Chamber Joins Nuclear Power Coalition

The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to join a statewide coalition whose mission is to educate Pennsylvania about the benefits of nuclear energy and the positive impacts of the industry. Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania members include other chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, labor unions, the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors, and businesses involved in generation, including Talen Energy.

Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation for nuclear power generating capacity with nine nuclear reactors across five sites. In 1957, Beaver County became home to the first commercial nuclear power plant in the United States. Located on the Ohio River, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station was the world’s first atomic electric power plant devoted exclusively to peacetime uses. Unit 1 of the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station outside of Berwick went online in 1983 . One of the largest nuclear power plants in the county, each of Susquehanna’s reactors generates enough electricity to power about one million homes. 

Nuclear is one of the greatest sources of Pennsylvania’s electricity, contributing thirty-eight percent of the mix, while also accounting for over ninety percent of Commonwealth’s clean power. Ninety-three percent of the nuclear energy in Pennsylvania is carbon-free.

There are more than 500 companies in Pennsylvania working in the nuclear industry, creating 16,000 jobs that depend on nuclear energy. More information about the economic contributions of the industry are available on this information sheet and at the Nuclear Powers PA website.

Member News – July 11, 2018

Member News

  • Walker’s Jewelers and Nespoli Jewelers will host a “Community Over Competition” event in support of For The Cause, tomorrow evening, July 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Berwick Brewing Co., located at 328 W. Front St., Berwick. Come and learn about the Teen Center and speak with local teens about their experiences at the Teen Center, which will mark its one-year anniversary next month. There will be live acoustic entertainment provided by Dan Hess, and complimentary beverages will be available courtesy of Berwick Brewing. 

 

  • 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 next committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 26 at noon at Community Options’ Bloomsburg office, located at 1117 Old Berwick Rd.

 

  • If you’ve ever wanted to take the Millennium Falcon into hyperspace, stand beneath a 15-foot AT-AT walker, or tour an Ewok village, come to LCBC Church Columbia-Montour any weekend in July. This month, all LCBC campuses throughout Central Pennsylvania transform their space into movie sets and this year the Columbia-Montour campus, located at 2421 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg, will be featuring Star Wars. Experience life-size, interactive movie scenes beginning at 6 p.m. each weekend throughout the month of July. Attendees will be able to: Take photos with Darth Vader, stormtroopers, Princess Leia or racing speeders through the forest of Endor; test drive from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon; see a 15-foot-high animated AT-AT and walk through an Ewok village; and converse with a life-size R2D2 and interact with BB-8! For more information, contact LCBC Church at 570-784-2132 or visit . 

 

 

  • LCBC Church Columbia-Montour will be a premier host site of the 2018 Global Leadership Summit, an annual leadership conference featuring business and thought leaders from throughout the country, which is produced and distributed by the Willow Creek Association. This conference, which takes place outside of Chicago, is live streamed via satellite to several locations throughout the country, including locally at LCBC Church, located at 2421 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg. LCBC Church is offering Chamber members and the public a free preview of this event next Tuesday, July 17, from 8-9:30 a.m. The “Taste of the Summit” is an opportunity to experience a summit session and leadership talk. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. If interested in attending, please RSVP by next Monday, July 16 at 12 p.m. by calling Pam Christine at 570-784-2132, or email. For more information on this free preview, see the invite flyer, and for more information on the summit itself, visit the link above. 

 

  • 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 Thursday, July 19, 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.

 

  • Bloomsburg University will present an exhibition of photos from a soldier who served in the Vietnam War. Titled “Blaine Cooper: Images From a Local Soldier in Vietnam,” the exhibition will take place on Friday, July 27, from 6-8 p.m. in the Gallery at the Greenly Center, located at 50 E. Main St. in downtown Bloomsburg. This event is free and open to the public, and complimentary light refreshments will be provided. Cooper will then be part of a speakers’ panel from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information regarding this event, contact Bob Heckrote, Office of Military and Veterans’ Resources, at 570-389-4696 or email, or graduate assistant Briann Halpin at 570-389-3858 or email

Welcome Framing By CJ

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, Framing By CJ, to help us fulfill our mission.

Framing By CJ is a local, family-owned business that provides custom frames for almost any occasion or purpose. From special pieces of art, to keepsake items, to about anything you can think of, Framing By CJ can make a one-of-a-kind, custom frame for whatever your needs. In nearly 20 years since founding her business in 1999, owner CJ Whitenight-Hamill has been providing framing needs for individuals and businesses in both the local area and throughout the country from her location at 804 Market St. in Bloomsburg. Framing By CJ also offers a gift gallery at its retail location made up of numerous unique gifts for any occasion. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Framing By CJ also offers additional hours by appointment. Framing By CJ can be reached at 570-784-5660 or by email

Danville Business Alliance Announces New Executive Director

From Danville Business Alliance

The Danville Business Alliance (DBA) announced that it has selected Rebecca Dressler to be its next executive director, succeeding Jim Wilson, who retired on June 30.

Ms. Dressler brings a diverse background to the position, with experience in both the private and public sectors in marketing, business development, and financial planning, as well as serving as deputy treasurer of Montour County, and most recently as the DBA executive assistant. She is a lifelong resident of Danville and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. She was chosen from a field of over 30 applicants.

The DBA is a member-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which partners with local businesses, government, community leaders, and residents to promote economic revitalization and reinvestment, historic and architectural preservation, better downtown housing, greater job creation, the growth of the arts, and expanding recreational assets in Danville.

Ms. Dressler will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the DBA and guiding its future initiatives that will continue the revitalization of downtown Danville. In the past decade the DBA has played a significant role in a number of notable downtown achievements:

– Creation of a downtown master plan, guiding downtown growth in the last decade;
– A net growth of 50 new and expanded businesses and over 300 new jobs;
– The establishment of the Danville Arts Council under the umbrella of the DBA;
– More downtown events, enhancing Danville’s reputation as a regional destination;
– Establishment of increased tax and financial incentives, such as Enterprise Zone Credits, overlay of a Keystone Innovation Zone, passage of a business district tax abatement program, and creation of a Qualified Opportunity Zone;
– National accreditation of the DBA nine years in a row by the National Main Street Center;
– Over $400,000 in streetscape improvements;
– 30 completed façade improvement projects;
– Plans and funding for redevelopment of Canal Park, the first step toward an arts district;
– A $1.75 million capital budget authorization for a community arts, events and conference center;
– Conversion of a quarter of vacant and underutilized downtown upper floors into market-rate apartments;
– The benefit of nearly $1.5 million in grants for badly needed revitalization projects; and
– DBA collaborations with more than 40 for profit and non-profit partners to improve the downtown business climate and attract $20 million in investment and reinvestment since 2008

Member News – July 3, 2018

Member News

  • Rock God Brewing and Service 1st Federal Credit Union will host a special release party this Thursday, July 5, from 3:30-9 p.m. for a specially-brewed beer, Duck Duck Goose, that will benefit Service 1st’s seventh annual Charity Duck Derby. Duck Duck Goose is a vanilla coconut IPA brewed special for this cause, and $1 of each pint sold will be donated to this year’s Derby, which will be held on Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. and this year will benefit three local organizations: Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute, the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund. On Thursday, the event will also feature a food truck and live music by a local artist from 5-7 p.m.

 

  • Bloomsburg University and Bigfoot Country recently announced that Bigfoot Country 106.5 (FM) will broadcast all Huskies’ football games, home and away, during the 2018 season. Bigfoot Country is owned and operated by Seven Mountains Media. In addition to the airing of all 11 football games, including pre-game shows, head coach Paul Darragh will join the Morning Lookout show each Friday morning during the season to talk about the upcoming game. Bigfoot Country will also incorporate student involvement, giving opportunities to BU students for hands-on experience as it relates to the processes and structuring of live radio event broadcasts. Following the football season, promotional activity will continue into the basketball season as head women’s basketball coach Alison Tagliaferri and head men’s basketball coach John Sanow will join the Morning Lookout show every Monday morning during their seasons to preview the week ahead. BU will also have the ability for numerous additional live promotional announcements on Bigfoot Country, allowing for the opportunity to talk about other varsity programs on campus including coverage of the women’s volleyball program that will embark on its first varsity season this fall. All broadcasts of BU football during the 2018 season will also be available via Bigfoot Country’s online stream. Additional announcements on the broadcast team for Huskies football as well as radio information for BU basketball will be made at a later time. 

 

  • Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg recently welcomed a new pastor. Rev. Mark F. Reisinger comes to the church after serving congregations in Williamsport, Mechanicsburg and most recently, Lewisburg. He is originally from Perry County and has degrees from Southern Methodist University and Duck University’s Divinity School. Worship services at Wesley UMC are each Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m. 

 

  • AGAPE recently received a $20,000 grant from the Berwick Health & Wellness Fund, the original and largest fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. This grant will supplement AGAPE’s Life Challenges program, which assists poor clients who have been responsible with their money but due to circumstances beyond their control, need financial assistance to help meet monthly bills or unexpected needs. The Berwick Health & Wellness Fund also provided an additional $10,000 to help purchase food backpacks for kids from low-income homes in the area. Two other funds run through the CSCF also donated funds to AGAPE. The Benton Youth in Philanthropy fund donated $1,000 to the Life Challenges program, while the Central Columbia Youth in Philanthropy gave $500 for the backpack program. 
    (Note: Both AGAPE and the CSCF will host Chamber Business After Hours later this year, AGAPE on Aug. 29 and CSCF on Nov. 14)

 

  • The Borough of Danville’s  summer newsletter is now available. It has an update on the Borough’s water distribution system as well as information on all of the events occurring throughout the summer in Danville. 

 

  • 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 next committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 26 at noon at Community Options’ Bloomsburg office, located at 1117 Old Berwick Rd.

 

  • If you’ve ever wanted to take the Millennium Falcon into hyperspace, stand beneath a 15-foot AT-AT walker, or tour an Ewok village, come to LCBC Church Columbia-Montour any weekend in July. This month, all LCBC campuses throughout Central Pennsylvania transform their space into movie sets and this year the Columbia-Montour campus, located at 2421 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg, will be featuring Star Wars. Experience life-size, interactive movie scenes beginning at 6 p.m. each weekend throughout the month of July. Attendees will be able to: Take photos with Darth Vader, stormtroopers, Princess Leia or racing speeders through the forest of Endor; test drive from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon; see a 15-foot-high animated AT-AT and walk through an Ewok village; and converse with a life-size R2D2 and interact with BB-8! For more information, contact LCBC Church at 570-784-2132. 

 

  • The Bloomsburg Public Library will be holding a “Country Fair” on Saturday, July 14, to help kick off Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s production of Charlotte’s Web, and is looking for a large popcorn machine to use for this event. If you or your organization has one available and would be willing to loan it to the Bloomsburg Public Library to use on this date, please contact Lydia Kegler, library director, at 570-784-0883 or email. The library is also looking for carnival type games that could be set up inside the children’s library or possibly outside in the parking lot. 

 

  • 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.

 

  • Bloomsburg University will present an exhibition of photos from a soldier who served in the Vietnam War. Titled “Blaine Cooper: Images From a Local Soldier in Vietnam,” the exhibition will take place on Friday, July 27, from 6-8 p.m. in the Gallery at the Greenly Center, located at 50 E. Main St. in downtown Bloomsburg. This event is free and open to the public, and complimentary light refreshments will be provided. Cooper will then be part of a speakers’ panel from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information regarding this event, contact Bob Heckrote, Office of Military and Veterans’ Resources, at 570-389-4696 or email, or graduate assistant Briann Halpin at 570-389-3858 or email

 

  • 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