Chamber Welcomes New Board Members

The Chamber’s Board of Directors welcomed three new members this month. Beginning their first terms as Board members are:

Lissa Bryan-Smith, Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

Amanda Marko, Danville Business Alliance

Chris Stamatedes, PPL Electric Utilities 

Outstanding Businesses and Individuals Recognized

Member businesses and individuals of the Chamber and Visitors Bureau were recognized during the organizations’ Annual Meeting Thursday, February 9th. The event was held at Rolling Pines Golf Course & Banquet Facility in Berwick, and sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities.

Five awards were presented to recognize businesses and individuals for their significant contributions to the community. To begin, The Travel & Tourism Buddy Award, sponsored by Knoebels Amusement Resort, was presented to Bob Stoudt, Executive Director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission. The Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by First Columbia Bank & Trust, was presented to Freas Farm Winery. The Large Business of the Year Award, sponsored by The Columbia Alliance of Economic Growth, was presented to Central Columbia School District. The Community Progress Award, sponsored by Berwick Hospital Center, was presented to Geisinger Health System – Woodbine. The Outstanding Citizen Award, sponsored by Berwick Industrial Development Association, was presented to Daniel S. Jankowski. Daniel is an RN in the Emergency Department at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital. Outside of his work at the hospital, he has been a dedicated community volunteer and advocate for the Benton area.    A special thank you to those who were able to attend this year’s meeting, and to all sponsors of the event who made the night possible.

Join Us For an Evening of Fellowship and Member Recognition

The Columbia Montour Partnership will recognize businesses and individuals that have worked to strengthen our region at the upcoming Annual Meeting. The event is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities and will be held at Rolling Pines Golf Course on Thursday, February 9th starting at 5:00 p.m. Join us in celebrating our region and the accomplishments of our members.

Awards include: Outstanding Citizen sponsored by BIDA, Small Business of the Year sponsored by First Columbia Bank and Trust Co., Large Business of the Year sponsored by the Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth, Community Progress sponsored by Berwick Hospital Center and the Buddy Award sponsored by Knoebels Amusement Resort.

The cost to attend is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Corporate tables of eight are also available for $350 per table. Please be sure to send your RSVP card back by this coming Tuesday, January 31st to ensure your spot at this year’s meeting.  If you have not received an invitation in the mail or want to pay via credit card, please call Eleanor at 570-784-2522.  Space is limited!

This year’s award nominees have been announced:

Outstanding Citizen Award
Ann Marie Hess
Daniel S. Jankowski
Harry Mathias

Small Business of the Year
Forever Green
Freas Farm Winery
Ken Pollock Ford-Lincoln, Inc

Large Business of the Year
Central Columbia School District
Mahindra of Bloomsburg
MetroCast Communications

Community Progress Award
Columbia County Commissioners
Geisinger Health System-Woodbine

Welcome the Chamber’s Newest Members

More than 580 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber and Visitors Bureau to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen 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 and Visitors Bureau welcome three organizations that joined last month to help us fulfill our mission:

Ceiba Tools, LLC – 83 Schoolhouse Road, Bloomsburg

Invicta Tattoo – 120 East Main Street, Bloomsburg

Nickle Plate Bar & Grill – 954 State Route 487, Elysburg

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.

Save on Commercial and Residential Energy Costs

Are you looking to capitalize on one of the many benefits of being a Chamber member? With the cold winter weather now upon us, the ChamberChoice Energy Program offers options to save money for commercial and residential electric and natural gas customers.   The Chamber has partnered with OnDemand Energy Solutions to take the confusion and hassle out of shopping for an energy supplier for your business. Simply provide 2-3 months of electric or natural gas bills to an experienced energy consultant and they will shop over two dozen suppliers to find the solution that best fits your businesses’ needs and comfort level. Managed and fixed rate products are available.

Members of the Columbia Montour Chamber have saved millions of dollars on their electricity costs through this program. To begin the process, call OnDemand Energy at 1-866-699-9968 and tell them you’re a member of the Chamber.   As OnDemand works with multiple suppliers, they also offer a fixed-priced solution for residential customers. Find OnDemand Energy’s current offers on their website and by clicking the Residential Energy Button in the bottom right corner. These competitive rates offered by OnDemand Energy suppliers are offered to all employees, family, and friends of Chamber members.  To compare pricing, terms, and other program details for all suppliers in your market, visit