Archive for October, 2017

Google Webinar: Help Holiday Shoppers Find Your Business

CaptureThe Venango Chamber and  Clarion University’s SBDC are excited to invite you to join us at a Google Webinar with lunch included at Clarion University Venango.

This workshop, presented by Google in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Facebook, Constant Contact and Square will give your business a boost ahead of the holiday shopping season! Experts will provide information on how to bring customers to your business this holiday season with the use of the platforms listed above.

Because the presentation is live, there is an opportunity to submit questions in real-time with the hashtag #MarketingWonderland that panel experts can answer during Q&A.

A light lunch will be provided.  Please plan to arrive by 11:30AM to get your food and get settled! All you need to bring are your questions!

Speakers: Google online marketing professionals

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Cost: No Cost


Clarion University Venango
Frame Hall
1801 West First Street
Oil City, PA 16301-3297

Other locations available, please see flyer.

How to Register:
(Registration Required)

Click Register Online Now  or
Call the SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or Toll free at (877) 292-1843
Email: Website:

This event is hosted by SBDC and co-hosted by Venango Area Chamber of Commerce.

View and print event flyer 


“Our Town: Stories From Franklin” to Air Tonight

Tonight (Thursday, October 19) at 8 p.m., Our Town, a program of WQLN Public Media, will air on WQLN-TV 54.1 and live stream on

Our Town is a video scrapbook of the people, places, and happenings of the Franklin, PA, area, as seen through the eyes of residents. Video footage and photos have been collected by community members throughout the past few months. According to an article by The Derrick. & The News-Herald, twenty-four interviews were conducted and stories include events such as Applefest and Light Up Night, the Silver Cornet Band, DeBence Antique Music World and historical markers found throughout town.

Many other local towns have had Our Town productions in the past, including Oil City and Titusville.

To learn more and watch all Our Town videos, please visit

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Three Network Connections You Can Dump Right Now

By Kurtis Bell

So you’ve spent years building your network and by now have cultivated a sizable group on which you can call on for referrals, reviews, or advice. In a perfect world, all our connections would be power players; valuable “can’t do without” type of network connections. Unfortunately, that is never the case, so here is my guide on when to make your way to the exit and deploy the ol parachute.

One connection you can distance yourself from instantly is the narcissistic, egocentric network connection. This is an easy one to pick out because this connection will always be the first to let you know it is all about them, all the time.

The second connection you can let go is the connection who never passes referrals or makes introductions. Not saying that you have to keep score in a little notebook you carry at all times, but valuable connections will help you out from time to time.

The last type of connection you can burn is the connection who does not know when to stop selling. This connection will be relentless in his or her pursuit to sell you on a product, thought process, or idea.Network Networth

You may have noticed a common connection in all three types of connections you need to ditch. All three types forego the cornerstones of networking; be selfless, be a great connector, and focus on making a genuine connection rather than a one time sale. With the end of yet another year rapidly approaching, it may be time for you to reflect on your network and see if it needs some trimming. Remember what Porter Gale says: “Your network is your net worth.”

Schools & Industry Partnership Group Seeks Additional Industry Partners

RTI3 - CopyThe purpose of this group is to foster a relationship between schools and industries while developing programs to focus on missing soft skills and to build a pipeline of students (i.e., applicants) for future vocational positions (Assembler, Machinist, Maintenance, Welder, etc.) in Venango County.

The Schools & Industry Partnership Group meets three times a school year (fall, winter & spring) to discuss the needs of the school districts and how local employers can get involved. The employers’ participation helps to reinforce common policies that carry through from high school into the work place. Examples of such policies include the importance of attendance and the importance of being drug free. And at the same time, the employers are working with school personnel to improve student career and soft skills. Employers represented in this group are able to share with students (and parents) that there are great jobs (and good companies) right here in Venango County.

Specifically, during school year 2016-2017, employers participated in mock interviews, assembly presentations, career days, open houses, student job shadows, plant tours for guidance counselors, and perfect attendance awards for students at two local schools.

In 2018, the employers in the Schools & Industry Partnership group are looking to continue these events as well as incorporate an end-of-the-year student perfect attendance award with all the schools. Employers & School Personnel, there are currently 39 individuals (including 11 employers) committed to growing this partnership between the local schools and the employers in Venango County. If you haven’t been participating in the Schools & Industry Partnership Group but you have interest in doing so, please contact: Jaci D’Amico or Janet Stewart

CDC Accepting Enrollments

Child Development Centers, Inc. (CDC) is accepting enrollments for a number of programs that it offers for infants, toddlers and preschool children.

Here are the details about each program:

Head Start – Head Start is the federal government’s preschool program for three-, four- and five-year-old children from low-income households. The full-day program is intended to prepare children for a successful transition to kindergarten and elementary school. In addition to early childhood education, Head Start offers a number of other services that supports the children’s health and development and family well-being.

A family’s income must be at or below the federal poverty level – currently $24,600 for a family of four – for children to enroll in Head Start. The program is free to income-eligible households. Head Start openings exist at Grant Street Child Development Center in Oil City and Seventh Street Head Start in Franklin.

Pre-K Counts – This full-day program for three-, four- and five-year-old boys and girls is intended to give them an early educational boost that will help them to make a successful transition to kindergarten and beyond, and to do better in school.

Pre-K Counts focuses on reading and math skills, social and school readiness skills, following directions, and getting along with fellow students and teachers. There also is an emphasis on developing an interest in learning and involving the family in the child’s education.

CDC has Pre-K Counts openings at its Hasson Heights, Franklin School-Age and Cranberry centers. Grant funding covers all costs of Pre-K Counts, which is open to families with income up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

Early Head Start – This program is for infants and toddlers up to their third birthday, and for expectant mothers and their families. The program provides full-day, year-around child care and early childhood education, a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack for the children, periodic home visits, and access to high-quality health care services, plus services for expectant moms before and after they give birth.

Early Head Start is intended to promote early childhood development, to engage parents in their roles as caregivers and teachers, and to help families move toward self-sufficiency. Another purpose is to provide a strong foundation of early learning that allows children to make a successful transition to preschool and kindergarten.

Grant funding covers most costs of the Early Head Start program for working, income-eligible families. To qualify for Early Head Start, a family’s income must be at or below the federal poverty level, which currently is $24,600 for a family of four.

The Early Head Start program is available at CDC’s Oil City, Franklin and Cranberry centers.

Families can enroll their children in Head Start or Pre-K Counts or learn more by contacting Martha Hoover at CDC, 814-518-5309 or

Application forms and more information about Early Head Start are available from Michelle Collins at CDC, 814-670-0838 or