Member News – September 6, 2017

Member News

  • For the past two years, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, Old Forge Brewing Company and Heart to Hand Ministries have been Going Gold and teaming up in September to raise awareness about pediatric cancer in Danville. The organizers are exciting to announce that this year, not only is Danville Going Gold once again, but Bloomsburg and Lewisburg are joining the fight against childhood cancer. Marley’s Brewery & Grill and the Town of Bloomsburg will both be involved. The Danville kickoff event was held last week at Old Forge, but two more kickoff events will be held tonight, Sept. 6, one at Marley’s Brewery & Grille, 1323 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg, and the other at Brendan’s Towne Tavern, 600 Market St., Lewisburg. Each will feature a official proclamation presented by the mayor, live entertainment, chances to win raffle baskets and other Going Golf specials. 
    Marley’s and Old Forge have collaborated on a special Going Gold Golden Nugget beer. $1 from each pint of Golden Nugget purchased throughout the month will be donated to the mission. All proceeds will benefit the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund. For more information about Going Gold III, please call Service 1st’s contact center at 800-562-6049. 

 

  • Sea Island Gullah music by Ranky Tanky will be featured at the next free outdoor concert at The Weis Center for the Performing Arts, tomorrow, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Tickets are not required for this family-friendly performance on the Weis Center Plaza. 

    Sea Island Gullah music group Ranky Tanky

    The rain location is the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic. A free pre-performance lecture and demonstration with the artist will take place the same day from 5:15-5:45 p.m. in the Atrium Lobby. Visit the Weis Center’s event page for more information about this performance.

 

  • Have you ever thought about starting your own business, but weren’t quite sure if it would be right for you? Or maybe you want to know what paperwork you need in order to open your doors? These and several other common questions for small businesses will covered at First Step Seminars during the month of September given by both the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center and the Bucknell Small Business Development Center. A seminar in Bloomsburg given by the Wilkes SBDC will be held this Friday, Sept. 8, at noon at the Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. Business Incubator, 151 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. Cost is $15 for the First Step book. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred. Register by calling 570-408-4334, email or online. A similar program given by the Bucknell SBDC will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Albright Center, 450 Chestnut St., Sunbury. Cost is $25. Register online or by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249. Topics discussed at both events will include different legal structures a business can be, how to write a business plan and create financial projections, and much more. 

 

  • Co., a social and professional networking group that is run by the United Way of Columbia and Montour County, will host a mixer on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Old Forge, located at 298 Mill St., Danville, from 5:30-7 p.m. Co. was founded to give area residents the opportunity to take advantage of all the great things this area has to offer. This group is for everyone, which means any age, ability, or area of residence. It holds multiple events each month. For more information about Co., including future events, visit its Facebook page. Co. will also host a networking event on Thursday, Sept. 28 at Three Dogs Vino, located at 129 Hidlay Church Rd., Bloomsburg, from 5:30-7 p.m.

 

  • The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation will host a pair of identical presentations titled “Planning Ahead: The Importance of Planning for the Future,” featuring local elder law attorney Marianne Kreisher. The events will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13,  from 8:30-10 a.m. at Bloomsburg University’s Monty’s on Upper Campus, and on Wednesday, Sept. 20, also from 8:30-10 a.m., at Susquehanna University’s Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. Both events will feature a complimentary breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the presentation. Attorney Kreisher will discuss the importance of open communication and collaboration between the investment advisor and attorney to achieve the best results for clients; well-drafted estate planning documents including power of attorneys, wills and trusts; understanding the lifetime and after death wishes of individuals; and examining the interplay of “gifting” on long-term care, taxes and asset protection. RSVP to Karri Harter by Sept. 6 by email or call 570-752-3930, ext. 6. 

 

  • The Bloomsburg University Department of Exceptionality Programs and the Jones Center for Special Education Excellence will host a screening and discussion of Mimi and Dona on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Greenly Center, rooms 116 & 117, located at 50 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. This film by Sophie Spartain is an “unforgettable story of love and tough choices, exploring issues of disability, long term care and the realities of aging.” This event is free and open to the public but due to limited seating, pre-registration is encouraged. To register, call Tammy Pursel at 814-270-5556 or email

 

  • McBride Memorial Librarylocated at 500 N. Market St., Berwick, will host its next Entrepreneur Breakfast on Friday, Sept. 15, from 8-9 a.m. These breakfasts provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to network, get support, collaborate on projects, trade problem-solving stories and challenges, and much more. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about the services that McBride can offer small business owners and that they are able to take advantage of. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested. To register, call 570-752-2241 or email.

 

  • The Bloomsburg Municipal Airport, which is operated by the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority, will host a Fly-In/Drive-In Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Municipal Airport, located at 301 Airport Rd., Bloomsburg. It will feature food, fun and family activities, including several demonstrations involving things such as first aide, fire building, crime prevention, finger printing and many more. Some of the demonstrations and participants include: Fire Dept. ladder repelling; aviation/remote controlled aircraft demonstration; Red Cross and Bloodmobile; SWAT Team; the Bloomsburg Public Library and Children’s Museum; the Columbia County Historical Society; the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble; Life Flight; the National Guard and State Police Helicopter, AGAPE; DCNR Forestry; PA Game Commission; and EOS Riding Center. 

 

  • The Bucknell Small Business Development Center will host a three-part workshop titled “HR 20/20” that will provide an opportunity for small business owners to clearly understand and develop strategies for recruiting employees, reducing employee turnover, promoting employee development and retaining a talents, flexible and diverse workforce. The first part of this series will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the DeWitt Bldg. 3rd Floor, 416 Market St., Lewisburg. It will feature Tina Welch, the founder of Welch Performance Consulting, a human resources consulting firm. She will speak about developing a structured recruitment and selection process that will help small business owners find talent with skill and corporate culture fit. Topics include: the importance of structured recruitment and selection and how to develop one for your organization; maximizing your employment brand to attract and retain talent; and a special focus and attracting and retaining millennials/young professionals. Cost is $40 for one session, or $100 when registering and attending all three in the series. Register online or by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249. 

 

  • The Montour County Historical Society will open its newly renovated Boyd House Museum on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 2-4 p.m. Two rooms – the Military Room and the Parlor – will be open for viewing. This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. The Boyd House Museum is located at 5 Bloom Rd. (Rt. 11), right next to the Montgomery House in downtown Danville. It was closed earlier this year for renovations. Both the Montgomery House and Boyd House Museums will be open on Sundays 2-4 p.m. throughout the month of October. 

 

  • Geisinger Health will hold its inaugural Dream Big Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Spyglass Ridge Winery, 400 Plum Creek Rd., Sunbury. Proceeds from this event will benefit Geisinger’s Comprehensive Breast care Program. Activities include balloon rides (weather-permitting), live bands and food trucks, children’s activities and family fun, professional and amateur photo competitions, performances by local dance groups, a fresh food farmers market and family photo sessions in front of the balloons. Admission is free. For more information, read this flyer.Event organizers are also seeking donations of small items (approx. $10-20 in value) from area businesses and individuals for an auction. If interested in making a donation, please contact Linda Vaji at 570-214-2581 or email

 

  • Innotek Computer Consulting will host its annual Technology and Security Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Sand Springs Country Club, 10 Clubhouse Dr., Drums. This annual event, billed as “Northeast Pennsylvania’s biggest technology and security expo,” brings together IT managers, executives and business owners to discuss the impact of technology and security on business. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to register, visit the event page on Innotek’s website, or the Facebook event page.

Bloomsburg University’s Zeigler College of Business Offers PRSA MBA-Level Strategic Communications Course

From Bloomsburg University and the PRSA

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced recently that Bloomsburg University’s Zeigler College of Business has become the 16th accredited business school in the nation to offer the MBA-level strategic communications course as part of its MBA curriculum.

“This program helps students develop skills in strategic communications — the ability to communicate strategic goals, plans, and operations to organizational stakeholders — in ways that improve communication flows and operational efficiencies. Students with these skills will have a distinct advantage when they enter the workplace,” said Jeffrey Krug, dean of the Zeigler College of Business at Bloomsburg University.  

The Zeigler College of Business offered the course in summer 2017 with 13 students participating in a strategic communications practicum experience, providing the opportunity to work with a local business to develop a strategic communications plan. The course was taught by Kristie Byrum, assistant professor of mass communications at Bloomsburg University. Dr. Byrum is a member of the PRSA College of Fellows and a former public relations agency executive.

“Students valued the opportunity to work with local businesses and personally experience the nuances of developing strategic communication approaches for real-world businesses. Dr. Byrum brought strategic communications to life for students,” said Darrin Kass, MBA program director at Bloomsburg University.

The PRSA MBA program was developed by leading business schools, including the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, in collaboration with PRSA. The course directs business students in reputation management fundamentals and covers such areas as corporate communications (internal and external), integrated marketing communications, investor relations, corporate social responsibility (CSR), government relations and crisis communications. Dr. Byrum, who serves on the national MBA Program committee, collaborated with Dr. Kass and Dean Krug to bring the program to Bloomsburg University. The graduate-level mass communications course represents a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and the Zeigler College of Business.

“Through cross-college collaborations such as this one, the University delivers a multidisciplinary education that serves the best interests of students in both colleges,” said James S. Brown, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased that Zeigler is joining an already impressive list of colleges and universities offering the PRSA MBA Strategic-Level Communications course,” said PRSA National Chair Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA. “The growing number of future business leaders who are gaining communications skills through this program will have long-term benefits for businesses. The course emphasizes the importance and value of communications as a core strategic discipline.”

To best meet the needs of each business school’s MBA program, the PRSA turnkey course is offered in full-semester, mini-mester or seminar formats. Schools interested in the course can obtain information through the PRSA website.

Large Crowd Has Opportunity to See Latest Updates to Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

A lively and large crowd of Chamber members enjoyed some tasty hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while networking and learning more about the latest programs at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital at a Business After Hours on Aug. 30. Attendees had a chance to tour the newly renovated Maternity Center, speak with representatives from several service lines and programs at the hospital as well as hospital leadership, and also learned about new programs at the hospital, including the Acute Care for the Elderly program, Medication-Assisted Treatment program, the Advanced Care Treatment unit, the Medication Take-Back program.

Business After Hours provide regular opportunities to build business relationships while learning about the services offered by other Chamber members. Members will have an opportunity to squeeze in some networking before the Bloomsburg Fair kicks off, at the next Business After Hours on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Kawneer, located at 500 East 12th St., Bloomsburg. That event will feature catered food from Lucy’s Kitchen and Catering, a chance to win some Kawneer-branded merchandise, and an opportunity to tour Kawneer’s state-of-the-art plant, which is responsible for manufacturing building products that are used on some of the world’s most noticeable buildings and construction projects. 

State Rep. David Millard to Host Two Upcoming Drug Forums

State Representative David Millard will host two upcoming drug forums over the next two weeks at local high schools. The first will be on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Berwick High School auditorium, and the second will be the following Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bloomsburg High School auditorium. 

Adults and children are invited to attend these events designed to share information about drug abuse, the opioid crisis and how to avoid drug addiction. Speakers include Jeremy Reese, Columbia County cornoner; Dr. William Rakauskas, a Geisinger psychiatrist; Dr. Joseph Valdez, an independent addiction medicine specialist; Jason Hoch, a pharmacist with Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital and CMSU; and a representative from a local rehabilitation facility. 

For more information, visit Rep. Millard’s website or Facebook page

Williams Receives Final Key Permits for Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project

From Williams

Thanks to the continued and dedicated efforts of several key partners, including those of the Columbia Montour Chamber, after a multiyear regulatory process, Williams has received key permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Atlantic Sunrise project.

This critical energy infrastructure project — an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline — will connect abundant Marcellus gas to consumers in the U.S. and is estimated to support 8,000 jobs and inject a $1.6 billion economic impact in the project area during construction, including a projected economic impact of $85.5 million in Columbia County and surrounding areas alone. Williams is also encouraging workers that come into the local area from outside of it to work on the project to buy local through a local app being developed that will feature local businesses, which can be featured on the app at no charge just by registering

Williams received the Chapter 105 (Water Obstruction and Encroachment) and Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control) permits from DEP on Aug. 30 and the Clean Water Act Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Aug. 29. 

The company will immediately commence the process of requesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Notice to Proceed for all remaining construction of Atlantic Sunrise, with a target of beginning greenfield pipeline construction in Pennsylvania this fall.

Williams committed to moving forward with construction in strict adherence with our permits in a manner that protects safety and minimizes impacts to communities and the environment. 

In addition to these key federal and state permits, Williams also received FERC approval to place a portion of the project into service early. Accordingly, it expects to begin partial service today, Sept. 1, providing 400,000 dth/day of firm transportation service on Transco’s mainline facilities to various delivery points. The partial service milestone is the result of recently completed modifications to existing Transco facilities in Virginia and Maryland.

Williams is pleased to have reached these important milestones to move forward with Atlantic Sunrise. This vital project will leverage existing infrastructure to deliver economic growth and expand access to affordable Pennsylvania-produced clean-burning natural gas, to support thousands of manufacturing jobs, and improve the quality of life for all residents of the Commonwealth.

Everyone on the Atlantic Sunrise team and at Williams thanks all those that have provided ongoing support, including reaching out to Gov. Wolf, and for those individuals’ tireless efforts to support the growth of American energy, American jobs and a brighter economic future for Pennsylvania.