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Member News – September 6, 2023

September 6, 2023

Member News – September 6, 2023

DRIVE Executive Director Appointed to Workforce Development Board

Jennifer Wakeman, Executive Director of DRIVE has been appointed to Governor Josh Shapiro's revamped Workforce Development Board.  Learn more.

Millville Mutual President Elected to State Board

Eric Raski, President of Millville Mutual Insurance Company was recently elected to the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Board of Directors.  Learn more.

Ken Pollock Ford Dealership Hosting Benefit Car Show

The annual Car Show to benefit Johns Hopkins Stepping Stones Transplant Patient Fund is being held at the Ken Pollock Ford Dealership in Berwick on Sunday September 17, 2023. Learn More.

Arconic Foundation Announces 2023 Scholarships

Arconic Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2023 Scholarship Program. The program awards grants of $5,000 to children of Arconic employees to recognize their outstanding achievements and provide financial assistance to help pursue further educational opportunities. Learn about this year's winners.

Fromm Electric to Celebrate 100 years

Join Fromm Electric on September 28th from 11-1 pm at Fromm's Bloomsburg branch for an outdoor BBQ featuring a catered lunch and amazing giveaways from suppliers such as Milwaukee, Signify, and Eaton. The event is "rain or shine,". Find more details.

Martha Graham Dance Company coming to Weis Center

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome the renowned Martha Graham Dance Company (MGDC) on Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Learn more.

United in Recovery announces SCOPE Trainings

SCOPE Trainings provide evidence-based education for first responders, fire, EMS, police, employees, volunteers, and others affiliated with the agency on SUD, especially OUD. See full list of training dates.

Press Enterprise Commercial Printing Goes Social

Press Enterprise Commercial Printing recently created a Facebook page to bring print to a new platform. Follow them at pressenterpriseprinting to see employee and company news, product and service promotions, and production spotlights. Chamber members who follow the page will be entered into a contest. Learn more about the contest here!

CSIU offers a Community Health Worker Training Program

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trained public health professionals who know their community and have the heart for helping others and serving their community. Learn more about the program the CSIU is offering here.

Arts is Bloom welcomes Shayna Steele

Powerhouse vocalist Shayna Steele will kick off the 2023-2024 Season of Arts in Bloom at Commonwealth University-Bloomsburg. Steele, at home singing soul, jazz, and blues, will perform Friday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Learn more.

PA CareerLink, Columbia Montour hosting Job Fair Oct. 5th

The 2023 Columbia-Montour Fall Job Fair will be held on Thursday, October 5th at the LCBC Church campus, 2421 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg, PA. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. and close at 2:00 p.m. Businesses interested in attending can register here. Space is limited.

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak Opens New Office in Wilkes-Barre; Welcomes Attorney Stacey Acri

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, an elder law firm with current locations in State College, Williamsport, Wyalusing and Wysox, Pa., is pleased to announce the opening of its fifth office, located at 273 East Northampton St. in Wilkes-Barre. Additionally, SGY welcomes Attorney Stacey Acri to its staff as an associate attorney. Learn more.

First Columbia Bank Photography back in 2023

The second annual 2023 First Columbia Bank Photography Competition is open for entries. Open to residents within a 50-mile radius of a First Columbia Bank office and local university students! Submit your captivating images by September 29th to photos@firstcolumbiabank.com. Entry is free! Get the registration packet here.

SBDC Fall Training Events

In-person and virtual events are happening at SBDC this fall.  Check out the full schedule.

Covered Bridge Festival happening October 5 - 8

The 41st Annual Covered Bridge & Arts Festival will have something for everyone! The Festival is one of the largest craft festivals on the East Coast, and four-day annual attendance is typically near 150,000 visitors. Learn more.

Bloomsburg Community Luau

Bloomsburg Community Luau, Saturday, September 9, 2023, at the Bloomsburg Town Park starting at 6PM. Enjoy live music and entertainment, great food, fun tropical activities, enter the Tiki Lounge decorating contest, and see Elvis on the outdoor big screen in the classic film Blue Hawaii. Bring a chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the entertainment at the corner of Market Street and Fort McClure Blvd.

Geisinger Environmental Service Department receives National Recognition

The Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) announced recently that the Environmental Services (EVS) Department at Geisinger Medical Center has been honored as Environmental Services Department of the Year among U.S. teams operating in facilities of similar size. Learn More.

Central Susquehanna Opportunities' Financial Workshops open for September

CSO offers a variety of free workshops to help you develop new skills and achieve your life goals. At our Community Action offices in Shamokin, Sunbury, and Bloomsburg, you can learn about budgeting, getting organized, improving your credit score, and more! See the full schedule here.

BTE To Offer Matinees and Workshops for
Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in September

BTE’s production of William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ features special school matinees and workshops for middle and high school students in several regional venues. See venues here.

Glen Brook teaming up for Estate Planning Seminar

Glen Brook Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is hosting a free seminar on estate planning with Eric Young from Steinbacher, Goodall, and Yurchak on September 19th.  Learn More.

Bloomsburg Fair September 22 - 30th

The 168th Bloomsburg Fair will begin on September 22 with a preview day from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Grandstand, admission, parking, and ride tickets are all on sale now! And don't forget to get your exhibits entered. Learn more about the Bloomsburg Fair.

Camp Victory Community Open House Happening September 10th

Check out all the things planned for Camp Victory's 30th Anniversary Open house.

NEPIRC Manufacturing Day: October 13

Join NEPIRC on Friday, October 13th to celebrate the many contributions of our region’s manufacturing industry! At Manufacturing Day, you’ll be able to see product demonstrations; learn more about the cool products made right here in our local communities, and more!

Press Enterprise Commercial Printing Gets Social

September 6, 2023

Press Enterprise Commercial Printing Gets Social

Press Enterprise Commercial Printing recently created a Facebook page to bring print to a new platform. The social media presence will allow them to communicate with businesses, employees, and the public in a whole new way. Follow them at pressenterpriseprinting to see employee and company news, product and service promotions, and production spotlights. Follow them on Facebook and they will follow your business as well.

The Press Enterprise encourages their fellow Chamber members to follow their Facebook page and would like to give each member a chance to win a FREE AD (Valued at $500) in the Daily Newspaper. For your chance to win, FOLLOW their page, SHARE and TAG them in one of their recent posts, and send a DM to say you are a member of the Chamber.

The contest ends September 15th. The winner will be announced on September 20th in the E-Biz Newsletter and contacted about the ad details and information.

In addition to their new social media presence, they recently updated their website, www.pecommercialprinting.com and welcome you to check it out to learn more about how they can provide print solutions and services for your business.

Embracing AI: What Leaders Must Know for Successful Adoption

September 6, 2023

Embracing AI: What Leaders Must Know for Successful Adoption

Source: McKonly & Asbury

Dale Carnegie isn’t new to AI. We’ve been writing about it for years, looking to help leaders better implement it for success. With the advent of technologies like ChatGPT, there’s been a lot more buzz surrounding AI and there’s a lot leaders should know about it. Luckily, we’ve already got you covered.

Here are 8 resources with important truths about AI that can help prepare leaders for using it successfully.

  • Change management is critical for successful AI implementation. AI is transformational to businesses. But successful implementation takes a solid change management plan to ensure leaders are communicating, building trusting relationships, and encouraging employees in their training and use of AI.
  • AI significantly impacts employee engagement. You can’t take people out of the equation when it comes to AI, meaning maintaining person-to-person interactions is critical. When it comes to the employee-manager relationship, leaders need to inspire trust in AI and teach employees to utilize it to the best of their abilities.
  • Employee attitudes will make or break your AI strategy. Employees are the ones pressing the buttons to make AI work, so they had better have a healthy attitude toward it. Trusting in leadership, having transparency surrounding the programs, and earning confidence in their skills are all ways employees can take a more positive attitude toward changes involving AI.
  • Employees need to be confident about using AI. A Dale Carnegie survey found that 65% of employees are concerned that AI will take their job. The best way to inspire employee confidence in AI is to train them not just to use it, but also train them in soft skills that only a human can master.
  • Senior leaders must inspire employee confidence. Directors have strong confidence in senior leaders, but this decreases as we travel down the chain of command. Managers have about half as much trust as directors. And employees have about half the trust that managers do. Senior leaders must inspire trust and confidence to successfully implement AI.
  • Preparation for human and machine partnerships is key. As the Girl Scout motto goes, be prepared. Employees and companies better adopt AI when there is proper preparation (we all know what that prevents). This includes readying employee mindsets to work with AI, modifying job descriptions or task lists, and much more.
  • Don’t overlook the details when using AI. AI will affect everything from employee workload to end-user experience. So, as leaders embark on “The AI Revolution,” they need to think of every angle and every detail. In the end, AI is only useful and successful when integrated with your workforce properly.
  • Generative AI is making big waves. With generative and predictive AI (like ChatGPT), it’s more crucial than ever that leaders help employees remain agile, be resilient, and positively work with AI to enhance their success.

If you want to set yourself and your company up successfully when using AI, then view our latest panel talk — Leading Change: AI and the Future of Organizational Culture. Hear from experts who discuss the impact AI has on employees, how leaders can ensure productivity, the steps necessary to adopt AI practices, and much more.

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Dale Carnegie’s Professional Training Courses offer endless options and unlimited opportunity. You can use their event finder to explore the right fit for you and your organization or take a look at some upcoming classes on our website by clicking here.

Arconic Foundation Announces 2023 Scholarships

September 5, 2023

Arconic Foundation Announces 2023 Scholarships

Arconic Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2023 Scholarship Program. The program awards grants of $5,000 to children of Arconic employees to recognize their outstanding achievements and provide financial assistance to help pursue further educational opportunities. The number of scholarships is limited to 25% of the applicants received. Therefore, of 64 applications, 16 awards were given to Arconic facilities with Kawneer Bloomsburg receiving two of the scholarships. Congratulations to this year’s recipients, Maggie Stauder and Kylie Kingston. Each of their fathers are employees at Kawneer, an Arconic Company.

Maggie Stauder graduated from Southern Columbia School District and will attend Messiah University where she will study Sustainability. Shown in the photo from left are Mindy Stauder, mother; Maggie Stauder, scholarship recipient; Jim Stauder, father and Kawneer Take-Off Technician/Programmer; Bruce Schlichter, Kawneer Plant Manager and Andrew Knipfer, Kawneer Human Resources Manager.

 

Kylie Kingston, a recent graduate of Central Columbia also received a scholarship. Kylie will extend her studies at Bloomsburg University majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education. Gathering for the photo from the left are Angie Kingston, mother; Damion Kingston, father and Extrusion Crew Supervisor for Kawneer; Kylie Kingston, scholarship recipient; Bruce Schlichter, Kawneer Plant Manager and Andrew Knipfer, Kawneer Human Resources Manager.

Boost Your Productivity with These Practical Habits

September 5, 2023

Boost Your Productivity with These Practical Habits

SUMMARY

  • Batching tasks allows you to group similar tasks together and focus on them for a specific period of time, improving concentration and allowing you to monotask rather than multitask.
  • "Eating the frog" is a productivity hack that prioritizes the most difficult task first, leading to feelings of accomplishment that can carry over into the rest of the day/week.
  • Automating your attention by turning off notifications, putting your phone on silent, and using online scheduling helps avoid distractions.
  • Power napping for 10-20 minutes before 2pm (or 5pm for night owls) can improve cognitive function and boost creativity.
  • Incorporating these habits can help increase productivity and make you more efficient - practice proactively to see real results

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Although productivity is an essential component to work and life, it’s not a subject most people learn in school. At first glance, the ability to stay focused, get organized, and finish tasks on time seems to be a talent bestowed at birth on the lucky. Thankful productivity experts have another view. Your productivity does not manifest from your genes but from your habits. The following productivity hacks will help you take control of your time and transform the way you work.

Batch Your Time

Time batching is a technique where you set aside specific timeframes for certain tasks. Instead of jumping from one task to another, time batching allows you to group similar tasks together and focus only on them for a specific period. For example, instead of reading emails throughout the day, you schedule a specific time to read and respond. Likewise, you might set aside specific times each day for returning calls or scheduling appointments. Time batching improves concentration and allows you to monotask rather than multitask, which research has shown to be ineffective. We all wish there was more time in a day. By batching your tasks, you'll be able to work more efficiently, save time, and minimize distractions.

Eat the Frog

American humorist Mark Twain once wrote, “If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.” Productivity experts have latched onto Twain’s metaphor to address the way many people avoid hard tasks. Unfortunately, that avoidance has a cost. Stress, anxiety, and low-energy happen when we put off important work. Much like ripping off a band-aid, ‘eating the frog’ means prioritizing difficult work. Once you've conquered a challenging task, your feeling of accomplishment will carry over into the rest of your day, even your week.

Avoiding Distractions

Distractions can significantly affect productivity. Edward G. Brown, an efficiency and workflow consultant, argues that our biggest time bandits come from momentum loss, starting over, and do-overs because of errors. Nir Ayal, author of Indistracible: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, recommends using technology to automate your attention. Simple habits like turning off notifications during work hours, putting your phone on silent, and having clients book appointments through an online scheduler keeps your attention on your most important work and saves you time throughout your day.

Power Naps

Can sleeping in the daytime really make you more productive? Just ask some of the world’s most successful basketball players like Lebron James or Derrick Rose, who have relied on naps to boost performance. Research shows that it’s not just athletes who benefit from napping. Power naps, defined as a 10-20 minute daytime sleep burst, can help recharge your energy, improve cognitive function, boost your creativity, and improve your work performance. When’s the best time to power nap? Sleep experts recommend before 2pm for most people or as late as 5pm for night owls. When you find yourself reaching for afternoon caffeine, you’ll know it’s time for a quick nap.

The Takeaway

Incorporating productivity habits like time batching, prioritizing hard tasks, avoiding distractions, and power naps are practical ways to increase productivity and become more efficient. By adopting these habits, you'll be able to work smarter, not harder. Start by trying one or two habits for a few weeks and track how your productivity improves. Remember, productivity is like a muscle you develop, so practice everyday to get stronger.

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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.

What You Need to Know About Credit Card Processing

August 31, 2023

What You Need to Know About Credit Card Processing

Source: US Chamber of Commerce

The best way to learn if credit card processing is right for your business is to weigh the pros and cons. Here's what you need to know if you're on the fence about opening a merchant account.

Consumers prefer credit, debit, and digital payment methods

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, “93% of U.S. consumers 18 and older” have a debit or credit card. It said people “rate cards highly for convenience.” Credit and debit cards are easier to carry and use and allow for control over payment timing. Indeed, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta stated, “In every year from 2015 to 2021, credit and debit cards were ranked first and second for convenience compared to other payment methods.”

Likewise, 25% of Paysafe survey respondents said: “They're using digital wallets to pay for online purchases more often than they did a year ago.” Since many credit card processors support mobile payment options like Google Pay or Apple Pay, opening a merchant account can allow customers to choose their preferred methods.

Credit card processing applications and acceptance rates vary by provider

While merchant account providers like Square or PayPal have a relatively quick application process, others require more information. Typically, flat-rate solutions take less time to get approved. They don’t negotiate rates for small businesses with credit card processing volumes under $250,000 annually.

In contrast, merchant providers like National Processing base their rates on a company’s average transaction amount, monthly sales volume, and more. An interchange plus pricing model can be cheaper for businesses with higher processing volumes. It’s a good idea to know common credit card processing terms before comparing providers and rates.

Small companies can recover some credit card processing fees

Yes, swipe fees take a chunk of your small business sales. Fortunately, several well-known credit card processing solutions (StaxSquare, and Elavon) allow merchants to add a payment card surcharge or checkout fee to online and in-store purchases. Business owners must inform customers of the surcharge and follow certain rules. Additionally, there are several ways to reduce your payment processing fees.

Merchant account providers offer various payment processing solutions

Today’s credit card processors understand that businesses and consumers need flexibility. As such, most offer various payment and hardware options. You can decide which methods suit your customers best or add new solutions as your company grows. Partnering with a merchant account provider is a way to expand into new markets and attract a diverse customer base.

Here are some merchant account services offered by credit card processing companies:

  • E-commerce: Payment processors provide gateways for accepting online payments through your existing website or online shop.
  • Contactless payments: With RFID (radio frequency identification), small businesses can let customers tap to pay at the register or curbside.
  • Buy now, pay later (BNPL): Some payment solutions provide BNPL services, allowing customers to pay their bills in installments.
  • Virtual terminal: Many credit card processors offer a free, web-based terminal for processing card-not-present (CNP) sales, like phone or mail orders.
  • Mobile: Digital wallets like Apple, Samsung, Google Pay, PayPal, Venmo, and QR (quick response) codes facilitate payment from a customer’s cell phone. Alternatively, most processors provide mobile apps so business owners can process credit cards from smartphones.
  • Automated Clearing House (ACH): Most merchant service providers charge small fees for electronic, bank-to-bank money transfers for recurring subscriptions.
  • In-store hardware: Payment processing companies may sell or lease physical card readers, all-in-one point-of-sale (POS) systems, and pay-at-the-table devices.

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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.  The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce is a proud member of the US Chamber, the source of this article.

New Member Highlight – Doing Better Business

August 30, 2023

New Member Highlight – Doing Better Business

Since 1973, the Dellaposta family of businesses has continuously evolved to meet the diverse technology needs of organizations of all sizes.  Built on a foundation of service, the company has been committed to putting customers first and responding to their needs well beyond the initial sale.

The employees are advocates for your business and will earn your trust through industry knowledge, customer-focused innovation, flexibility and most of all, integrity.  They work hard to provide the best service at the best price!

Learn more about Doing Better Business.

BUSINESS, LABOR, LAWMAKERS UNITE FOR PERMITTING REFORM

August 30, 2023

BUSINESS, LABOR, LAWMAKERS UNITE FOR PERMITTING REFORM

Source: PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Last Tuesday, state and federal chamber officials hosted a virtual press conference alongside organized labor leaders and a bipartisan pair of state senators to express their shared support for enacting permitting reforms to make Pennsylvania a more competitive state for business.

Senators Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) joined the group to discuss the bipartisan passage of Senate Bill 350, legislation the PA Chamber hailed in a statement as a “generational opportunity” that would lead to “more jobs, greater transparency, and ultimately, a stronger economy.”

During his introductory remarks, U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President of Policy Marty Durbin highlighted the Permit America to Build Coalition, a nationwide advocacy effort calling on federal lawmakers to enact “meaningful, durable permitting reform legislation” by the summer’s end.

“We have over 350 different organizations from every corner of the country and every industry represented,” Durbin said. “Our friends from the environmental community and from organized labor have all come together to say, ‘we have a historic chance here to really make a difference and build this economy of the future.’”

In March, the PA Chamber joined the coalition in sending a letter to Congress, outlining broad support for reforms centered on predictability, efficiency, transparency, and stakeholder input.

“The biggest obstacle we have in front of us right now has been permitting reform,” Durbin continued. “It simply shouldn’t take longer to get a permit than it does to build a project, but that’s what we’re dealing with right now at the federal level. It can take roughly five years on average to get a permit, and many projects take far longer than that.”

“The good news is there’s bipartisan support in Congress for doing something. That is why we are working with our partners at the state level and focusing on the need for us to continue the momentum and to get this over the finish line,” Durbin said.

PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein put it bluntly: “Pennsylvania needs to be more competitive.” He cited the Commonwealth’s notoriously difficult permitting system as part of why the state has seen alarming numbers of businesses and workers leave for other states.

“Pennsylvania loses out on critical investments if we have an antiquated, outdated permitting structure,” Bernstein said. “When we look at recent examples, U.S. Steel just built a $3 billion investment – 900 good-paying jobs, average salary over $100,000/year – in Arkansas.

“And when Gov. Hutchinson announced that U.S. Steel was going to make this infrastructure investment in Arkansas, he said that they would move into the building before they could have ever even gotten a permit here in Pennsylvania,” Bernstein continued. That’s not acceptable.”

Echoing this sentiment, Sen. Phillips-Hill, the prime sponsor of S.B. 350, told the story of one constituent who moved his business to West Virginia and told her he had the new facility up and running faster than he could get the permits necessary to build in Pennsylvania.

“We have a rare and unique opportunity to address the issue,” Phillips-Hill said.

Bernstein pointed to the PA Chamber’s comprehensive permitting reform plan, which offers solutions to modernize and streamline the way permits are reviewed and appealed in the Commonwealth. Additional reforms include actions to save agency resources, address permit deadlines, and establish a set timeframe in which permit decisions must be made.

Many of these reforms are contained within S.B 350, Phillips-Hill’s legislation that passed the Senate earlier this summer. Among its reforms, the bill would require state agencies to evaluate their permit decisions, examine delays, and create a list of all permits offered by state entities.

Additionally, Senate Bill 350 would create an accessible tracking system for applicants to monitor the status of their permit request online – which invited an appetizing analogy:

“If you order a $15 pizza from Domino’s, you can go to their app and see where that pizza is every step of the way,” Bernstein said. “But if you put in for a $15 million permit at DEP, you have no idea where it is in the process. We can streamline that and be more transparent.”

Jeff Nobers, executive director of both the Builder’s Guild of Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Works Together said permitting reforms efforts are supported by organized labor.

“We agree on this wholeheartedly. It’s very logical,” Nobers said. “If businesses can’t get the permits to construct, the trade unions don’t work. Nothing could be more simple than that.”

Sen. Boscola agreed. “Whether it’s building roads, houses, pipelines, solar fields, energy, broadband – you name it,” she told reporters. “These delays can often make or break a project.”

Senate Bill 350 is currently awaiting action in the House State Government Committee.

You can read more coverage from this event in City & State PA, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Business Times, and The Center Square.

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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.

PA SENATE RETURNS TO ANSWER $1.1 BILLION QUESTION

August 30, 2023

PA SENATE RETURNS TO ANSWER $1.1 BILLION QUESTION

Source: PA Chamber of Business and Industry

The Pennsylvania Senate returns to Harrisburg this week at a critical time in the state budget process. More than $1.1 billion in state funding remains in legislative limbo, despite Gov. Josh Shapiro having signed Pennsylvania’s main budget bill more than three weeks ago.

Disagreements between the GOP-led Senate and Gov. Shapiro have stalled progress on this funding, which includes programs ranging from education to emergency services.

Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward announced last week that the Senate would return three weeks earlier than originally scheduled to resume work on the underlying code legislation, emphasizing that some matters “continue to be negotiated.”

Several education programs are still awaiting the green light, including $100 million in Level Up funding intended to support the Commonwealth’s poorest school districts.

Related programs stuck in limbo include $10 million for student teachers, $100 million for school mental health services, $50 million for emergency hospital relief, and $20.7 for increased ambulance service reimbursements. These programs cannot move forward until necessary code bills are signed into law.

Additionally, $175 million in funding for Pennsylvania’s Whole-Home Repairs program, which provides homeowners with up to $50,000 in direct loans/grants from the Department of Community and Economic Development for home repairs and upgrades, remains caught up in negotiations. This amount represents a $50 million increase over the amount federally funded for the past two years, the difference coming out of state revenues.

The state’s $7.5 million allocation for public defense (its first-ever) is also on hold. Supporters argue this funding is overdue as most states fund public defense in some capacity. They also assert this funding would help municipal governments alleviate a significant budgetary burden.

All eyes will be on the state Capitol this week as lawmakers return to close the deal on a state budget process that is now months in the making. Pennsylvania’s business community will be watching closely as the funding for these programs will have far-reaching impacts on our state’s education, healthcare, and emergency services.

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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.

Member News – August 30, 2023

August 30, 2023

Member News – August 30, 2023

Ken Pollock Ford Dealership Hosting Benefit Car Show

The annual Car Show to benefit Johns Hopkins Stepping Stones Transplant Patient Fund is being held at the Ken Pollock Ford Dealership in Berwick on Sunday September 17, 2023. Learn More.

Fromm Electric to Celebrate 100 years

Join Fromm Electric on September 28th from 11-1 pm at Fromm's Bloomsburg branch for an outdoor BBQ featuring a catered lunch and amazing giveaways from suppliers such as Milwaukee, Signify, and Eaton. The event is "rain or shine,". Find more details.

United in Recovery announces SCOPE Trainings

SCOPE Trainings provide evidence-based education for first responders, fire, EMS, police, employees, volunteers, and others affiliated with the agency on SUD, especially OUD. See full list of training dates.

CSIU offers a Community Health Worker Training Program

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trained public health professionals who know their community and have the heart for helping others and serving their community. Learn more about the program the CSIU is offering here.

Forest & Field Provides Countertops to Ronald McDonald House

Chamber members Forest & Field and the Ronald McDonald House Danville recently worked together on new countertops in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen.   Forest & Field owner John Coates stopped in to see the finished look with Ronald McDonald House Director Mike Turlis.

PA CareerLink, Columbia Montour hosting Job Fair Oct. 5th

The 2023 Columbia-Montour Fall Job Fair will be held on Thursday, October 5th at the LCBC Church campus, 2421 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg, PA. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. and close at 2:00 p.m. Businesses interested in attending can register here. Space is limited.

BNI Iron Valley hosting Visitors Day

Are you wondering what BNI is all about? Then you need to come to their next Visitors Day on September 6, 2023! The meeting is at the Pine Barn Inn Danville PA 17821 at 7:00 am.  Register to visit!

First Columbia Bank Photography back in 2023

The second annual 2023 First Columbia Bank Photography Competition is open for entries. Open to residents within a 50-mile radius of a First Columbia Bank office and local university students! Submit your captivating images by September 29th to photos@firstcolumbiabank.com. Entry is free! Get the registration packet here.

SBDC September Training Events

In-person and virtual events are happening at SBDC this fall.  Check out the full schedule.

Community Giving Opens Healthy Workplace Grant

2023 Healthy Workplace grant-round for Community Giving Foundation is now Open!   The application opened on August 1, 2023, and the deadline to apply by August 31, 2023. Learn more.

T-Ross Announces Scholarship Recipients

In 2018, T-Ross Brothers Construction, Inc. established the T-Ross Brothers Construction Inc. Scholarship to support graduating seniors interested in construction-related fields of study. Check out who received this year's scholarships.

Bloomsburg Community Luau

Bloomsburg Community Luau, Saturday, September 9, 2023, at the Bloomsburg Town Park starting at 6PM. Enjoy live music and entertainment, great food, fun tropical activities, enter the Tiki Lounge decorating contest, and see Elvis on the outdoor big screen in the classic film Blue Hawaii. Bring a chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the entertainment at the corner of Market Street and Fort McClure Blvd.

The Teen Center Opens New Commercial Kitchen

With the help of the Community Giving Foundation, the Teen Center in Berwick was able to install a new commercial kitchen for teens to take their nutrition into their own hands!

Central Susquehanna Opportunities' Financial Workshops open for September

CSO offers a variety of free workshops to help you develop new skills and achieve your life goals. At our Community Action offices in Shamokin, Sunbury, and Bloomsburg, you can learn about budgeting, getting organized, improving your credit score, and more! See the full schedule here.

First Friday Happening in Bloomsburg

September 1st will see the DBI and Bloomsburg downtown businesses hosting First Fridays.  Check out a complete list of what's happening.

BTE To Offer Matinees and Workshops for
Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in September

BTE’s production of William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ features special school matinees and workshops for middle and high school students in several regional venues. See venues here.

Weis Center Kicks Off 36th Season with Concert and Hoops on the Plaza with Bucknell Basketball Teams

The Weis Center’s 36th Season will kick-off on Thursday, September 7 at 6 p.m. with a free concert by DC-based brass band DuPont Brass on the Weis Center Plaza. Come early for free family-friendly events from 5-6 pm.

Glen Brook teaming up for Estate Planning Seminar

Glen Brook Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is hosting a free seminar on estate planning with Eric Young from Steinbacher, Goodall, and Yurchak on September 19th.  Learn More.

Bloomsburg Fair September 22 - 30th

The 168th Bloomsburg Fair will begin on September 22 with a preview day from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Grandstand, admission, parking, and ride tickets are all on sale now! And don't forget to get your exhibits entered. Learn more about the Bloomsburg Fair.

Fall 2023 Career Expos

Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania is excited to bring the power of all 3 of our universities together to benefit our students and employer partners across the state in a Fall 2023 Accounting and Financial Services Career Expo and Management, Supply Chain, Marketing, Technology and Analytics Expo on campus in Bloomsburg.  Reach out to Darwin Kysor at 570-484-2181 to get more details about participation.

Camp Victory Community Open House Happening September 10th

Check out all the things planned for Camp Victory's 30th Anniversary Open house.

NEPIRC Manufacturing Day: October 13

Join NEPIRC on Friday, October 13th to celebrate the many contributions of our region’s manufacturing industry! At Manufacturing Day, you’ll be able to see product demonstrations; learn more about the cool products made right here in our local communities, and more!