Kutztown >> The Kutztown University Small Business Development Center has announced the appointment of Josephina Encarnacion as the new Latino Business Resource Center (LBRC) director.

Encarnacion studied marketing at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Dominican Republic. She has a master's in science from Capella University and an MBA from Alvernia University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

She has 19 years of employment history in Berks County which includes 16-years working in the nonprofit sector as well as the healthcare industry. Encarnacion has served in different government boards such as Service Access and Management and the Reading Housing Authority. She has been an adjunct faculty at the Reading Area Community College teaching microeconomics and financial management. Her expertise is in human resource management, business administration, business start-up, childcare management, and food service management.

In addition, Encarnacion is a former owner of a coffee shop in Reading and currently owns a child care center.

For more information about the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, email SBDC@kutztown.edu or call 1-877-472-7232. The Kutztown University Small Business Development Center is located at 15155 Kutztown Road, Kutztown,.

For additional information, visit Kutztown University online at www.kutztown.edu.


Berks County Chick-fil-A locations partner with food bank >> Three Chick-fil-A locations in Berks County are working with the Greater Berks Food Bank for a fundraiser to help build its Weekender Backpack Program.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Chick-fil-A Exeter, Chick-fil-A Broadcasting Square and Chick-fil-A Berkshire Mall will donate a portion of total sales to the backpack program, which sends healthy food home with 1,500 students in Berks and Schuylkill counties on Fridays during the school year.

Similar backpack programs are in place nationwide, stemming from the fact that school nurses were finding that low-income students were coming to school on Mondays with headaches and upset stomachs because they hadn't eaten enough over the weekend for lack of food in their homes.

The Greater Berks Food Bank's Weekender Backpack Program has 18 total sites in elementary schools -- 10 in Berks County -- including Daniel Boone, Exeter and Antietam. Throughout the 18 sites, the food bank distributes about 1,500 backpacks full of food each Friday during the school year.

Chick-fil-A Exeter (www.chick-fil-a.com/exeter) is owned and operated by Shawn Filby. Chick-fil-A Broadcasting Square is owned and operated by Scott Keiser (www.chick-fil-a.com/broadcastingsquare), and Chick-fil-A Berkshire Mall (www.chick-fil-a.com/berkshiremall) is owned and operated by Bradley Burkholder.

For more information about the Greater Berks Food Bank visit www.berksfoodbank.org

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