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March 30. 2013 11:00PM

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U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, will be the opening speaker at the NEPA Alliance Government Contracting Showcase event slated for Thursday.

The event will be held at Genetti Inn and Suites in Hazle Township.

Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services Sheri L. Phillips will be the Luncheon Keynote Speaker.

The focus of the event is to increase awareness of the government marketplace as a viable market for regional businesses to sell their products or services; provide attendees with networking opportunities; and bring prime contractors and government agencies together with the small business community.

The event includes educational workshops focussing on bomding, selling to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and

Small Business Administration certifications.

The event registration fee is $25 per person for NEPA Alliance members, $30 for non-members, and includes lunch.

To register please contact Karen Ostroskie at or Frank Migneco at or call 655-5581 or toll free at 1-866-758-1929. Visit for more information.

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber’s Women in Business Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at Genetti’s in downtown Wilkes-Barre, The topic will be Women in Broadcasting and will include a presentation by Candice Kelly and Sandy Wisnewski of WBRE-TV. The cost is $15 for chamber members and $18 for non-chamber members.

The Mid-Atlantic District Export Council, in cooperation with Partnership for Progress, will be hosting a workshop called “Safeguarding Your Exports,” on April 30 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia. The event is meant to help regional businesses expand internationally while protecting their products and intellectual property.

Experts in the finance, legal, logistics, and ecommerce fields will provide tips and advice on leveraging international payment terms and developing a reliable shipping and logistics strategy. One-on-one consultations will be arranged during break-out sessions to address specific export related concerns for your business.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. and the cost to attend is $45. To register go to: If you have any questions, call 215-597-6101 or email

Cross Valley Federal Credit Union will kick off their 2013 Seminar Series on Tuesday, April 16th with the first session, “Raising A Money Smart Kid.”

Other 2013 seminars will include: Tuesday, May14th – “Teens and Money: Preparing for Financial Independence.” This shows you the skills you need as a young person to master your money; Tuesday, August 13th – “Drive Away Happy!” – This seminar will help you determine how to get the best deal for your needs and circumstances; Tuesday, September 17th – “Understanding Credit” - Learn steps to obtaining credit and using it wisely; and on Thursday, Oct. 17th – “Identity Theft.” This seminar will cover everything you need to know about how to try to avoid and survive identity theft.

All seminars are free, open to the public and will be held in the Kanjorski Community Room, 2nd Floor at Cross Valley’s Main Office, 640 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve your seat, contact or call 823-6836, ext. 1070.

The upcoming Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program will feature James Edwards, the president of the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 10th, beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the Valley Country Club, 79 Country Club Road, Sugarloaf Township. Edwards will highlight the Alliance’s life-saving emergency services, the Hazleton Health and Wellness Center, Alliance Medical Group, and more.

Chamber members and guests wishing to attend should contact the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce at 455-1509 or sign up online on the chamber’s website at Cost to attend is $20 for chamber-members and $25 for non-chamber members. Reservations are due by Friday, April 5th.

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