News from Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley
As social distancing sends people into hiding amidst the effects of COVID-19, business owners, managers, and others have felt a greater need to come together to assess the situation. Fear, anxiety, and misinformation are prevalent and the business community needs to rally to endure the pandemic. At no time in recent memory has the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley been a more valuable resource.
As many as thirty-four members logged on at 7:30 AM on April 1st with a tight agenda including legal, financial, insurance, and HR updates. Each member was also provided time to share updates, questions, and other thoughts as it pertained to their businesses and their industries. The time allowed for members to understand the state of the economy directly from those impacted as well as to share best practices.
On Wednesday morning, March 4, 2020, the Forum met at the Red Cross Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter in Cetronia for a building tour and presentation from local chapter volunteer John Weaver, a national expert on disaster mental health services. We had a catered breakfast served in their commercial truck bay area, followed by a presentation in their large training room. John showed us their process and capabilities for disaster relief.
Forum members were given a tour and brief overview of services and resources available to both job seekers and employers at PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley.
PA CareerLink®'s vision is to build an economically viable community by providing effective, responsive, user-friendly, and valued programs that develop, deliver, and sustain a quality workforce. It is their mission to implement a PA CareerLink® delivery system that serves our community as a clearinghouse of resources, inclusive of all information, employment opportunities, training and education options, and economic development linkages (funding), through a customer-focused system based on the current and future labor market needs of the Lehigh Valley.
CareerLink® can help facilitate outreach efforts to the business community, as well as provide a pool of good employees that can benefit local businesses.
The facility is located on Union Boulevard behind Coca Cola Park.
Todd Kurz of Sandler Training - Lehigh Valley presented to the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The event was held at the Wind Creek Hotel in Bethlehem and the topic was sales training. Kurz has been an expert in sales training for approximately 25 years working with regional businesses on helping their sales staff hone their craft from prospecting to close. The Sandler Training philosophy has not only been embraced by businesses around the world background but it has also been incorporated into Harvard’s business curriculum.
On January 22, 2020, Gary Gower, Jr., made an impact on the Forum with his presentation on G&L's Sign Factory. Gary began with the history of his involvement with sign making, starting in March 1989. He worked his way through the industry and jumped at the opportunity to purchase Sign Factory in 2003.