BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
WyomingCountybusinesses interested in expanding their horizons by tapping into the Marcellus shale gas boom will have a golden opportunity tonight.
Maureen Dispenza of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce said some 67 businesses have been signed up for the Chamber’s Second Annual GasExpo from5 p.m.to8 p.m.as vendors.
In addition to giving local business an opportunity to explore greater business opportunities, there will be some presentations offered as background.
At5:45 p.m.and again at 7, Williams will be addressing Master Service Agreements: Why you Need One and How to Complete It.”
At5:30 p.m.and again at6:45, Taylor Rental/BX3 and PAGasDirectory.com and ShaleDirectories.com will address “Local business and the Gas Industry.”
And, at7:25 p.m., Chief will provide an overview of ‘Marcellus Resources.’
Williams’ Helen Humphreys said that many companies like hers require a standardMSAor Master Service Agreement and the program will try to take the mystique out of what that is.
She noted that approved vendors in many cases must also register with the IS Network.
She said that both standards “really open doors to local contractors and protect both parties.”
“Though not a difficult process to get anMSA, it is a process,” Humphreys said, and she hopes people will attend the sessions to understand why safety is a #1 priority.
Dispenza said Tuesday that the Chamber had been getting a number of inquiries from individuals looking for jobs in the gas industry, but what’s happening Wednesday night is not the forum to do that.
She noted the Chamber held a Job Fair on Sept. 14 and many of the vendors there are still looking to fill positions.
She said that individuals looking for work should visit the Chamber website at http://wyccc.com/ and click on the link for ‘JobFair” and then go to the links given to inquire about work opportunities available.
“Only representatives from legitimate businesses will be granted entrance to Wednesday’s event,” Dispenza said while encouraging businesses across the region to take advantage of this opportunity.
She noted that the evening’s format will include exhibitor participation from gas and oil drilling companies operating in the area, sub-contractors for the gas companies and business professionals.
“You can never have enough business,” she said, and thanked Williams Companies, First Liberty Bank & Trust as well as Taylor Rental/ BX3, for being the night’s sponsors at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort, Route 6, east of Tunkhannock.
For more information, contact Dispenza directly at 836-7755.