Thursday, June 27, 2013

Current Job Openings at Northampton Community College - 6/27/13


Listed below is a listing of our current job openings. 
Please visit our website at for additional information.

Full Time:
Art-Communication Design Faculty
Computer Electronics Faculty
Part Time:
Adjunct Instructor - Philosophy
Automotive Instructor
CAD Adjunct Faculty, with Program Coordination
Instructor - ESL
Line Worker Training Instructors
Program Assistant, Art Dept.
PT Drivers
Raw Cooking Instructor

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Growing Your Business in 2013 - Beach Bum vs. Beach Beauty

Guest blog from Carol Ritter of

Oh, the sweet smell of the ocean and the calming of the beach is what everyone needs in the summertime.  I had to babysit one of my grands in Rehoboth Beach recently and, as you may already know, my customer service experiences range from Beach Beauty to Beach Bum. When I checked into the hotel the staff was overwhelmingly friendly, “we have complimentary breakfast, wine & cheese at 5pm and at 8pm chocolate chip cookies.”  Now I’m impressed, Beach Beauty!  Then she reminds me, “ We also have a free shuttle to the beach.”  You could take away all the other goodies, that shuttle to the beach is my cup of tea.  That’s where we met  Lew,  the most amazing, friendly guy.  He couldn’t wait to tell us about the city as he packed our stuff onto the shuttle and we drove by restaurants he gave us the history and then.....he told us this was something they are trying as a pilot program with bigger and better services to come, BEACH BEAUTY!  The group I was with said, “This is the best hotel I ever stayed in.”  Until the next day.........

Breakfast started at 7:30 a.m.  I arrived at 7:23 and began to get coffee and then decided to take a sticky bun up to my granddaughter’s room.  The woman in charge of the food service came storming into the room.  I said hello and got the obligatory hi, and she immediately ran into the kitchen (she was on a mission) to scold the staff for allowing the breakfast to open 7 minutes early.  It was inappropriate, unnecessary and completely over the top...all over 7 minutes.  But the real issue was me and the other early birds heard the whole thing.  She stormed out of the kitchen and pretty much ruined that glowing reputation for the hotel in about 10 minutes, BEACH BUM!  The guests began to chatter, “did she have to do that to her staff in front of us, what’s the big deal about 7 minutes, wonder if her boss knows how rude she was to us.”  “We love it here, I’m shocked by that behavior, I just might tell the owner.”  I left and came back later with my family.  When we arrived at 8 a.m., the eggs were gone, the french toast was empty and the staff pretty much was taking their good old time refilling the food.  BEACH BUM....

Here’s the scoop, for all the boss’s in the world, hire that flexible, go-with-the flow employee who might have encouraged the 5 early birds to take a muffin.

For all the employees in the world who have to listen to that rage, get a new job and don’t work for someone who is that mean

For all the guests in the world, report this stuff, don’t allow this to continue, she needs to work alone somewhere where she cannot continue to ruin people’s days

For all the business owners in the world, make sure your leadership team is trained and accountable.

Beach Beauties make the world go ‘round, Beach Bums do nothing but continue to spiral into bad customer service, bad reputation and bad performance. Who works in your business, the beauty or the bum?

Carol serves as a featured writer for the Home News and the Lehigh Valley Chamber Blog.
Carol is an accomplished professional speaker, coach and educational consultant specializing in innovative leadership, outrageous fundraising, million dollar marketing, and building organizational alliances throughout the country.  Carol’s creative  leadership with bullet proof ideas for recruiting MORE MEMBERS, MORE MONEY AND TER LEADERS. 610-442-4545  Like Carol on  Facebook at Caroltalks and CarolCoaches!  Carol S. Ritter, Immediate Past President, National Speakers Association Philadelphia.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Guest post: Employee or Intern? Why Employers Should Reconsider Their Unpaid Summer Internship Program This Year

Guest blog post by Jacob M. Sitman, Fitzpatrick, Lentz & Bubba

The time of year (i.e., graduation and summer vacation) and the economy (i.e., tepid job market and struggling recovery) have created what would appear to be a win-win situation. Students, grads and others who have not found regular employment are “volunteering” to work as interns for a variety of companies and non-profit organizations.

To be sure, internships can be a great way for the unemployed to fill what would otherwise be gaps in their resume, as well as for students and others to gain meaningful hands on training and experience that will give them the tools they need to secure future employment in this still-tough job market. Internships can also provide employers with an opportunity to get to know and assess the talents of future job prospects. However, recent changes in government enforcement of existing laws, and an uptick in the pursuit of claims by interns for alleged non-payment of wages should prompt conscientious business owners and managers to rethink whether and to what extent they can offer or continue their unpaid internship programs.

Over the last few years, the United States Department of Labor repeatedly expressed its intent to more strictly enforce federal laws and regulations utilizing six criteria which must be satisfied before an internship can be unpaid. Individuals who work as “interns” in programs that do not comply with these criteria can be deemed “employees” entitled to wages.

Over the same time period, a wave of lawsuits has been filed by former interns against employers claiming that they were unlawfully deprived of wages during their internships, including several high-profile actions. For example, in separate lawsuits, two unpaid interns who worked on the movie “Black Swan” sued Fox Searchlight for wages, several former interns at Hearst Corporation sued the media company using unpaid interns at its magazines (including Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan), and a former intern sued television host, Charlie Rose, on behalf of herself and 188 other interns who say they worked on his PBS program without pay.

For employers, the scariest parts of these lawsuits are that they are often filed as class actions, and an employer’s failure or ability to prove that all six criteria are met can lead to liability for substantial unpaid wages, liquidated damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

Therefore, to avoid potential liability, an employer must either pay each intern at least the minimum wage, plus overtime where applicable, or satisfy each of the following six criteria:

1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern, and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Practically speaking, many employers find it most difficult to comply with the fourth criteria. Indeed, often employers view interns as a free or inexpensive way of getting necessary work done. However, by doing so, those employers risk lawsuits and liability for unpaid wages, attorneys’ fees and more.

For these reasons, before hiring or engaging high school, college or graduate school students or others as unpaid interns this summer, employers should carefully review the nature of their current unpaid internship programs and make modifications to either satisfy the six required criteria or convert them to paid internships. In addition, employers should consider implementing a written policy regarding unpaid internships that complies with the six criteria, and require affected unpaid interns to acknowledge and agree, in writing, to the policy and their status as unpaid interns.

This blog post has been prepared and published for informational purposes only.  None of its content should be construed as or relied upon as legal advice.  Therefore, no one should act or refrain from acting based on its content.  The content is not a substitute for competent legal advice.  For legal advice or answers to specific questions, please contact one of our attorneys.  Information provided by our attorneys should only be considered legal advice after a formal attorney-client relationship has been established with our law firm and you and confirmed in writing by one of our attorneys.

Jacob M. Sitman is a shareholder in the Human Resources and Employment Law group. He concentrates his practice in employment discrimination and retaliation litigation, employee benefits, employee health and safety, trade secret litigation and appeals, restrictive covenants and labor-management relations. Mr. Sitman represents both public and private employers, and counsels them on employment and labor related laws and regulations. The law firm has been named "Who's Who in Business Lehigh Valley" each year since 2008, and was ranked as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in PA in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Contact Mr. Sitman at 610-797-9000 or

Job Opening - Parkland School District Education Foundation Executive Director

Parkland School District Education Foundation Executive Director Job Description

Responsibilities include:
 Annual Campaign
The Executive Director will create the foundation’s annual giving campaign. This program must generate
unrestricted income for the foundations operating costs. Once an effective annual giving campaign is
established, it will provide recurring revenue to expand the foundation’s efforts.
 The District’s Office of Community Relations & Development will provide staff to help manage
the donor database and “thank-you” paperwork.
 Fund-Raising Events
Provide oversight and organizational support for fund-raising events including the Discount Card, staff
tribute cards, employee payroll contribution campaign, and the annual Alumni Gala.
 Financial & Operational Reporting
Prepare quality financial documents to include the overall financial status of the foundation, individual
committee and special event activities using Quickbooks and the eTapestry donor relations programs. A
one-year/chronological budget/planning guide on YTD performance vs. budget on how yearly goals are
being met should be given at each board meeting.
 Alumni and Planned Giving Strategy
In support of the foundation board, research and identify potential major donors to include alumni, private
foundations, corporations and individuals with opportunities for immediate larger gifts and planned giving
possibilities. Start and develop and Alumni Association replete with benefits that are similar to a college.
 EITC Program Oversight
Lead Educational Tax Improvement Credit program by overseeing the application, renewal and
solicitation processes

Position Overview
The individual serves as the point of contact for all Foundation programs, with the major emphasis on fundraising activities. He/she will collaborate with the District Liaison, Foundation officers, trustees and committee members to meet the annual budgetary and program goals as well as serve as the Foundation Representative, promoting the Foundation’s mission within the community and school district.

Essential Job Functions: 

Fundraising (50%)
 Work with the Board and appropriate committees to meet all aspects of the budget.
 Oversee an Annual Giving Campaign.
 Work with Committee Chairs to assist the recruitment of volunteers to serve on Board Committees
 Assist the Fund Development Committee with the solicitation of individual and corporate prospects to
maximize program and event sponsorships
 Create and maintain donor data bases (actual and potential)
 Supervise the maintenance of accurate records of all fundraising activities, donor gifts and special event
 Share appreciation with donors by providing follow up and ongoing communications
 Collaborate with the Superintendent of the School District or designee to identify school district funding
 Assist special events committees in managing all aspects of annual special events. Submit grant requests and necessary grant reports to private foundations and state
educational departments.

Administration (20%)
 Maintain office and software systems to support all development projects and program operations to
include foundation’s fundraising database.
 Work with the Treasurer and Committee Chairs, reviews and monitors financial reports and monthly
financial statements to develop both the annual budget and necessary reports and data for the annual
audit and tax return forms.
 Supervise volunteers.
 Responsible for School District Payroll Deduction Plan.
 Work with District and Foundation committees in managing all programs and services of the Foundation.

Board Relations (10%)
 Workswith the Executive Committee and Board members to develop, monitor and communicate the
organization’s annual and long-term plans in reaching the foundation’s goals.
 Attend Board meetings and prepares reports as directed by the President.
 Help define the priorities and develop teamwork among board members, volunteer leaders and school
district staff.
 Prepare a written report of all activities for each Board Meeting.

Public Relations and Promotions (20%)
 Work closely with Fund Development/Public Relations/Marketing committees in developing and producing communications (brochures, marketing materials, press releases, web site, etc.) to educate the
community about the mission of the organization as well as particular special events and services.
 Make presentations in and around the community to PTO’s, businesses, rotary clubs, etc. to create
awareness of the Foundation’s existence and to obtain potential general or EITC donations.
 Maintain open lines of communication with community organizations for partnership opportunities.
 Write articles for the foundation newsletters and District newsletter
 Provide monthly reports to the District Liaison, PTO’s, Board, and School Board liaison.
 Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Nonprofit Development, Sales and/or Marketing
 Fundraising experience
 An understanding of the state’s public education system
 Experience in managing volunteers/donor relations
 Event planning experience
 Experience in developing communication plans
 High energy level, persistence, and self-motivation
 Familiarity with electronic donor tracking systems
 Proficient in Word, Excel, Power Point, Quickbooks
 Outstanding written and presentation skills
 Organized and detail oriented
 Graphic design experience helpful
 Other similar or relevant experience will be considered

Goal Setting and Evaluation 
An ongoing evaluation/review meeting will be held quarterly during the first year to objectively discuss both the
position as the reviewers see it and the total foundation as they see it, then annually thereafter.
Financial goals will be initially established by the board of directors and reviewed at the quarterly meetings.

Other details:
 Salaried position: $20 - 25,000 (depending on qualifications and time commitment) per year with the opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus
 20-25 hours per week working hours
 Administrative support provided

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Nicole McGalla, Director, Community
Relations & Development, Parkland School District, 1210 Springhouse Rd., Allentown, PA 18104 or

Deadline to apply: July 14, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Business News in the Lehigh Valley - June 24, 2013

Good morning Lehigh Valley! We hope you had a great weekend and started the summer off on the right foot. It's going to be a hot week in our corner of the world, with most day's high temp around 90 degrees.

The state unemployment rate dropped slightly in May for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. May’s 0.1% improvement to 7.5% puts Pennsylvania below the national average for the first time since July 2012. The national average is now just higher at 7.6%.

The Allentown Chamber of Commerce has named its new board president, Lehigh Valley Grand Prix partner Mike McCreary. McCreary, just 29, will be the youngest board chair of any of the Chambers in the Lehigh Valley's history. "The main goal this year is to strengthen the partnerships we have in the city, including the City of Allentown, Hamilton District Main Street Program, West End Alliance and the Seventh Street program," McCreary said.

The City of Allentown’s future arena complex is in receipt of a 2013 Commonwealth Award from 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, the state’s leading advocate for responsible land use. Mayor Ed Pawlowski accepted the award last night at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Harrisburg.

Two different restaurateurs that have found success in downtown Bethlehem are soon to open new locations just a few blocks away on Linden Street. Billy Kounoupis, owner of Billy's Downtown Diner, is opening a his "Bethlehem Burger Bar" on the 600 block of Linden Street, at the current location of "Theo's Gyros & More."  Nino Basile, owner of Mama Nina’s Foccacheria, will be opening his new restaurant Pane E Pasta on the 700 block of Linden. The menu items will be similar to Mama Nina's, with pizza, subs & burgers for takeout. Who knows... maybe we'll see a new restaurant row on Linden Street soon? There are already two other great establishments close by, with Mach's Gute, Flama Tropical and Hometown Heroes right along the way.

That's all for now, follow us on twitter and facebook for more business news updates throughout the day!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chamber Member of the Day - Velocity Business Innovators

Today's Member of the Day is Velocity Business Innovators, a new member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Velocity Business Innovators invites Chamber members to take part in a limited-time opportunity: Join our list of recommended Service Providers, for FREE! Just like the Chamber, Velocity places high value on building strong community bonds and elevating the visibility of local businesses in the marketplace. Click Here to learn more! Velocity is dedicated to the success of local entrepreneurs that have a burning desire to start, grow or sell a business. Please visit for information, articles, tips, news, and resources.

Velocity Business Innovators was created with a mission to guide business owners and entrepreneurs toward the right business practice at every stage. Out of that mission was born, an online educational and supportive resource for those who desire to start, grow or sell a business. The website provides content from business experts and features business services from qualified Service Providers.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Growing Your Business in 2013 - The Little Guy

Guest blog post from Carol Ritter of

So many times we forget about “The Little Guy,” amazingly loyal, consistently present but he or she doesn't necessarily bring in a lot of cash flow.  Last week I met with a new friend/colleague.  As I listened, he taught me about his business and the services he provides.  There was one thing he said that resonated with me, it’s something that you rarely hear coming from a business owner.  He stated that he is HONORED to have the trust and loyalty of his customers.  HONORED?  So many times we are honored to be in someone’s presence, or we are honored to be recognized but I've never heard anyone say they are honored that their customers trust them.  I decided to look up the word.  Webster’s says it means a good name or public esteem or the showing of merited respect.  Well, now it makes sense.  Merited respect, earned not assumed is just one part of growing your business but one big part.  He then talked about his “BIG” clients and the smaller ones.  Interestingly, both were valued on the same level even though “The Little Guy” doesn't bring in as much of the bacon.

Small businesses cannot rely on one, two or three “BIG” customers.  The risk is incredibly high and when you lose one, maybe even through no fault of your own, it hurts badly.

Here’s What “The Little Guy” means to your business....

1. Figure out how many “little guys” you need to equal the “BIG” customer revenue
2. The word of mouth epidemic you are creating  is very dependent on “the Little Guy”
3. There’s a chance “the Little Guy” will become a “Big GUY” someday
4. “The Little Guy” may be someone who can help you via advice, exchanges or possibly referrals

If you want to Grow Ur Biz, merited respect for all who walk through the door is not only an idea but a necessity.  That “Little Guy” must be treated the same as the “BIG Guy” because you never know where that business/relationship will lead or, better yet, a “BIG Guy” could be right behind “the Little Guy” with a fantastic referral.  “Little Guys Rock”

Carol serves as a featured writer for the Home News and the Lehigh Valley Chamber Blog.
Carol is an accomplished professional speaker, coach and educational consultant specializing in innovative leadership, outrageous fundraising, million dollar marketing, and building organizational alliances throughout the country.  Carol’s creative  leadership with bullet proof ideas for recruiting MORE MEMBERS, MORE MONEY AND TER LEADERS. 610-442-4545  Like Carol on  Facebook at Caroltalks and CarolCoaches!  Carol S. Ritter, Immediate Past President, National Speakers Association Philadelphia

Business News in the Lehigh Valley, 6/17/13

Good morning and happy Monday, Lehigh Valley. Today is "Eat Your Vegetables Day," strategically placed in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month.

In recent business news, supporters of Braden Airpark were given 120 days to arrange a deal to purchase the property from the Lehigh Northampton-Airport Authority. "The authority wants to sell Braden and other properties to help pay off an estimated $16 million legal judgment that ended a lawsuit in 2011." Roughly 40 planes remain at Braden Airport, the only general aviation airport in Northampton County.

Today begins the construction on the Route 22 toll bridge between Easton, PA and Phillipsburg, NJ. The highway will be slimmed down to just one lane over the bridge for the next year and a half, as part of a $30.6 million project to rehabilitate the 75 -year-old bridge. Motorists are urged to take alternate routes during the construction period to cut down on traffic congestion along the bridge.

Lehigh Valley and Warren County are beginning to see signs of a resurgence for new home construction, according to Forks Township zoning officer Tim Weis. Weis says he’s seeing signs of recovery over the last six months, issuing between seven to eight permits per month and expects a 25% increase in housing starts compared to the previous year.

Vacation travel is picking back up across the country, with leisure travelers' hotel bookings for the next 12 months up 4.6%.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Express Business Center seeking Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer (EBC Printing)

Senior Graphic Designer needed for busy commercial printer.
Looking for Speed and accuracy. Pre-press experience is an added plus.
Must be proficient in Quark Xpress and Adobe Creative Suite.

Graphic Designer Job Purpose: Responsible for creating a visible image that can be used in media and print.

Graphic Designer Job Duties:
Prepares work to be accomplished by gathering information and materials.
Meet with clients to understand a vision for product or design.
Design logos for products and businesses.
Illustrates concept by designing rough layout of art and copy regarding arrangement, size, type size and style, and related aesthetic concepts.
Obtains approval of concept by submitting rough layout for approval.
Prepares finished copy and art by operating typesetting, printing, and similar equipment; purchasing from vendors.
Create promotional displays, packaging and marketing brochures.
Prepares final layout by marking and pasting up finished copy and art.
Completes projects by coordinating press proof with Press Operator.
Maintains technical knowledge by attending design workshops; reviewing professional publications; participating in professional societies.
Perform research on competitors and market trends.
Collaborate with Press Operator for type of paper stock.
Supervise assistants during product design.
Work daily with CSR to prioritize the Graphic Department schedule.
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Develop new business contacts.
Location: EBC Printing , Trexlertown PA.
Compensation: Compensation is based on proficiency and experience.
Full time days and weekends (if needed)

Skills/Qualifications: Graphic Design Skills, Layout Skills, Creative Services, Customer Focus, Creativity, Flexibility, Attention to Detail, Deadline-Oriented, Desktop Publishing Tools, proficient in Quark Xpress and Adobe Creative Suite.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Current Job Openings at ABEC, Inc. in Bethlehem, PA

Current job openings at ABEC, Inc. - ABEC is focused on design, engineering and manufacturing of high quality production equipment for pilot and commercial scale bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Contact:  with cover letter, compensation requirements and resume.
Comprehensive, low cost to employee benefit program
Excellent 401k program- Profit sharing program- Equal opportunity employer

Position:   Receiving and Inspection Team Lead
Description:   Hourly, Full-time, Permanent
Responsibilities:  Hands-on position coordinating activity of team responsible for the processing of incoming materials and quality documentation.  Perform physical inspection of machined parts (dimensional, surface finish, plating).  Enter data in to ERP system and process Quality documentation.
Requirements:  High School Diploma or GED, at least one year experience, able to lift 50lbs.  Ability to prioritize and multi-task, highly organized.  Prior supervisory and ERP usage experience a plus.

Position:   Mechanical Assembler
Description:   Hourly, Full-time, Permanent, 2nd Shift, Travel Required (Domestic and International)
Responsibilities:  Fabricate and assemble piping systems.  Machine, bend, tack weld and assemble stainless steel parts to print specifications.  Assemble valves, measurement instruments, pumps and the like to specially designed bioprocess equipment.
Requirements:  High School Diploma or GED, Vocational/ Technical school preferred, able to lift 75lbs.  and mobility to climb ladders, movement in confined spaces and manual dexterity.

Position:   Electrical Assembler
Description:   Hourly, Full-time, Permanent, 2nd Shift, Travel Required (Domestic and International)
Responsibilities:  Fabricate and assemble electrical systems.  Assemble and wire electrical panels to print specifications.  Complete conduit wiring and pneumatic routing on assembly systems and the like to specially designed bioprocess equipment.
Requirements:  High School Diploma or GED, Vocational/ Technical schooling preferred, minimum 7 years’ experience, able to lift 75lbs.

Position:   Mechanical Designer
Description:   Hourly, Full-time, Permanent
Responsibilities:  Perform the day-to-day project duties of designing, developing and releasing deliverables used in the fabrication of production bioprocess equipment.  Primary responsibility involves generating design plans utilizing Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD software.  Some travel may be required.
Requirements:  Associates Degree in CAD and Drafting or equivalent, Proficient in MSOffice applications, knowledge of 3D Parametric CAD and Autodesk Inventor preferred.  Detail oriented with solid understanding of drafting standards, design fundamentals and fabrication processes.  Autodesk Inventor Routed Systems, Tube and Pipe Design, Autodesk AutoCAD 2D/3D and ERP software and prior piping design experience a plus.

Position:   Electrical Designer
Description:   Hourly, Full-time, Permanent
Responsibilities:  Utilize independent judgment to perform the day-to-day project duties of designing, developing and releasing detail electrical schematics, control panel assembly drawings and the related bills-of material.  Utilize AutoCAD software and (Syteline) materials management software to generate electrical design documentation.  Some travel may be required.
Requirements:  Associates degree or relevant experience in 2D design using AutoCAD.  Experience with ERP platform highly desired; good understanding of electrical control circuit design for PLC’s, Instrumentation and motor controls. The understanding of documentation requirements for the pharmaceutical industry is also desirable.

Position:   Automation Engineer
Description:  Salaried, Full-time, Permanent
Responsibilities:   Program PLC, HMI DCS and Instrumentation as requested.  Understand requirements, estimates automation requirements and defines scope of work.  Develop all required project documentation and execute project quality plan.  Support training, commissioning, technical support and field service.
Requirements:  Bachelors degree in related discipline or equivalent automation related experience.  Preferred training in RSLogix 5000 and FTView Studio. Other platform experience such as DeltaV, Siemens, Cimplicity, Quantum considered.  Some travel required.

Position:   Electrical Engineer
Description:  Salaried, Full-time, Permanent
Responsibilities:  Ensure appropriate electrical design, development and installation of electrical hardware and systems in support of electrical engineering and design functions.  Define scope of work, estimate and forecast, write and execute test and quality plans.
Requirements:  Minimum BS in Electrical Engineering, 5 years in system designing.  Experience in AutoCAD, Inventor, and biopharm/pharmaceutical industry a plus.  Some travel required.

Position:   Project Engineer
Description:   Salaried, Full-time, Permanent, Travel Required (Domestic and International)
Responsibilities:  Process and unit operation, design calculations, component technical review and
selection.  Client and project team interaction, and execution of acceptance test protocol. Prepare functional requirement specifications for process automation system design. Develop and implement cost reduction and continuous productivity opportunities. Maintain project documentation. Ensure start-up readiness for production.

Requirements:  Bachelor Degree in Chemical/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, minimum 3 years’ experience with cross-functional team.

Position:   Project Manager
Description:   Salaried, Full-time, Permanent, Travel Required (Domestic and International)
Responsibilities:  Manage the project in all aspects including from quotation, through sales support and ultimate execution.  Significant interaction with clients, project team and sales.  Commercial perspective required.
Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering preferred.  Mechanical engineering degree will be considered.  Experience in third party, complex capital projects is required. Travel will be required.

Position:   Quality Manager
Description:   Salaried, Full-time, Permanent, Travel Required (Domestic and International)
Responsibilities:  Manage all aspects of the Quality Control function on a company –wide basis.  Direct application of abec personnel and equipment resources to ensure compliance with all internal SOPs, quality guidelines and industry-related quality standards.
Requirements:  Bachelor Degree in Chemical/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, minimum 7 years’ experience.

Please inquire for more details on these additional opportunities:
Quality Inspection/ Documentation
Validation Engineer
Validation Technician

Growing Your Business in 2013 - Fix It!

Guest Blog from Carol Ritter of

I thought it was simple, you order something, they ring it into the machine and you get it.  STOP thinking that!  I recently went to a coffee shop, I ordered iced regular coffee with cream, I got hot decaf with no cream, I sent it back, I ordered oatmeal with no sugar, I got oatmeal with sugar that looked like wallpaper paste, I sent it back. I ordered an egg sandwich cut in half and I got one whole, I sent it back.  I’m not done yet, I ordered decaf coffee with cinnamon flavor and I got regular with chocolate, I sent it back.  Now, how can that happen to one person - one order- in about 5 minutes?  I was wondering, “how many orders must be wrong in a day?”   I understand most of us are in the people business but I don’t think I’ve ever had that many things go wrong with one simple order.  By the time I left I was frustrated, didn’t enjoy my food and was asking myself WHY didn't I eat at home.  FIX IT!

On the contrary, I worked in New Jersey last week and found a wonderful seafood restaurant.  I walked in and the hostess greeted me with a big hello and seated me within seconds.  The bubbly waitress was at my table within a minute with water in her hand, introduces herself as “in training” and looking forward to serving me.  Every waitress and waiter was dressed in sailor garb, pressed to the nines, a nice touch.  I watched as the servers almost ran from table to table making guests comfortable.  I was so pleased to see over the top service after my coffee experience.  I ordered a salad with dressing on the side, I kept it.  I ordered an unsweetened ice tea with lots of ice, I kept it.  I ordered an entree with no butter on the veggies, in came out right, I kept it and, to top it off, I ordered decaf and got it, kept it.  NO NEED TO FIX IT!

Fix it, owner, manager, leader, vice president or whoever is in charge of the restaurant.  How can that much go wrong in one order and why doesn’t the owner, manager, leader, vice president know they are providing horrible service?  Fix it!  The leadership is clearly responsible for the failure.  Conversely, the restaurant owner, manager, leader, vice president of the seafood house is also reaping the rewards of over the top service.

Everything begins and ends with the leader.  Here is how you fix it..

1. The coffee shop could have offered the meal complimentary
2. Better yet, an apology, didn't even get that
3. A coupon to visit again and get free coffee

The end of the story is, I’m never and I mean never going back, I've told many family and friends what happened and this all could have been avoided just by FIXING IT!  The end of the seafood house story is the waitress at the end brought out a survey, they actually cared enough to ask me what I thought.  I will be going back, the tip went up and I've told many friends and family to go there.  See what happens when you FIX IT!

Carol serves as a featured writer for the Home News and the Lehigh Valley Chamber Blog.
Carol is an accomplished professional speaker, coach and educational consultant specializing in innovative leadership, outrageous fundraising, million dollar marketing, and building organizational alliances throughout the country.  Carol’s creative  leadership with bullet proof ideas for recruiting MORE MEMBERS, MORE MONEY AND TER LEADERS. 610-442-4545  Like Carol on  Facebook at Caroltalks and CarolCoaches!  Carol S. Ritter, Immediate Past President, National Speakers Association Philadelphia

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram-Chevrolet Celebrate 40 Years with a Chamber Mixer!

Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber and Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Present:
“Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram-Chevrolet Mixer”

WHEN: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

WHERE: Rentschler Chevrolet and Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
     Route 873 (255 North Walnut Street) Slatington, PA 18080

TIME: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

COST: Event is FREE


You are “PRE-APPROVED” to join Rentschler in celebrating their 40th Anniversary in Slatington. Take a tour and celebrate the grand opening of the two newly remodeled and renovated showrooms and service departments.  Food and beverages will be provided, and be sure to bring plenty of business cards for networking!

Job Openings at Northampton Community College

Listed below is a listing of our current job openings. 
Please visit our website at for additional information.

Full Time:
Secretary, Community Programs
Art-Communication Design Faculty
Manager, Technology Support Services
Part Time:
Adjunct Instructor - Philosophy
Automotive Instructor
Clinical Adjunct Faculty – LPN Program
Yoga Instructor

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Job Opening - The Da Vinci Science Center Seeks Director of Finance and Administration

The Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown is looking for a Director of Finance and Administration.  He/She will be a strategic thought-partner and report to the Executive Director / CEO. The successful candidate will be a participative manager leading the following areas:  finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, and Information technology.  The Director will supervise one full-time Senior Finance Professional.

The Director will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and staff development as the DSC continues to enhance programming and build capacity.  A successful  finance and human resources leader will  maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected organization as it prepares for the next phase of its development.

Attached is a complete job description.  More information can be found at

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Growing Your Business in 2013 - You've Got Mail!

Guest Blog from Carol Ritter of

Sometimes email gets a bad rap.  The real question is, does it make more work for you or does it make it easier to communicate with your colleagues and friends?  What do you think?  For my work, I love it.  I can crank out an answer in seconds and I love crossing things off my to-do list.  Then, there’s the junk and the sales (sometimes good sales) and don’t forget the drugs you don’t need or want that they are trying to sell you. 

Remember that movie, You’ve Got Mail?  Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan would rush home to turn on their computers and wait for the mysterious, sometimes humorous emails from each other.  Back then I wonder if they ever thought email would become such a BIG piece of our lives.  Even though I love it, I do have my limits.  Here are my Pet Peeves:

Carol’s 5 Email Pet Peeves - You’ve Got Mail

the fake email dressed up like it’s from a friend and it’s really from a scam artist
the emails that don’t let you unsubscribe but say they do
the class reunion emails from people I did not go to school with
the emails from someone stranded in a foreign country who needs money immediately
and the emails telling me I should join a dating site for people over 55

Now that we are done complaining, here are my ideas for utilizing email in your biz....

Make sure future customers can email you through your free social media-Facebook & LinkedIn

Have your email address on all marketing materials (make it easy to find) - I was recently at a networking event, a guy gave me his business card with no email address on it

Don’t forget to offer free stuff and specials- keep customers coming back

Collect email addresses at your place of business or through networking

I really don’t mind getting emails telling me what’s on sale, where I can get a deal or a nice note from a friend.  I love the fact that I have written documentation of tasks completed and a quick response sometimes saves the day. When it comes to GROWING UR BIZ - email is now a necessity, so turn on your computer, click on your email and see if You’ve Got Mail!

Carol serves as a featured writer for the Home News and the Lehigh Valley Chamber Blog. Carol is an accomplished professional speaker, coach and educational consultant specializing in innovative leadership, outrageous fundraising, million dollar marketing, and building organizational alliances throughout the country.  Carol’s creative  leadership with bullet proof ideas for recruiting MORE MEMBERS, MORE MONEY AND TER LEADERS. 610-442-4545  Like Carol on  Facebook at Caroltalks and CarolCoaches!  Carol S. Ritter, Immediate Past President, National Speakers Association Philadelphia