- Sykes Enterprises, located at 1361 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11) in Bloomsburg, is hosting its annual free Back to School Giveaway all day today, Aug. 8. More information is available on its Facebook event page.
- North Branch Group – Thrivent Financial, after holding a ribbon cutting and open house for Chamber members last week, will hold a public open house tomorrow, Aug. 9, from 2-6 p.m. at their office at 417 West Main St., Bloomsburg. There will be complimentary food and drinks for all that stop in, which is intended for people to meet the Thrivent team and learn about how their products may be able to assist them both as individuals and/or businesses. No products will be sold at the event, however. More information is available on its Facebook event page.
- There are currently a few opportunities for local businesses to connect with students at Bucknell University through the Bucknell SBDC, and possibly receive free consulting services in a variety of areas.- Students in a Markets, Innovation and Design 300 class will make websites free of charge for local businesses and organizations. If interested, please submit this application by Aug. 29.
– Students in a 400-level computer science design course will work with local organizations to identify and specify a solution to a real-world, software-related problem in your business and deliver a working prototype by the end of the academic year, which will provide students with a realistic design experience where they can apply their software engineering knowledge. If interested, please submit an application by Aug. 15. Here are a few examples of previous projects.
– The Electrical and Computer Engineering department is looking for electrical and computer engineering projects that include an element of both hardware and software development, through which students will learn design practices and gain experience in engineering design and project management. Projects at various technical stages are welcome, including proof-of-concept, prototype and deployment ready. To propose a project, contact Prof. Stu Thompson via email by Aug. 27.
– Finally, the Freeman College of Management is seeking local businesses to work with management students and faculty on projects of mutual interest. Projects may range from extensive interaction with students throughout a 14-week project to as simple as providing data, or may develop into a collaboration with a faculty member with analysis expertise. Topics may involve operations management, supply chain, or data-driven projects in any area of your business such as pricing, human resources, finance and more. If interested in exploring a way to collaborate in this broad and open-ended area, contact Missy Gutkowski via email.
- Wild For Salmon will host its annual Fishtival on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at its retail location at 521 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg. This annual celebration of the return of the fishermen after another successful fishing season will feature samplings as well as several other vendors, including Turkey Hill Brewing.
- The ninth annual AGAPE Palooza will take place in Bloomsburg Town Park, located at Catherine St. and Fort McLure Blvd., from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. also on Saturday, Aug. 25. This event, which is organized by AGAPE, Love From Above To Our Community will feature over 100 craft and small business vendors as well as nonprofits and lots of “fair food” vendors, free music and family activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. There is free admission, free parking and a free shuttle from Bloomsburg High School, which will also shuttle attendees to and from ArtFest.
- The Exchange will hold the 11th annual ArtFest from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Aug. 25 in downtown Bloomsburg, surround the fountain on Bloomsburg’s Square. It will showcase more than 35 regional artists’ original work and be accompanied by live music, local food and activities for the whole family. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page.
- Community Options, Inc., a provider of residential and employment support to people with disabilities, is seeking individuals interested in serving on a new business advisory committee for Community Options’ Bloomsburg office. Community Options’ mission is to promote the integration of persons with disabilities within the communities in which they reside, enabling them to become viable and contributing neighbors, employees and citizens of the community. The purpose of this committee is to discuss and implement ways to help the organization better integrate into the community and bridge the gap between the community and the individuals it serves. If you may be interested in serving on this committee, or for questions, contact associate executive director David McConaghy at 570-638-6007 or email. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Aug. 30 at noon at Community Options’ Bloomsburg office, located at 1117 Old Berwick Rd.
- In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Camp Victory will hold a special free family fun day for the community on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 12-3 p.m. Its swimming pool, climbing wall and zip line will be open and there will be hot dogs, ice cream, drinks, an arts and crafts project, a moon bounce, wagon rides and live music. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
- The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation will hold a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 12-1:30 p.m. at Monty’s on the Bloomsburg University campus to celebrate the grants made to community organizations through the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation. Local nonprofit organizations will be presented with the 2018 grant awards. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is requested. RSVP online or by emailing or calling Karri Harter at 570-752-3930 ext. 6.