Coffee and Commerce speaker

Corry Riley from the Small Business Development Center at Clarion University spoke to those in attendance at the most recent Coffee and Commerce event sponsored by the Downtown DuBois Revitalization Group at Parkside Community Center, DuBois.

DuBOIS — The Downtown DuBois Revitalization Group’s “Coffee and Commerce” series is gaining momentum with each and every meeting, according to event organizers.

August’s featured speaker was Corry Riley from the Small Business Development Center at Clarion University. The series is sponsored by the Downtown DuBois Revitalization Group and hosted by Parkside Community Center in downtown DuBois.

These gatherings are for downtown businesses and anyone interested in the revitalization process. There was a good crowd in attendance including several downtown business owners, media groups, the new Chancellor of the DuBois Penn State Campus, M. Scott McBride, and representatives from the CareerLink Summer Worker program.

Riley spoke about what services are offered through the SBDC and the fact that all of them are free of charge. It includes consulting services for starting, growing and sustaining your small business. Small business can include companies much larger than you’d expect, depending on the industry. Start-Up classes are held regularly in DuBois and are a great way to get started.

Kathleen Margle from CareerLink spoke about the young adult workers she has in the community and the partnerships she’s developed with the Downtown Group, American Legion, Goodwill and other non-profit groups.

Questions on the SBDC or the Coffee & Commerce series can be directed to the Downtown Group at 371-3064. Coffee and Commerce is held the last Wednesday of each month at 8am at Parkside Community Center.

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