July’s Chamber Spotlight Winner’s Mission is to Bring Great People and Great Organizations Together

Aerotek is a leader in the recruiting and staffing industry. Their Williamsport location covers both Montour and Columbia Counties. With nearly three decades in the recruiting and staffing industry, they have developed the knowledge and skills to deliver a perfect fit between a candidate and an employer.

Aerotek was founded in 1983 to service the recruiting and staffing needs for the aerospace and defense industry. Due to Aerotek’s rapid growth and success, they’ve continued to expand their services to provide recruiting and staffing to many industries focusing on technical, professional and industrial staffing.
Their mission is to bring great people and great organizations together. This is the foundation that has made Aerotek who they are today.

For more information you can visit Aerotek’s Website.

Your business could be featured as next month’s Business Spotlight. Simply attend Chamber events and submit your business card at registration. At the end of the month we randomly select a lucky business to be spotlighted.

Danville flood closure project, Route 11 Detour

The Route 11 flood closure project detour began Tuesday, July 23. It is planned to continue through November.

During the detour, vehicles traveling on Route 11 north and intending to turn left onto Route 54 west will be unable to do so immediately.  Instead, they will be directed to travel straight until reaching Mill Street.  At that point, they will turn left, reaching Route 54 west via Mill Street and Spruce Street. This should help ensure against traffic backups by vehicles attempting to turn left at the actual site of construction itself.

During this time, the road over Mahoning Creek at the site of construction will be down to two lanes, with one lane of traffic for each direction.  The two lanes open will change as construction progresses, but there will not be less than two available at any given time.

All temporary signals have been installed and all other necessary traffic control work has been completed in preparation of the detour/lane restrictions

United Water to Replace Water Valves in Downtown Bloomsburg July 23 and 25

The need has arisen for United Water technicians to replace valves on the water main serving portions of Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg.  Valves control the flow of water through the mains and periodically need to be replaced, sometimes on short notice.

This work will be performed during early morning hours on July 23 and July 25 to minimize inconvenience to businesses and residences whose water service will be impacted by the project.  Affected customers are being notified by means of written notice delivered to their location.

The first valve replacement project will occur between 3:00 and 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23 affecting water service to United Water customers on Main Street from Town Hall north along Light Street Road to just below Penn Street.  The second valve replacement project will occur during these same hours on Thursday, July 25 affecting water service to customers primarily on Main Street between Iron and Market Streets in the downtown.  However, some customers on Main Street in the vicinity of Town Hall could also experience sporadic water service outages during these hours on July 25.

United Water Crew members will continue working at street level on both dates to facilitate resurfacing through 12:00 p.m.  Flaggers will be deployed to assist with traffic control during the time that the work is performed.

United Water thanks affected customers for their patience and cooperation in view of the need for these necessary improvements to assure proper water flow.

Tax Code Changes a Mixed Bag for Job Creators

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

The 2013-14 General Fund budget signed on June 30th and accompanying Tax Code bill contain many positive provisions for Pennsylvania job creators and residents, but at the same time reflect the consequences of the $47 billion and growing public pension debt.

The new state budget raises the cap on the amount of revenue losses businesses can claim for tax purposes. The $3 million NOL cap increases to $4 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015.

In addition, the inheritance tax on small family-owned businesses has been eliminated; and the Corporate Loans Tax is slated for repeal in 2014.

However, the budget also contains strengthened expense add-back provisions and slows down, for the fourth time, the elimination of the Capital Stock and Franchise tax; a plan to begin reducing the 9.99 percent Corporate Net Income tax was also not included.

The CSFT was scheduled for elimination on Jan. 1, 2014. The decision to put that elimination on hold came into play when it was determined that more revenue would be needed to fulfill the state’s public pension obligations. The CSFT will now remain on the books through 2016, although the rate will be gradually lowered for each of the next two years. The current 0.89 percent tax rate will decline to 0.67 percent in 2014 and 0.45 percent in 2015. It is expected to generate $58 million next fiscal year, $183 million in 2014-15 and $99 million in 2015-16, according to estimates from the House Appropriations Committee.

Eye Center of Central PA Celebrates New Location

The Eye Center of Central Pennsylvania is celebrating their Bloomsburg location with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, July 17th at 4:30 p.m. Join the Chamber and the Eye Center for an evening of networking. Refreshments and light fare provided by O’Donnell Winery and Balzano’s.

The Eye Center of Central PA’s mission is to enhance quality of life by improving sight, preventing blindness and advancing ophthalmic knowledge through compassionate patient care and superior customer satisfaction. They are committed to confidentiality, respect, and high-quality care for all patients.

If you are interested in attending this ribbon cutting and networking event please RSVP with The Eye Center of Central PA at (570) 259-3078 or spurdy@eyecenterofpa.com by Monday, July 15th.