Floating, Essential Oils and Lots of Prizes Featured at February Business After Hours

Attendees had a chance to spin the wheel to win one of a variety of prizes given out by co-hosts Art of Floating and Just a Drop, learned about the potential health benefits of floating and essential oils and also enjoyed food from Lucy’s Kitchen & Catering, all while browsing around both inside and outdoors at Art of Floating’s spacious facility during February’s Business After Hours on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Members had an opportunity to tour Art of Floating and check out their floating tanks, ask questions about what a float entails and its purposes and health benefits, meet the owners and staff, as well as find out about some of Art of Floating’s business consulting services and mental health workshops, which it offers in addition to its core business of floating. Just a Drop was also on hand to offer some sweet treats made with essential oils for attendees to sample, as well as talk about uses of essential oils. It also performed a free scan for those interested in which people held a sensor device in their hand, which made recommendations to each person for which essential oil use would be of the most benefit to them.

Business After Hours provide regular opportunities to build business relationships while learning about the services offered by other Chamber members. The next Business After Hours will be held at Wild For Salmon, located at 521 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11), on Wednesday, March 21, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Penn College to Offer Training to Those Seeking Employment in Natural Gas and Energy Industries

From Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WDCE) at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering training to people seeking employment in the natural gas and energy industry. In addition to learning industry employability skills and gaining three industry-recognized certifications, students will be connected to employers who have immediate hiring needs.

Scholarships are available to those who qualify on a first-come, first-served basis. The training is delivered by Penn College as a result of its award-winning ShaleNET partnership.

The 40-hour training sessions are scheduled in Williamsport and Wellsboro:

March 12-15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., WDCE on Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport
March 26-30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wellsboro Area School District building in Wellsboro
April 9-13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., WDCE on Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport

To be considered for training, registrants must possess a valid driver’s license and have obtained the minimum of a high school diploma/GED. Potential students will need to produce results of recent drug testing, driving record and criminal background checks.

For more information, email ShaleTEC or call 570-327-4775.

Welcome Elmcroft Senior Living

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, Elmcroft Senior Living, to help us fulfill our mission.

Based in the Portland, Ore. area, Elmcroft Senior Living operates about 80 senior living communities in 18 states and offers a range of care levels, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Locally, Elmcroft operates Elmcroft of Berwick, an intimate, charming senior living community located at 2050 W. Front St. (Rt. 11), that opened in 1998. Residents have access to personal care and the facility also offers respite care to caregivers and coordinates with outside third-party healthcare providers for each of its residents. This relaxed and comfortable lifestyle also afford residents a number social activities and entertainment, restaurant-style dining, class, outings, is pet friendly, and offers 24-hour security. For more information, call 570-759-3155 or visit its website.

Leadership Central Penn Gets Political

L-R: State Sen. John Gordner; Daniel McGann, Berwick School Board; Ken Holdren, Montour County Commissioner; State Rep. David Millard

So you think you know what LCP stands for. So did the class participants. That might have been true until arriving at Central Susquehanna Community Foundation in Berwick for February’s class when LCP stood for legacy, change and politics.  Punxsutawney Phil was seen this month, and the class welcomed back Tina Welch of Welch Performance Consulting for the Morning Motivation.  The class prepared to meet the panel of political representatives from local council, school board, county commissioner, PA State House of Representatives and PA State Senate. 

Fred Gaffney, Columbia Montour Chamber president, introduced the panel to the class:

Following brief introductions by Gaffney, the class then learned why each of the panelists ran for office, that running for office can be discouraging, rewarding and challenging, and that the public does not know what happens in an election tie until the last ball is drawn. Each person on the panel had personal reasons for entering politics.  It was refreshing to hear, unlike in many times in national media, about what they are trying to do to improve our local communities.

The panel also shared issues they face, mostly from unfunded state and federal mandates. These are mandates related to education, the environment, public domain, industry, and public safety, just to name a few. More and more, there are laws and regulations that force issues down to the local level for implementation and enforcement. Issues like teacher pensions, flood protection, environmental monitoring and water run-off regulations were discussed. 

Later in the morning the panel was joined by two state officials: 

  • John Gordner, PA State Senator
  • David Millard, PA House of Representatives

After introductions, it was time to discuss governmental transparency, budget and election gerrymandering. These topics, of course, were ripped from the headlines. This led to discussions related to constitutional law, and how Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states facing election issues as we prepare for primary season and midterm elections. These issues will cause debate about judicial versus legislative powers that will most likely reach the Supreme Court.

The one thing missing from the morning was partisan politics. It was refreshing to hear a group of elected officials discuss topics in a succinct way using facts and common sense, with the end goal being what is best for their constituents and people of Pennsylvania. Oftentimes, we get lost in partisan pandering and the daily media news cycle, and it is nice to see behind the local and state curtains, and realize these are good people doing the best they can.     

After another wonderful lunch prepared by Lucy’s Kitchen & Catering, it was time to introduce Christine Pangelinan, program officer at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. She was able to educate the class on the advantages of community foundations, and their impact on our area. There was a fun game involving teamwork to identify key terms used by foundations, and a scavenger hunt to learn about the CSCF.  Christine then asked if anyone won $1 million and had to set up a community fund through a community foundation, what would they do? There was great enthusiasm as the class then created their own community funds. These funds needed to be named, focused and a type was chosen (e.g. donor advised fund, agency endowment fund, scholarship fund, designated fund, pass through fund). The class really impressed Christine with their creative and thoughtful approaches, organization and naming of these funds.

Leo Gilroy, director of strategy & innovation at NEPIRC, leads the class through a presentation on change management.

As the afternoon wore on, it was time for a change, literally and figuratively. The class was introduced to Leo Gilroy, director of strategy & innovation with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC). The class had individual opportunities to introduce themselves and discuss issues they have seen related to change at their organizations.  One thing everyone learned is that change is necessary, but not always easy.  However, the hardest changes can be the most beneficial, and communication is the main key to success in all organizations.

Leo then walked through a presentation highlighting the “5 Dimensions of Leading Change, Flexibility, Change and Teamwork,” “The Heart of Change (8 steps)” and “The Power of Habit.” In the end, human beings are biased toward the status quo, and all have heard the saying, “well, that is the way we’ve always done it.” People change radically only when they overcome instincts to stay in the comfort zone. Creating a culture of change is hard, but the payoff will be a flexible and agile organization ready to take on planned and unforeseen changes as they arrive.

Leadership Central Penn is sponsored by Bloomsburg UniversityKawneerSEKISUI SPI and USG

Member News – February 28, 2018

Member News

  • Bloomsburg University, in conjunction with WVIA Public Media, will hold a screening of the PBS documentary, American Creed tonight, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. This screening is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so reserve your seat online. In American Creed, Condoleezza Rice and David M. Kennedy team up across party lines to ask: In an increasingly fractured nation, what ideals do we share in common? Following the screening, WVIA’s Larry Vojtko will lead a discussion of the film with a panel of special guests and audience participation, which will be taped for broadcast on WVIA Public Media. 


  • The Bloomsburg Municipal Airport, which is operated by the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority, will hold a Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast this Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. – noon at its location at 301 Airport Rd., Bloomsburg. The event is free and open to the public, however donations are suggested, and will be held rain or shine. 


  • The Bucknell Small Business Development Center will offer a pair of First Step Workshops in March and April. These “pre-business” workshops are intended to assist potential entrepreneurs that are considering starting a business but might not know where to start. Attendees at any of these sessions will learn about legal structure, selection a location, licenses and forms, insurance needs, business planning, small business taxes, hiring employees and more. The first workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the DeWitt Building, 3rd floor, located at 416 Market St., Lewisburg. A second identical workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 1-3 p.m. at Service 1st Federal Credit Union, located at 1985 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11), Danville. Cost is $25 for each workshop, and those interested can register online or by calling 570-577-1249. 


  • The Wilkes Small Business Development Center will also hold a First Step Workshop on Wednesday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at its location at 85 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Cost for this workshop is $20, and registration can be done online or by calling 570-408-4340. A Wilkes SBDC representative is also available to meet with those interested in starting a business in the Bloomsburg and Columbia County area individually by appointment. Call the same number at the Wilkes SBDC to set up an appointment. 


  • The Danville area as well as two Chamber members were recently featured on a travel blog on travel booking website Expedia.com. The post, titled “15 places for the perfect childfree getaway” lists Danville as one of those 15 along with other locales such as Big Sur, Calif., Wailea, Hawaii, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., and others. It also specifically mentions the Abigail House Bed & Breakfast, which “offers a peaceful respite” as well as the Montour Preserve, which is managed by the Montour Area Recreation Commission


  • The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) has added two non-stop flights each weekday to Pittsburgh International Airport beginning on April 23. These flights will be in conjunction with Regional Sky, and are now available to be booked. AVP now offers non-stop flights to seven of the largest hubs in the United States, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, Philadelphia and now Pittsburgh. For more information, see the flyer, or visit AVP’s website.


  • The local PA CareerLink centers have scheduled their 2018 job fairs. The local one in our area will be held on Wednesday, May 9, from 4-7 p.m. at Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School, located at 5050 Sweppenheiser Dr., Bloomsburg. There will also be job fairs during May just outside of the area at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury on May 2 and at the Selinsgrove VFW in May 30. Later in the year, there will be one at the Best Western in Lewisburg on Sept. 6. The registration links for employers are now open for the three May events. See the flyer for more information as well as registration links.