Work week agenda for September 20

Thursday, September 22

The Berks Alliance for Community Development will host a community forum, “The Growth Impact of Distribution Centers,” starting at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. It has emerged as a warehousing and distribution center because of its accessibility to population centers with cheap land in the county. Moira Conway, assistant professor of geography at Kutztown University, and Alison Conway, associate professor of civil engineering at the City College of New York, used a geographic map to analyze warehouse construction in Berks County. They share their analysis. Register: If this meeting is free to the public.

Tuesday, September 27

The Manufacturers Resource Center will host a lunch and learn event from 2pm to 1:30pm at the MRC – 7200A Windsor Dr., Allentown. For this event the MRC will partner with ProtoCAM. Technology is transforming manufacturing and digital workflows. This Lunch and Learn explores how this trend is affecting traditional manufacturing processes such as CNC, Sheet Metal and Metal Fabrication. Attendees will learn how to solve manufacturing challenges for prototyping and production using on-demand digital manufacturing. Attendees can visit ProtoCAM 6620 Grant Way in Allentown for a demo. For full description and to register: Contact: Diane Lewis at or 610-628-4578. Cost: Complementary, no cost.

Tuesday, September 27

Berks LaunchBox “Step-by-step website building 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Berks LaunchBox at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St., Suite 105, Reading. This hands-on, hands-on, class uses the free tool – Google Sites – to start building a website for beginners. Each core skill of building a Google Sites website is shown on the proposed screen and gives you time to practice many skills on the dummy site you create. Bring a flash drive with your logo (if you have one) and two photos on it. Register: Seating is limited for this free class.

Wednesday, September 28

The Small Business Association is hosting a Networking MINGLE at the Windsor Inn, 38 W. Lancaster Ave., Shillington, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Registration: SBRA MINGLES offers a unique opportunity to network with other small business owners. This event is free for members, $25 at the door for non-members.

Thursday, October 6

The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) will host its third and final Breakfast4Success from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Heritage at Green Hills, 200 Tranquility Lane, Shillington. GRCA welcomes Travis Berger, Ph.D., dean of Alvernia University’s College of Business, Communication and Leadership. Berger will present “Leadership in Complex Times: Let’s Explore It” to provide attendees with a practical and valuable understanding of leadership and ways to address leadership challenges in the future. Sign up at Cost: $30 per member. This is an exclusive event for members.

Every second Tuesday

The Berks County Chapter of SHRM will meet from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. The meeting will include a presentation on a relevant HR topic. Visit for details.

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