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'Benefitting from the Boom' seminar set

September 24, 2012
BY LINDA HARRIS - Staff writer ( , Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - Local businesses still looking for a niche in the shale oil and gas industry as well as those who'd like to learn more will get their chance at a day-long seminar Oct. 1 at the Steubenville Country Club.

Sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Progress Alliance, "Benefitting From the Boom: Your Business & Shale" will feature industry experts as well as insights from two of the big names jobs-wise in the shale business - Hess and Chesapeake.

"I think if you look around the county, a number of businesses have really started to benefit from this opportunity," Progress Alliance Executive Director Ed Looman said. "But there's still more. As we go forward in this process, there will be added opportunities for local business. We just want to make sure we can bring as many chances to the local business community to explore these opportunities as we can."

Chamber President Sue Hershey said they want to give the business community "an opportunity to get their questions answered about the supply chain, familiarize them with the vocabulary of the oil and gas industry."

"Instead of our chamber members and the business community having to go out to get answers, we have experts, people in the industry who are coming here to share (knowledge) that will be vital to our community as this industry goes forward," she said.

The seminar is priced at $50 for Chamber or Progress Alliance members and $75 for nonmember businesses.

The agenda is as follows:

10:15 a.m., "Everything You Wanted to Know About Shale But...," Rhonda Reda, executive director Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program;

10:45 a.m., "The Supply Chain: Where Do You Fit?" Jim Ladlee, associate director MCOR and director of special initiatives Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center.

12:15 p.m., "The State of Shale" keynote address, Tom Stewart, executive vice president of Ohio Oil and Gas Association.

The afternoon will offer opportunities to sit in on two of six possible breakout sessions:

1:15 p.m., Master services agreements and IS Networld; Strategies for entering the supply stream (Hess and Chesapeake); Marketing your business or a discussion of EID Employment Website and a screening of "Truthland."

2:15 p.m., Panel discussion on the economic impact of shale; Strategies for entering the supply stream; Employee hiring and retention; or Strategies for business growth.

The afternoon session will conclude with a panel discussion, "Why Jefferson County?" featuring representatives of Express Energy, Premier Pump, Heavy Duty Industrial Services, EMS and Hess, followed by a networking event.

The afternoon speakers include Mark Oschenfeld and Liz Carter, Carter Consulting; Chesapeake Energy's Mark Matusick, manager of corporate development; Hess Energy's Michelle Woerner, global supply chain specialist; Greg Hamilton, GCH Ventures; Shawn Bennett, Ohio Energy in Depth; Linda Woggon, executive vice president of the Ohio Chamber and executive director of the Ohio Shale Coalition; Amy Rutledge, executive director of the Carroll County Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Washington County Commissioner Harlan G. Shober Jr. and Joe Belinsky, Small Business Development Center adviser.

"It's all designed to accomplish one of the goals we've had from the start, to provide local businesses with as many opportunities as we could to potentially grow by getting involved with the shale industry," Looman said, adding they're hoping to "pack the place" with area business leaders. "It's kind of like what we did back in December, when Joe Barone was here. We were told that day by a couple different businesses that they really picked up some ideas. We hope we have people walk out of here Monday and say, 'Hey, I picked up some good, positive information today that will help my business."

Hershey said it's a value-added networking opportunity for Chamber and Progress Alliance members.

"It's going to provide knowledge at an affordable price, in an industry our community will benefit from," she said. "We think we've assembled an all-star cast to present information about this industry."

For information, call the chamber at (740) 282-6226.

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