Welcome to the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce "Business Bullet". This e-mail newsletter is designed to keep you informed about upcoming programs, events and happenings in the St. Marys Area. We are working on a few changes to our bullet. You will notice that the information is organized a little differently and that new items are highlighted. What would you like to see change? Let us know by emailing [email protected] Chamber News The date is set for our Annual Business Expo! Join us on February 28th at Sacred Heart Activity Center from 9-3. Check out the great vendors and demos we have to offer. If you interested in booth space please see the flyer at the end of the bullet. Member News A Message from Chamber Choice: Join us for a 30-minute webinar to understand if you are defined as an "Applicable Large Employer" (ALE) and to learn the specific requirements unique to "ALEs" effective in 2015. There are key Health Care Reform areas that require your company to develop a compliance strategy and action plan. Aaron Ochs and Chuck Whitford, Employee Benefits Consultants from JRG Advisors, will discuss the following: How "Applicable Large Employer" status is determined The status of existing health insurance plans The reinsurance program The penalties for not offering health insurance coverage Transitional relief for non-calendar years A Question & Answer session will immediately follow the webinar. The webinar is Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM. To register, please click the REGISTER NOW button: Training Opportunities Leadership Skills & Team Development Series Ease the challenge of leading both yourself and a team by participating in this interactive and informative leadership series! This series is designed to help you gain a better understanding of yourself as a leader and working with your team members. You will learn how to create goals and systems that support how you intuitively operate and as a result, experience improved productivity and increased revenue. Speaker: Honey Stempka: Owner, Sustainable Lifestyle Group Register Online Now For All Four Seminars Session #1 | Thursday, February 19, 2015 | Leading Yourself and a Team | Register Online Now | More Information Session #2 | Thursday, February 19, 2015 | Identifying Roles and Setting Goals | Register Online Now | More Information Session #3 | Thursday, February 26, 2015 | Reclaim Your Time to Get Things Done | Register Online Now | More Information Session #4 | Thursday, February 26, 2015 | Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Business | Register Online Now | More Information Register Online Now For All Four Seminars Where: Days Inn Oil City Conference Center 1 Seneca Street Oil City PA 16301-1313 Directions Cost: Free If you have questions or want to register over the phone, call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email: mailto:[email protected]?subject=Email%20O riginated%20From%20Listrak Get Information and Register Online For Clarion University SBDC Workshops Now Print or View Seminar Series Brochure Register Online Now For All Four Seminars North Central PTAC Webinar: Realities and Opportunities in Government Contracting in North Central If you are interested in federal government contracting and want to learn how, you will not want to miss this webinar. DATE: February 12, 2015 TIME: 1:00pm to 2:00 pm LOCATION: You can view on your own computer or at the North Central office in Ridgway, PA. COST: There is no cost to participate in this webinar PRESENTER: Gloria Larkin, President of TargetGov and national marketing and business expert will present this one hour complimentary webinar. She is the author of “The Basic Guide to Government Contracting” and “The Veteran’s Business Guide: How to Build a Successful Government Contracting Business”. Please see the attached flyer for detail – there is a link for registration www.targetgov.com/tgwebinars If you are planning to attend at the North Central office in Ridgway – please RSVP to Donna Hottel at [email protected] Please join us on this webinar! How to Grow Your Business by Engaging Employees You can't grow your business without productive and dependable employees. The ultimate success of your business depends on how effectively you manage your employees to meet your goals. Team leadership and delegation are skills that new entrepreneurs often lack - and you cannot succeed without them. This workshop is focused on new entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level, and for established companies struggling to build an effective team. Success depends on YOUR ability to lead a team of employees in the direction you wish to go. Interactive and fast-paced, participants will: * Define leadership characteristics that will empower their workforce * Identify their own leadership strengths and weaknesses * Improve their skills for hiring, managing, and motivating employees * Develop an understanding of how to manage workplace conflict Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email: mailto:[email protected]?subject=Email%20Originated%20From%20Listrak Speaker: Dale E. Fox: Staff Consultant, Fortune 10 Business Consultant & Entrepreneur Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Where: Clarion University Small Business Development Center 330 North Point Drive Suite 100 (Barnes Center) Clarion PA 16214-3873 Directions Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon (8:30 am registration)Cost: $25.00 Print or View Seminar Brochure Register Online Now Succession & Transition Planning for Families in Business 85% of the major crisis facing families in business deal with issues revolving around succession and transition planning. Less than 10% of family businesses have a formal plan. It is no wonder two-thirds of all family businesses do not survive through the second generation. This program will arm you with the knowledge to begin the process, set priorities, choose your advisors and establish the communication necessary to begin a non-crisis succession planning process. It is targeted to family and “family-like” business. Topics covered include: * Preparing for succession * Identifying the four major areas of every successful succession plan * Six steps to avoid making succession planning a crisis situation You will also learn: * How to effectively plan for succession and transition with family and non-family members * Some ways to build your own “buyer” Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 2921843 or Email: mailto:[email protected]?subject=Email%20Origin ated%20From%20Listrak Speaker: Jim Kwaiser, Ann Marie Kwaiser and Jeff Tobe, C.H.A.L.L.E.N.G.E.S. inc. Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Where: Clarion University Small Business Development Center 330 North Point Drive Suite 100 (Barnes Center) Clarion PA 16214-3873 Directions Time: 9:00 am to 11:30 am (8:30 am registration) Cost: Free Get Information and Register Online For Clarion University SBDC Workshops Now Print or View Seminar Brochure Register Online Now Introduction to OSHA Are you providing the safest possible working environment for your employees? Do you have questions about the rules and regulations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? Get answers to your questions and more at the Introduction to OSHA seminar. This informative seminar, conducted by Jason Burns, Owner of Integrated Compliance, will cover several topics including: * The purpose of OSHA and why it exists * What OSHA provides for small businesses * The myths surrounding OSHA * The financial impacts of OSHA * How to prepare for inspections and handle citations * OSHA compliance Register Online Now or Call the Clarion University SBDC at (814) 3932060 or Toll free at 1 (877) 292-1843 or Email: mailto:[email protected]?subject=Email%20Originated%20From%20Listrak Speaker: Jason Burns, Owner, Integrated Compliance Date: Friday, January 30, 2015 Where: Clarion University Small Business Development Center 330 North Point Drive Suite 100 (Barnes Center) Clarion PA 16214-3873 Directions Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon (8:30 am registration) Cost: $25.00 Get Information and Register Online For Clarion University SBDC Workshops Now Register Online Now The Bureau of Workers' Compensation Health & Safety Division will be offering the following FREE safety webinars in February, 2015: Personal Protective Equipment Tuesday, February 3rd from 9:30am - 10:30am Scabies, Bed Bugs & MRSA Tuesday, February 3rd from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Incident Investigation Wednesday, February 4th from 9:30am - 10:30am Preventing Cold Weather Injuries Thursday, February 5th from 9:30am - 10:30am Right To Know Thursday, February 5th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Creating Effective Safety Committees Wednesday, February 11th from 9:30am - 10:30am Distracted Driving Tuesday, February 17th from 9:30am - 10:30am Ergonomics Tuesday, February 17th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Return to Work Wednesday, February 18th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Emergency Action Plans Thursday, February 19th from 9:30am - 10:30am Housekeeping Thursday, February 19th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Fall Protection Tuesday, February 24th from 9:30am - 10:30am Safety is a Personal Decision Tuesday, February 24th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Electrical Safety Wednesday, February 25th from 9:30am - 10:30am Safety Culture Wednesday, February 25th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Confined Space Thursday, February 26th from 9:30am - 10:30am Restaurant Safety Thursday, February 26th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Webinar end time may be earlier or later due to course material as well as viewer participation. Annual Workplace Safety Committee Certification Training Wednesday, February 4th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm Wednesday, February 18th from 9:30am - 11:30am To register for any of these events just click on the link above and that will take you directly to the event homepage and a registration form. Space is limited, register now! To register for any of our safety trainings please visit our Training Calendar. Are you a small manufacturer or an entrepreneur with a BIG IDEA? Are you looking to bring a new, innovative product or process to market? Are you located in Northwestern PA? If so, you may be eligible to participate in Ben Franklin Technology Partners 2015 Big Idea contest. The winner will receive: $50,000 in cash, an Innovation Adoption Grant of up to $25,000 to work with a PA-based research university, priority access to a low-interest $100,000 loan from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and much more! The contest opens on Mon., Oct. 24 and the application will be available then as well. For more information regarding rules, entry forms and FAQs about the 2015 Big Idea Contest, visit bigidea.benfranklin.org and also feel free to call Liz Wilson, Director, Marketing & Communications, Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP at 814-898-6541 or email at [email protected] If there is something significant happening in your business or in a community organization that you are aware of, please let us know. We would like to feature it in the "Business Bullet" so everyone can hear about it. The more positive information on that can be spread throughout the community, the better. Just send the information to us at [email protected] by Thursday afternoon in order to have it appear in the Business Bullet the following week. If you do not wish to receive the “Business Bullet”, please reply to this email with Unsubscribe in the Subject Line.
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