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An economic update on real estate trends and issues will be the focus of a program hosted by The Greater Scranton Board of Realtors. The program will be presented by Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research at the National Association of Realtors. The presentation will be held on Thursday at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton during a breakfast meeting and address beginning at 9.


His presentation will include recent developments in the housing market, both national and local; the direction of home prices in the next 12 to 24 months; comparisons with past housing cycles; shadow inventory; the foreclosure impact; economic backdrop; and a forecast on the economy and housing market.


The cost to attend is $25 per person for the breakfast and presentation. To register and for further information, please go to www.ScrantonRealtors.org or call 587-1757.


The Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association will hold a Mentor Development Training on April 30, at the Top of the 80’s Restaurant, West Hazleton, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nathan Andrews, a process improvement and IT specialist for the association, will instruct.


The cost of the training is $205 for members and $410 for non-members. Completion of this training will result in 6 PHR/SPHR/GPHR (general) re-certification credits. To learn more about this training or to sign up, please call the office at 622-0992 or email crobbins@maea.biz.


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: http://export.gov/pennsylvania/philadelphia/upcominglocalevents/safeguardingexports/index.asp If you have any questions, call 215-597-6101 or email office.philadelphia@trade.gov


The Northeast Pennsylvania Society for Human Resource Management will host a Professional Development Seminar on Wednesday, May 1 at the East Mountain Inn in Plains Township.


The NEPA SHRM seminar is open to all business professionals. Among the topics to be discussed are Managing Generational differences in the workplace and HR Strategic Planning: Charting the Course for HR’s Role in Your Organization. The seminar is pending approval for 6 HRCI credits, including 3 hours of strategic credits for those who are SPHR-certified.


Participants may attend the full-day seminar which includes a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments at a cost of $125. The full-day rate for students and those unemployed is $75. Attendees may opt to attend the morning session only (8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) or the session afternoon only (12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.) at a cost of $50.


Registration deadline is this Thursday. For more information or to register, please go to nepashrm.org/


A Health Options Plan meeting is scheduled for May 16 at 9:30 a.m. Intended for all retired school employees and their spouses, the meeting will be at Costello’s Restaurant, 67 S. Wyoming Avenue, Edwardsville. A registration fee of $10 is required and it’s payable at the door. A breakfast buffet is included. A speaker from the Pennsylvania State Employee Retirement System will be on hand to answer questions regarding the health options plan. To reserve a seat, call June Seely at 384-4407 or email her at seely@pa.metrocast.net. Reservations are due by May 14.


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