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Customer relation class set

The Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University will present a Customer Relationship Management seminar designed to help business owners manage contacts, e-mails, opportunities, calendar and more without leaving Outlook. The seminar will be held Thursday, 9-11a.m., at 7 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The $20 per person fee includes a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine. Seating is limited and registration is required by Wednesday; call 408-4340.

Free help for nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Monroe and Wyoming counties may submit applications through July 15 for the eighth annual CreateAthon, a 24-hour effort to provide them with professional, creative marketing materials that they otherwise would be unable to afford.

Conducted locally by cds creative, inc., the event will begin at 8 a.m. on Sept. 17 at the offices of Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center in Pittston. Final work will be presented at 9 a.m. the next day.

The selected organizations will be announced on July 30. Applications are available at www.cdscreative.com.

Kodak takes film away

The Eastman Kodak Co. announced Monday it’s retiring its oldest film stock because of declining customer demand in an increasingly digital age.

The world’s first commercially successful color film, immortalized in song by Paul Simon, spent 74 years in Kodak’s portfolio. It enjoyed its heyday in the 1950s and ’60s but in recent years has nudged closer to obscurity: Sales of Kodachrome are now just a fraction of 1 percent of the company’s total sales of still-picture films, and only one commercial lab in the world still processes it.

Mileage may make profit

U.S. automakers have underestimated the importance of fuel efficiency to consumers, but new federal standards are expected to help the companies turn a profit, according to the results of a University of Michigan study released Monday.

Researchers at the U of M Transportation Research Institute said plans for vehicles to be 30 percent more efficient by 2016, along with federal intervention at General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Group, are forcing the companies to pay closer attention to fuel efficiency when designing new cars, something the automakers failed to do in the past.

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