The Business Bullet - St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce

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
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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
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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]
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"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
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