September 09, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the seminar, "H1N1 Influenza; Preparing Small Businesses," Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the American Red Cross, 249 Farley Circle, Brookpark Farm, Lewisburg.

Presenters Anne Smith and Patricia Keller will discuss what to expect during a flu pandemic, the difference between seasonal and pandemic flu, how the influenza virus spreads, steps to reduce the spread of flu in the workplace and what questions to ask about workplace policies, practices and protocols related to the potential of a flu pandemic.

As the disaster services coordinator for the Union County Chapter of The American Red Cross, Smith is responsible for the planning and execution of disaster services for the county, working closely with the local county Emergency Management Agency. The Red Cross is responsible for all aspects of mass care (feeding and shelter) during any type of disaster.

As the health and safety coordinator for the American Red Cross in Union County, Keller trains hundreds of employers and their staff in CPR and First Aid and offers courses to companies with an interest in the health and well-being of their personnel.

Free, limited seating
This seminar is free. Because seating is limited, registration is required. To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249 or toll-free at 1-866-375-6010; e-mail, or visit Veterans may attend free of charge.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. For more information, visit

Co-sponsors of the Bucknell University SBDC's education programs are the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Brush Valley, Central Pennsylvania, Greater Susquehanna Valley, and Middlecreek Valley Chambers of Commerce; The Daily Item; The Standard-Journal; and Susquehanna Business Life magazine.

Contact: Division of Communications