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    These workshops cover the basic information needed to start a business such as business and marketing plans, financing, types of organizations, and rules and regulations.

    Offered at various locations throughout the Southern Alleghenies region, the workshop lasts approximately 2 hours.  Pre-registration is required at least two business days in advance.

    Workshops are subject to rescheduling due to enrollment; in this event, every effort will be made to contact you in advance. The normal $15.00 fee is being waived by the SBDC due to donations from AmeriServ Financial. To register, please contact the Saint Francis University SBDC at (814) 472-3200 or email us at sbdc@francis.edu.

    NEW Webinar Series: High Impact Marketing Post-COVID

    Part 1: COVID Made Me Creative

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    The Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family and the Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center have teamed up to bring you a 3-part webinar series, High Impact Marketing Post-COVID. These no-cost webinars can be enjoyed individually or as a series simply by registering online.

    COVID Made Me Creative, is a roundtable discussion that will bring together local business owners who have adapted their business model/marketing methods during the COVID-19 shutdown.

    Click here to register!

    Part 2: I Need an Online Presence

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    The Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family and the Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center have teamed up to bring you a 3-part webinar series, High Impact Marketing Post-COVID. These no-cost webinars can be enjoyed individually or as a series simply by registering online.

    I Need an Online Presence. Join Rob Z, digital marketer and broadcaster with Rob Z. Media, and Michael DePiro of DePiro Entertainment & DePiro Designs, LLC as they discuss various online platforms and concepts to bring your business up to date in our new virtual world.

    Click here to register!

    Part 3: Expand Your Digital Marketing

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    The Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family and the Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center have teamed up to bring you a 3-part webinar series, High Impact Marketing Post-COVID. These no-cost webinars can be enjoyed individually or as a series simply by registering online.

    Expand Your Digital Marketing. Angie Yasulitus, CMO, senior strategist and managing partner, The Yazo Group will discuss methods to further enhance your Facebook and LinkedIn presence with special tools for small businesses.

    Click here to register!

    More Upcoming Webinars: Summer 2020

    Returning to Work: HR Issues Employers Must Consider During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    LISA PIERCE, MBA, PHR will be presenting this special webinar.  Lisa works as an adjunct instructor for Saint Francis University, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses for the School of Business and Francis Worldwide. In her previous role, Ms. Pierce worked as a Senior HR Consultant with HR Consultants, Inc. (HRC) providing specialized project support and leadership to help clients achieve their business goals and objectives.

    During these uncertain times, employers are faced with the challenge of remaining operational while ensuring the safety of their workforce. To mitigate employment risk, employers must not only balance their business needs with the needs of their employees
    but do so within the ever-changing legal and social environment. 

    In this session, participants will:

         1.  Understand employment laws relevant to maintaining a safe and equitable workplace.
         2.  Examine how the workplace has changed amidst the current global COVID-19 pandemic.
         3.  Review strategies for employers to navigate and adapt to the changing work environment.

    Click here to register for this webinar.

    The First Step: Pre-Business Planning Workshops

    BLAIR COUNTY

    ABCD Corporation
    Devorris Center for Business Development,
    3900 Industrial Park Drive, Altoona, PA

    • February 6 .............................. 9 am - 11 am

    CAMBRIA COUNTY (2 Locations)

    Saint Francis University SBDC
    117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, PA

    • January 29 .............................  5 pm - 7 pm
    • February 26 ........................... 5 pm - 7 pm
    • March 25 ................................ 5 pm - 7 pm
    • April 29 ................................... 5 pm - 7 pm
    • May 27 .................................... 5 pm - 7 pm
    • June 24 ................................... 5 pm - 7 pm

    JARI Center for Business Development
    160 JARI Drive, Johnstown, PA

    • April 21 ................................... 9 am - 11 am

    BEDFORD COUNTY

    Bedford County Chamber of Commerce
    203 S. Juliana St., Bedford, PA

    • March 5 ....…........................... 9 am - 11 am

    SOMERSET COUNTY

    Somerset Trust Historic Conference Room
    131 N. Center Avenue, Somerset, PA

    • May 20 …..…........................... 9 am - 11 am