customize forms and learn how to write letters in QuickBooks as well as the following lesson objectives: The tools QuickBooks gives users for analyzing financial data: QuickReports, preset reports, and graphs; QuickReports; add columns to a report; how to move a column in a report; the types of preset reports QuickBooks offers; how to create reports and viewing them onscreen; how to customize a report by changing how it looks and the data it covers; how to process reports in batches; how to save reports as Portable Document Format (PDF) files; how to export a report to Microsoft Excel; how to filter reports in Microsoft Excel; the types of graphs QuickBooks offers and how to create and customize several graphs.

Register by calling 570-484-2848 or by going online at Seating in this workshop is limited so please call today.