Member News – February 28, 2018

Member News

  • Bloomsburg University, in conjunction with WVIA Public Media, will hold a screening of the PBS documentary, American Creed tonight, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. This screening is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so reserve your seat online. In American Creed, Condoleezza Rice and David M. Kennedy team up across party lines to ask: In an increasingly fractured nation, what ideals do we share in common? Following the screening, WVIA’s Larry Vojtko will lead a discussion of the film with a panel of special guests and audience participation, which will be taped for broadcast on WVIA Public Media. 

 

  • The Bloomsburg Municipal Airport, which is operated by the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority, will hold a Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast this Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. – noon at its location at 301 Airport Rd., Bloomsburg. The event is free and open to the public, however donations are suggested, and will be held rain or shine. 

 

  • The Bucknell Small Business Development Center will offer a pair of First Step Workshops in March and April. These “pre-business” workshops are intended to assist potential entrepreneurs that are considering starting a business but might not know where to start. Attendees at any of these sessions will learn about legal structure, selection a location, licenses and forms, insurance needs, business planning, small business taxes, hiring employees and more. The first workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the DeWitt Building, 3rd floor, located at 416 Market St., Lewisburg. A second identical workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 1-3 p.m. at Service 1st Federal Credit Union, located at 1985 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11), Danville. Cost is $25 for each workshop, and those interested can register online or by calling 570-577-1249. 

 

  • The Wilkes Small Business Development Center will also hold a First Step Workshop on Wednesday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at its location at 85 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Cost for this workshop is $20, and registration can be done online or by calling 570-408-4340. A Wilkes SBDC representative is also available to meet with those interested in starting a business in the Bloomsburg and Columbia County area individually by appointment. Call the same number at the Wilkes SBDC to set up an appointment. 

 

  • The Danville area as well as two Chamber members were recently featured on a travel blog on travel booking website Expedia.com. The post, titled “15 places for the perfect childfree getaway” lists Danville as one of those 15 along with other locales such as Big Sur, Calif., Wailea, Hawaii, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., and others. It also specifically mentions the Abigail House Bed & Breakfast, which “offers a peaceful respite” as well as the Montour Preserve, which is managed by the Montour Area Recreation Commission

 

  • The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) has added two non-stop flights each weekday to Pittsburgh International Airport beginning on April 23. These flights will be in conjunction with Regional Sky, and are now available to be booked. AVP now offers non-stop flights to seven of the largest hubs in the United States, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, Philadelphia and now Pittsburgh. For more information, see the flyer, or visit AVP’s website.

 

  • The local PA CareerLink centers have scheduled their 2018 job fairs. The local one in our area will be held on Wednesday, May 9, from 4-7 p.m. at Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School, located at 5050 Sweppenheiser Dr., Bloomsburg. There will also be job fairs during May just outside of the area at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury on May 2 and at the Selinsgrove VFW in May 30. Later in the year, there will be one at the Best Western in Lewisburg on Sept. 6. The registration links for employers are now open for the three May events. See the flyer for more information as well as registration links. 

Welcome Viamedia

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, Viamedia, to help us fulfill our mission.

Headquartered regionally in the Lehigh Valley and nationally out of New York and Lexington, Ky., Viamedia has a local office in Bloomsburg and works with its client to provide advertising solutions for businesses and organizations of all sizes. Viamedia works with national networks and television providers (cable and satellite) to provide clients with local, regional and national exposure on national networks such as HGTV, ESPN, Fox News, History, and much more. It also offers a full suite of digital assets. Locally, Viamedia has an office in the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center, right next door to the Chamber at 240 Market St., and can be reached at 570-387-5266. Local representative Colleen Liddick can also be reached via email. For more information, visit Viamedia’s website

2018 Chamber Golf Tournament Details Announced

The Columbia Montour Chamber’s annual golf tournament in 2018, sponsored by Williams will be held on Thursday, May 24 at Mill Race Golf Course in Benton. There will be a 10 a.m. shotgun. 

Registration and sponsorship forms will be going out in March’s ChamberPack, which members should receive in their mailboxes the week of March 5. This information is also available on the tournament page, and registrations and sponsorships can also be purchased online. 

Member News – February 21, 2018

Member News

  • Today is the last day that Thrivent Financial will be collecting items for the Ronald McDonald House of Danville. Thrivent has a collection box at its office located at 417 W. Main St., Bloomsburg, and is collecting small snack items and beverages such as K-cups, juice boxes, and individually-wrapped snack items like granola bars, crackers and cookies. Anyone interested in making a donation should drop it off at Thrivent’s office by 3 p.m. today. Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 22, the public is invited to join Thrivent at the Ronald McDonald House between 5-8 p.m. where these donations will be presented to RMHD, and attendees can hear about the mission and focus of RMHD, take guided tours of the house and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and a dessert buffet. 

 

  • Friedman Electric will host an art exhibit featuring local artist Claude Harrington at its Bloomsburg store, located at 1100 Old Berwick Rd., this afternoon, Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 3-5 p.m. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served. Attendees can meet the arist, enjoy the arts and grab a snack while also having an opportunity to look around Friedman Electric’s Lighting Design Center, which features a wide range of products to keep homes and businesses a place of beauty, comfort and energy efficiency. This would make a perfect and convenient stop on the way to tonight’s Business After Hours, which is just down the street from Friedman Electric at Art of Floating and begins at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

  • The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline construction continues to make steady, safe and environmentally responsible progress, according to Williams. Construction is already more than 30 percent complete, keeping the project on schedule to begin flowing natural gas later this year in late summer. To keep residents, businesses and other interested stakeholders up to date on construction activities, Williams has prepared an Atlantic Sunrise Construction newsletter for Schuylkill, Northumberland and Columbia counties. In it, you’ll find information on the latest round of the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant program, and a mention of Williams’ recent nomination for the Chamber’s 2018 Large Business of the Year award. 

 

  • The Borough of Danville recently transitioned to new recycling tubs for its curb side recycling program. If you or anyone you know is still using the black plastic buckets for recycling, please call the Danville Borough office at 570-275-3091, ext. 0 to request a new recycling tub. 

 

  • The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit’s technology group will conduct a pair of computer fairs for middle and high school students in March, and is seeking professionals in business and the community to serve as judges in specific categories. The middle school fair will be held on Monday, March 5 while the high school fair will be on Monday, March 26. Both will be held at CSIU 16’s building located at 90 Lawton Lane, Milton, and will run from 9-11 a.m. Categories that need judges are animation, computer fair logo, digital movies, graphic design, programming and web page design. For more information, or if interested in serving as a judge, contact Bill Herald as CSIU via email no later than this Friday, Feb. 23.

 

  • The Bloomsburg Municipal Airport, which is operated by the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority, will hold a Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. – noon at its location at 301 Airport Rd., Bloomsburg. The event is free and open to the public, however donations are suggested, and will be held rain or shine. 

 

  • The local PA CareerLink centers have scheduled their 2018 job fairs. The local one in our area will be held on Wednesday, May 9, from 4-7 p.m. at Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School, located at 5050 Sweppenheiser Dr., Bloomsburg. There will also be job fairs during May just outside of the area at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury on May 2 and at the Selinsgrove VFW in May 30. Later in the year, there will be one at the Best Western in Lewisburg on Sept. 6. The registration links for employers are now open for the three May events. See the flyer for more information as well as registration links. 

Application Deadline For Next Round of Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program is March 1

The Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant program has granted more than $2 million to 268 organizations through Pennsylvania since its inception in 2015. Williams is now accepting grant applications for its latest round of grants, which will be the seventh round, and application deadline for this spring cycle is next Thursday, March 1. Two cycles of Atlantic Sunrise grant awards are announced each year – spring and fall. 

Please visit the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant program page to learn more about the application process, eligibility guidelines, and how organizations are utilizing grant funds to improve their local communities. The application can also be accessed on the same website. 

Several Chamber members have benefited from receiving grants during previous grant rounds since the program’s inception in 2015, including the Columbia County Traveling Library, the Foundation of the Columbia Montour ChamberHemlock TownshipPennsylvania College of Technology Foundation, Buckhorn Volunteer Fire Co.Camp VictoryBenton Rodeo AssociationBloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and the Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School