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Member News – July 10, 2019

  • Focus Central Pennsylvania is pleased to announce it has received an $8,500 dollar grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the Smart Capacity initiative to invest in a comprehensive business attraction partnership to provide significant increased capacity that will leverage existing resources and efforts to effectively promote new corporate investment, career creating location decisions in Central Pennsylvania. This grant will provide a year of Site Location Partnership (SLP) business attraction services with specific deliverable metrics that include targeted industry prospect development, site selector appointment setting, trade show representation and online exposure. Site Location Partnership (SLP) is a dynamic, full-service consulting firm specializing in corporate site selection and business attraction for economic development. SLP executives have completed site location projects valued at over $840 million which have accounted for the creation of more than 7,200 careers.


  • The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation announces the creation of a new scholarship fund for local students. Established in memory of Dr. Ronald L. Lehnowsky by his family, the fund will benefit a graduating senior from Berwick Area High School who is pursuing a career in the medical field. Dr. Lehnowsky, D.D.S., J.D., grew up in Berwick and graduated from its high school. He attended Georgetown University School of Dentistry and Ohio State University, where he received his D.D.S. and M.S. in Oral Surgery. He also received a J.D. from Cleveland State University – John Marshall College of Law. Despite living much of his life in Ohio, Dr. Lehnowsky never forgot his beginnings in the Berwick community. It was important to his family to continue his legacy and honor his dedication to education by establishing this fund where he was born and raised. Dr. Lehnowsky passed away at the age of 76 after an extended illness. Through the family’s desire to honor his memory and a town formative to his early life, the Lehnowsky Scholarship Fund will offer increased educational opportunities for Berwick students in perpetuity. Contributions can be made to this fund online (click donate and search “Lehnowsky”), or mail to the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, Attn: Lehnowsky Scholarship Fund, 725 West Front Street, Berwick, PA 18603.


  • Bloomsburg University’s IT Outreach Webinar Series will conduct its next webinar on Thursday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. This edition’s topic is “Two Key Ingredients for Successful Criminal Investigations: IT and Interviews,” and will be  given by Michael Huben, an instructor in the Zeigler College of Business. This event is free and open to the public. Register online and see the flyer for additional information. 


  • The United Way of Columbia and Montour County’s United in Recovery coalition will hold a free assessment and treatment information on drug & alcohol on Tuesday, July 23, from 3-7 p.m. at the Reliance Fire Company, 501 West 3rd St., Berwick. 


  • The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center will hold its annual Celebration of Small Business breakfast on Friday, July 26 at 8 a.m. This annual event celebrates entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders and also features awards. There is no cost to attend. Register online or call 570-577-1249. 


  • The Regional Impact Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation recently announced its second competitive grantround of $50K for projects that address current areas of unmet needs throughout the CSCF’s service area, which includes Columbia and Montour Counties. This year’s grantround will consist of an exciting new application process and opportunity for the public to get involved. Interested nonprofits will first submit a Letter of Inquiry introducing their organization, needs, service area, and budgetary request. Those proposals selected by the CSCF Grants Committee will then be invited to submit a full application and participate in The Nonprofit Narrative on Monday, July 29, at 8:30 a.m. at the Danville Area High School auditorium. The Nonprofit Narrative is a platform for these groups to share their grant requests and stories of regional impact—the joys, challenges, dreams and requests each face as they serve our neighbors, communities, and region at large. For more information on the Regional Impact Fund, competitive grantround or The Nonprofit Narrative, visit


  • The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center invites interested business in need of website development to connect with Bucknell students in the “Markets, Innovation, and Design 300” class in the Freeman College of Management. Each semester, these students make websites free of charge for local small businesses. These projects provide a hands-on learning experience for the students while bringing new ideas to these organizations. In early September, the students will be introduced to this assignment and divided into teams. Then the teams will have the liberty to choose with which businesses and organizations they would like to work. By early October, each student team will meet with their client to learn about the specific needs and goals of the organization and the purpose that the site should serve. Over the course of the semester, the students will then design and build the website with an online website software program, incorporating text and photographs provided by the organization. If your business or organization is in need of a website, or if it would benefit from a redesigned site, then please fill out this online form by Aug. 15 to ensure your organization is considered. Additional information is available on this form. 
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