Future Careers Expo Cancelled

The The Foundation of The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce’s Future Careers Expo, scheduled for next Tuesday, Nov. 20, has unfortunately been cancelled. Please keep an eye out for another piece of workforce development programming in the near future. 

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Resources Available For Columbia County

The U. S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance offers low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.  Applications may be submitted online. The deadline to file for physical damages is Dec. 24, 2018.  See the fact sheet for additional details, and for questions or more information, the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955.

The Columbia Montour Chamber is also offering special bridge loans of up to $10,000 at a 3% fixed interest rate to members impacted by this summer’s flooding. Please see the full guidelines and application for this program, and questions can be directed to Chamber president Fred Gaffney at 570-784-2522 or by email

Free Training in Berwick For Online Designing Tool and Resources

Businesses and non-profit organizations in the Berwick area are invited to attend a free training session on Thursday to help with marketing efforts. The Berwick: The Next Step committee has worked with a consultant this fall to develop marketing materials to promote healthy living in Berwick, using the online design platform Canva.com. The committee is now inviting Berwick area businesses to a free training workshop to learn how to use the website, and the materials that have been developed. Canva offers a free version so that businesses can easily develop their own marketing materials.

The workshop is Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Attendees should bring a laptop to get hands-on exposure. There is no cost to attend the workshop or obligation to purchase any software or subscription.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Josh Nespoli at Community Strategies Group via email.

Traditional and Longstanding Events Dot Calendar For Holiday Activities in Berwick

Some long-running and traditional events highlight the holiday activities schedule in Berwick, which kicks off with the 109th Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving. 

The following day, Black Friday, Nov. 23, will mark Santa’s first appearance of the year in our area as the Santa Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Crispin Field and runs down Mulberry, West Front, Market & 11th Streets. Later in the day, Santa will also make an appearance at WHLM’s Parade of Lights in Bloomsburg, and then in Danville the following weekend on Nov. 30 in Danville’s Welcome Santa Parade, sponsored by First Columbia Bank & Trust. Berwick will also have a Small Business Saturday event on Nov. 24 to promote patronage of small businesses in town. 

Berwick’s WinterFest will be on Saturday, Dec. 1, and will feature numerous activities in the downtown including free cookie decorating, horse & carriage rides, a gingerbread house contest, crafts, face painting, marshmallow roasting stations and more. Enjoy live music from The Bennett Brothers Band and ice sculpting while walking the streets. Santa will make another appearance at 5 p.m. before heading to the opening of the Christmas Boulevard at 6 p.m., which the tree will be lit up in St. Charles Park. Sponsors and vendors are still being accepted for WinterFest. Contact the Berwick United Way or visit the Experience Berwick website for more information. 

McBride Memorial Library will also host a Holiday Party on Monday, Dec. 17, from 6-7:30 p.m., that will feature holiday crafts, do-it-yourself presents and carol singing. There will also  be an opportunity to make homemade ornaments and cards for members of the community. Refreshments will be provided. 

For more information on events in Berwick, visit ExperienceBerwick.com

Danville Business Alliance Coordinating Numerous Holiday Activities and Events in Danville

The holiday season will feature several unique and traditional activities in downtown Danville, as well as a series of individual events meant to encourage patronage of small businesses based in Danville. The Danville Business Alliance is coordinating these activities, and it all gets started just prior to Thanksgiving on Saturday, Nov. 17.

That date will feature DBA’s Holiday Open House (not to be confused with the Chamber’s Holiday Open House, which is on Dec. 13). From 5-9 p.m. Saturday and again from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, the shops in downtown Danville, as well as the bars and restaurants, will roll out the welcome mat and help shoppers find early Christmas gifts or just what is needed for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. There will be special offers and refreshments from participating shops and restaurants. Nov. 17 will also be the first of four days that will features free horse drawn carriage rides. The other dates of the carriage rides will be Dec. 14, Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. Saturday, Nov. 24 is Small Business Saturday throughout the country, and Danville will be taking part in that as well. 

Of course, no series of holiday events would be complete without a visit from the man from the North Pole himself, and Santa will be featured a couple of times in Danville. First, on Friday, Nov. 30, there will be a parade down Mill St. from 6-8 p.m. to welcome Santa, sponsored by First Columbia Bank & Trust. Santa’s Cottage will again be open at Canal Park on Mill St. for seven dates through December, beginning with Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12-3 p.m. Other dates the cottage will be open include Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Santa’s Cottage is sponsored by Service 1st Federal Credit Union

Finally, the Danville Hometown Holiday Celebration will be the weekend of Dec. 14-16, and will feature a full slate activities throughout the downtown. These include a late shopper’s night, a Geisinger free flu clinic, free carriage rides and sidewalk cocoa stations and wine tastings on Friday; a children’s parade, art cart sponsored by The Exchange, balloons, gift wrapping, fire pit and music in the park on Saturday; and more shopping and gift wrapping on Sunday.