Pennsylvania SBDC Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Pennsylvania SBDC programs:

Keystone Edition Business with host Steve Stumbris, Director of Bucknell University SBDC: Walk Around Town – Monday, November 13 at 7PM on WVIA-TV

A walkability study recently made headlines in Scranton. Other downtowns are already making strides to improve how walkable they are.What impact does improving a community’s walkability and bikeability have? Keystone Edition Business: Walk Around Town Send us your questions – Call 1-833-408-9842 or email Join live in studio – Register at or watch live on WVIA-TV’s Facebook page. Monday, November 13 at 7PM on WVIA-TV.

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The Cost of Burn Out – Free webinar on Thursday, November 16

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The Dime Bank Hosts Reality Fair with Honesdale High School

The Dime Bank is committed to bringing financial education to their communities. Recently, The Dime Bank teamed up with Honesdale High School to host an inaugural reality fair, aimed at enhancing students’ financial and life skills. The fair provided students with an interactive experience for making real world financial decisions and managing money.

President and Chief Executive Officer Pete Bochnovich stated, “The reality fair was a fun way for students to build financial knowledge and skills. The fair helped students experience what it is like to have a checking account, decide how to use their money, obtain a loan, manage expenses, and more. At The Dime Bank, we believe that financial education is a crucial part of personal development, and we are incredibly grateful to all who collaborated with us to make this program a success.”

UNC Farmers Markets Moved Indoors

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) two weekly, year-round Farmers Markets in Carbondale and South Side of Scranton have moved to their indoor locations.

Information about both market is listed below:

  • Carbondale Farmers Market is located at the Fallbrook Senior Community Center at 185 Fallbrook Street in Carbondale. Carbondale Farmers Market is excited to welcome new vendors such as 3rd Kingdom Mushroom’s from Vandling, PA. 3rd Kingdom Mushroom’s provides fresh, high-quality gourmet mushrooms and sell seasonally varieties. Stop by to try dried mushrooms such as Reishi, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, and more.
  • South Side Farmers Market is located at 509 Cedar Avenue in Scranton. South Side Farmers Market will continue to host vendors such as Fullers Overlook Farm, Quails-R-Us, George’s Farm, Bread Services, and many more. Try freshly brewed hot coffee from our new vendor Café Fresco or get something special from C’est Handmade.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania Farmers Market offers customers that are SNAP/EDT recipients can make us part of their weekly shopping. SNAP/EBT recipients can receive Food Bucks to purchase additional fresh produce. Food Bucks are earned at the point of purchase. For every $4.00 spent, SNAP/EBT clients receive an additional $2.00 for produce. Individuals with SNAP/EDT benefits are encouraged to visit the UNC table during the markets operating hour to learn more about the program.

The Honesdale National Bank Announces Chief Technology Officer

Thomas E. Sheridan Jr., President and CEO of The Honesdale National Bank, announced Robert Hughes has joined HNB as Chief Technology Officer.

In making the statement, Sheridan noted, “I am very happy to have Rob rejoin our HNB Family.” He continued, “His experience in information technology systems will help us strengthen our commitment to broadening the security and depth of our systems that provide support to our customers.”

In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Hughes provides direct management over the institution’s information systems and technology functions; ensures system security; oversees networks and telecommunications as well as management of the information technology department.

Hughes began his career with HNB in 2016, as a Systems Analyst and was promoted to Assistant Vice President.  He gained additional industry insights during a stint at IBM as a Technical Lead prior to his return to the Bank.

In mentioning his role at HNB, Hughes noted, “At this point in my career, it has made me appreciative of the people that work in the HNB family.”

Hughes is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory High School and received a bachelor’s in business administration from La Salle University in 1999. Certifications include MCSA, MCSE, A+ and Net+.

In his spare time, he is a coach in the Abington Youth Basketball League, Abington Little League, and Abington Youth Soccer.

Outside of the Bank, Hughes enjoys golfing, spending time with his children and traveling to new places.

City of Scranton to Present $339,000 in Loan to Grant Awards

Scranton Mayor Paige G. Cognetti is announcing $339,000 in HUD (CDBG) funds for the development of three Scranton-based small businesses.

WHAT: Members of the media are invited to a press conference including Mayor Cognetti and multiple grant recipients.

WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2023, at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Mutant Brewing, 121 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503

WHY: New Scranton businesses applied for funding through the Loan to Grant Program through the City of Scranton’s Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD). After a thorough review, a group of three local businesses has been selected to receive grant funding. In the last three years, the City has awarded $989,000 in funds to Scranton businesses from the Loan to Grant Program.

The Anthracite Heritage Museum Movie Screening of NEPADOC

The Anthracite Heritage Museum is excited to announce the screening of the new documentary film, NEPADOC, by David Heineman at the museum in McDade Park, Scranton on November 11 at 2 pm. $2 suggested donation or free with museum admission. The address is 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, PA 18504. Call (570) 963-4804 or visit for more information.

NEPADOC is a new feature-length documentary about intersections of environment, industry, and identity in Northeastern Pennsylvania over the past 300 years. The idea for NEPADOC was born out of more than a decade of research into the history and culture of the Northeastern region of Pennsylvania (often abbreviated as “NEPA”). Filmed over a period of eight months across more than a dozen Pennsylvania counties, NEPADOC is the first feature film by director David Heineman.

NEPADOC highlights the resilience of a people who, surrounded by the insular beauty of Appalachia, maintain a well-earned mistrust of authority, a fierce sense of independence, and an often-tenuous relationship with their own past. Drawing inspiration from nonverbal documentary landmarks such as Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi (1982) and Ron Fricke’s Baraka (1992), the filmmakers focused the camera’s attention on the many beautiful natural landscapes found throughout the region, on ruins of the bygone lumber and coal industries that defined the region’s history, on the hustle and bustle of contemporary life, and on the many faces of those who continue to define NEPA’s character and community.

NEPADOC combines these gorgeous new 4K images, remastered and rarely seen archival footage of the region, and a sweeping synth-driven score into a dizzying and contemplative meditation on culture, on place, and on how we choose to remember the past. In this way, the film showcases the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth in the region, revealing that the story of this place is a story one shared by many places across the globe. Contact: David Heineman; Dweebland Productions | 570-389-4188

FNCB Bank Donates $15,000 to Allied Services

FNCB Bank recently presented Allied Services with a generous $15,000 donation as part of Team Allied Services & You. FNCB Bank is a proud major sponsor of Team Allied Services & You, the annual charity campaign hosted by WNEP TV and Allied Services. Funds raised from the months-long charity campaign will benefit patients and residents at the non-profit health system.  

FNCB Bank is a long-time supporter of Allied Services, contributing to various health and vocational programs run by the non-profit health system. On November 5, 2023, FNCB Bank team member Jason Bohenek will participate in the TCS New York City Marathon 

“We are excited to partner with Allied Services to help change the lives of children and adults in our area,” commented Jerry Champi, President & Chief Executive Officer, FNCB Bank. “We will be rooting for Jason and encourage everyone to support his run with a donation to Allied.” 

Every day, Allied Services touches the lives of more than 5,000 people in homes and facilities throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. The non-profit health system’s continuum of care for people with disabilities, chronic illness, and life-changing injuries includes physical rehabilitation, skilled nursing, pediatric services, behavioral health programs, residential programs, vocational training programs, and hospice and palliative care. Funds raised through Team Allied Services help to sustain vital programs and investments in cutting-edge rehab technology.  

Marywood University Sets November Admissions Events

Marywood University will hold several admissions events in November for prospective graduate and undergraduate students, including:


Graduate Open House: Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m.-Noon, Nazareth Student Center

Prospective graduate students can attend a Graduate Open House on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Nazareth Student Center. The event includes an overview of Marywood, a financial aid and scholarship session, and meetings with faculty. Optional tours of campus also are available. The Open House is being held on site at Marywood’s Scranton Campus; there are no virtual options for this event.


Plan Your Path Tuesday, November 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nazareth Student Center

The Graduate Admissions fair will host Plan Your Path on Tuesday November 7, 2023, to allow students to explore Marywood’s 30+ graduation programs. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with faculty and learn more about the administration process. Pre registration is not required for this event.  


Undergraduate Open House: Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m.

An Undergraduate Open House is scheduled on Saturday, November 11, 2023, for prospective undergraduate students. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Fireplace Lounge at the Nazareth Student Center. Prospective students can meet with current Marywood students, faculty, and coaches. There will be opportunities to explore academic departments, learn more about the admissions process, and tour campus. Information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors also will be available. The event includes a continental breakfast and a complimentary lunch.

Johnson College to Host Fall Open House

Johnson College will hold an on-campus Open House on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register to attend the Open House, visit or contact Johnson College’s Enrollment Department at 570-702-8856 or

Open House will include discussions about the admissions process, information about financial aid for those who qualify, and student services such as student life, student support, and career services. Plus, same-day acceptance will be available for many programs if students bring their high school or college transcripts. Tours of each technical area will be conducted and program directors and instructors will be available to review the specifics of their programs.

Action Lift, Inc. Appoints New President

The ownership group of Action Lift, Inc. announces that Mr. Joseph Mikiewicz has been promoted to President of Action Lift, Inc., effective immediately. Mr. William F. Medico will remain as the Company’s CEO.

Mr. Mikiewicz is a graduate of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He has been with the company for over 34 years, most recently serving as General Manager. Action Lift, Inc. has experienced local and national growth under his management, with expansion plans underway.