North Central PA LaunchBox to host webinar for businesses navigating COVID-19

DUBOIS, Pa. — In ongoing efforts to help small businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis, the North Central LaunchBox has scheduled a free, informative webinar at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

“Mindfulness Tips for Small Businesses During Tough Times” addresses this time of uncertainty and how it has caused many to experience feelings of sadness, fear, and grief. The webinar will admit the difficulty of this time and discuss ways to help our minds cope with this stress. Mindfulness strategies have been shown to alleviate stress and emotional difficulties and can be useful to practice in difficult moments.

The program will explore ways to understand how the brain processes stress, and then offer the practice of some simple mindfulness strategies, recognizing that this time of chaos calls for moments of stillness.

Instructor Blake Colaianne

Instructor Blake Colaianne will offer a webinar, “Mindfulness tips for Small Businesses During Tough Times” on April 16. 

Credit: Penn State

Instructor Blake Colaianne is a doctoral candidate in human development and family studies at Penn State. His research focuses on the use of prevention and promotion programs that teach mindfulness and compassion skills. He has worked with school districts around Pennsylvania, teaching mindfulness and compassion workshops to students, teachers, and community members. Prior to graduate school, Colaianne was a high school science teacher for five years. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Juniata College and holds master’s degrees from Penn State and Harvard University.

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For more information, contact Lori Sabatose at the North Central PA LaunchBox at 814-372-3020 or [email protected]

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