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Small Business Resource Clinic Sales Training Workshops Annual Membership Luncheon Marketing Mastery Seminar Series Go Green Business Summit Pandemic Preparedness Workshop for Employers Greater Scranton Womens Network Trends in Human Resources Management Small Business Spotlight Award

Pictured above: Members of the Greater Scranton Womens Network (from left to right)Ann Marie Whitko, Danyls Hernandez-Buck, Dolly Woody, Diane Calabro, Bernadette Lepre, Karen Thomas and Mari Potis, pose for a picture at an event.

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Small Business Resource Clinic Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008 Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Location: Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA Cost: FREE Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Sales Training Workshops Enrich your skills and increase productivity! Date: Session 1: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Session 2: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Location: Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA Cost: $40 for one session; $60 for both Deadline: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Annual Membership Luncheon Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Time: 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Location: Hilton Scranton & Conference Center 100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA Cost: $25 Members / $200 table of eight (8) Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2008 Marketing Mastery Seminar Series Marketing with Emerging Technology and Social Media Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Time: 9:00 AM - Noon Location: Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA Cost: $35 per person Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2008 Go Green Business Summit Turning Green Into Gold Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Time: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Location: Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit Cost: $50 per person Deadline: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Pandemic Preparedness Workshop for Employers Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Location: Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA Cost: FREE Deadline: Friday, November 14, 2008 Greater Scranton Womens Network Livin la Vida LOCAL Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Time: Noon - 1:00 PM Location: Clarion Hotel 300 Meadow Avenue, Scranton, PA Cost: $20 Members / $30 Non-members Deadline: Friday, November 14, 2008 Trends in Human Resources Management A Panel Discussion Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 Time: 9:00 AM - Noon Location: Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA Cost: $35 per person Deadline: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Small Business Spotlight Award Date: Ongoing

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DATE Thursday, October 16, 2008 TIME 2:00 to 4:00 PM LOCATION Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA COST FREE STAFF CONTACTS Christina Hitchcock 570-342-7711 RESERVATION DEADLINE Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Small Business Resource Clinic


Nationally, October is recognized as Womens Small Business Month. This is a time to pay tribute to the many business owners, especially women, who have contributed to the success of our thriving region. In recognition of Womens Small Business Month this October, MetroAction is hosting a Small Business Resource Clinic to help start-up and expanding entrepreneurs understand the steps needed to develop a successful business and provide valuable resources to help male and female owned small businesses grow and thrive. Receive quick and easy tips for writing your business plan and recommendations on how to use your plan to obtain financing, focus ideas, identify specific business objectives, and chart and manage growth. The Small Business Resource Clinic will also take the mystery out of financing your business. You will learn how small business loans work, what documents and information are required, and review the requirements to qualify for small business financing. The clinic will also explain about small business grants, what lenders look for, and how you can improve your chances of qualifying for a small business loan. This seminar is designed to point new or potential business owners in the right direction, providing an overview of: Developing a business plan Helpful community resources, including resources specifically for women Financing options for your business What lenders look for and much more! If you are thinking about starting a small business or if you have already started and realize you still have questions, the Small Business Resource Clinic is what you need. More information is also available at www.MetroAction.org.

SPONSORED BY: SPEAKER Rick Munson, Action Coach DATE Session 1, PhoneRICH Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Session 2, SalesRICH Tuesday, November 4, 2008 TIME 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM LOCATION Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA COST $40 for one session; $60 for both STAFF CONTACT Nicole Barber Reservation Contact: Karen Durkin 570-342-7711 RESERVATION DEADLINE Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sales Training Workshops


Enrich your skills and increase productivity!
Do you need a powerful tool to boost individual performance and leadership effectiveness? Do you want to increase sales and maximize profits? Do you want to Advance your personal development Improve the clarity and precision in your messages Improve employee engagement Enhance productivity within the workplace Support individual career progression Improve staff retention Expand emotional intelligence

If so, Sales Training Sessions 1 and 2 are for you! More specifically, PhoneRICH will help turn the telephone into your most important sales tool. SalesRICH will re-energize your workforce and emphasize the basic tools of selling. Enhanced phone sales and improved conversion ratio are guaranteed after attending these powerful workshops. These workshops were created as a direct response to our members needs and to acknowledge the Purchasing Power, Lets Take it Home initiative. Enhancing your selling skills and techniques with a buy local flavor will allow the benefits of a purchasing dollar to stay here in northeastern Pennsylvania, hence benefitting the local economy. The virtues of local purchasing have a lasting effect of ensuring the retention of local businesses. Overall, this initiative honors the tenet of sustainability and contributes to the economic strength of our community by keeping our purchasing power at home. More information is also available at www.scrantonchamber.com

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DATE Tuesday, October 28, 2008 TIME 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM LOCATION Hilton Scranton & Conference Center 100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA COST $25 Member / $200 Table of Eight (8) STAFF CONTACTS Mari Potis Reservation Contact: Marie Ferraro 570-342-7711 RESERVATION DEADLINE Friday, October 24, 2008

Annual Membership Luncheon


Please join us for the Annual Chamber Membership Luncheon, presented by Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. At the luncheon, the Annual Report is showcased and the accomplishments of the Chamber serving its members, creating jobs and developing a stronger community are celebrated. This is also an opportunity for Chamber members to gather, network and enjoy lunch with their fellow members. This years luncheon will feature the presentation of the following awards: Hometown Star Award presented by Pennstar Bank, Pride and Progress Awards presented by Pennoni & Associates, Inc., Healthy Workplace Awards presented by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and ChamberChoice, the Award for Excellence in Professional Development presented by Penn Foster, and the ATHENA Award presented by Sun Buick Pontiac GMC. In addition, MetroAction will award Child Care MicroGrants to five local child care providers to improve the quality of child care in northeastern Pennsylvania. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved tables of eight (8) may be purchased for $200. We look forward to sharing a wonderful luncheon with you. More information is also available at www.scrantonchamber.com

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SPEAKER Jack Reager, President, BlackOut Design DATE Wednesday, November 5, 2008 TIME 9:00 AM - Noon LOCATION Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA COST $35 per person STAFF CONTACT Christina Hitchcock 570-342-7711 RESERVATION DEADLINE Friday, October 31, 2008

Marketing Mastery Seminar Series


Marketing with Emerging Technology and Social Media
For those of us who stay current with technology, there are a number of creative ways to bring an audience to your website. As more and more people are doing business online, there are constantly new trends and tools to engage your audience. Making sense of these new technologies and what they may mean to your business is a key way to stay ahead of your competition. Although many online tools and trends look like a silver bullet, there are some that dont always deliver what you expect. In this presentation, we will look at ways to find out what technologies, such as MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn, will work best for you and which ones are just fads that are sure to be short lived. More information is also available at www.MetroAction.org

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SPEAKERS Various DATE Wednesday, November 12, 2008 TIME 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM LOCATION Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit COST $50 per person STAFF CONTACT Christina Hitchcock 570-342-7711 RESERVATION DEADLINE Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Go Green Business Summit


Turning Green Into Gold Learn how your business can go green and save money!
MetroActions Go Green Business Summit is an inaugural event revealing how our region can promote corporate responsibility and earth-friendly work and lifestyle choices. Join leaders from around our region for the only summit on how businesses can implement corporate environmental strategies, make eco-sensitive choices, stay competitive and set the standard for other companies. At this 1/2 day program you will: Discover affordable solutions in your daily operations to make significant changes for a sustainable future Learn about whats on the horizon for the future and how green principles are good for the bottom line Network with decision makers from area businesses and environmental organizations to share ideas for creating consumer awareness

For a complete program agenda, including topics and speakers, visit our website, www.MetroAction.org. The Go Green Business Summit is the only program in NEPA that brings together key players to help you plan your GREEN strategy!

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SPEAKER Thomas McGroarty PA Department of Health and Theodore Uroskie, MD Lackawanna County Pandemic Committee DATE Wednesday, November 19, 2008 TIME 8:00 - 11:00 AM LOCATION Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA COST FREE STAFF CONTACT Bill Hlavacek Reservation Contact: Karen Durkin 570-342-7711 RESERVATION DEADLINE Friday, November 14, 2008

Pandemic Preparedness Workshop for Employers


A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily person-to-person worldwide. A worldwide influenza pandemic could have a major effect on the global economy, including travel, trade, tourism, food, consumption and eventually, investment and financial markets. Planning for pandemic influenza by business and industry is essential to minimize a pandemics impact. Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly. As with any potential crisis, having a contingency plan is essential. More information is also available at www.scrantonchamber.com

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SPEAKERS Philip Condron, President Condron & Company DATE Wednesday, November 19, 2008 TIME Noon - 1:00 PM LOCATION Clarion Hotel 300 Meadow Avenue, Scranton, PA COST $20 Members / $30 Non-members STAFF CONTACTS Mari Potis Reservation Contact: Karen Durkin 570-342-7711 RESERVATION DEADLINE Friday, November 14, 2008

Greater Scranton Womens Network


Livin la Vida LOCAL
Livin la Vida LOCAL means buying goods and services to support our LOCAL economy. In todays busy marketplace how often do businesses and individuals focus on driving dollars into our local economy? A fact that many people do not realize is that supporting our local economy benefits our community as a whole and creates a better quality of life. Understanding the potential impact of your purchasing power creates a stronger more vibrant LOCAL economy. Mr. Condron, President of Condron and Company, is a Scranton native. With over three decades of specializing in marketing, advertising and public relations, Mr. Condron will lend his expertise on our local economy and how to sustain our communities. Mr. Condron will address smart practices you can incorporate into your personal lives and practical measures your business can take to boost our LOCAL economy. LOCAL items to be addressed: Fostering and promoting LOCAL practices Buying online-LOCALLY Community awareness of your LOCAL commitment Is what youre buying really buying LOCAL?

More information is also available at www.scrantonchamber.com

SPONSORED BY: SPEAKER Various DATE Wednesday, December 3, 2008 TIME 9:00 AM - Noon LOCATION Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA COST $35 per person STAFF CONTACT Christina Hitchcock 570-342-7711 RESERVATION DEADLINE Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Trends in Human Resources Management


A Panel Discussion
As the HR leader in your organization, it is essential that you have a detailed understanding of both HR management and employment law. Yet, keeping up-to-date with the latest trends and complex legalities demands a substantial investment of your time which, no doubt, is in short supply! MetroAction is hosting a comprehensive panel discussion to provide you with the latest HR trends, updates in best practices and legislative changes. At this 1/2 day program you will: Learn about the changing workforce Discover innovative approaches that local companies are using Pick up best practices for recruiting and retaining the best employees Understand the importance of corporate culture in uncertain times Network with other HR professionals from area businesses

With the changing role of human resources, new and innovative HR trends, fast-paced technological advances in business and the globalization of the workforce, it is more critical than ever for human resource managers and directors to be prepared for the future. This panel discussion will provide you with the cutting-edge strategies to meet these challenges head-on. For a complete program agenda, including topics and speakers, visit our website, www.MetroAction.org. Whether you are new to HR or just want an update on current trends, this panel discussion immerses you in the important trends and changes facing HR professionals today!

Registration Form For November 2008

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AMOUNT DUE FOR EVENT: $___________________ Annual Membership Luncheon / Tuesday, October 28, 2008 / $25 Member / $200 table of eight (8) Attendees:_______________________________ AMOUNT DUE FOR EVENT: $___________________ Marketing Mastery Seminar Series / Wednesday, November 5, 2008 / $35 per person Attendees:_______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________

AMOUNT DUE FOR EVENT: $___________________ Go Green Business Summit / Wednesday, November 12, 2008 / $50 per person Attendees:_______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________

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AMOUNT DUE FOR EVENT: $___________________ Pandemic Preparedness Workshop for Employers / Wednesday, November 19, 2008 / FREE Attendees:_______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________

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Greater Scranton Womens Network / Livin la Vida LOCAL / Wednesday, November 19, 2008 / $20 Members / $30 Non-members Attendees:_______________________________ AMOUNT DUE FOR EVENT: $___________________ Trends in Human Resources Management / Wednesday, December 3, 2008 / $35 per person Attendees:_______________________________ AMOUNT DUE FOR EVENT: $___________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________ _______________________________

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The Small Business Spotlight Award


MetroAction is currently accepting applications for the Small Business Spotlight Award. The Small Business Spotlight recognizes businesses for their efforts in the betterment of our local community. The Small Business Spotlight Award, sponsored by First Liberty Bank and Trust, is awarded each month. Winners of the Small Business Spotlight are recognized in The Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal, the Chamber newsletter Newsbriefs and MetroActions online newsletter TakingAction. Winners also will receive a commemorative plaque. To be eligible, businesses must be members of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, have fewer than 100 employees and must show dedication to making our community a better place to live and work. To nominate a business, contact Desiree Ranella at dranella@metroaction.org or visit www.MetroAction.org for the latest award information and downloadable application.

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