- Art of Floating will hold a open house and day of celebration for its fifth anniversary on Saturday, June 9, from 12-4 p.m. There will be live music, food and beverages, special offers, additional vendors, children’s activities and more. Art of Floating will also be collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House of Danville, and anyone that makes a donation will receive a 15% off coupon at Art of Floating. Visit the event page to see a full list of items that RMHD needs, as well as additional information about the vendors that will be attending, including fellow Chamber members Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Marley’s Brewery & Grille and Just a Drop.
- The Bloomsburg Area YMCA will hold its 11th annual community yard sale on Saturday, June 9, from 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in the community through programs at the Y. If you have stuff taking up space around your home that could become someone else’s treasure, look for the Steve Shannon truck in the Y parking lot to drop off your items and support a good cause. The Y will be accepting household items, bedding, games, toys, collectibles, small appliances in working condition, furniture, clean clothing, shoes and boots, dishes, holiday decorations, and more, but no TVs, printers, or computers. Any individuals or groups looking to volunteer for the yard sale or donate food for the bake sale can call the Y at 570-784-0188 or visit the front desk of the Y.
- The Columbia County Traveling Library will hold a Dinosaur Dance Party to kick off its summer reading program on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Rohrbach’s Farm Market, 240 Southern Dr., Catawissa. Dance with life-like Pennsylvania Dinosaurs and a live DJ from 12-1, and there will be music, stories, strawberries, and free books and prizes from the treasure chest. The theme of this year’s summer reading program is “libraries rock,” and along those lines, attendees can also learn about the rock cycle and see rocks and fossils with Dr. Ginny from the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. They can also sign up for the summer reading club and borrow books from the bookmobile. Visit the Traveling Library’s website for its full summer reading line-up of five special events, weekly storytimes, and a Middle School Library Club.
The Hampton Inn by Hilton in Danville was recently presented with a check for over $2,600 from Great Dane Trailers to contribute to its annual fundraising and awareness campaign for Autism Speaks. Each April for the last four years, Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM), which operates the Hampton Inn Danville, has run a month long campaign at all of its hotels around the country to benefit Autism Speaks. For the last three years, the Hampton Inn Danville, as well as its sister property, the Hampton Inn Selinsgrove/Shamokin Dam, has partnered with Great Dane Trailers to raise money for this campaign, and proceeds from Great Dane’s efforts were presented to HHM representatives on May 31.
- MePush recently raised over $750 for Susquehanna Valley Law Enforcement’s Camp Cadet, a nonprofit organization based in Milton that holds a summer camp for children ages 12-15 the reside in Union, Snyder, Northumberland and Montour counties that simulates police training and experiences. It raised these funds by having a day of paintball games vs. a group of local and state police officers last Saturday, June 2. The purpose of Camp Cadet is to provide insight into police training and the overall expectations of a police officer and is a true-to-life experience patterned after municipal and state police training. It focuses on self-esteem, discipline, structure and team work.
- Community Options, Inc., a provider of residential and employment support to people with disabilities, is seeking individuals interested in serving on a new business advisory committee for Community Options’ Bloomsburg office. Community Options’ mission is to promote the integration of persons with disabilities within the communities in which they reside, enabling them to become viable and contributing neighbors, employees and citizens of the community. The purpose of this committee is to discuss and implement ways to help the organization better integrate into the community and bridge the gap between the community and the individuals it serves. If you may be interested in serving on this committee, or for questions, contact associate executive director David McConaghy at 570-638-6007 or email.
- The Bucknell Small Business Development Center will conduct a First Step Pre-Business Workshop for potential entrepreneurs interested in possibly starting their own business on Wednesday, June 13, from 9-11 a.m. at its location on 416 Market St., Lewisburg. This workshop answers typical questions that potential new business owners face such as “what kind of forms and licenses do I need?,” “what is a business plan and how do I prepare one?,” “where can I find financing?” and much more. Cost is $25 and registration can be done online or by calling 570-577-1249.
- The Wilkes Small Business Development Center will also hold a First Step workshop on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at its location on 85 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Registration is $20 for this event, and can be made online or by calling 570-408-3336.
- CSS Industries (Berwick Offray) will host another job fair at the Chamber office at 238 Market St., Bloomsburg, on Thursday, June 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CSS has multiple openings, including for full-time, part-time or summer only positions. Visit CSS’ careers site for a list of openings, and for any questions in advance, contact Melissa Burt via email.
- The Bucknell SBDC will host its annual Celebration of Small Business breakfast, which will also mark a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Bucknell SBDC, on Monday, July 16, from 8-10 a.m. at the Elaine Langone Center’s Terrace Room on the 2nd floor on the Bucknell campus. Business owners, legislators, economic development partners and startup enthusiasts are invited to join the SBDC for breakfast to recognize the entrepreneurs and leaders of the region. Special presentations will include the U.S. Small Business Association Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Eastern PA, the Product Innovator of the Year and the Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, named for the Bucknell SBDC’s founding director. Register online or call 570-577-1249.
- Looking to showcase your business to students at Bucknell while also getting some free consulting work? Bucknell is launching a new pre-orientation program, Design-Thinking Leadership (DTL), providing an opportunity for your business to connect with Bucknell’s newest students. Student teams in the DTL program will formulate actionable solutions to real-world problems posed by local business owners. The program, which runs Aug. 10-14, is seeking 4 -5 business owners to speak with students and present a problem or opportunity in their business. During the next two days student teams will conceptualize, research, and refine a solution; and then pitch to the business owner at the end of the program. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business, make lasting connections with students, and benefit from fresh perspectives and ideas. If interested in participating in this program as a business owner, submit this Google form, and for questions, contact Bucknell SBDC director Steve Stumbris at 570-577-1249 or email.