Events and seminars

Seminar addresses unemployment laws

IMC is offering a free “Unemployment Compensation 101” seminar from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 11, in Williamsport.

This seminar provides an overview of the claims filing process, the determination process and appeal rights. It includes samples of the forms that an employer may receive when a claim is opened, how they are used to determine the claimant’s eligibility and to protect the employer’s liability, and discusses the specific time frame to respond to these forms and the importance of responding timely.

Recent changes to the state unemployment compensation law require employers to provide the service center with timely and accurate separation information. This seminar explains how State Information Data Exchange System can help the employer meet this requirement and how to apply for this free service.

Nancy Smithbauer, workforce development representative for unemployment compensation has been employed by the state Department of Labor and Industry for 16 years, having been a claims examiner for nearly 10 of those years. Nancy helps employers and claimants understand the unemployment compensation laws and assists with navigating the process to ensure the proper application of the program. She is a member of the rapid response coordination services team that provides information and assistance to workers in the event of a lay off or closure. Nancy is also a “trouble shooter” for individuals and employers who are in need of assistance with a UC Claim. Her service area spans across 12 counties.

Cosponsored by: Lock Haven Small Business Development Center, Pennsylvania CareerLink, Innovative Manufacturers Center, PA PREP and U.S. Small Business Administration.

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

Speaker to address

safety regulations

The West Branch Human Resources Society will host speaker Tony Samento, president of Samento Industrial Training Systems, from 8 to 10 a.m., Oct. 11. Samento assists companies in complying with federal regulations while laying the foundations to create an uncompromising safety culture. Samento always engages his audience and is one of the group’s most popular speakers.

Bring a front line supervisor for free. This program is approved for HRCI credits and SHRM credits.

Event registration can be completed online at or by contacting Kristen Callahan, West Branch Human Resources Society board secretary, or 570-322-1776. Membership applications are also available from the website.

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 group is a local resource for networking, information, professional development, and continued support of excellence in human resources. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of every month between September and May.

Event aims to

help improve

safety programs

IMC is offering a free online seminar “Building Safety Programs That Last: The 9 Keys for Success” at 2 p.m., Oct. 11.

Developing world-class safety in organizations is a complex approach. When no one is committed to owning the process or the safety operations strategy is developed only at the corporate level, it can result in employee disconnect and limited results. Safety should be an uncompromising value, and focusing on reliable, strategic safety initiatives will help your safety program be successful for the long term.

Key Takeaways: Identifying common safety program disconnects Best practices of a successful safety process How to redefine roles & responsibilities for maximum safety effectiveness How to measure success How to sustain your goals

To register visit or call 570-329-3200×8085.

Workshop helps with

government contracts

Businesses can attend a free hands-on workshop to learn online resources for government contracting, assisted by SEDA-Council of Governments Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 12 at the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center, 1127 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The training will be in a computer lab so participants can navigate and explore government Internet sites. It will feature state and federal government contracting Internet sites and resources.

Sites to be searched include: vendor registrations for state and federal contracting, federal procurement forecasts, federal sites for bids and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania bid notification sites

Registration is required. To register, visit 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

Seminar examines


A leadership program offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology focuses on mid-level managers and those aspiring to move into those positions.

Classes for the Mid-Level Manager Program will be held in the Klump Academic Center on Penn College’s main campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays (Oct. 18; Nov. 1, 15 and 29; and Dec. 13).

Through a series of 10 modules covered in those five days, participants will explore and practice key areas of management focusing on skills required to perform successfully with people, management and processes.

Call 570-327-4775 for more information or visit to register or view a complete listing of courses, descriptions and dates.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, visit, email or call toll-free 800-367-9222

Series of workshops

for manufacturers

Lean manufacturing level one certification is a comprehensive series of workshops that introduces lean principles. Participants learn to distinguish value-added from non-value added activities to eliminate costly waste. As a great starting point for an individual’s and company’s continuous improvement journey, the level one certification is a pragmatic, “hit the ground running” hands-on approach that applies acquired workshop knowledge to the workplace, according to a news release.

Upon completion, each candidate will learn how to “discover” improvement opportunities within an organization and how to capitalize on them in a team based format to create real value through reduced costs, increased cash flow, and improved customer satisfaction.

Upon completion the graduate will be able to: understand how to recognize and eliminate waste, know how to determine value added, non-valued-added, and necessary non-value-added activities, identify the value stream, how it’s mapped, and how to identify the areas that require improvement, develop a road map and an implementation plan, understanding and apply lean tools such as value stream mapping, workplace organization, change management, teaming and kaizen methodology and turn data into actionable information in order to quantify problems and prioritize countermeasures.

The schedule of sessions includes: A3 thinking and value stream mapping, Sept. 27; KATA and communication, Oct. 18; root cause and standard work, Nov. 1; plant tour and coaching day, Nov. 15; change management and visual workplace, Dec. 13 and teams and single minute exchange of dies, Jan. 10.

For more information and to register visit

Series of seminars

addresses improving

enterprises’ workforces

An eight-session certification starting Sept. 28 is a powerful second step for individuals looking to fortify and lead their organization’s Lean journey, according to a news release.

Continuing the theme of a team-based approach to organizational opportunities, participants will further develop their skill sets to lead sustainable change within their organization. Our distinct “learn and do” approach is proven to develop Lean leaders that can manage, measure and lead their organization’s Lean transformation.

The four stages of the program — establish the direction, deployment and execution, leadership skills development, continuing the journey — are designed to arm change agents with the ability to establish the organization’s continuous improvement direction, develop the leadership skills necessary in the Lean journey, applying improvement across the business enterprise, deploying an improvement strategy and develop the necessary methods to manage daily improvements.

The schedule of sessions include establishing the direction, Sept. 28; deployment and execution, Oct. 19; strategy development, deployment and KPIs project coaching day, Nov. 2; continuous improvement across the enterprise, Nov. 16; developing Lean leadership skills, Dec. 14; effective listening, emotional intelligence and training within industry/standard work, Jan. 11; continuing the journey, Jan. 25; Lean daily management system; presentation and graduation, Feb. 8

IMC’s Lean manufacturing level one or equivalent training is a prerequisite for these courses.

For more information and to register, visit

Electric utility firm

promotes diversity

PPL Electric Utilities is hosting a meet-and-greet event for the leaders of diversity-owned businesses who are interested in becoming PPL suppliers.

The free event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17, at PPL Conference Center at Walbert, 1639 Church Road, Allentown.

It is open to women, minorities, veterans, the disabled, members of the LGBT community, as well as disadvantaged and HUBZone businesses, according to a news release.

“Several dozen people attended this event last year and we are hoping to see even more at this year’s event,” said David Amico, PPL’s Supply Chain director, according to the news release.

The event will include lunch and offer opportunities to network and discuss potential supply opportunities. Those interested in attending should register by Oct. 27 by visiting