|Events for: Tuesday, February 28, 2017|
|How to Grow Business with an Advisory Board|
|Dates:||Tuesday, February 28, 2017|
|Title:||How to Grow Business with an Advisory Board|
|Description:||Join us to learn how a PowerLink Advisory Board or a Think Tank can help you overcome your business challenges and raise your company to its next level of success!
At this information event you can:
learn new skills to grow your business
Find out how to solve your business challenges
hear how a board can improve your bottom line
meet and network with other entrepreneurs and local business owners
Who should attend: If your business is established and has generated some revenue, and is interested in improving, accelerating, or expanding your business, you can benefit from this session.
About the speakers:
Anita Brattina—PowerLink CEO and Chairman of the Board
Anita Brattina has founded and built three businesses. In her 30-year career as an entrepreneur, she grew her first business (a marketing company) and sold it in 2002. She built her second business (an energy efficiency consulting firm) from scratch in 2009, and grew it to $4 million in four years before selling to her partners in 2013. She is currently sole shareholder of AllFacilities, Inc., a facilities management marketing firm that works with manufacturers, service companies, and energy providers who offer building services and solutions to commercial, industrial, and institutional owners. Over the last 20 years, Ms. Brattina and her staff have planned, designed, and managed hundreds of business services programs for major corporations across the country.
Ms. Brattina recently purchased an additional business, RCx Building Diagnostics, one of the oldest energy audit companies in Pennsylvania that provides energy efficiency analytics for commercial building owners.
In 1992, Ms. Brattina received one of the two original PowerLink boards of advisors for her company and went on to serve on the PowerLink governing board as a member and an officer. For the last 20 years, she has offered free counseling to women entrepreneurs, and is a regular speaker and author on entrepreneurship and the power of outside advisors to help grow a company.
Karen Wright—PowerLink COO and Program Manager
Karen Wright ran the business of law firms for 12 years as a Principal Legal Administrator before co-founding a national TPA in 2002 that provided claims and litigation management to self-insured health care providers in the alternative risk transfer market. She sold the company in 2014 as a new division for a $115 million national TPA. As an organizational development executive with a proven track record in operations, Ms. Wright's passion is to effectively integrate improved business processes, and to enrich communication, accountability, and shared investment in the organization. She engages and aligns employees with the business strategic goals so they can take ownership and succeed as valued teammates and leaders. In 2016, she was recruited by PowerLink to compile and manage the data of hundreds of volunteer business advisors; develop written systems and procedures; and build teams and advisory panel leaders through the PowerLink Advisory Board program.
Dana Mattern—PowerLink Director of Development
Dana Mattern has 10+ years' experience building relationship-based business development processes and securing multiple contracts for her employers. Her strengths include strong communications, people, analytical, and organizational skills; problem solving; multi-tasking; and detail orientation. She is experienced in meeting deadlines, sales objectives, and strategic goals established by upper management and/or departmentally. Ms. Mattern was credited with growing a sales program from $200,000 to $35 million in four years with a staff of four account managers.
Cost: $20; includes lunch.
Registration and Pay: Please visit sbdc.psu.edu/events. Preregistration is requested at least two business days before seminar.
Directions: Technology Center: sbdc.psu.edu/contact-us
Parking: For seminars held in the Technology Center in Innovation Park, free visitor parking is available in the rear of building in the designated sign area. Other parking is available across the street at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.
Think Tank, will be held on Tuesday, April 4. During this one-hour opportunity, a business owner can present a specific issue that he or she is having to a panel of business advisors, and receive their suggestions on how to solve that issue. More information to come. |
|Times:||12:00PM - 1:30PM|
|Dates:||Tuesday, February 28, 2017|
|Description:||Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society is one of the most admired ensembles in contemporary jazz. The band has toured in Europe, Brazil, and North America; been featured twice at the Newport Jazz Festival; and topped the Big Band category in the 2015 DownBeat Critics Poll. Weaving progressive jazz, early-American popular styles, Balkan folk music, and the sounds of Brooklyn’s diverse contemporary music scene, Argue creates in the multimedia work Brooklyn Babylon an evocative musical narrative that’s at once timeless and unlike anything heard before.
Brooklyn Babylon was conceived in collaboration with Croatian-born visual artist Danijel Zezelj, whose narrative inspired Argue’s mash-up of musical styles. Zezelj’s artwork, created live on stage, places the action in a larger-than-life, mythic Brooklyn in which past, present, and future coexist. Plans are afoot to construct an immense tower—the tallest in the world—in the heart of the city. Lev Bezdomni, a master carpenter, finds himself torn between his personal ambition and his allegiance to the community when he is commissioned to build a carousel that will crown the skyscraper. It’s an urban fable about an artist torn between his ambition and his connection to the people of his neighborhood.
Live music, live painting, and projected animation combine to create a uniquely immersive experience that David Krasnow of public radio’s Studio 360 called “a masterpiece… a new work of originality, power, and beauty.”
Performers will also participate in a post-performance discussion with audience members.
7:30 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2017
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $38|
|Times:||7:30PM - 9:30PM|