The Return of the Positively Pottstown Happy Hour!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IS ON THE WAY!

The Positively Pottstown Happy Hour will return to downtown Pottstown this Saturday, Nov. 29th from 4-7 PM!

PDIDA and Advantage Insurance are teaming up with Positively Pottstown to host a free happy hour from 4-7 PM at 105 E. High Street!

$5 suggested donation to PDIDA to support Pottstown’s Hometown Holidays!

There will be lots of drinks, food, and fun! This is a great opportunity to network with other local people and have a great time! The Happy Hour technically ends at 7, but guests are invited to stay for the after party… when things really heat up!

Check out the PDIDA website for more information about Small Biz Day, the Scavenger Hunt, and other Pottstown Holiday events.

Questions? Email mkfain.advantage@gmail.com

Bethel AME scholarship fundraiser features Legendary Locals of Pottstown

This Saturday, September 13th from 1-4 pm, Bethel AME Church will host a luncheon and book signing event on the site of their proposed new church at the corner of Lincoln and Grant Street in Pottstown.

Each year the church gives $500 scholarships to the high school graduates in the congregation who are pursuing higher education. They hold an annual fundraiser, among other fundraising activities throughout the year, in which they promote a book. This year they selected Legendary Locals of Pottstown, and I am so appreciative of their support and the big community gathering they have planned.

Admission to the luncheon is $10. Books will be available for purchase.

Several legendary locals will be on hand such as Donna Hennessey, George Wausnock, Dan Brunish, and more! Co-author and photographer Ed Berger and I will be there, too! Hope to see you there.

Openings Still Available for SCORE In-Depth Workshops

SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed.  SCORE provides free and confidential counseling to entrepreneurs on policies, procedures, and problems in the realm of small business. The great news? Pottstown has its own SCORE office of seasoned, successful business leaders who volunteer their time to help others succeed, too.

People starting out in business frequently have the same questions: Who is my largest competitor?  How can I drive customers to my website?  What is the difference between an LLC and a Sole Proprietorship?

In an effort to provide entrepreneurs with cutting-edge information, Pottstown SCORE is offering three separate In-Depth workshops for the fall.

The first workshop, “Using Reference USA” is presented in collaboration with the Pottstown Regional Public Library.  The workshop, which will be held at 7 pm on September 17 at the library on 500 East High Street, will instruct participants how to use a database to research information pertaining to customers and competitors.

A second workshop, “Social and Mobile Equation” will give participants up-to-date secrets of successful marketing using social media and mobile technology.  This workshop will be presented at       7 pm on October 8 at the SCORE office on the basement level of the New York Plaza building in Pottstown.

In the third workshop, “Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Corporation,” participants will learn to avoid legal pitfalls in starting a business.  A lawyer and a CPA will be available to answer questions about the legal and tax considerations for different business structures.  This workshop will be presented at 7 pm on October 30 at the SCORE office in the New York Plaza building, 244 High Street, Pottstown.

There is a nominal fee for each workshop, and a discount of 50% is offered for a second person registering at the same time.  Class size is limited, but there are still openings available.  Applicants may sign up online at www.pottstownscore.org or phone the SCORE office at 610-327-2673 for more information.

 

Fourth Annual Summer Fundraiser for ArtFusion

Brought to you by Artfusion 19464!

ArtFusion 19464 will host their fourth annual summer beef and beer fundraiser on Saturday, August 9 from 6-9pm. This year’s event will be held at the ArtFusion studios and gallery at 254 E. High St.

Tickets are $20 purchased in advance. If any are still available, tickets at the door will be $25. Tickets can be bought online athttp://artfusion19464.org/event/2014-beef-and-beer/, in person at ArtFusion, or over the phone by calling 610-326-2506. Guests can choose the beef entrée, or a vegetarian sandwich option.

Victory Brewing Company has once again generously donated their amazing beer for this event. Ice House will be making the hot beef sandwiches and Montesano Bros. will again be creating their amazing side salads and veggie sandwiches. There will be soda and water in addition to Victory beer and homemade desserts to finish off the meal.

Along with enjoying great food and great beer, guests will have the chance to win fun door prizes, try their luck at a 50/50 raffle and bid on silent auction items.  Proceeds benefit ArtFusion 19464’s upcoming fall educational exhibit Rainbow Crow and Other Stories. This show will feature artwork inspired by Native American stories.

The non-profit community art center will once again be offering free field trips to local schools in conjunction with this show. Please email info@artfusion19464.org for more information on scheduling a field trip. The Rainbow Crow field trip program is generously sponsored by the Foundation for Pottstown Education.

ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

 

Low-Price Grocery Leader ALDI Brings New Jobs to Berks and Montgomery Counties

This comes to us from ALDI’S…

Local Hiring Event on Aug. 1 Open to the Public

Known for offering wages significantly higher than the industry standard, ALDI, the nation’s low-price grocery leader*, will host a hiring event for its stores in Berks and Montgomery counties on Friday, Aug. 1. Opportunities within ALDI include Store Associate and Shift Manager positions.

The hiring event is in support of the ongoing growth of ALDI in the area, offering customers the ALDI brand promise of high-quality grocery items at unbeatable prices.

What:   ALDI hiring event for its stores in Berks and Montgomery counties, including Pottstown and Reading, Pennsylvania

Who:   ALDI representatives &  local residents currently seeking employment opportunities

When:   Friday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where:  ALDI, 297 Armand Hammer Blvd., Pottstown, PA 19464

 Positions:   •   Store Associates – $11.25 per hour

  • Shift Managers – $15.25 per hour

 

Job Requirements:    •   Must be 18 years or older to apply

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must be available to work anytime between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., MondaySunday
  • Retail experience preferred
  • Drug screening and background check
  • Ability to lift 45 pounds

Quick Facts:  •   ALDI offers employees generous compensation that is considered well above the industry standard

  • Staff working at least 20 hours a week receive full health insurance, dental coverage and 401K

 

 

About ALDI Inc.

A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates nearly 1,300 stores in 32 states, primarily from Kansas to the East Coast. More than 25 million customers each month save up to 50 percent** on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells more than 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. For more information about ALDI, visit www.aldi.us.

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 *According to a survey of more than 6,500 consumers conducted in May 2013 by Market Force Information.

 **Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

 

8th Annual “Pottstown Celebrates Young Children” event TOMORROW!

The eighth annual Pottstown Celebrates Young Children event will be held on April 12, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 at the Pottstown YMCA (724 Adams Street – across from Pottstown High School). The event targets families with young children and is sponsored by PEAK, Pottstown’s school readiness initiative. The afternoon will include a petting farm, moon bounce, mascots and clowns. More than 40 community organizations will provide family activities and everything is free.

This year PEAK is partnering with Pottstown Memorial Medical Center as the main sponsor for the Month of the Young Child events. According to PEAK Coordinator, Mary Rieck, “We are very thankful for the partnership with Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Pottstown Celebrates Young Children is great way to raise awareness for early education and services of the hospital, as well as an enjoyable afternoon for the whole family. We look forward to finding new ways to work with the hospital to help Pottstown’s children enter kindergarten ready to learn and achieve.” The Month of the Young Child is also supported by the Pottstown Rotary Club Community Endowment Fund which is providing funds to support the purchase and distribution of 400 copies of the featured book for the Pennsylvania One Book campaign.

PEAK has received donations to support the event from Wegman’s and Costco. PEAK (Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness) is a partnership between Pottstown School District and community early learning programs and agencies seeking to prepare children and families for success in kindergarten. To learn more about PEAK or the April 12 event, visit http://www.peakonline.org, e-mail Ms. Rieck at mrieck@pottstownsd.org or call 610-970-6655. You can also follow PEAK on Twitter @PEAKPartners and on Facebook.

Local SCORE volunteers support small business

SCORE is a nonprofit organization of more than 10,500 volunteer business counselors who provide free, confidential business counseling and training workshops to small business owners. Call 610-327-2673 for the Pottstown SCORE chapter, or find a counselor online at http://www.pottstownscore.org.

Opportunities Abound for Sharpening Your Small Business Skills

Very few people begin the process of building a small business with a full knowledge of all the skills required for success. Even those who extensive experience or education in business management still need to bring themselves up to speed on the added responsibilities of entrepreneurship—tax issues, employee management, business development, accounting, etc.

Fortunately, the range of small business-oriented learning opportunities and training programs has never been broader for veteran and novice entrepreneurs alike. Seeking help is simply smart. No business owner can be adept at every aspect of operating successfully. Plus, conditions change, so keeping yourself informed is vital to long-term success.

The single most popular program in America is probably the SBA Small Business Training Network/E-Business Institute, which registers nearly a million users at its Web site each year. The Small Business Training Network is a Web-based conglomerate that can link you to online courses, workshops, publications, learning tools, information resources and access to electronic
counseling and other types of technical help. For details on the Small Business Training Network, go to http://www.sba.gov and click “Training” under the site’s Services section.

Free online courses are offered on about 75 topics in areas such as business startup, growing your business, home-based business and re-engineering your skills. Sample titles include: Growth Strategies; Analyzing Profitability; Building Your Brand; and, Understanding Business Insurance.

The Tools section of http://www.sba.gov gives you access to an extensive library of articles, podcasts, and Web chats on various small business issues.

Local SBA-sponsored training events are offered nationwide. These range from breakfast talks on local economic conditions, to brown-bag networking lunches, loan seminars, startup workshops and free business assessments. Simply go the Local Resources section of http://www.sba.gov and click your state on the Web site map for a calendar listing dates and event details in your area. You can also sign up for free newsletters issued by your state SBA office.

In addition, dozens of top colleges and universities offer business training courses you can take online or in more traditional classroom environments. Most require a fee, and some may have educational prerequisites. Advisors at the individual schools will help you identify one or more courses that are best suited to your needs.

To learn more about training opportunities your small business, contact SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” SCORE is a nonprofit organization of more than 10,500 volunteer business counselors who provide free, confidential business counseling and training workshops to small business owners. Call 610-327-2673 for the Pottstown SCORE chapter, or find a counselor online at http://www.pottstownscore.org.

Hometown Holiday underway in downtown Pottstown!

The calendar below comes from the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority (PDIDA) website.

It’s not hard to find plenty to do in Pottstown beginning this weekend and continuing throughout the holidays, from Sunday brunches to the Historic House Tour this Sunday afternoon to carriage rides, Shrek the musical, Van Gogh’s Secret Studio Shopping for kids, story time with elves, free baby-sitting, local choirs at Smith Plaza and SANTA!

Of course, there’s also a plethora of holiday shopping and dining opportunities, so come out and see what Pottstown has to offer!

DECEMBER 8 / SUNDAY

  • 10am Brunch w/ Santa at Grumpy’s (137 E High Street) – Reservations are required – $7.00 – 610-323-1232
  • 2pm – 7pm: Historic House Tours (start at The Elks Club for Tea)                                                                                                                                                                                            Tickets sold at PDIDA (17 N Hanover St)/ 610-323-5400 or Parks & Rec (100 E High Street)  610-970-6618
  • 2pm – 7pm:  Carriage Rides  along High Street – $5 per person-TICKETS SOLD AT SMITH PLAZA
  • 3pm:  Steel River Playhouse – SHREK  go to http://www.steelriver.org
  • 5pm:  Santa Arrives to Smith Plaza – Tree Lighting – Choirs and more!

 DECEMBER 14 / SATURDAY

  • 10am – 3pm: ARTFusion (254 High Street) Van Gogh’s Secret Studio Shopping for kids – get your raffle ticket first!
  • 2pm -7pm:  Photos with Santa at Smith Plaza / Carriage Rides along High Street
  • 1pm:   Tree Decoration Making and party at Red Cloud Kung Fu (3o7 E High Street)
  • 2PM Tea w/ Mrs. Clause (Free) Sitter’s Clubhouse (355 E High  Street)
  • 2:30/3:30/4:30 & 5:30PM – Story Time With The Elves/Milkmen Lunch Co (255 E High Street)
  • 5pm – Illusionists/Magician Kyle & Kelly will be entertaining at Smith Plaza
  • 8pm:  SHREK
  • Be sure to BUY LOCAL – Get your raffle Tickets by calling: Sheila Dugan  @ 610-323-5400 / 484-948-6061

DECEMBER 21 / SATURDAY

  • 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm:  Story Time with the Elves – Milkmen Lunch Co. (255 E High Street)
  • 4pm – 6pm:  Kyle & Kelly Illusionist /  Magician at Smith Plaza
  • 5pm– 7pm:  Free Babysitting while you shop Sitter’s Clubhouse (355 E High Street) – Pizza & Drinks will be supplied for the kids!
  • 8pm:  Shrek
  • Shopping – get your raffle ticket first!
  • Choirs at Smith Plaza

DECEMBER 15th & 22nd / SUNDAY Holiday Brunches 10am to 1pm

  • Lily’s Grill: 115 E High Street
  • Juan Carlos 235 E High Street
  • Grumpy’s 137 E High Street
  • Live Music  – come out and enjoy brunches during the holidays with your family & friends!  
  • BUY LOCAL RAFFLE SALE STARTS NOVEMBER 30th –
  • Buy a raffle ($25) – Spend $100 more in the Downtown & Buy Local Shops
  • Return Raffle w/ Receipts to 17 N Hanover St BEFORE MIDNIGHT DEC 21st and get a chance to win $1,000 / $500.00!!!
  • Only 200 Raffles will be sold!
  • WHITE RIBBON SALE STARTS NOVEMBER 15th & ENDS DEC 5th – Purchase your white ribbon and send a loved one your message
  •  $5 per ribbon. These will decorate our community tree and be displayed throughout the holidays.
  • Fill in your message and we will do the rest.
  • Ribbons are on sale now at Twice as Nice. Memories n More, Cole’s Tobacco & Grumpy’s.
  • You can remember a loved one, wish your friends and family well or just be a part of your community with a holiday message!
  • Call Sheila  for more information 610-323-5400 or 484-948-6061.

Upcoming events for Legendary Locals of Pottstown

JOIN US FOR A BOOK TALK AND SIGNING!

There are a couple of book talks/signings coming up in the next week for the Legendary Locals of Pottstown book, co-authored by photographer Ed Berger and me. Come out to meet some Legendary Locals, learn more about the history of Pottstown through its legends, and how we put this book together. BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ($21.99) Look forward to seeing you!

The first event is at the Pottstown Regional Public Library at 500 E. High Street this Sunday, from 1-3 pm. The library is opening just for us!

Then, next Wednesday, November 6th at 7 pm, there is a talk/signing at the Schuylkill River Greenway Association at 140 College Drive in Pottstown. This is a really cool former PECO substation that is used by the Greenway and owned by Montgomery County Community College, and they’ve got a fabulous permanent exhibit about the history of the Schuylkill River. You can learn about Pottstown’s people and the river all in one fell swoop.

Finally, thank you to Joe Zlomek of The Sanatoga Post and The Pottstown Post for publicizing the latter event!

Sue Repko

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