Each year, millions of dollars of fines are issued by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Some fines are issued due to willful violation, but most are issued because companies are struggling to understand the standards and how they apply to their organization. Northampton Community College’s Center for Business & Industry (CBI) will offer a free “Introduction to OSHA” program on Wednesday, April 1. Attendance certificates will be issued to participants who attend the entire program and complete an evaluation.
Would you like to know what the Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) has found in your streams?
Pollution levels in the lower Brodhead watershed have made the streams unsafe for swimming or other water contact.
BWA will present a report to municipal partners and the community at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Stroud Township Municipal Building on North Fifth Street.
The meeting will cover information regarding the health of the Brodhead, McMichael, and Pocono Creeks as they flow through the municipalities of Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg and Stroud Township. The BWA has received funding to track sources of the pollution and develop plans to reduce pollution in these streams.
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES, POGGI REALTORS
Edmund H. Poggi, owner of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Poggi Realtors welcomes Joyce M. Jones to the professional sales team in the Forty Fort office. Jones is a member of the Greater Wilkes Barre Association of Realtors and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Academy. She holds certification from The National Association of Realtors as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP), and also has a master’s degree in business management from Webster University in St. Louis and a graduate certificate from King’s College in long-term care administration. She is retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant and has worked as a civilian with Air Force Recruiting in Wilkes-Barre for the past 11 years. Poggi also welcomed Bob “Kep” Koepke to the sales team in the Shavertown office. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Academy and a member of the Greater Wilkes Barre Association of Realtors. He has been in the residential and commercial floor design industry since 1988.
Martin Limbeck, author of No is Short For Next Opportunity: How Top Sales Professionals Think, who is known as the “Porsche of Sales,” offers this advice:
■ When you first mention your price, don’t make it sound as if there is room for negotiation:
Let the customer bring up the word “discount.” Don’t bring it up yourself. How many times have you heard a salesperson say, “The list price is $x, but if you pay cash I could bring it down a little.” Don’t do that. You’ll appear desperate, you put the ball in the customer’s court and you’ll be playing catchup the rest of the negotiations.
The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced that “practical futurist,” Michael Rogers will be the keynote presenter at the 2015 Ben Franklin iXchange.
The iXchange will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, May 7 at the Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
The iXchange is a premier business networking opportunity in northeastern Pennsylvania. Last year, more than 550 technology entrepreneurs, business people, economic developers, venture capitalists, political leaders, educators, students, bankers, lawyers, and accountants from Ben Franklin’s 21-county service area attended.
The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding its second in a series of woman’s networking luncheon programs for 2015 on Tuesday, March 31 from noon to 1 p.m. at Top of the 80’s Restaurant in Hazleton.
The event is being sponsored by Lawn Specialties and it is open to any woman who wishes to attend.
The program will begin promptly at noon and will include a buffet style lunch. Guest speaker is Michele Kowalski-McGraw, M.D., MPH from Lehigh Valley Health Network Hazleton, presenting on Aging Productively: The Key to a Prosperous Workforce. Dr. Kowalski will discuss what employers can do to support a culture of health from first day of employment to retirement, physical and mental considerations for older workers and what the barriers to integrating health promotion and protection programs for older workers and how can we overcome them.
Edgewood in the Pines will be the site of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Icebreaker golf outing. Geisinger is the premiere sponsor for this event.
The outing is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 24 with an 11 a.m. luncheon and a noon tee off. Registration, which is $75 per player and includes a buffet lunch, round of golf with cart, and a drink voucher after the round of play.