Member News – August 16, 2017

Member News

  • The Bucknell Small Business Development Center will host its next First Step Workshop tomorrow, Aug. 17, from 1-3 p.m. at its office inside the DeWitt Building (3rd floor), located at 416 Market St., Lewisburg. This workshop is intended for people that have considered and would like to start their own business but may have numerous questions, such as what types of forms and licenses that are needed, where to find financing, how to prepare a business plan and where to open. The first step to starting a successful new venture is to attend an SBDC First Step Workshop. Cost is $25. Register online or by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249. 

 

  • Montour County Children and Youth Services will host a free training for individuals who are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse tomorrow, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The training program is put together by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. Though this training is free, pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, fill out this form on the PFSA website. Those registering will receive an email once their registration has been processed, which will include the address for the training location. 

 

  • Help the crew at Wild For Salmon celebrate the return of its fishing team from its record-breaking season in Bristol Bay, Alaska as it hosts its annual Fishtival on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. outside its Bloomsburg store at 521 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11). Owner Steve Kurian and his crew caught over 100,000 pounds of wild salmon during this year’s fishing season, and with harvest numbers so high, they want to share some with the public. There will be free samples of salmon cooked by Chef Josh and the Wild For Salmon crew, and several other visitors will be on hand to free tastings, including beer and wine samples from fellow Chamber members Turkey Hill Brewing and Freas Farm Winery. There will also be an educational booth this year discussing the importance of preserving the lifeblood of the business, Bristol Bay.

 

  • The Columbia County Traveling Library will host a New Bookmobile Celebration Picnic & Summer Reading Wrap Party this Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot and lawn outside its offices at 702 Sawmill Rd., Bloomsburg. In case of rain, it will be moved indoors to the conference room by the library. The event will feature free hot dogs, hamburgers and other picnic food courtesy of the Friends of the Library, a petting zoo with animals, a bouncy slide, a performance by Beatrix Potter, police officer storytime, the Art Cart from The Exchange, and much more. There is no cost to attend, and all kids who participated in summer reading will be able to select their prize books. Every child that attends will receive a prize. 

 

  • Zydeco music innovator Corey Ledet and his band will kick off the Weis Center for the Performing Arts’ 30th anniversary season on Friday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. on the Weis Center Plaza.

    Zydeco musician Corey Ledet

    This family-friendly performance is free and tickets are not required. 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 at noon in the Atrium Lobby. 

 

  • Co., a social and professional networking group that is run by the United Way of Columbia and Montour County, will hold its fall kickoff event on Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Farmhouse at Turkey Hill’s Greenhouse. 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

 

  • PA Careerlink will hold a free seminar on unemployment compensation titled Unemployment Compensation 101 on Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the PA CareerLink Columbia/Montour Counties, located at 415 Central Rd., Bloomsburg. To register, call Donna Eyerly at 570-387-6288 or email. The seminar will guide employers through the process of the opening of a UC claim through the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s UC Service Center by an employee who has been separated from employment, permanently or temporarily, or is working less than the employer’s established full-time work week. Important points that will be explained include:
    • What forms will the employer receive when a UC claim is open or reopened and how will the information requested be used to determine the claimant’s eligibility and protect the employer’s UC liability?
    • What steps are taken by the UC Service Center to determine a claimant’s eligibility for UC benefits?
    • What issues does the UC Service Center consider in determining a claimant’s eligibility?
    • The employer’s right to appeal a determination issued by the UC Service Center
    • Any addition forms that employer may receive related to the unemployment compensation

    

  • Members of the Danville Child Development Center’s Early Intervention team recently presented to Geisinger’s Reichart Road Pediatricians about the services DCDC provides children ages birth to three. DCDC’s EI team discussed the process of referring children to early intervention and how DCDC’s home-visiting model works to provide therapies to children with developmental delays or special needs. DCDC still has room for interested volunteers to get involved. Guest readers are always welcome in its classrooms. Email Michele Jenkins if interested and to set it up. Misc. projects are often facilitated by volunteers and can always use a helping hand. Contact Steve Bevans for such opportunities. There are also some vacancies on the DCDC board. Email Diana Verbeck if interested and for how to apply.

 

  • From the Bucknell Small Business Development Center: Students enrolled in a Markets, Innovation and Design course this fall at Bucknell University are offering to design websites free of charge for local businesses and organizations during the fall semester. The web design project will provide a hands-on learning experience for the students while benefiting local organizations. Recent examples of their work include Amami, West Branch Brewery and Beer Barn. If your business or organization would like to be considered for a free website design or redesign this fall, fill out an application to be considered. The application deadline Thursday, Aug. 31

 

  • SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) has earned two 2017 Innovation awards from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation. Each year, the Innovation Awards program honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional community and economic development and improved quality of life. These projects have made significant impacts on their regions and demonstrate the diversity of services and program delivery provided by regional development organizations across the country. The 2017 award recipients consists of 80 projects spanning 21 states.SEDA-COG’s awarded areas are for economic development in a coal-impacted region and flood mitigation and resiliency planning. SEDA-COG coordinated the project that now provides flood protection for Autoneum and the former Windsor Foods facility in Bloomsburg. 

Ground Broken on Second Phase of Jacob’s Landing, Presented by Villager Realty

(L-R): Bob Dressler, president, Danville Business Alliance Board of Directors; Fred Gaffney, president, Columbia Montour Chamber; Jim Wilson, executive director, Danville Business Alliance; Tom Forrestal, plant manager, Merck Cherokee; Todd Ross, president, T-Ross Brothers Construction; Sabra Karr, Villager Realty; Tim Karr, president and CEO, Villager Realty; Jay Reed, board member, Danville Business Alliance; Dennis Witmer, foreman, T-Ross Brothers Construction (Photo courtesy of T-Ross Brothers Construction)

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, Columbia Montour Chamber president Fred Gaffney joined a handful of other local business leaders to break ground on Phase Two of Jacob’s Landing, presented exclusively by Villager Realty, an upscale community of luxury townhomes adjacent to the Susquehanna River in Danville. This second phase will add a total of 16 new housing units to the already-existing 12 townhouses in the development. The new units will consist of eight brownstone units and eight riverfront condominiums in a total of three buildings. The contractor for the project is T-Ross Brothers Construction and the architect is ArchCentral Architects

Located on the north shore of the river, Jacob’s Landing enjoys spectacular views of the river from every one of the new condos. Downtown Danville is a five-minute walk and Geisinger Medical Center is just a five-minute drive away.

“The continued development of Jacob’s Landing will help the continual improvement of the character of Danville and provide an additional much-needed housing option for people in the area,” said Gaffney.

“We are very excited about going forward with this project,” said Tim Karr, president and CEO of Villager Realty. “We are just replicating what you already see on this site from Phase One.”

WNEP-TV was also at the groundbreaking event and filed this report

(Information from a T-Ross Brothers Construction press release was used in this story)

(Video courtesy of T-Ross Brothers Construction)

Members Learn About Business Opportunities Surrounding Upcoming Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Mike Atchie from Williams gives attendees at Tuesday’s Learn at Lunch an overview of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. He also spoke about the WILLShop Local mobile app, which will encourage workers to patronize local businesses and which local businesses and sign up to be listed on for free.

An engaged group of individuals from Chamber member organizations heard the latest updates on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project and also about the many opportunities for business development that will be brought about by the pipeline project once it gets underway later this year. Mike Atchie, director of community outreach for Williams, spoke to the group at the August Learn at Lunch, held on Aug. 8 at Wesley United Methodist Church. He began the presentation by giving the audience a brief summary of how and why the project came about and everything that has happened in the three-plus years to get the necessary approvals and permits. Williams is awaiting a few final permits and then plans to get the project started in the fall, taking a about a year to complete. The purpose of the pipeline is to add additional transmission capacity for gas coming out of the Marcellus Shale region in north central Pennsylvania so that the gas can be more easily exported to other states and areas up and down the east coast through the Transco pipeline. According to statistics released last month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, PA ranked second in the nation in natural gas production for the fourth straight year in 2016. 

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline will run through Columbia County on its way to connect with the Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County. Some workers that will construct the pipeline in Columbia County will be from outside the immediate area and will therefore need to locate goods and services. In order to encourage its contractors to patronize local businesses during their time here, Williams has developed a mobile application called WILLShop Local and all local businesses are encouraged to sign up, free of charge, to be listed on this app. 

The next Learn at Lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 12-1 p.m. (location TBA) and will feature a speakers talking about the ChamberChoice affinity programs that are available as benefits of Chamber membership, specifically the Penn National business insurance program and the OnDemand Energy program. 

Member News – August 9, 2017

Member News

PFCU’s new Bloomsburg branch.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at PFCU Tomorrow

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at their new branch office located in the Route 11 Marketplace, 1615 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a public grand opening featuring free food and giveaways, which will run until 2 p.m. 

 

Next First Step Seminar in Bloomsburg Aug. 11

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 the next First Step Seminar given by the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) this Friday, Aug. 11, at noon at the Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. Business Incubator, 151 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. Laura Haden of the SBDC will speak about the different legal structures a business can be, how to write a business plan and create financial projections, and much more. 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

 

Bucknell SBDC Hosts Cybersecurity Workshop

Are you as secure as you think? Join Michael Frauenhoffer of MePush as he talks about compliance vs. actual security at StartUpLewisburg, 416 Market St., Lewisburg next Tuesday, Aug. 15 at noon. Hosted by the Bucknell Small Business Development Center, this event will also feature local pizza, networking and tours of StartupLewisburg, Bucknell University’s home for innovators and entrepreneurs in downtown Lewisburg. Register here.

 

Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Training Session Available

Montour County Children and Youth Services will host a free training for individuals who are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse next Thursday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The training program is put together by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. Though this training is free, pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, fill out this form on the PFSA website. Those registering will receive an email once their registration has been processed, which will include the address for the training location. 

 

Wild For Salmon Hosts Annual Fishtival Aug. 19

Help the crew at Wild For Salmon celebrate the return of its fishing team from its record-breaking season in Bristol Bay, Alaska as it hosts its annual Fishtival on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. outside its Bloomsburg store at 521 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11). Owner Steve Kurian and his crew caught over 100,000 pounds of wild salmon during this year’s fishing season, and with harvest numbers so high, they want to share some with the public. There will be free samples of salmon cooked by Chef Josh and the Wild For Salmon crew, and several other visitors will be on hand to free tastings, including beer and wine samples from fellow Chamber members Turkey Hill Brewing and Freas Farm Winery. There will also be an educational booth this year discussing the importance of preserving the lifeblood of the business, Bristol Bay. 

Welcome Comfort Keepers

More than 400 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, Comfort Keepers, to help us fulfill our mission.

Comfort Keepers is a national company made up of franchises that provide in-home, non-medical care for seniors and other adults. Locally, the Bloomsburg office, located at 7185B Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11), is one of several offices run by the local franchise group, which also has offices in Allentown, Bethlehem, Hazleton, Drums, Pottsville, Quakertown, Shenandoah, Stroudsburg, Sugarloaf and Wilkes-Barre. Comfort Keepers caretakers provide personal care services such as bathing, grooming and hygiene, mobility assistance, transferring and positioning, feeding, dementia care and medication reminders. Caretakers also can provide companionship, meal preparation, laundry services, light housekeeping, grocery shopping and respite care or relief for family members. Comfort Keepers in Bloomsburg services all of Columbia County. For more information, call 888-450-0890 or visit its website.