Member Spotlight: Child Care Information Services of Columbia, Montour & Northumberland Counties

“Membership in the Columbia Montour Chamber has allowed us to network with area businesses and agencies to present ourselves and our services as a resource for employees to maintain employment and for clients involved with other human service agencies.”

– Joanne Blass, Director, CCIS of Columbia, Montour & Northumberland Counties.

The Child Care Information Services (CCIS) agencies are the hub of child care information for all citizens of Pennsylvania. The CCIS helps to educate families on what to look for in quality childcare, including the Keystone Stars program, and how to access other needed services. The CCIS also administers the Child Care Works subsidized child care program for eligible working families from the PA Department of Human Services (DHS), working closely with all area child care providers to maintain agreements to accept subsidized funding and provide valuable services to families and children.

There is a CCIS office for each county in the state. Locally, that office is located in Danville at the Danville Child Development Center (DCDC), which has held the DHS grant for CCIS agencies in Montour County since 1992. In 2013, it changed from CCIS of Montour County to CCIS of Columbia Montour and Northumberland Counties, and now serves families in all three counties. It is the only agency that provides subsidized child care funding through DHS.

The CCIS has membership in both the Columbia and Montour County Human Services coalitions and is a member of the Northumberland County Head Start Policy Council. The CCIS participates in the annual Children’s Fair at the Columbia Mall and organizes annual events to celebrate Week of the Young Child and PA Promise for Children month.

For more information about CCIS, visit its website.

Member spotlights run monthly and are chosen via a random drawing from members that submit their business cards at a Business After Hours event. The next Business After Hours is scheduled for May 17 at the Columbia County Christian School. 

Bucknell SBDC Launches InnovateHER Business Challenge

State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver and the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announce the launch of the 2017 InnovateHER Business Challenge, a prize competition designed to unearth innovative products and services that help, impact and empower the lives of women and families.  Through InnovateHER, the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) is seeking products or services that fill a need in the marketplace and have the potential for commercialization. As a regional host, the Bucknell SBDC will hold a local competition and nominate the winner to the SBA, who will then identify 10 finalists to vie for $70,000 in prize money. Prizes for Bucknell’s local competitors for 2017 will be announced using the hashtag #InnovateHER across @BucknellSBDC Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

This competition will spur national conversation, collaboration, and cooperation at all levels to support women and families. Local competitions will be hosted to select entrepreneurs to advance to the semi-final round. From the pool of semifinalists, SBA will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to the National InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge in mid-2017.  Targeted applicants are entrepreneurs seeking consulting assistance from the SBDC or who have benefitted from the services of the center as they started and grew their businesses in central Pennsylvania. Entrepreneurs who have a product, service, or technology that has a positive impact on the lives of women and families should submit entries to the SBDC via email by May 11.

More information is available at the Bucknell SBDC website

Welcome Cerridwen’s Garden

More than 550 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, Cerridwen’s Garden, to help us fulfill our mission.

Located at 980 Columbia Blvd. (Rt. 11) next to Giant in the Scott Town Center, Cerridwen’s Garden is a floral gift shop and garden center. It specializes in locally handmade wreaths and is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 

Additional contact information is available on the Chamber’s Online Directory

A reminder that anyone who recommends Chamber membership will receive a $25 gift certificate when that organization joins. 

WorkPlace Health Offers Full Range of Employer Health Services

Chamber members learned about the services offered by WorkPlace Health last Wednesday evening at April’s Business After Hours. WorkPlace Health, a division of Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, offers a full range of services for area employers including drug and alcohol screening, OSHA testing, physical and health exams, and rehabilitation for workplace injuries. For more information about their services, visit or call the staff at the Bloomsburg location at 570-317-2794.
Business After Hours provide regular opportunities to build business relationships while learning about the services offered by other Chamber members. Join us for the next Business After Hours on Wednesday, May 17 at Columbia County Christian School.

Member News – April 26, 2017

Member News

Wesley United Methodist Church Hosts Free Handbell Concert

The Hershey Handbell Ensemble will perform a concert at Wesley United Methodist Church, located at Market and West 3rd Streets in Bloomsburg, on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. The concert is free, although the Ensemble gratefully accepts donations. This 16-member group plays seasonally in April and December and has been around since 2004. Based in south-central Pennsylvania, the ensemble performs on seven octaves of Malmark Handbells, Handchimes and assorted other instruments. 


Planet Fitness Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

Planet Fitness, the newest Columbia Montour Chamber member, will have a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a grand opening event beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at their new location in the Columbia Mall in Bloomsburg. The grand opening will run from 4-7 p.m. and is open to the community. There will be giveaways and raffle prizes. Danni Allen, 2013 winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, will also be on site to share her fitness journey, tips and lead group workouts. 

The fitness center, which opened for business in mid-April, is open 24/7 and offers numerous cardio and strength equipment, high-end tanning, massage chairs, a 30-minute circuit program and much more. 


All Are Invited to the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting

The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 4 from 12–1:30 p.m. at the Pine Barn Inn, Danville. If interested in attending, RSVP to Karri Harter by April 28 at 570-752-3930, ext. 6, or through email, and please indicate if you have a vegetarian preference for lunch.


Geisinger Hosts Women’s Wellness Event

Geisinger Health System will host “Caring for Every Woman,” a women’s wellness event on Thursday, May 4, from 5–8 p.m. at the Pine Barn Inn, Danville. This free event will feature women’s wellness education and professional networking as well as live music, appetizers, health screenings and a physician panel discussion. Learn about the health issues facing women of all ages from physicians in neuroscience, urology, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics and breast health. Seating is limited, so register at


First Columbia Hosts Chris Herren

First Columbia Bank will host speaker Chris Herren at Bloomsburg University on Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and this event is open to the public. The founder of the Herren Project, Herren is a former college basketball and NBA player who struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career and overdosed on heroin in June of 2008. With the help of friends and family, he has been clean since August 1, 2008 and has traveled the country telling his story to increase education and public awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and to ultimately help others one person at a time. He was also the subject of a 2011 ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled Unguarded. 

This event is open to the public. However, seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on this event, visit First Columbia’s website or Facebook page.


Geisinger Seeks Community Members for Hot Air Balloon Festival Planning Committee

Geisinger Health System will host the inaugural Dream Big Hot Air Balloon Festival, October 6-7 at Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury. In order to encourage participation and feedback from the community and gain more ideas, Geisinger is currently seeking additional community members to serve on a planning committee for this event. If interested in participating, please contact Linda Vaji at 570-214-2581 or email