Events and seminars

Center hosts seminar

on software

The Small Business Development Center of Lock Haven University will hold an Introduction to QuickBooks workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the university’s East Campus, 301 W. Church St., Lock Haven.

Financial accounting software can help businesses save time and make money. Get the details on how to use the No. 1 rated small business accounting software for business needs by attending this upcoming session. QuickBooks Pro software will be used for this training program.

The hands-on introductory class will cover chart of accounts, adding new accounts, items, customers, and vendors. Participants will learn how to track accounts receivable and accounts payable, record sales and expenses, and how to maintain a check register. Producing reports and backing-up your data also will be introduced.

More information and registration for the workshop are available by calling the center at 570-484-2848 or visiting the website at There is a registration fee for this Introduction to QuickBooks workshop. Reserving a spot in this class is required; walk-ins will not be accepted due to limited space and computer equipment.

Workshop addresses

starting out

The Lock Haven SBDC Outreach Office, 1127 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, will hold a first steps to starting a business workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday.

This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. The presenters/discussion leaders for this workshop are the members of the SBDC staff and a local commercial lender.

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 for the seminar and registration is available online at or by calling 570-484-2848.

Seminar looks at

innovation engineering

The Innovative Manufacturers Center will host innovation engineering — how to create profitable new products and services, June 23 in Williamsport.

The key to profitability is to bring products and services to the marketplace that are both meaningful to customers and as unique as possible, according to a news release.

In this half-day session, Russ Lawrence, director of innovation with the IMC will share what it takes for a company to become an “innovative enterprise” and specifically how the tools, concepts, practices and learning system that is innovation engineering can achieve that objective.

Specific learning objectives include understanding innovation as a collaborative system that can engage across departments and functions of the organization, how to develop an “innovation strategy” that inspires deliverable ideas, the best tools and methods for generating ideas and expressing them in a clear and consistent format, the five progressive levels of prototyping, how to “fail fast and fail cheap” — to learn and make decisions without expending significant resources and understanding the innovation process stages.

Lawrence has 25 years of experience with lean/continuous improvement implementations along with multiple certifications. He has been with IMC for five years following a career with Pittsburgh-based manufacturer PPG Industries Inc. He works with small and mid-sized manufacturers on many issues and primarily on innovation and continuous improvement-related challenges and solutions.

Through a Department of Labor and Industry grant, a reduced registration fee is available to qualified manufacturers. To learn more or to register, visit

Value stream mapping

topic of workshop

IMC will host a “Value Stream Mapping and Standard Work” workshop June 26.

Value Stream Mapping will be introduced as a tool for organizational improvement and process improvement. This is a high level tool that looks at the current state, develops the future state and creates the action plan to bridge the gap, a news release said. VSM is distinctive in that it is data/metric driven and information flow also is analyzed. Additionally, the focus is in the workplace.

Standard Work is at the crux of all improvement. Without one consistent way to complete a process, there is no basis for change. This portion of the training will introduce this basic premise, then take it to higher levels introducing information flow, performance metrics and visual displays as they relate to standard work.

Through a Department of Labor and Industry grant, a reduced registration fee is available to qualified manufacturers. Not sure if you qualify? Call Lauri Moon at 570-329-3200-8085 or email

To register visit

Course examines


IMC Announces Cyber Security programs addressing Risks, Compliance and Solutions for Manufacturing June 27 in Williamsport and June 28 in State College.

According to IBM, small and mid-sized businesses are hit by cyber-attacks about 4,000 times a day. Manufacturing is now the second most hacked sector behind health care, with automotive-related companies at the top and chemical-related second.

Due to increased digital integration, complex supply chains, the value of intellectual property, the lack of compliance requirements coupled with a growing number of tools and methods available to an expanding hacker population, manufacturing is highly susceptible to a list of cyber-related risks.

As a result of these trends and consistent with our mission to support the success of Central PA manufacturing, IMC is working with local and national partners to develop a cost-effective path forward for small and mid-sized manufacturers to manage cyber security risks.

To register, visit the website or call Lauri Moon at 570-329-3200.