Welcome Planet Fitness

More than 550 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and our region. Increased membership allows us to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. The Chamber welcomes its newest member, Planet Fitness, to help us fulfill our mission.

Located at 225 Columbia Mall Blvd. inside the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn, Planet Fitness is open 24/7 and offers a plethora of cardio and strength equipment, high-end tanning, massage chairs, a 30-minute circuit and much more. Planet Fitness will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening event on Wednesday, May 3 beginning at 4 p.m. 

Additional contact information is available on the Chamber’s Online Directory.

A reminder that anyone who recommends membership will receive a $25 gift certificate when that organization joins.

There’s Still Time to Register for the Chamber Golf Outing

The Chamber’s annual Golf Outing, sponsored by Williams, is rapidly approaching. Scheduled for Thursday, May 25, at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Club in Elysburg, this event features a full day of fun, food, drinks and golf. Cost is $85 per person or $340 per foursome and includes lunch, green fees, cart, a plated dinner, beverages on the course, prizes and a voucher for a free round of golf later in 2017. Registration for the four-person scramble begins at 9:30, lunch at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. To sign up, contact Eleanor at 570-784-2522 or fill out and return the registration form

Several sponsorships are currently available. If interested in one of these opportunities, please contact Matt Beltz at 570-784-2522 or email. Thanks to the following members that have already committed to supporting this year’s event: Williams (event sponsor), MetroCast Communications (lunch sponsor), Generations Construction (beverage sponsor), First Columbia Bank & Trust (snack sponsor) and the Berwick Health & Wellness Fund (snack sponsor).

The Chamber is also seeking a few volunteers to staff various holes on the golf course. If you’re not interested in playing but wouldn’t mind spending a day out on the golf course with friends, food and drinks, please contact Matt Beltz.

Member News – April 26, 2017

Member News

Wesley United Methodist Church Hosts Free Handbell Concert

The Hershey Handbell Ensemble will perform a concert at Wesley United Methodist Church, located at Market and West 3rd Streets in Bloomsburg, on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. The concert is free, although the Ensemble gratefully accepts donations. This 16-member group plays seasonally in April and December and has been around since 2004. Based in south-central Pennsylvania, the ensemble performs on seven octaves of Malmark Handbells, Handchimes and assorted other instruments. 

 

Planet Fitness Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

Planet Fitness, the newest Columbia Montour Chamber member, will have a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a grand opening event beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at their new location in the Columbia Mall in Bloomsburg. The grand opening will run from 4-7 p.m. and is open to the community. There will be giveaways and raffle prizes. Danni Allen, 2013 winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, will also be on site to share her fitness journey, tips and lead group workouts. 

The fitness center, which opened for business in mid-April, is open 24/7 and offers numerous cardio and strength equipment, high-end tanning, massage chairs, a 30-minute circuit program and much more. 

 

Geisinger Hosts Women’s Wellness Event

Geisinger Health System will host “Caring for Every Woman,” a women’s wellness event on Thursday, May 4, from 5–8 p.m. at the Pine Barn Inn, Danville. This free event will feature women’s wellness education and professional networking as well as live music, appetizers, health screenings and a physician panel discussion. Learn about the health issues facing women of all ages from physicians in neuroscience, urology, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics and breast health. Seating is limited, so register at geisinger.org/events

 

First Columbia Hosts Chris Herren

First Columbia Bank will host speaker Chris Herren at Bloomsburg University on Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and this event is open to the public. The founder of the Herren Project, Herren is a former college basketball and NBA player who struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career and overdosed on heroin in June of 2008. With the help of friends and family, he has been clean since August 1, 2008 and has traveled the country telling his story to increase education and public awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and to ultimately help others one person at a time. He was also the subject of a 2011 ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled Unguarded. 

This event is open to the public. However, seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. An RSVP is required to Andrea Bartlett at 570-387-7164 or email by May 1. For more information on this event, visit First Columbia’s website or Facebook page.

 

Geisinger Seeks Community Members for Hot Air Balloon Festival Planning Committee

Geisinger Health System will host the inaugural Dream Big Hot Air Balloon Festival, October 6-7 at Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury. In order to encourage participation and feedback from the community and gain more ideas, Geisinger is currently seeking additional community members to serve on a planning committee for this event. If interested in participating, please contact Linda Vaji at 570-214-2581 or email

Did You Know? – Business Insurance

Business Insurance

Most, if not all Chamber members carry some or multiple types of business insurance such as general liability, workers compensation, property, and others. The types, amount of coverage and costs vary greatly depending on numerous factors. For some, the costs can be significant. Why not get some of that paid back to you in cash?

As a Chamber member, you exclusively have access to dividend-paying business insurance from Penn National Insurance through the ChamberChoice portfolio of products. Dividends are based on the claims ratio each year, so the more policyholders and the fewer claims, the higher the dividend. Over 20 Columbia Montour Chamber members have received a total of over $135,000 in dividends paid back to their businesses in the first four years of the program. In total, all ChamberChoice members have earned over $3.3 million in dividends since the program’s inception.

This product is sold directly to interested members by licensed Penn National agents. If interested in a no-obligation quote, contact Chamber members Associated Insurance Management at 570-275-0100 or Hutchison Insurance Agency at 570-784-5550.

“Did You Know” is dedicated to reviewing a specific benefit of Chamber membership as a means of reminding our members of the ways the Chamber can help you increase revenue or decrease costs in your business or organization.

 

Renaissance Jamboree This Saturday

Downtown Bloomsburg will be full of family activities, live entertainment, craft vendors, and great food this Saturday, April 29. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Free parking with shuttle service from the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. The Jamboree website has the entertainment schedule.

Renaissance Jamboree is co-sponsored by Bloomsburg University and its Program Board, Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., the Town of Bloomsburg, and The Columbia Montour Chamber.