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Leadership Venango Holds Sixth Session: Importance of an Educated Workforce

On Wednesday, February 13, the Venango Leadership Class met at Clarion University – Venango for the monthly class which focused on preparing a ready workforce, career and education alliances, 40 developmental assets and generational differences. The information presented was a mix of new ideas in addition themes formerly introduced during prior meetings.

Tammy Dulaney, Coordinator for Continuing Education at Clarion University, started the day with a deeper insight into the state higher education system (PASSHE) and their relationship with employers, students and career training opportunities. Notable points included the availability of state funds that will reimburse employers for their investment in training costs for their employees in addition to a list of state-approved apprenticeships that students can also utilize as credits toward a degree. Tammy is available to local businesses and students to help connect them to these resources!

Next up, Eileen Mullen, Program Coordinator for Crawford County K-12 Career Education Alliance, wowed the class with evidence of the growing partnerships between Crawford area businesses and School Districts to provide educational opportunities, career readiness experiences and much more for local students throughout each year. How can all this be accomplished with limited funds and staffing? Simply put, passion and effective communication techniques to garner support. This left the class clamoring for more and a keen interest on seeing something like this develop within Venango County.

Over lunch, Matt LaVerde, Asst. Exec. Director of IU5, focused his discussion on the importance of the 40 developmental assets that play a pivotal role in determining the overall success and general wellness of youth as they age into adulthood. There are many external factors to be mindful of as we all play a vital role in shaping the success (or not) of developing our youth. Judy Etzel, staff writer at The Derrick, and Heather Motter, Cranberry High School English Teacher, followed that conversation up by sharing their experience working together under the state-initiated Teacher in the Workforce program. This discussion reminded attendees of the importance of empathy, curiosity and shared knowledge that impact all of our lives.

Finally, Susan Hileman, Strategic Business Advisor for NWIRC NW Region, made a return visit to the class with a presentation on generational differences. This conversation focused on the preferred learning habits, general societal views and unique experiences within each generation. All of factors shape a person’s personality, attitude, work mindset and much more which needs to be considered when making decisions in the workplace.        

Leadership Venango will meet again on March 13th at Komatsu in Franklin. For more information visit

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s March 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Upcoming SBDC Training & Events

Looking to brush up on your business know-how? The SBDC’s offer educational programs geared towards entrepreneurs. Training resources include:

  • First Step Seminars
  • Business Workshops
  • Online Training
  • Pennsylvania SBDC Seminar Schedule

Business Skills Workshops

WordPress Beginners: Thursday, March 7 in Oil City
Learn How to Create Your Own Website:

This workshop will teach you:
• Getting Your Website Set-Up and Moving Around
• Using Your Dashboard
• Choosing a Theme
• Adding Pages and Menus

Fair Labor Standards Act: Tuesday, March 19 in Clarion

How does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affect your business? Whether you are looking to hire your first employee or if you are ready to expand your staff to 100, this seminar has the answers you are looking for. A U.S. Department of Labor specialist will present on the following topics:

• Wage and Hour’s Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program – how it works
• FLSA’s Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements
• Compensable Hours Worked and Recordkeeping
• Minors – When and Where Can They Work?

Marketing 101: Wednesday, March 20
Marketing Your Small Business:

This Workshop Will Teach You:
• How to keep your marketing consistent
• How to understand your customers
• How to choose the right advertising
• How to measure your efforts
• How to build a marketing plan

WordPress Advanced: Thursday, March 21 in Oil City
Getting the Most from Your Website:

This Workshop Will Teach You:
• Working with Images and Video
• Widgets and HTML
• Linking
• Plug Ins
• Users/Security and Basic Optimization
• Social Media Tools

LaunchLINK: Wednesday, March 27 in Clarion
Know the Rules of Engagement for 1099 Independent Contractors:

In this webinar, you will learn about the issues surrounding the mounting problem of employee miss-classification, how to avoid the most common-and costly-classification mistakes, and how to create a paper trail that will protect your company-and you- in case a claim is ever made against your organization.

Facebook For Business: Thursday, March 28 in DuBois (This is taught by Ask Me.)

Have you been using Facebook for your business, but wonder how you can get more from it? What can you do to get more “likes”? What are these “Ads” all about? Do I need to sponsor my posts? Join us to learn how to get the most out of Facebook Business Pages. We’ll discuss getting started through proper planning, utilizing apps to help you manage Facebook, using insights, Facebook ads, creating quality content and more!

Topic: Facebook for Small Businesses: This workshop will teach you how to use Facebook as a marketing tool for your business by optimizing your time and efforts. You will learn how to grow your reach, expand your fan base, and build valuable relationships online.F

First Step Seminars

The First Steps to Start and Finance Your Business

Clarion: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Find more details about SBDC programs at

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s March 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Helping You Make the Right Shift in Your Leadership


Live2Lead is a half-day, leadership development experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. You will learn from world-class leadership experts, be prepared to implement a new action plan, and start leading with renewed passion and commitment.

Facilitated by Scott Schoenberger of The John Maxwell Team, this on-site video seminar will include presentations by John C. Maxwell, Carly Fiorina, Daniel Pink, Debra Searle, and Tyler Perry.

This is what you can expect to gain from this event: How to recognize the opportunity for a shift, knowing the right time to make a shift, choosing to make a shift, the hard work that goes into shifting, and what kind of shift every leader needs to make.

When: Friday, February 22, 10 a.m.  – 3 p.m. (lunch provided)

Cost: $69 ($10 discount per attendee when two or more employees register)

Location: Zion Baptist Church (114 Zion Road Clarion, PA 16214)

How to Register (registration is required):

Call the SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or

Toll free at (877) 292-1843



This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s January 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.