Promote Your Business to New Bloomsburg University Students

Local businesses are being invited to sponsor prizes for the Husky Prize Patrol during the summer orientation experiences for new Bloomsburg University freshmen, new transfer students, and their families. The Husky Prize Patrol is a spirit-based set of contests designed to generate enthusiasm around the new students’ life as a Husky.  The University is interested in partnering with local businesses as a means of introducing the new students and families to not only the campus community, but also the local Bloomsburg community.

For every prize donated, the business name, services, and location will be introduced to 600-800 new students and families daily. With six orientation dates, the University is asking for a minimum donation of six prizes, or multiples of six, to have consistency with the spirit competitions day-to-day. Anyone with questions can contact Kayla May, assistant director of New Student Orientation, at 570-389-4659 or email. If you do wish to participate, prizes are needed in hand by Friday, June 8, and can be picked up or mailed to Bloomsburg University, 400 East Second Street, 112 Elwell Hall, Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301.

2017-18 Leadership Central Penn Class to Hold Graduation May 17 at Pine Barn Inn

Chamber members and the public are invited to attend the Leadership Central Penn graduation luncheon as the LCP class of 2018 completes the Chamber’s annual community leadership program for working professionals, which is run by the Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber

Date: May 17, 2018
Location: Pine Barn Inn, Danville
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The year’s keynote speaker is Ed Edwards, former president of the Columbia Montour Chamber, who retired in 2010. A full buffet lunch will be served and the cost is $25 per person. See the menu, register and pay online, or by calling 570-784-2522. 

Leadership Central Penn is sponsored by Kawneer, SEKISUI SPI, Bloomsburg University and USG. Members of the Leadership Central Penn Class of 2018 include:

The 2017-18 class at its first meeting/retreat back in September.

Matt Beltz
Columbia Montour Chamber

Tamara Collae
PPL Electric Utilities

Stephanie Gryboski

Vanessa Hales

Sharon Haverlak

Brandi Hoffman
Service 1st Federal Credit Union

Jordan Ikeler
First Keystone Community Bank

Amanda Jarski
First Keystone Community Bank

Michael Maylath
Autoneum North America, Inc.

Eric McCabe
Bloomsburg University

Scott Near

Jalon Orzolek

Brandon Stauffer
Autoneum North America, Inc.

Teresa Peters
For the Cause

Brian Rakauskas
Girton Manufacturing

Adam Robinson

Candy Ryan
Bloomsburg University

Carol Walters
Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

Rhonda Wieners
The Hope Center

McKayla Zimmerman
First Columbia Bank & Trust


Member News – May 9, 2018

Member News

  • PA CareerLink Columbia/Montour Counties will hold its 2018 job fair tonight, May 9, from 4-7 p.m. at Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School, located at 5050 Sweppenheiser Dr., Bloomsburg. There will also be a job fairs just outside of the area at the Selinsgrove VFW on May 30. Later in the year, there will be one at the Best Western in Lewisburg on Sept. 6. All of these events are open to the public to attend. See the flyer for more information. 


  • The Bucknell Small Business Development Center will present the second of a three-part series on marketing to customers tomorrow, May 10, from 9-10:30 a.m. at its facility on 416 Market St., Lewisburg. This presentation is titled “Marketing to Your Customers: The Who, What, Where, Why and When.” Attendees will learn about targeting the right audience, get an overview of traditional and social media and the importance of relevant content in targeting their business’s core customer base. The third and final part of the series is scheduled for next Thursday, May 17, and is titled “Marketing Online: Getting Under the Hood With the Tools of the Trade.” For more information on all three programs, visit the the Bucknell SBDC’s events page. Cost is $35 and registration can be done online or by calling 570-577-1249.


  • The Bloomsburg Municipal Airport will host a Fly-In/Drive-In breakfast and pig roast this Saturday, May 12 at the airport, located at 301 Airport Rd., Bloomsburg. The breakfast will be from 8-11 a.m., with the pig roast to follow from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will also be an FAA safety seminar from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. featuring Al Hubler, a retired air traffic controller, who will share his insight and what it’s like from the “other end” of the communication radio. There is no cost or registration required to attend the breakfast or pig roast, however donations are accepted, and registration is requested for the FAA safety seminar. For more information, email BJ Teichman, airport coordinator, or call 570-317-2481. 


  • The Wilkes Small Business Development Center will hold its next First Step workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs on Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at its location at 85 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre. This event is intended to help aspiring business owners begin the process of successful business ownership, including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan and exploring financing options. Cost is $20. To register, visit the link above or call 570-577-1249.


  • Red Rock Job Corps Center invites interested parties to bid on a repair project at its building in Lopez. The job requires the removal of flooring, constructing of a trench drain system in the crawlspace below the floor, connection of the drainage system to the main drain/sump pump, and installation of the new floor and repair of the remainder of the existing floor. See the scope of work for more information, and for additional information or questions, call 570-477-0203. A mandatory pre-bid walk through will take place next Thursday, May 17 at 10 a.m., during which a complete bid packet will be distributed. the bid due date is June 1


  • Penn College and WVIA Public Media invite K-12 students, teachers and parents to create their own original board games or video games in the Game On! Art Challenge. Inspired by the documentary “Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters,” which aired on WVIA and can be viewed on WVIA On Demand, YouTube and the series website, this challenge invites entries of original games created by students in grades K-12, as well as teachers and parents in either classic board game style or in a video game format. The entry deadline is May 18. There are three categories: Grades K-6, 7-12 and teacher/parent. Email entries to Elaine Lambert, executive producer of the the documentary. For more information, visit here.


  • CSS Industries, Inc. (Berwick Offray) will conduct a job fair at the Columbia Montour Chamber building, located at 238 Market St., Bloomsburg, on Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more about the company and the positions available. Whether you’re looking for full-time, part-time or even summer work for students, CSS has a spot for you. 


  • Montour Area Recreation Commission staff and volunteers are planning a major cleanup of the 6.2-mile long North Branch Canal Trail in Columbia and Montour Counties on Sunday, May 20, from 1-5 p.m. This is MARC’s most ambitious cleanup effort yet along the trail, therefore it is seeking additional volunteers, who are asked to wear boots or other sturdy footwear, long pants and gloves. Children may attend but must be supervised by a parent or adult at all times. Light refreshments will be provided and the event will be held rain or shine, unless thunderstorms or other severe weather in anticipated. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Danville Soccer Park across from the Danville State Hospital at 1 p.m., and from there, the group will be broken into teams and head out to the trail. Volunteers aren’t required to stay until 5 p.m. and may leave whenever needed. For more information, please contact Bob Stoudt at 570-336-2060 or email


  • The Weis Center for the Performing Arts, in collaboration with the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and the Susquehanna River Arts initiative, is hosting a free art exhibit and installation featuring the work of 10 local artists from now through Friday, May 25 in the Weis Center’s upper Atrium Lobby. The exhibit is free and takes place on the upper level of the Atrium Lobby, which is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Participating artists will include: Annie Barnhart, Robert Brown, Pete Grimord, Joan Grimord, Gail Fox, Glen Klein, Abigail Kurecian, Sara Mika, Pam Thomas and William Whitmoyer. Each artist will have several samples of artwork on display. 


  • Geisinger Health Plan and the Columbia-Montour Aging Office, Inc. are teaming up to bring “A Matter of Balance,” an award-winning program, to the area for a series of presentations in April and May. This program for older adults and is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. It is available to the public at no cost and will be held each Monday, through May 21, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community, located at 1707 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11), Danville. The program will also be held on Tuesday, May 29 due to Memorial Day, and this will be the last class. Attendees will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance. Registration is required, and to do so, call the GHP wellness team at 866-415-7138. 

Welcome Penn State World Campus

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, the Penn State World Campus, to help us fulfill our mission.

Penn State World Campus is the centralized online delivery unit of Penn State that works with academic units and colleges to deliver more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs online to learners at a distance. Penn State launched the World Campus in 1998 in order to make online degree programs available to students beyond the reach of its physical campuses. Today, Penn State World Campus specializes in serving adult learners, corporate partners, and the military. Penn State World Campus is composed of units skilled in developing and delivering high-quality degrees as well as teams of professionals focused solely on providing students with the custom academic and support services necessary for success. Its teams work closely with Penn State faculty and academic departments residing within the colleges to develop and deliver high quality programs online to learners who choose not to attend a physical Penn State campus due to geography or life factors. 

Bloomsburg University Dog Pound Competition Encourages Young Entrepreneurs

Nathaniel Treichler of Northampton, 1st place winner at BU’s Dog Pound

Students from Bloomsburg University and high schools from across the state recently participated in a “Shark-Tank” style business competition on campus. Ideas ranged from regenerating human limbs to an app to help drivers find parking to running a café. The 2nd Husky Dog Pound competition was held April 26 at the Zeigler College of Business.

The University student portion of the competition consisted of several rounds of judging, starting with video presentations, followed by in-person presentations and judging. High school students had three minutes to present their ideas before three-person panels which included Chamber representatives Karen Wood, Board Chair (Service 1st Federal Credit Union); Fred Gaffney, President, and Jeff Emanuel, Director of the Chamber Foundation. The team of Tanner Vandermark and Connor Eyerly from Central Columbia High School finished third with their Rapido Pasta idea. Sawyer Kemp from Berwick High School placed eighth.

Tristan Peace of Watsontown, 2nd place at BU’s Dog Pound

The top B.U. student finishers received cash awards plus a one-year membership in the Chamber and access to the Chamber’s low-interest loan program. First place was Nathaniel Treichler from Northampton for Sleazy Greetings. Nathaniel also won the inaugural competition last year. Second place went to Tristan Peace from Watsontown with Creative Way Films. The team of Jimel Calliste and Dorron Hunt from Bloomsburg finished third with People’s Top Choice Transportation.

“As part of the Chamber’s purpose is to encourage new business development, we were pleased to be a part of the Husky Dog Pound which encourages entrepreneurism,” said Gaffney. Look for these students at upcoming Business After Hours.


Jimel Calliste and Dorron Hunt from Bloomsburg, 3rd place at BU’s Dog Pound