Breakfast to talk about drilling
What do small business owners need to know to recruit, attract and retain workers now? June's Business Breakfast at the James V. Brown Library focuses on the workforce issues facing local businesses as the Marcellus Shale boom transforms our local economy. Presented by David Pistner, director of the eastern region hub for ShaleNET - a three-year, federally funded project to recruit, train, place and retain workers for high priority occupations in the natural gas and production industry.
This informative presentation will be held on June 17 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Wing. It is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required. Register by calling the library at 326-0536, or by visiting the library's website at www.jvbrown.edu. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
Center hosts course
on 1st steps to start
The Small Business Development Center of Lock Haven University will be holding a "First Step for Starting a Small Business" workshop on June 21 at 100 W. Third St.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. until noon. The workshop will be led by the center staff and will teach you how to plan your business for start-up and begin on the path to continuing business success. The center staff will cover topics every hopeful business owner should know - the basics of establishing a business idea, feasibility, marketing research and strategies, how to discover which regulations and licensing would apply to a business and how to create a business plan to obtain financing, along with much more.
More information and registration for the workshop are available by calling the center at 484-2848 or visiting the website at www.lhup.edu/sbdc. There is a fee to attend. Checks may be made payable to "LHU SBDC" and should be sent to Krisy Meeker; educational program coordinator, LHU Small Business Development Center, 301 W. Church Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745.
Network to offer
15 new courses
Keystone Community Network Inc. announces the addition of 15 new online courses for its Knowledge Keystone, education on demand network. Knowledge Keystone is one of the most comprehensive online educational resources available today for technology and business skills training, according to a news release. It provides training services statewide and beyond to people of all ages and technical skill levels 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
"In these difficult economic times, with education budgets being reduced or eliminated within the public and private sectors, this very economical e-learning solution has quickly become a valuable resource to employers and employees alike," said Sue Foust, KCnet executive director.
A few of the new course subjects include: QuickBooks 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Access 2010, Microsoft Project Professional 2010, Introduction to Computers, and Introduction to the Internet.
Registration with KCnet in advance is required. Interested individuals should contact KCnet at 893-8111 for complete details. The list of currently available courses is accessible at www.kcnet.org/education.
Web chat to feature
small business owner
The Small Business Administration's Thursday Web Chat will feature 2011 Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year Kathleen Devlin, owner of All About Home Care LLC in Middletown, R.I.
Devlin started her business in 2003 as the sole employee working out of a small home office. Today the company has a staff of 68. She share her story of achievement and endurance with other entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners, and provide helpful insights on the successes and challenges of entrepreneurship.
Web chat participants can post questions online in advance and at 1 p.m. on Thursday, join the live web chat by going online to www.sba.gov, and click on the web chat event under "What's New."
SBA's web chat series provides small business owners with an opportunity to discuss relevant business issues online with experts, industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs. Chat participants have direct, real-time access to the web chats via questions they submit online in advance, and during the live session. Chat participants can receive helpful tips and advice on how to grow their businesses.