Calendar of Events

October 25, 2016 – “Veterans! Start or Expand Your Business”

Location:      Clarion SBDC, 330 North Point Drive, Suite 100, Clarion, PA 16214

Time:           8:30am – 12:00pm

“Veterans! Start or Expand Your Business” is a seminar sponsored and hosted by the Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The day’s agenda includes presentations by the SBDC, Northwest Commission and North Central Commission PTACs, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the DuBois Veterans Center.

Topics will cover:

  • Pursuing the government marketplace and the resources available thru the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • An introduction to the Veteran-Owned Business and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business verification process
  • The Northwest Commission’s Veterans Initiative program
  • SBA’s Veteran’s Advantage Loan Program and other resources for Veterans
  • Services available thru the Veterans Center
  • SBDC resources available for entrepreneurs and small business owners

This event is free to attend. Registration is required.

TO REGISTER: Contact the Clarion University SBDC office at 814-393-3060; Or sign-up via their website:

October 25, 2016 – DLA Land & Maritime Small Business Seminar

Location:     Avalon Springs Nursing Center – Auditorium, 745 Greenville Road, Mercer PA 16137

Time:           1:00pm – 4:30pm

This seminar, featuring representatives from the DLA Land and Maritime Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Columbus, OH, will begin with a presentation by OSBP on doing business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), specifically how to use the DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) to find solicitations and to submit bids. [Contractors interested in doing business with any branch of DLA must know how to navigate and use DIBBS.]

Following the presentation, attendees will be given an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the Land & Maritime OSBP reps. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a Capabilities StatementManufacturing companies that attend should also complete and bring with them the DLA Manufacturing Capabilities Survey found at Contact the PTAC for information on developing a Capabilities Statement and how to download DLA’s Manufacturing Capabilities Survey.

Representatives from the cosponsoring organizations will also be on hand to talk with attendees. Co-sponsors for this event are Penn-Northwest Development Corporation, Gannon University Small Business Development Center and the Northwest Industrial Resource Center.

Info & registration:



November 2, 2016 – Selling to the Government

Location:      764 Bessemer Street, Meadville, PA 16335

Time:           9:00am – Noon

Did you know the United States Government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses each year? The opportunity is sizable. But opening doors to government contracting may be daunting.

During this free session, a representative of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Pittsburgh District Office will speak on “Selling to the Government” to help attendees better understand government contracting for small businesses. The Northwest Commission PTAC will also be on hand as a resource partner assisting small businesses in our region enter government contracting.

To register:

November 17, 2016 – LTAP Training: Engineering and Traffic Studies

Location:      Vernon Township Municipal Building | 16678 McMath Ave | Meadville, PA 16335

Time:           8:00am – 3:00pm

This training is free to all attendees but registration is required.  To register for this event, please contact Travis Siegel, Project Specialist, at 814.677.4800 x123 or by email at

November 17, 2016 – Breakfast Roundtable – ‘We’ll help you navigate the global tax landscape’

Location:      Northwest Commission | 395 Seneca Street Oil City, PA 16301

Time:           9:00am – 11:00am

The business and tax landscapes have changed dramatically, and the pace and complexity of change continues to increase. Governments are tempering the need for revenue with increased competition for labor and capital. Tax authorities are adapting their enforcement strategies, focus and policies in response to the changing dynamics of business. Companies are balancing competing priorities, ensuring they maintain compliance while adding value.

Join the Commission as it hosts Andrew C. McKinley, Manager | International Tax Services with Ernst & Young LLP for an informative and interactive breakfast roundtable discussion.

Mr. Kinley will address:

  • Overview of US International Tax
  • Basics of Transfer Pricing
  • Hot Topics – OECD’s BEPS Project & Debt v. Equity Rules
  • Incentives, including IC-DISC
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program

Cost to participate is $15/person. To register, please contact Dorte Heffernan.


November 29, 2016 – Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting

Location:      PennDOT District 1 Office | Elm Street| Oil City, PA 16301

Time:           12:00pm

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Calendar of Events, please contact:

Travis Siegel
Project Specialist