“Keeping Your Small Business in Business” is the title of a three-part educational series designed for businesses and organizations in the Abingtons, an area served by the Abington Community Library of Clarks Summit, PA. 1-hour presentations took place in September, October, and November at the Library. Presentations were held from 8 to 9 a.m. and repeated from 12 to 1 p.m. to allow managers and owners an opportunity to pick a time that suited them best. Topics for discussion were: Social Media and Your Small Business, Marketing on a Budget, and Tips for Team Building.
Deborah Kennedy of Penn Security Bank and Jim Verano, CPA, both members of the Abington Business and Professional Association (ABPA), approached library director Leah Rudolph, also an ABPA member, about offering something to the membership that would be educational. Mrs. Rudolph was familiar with the excellent services offered by the Small Business Development Center at the University of Scranton and approached their director, Lisa Hall, about a collaborative effort to bring business-related educational programs to the Abingtons. Ms. Hall agreed, a survey was launched to gather interest and prioritize topics, and dates set. Refreshments were provided for each session by Penn Security Bank. The Small Business Development Center (SMDC) provided presenters for the event and each session was held at the Library. The series was free and open to the public, with registration is required. Approximately 6-15 people attended each session, and deemed them extremely worthwhile. The series is expected to resume in the spring.
Pictured: Pictured are some of the attendees of TIPS FOR TEAM BUILDING, held at the Abington Community Library: Diane Vietz (community leader), Leah Ducato Rudolph (Library director), Lisa Hall (SBDC director), Jim Verano and Colette Hughes.