Friday, September 25, 2009

Marcellus Shale Seminars in Carbondale

MARCELLUS SHALE BUSINESS BREAKFAST SEMINARS IN CARBONDALE

As development of Marcellus shale natural gas grows in Pennsylvania, businesspeople statewide are being invited to a series of breakfast seminars to learn how it may create opportunities for their businesses. Energy firms are flocking to the Commonwealth to extract natural gas from Marcellus, and are creating significant business opportunities for local businesses and entrepreneurs.

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center and Carbondale Technology Transfer Center (CTTC) are hosting a "Your Business & Marcellus Shale” educational program at CTTC in Carbondale to help entrepreneurs and established small- and medium sized businesses understand and respond to Marcellus shale-related business opportunities. The series will consist of five weekly early morning webinars, with sessions including how businesses can establish working relationships with natural gas and service companies, how other businesses already are responding, and business planning skills necessary to evaluate and implement possible new business ventures.

Session 1 - Wednesday, October 14: Economic Implications of the Marcellus Shale
Session 2 - Wednesday, October 21: Identifying Local Business Opportunities
Session 3 - Wednesday, October 28: Success Stories
Session 4 - Wednesday, November 4: Preparing Your Business for Success
Session 5 - Tuesday, November 10*: Your Business Working with Others

*In observance of Veteran’s Day, the final session will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Cost is $10 per session or $40 for all five. Space is extremely limited; pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call the SBDC at 800-829-7232 to register.The series is co-sponsored by a consortium of universities, chambers of commerce, local planning commissions and regional economic development boards from across the commonwealth, with leadership from Penn State Cooperative Extension. Presenters and panelists will include successful local businesses, a natural gas industry representative, and experts from Penn State.

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