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Webinar: Better Marketing Brings Better Customers—March 28, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.

Marketing ED Spring

In the second installment of their three-part marketing series for small business, PennWest Clarion Small Business Development Center will delve into understanding customers' thought processes, utilizing tools to identify them, effective communication methods, and industry terminology for classification.

Jason Strohm, a seasoned 20-year marketing veteran, guides you through practical approaches to address real marketing challenges. Gain insights, suggestions, and tools to enhance your business communications and boost sales. This engaging and practical seminar equips new and young business owners with knowledge they can apply daily in running their small businesses, providing real-world examples to help your business thrive.

For more information, or to register, please visit: Marketing Momentum - In Person or Webinar format (

Webinar: A Bright Future: Preserving Coal Community Assets with Solar Opportunities—March 28, 2024, at 1:00 p.m.


How can counties leverage clean energy infrastructure to best serve their community? Join NACo’s BRECC National Network learning session and hear from efforts in Nicholas County, WV, to build a solar installation on reclaimed coal mine land and develop an impactful community benefits agreement with the local community college.

This webinar will also share how  counties can receive technical assistance and funding support through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SolSmart Technical Assistance and Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grants.

For more information, or to register, please visit: A Bright Future: Preserving Coal Community Assets with Solar Opportunities | National Association of Counties (

Webinar: Embracing the Digital Shift For Future Success in Your B2B Ecommerce Strategy—April 11, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. 

Ben Franklin Spring

Despite the evident shift towards digital dominance in B2B transactions, many businesses remain hesitant to fully embrace ecommerce, often viewing it as a tool reserved for large-scale or consumer-facing companies. This webinar will address the critical pivot B2B companies must make to thrive in the evolving digital marketplace.

With over 30 years of leadership and a track record of significant growth achievements, Jeff Parnell, CEP of JHP Directo Corporation, will bring invaluable insights into the digital transformation imperative and underscore the reality that customers are increasingly influenced by online channels, making it crucial for businesses to establish a strong digital presence to remain competitive. Attendees will leave equipped with the knowledge to redefine their ecommerce strategies, recognizing the essential role of digital channels in contemporary B2B commerce.  

 For more information, or to register, please visit: Embracing the Digital Shift for Future Success in Your B2B Ecommerce Strategy - Ben Franklin Learning Center

Webinar Series: Supply Chain 101—May 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2024, at 10:30 a.m.

IRC Supply Chain Spring

Free of charge—the Supply Chain 101 series will provide a high-level knowledge base of and the ‘must have’ processes for successful execution of inventory and supply chain management. Participants will learn the components that come into play and understand how to link them to their company’s strategic, operating, and tactical plans. Participants will have access to leading supply chain and manufacturing experts who have executed these strategies in numerous organizations.

For more information, please visit:

To register, please contact Robin Keller at

Employer Workshops: Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace—May 9th in Sharon; May 14th in Erie; and May 23rd in Franklin
NWIRC Neuro Spring

Equip your organization with tools to foster an environment where every individual's potential is valued - from interviewing and onboarding to mentoring and managing uniquely-abled talent. Learn to embrace neurodiversity and witness the positive transformation it brings to your workplace.

These workshops are geared for manufacturing companies’ human resource managers, supervisors, plant floor team leaders, and any hiring managers.

For more information and to register, please visit:

ReConnect Loan and Grant Program—Applications Due May 21, 2024

ReConnect Spring

The ReConnect Loan and Grant Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window for the fifth round of funding will open on March 22, 2024, and close on May 21, 2024. USDA Rural Development will host several technical assistance webinars and workshops during the application window.

To learn more about the program, please visit: ReConnect Loan and Grant Program | USDA

For assistance, please contact PA Telecommunications General Field Representative Robert Fry at

PA Business Resource Website: Explore Resources to Enhance Your Business


The Steel Valley Authority through the Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN) recently launched a website for all businesses in Pennsylvania to search for assistance to help them grow, succeed, and remain in the Commonwealth. This website also provides links to upcoming business events across the state.

The PA Business Resource website ( provides companies with simple access to public sector resources available. These services can be at low or no cost to the company or available through grant funding. Businesses can search by county, region, or statewide narrowing services by specific company issues such as finding new customers, business relocation, veteran owned business resources, transportation, tax credit programs, and roughly 200+ more organizations. Public sector organizations not listed are welcome to submit their information via a link available on the site to become part of the database.

For more information, please contact Carrie Mihalko at