at 1st steps
The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center will host a first step pre-business workshop from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, at the Brush Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2 E. Arch St., Shamokin.
Topics to be covered include: the unique lifestyle requirement involved in owning a business; how to assess the feasibility of a business idea, differences among business organization structures, what is a business plan, how to obtain financing, the applications and licenses needed to start a company, how to market a product or service, and other resources to help with business planning.
Maureen Hauck, assistant director for business consulting with the Bucknell center, will lead the workshop.
The workshop is free and open to the public, with registration fees waived as a result of SBA funding support from the Jobs Act. Registration is suggested as seating is limited. The registration deadline is Sept. 24.
Patent lawyer to speak
to inventor's club
The Williamsport Inventor's Club will meet on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will be hosting patent lawyer Wendy Koba as a guest speaker. The meeting will take place on the third floor of the James V. Brown Library in the Lowry Theatre.
Wendy Koba has more than 30 years' experience as a patent attorney and the last 14 years spent in her own private practice. Prior to that, Koba had worked 19 years as a patent attorney for AT&T Bell Labs. She has received degrees in electrical engineering from Lehigh University, a master's of science in information science from Princeton University as well as a J.D. from Seton Hill University School of Law. Her practice specialty is in the preparation of patent applications and the development of patent portfolios for start-up companies, individuals and corporate clients within the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area.
Directly after Wendy Koba's presentation, the floor will be open to any and all questions concerning patenting problems or concerns.
The Williamsport Inventors Club is free to all attendees; however a minimum of four meetings per year must be attended in order to hold voting rights. All attendees are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to each meeting in order to protect the inventors and projects discussed.
For more information on the Williamsport Inventor's Club, please visit the Inventor's Club Page on the WLKIZ website or contact Sarah Horton at SarahH@imcpa.com.
Several courses om
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer three "Quickbooks for Small Business Owners" workshops Oct. 10, 11 and 12 in the center's business education center in the DeWitt Building on Market Street in Lewisburg.
"Quickbooks Basic," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 10; system requirements, choosing the appropriate version of Quickbooks, general navigation, setting up your company, setting up the chart of accounts, opening balances, setting up vendors and customers, company preferences, creating transactions including deposits, checks and transferring funds, creating classes for detailing information and reconciling bank accounts.
"Quickbooks Intermediate," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 11; accounts payable, credit cards, setting up items, customizing invoices, creating invoices, sales receipts and credit memo/refunds, posting payments and making deposits, creating estimates and working with inventory.
"Quickbooks Advanced and Payroll," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 12; using purchase orders, creating sales orders, working with price levels, using forms and letters, creating labels, importing and exporting lists from Excel and an overview of payroll.
There is a fee to register for the workshops; veterans may attend at no cost. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, call the center at 577-1249; e-mail SBDC@bucknell.edu, or visit www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/Seminars.asp Attendees are encouraged to bring personal laptops. Registration includes a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine.
Diana Dorman, a seminar instructor and small business Quickbooks consultant with 15 years' Quickbooks training experience, will lead the seminars. An independent consultant to small business clients, she trained under Real World Training for Quickbooks and is a Certified Quickbooks Pro instructor.