Bucknell SBDC Launches InnovateHER Business Challenge

State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver and the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announce the launch of the 2017 InnovateHER Business Challenge, a prize competition designed to unearth innovative products and services that help, impact and empower the lives of women and families.  Through InnovateHER, the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) is seeking products or services that fill a need in the marketplace and have the potential for commercialization. As a regional host, the Bucknell SBDC will hold a local competition and nominate the winner to the SBA, who will then identify 10 finalists to vie for $70,000 in prize money. Prizes for Bucknell’s local competitors for 2017 will be announced using the hashtag #InnovateHER across @BucknellSBDC Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

This competition will spur national conversation, collaboration, and cooperation at all levels to support women and families. Local competitions will be hosted to select entrepreneurs to advance to the semi-final round. From the pool of semifinalists, SBA will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to the National InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge in mid-2017.  Targeted applicants are entrepreneurs seeking consulting assistance from the SBDC or who have benefitted from the services of the center as they started and grew their businesses in central Pennsylvania. Entrepreneurs who have a product, service, or technology that has a positive impact on the lives of women and families should submit entries to the SBDC via email by May 11.

More information is available at the Bucknell SBDC website

Montour County Readdressing Meetings Scheduled

A series of public information sessions will be held in May to provide updates on the merger of the 911 centers between Columbia and Montour counties and readdressing in Montour County. Residents and commercial property owners in Montour County, Riverside Borough and Rush Township are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions.

  • Wednesday, May 10 – Danville Middle School, 120 Northumberland Road
  • Wednesday, May 24 – Anthony Township Municipal Building, 1295 White Hall Road
  • Thursday, May 25 – First Baptist Church of Danville, 20 Brookside Drive
  • Wednesday, May 31 – St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 240 Sunbury Road, Riverside

The sessions are being hosted by the Montour County Commissioners and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Additional information on 911 readdressing is available on the Montour County website.

The Chamber supports the 911 consolidation to improve emergency response and to save costs in the long-term.

Renaissance Parking Regulations

The Bloomsburg Police Department issued the following press release regarding parking regulations during the Renaissance Jamboree this Saturday, April 29. 

The Bloomsburg Police Department would like to remind everyone of certain parking regulations enforced for The Annual Renaissance Jamboree taking place this Saturday, April 29, 2017. 

The event will close Main Street/SR0011 from Iron Street to Railroad Street, and Market St. from W. Ridge Ave to W. Pine Ave.  Uniformed officers, fire police and regulatory traffic control devices will detour traffic around Main Street using Railroad Street and 6th Street.  The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. and is a family oriented event.

No Parking is in affect daily on Main Street and Market Square from 2–5 a.m.  Parking will also be prohibited on Market Street from Main Street to Ridge Avenue and from Main Street to Pine Avenue.  Additional No Parking will be enforced at 3rd & Market Street near the Wesley Church and on Main Street at Iron in front of Saint Paul’s ChurchCars parked in these areas on Saturday will be ticketed and towed 2–5 a.m.. 

Portable restrooms will be located on Iron Street @ E. Main Street, on Center Street @ Main Street, at the Courthouse on Main St., and on Oyer Ave. @ W. Main St.

Handicapped Parking is available at the rear of the Public Library along W. Pine Ave.  Metered Parking is free on Saturday; however all other parking regulations will be enforced across the day. For more information call the Bloomsburg Police at 570-784-6779.

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. 

 

All Are Invited to the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting

The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 4 from 12–1:30 p.m. at the Pine Barn Inn, Danville. If interested in attending, RSVP to Karri Harter by April 28 at 570-752-3930, ext. 6, or through email, and please indicate if you have a vegetarian preference for lunch.

 

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. 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

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.