Member News – June 14, 2017

Member News


Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media Workshop

The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold a workshop titled “Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media” on Tuesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. at the DeWitt Building, third floor, 416 Market St., Lewisburg. This workshop will present tips and tricks for successful email marketing, including how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible. Growing a healthy list, creating great content with a mobile-friendly format, effective subject lines and resulting tracking and reporting are among the topics that will also be covered. Cost is $35 and veterans are welcome at no charge. Register by calling Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249 or online


Children’s Museum Hosts Special Needs Night

The Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th St., Bloomsburg, will host Special Needs Night on Friday, June 23, from 6-8 p.m. Come to a fun night out for families with special needs. Enjoy a reduced number of visitors, space and freedome to explore at your own pace, adapted exhibits, a quiet area, fun craft and sensory activities and an opportunity to network with other families. Special Needs Night is a free event held quarterly. 

Leadership Central Penn Seeks Applications for 2017-18 Class

The 2016-17 Leadership Central Penn class at its graduation last month.

Leadership Central Penn, a program of The Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber, is currently seeking applications for spots in its 2017-18 class. LCP seeks to identify and educate citizens from Columbia and Montour counties that exhibit leadership potential. Classes meet on the third Thursday of each month for a full day (approx. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) from September through May. Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to nominate and sponsor employees. Individuals may also apply. The application deadline is July 31.

The 2017-18 class will be the 19th since LCP’s inception in 1993. The 18th class held its graduation last month. 

Application (.docx)

Program promotional brochure (.pdf)

Members Send Out May at M-C Financial Credit Union

Chamber members partook in some homemade hors d’oeuvres as well as local wine from fellow members Three Dogs Vino, Pickering Winery and Freas Farm Winery as they put a bow on the month of May at the second of two Business After Hours last month at Members Choice Financial Credit Union in Danville. Attendees were able to enjoy the outstanding food and drink while networking and meeting several members of the MCFCU team and learning about the credit union’s offerings. For more information about MCFCU, visit its website or call 800-834-0082. 

Business After Hours provide regular opportunities to build business relationships while learning about the services offered by other Chamber members. Please join us at our next Business After Hours next Wednesday, June 21 at the Pump House Bed & Breakfast just outside Bloomsburg. 

Columbia Montour Chamber Participates in Chamber Day












More than 100 state and local chamber officials from across the Commonwealth, including Fred Gaffney, Columbia Montour Chamber President and Dan Knorr, Board Member, came together on Tuesday, June 6th to participate in 2017 Chamber Day.  The annual event, which is co-hosted by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, allows local chambers to meet with key policymakers and discuss ways to improve Pennsylvania’s business climate and competitive edge. 

“While we have a good working relationship with our state delegation, it is beneficial to travel to Harrisburg from time to time to meet with legislators,” said Gaffney. “Chamber Day also provides the opportunity to show a unified voice statewide on issues of importance to employers.”

Participants met with elected officials and cabinet members throughout the day, including Gov. Tom Wolf, who served as the keynote speaker during the Chamber Day luncheon. Senate Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny both kicked off the event with welcoming remarks at the State Capitol.  The day-long event also featured policy discussions on a variety of topics, including: the 2017-18 state budget, pension reform, property taxes, workforce development, as well as the Commonwealth’s transportation and infrastructure needs. The legislature passed the pension reform plan during that week, which was signed by Governor Wolf on Monday, June 12th. As budget discussions continue, there was no clear plan provided for filling the budget gap estimated at nearly $3 billion.

Thanks to the Golf Outing’s Volunteers and Staff at Knoebels Three Ponds

This is the fifth and final post recognizing all of the valuable contributors that helped make this year’s Chamber golf outing a huge success. It is the continued support of these businesses and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs and benefits to its members, giving its members a stronger voice in advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities.

With only three full-time staff members, the Chamber could not successfully put on the golf outing each year while also making sure the office remains staffed during the day of the tournament without the help of several dedicated and willing volunteers that assist the Chamber staff with logistics and day-of-event duties. Thank you to these individuals for donating their time and helping make sure the event ran smoothly.

Jodi Berry, M&T Bank
Heidi Bolus, M&T Bank
Dave Brokus, M&T Bank
Lisa Makara, Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital
Mary Ann Rizzo, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau
Deb Sokol, Columbia Montour Chamber
Diana Verbeck, Danville Child Development Center
Jon White-Spunner, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

Also, thanks to both Kathy Taylor and Amanda Woolsey from the Hampton Inn-Danville, who originally planned to volunteer but were unable to due to the date change of the tournament. 

Special thanks to Jodi Berry of M&T Bank, who went above and beyond in both rounding up volunteers, but also in requesting prize donations from area businesses. Her volunteer efforts on behalf of the Chamber and the golf tournament are greatly appreciated, and the tournament would not have run as efficiently, nor would the prizes have been as good without her help. Thank you, Jodi!

Finally, last but not least, thank you to the staff at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Club, which hosted the Chamber golf outing for the second straight year. Mike Thompson and the pro shop staff had every detail related to the course and players taken care of, and Kathy Baker and her food and beverage staff served some great-tasting food for the tournament’s players and patrons. It’s a first class group and we thank them for all of their efforts for making this a first class tournament.