March 08, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer two workshops with Victoria Mavis on Tuesday, March 26. Both workshops will be held in the SBDC Business Education Center, Room 308 of the DeWitt Building at 416 Market Street in Lewisburg.

Mavis, who is president of Core People Resources, is the author of Building the Ultimate Network. She has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality, local government, manufacturing, medical services, non-profits and retail.

The first workshop, "Hiring Toolkit: The basics to finding and hiring good job candidates," will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Mavis will lead a discussion of sources for finding qualified talent, pre-employment tools that increase the quality of candidate hired, tips on pre-screening job applicants, creating a recruitment system to simplify administration and reduce the amount of time spent with each hire, and how to take advantage of tax credits and a qualified labor pool when hiring workers with disabilities.

The second workshop, "Interviewing Skills: It's more than a gut feeling," will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Mavis will share tips on developing proper techniques to identify the best person to hire, including how to verify that the skills and experiences on a candidate's resume are real, how to ask the right questions and how to assess that a job candidate with a disability can do the job but don't know what can be legally asked.

The cost to attend these workshops is $35 each; registration is required as seating is limited. To register, visit, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249 or email Veterans may attend at no charge.

Both workshops have been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review. If pre-approved, attendees will be notified of eligible PHR/SPHR credits.

The Bucknell SBDC has been helping businesses Start, Grow, and Prosper for more than 30 years in Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. SBDC consultants are available to assist business owners who are just getting started investigating a business model, developing a business plan and need some coaching, or are seeking to reinvent, innovate, and grow an existing business.

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