Let’s Talk Business

The Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides entrepreneurs and business owners with education, information, tools and resources to start and grow businesses. Whether you are looking to start a business or own a business, the SBDC is right here in your neighborhood, offering business consulting services at no cost.

The consulting services focus on providing guidance, information, advice and resources that are needed to manage and grow your business. Services include financial analysis, QuickBooks assistance, market research, business plan development, compliance, and SEO review. Through the SBDC you will have access to information from industry leading databases and research tools to help you develop and maintain a competitive edge. In addition, we offer a variety of online resources matched with a strong referral and partner network to help businesses thrive.

Aleshia Marshall, SBDC business consultant, will be available on December 19, 2019 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Coudersport office of the Education Council. Walk-ins are welcome; however, appointments are recommended. Contact the Clarion SBDC at (814) 393-2060 or via email to amarshall@clarion.edu.Basic Sign Language

How many times do we encounter hearing impaired people and wish that we could communicate with them? As we age, we gradually lose some of our hearing. Sign language can help. Also, mothers of pre-lingual children can use sign language as a tool with their little ones. Here is your opportunity to learn basic sign language that could help you or someone you care about.

This course will cover beginning sign language, the alphabet, conversational phrases and a variety of commonly used signs. In addition, basic facts essential to the correct use of the language will be addressed. A dedicated student could learn as many as 800 signs, and understand signing and interpreting rules, basic deaf culture, and medical situations that cause deafness and loss of hearing. An intermediate course may be offered depending on interest.

This course will be taught by Sheri Greene and is scheduled for Tuesdays, Jan. 28 – April 7, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Coudersport office of the Education Council. The cost is $160/person. To register, call (814) 274-4877 or visit www.pottercountyedcouncil.org .

Computer Fundamentals I

This six-week course, designed for beginner to intermediate computer users (ages 18 and up) will consist of hands-on, activity-driven learning in which learners will demonstrate proficiency in operating systems, security, software troubleshooting, and operational procedures.

This course will utilize the Meyers, Mike CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide, Tenth Edition (Exams 220-1001 and 220-1002) McGraw-Hill Education, 2019 textbook. A textbook will be provided for use within the classroom, or you can purchase you own copy prior to the first class.

This course will be taught by Brent Bryant and is scheduled for Wednesdays, Jan. 29 – March 4, 2020 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the CTC Networking and Security Shop in Port Allegany. The cost is $75/person. To register, call (814) 545-1333 or visit www.pottercountyedcouncil.org .