The Small Business Development Center of Lock Haven University will host a "First Step for Starting a Small Business" workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, at the center's Lycoming County outreach office, 100 W. Third St., Williamsport. 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 discussion leaders for this workshop are the members of the center's staff and a local small business lending representative.
The presenters 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/or licensing would apply to your business and how to create your business plan to secure financing, along with much more.
More information and registration for the workshop are available by calling the center at 570-484-2589 or visiting the website at www.lhup.edu/sbdc/training.htm. There is a fee. Walk-ins are welcome, however, calling and reserving a spot in this class is highly recommended.
Inventor's club to
discuss 3D printing
The Williamsport Inventor's Club is bringing Jim Lantry to Williamsport as the guest speaker for its August Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 27, at IMC Inc., 1127 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.
Attendance is free and open to the public; however, registration is required for this meeting by visiting www.IMCpa.com/events/ or calling 570-329-3200 ext. 8085. Guests and potential new members should join Keith Bloodgood, Club President, for a brief pre-meeting and group orientation at 5:15 p.m.
The Inventor's Club meeting is designed to educate, foster collaboration and networking and give attendees the tools, resources and knowledge they need to move their inventions forward. The Club utilizes Innovation Engineering, which transforms innovation from a random art to a reliable system. A "Pitch/Ask" session allows inventors to present their idea and receive feedback from the group of seasoned and aspiring inventors and innovation support professionals.
Jim Lantry, with Topp Business Solutions, will present to inventors the topic of 3D Printing and how many companies are introducing Additive Manufacturing to save time and money for new product development. He will explain how several 3D Printing technologies are being applied to various design cycle stages: ideation / concept, product approval, rapid prototyping and production. Jim's background is 20+ years in CAD software and 3D printing sales experience to manufacturing, tooling and plastics companies in the Northeast and Canada. Prior to Topp and 3D Systems, Jim's most recent experience was selling CAD software from Autodesk and SolidWorks and 3D Printing experience with the Stratasys and Objet 3D printers. Jim has a bachelors degree in business from Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Innovative Manufacturers' Center Inc. is host to the Williamsport/Lycoming Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ), which has provided program support to the Williamsport Inventor's Club since its founding in 2007. Meetings take place on the 4th Wednesday of most months and are open to the public. All attendees are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the start of each meeting to protect the inventors and information exchanged.
for job training site
Job Corps is celebrating 50 years of changing the lives of millions of young people; individuals who may otherwise have not had a chance at happy, safe, productive lives.
Aug. 28, Red Rock Job Corps Center will celebrate this milestone with a number of activities for students, staff, alumni, their families and the community. Additionally, the Center will hold its August graduation to honor these successful students. Dr. Francis Cole, Job Corps regional director, is keynote speaker.
Job Corps was created during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 as part of Johnson's War on Poverty and Great Society initiatives. A product of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Job Corps was first set up by Sargent Shriver, who ran many of President Johnson's social programs. Job Corps was initially modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, which provided room, board and employment to thousands of unemployed people.
Students who attend Red Rock Job Corps Center have an opportunity to obtain an online high school equivalency diploma or GED 2014, obtain their driver's license as well as enroll in one of seven vocations. They include: auto technology, auto collision repair, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, hotel and hospitality or office administration. Upon completion, students are assisted for nine months with job search and placement. Additionally, eligible students may enroll in one of Job Corps' many advanced training programs, continue their education at an institution of higher education or join the US military service.
During the celebration, campus tours will be available to community members as well as a barbecue luncheon and a number of other activities. People interested in attending should register by Aug. 18, by contacting, Jackie Johnson, Red Rock Business Community Liaison at 570-477-0206 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
in State College
Entrepreneurial Women's Expo will bring together speakers who are leaders in their fields of business, finance, health, and personal development 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 for its 6th annual conference, at Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College.
Women from all over Central Pennsylvania will, a news release said, benefit from a day of visionary leadership and collaborative learning all designed to help women start their next professional chapters.
"If there's one thing we've learned it's that when you bring smart, dynamic, beautiful, motivated women together, fantastic things happen," the news release said.
Registration is available at www.EWEsc.com or by calling 814-360-1063.
The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration will host the 2014 Discover Global Markets Forum - The Americas conference in Charlotte, North Carolina from Oct. 29 to 31 with the goal of building U.S. exports across the Western Hemisphere.
At Discover GM, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Officers representing 14 countries from U.S. embassies and consulates across the Western Hemisphere will address the impact of free trade agreements and how they can contribute to your successes well as how current market trends in Latin America can affect a business.
Discover GM offers pre-arranged meetings with commercial officers where you can talk one-on-one about the opportunities and challenges these dynamic markets present to your company, strategies for due diligence and risk mitigation, and tailoring a marketing strategy for your U.S. product or service.
Break-out sessions will focus on market trends and opportunities, Latin America's credit markets and how they affect your potential customers, marketing intelligence, and U.S. Commercial Service resources available to connect U.S. companies with prospective buyers across the North and South American Continents.
For more information on Discover Global Markets visit: www.export.gov/northcarolina/discovertheamericas/