Congressman Barletta addresses Columbia Montour Chamber

Barletta Breakfast: Congressman Lou Barletta spoke to members of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau at a breakfast meeting held Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Greenly Center in Downtown Bloomsburg. Barletta discussed the Iran Nuclear Deal, transportation funding, a proposed increase to the minimum wage, and Pennsylvania’s budget impasse.

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New Fitness Center Opening in Berwick

The Chamber will be welcoming Xtreme Row to 131 W Front Street in Berwick on Saturday, August 29th. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. with a Training For Warriors Hurricane. The Chamber will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:15 a.m. and Xtreme Row will be holding four more training sessions throughout the day.

For a tentative Grand Opening training schedule click here. Space is limited for each class, so please register to reserve your spot!

All sessions will be $10 per person with 100% of those fees donated to the Berwick Food Program!

The Berwick Food Program, provided by For The Cause NEPA (FTC) collaborates with local organizations to distribute food items to students, families, and individuals-in-need. Partnerships with local schools, soup kitchens, and charities have helped FTC serve more than 25,000 supplemental meals since the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Additionally, Xtreme Row will be holding a basket raffle featuring great prizes from many local businesses! If you would like to donate a gift for this raffle, please email [email protected].

Xtreme Row will be making a matching donation of up to $500 raised on this day!

Chamber Officially Welcoming Bason Coffee Roasting to Downtown Danville

Bason Coffee Roasting will host a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on August 28 at 8:30 a.m. The Columbia Montour Chamber, Danville Business Alliance and Central PA Chamber will be on hand to welcome the business to 14 Rear East Mahoning Street in Danville. Enjoy fresh roasted coffee, light refreshments and a free sample of ground coffee with any purchase.

Member Spotlight

SykesJohn H. Sykes founded Sykes Enterprises, Inc. in 1977 as a small technical engineering firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company’s initial purpose was to provide design and engineering services to Fortune 500 companies. Business was strong and the firm grew rapidly. The company expanded into New York in 1983 and Colorado in 1985. By 1990, Sykes Enterprises had branched out into Texas and established an Information Services Division in Tampa, Florida, which was later to become the company headquarters. In 1991, many companies were having a hard time weathering the recession. Leaner business years, however, worked in Sykes Enterprises’ favor. Many companies were looking to outsource support services, and employment at Sykes actually rose during the early 1990s. In 1991, the company had 1,150 employees at 23 offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

In 1994, Sykes opened a customer support call center in Sterling, Colorado, providing technically skilled job seekers with an alternative to low-paying jobs with little future. The call center marked the beginning of what was to become the most profitable division of Sykes Enterprises. Software and hardware manufacturers were realizing that customer service was a vital part of retaining brand loyalty among buyers of their products, but found it difficult to maintain efficient and reliable call centers of their own. Sykes decided to target those companies with a cost-effective option for outsourcing customer support. When a customer had a question about a recently purchased product, a call to the manufacturer would be seamlessly directed to a Sykes call center. Sykes provides customer contact management solutions and services in the business process outsourcing (BPO) arena.

Sykes has taken leaps and bounds in getting involved with the community and helping in any way they can. For the past two summers they have done a donation drive for the Women’s shelter on supplies/personal hygiene needs. They participated in Berwick’s Week of Caring and had about 15 staff members spend 2 hours cleaning up the Berwick Theater. In March, they had a large drive for games/books/craft supplies for the Big Brother/Big Sister after school programs as well as had a team bowl at their annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Staff members also did a spring cleaning and they had a donation of clothes and toys that were donated to the Save Berwick Pool fund. They have become a part of the community watch awareness walks in Berwick. Currently they are gathering School supplies to help the local area “Stuff the Bus”.

Sykes has received commendations from the Mayor of Berwick, Outstanding Community Business Award and Letter of Recognition from the Women’s Center in Bloomsburg, a thank you Letter from the Big Brother’s Big Sisters of the Bridge, a thank you letter of Participation in the 2014 Heartbeat of Sykes (annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association). Within the next 90 days they anticipate adding an additional 90 employees with a new business coming to the site.
For more information visit www.sykes.com.

The subject of each month’s Member Spotlight is selected from attendees of Chamber events.

Save the Date for Breakfast with Congressman Barletta

Learn more about current legislation that could affect your business at a Legislative Breakfast with Congressman Lou Barletta on Thursday,CongressmanBarletta August 27 at 8 a.m. at the Greenly Center 50 E. Main Street, Bloomsburg. During this Chamber and Visitors Bureau sponsored event you will meet the person representing your business in Washington.

The cost for Chamber members is $20 per person, $30 for non-members, and includes a full buffet-style breakfast. Registration is required before August 21. For more information download the registration form, call Eleanor at 784-2522 or email e[email protected]