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April Business Matters Hits Newsstands

April 2, 2024

April Business Matters Hits Newsstands

Thanks again to our partner The Press Enterprise, the newest edition of Business Matters has officially hit newsstands (today)!  Inside the edition, you'll see a recap of the last quarter's member news highlights, ribbon cuttings, events, and more.  You'll also learn about upcoming programs and events, and business news that will impact your business in the coming months.  Special thanks to Special Editions Editor Shawn Stair for another wonderful publication.

Check out the edition here!

 

Think Twice Before Hiring or Promoting “Brilliant Jerks”

April 2, 2024

Think Twice Before Hiring or Promoting “Brilliant Jerks”

  • Arianna Huffington criticizes valuing employees solely on brilliance, coining the term "brilliant jerks" for talented yet toxic workers
  •  "Brilliant jerks" can hide their toxic behaviors behind exceptional performance, complicating their identification and the management of their negative impact.
  • Their presence can damage team unity, foster a toxic work environment, decrease morale and productivity, and lead to significant financial losses.
  • Tolerating or rewarding such behavior normalizes toxicity and can drive away talented individuals, damaging the company's reputation and its ability to attract and retain top talent.
  • Leaders often struggle to address these individuals due to their perceived value, despite the negative consequences on the team and overall work environment.
  • Identifying toxic traits early, emphasizing emotional intelligence, and fostering teamwork in hiring and promotion processes can help create a healthier, more productive work environment.

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Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of The Huffington Post, famously criticized the practice of valuing employees solely based on their brilliance. She coined the term "brilliant jerks" for those who excel in their job but have a negative impact on the workplace. While it can be tempting to ignore interpersonal flaws for talent's sake, promoting or hiring such individuals often leads to long-term harm. Here, we delve into why this approach is problematic and highlight warning signs of toxic traits.

Identifying "brilliant jerks" at work can be tricky. Their exceptional performance and creativity may hide toxic behaviors, making it hard for supervisors and colleagues to address their negative impact. Sometimes, these individuals are socially adept, which complicates recognizing their harmful traits. This dual nature causes confusion, as their value as high performers clashes with their negative influence. Their behavior might be situationally toxic, especially under stress, making it challenging to address effectively.

The problem is "brilliant jerks" can significantly impede team unity. Their arrogance or aggression can foster a toxic environment, resulting in reduced morale and productivity among team members. When collaboration and mutual respect are undermined, innovation and efficiency are inevitably impacted. Studies indicate that toxic work environments lead to nearly $50 billion in annual losses for U.S. businesses, with a toxic culture being the leading cause of employee turnover in the initial six months of the Great Resignation.

Unfortunately, tolerating or rewarding such behavior promotes disrespect, egoism, and a lack of empathy. This can normalize toxicity, driving away talented individuals who seek a positive work environment. In the long run, it undermines trust and collaboration, crucial for innovation and support. This damages the company's reputation and makes it hard to attract and keep top talent who value a healthy workplace.

Dealing with these individuals can be tough due to their perceived value, even if their behavior is harmful. Leaders may fear losing their skills or impacting key projects, leading to tolerance of their actions. The misconception that high performers can behave differently can cloud decision-making, sending the wrong message to the team.

It can be difficult to spot 'brilliant jerks' in the hiring process, but these red flags can help draw attention to traits that may overshadow stellar performance. If you do hire someone with these qualities by mistake, Huffington advises business leaders to act quickly: “Don't go there. And if you go there by mistake, fire them as fast as possible.”

 

Red Flags of Toxic Traits:

  1. Empathy Deficit: Failing to grasp or appreciate others' feelings and viewpoints.
  2. Excessive Arrogance: Constantly asserting superiority over colleagues and disregarding their ideas outright.
  3. Resistance to Feedback: Being defensive towards criticism, viewing it as a personal attack rather than a chance for improvement.
  4. Manipulative Tactics: Using deceit or coercion to further personal objectives at the expense of others. "Brilliant jerks" love sharing private information in the form of 'secrets.'
  5. Social Withdrawal: Drifting apart from team activities and discussions, either by choice or due to others' reactions.

 

Recognizing these red flags is crucial for fostering a healthy work environment. By placing a strong emphasis on emotional intelligence and teamwork during the hiring and promotion processes, organizations can cultivate a culture characterized by mutual respect and seamless collaboration. This, in turn, paves the way for achieving long-term success and sustainable growth.

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The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is a private non-profit organization that aims to support the growth and development of local businesses and our regional economy. We strive to create content that not only educates but also fosters a sense of connection and collaboration among our readers. Join us as we explore topics such as economic development, networking opportunities, upcoming events, and success stories from our vibrant community. Our resources provide insights, advice, and news that are relevant to business owners, entrepreneurs, and community members alike.

New Member Highlight-Lead EZ Solutions

March 27, 2024

New Member Highlight-Lead EZ Solutions

The intent of Lead EZ Solutions is to provide personalized professional development to each client once it is determined what they need to succeed personally and professionally. This includes Board development, staff development, and one-on-one development.

Owner Holly Morrison's expertise and background includes education, philanthropy and nonprofit work, strategic planning facilitation and leadership development.

Connect with Lead EZ Solutions at (570) 380-3305.

Member News March 27, 2024

March 27, 2024

Member News March 27, 2024

What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Contest Voting open NOW!

Central Susquehanna What's So Cool About Manufacturing? video contest. voting is open from thru 11:59 P.M. on March 28th. Vote for your favorite video as many times as you'd like. The contest videos were created by students from Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Mount Carmel, Huntingdon, Williamsport and Southern Columbia middle schools and feature the following manufacturers: West Pharmaceutical Services, Bloomsburg Carpet, Gardners Candies, GAF, Great Dane, and Press Enterprise. The 2024 Central Susquehanna What’s So Cool About Manufacturing contest is produced by IMC, CSIU, The Foundation of The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, BLaST IU 17 and Advance Central PA.

Pure Health By Andrea Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

On March 21st, Pure Health by Andrea celebrated its 3rd Anniversary with a ribbon cutting and reception.  The Chamber was on hand to help with the ribbon cutting and join in on the celebration.

Bloomsburg Children's Museum Announce April Program

Garden Party to Benefit Ronald McDonald House of Danville

A captivating evening amidst the beauty of spring at Garden Party at Dark. On April 5th, put on your finest cocktail attire and head to the AEREA in Milton, PA from 6:30-10pm.  The evening will feature music, entertainment, silent auction, cocktails, and more! Get your tickets here.

Bloomsburg Rotary PB & J Drive underway

Now through April 25th the Bloomsburg Rotary is collecting PB & Jelly to be distributed through the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.  Get a list of drop off locations here.

Tanks on the Loose

The Stuart Tank Memorial Association announces the nearing completion of the restoration of "Lady Lois", our M3A1 Stuart Light Tank, with a parade and museum open house on April 14th in Berwick.  For more information, contact Tom McLaughlin at tomm3a1@gmail.com.

Bloomsburg YMCA hosting Healthy Kids Day April 20th

Healthy Kids Day is on April 20th, 2024 and partners with the Bloomsburg Children's Museum Mini Maker Faire. This event will last from 10AM until 4PM.  There will be free crafts, activities, games and sports for children and their families to take part in including a mini farm market, skee ball, inflatable soccer, sand art, and more! 

Servpro of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties offering CE classes

5 CE classes will be offered by Servpro of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties.  Get the full schedule.

Renaissance Jamboree April 27th

Renaissance Jamboree will be happening Rain or shine 10 am - 5:00 pm on April 27th at Main and Market Streets in Downtown Bloomsburg. Get all the details here.

United In Recovery Naloxone Distribution Dates

United in Recovery is organizing free community naloxone giveaways. Community members can pick up naloxone kits along with information on substance use disorder treatment, counseling services, peer support, and basic needs assistance. Fentanyl and xylazine testing strips, along with other harm reduction, recovery, and treatment resources, are also available. Get a list of locations and dates here.

April Weis Center for the Performing Arts Shows

PCT Offering Professional Development Classes

Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering training across a broad spectrum of topics. From the novice learning a new program or skill, to seasoned users aiming to hone the most advanced skills, our vast library of available course topics meets the needs of any business.  Check out their upcoming Training opportunities flyer.

BOOM Camps happening

Better Orientation Onboarding & Mentoring (BOOM) Camps will be hosted free and online April - July.  Get dates, session topics and to register by clicking here.

Free NonProfit and Municipality Workshop April 17th

As part of the Columbia County Placemaking Initiative, there will be a free workshop to help nonprofits and municipalities in Columbia County find and prepare competitive state and federal grant applications. The workshop will be in Bloomsburg on Wednesday, April 17 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Community Giving Foundation: Danville announces "Neighbor of the Year" award

The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Event Committee and Community Giving Foundation: Danville are pleased to announce the 2024 Robert N. Pursel Award for “Neighbor of the Year”—Bob Stoudt. Bob will receive the award at the upcoming event on April 20th at the Pine Barn Inn. More information about the event is available at csgiving.org/neighbors.

DCDC "Dinner and a Show"

Put two sharp-witted and talented musicians onstage with two grand pianos, and add a roomful of people: The result is an evening of fast, funny, unforgettable entertainment. There will be auction items and other surprises as well in honor of DCDC’s 50th Anniversary, and we hope for you to join us at the Pine Barn Inn for a grand celebration! Check out sponsorship and Tickets on sale now!

Penn College to host Baja SAE Competition in May

Baja SAE challenges engineering students to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and in some competitions, water. Penn College will host a Baja SAE international competition, May 16–19, 2024, at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s heavy construction equipment operations training site. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the BAJA SAE Williamsport and ways to support the team.

Save the Date for Agapepalooza

Save the Date for Agapepalooza July 20th, 2024.  This is a day of free fun for the whole family with activities, local vendors, and food. Learn more.

The Role of Flexibility: Adapting to Trends in 2024

March 26, 2024

The Role of Flexibility: Adapting to Trends in 2024

Source: Angie Miller, McKonly & Asbury

I recently read the article “10 Finance and Accounting Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2024,” and one of the keywords in the article stuck out to me as a hot topic across many industries—flexibility.

As 2024 continues, both the accounting and manufacturing industries face challenges with uncertain economic conditions. Rapid data flow and technological advancements have and continue to reshape both these industries, which calls for flexibility from professionals to adapt to evolving trends and mitigate the ever-changing risks. Let’s explore how the underlying need for flexibility in accounting is similar to that of the manufacturing industry, particularly in the face of economic uncertainty.

Flexibility in Response to Economic Uncertainty
Accounting and manufacturing industries are no strangers to economic fluctuations. Both have experienced the ripple effects of market downturns, supply chain disruptions, and shifting consumer demand. In such uncertain times, flexibility becomes a key factor of success for both industries. Just as manufacturing companies adjust production schedules, inventory levels, and sourcing strategies to respond to changing market conditions, accountants must adapt financial strategies, budgeting/forecasts, and risk management approaches to mitigate the impact of volatility in the economy.

Adapting to Technology
The integration of technology has revolutionized accounting and manufacturing practices by driving automation, streamlining various processes, and enhancing productivity. Whether implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system in manufacturing or adopting cloud-based accounting software in accounting, flexibility enables professionals to use technology’s full potential to drive innovation and growth in their industries.

In 2024, businesses operate in an era of real-time data, where significant amounts of information are generated and processed instantaneously. The advancement in tools and technologies provides endless opportunities to extract meaningful insights from this data. Professionals in these industries need to keep a flexible mindset, as they must continuously update their skill sets and be open to learning new technologies to remain competitive and leverage emerging tools to their advantage.

Navigating Cybersecurity Risks
With the growth of technology and digital data comes the challenge of increased cybersecurity risks and data privacy concerns. Organizations should exercise flexibility by implementing strong cybersecurity measures and ensuring compliance with various data protection regulations while balancing the need for data to be accessible and usable for the professionals at their organizations. These cybersecurity measures can involve multiple activities for organizations, like collaborating with cybersecurity experts, investing in secure data management systems, and staying vigilant against emerging cyber threats. Flexibility is essential for professionals as they adapt to these frequently evolving cybersecurity risks, and their organizations implement measures to safeguard sensitive information. They should maintain a positive attitude while staying up to date on IT training and remaining vigilant to the newest scams, no matter how tempting that ‘Free T-Shirt’ email appears to be.

In summary, the accounting and manufacturing industries can navigate uncertain economic conditions with a shared emphasis on flexibility and adaptability. Both sectors should embrace flexibility and respond quickly to changing market dynamics, leverage new technology, and mitigate risks to remain resilient and position their organizations for growth and long-term success.

“We always have to be adapting because it’s always hard. If it were easy, we would all sit back, feet up, on the beach.” – Dr. John W. Mitchell, Forbes Book Author

Please reach out to a member of our Manufacturing & Distribution team for more information on the topic outlined above. For more information regarding our Manufacturing & Distribution experience, visit our Manufacturing & Distribution page.

Last Week In the Legislature

March 26, 2024

Last Week In the Legislature

Source: PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate returned to Harrisburg last week to kick off the first voting session of the year. Here’s a rundown of some of the action that occurred last week in the Legislature relevant to employers.

Data Privacy (H.B. 1201)

The House of Representatives voted 139-62 to pass House Bill 1201 on Monday.

This bill would regulate the collection and use of consumers’ data by providing consumers with certain rights and requiring businesses to protect and limit collection of personal data.

The PA Chamber believes a national framework for data privacy regulation is preferable to protect consumer data, promote transparency, and provide regulatory certainty in the marketplace, rather than a patchwork of state and local laws. Congress, however, has not yet advanced consumer data privacy legislation, and in the meantime, 11 states have adopted data privacy laws.

We have advocated that if lawmakers are to advance data privacy legislation at the state level, they should look to states such as Virginia and Connecticut, which crafted their laws with input from the business community.

Several key PA Chamber recommendations have been incorporated into H.B. 1201, including exempting already regulated employers and ensuring may continue to offer popular customer rewards and loyalty programs. At the same time, concerns with the bill remain, including the low threshold for covered entities (currently triggered when an employer obtains the data of 50,000 individuals) and a short compliance window (six months) that will make it difficult for small businesses.

We urge lawmakers to continue working to improve H.B. 1201 and incorporating feedback from affected employers (CLICK HERE for our memo) as the legislation now heads to the Senate.

Employer 529 Savings Tax Credit (H.B. 1745)

The House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass House Bill 1745 on Wednesday.

This legislation would create a credit for employer contributions to 529 tuition savings accounts. Any employer that contributes to an account owned by an employee under the Tuition Account Program would be able to claim a tax credit against its state tax liability.

The amount of the tax credit would be equal to 25 percent of the employer’s aggregate contributions made to accounts owned by employees during the tax year. The total amount of contributions that an employer may make to accounts owned by employees would not exceed $500 per employee during the tax year. This legislation now heads to the Senate.

Lowering the Commercial Driver’s License Age (H.R. 322)

The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously to report House Resolution 322 out of Committee on Monday.

This resolution would urge Congress to pass legislation to allow individuals under the age of 21 with a Commercial Driver’s License to drive across state lines and participate in interstate commerce.

Trucking companies report significant workforce shortages, which is a challenge for their industry and the many businesses and customers that rely on trucking to move goods to market. While individuals can obtain a CDL in Pennsylvania at age 18, federal law prohibits drivers from crossing state lines until the age of 21, which limits opportunities at an early stage in their career and exacerbates workforce challenges for the industry.

We supported this legislation (CLICK HERE for our memo). It now heads to the full House for final consideration.

Social Media Access for Minors (H.B. 2017)

The House Consumer Protection, Technology & Utilities Committee voted 21-4 to report House Bill 2017 out of committee on Tuesday.

This legislation would require social media companies to monitor the chats of two or more minors on the platform and notify parents or legal guardians of flagged sensitive or graphic content. Additionally, the bill would require consent from a parent or legal guardian for anyone under 16 to open a social media account and notify parents or legal guardians if a child under 16 opens a social media account without consent. The bill would also prohibit data mining for users under the age of 18 and allow any individual to request the deletion of data that was mined while they were under the age of 18.

The bill originally included a private cause of action and concurrent jurisdiction for local district attorneys and other governmental entities such as school districts. The PA Chamber supported an amendment offered by Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) that instead gives the Attorney General exclusive jurisdiction. The amendment passed by a vote of 24-1.

This legislation now heads to the full House for consideration.

Critical Infrastructure Trespass/Vandalism (S.B. 819)

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9-5 to report Senate Bill 819 out of committee on Tuesday.

This legislation would increase criminal penalties against individuals who knowingly trespass onto or vandalize critical infrastructure facilities. The legislation also establishes civil liability and allows the owner of a critical infrastructure facility to recover damages from someone convicted of trespass or vandalism.

Assets such as water treatment facilities, pipelines, telecommunications, dams, ports, and manufacturing facilities are vitally important to the well-being of our economy and to the health and safety of our citizens. This legislation puts in place reasonable measures to protect these assets.

We supported this legislation (CLICK HERE for our memo), which now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

Clarifying Flexibility for Work from Home (S.B. 416)

The Senate Finance Committee voted 7-4 to advance Senate Bill 416 on Wednesday.

This legislation would clarify that the imposition of corporate net income tax for out-of-state employers shall not include employees who are residents of Pennsylvania and who work from home during fewer than 50 percent of their normal working hours on an annual basis.

Businesses have seen a significant increase in remote workers post-COVID-19. This legislation provides relief to out-of-state companies via an exemption from triggering the CNIT for their employees who are residents of Pennsylvania.

We supported this legislation (CLICK HERE for our memo), which now awaits further action by the full Senate.

Optional Entity-Level SALT Cap Workaround (S.B. 659)

The Senate Finance Committee also voted 9-2 to advance Senate Bill 659 on Wednesday.

This legislation would allow Pennsylvania partnerships or S-corporations to elect to recognize income from the operation of the business at the entity level, as opposed to the existing pass-through methodology used for income tax purposes.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) imposed a $10,000 limit on the maximum deduction taxpayers may claim for certain state and local taxes through 2025 on individuals but not business entities. This bill would shift state tax liabilities for pass-through entities’ (PTEs) income from the individual back to the PTE, providing relief to owners and shareholders.

We supported this legislation (CLICK HERE for our memo), which now awaits further Senate action.

The Senate Finance Committee also voted 7-4 to advance Senate Bill 1051 on Wednesday.

This legislation would allow the Pennsylvania Board of Finance and Revenue (BF&R) to consider late-filed tax appeals from the Department of Revenue (DOR) if the taxpayer shows good cause. It also establishes a settlement process at the BF&R as an alternative to the formal and lengthy court appeals process.

Taxpayers who disagree with a final decision made by DOR currently have 60 days to appeal the decision to the BF&R. Without the ability to accept late-filed appeals, cases are dismissed on technicality rather than on merit. The ability to settle disputes at the BF&R will provide for a quicker and fairer resolution to tax disputes, particularly for smaller businesses that do not have the resources for a drawn-out appeals process or litigation in the Commonwealth Court.

We supported this legislation (CLICK HERE for our memo), which now awaits further Senate action.

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Founded in 1916, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.

Leadership Impact: Navigating Talent Turnover and Fostering a Thriving Company Culture

March 26, 2024

Leadership Impact: Navigating Talent Turnover and Fostering a Thriving Company Culture

  • Talent turnover leads to significant loss of knowledge and potential, often driven by stressful management.
  • Financially, replacing an employee can cost up to double their salary and trigger a domino effect causing multiple departures.
  • This turnover negatively impacts employee morale and company culture, potentially creating a toxic work environment.
  • By investing in leadership development, businesses can minimize these effects and improve work culture.
  • Regularly evaluating leadership effectiveness and investing in management relationships can prevent high turnover and promote business growth.

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Talent turnover isn’t simply about losing one person. It's about losing a significant amount of knowledge and potential. In a study on workplace satisfaction, 75% of workers reported that their immediate boss was the most stressful part of their job. And that stress has a cost. While your best workers may be attracted to the company mission, a big reason they often leave is the manager.

The Financial Impact of Talent Turnover

Unfortunately, the cost of one person leaving can be substantial. According to Gallup research, replacing an employee can cost up to one half to double their salary. Plus, when one person leaves, it can trigger a domino effect leading to more departures. When multiple employees leave, studies have found a problem manager is often to blame and, in addition to the lost talent, employee performance drops across the board. From profit margin to customer service, turnover weakens a company’s brand and bottom line.

The Silent Killer: Turnover’s Effect on Morale & Company Culture 

It’s common for employees to build relationships with their co-workers. When one person leaves, employee morale takes a hit. Instead of seeing their friend at work, an employee might need to cover that person's work until someone new is hired. Losing a professional relationship and taking on more work compounds the negative effects on staff. And if management contributed to the voluntary exit, then that worker may be the next to give notice.

Unsurprisingly, negative experiences stick around, disrupting the harmony within the company. If the leadership isn't effective, it can turn the workplace from a place where ideas thrive into an environment where everyone treads carefully. This downward spiral not only hurts productivity it also affects the happy workplace culture business owners want.

 

The Good News: Managers Are Also Part of the Solution

Leadership isn't instinctive; it’s a skill that needs to be developed. The same research that found that turnover negatively affected workplace performance also found that good leadership could minimize these effects. When business owners invest in training their leaders, managers gain the necessary people and performance skills that improve work culture.

 

Management Training

Investment can take many forms, such as leadership retreats, one-on-one coaching sessions, or pairing managers with mentors within the company. The goal is to cultivate a group of bosses who truly understand their teams. According to Wharton Business School, professional development empowers leaders with new skills and knowledge, which in turn provides a better skilled workforce, increases workplace satisfaction, and decreases turnover. 

 

Recognizing When It's Not Working

Sometimes, a leader and their position just don't fit. Making difficult decisions about leadership is hard but necessary. Pay attention to more turnover from the same department, which will often point you in the direction of the problem. Delaying could mean your business is stuck instead of moving forward.

 

The Bottom Line

Leaders often mention their teams when discussing business success, but managers are often left to navigate alone. The reality is that managers are the stabilizing force that keeps the team in good shape.

If your business has been experiencing more turnover, experts advise looking beyond more money or benefits. Look closely at your team culture, especially at those in leadership positions. Often, that's where you'll find the problems. And that's where you can fix them—with effective leadership.

Invest in your management relationships. In business, retention and progress go hand in hand. You’ve worked hard to build your business. Don't let a misstep from the top send your best employees looking for new opportunities.

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The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is a private non-profit organization that aims to support the growth and development of local businesses and our regional economy. We strive to create content that not only educates but also fosters a sense of connection and collaboration among our readers. Join us as we explore topics such as economic development, networking opportunities, upcoming events, and success stories from our vibrant community. Our resources provide insights, advice, and news that are relevant to business owners, entrepreneurs, and community members alike.

Member News March 20, 2024

March 20, 2024

Member News March 20, 2024

Celebrate SBDC Day Today

There’s still time to register for the SBDC Day webinar, “SBA Loan Programs”! Dive into the world of Small Business Administration loans: from the basics and borrower eligibility to program details and pursuing your loan. Join in celebrating SBDC Day along with 1,000 SBDCs nationwide! Register between now and 4pm and be part of the celebration!

Service 1st Announces Shaffer as Marketing Manager

Service 1st Federal Credit Union recently welcomed Jeff Shaffer to the team as its new Marketing Manager. Shaffer brings along nearly 20 years of experience in communications, public relations, and marketing. Welcome Jeff!

Berwick Historical Society Celebrates with Ribbon Cutting

On March 16th the Ross & Boone Gift Shoppe at the Jackson Mansion and Carriage House, the newest facility of the Berwick Historical Society opened with a ribbon-cutting celebration. The new gift shop makes possible future development at the carriage house, and Jim Stout tells us great things are coming soon, especially for kids!

Second Annual: Doggie Easter Egg Hunt

Join Apollo Point Apartments for the second annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt at Apollo Point Apartments on March 23rd at 10 am! All furry friends, regardless of size, are invited to join in the fun. See you there!

Press Enterprise Bracketeers Contest Open

Think you know college basketball.  Enter the Press Enterprise's annual Bracketeers contest sponsored by PenTele Data.  Entries are accepted until 11:00 March 21st.

Traditional Irish Music Comes to the Weis Center

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Irish music ensemble Dervish on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Learn more.

CSO T-Shirt contest voting now

Central Susquehanna Opportunities asked their staff to create a design to be featured on a new CSO t-shirt.  They need your help picking the winning design.  Go to their Facebook page to vote. Voting is open until Thursday 3/21 at 8 pm! The winning design will be announced on Friday 3/22!

Easter Eggstravaganza: A Joint Celebration with Bloomsburg YMCA and Children's Museum

Bloomsburg YMCA and Bloomsburg Children's Museum on Saturday, March 23rd for a special Easter event! The Bloomsburg Children's Museum starts the day with Chick & Bunny Day (10 AM - Noon), featuring photo opportunities with adorable chicks and bunnies. Then, hop over to the Bloomsburg Area YMCA for an Easter Egg Hunt (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM). Don't miss this fun-filled day for the whole family! 🐇

PA Bureau of Workers' Compensation PATHS Free Safety Webinars

The Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Health & Safety Division will offer multiple free safety webinars in March 2024. To register, simply click on the topic title and complete the registration form before the day of the presentation

Garden Party to Benefit Ronald McDonald House of Danville

A captivating evening amidst the beauty of spring at Garden Party at Dark. On April 5th, put on your finest cocktail attire and head to the AEREA in Milton, PA from 6:30-10pm.  The evening will feature music, entertainment, silent auction, cocktails, and more! Get your tickets here.

Tanks on the Loose

The Stuart Tank Memorial Association announces the nearing completion of the restoration of "Lady Lois", our M3A1 Stuart Light Tank, with a parade and museum open house on April 14th in Berwick.  For more information, contact Tom McLaughlin at tomm3a1@gmail.com.

Servpro of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties offering CE classes

5 CE classes will be offered by Servpro of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties.  Get the full schedule.

United In Recovery Naloxone Distribution Dates

United in Recovery is organizing free community naloxone giveaways. Community members can pick up naloxone kits along with information on substance use disorder treatment, counseling services, peer support, and basic needs assistance. Fentanyl and xylazine testing strips, along with other harm reduction, recovery, and treatment resources, are also available. Get a list of locations and dates here.

PCT Offering Professional Development Classes

Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering training across a broad spectrum of topics. From the novice learning a new program or skill, to seasoned users aiming to hone the most advanced skills, our vast library of available course topics meets the needs of any business.  Check out their upcoming Training opportunities flyer.

Free NonProfit and Municipality Workshop April 17th

As part of the Columbia County Placemaking Initiative, there will be a free workshop to help nonprofits and municipalities in Columbia County find and prepare competitive state and federal grant applications. The workshop will be in Bloomsburg on Wednesday, April 17 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Click here to register.

DCDC "Dinner and a Show"

Put two sharp-witted and talented musicians onstage with two grand pianos, and add a roomful of people: The result is an evening of fast, funny, unforgettable entertainment. There will be auction items and other surprises as well in honor of DCDC’s 50th Anniversary, and we hope for you to join us at the Pine Barn Inn for a grand celebration! Check out sponsorship and Tickets on sale now!

Penn College to host Baja SAE Competition in May

Baja SAE challenges engineering students to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and in some competitions, water. Penn College will host a Baja SAE international competition, May 16–19, 2024, at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s heavy construction equipment operations training site. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the BAJA SAE Williamsport and ways to support the team.

Save the Date for Agapepalooza

Save the Date for Agapepalooza July 20th, 2024.  This is a day of free fun for the whole family with activities, local vendors, and food. Learn more.

New Member Highlight-JS Demott Trucking

March 20, 2024

New Member Highlight-JS Demott Trucking

Jarrod DeMott, owner and operator of JS DeMott Trucking, has been established since April 2002. Jarrod enjoys delivering aggregate for homeowners.

In addition, he is leased to a large local construction material company hauling aggregate to Penn Dot roading building jobs such as The Susquehanna Throughway Project and other various projects, including local municipalities.

His business is located in Millville, PA. To connect with JS Demott Trucking call (570) 441-2331.

PA CHAMBER REACTS TO SHAPIRO’S ENERGY PLAN

March 20, 2024

PA CHAMBER REACTS TO SHAPIRO’S ENERGY PLAN

Source: PA Chamber of Business and Industry

The first is a state-specific cap-and-invest program known as the Pennsylvania Climate Emissions Reduction Act (PACER), which the governor framed as an alternative to Pennsylvania’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

The other proposal, called the Pennsylvania Reliable Energy Sustainability Standard (PRESS), would require that 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from diverse sources by 2035, including 35 percent from clean energy such as solar and wind, 10 percent from sustainable sources like hydropower and battery storage, and five percent from low-emission natural gas and other fuels.

In response, PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein released the following statement:

“We all share the goals of protecting our environment and growing our economy – and, one does not have to come at the expense of the other. Pennsylvania is a global leader in energy production and reducing emissions, and policies going forward should build on this progress. We await details on the governor’s proposals, which raise significant questions and concerns about the impacts on our residents, businesses, the environment, and our economy. We encourage the governor to work in a collaborative way with additional stakeholders and the legislature to address important questions pertaining to the short- and long-term impacts of these policies and develop the best plan for Pennsylvania.”

You can read more about the governor’s proposal (and the initial response from Pennsylvania’s business community) in the Central Penn Business Journal and the Pennsylvania Business Report.

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Founded in 1916, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.

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