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New webinar series to focus on business opportunities related to Marcellus gas

Posted: September 6, 2011

A new five-part program to help local businesses understand and take advantage of opportunities arising from the development of the Marcellus Shale

A series of web-based seminars aimed at helping local businesses prosper from natural-gas drilling and development, presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Educational Consortium, will be offered this fall.

"Your Business and Marcellus Shale: Moving Forward 2011" is a five-part program intended to help local businesses understand and take advantage of the opportunities arising from development of Marcellus Shale.

"Participants will expand their knowledge of the opportunities that exist in the market as well as how to make connections and plan for doing business in this growing industry," said Jonathan Laughner, extension educator in Beaver County who is moderating the every two-weeks sessions. Each webinar will feature speakers who are experts in the field.

"Our webinar speakers will include natural-gas industry representatives, local business people successfully responding to opportunities, financial specialists and business-development representatives," Laughner said. "Anyone interested in learning more about this aspect of the industry is welcome to attend."

Each session will last approximately 75 minutes, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. The webinar schedule is:

--Sept 13. "Local Business View: Experience in the Northeast"

--Sept. 26. "Industry View: What Does Industry Look For?"

--Oct. 11. "Local Business View: Experience in the Southwest"

--Oct. 24 "The Process: How Do You Sell Into Industry?"

--Nov. 8. "The Work Plan: Financial and Planning Suggestions"

This webinar series is for educational purposes only, Laughner cautioned. No part of the presentations is to be considered legal advice. "Please consult with your attorney before signing any legal document," he said. "Where trade and/or company names appear, no discrimination is intended, and no endorsement by Penn State Cooperative Extension is implied."

The website for the webinars is https://meeting.psu.edu/marcellusbiz. A Friends of Penn State account is required for webinar access. Create one at https://fps.psu.edu.

For more information, contact Carol Loveland, Extension energy development and special projects coordinator in Lycoming County, at (570) 433-3040 or by e-mail at cal24@psu.edu.


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