- The Wilkes Small Business Development Center will also hold a First Step workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs that might be interested in starting their own business tonight, June 13 at 6 p.m. at its location on 85 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Registration is $20 for this event, and can be made online or by calling 570-408-3336.
- For the fifth straight year, Knoebels Amusement Resort has been named the favorite traditional amusement park in the country by the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA), which announced the results of its 32nd annual amusement park and attractions survey earlier this month. This survey is the oldest of its type and is done annually by NAPHA members, which are typically experienced riders who have visited countless amusement parks and have ridden a diverse assortment of roller coasters and other rides. The average NAPHA member has been to more than 113 different amusement parks and has ridden about 290 roller coasters. Also, for the seventh straight year, Knoebels’ Phoenix was named as the survey’s favorite wooden roller coaster.
- Autoneum’s Bloomsburg plant, which is its largest in the United States, was recently honored with the 2018 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. As one of only 23 facilities in Pennsylvania to receive the honor, Autoneum Bloomsburg was recognized for best environmental innovation and expertise for the implementation of waste recycling and water reuse initiatives. Thanks to these projects, the plant is now recycling 45 tons of scrap materials from carpet manufacturing per day. Additionally, water consumption has been significantly reduced. Last year, 63.9 million liters of cooling water were reused – the equivalent of 25 full Olympic swimming pools.
- Community Options, Inc., a provider of residential and employment support to people with disabilities, is seeking individuals interested in serving on a new business advisory committee for Community Options’ Bloomsburg office. Community Options’ mission is to promote the integration of persons with disabilities within the communities in which they reside, enabling them to become viable and contributing neighbors, employees and citizens of the community. The purpose of this committee is to discuss and implement ways to help the organization better integrate into the community and bridge the gap between the community and the individuals it serves. If you may be interested in serving on this committee, or for questions, contact associate executive director David McConaghy at 570-638-6007 or email.
- CSS Industries (Berwick Offray) will host another job fair at the Chamber office at 238 Market St., Bloomsburg, on Thursday, June 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CSS has multiple openings, including for full-time, part-time or summer only positions. Visit CSS’ careers site for a list of openings, and for any questions in advance, contact Melissa Burt via email.
- The Bloomsburg Public Library will be holding a “Country Fair” on Saturday, July 14, to help kick off Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s production of Charlotte’s Web, and is looking for a large popcorn machine to use for this event. If you or your organization has one available and would be willing to loan it to the Bloomsburg Public Library to use on this date, please contact Lydia Kegler, library director, at 570-784-0883 or email. The library is also looking for carnival type games that could be set up inside the children’s library or possibly outside in the parking lot.
- The Bucknell SBDC will host its annual Celebration of Small Business breakfast, which will also mark a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Bucknell SBDC, on Monday, July 16, from 8-10 a.m. at the Elaine Langone Center’s Terrace Room on the 2nd floor on the Bucknell campus. Business owners, legislators, economic development partners and startup enthusiasts are invited to join the SBDC for breakfast to recognize the entrepreneurs and leaders of the region. Special presentations will include the U.S. Small Business Association Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Eastern PA, the Product Innovator of the Year and the Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, named for the Bucknell SBDC’s founding director. Register online or call 570-577-1249.
- Looking to showcase your business to students at Bucknell while also getting some free consulting work? Bucknell is launching a new pre-orientation program, Design-Thinking Leadership (DTL), providing an opportunity for your business to connect with Bucknell’s newest students. Student teams in the DTL program will formulate actionable solutions to real-world problems posed by local business owners. The program, which runs Aug. 10-14, is seeking 4 -5 business owners to speak with students and present a problem or opportunity in their business. During the next two days student teams will conceptualize, research, and refine a solution; and then pitch to the business owner at the end of the program. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business, make lasting connections with students, and benefit from fresh perspectives and ideas. If interested in participating in this program as a business owner, submit this Google form, and for questions, contact Bucknell SBDC director Steve Stumbris at 570-577-1249 or email.