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Central PA Small Business Week

Central PA Small Business Week

When Monday, May 12, 2014 - Friday, May 16, 2014

Where Events are held throughout the Central PA region during Small Business Week.

Description It's no secret that small businesses and their owners are powerful. They are the drivers of innovation, economic growth and job creation.

During the 2014 Central PA Small Business Week (May 12th through the 16th), CPBJ focused on the strength of these companies in our region with a special edition of the paper on May 9th, special editorial features online and an exciting video contest.

Click here to view the 2014 editorial features for Small Business Week.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Selecting and Using the Appropriate Business Structure

When Monday, May 12, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Where West Shore Chamber of Commerce
4211 Trindle Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Event Website

Hosted By Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center

Description •This interactive workshop will help you learn the differences among the various legal structures of small businesses and help you decide which structure is best for your business.
•This class addresses the potential liabilities and tax considerations when choosing a legal structure for your business.
•Highlights will be Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, Partnerships, and Sole Proprietorships (Advantages/Disadvantages of each business structure).

SkarlatosZonarich LLC, a law firm in Harrisburg, and Smoker, Smith & Associates P.C. will be presenting this workshop.

Please pay at the event. You may pay by check made payable to the Shippensburg University SBDC or cash (exact amount).

Contact April Ashway, Office Coordinator
717-477-1935

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Business Women's Networking Luncheon

When Tuesday, May 13, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Where Diakon Adoption and Foster Care
960 Century Drive
Event Website

Hosted By Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce

Description Come network with local business women, enjoy a delicious lunch, and learn what Diakon Adoption and Foster Care is all about! Don’t forget to bring your business cards for networking, and for a chance to win a door prize.

Space is limited. RSVP to Jaime at info@mechanicsburgchamber.org or call (717) 796-0811.

Contact Jaime Perry, Communications/Marketing Manager
717-796-0811

Safety, Security & Counterintelligence Conference

When Tuesday, May 13, 2014
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Where Eden Resort and Conference Center
222 Eden Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17601
Event Website

Hosted By World Trade Center Harrisburg

Description Corporate and Personnel Protection in a Global Economy

Conference speakers include experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as local company presenters.

Topics will include:
• Cyber Security
• Visitor Risk Mitigation and "Hardening the Target": Protecting Sensitive Technologies and Information
• Assessing Threats in Your Global Supply Chain and Economic Espionage: Internal & External Threats
• Personal Safety while Traveling and Working Abroad
• An Executive Level View of Export Compliance: Keeping Your Company Safe
• And more!

Contact info@wtccentralpa.org
717-843-1090

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Introduction to Government Contracting

When Wednesday, May 14, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where Adams County Economic Development Corporation
1300 Proline Place
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Event Website

Hosted By SEDA-Council of Governments

Description This FREE seminar presented by SEDA-COG's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will introduce companies on how the government purchases products/services and the beginning steps of how to be a government contractor.

Topics include: Getting Started in Government Contracting, Locating Bidding Opportunities, How to Read a Solicitation, How to Submit a Bid, Valuable Internet Resources, Small Business Programs, Certification and Registration Requirements and Review of the Services of SEDA-COG Procurement Center.

Contact Kristen Moyer
(570) 524-4491

Small Business, Big Impact!

When Wednesday, May 14, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Where Small Business, Big Impact! Mixer
100 South Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Event Website

Hosted By ASSETS Lancaster

Description This event will include a conversation with Special Guest Leanne Krueger-Braneky, former SBN Philadelphia Executive Director and now Director of Fellowship and Alumni at BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies). There will be Q&A and discussion.

5:00- Open Networking
5:30- Speaker/Q&A/Discussion
6:30-Close

Refreshments and Lite Appetizers will be provided.

Contact Angelique Arroyo, Communications and Outreach Coordinator
717-393-6089

SWAP your Card to Double Your Business Plus

When Wednesday, May 14, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Where Hampden Township Recreational Building
Community Room
5001 Hampden Park Dr.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Event Website

Hosted By West Shore Chamber of Commerce

Description Attendees will submit a business card at registration, while also receiving another's business card. Then you will work the room in search of the person that match the business card you drew, all while networking along the way. The 'plus' side of this event is the addition of small business focused exhibitors, who will have information on ways to help you grow any small business.

Contact Margaret Abel, Program & Events Director
717-761-0702

The First Step: Starting a Small Business

When Wednesday, May 14, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where Techcelerator/Murata Business Center
453 Lincoln Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
Event Website

Hosted By Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center

Description This workshop is intended to provide aspiring small business owners with an overview of many of the issues involved in planning and launching a new business venture. Topics include personal and lifestyle issues of the entrepreneur/business owner, the legal, financial and tax considerations of starting a small business, and the “how-to’s” of business registration, government regulations and compliance issues.

Attendees will also be introduced to the beginning steps of developing a sound business plan.

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be invited to schedule a free, one-on-one consulting session with an SBDC Business Consultant. A financing professional from F&M Trust will present the financial portion of the workshop.

COST: FREE
Advanced registration required online or by phone.

Contact April Ashway, Office Coordinator
717-477-1935

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Business After Hours

When Thursday, May 15, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where Cordier Auctions & Appraisals
1500 Paxton St.
Harrisburg, PA 17104
Event Website

Hosted By Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC

Description A informal networking event for members and guests of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC and is free to attend. Come mix and mingle with local business professionals, enjoy food and drinks!

May's mixer will be hosted by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals.

Contact Cyndie Pattison
(717) 232-4099

Business Roundtable

When Thursday, May 15, 2014
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where York County Economic Alliance Office
144 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 100
York, PA 17401
Event Website

Hosted By York County Economic Alliance, York SCORE

Description This program is designed to engage local small business owners with a supportive peer group and provide value through access to SCORE resources and services, and to help businesses overcome obstacles and seize opportunities. A wonderful program to learn best practices from your peers.

This Roundtable is for any Business and/or Professional Services.

Seating is limited; first-come, first-served. Register early.

Contact Aeman Bashir
717-848-4000

How Small Construction Businesses Can Do Business with the Commonwealth

When Thursday, May 15, 2014
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Where Online Webinar
Event Website

Hosted By National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Pennsylvania

Description Join the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Pennsylvania and the state's Department of General Services to learn how to become certified as a bidder, how to search the database of state jobs and to bid on that work. Changes have just been made to make this system easier and streamlined. Small businesses are given preference and the Bureau of Small Business Opportunities is there to help. Join that office's Construction Liaison, Oz Anderson along with NFIB for this online tutorial.

Contact Suzanne Stoltenberg, Communications Director
717-232-8582

Friday, May 16, 2014

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