Welcome LIVIC Civil

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, LIVIC Civil, to help us fulfill our mission.

Founded just in late 2017, LIVIC Civil is a engineering firm that specializes in providing site and civil engineering, land development and municipal engineering services to the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Various markets it has experience in include residential and mixed use, retail, municipal, industrial, warehousing, energy, healthcare, civic and faith centers and educational. Services include land development, survey and subdivision, zoning and land use representation, municipal engineering, construction administration, stormwater permitting, feasibility and master planning, ADA compliance and streetscapes and infrastructure. Located at 109 Monroe St. (Rts. 11 & 15), Suite 70 in Selinsgrove, LIVIC Civil can be reached at 570-560-1275 or by email. Also check out their Facebook and LinkedIn pages. 

Member News – March 7, 2018

Member News

  • PA CareerLink Columbia/Montour Counties will hold a webinar about workers’ compensation tomorrow afternoon, March 8, from 2-3 p.m. Intended for small business owners and human resources professionals, this hour webinar, presented by the PA Department of Labor & Industry, will detail the process of how workers’ comp claims are made and processed, all in an attempt to make it as painless as possible for employers. To register, contact Donna Eyerly by email


  • Tyler Helwig of MePush

    Staff from MePush recently built the skills into the Google Assistant platform to contact MePush for help directly from the device. Clients in need of MePush’s services can simply say, “Ok Google, talk to MePush” and then the platform asks some key questions like name, phone, business or personal computer, and the type of problem. Afterwards, the device contacts MePush directly and creates a ticket in their customer service system. The lead on the cutting-edge project was Tyler Helwig (above). This new technology makes it easier for MePush to ask the proper questions of clients, and even easier for the client to conveniently contact the company in addition to phone or email. 


  • The Wilkes Small Business Development Center will 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 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 Bucknell Small Business Development Center will offer a First Step Workshop on Wednesday, April 11, from 1-3 p.m. at Service 1st Federal Credit Union, located at 1985 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11), Danville. This “pre-business” workshop is intended to assist potential entrepreneurs that are considering starting a business but might not know where to start. Attendees will learn about legal structure, selection a location, licenses and forms, insurance needs, business planning, small business taxes, hiring employees and more. Cost is $25 for each workshop, and those interested can register online or by calling 570-577-1249. 


  • 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. 

Second Week of PA State Budget Hearings Includes Discussion on Labor

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

During the second week of annual budget hearings with the heads of state agencies and state row offices, House and Senate Appropriations Committee members discussed a variety of issues related to the Wolf administration’s 2018-19 proposed state spending plan and related policy initiatives. 

At a Senate Appropriations Hearing with L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, questions were asked about the impact of minimum wage increases on employers and the overall economy. Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, noted the state’s Independent Fiscal Office report last year showing that an increase to $12 an hour – as Gov. Wolf wants to impose in this year’s budget – would lead to 54,000 lost jobs. According to a summary of the hearing by Pennsylvania Legislative Services, Oleksiak acknowledged there are different reports and opined that some of the benefits he believes exists with minimum wage increases is that they “save on state aid and assistance provided to people earning minimum wage.” The PA Chamber is steadfastly opposed to government mandated wage hikes, as they are proven to result in fewer employee hours, less investment and hiring opportunities and job loss (especially among smaller businesses). 

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.

Data Analytics: Health Data Should be Used For More Than Just Keeping Score

From ChamberChoice and Smart Business Pittsburgh

Benefits consultants use data as a part of the consulting services provided to employers. The consulting strategy includes looking at health claims throughout the benefits year, creating reports and reviewing the reports with the benefits administration team.

“But this approach of simply ‘keeping score’ of data doesn’t accomplish the goals of every employer, which is to drive down the costs of a health insurance program,” says Michael Galardini, director of sales at JRG Advisors. “The next generation benefits consultant uses predictive modeling and data analytics to lower the largest cost of a health insurance program: emerging claims.”

Smart Business spoke with Galardini about how employers can get better results with emerging claims to lower the costs of a health insurance program.

How can predictive modeling and data analytics software identify risks andimprove a health insurance program?
Predictive modeling and data analytics software is a population health management service that can identify the high-risk members of a health insurance program.

Once identified, these members are ranked by severity and gaps in care. A web-based reporting system will provide access to the actionable information to target these high-cost and high-risk members. The system reveals the members who are noncompliant with preventive care — and members who require disease management, prescription drug maintenance or health coaching intervention.

Managing this data properly can ensure that these high-risk members don’t fall through the cracks.

Once properly identified, the next step in the risk management strategy is to evaluate the actual cost and forecast the cost in the next 12 months for each member. These include things like the number of emergency room and inpatient stays for each member in the next year. By identifying and evaluating these emerging claims, consultants can now get ahead of the costs that are driving the increases in premiums.

What’s the benefit for employers?
Identifying and managing these claims helps stabilize or lower the premium costs. The old process of reviewing claims data after the claim already occurs doesn’t allow the benefits consultant to provide a strategy to mitigate the costs to the employer.

Using predictive modeling and data analytics to identify high-risk members gives time to develop a population health management strategy to better manage the emerging claims.

What is population health management?
A significant component of reducing the identified health risk is using care managers to work with high-cost and high-risk members. Benefits consultants partner with care managers to review the data provided by the predictive modeling and data analytics software to motivate these members to manage their health care. Care managers can work directly and confidentially with the members to ensure the proper medical care is being provided for their specific medical conditions. These members will be guided through actions, such as timely preventive care, prescription drug adherence and coordination of care.

How do employees benefit?
The goal of the care managers is to teach the high-cost and high-risk members to self-manage their health care, comply with care instructions and pursue ways to improve their health status. Care managers can also use cost transparency tools to guide the member to find the best price for medical services. This not only keeps the claims costs lower for the health insurance plan, but also can help lower out-of-pocket costs the member has in the form of a deductible or co-insurance.

Incorporating predictive modeling and data analytics with a population health management strategy can produce the result that every employer expects from a benefits consultant — disrupting the current distribution model to move the needle of the emerging claims to lower the costs of a health insurance program.