Small Business Owners Say Economy Is Top Presidential Election Issue, New Poll Shows

The U.S. Chamber and MetLife recently released the Q3 Small Business Index —a survey of 1,000 small businesses to take the temperature of the sector, see where small business owners are confident, and where they are experiencing challenges. The Q3 index in particular focused on how the state of the U.S. economy is influencing the attitudes of small business owners towards the upcoming election.

Among other insights, the Q3 Small Business Index finds that:

  • 57% of small business owners rank the economy as the first or second most important issue influencing who they will vote for this November.
  • 68% of small business owners agree that it is more important for political leaders to compromise than stick to their beliefs in order to get things done.
  • 62% of small business owners are more interested in the 2020 election (including 40% who are “much” more interested) compared to 2016.

Click here to view the full index.

Member News- September 23, 2020

Free Laser Cataract Webinar

Join Eye Care Specialists as they will be presenting a Laser Cataract Webinar on September 24th from 6pm – 7pm. The webinar is a great opportunity for patients to learn more about cataract surgery, their options and choices, and to have all of their questions answered by our cataract surgeons during the Q&A portion of the webinar.
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Free Cleaning Supplies to Stay Healthy from CSO

Central Susquehanna Opportunities (CSO) knows how important it is for you and your family to stay healthy and would like to help by providing cleaning supplies. Limited supplies, first come first served.

  • Tuesday, September 29th from 10 a.m.- noon at PA State Rep. David Millard Market St. Plaza 1000 Market St., Bloomsburg, PA
  • Wednesday, September 30th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at LCBC Church 2421 Columbia Blvd. Central Rd & Rt. 11, Bloomsburg, PA.

NEPIRC to Host Free Virtual Manufacturing Day

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) will host its annual Manufacturing Day event on Friday, October 2nd, 2020. This year’s Manufacturing Day is free to all manufacturers and will be streamed virtually thanks to our partner, Coal Creative. When registering, attendees will have the option to select from a number of different sessions, each of which addresses a specific manufacturing best practice or technology.

NEPIRC’s event will feature David Beurle, CEO of Future iQ, as the keynote speaker. Mr. Beurle, a worldrenowned strategist, researcher and practitioner, pioneers and applies innovative tools and approaches that assist countries, cities, organizations, regions, tourism destinations and industries to shape their economic and community development futures. As the keynote speaker at NEPIRC’s 2019 Manufacturing Day, Mr. Beurle captivated the audience, and so NEPIRC looks forward to hosting him again in 2020.

In addition to Mr. Beurle, NEPIRC’s Manufacturing Day agenda includes the following presentations: Talent Succession Planning, presented by Leo Gilroy, Director of Strategy & Innovation, NEPIRC; Do Your Part #BECYBERSMART, presented by Marc Gonzalez, Site2; Problem Solving, presented by Gerry Giza, Director of Lean & Continuous Improvement, NEPIRC; Industry 4.0, presented by Brian Matyjevich, Lean Enterprise Consultant, NEPIRC; and ISO 9001:2015 Overview, presented by Brian Matyjevich and Ray Kryeski, Mechanical Engineer, NEPIRC. For presentation descriptions or to register, please visit the Training and Events tab on NEPIRC’s website by visiting or by calling 570.704.0018.

Each year, Manufacturing Day is recognized nationally on the first Friday of October with events taking place all month to celebrate the manufacturing industry and is contributions to local, regional and national economies. Additionally, Manufacturing Day serves to bring awareness of the industry to students, parents and educators to help bolster interest in manufacturing jobs.




Welcome Mission Autism Clinics

More than 420 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and the region. Increased membership allows the Chamber to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives. The Chamber welcomes Mission Autism Clinics.

Mission Autism Clinics (MAC) provides evidence-based ABA therapy to children and young adults (ages 2-18 years) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through the implementation of safe, effective, and scientific approaches, they can ameliorate the symptoms of ASD through increased communication and social skills and improvements in behavior. At MAC, they recognize how parent involvement leads to the overall success of a child and delivers family-oriented therapy with the primary goal of creating more opportunities for their clients to lead independent, happy, and fulfilling lives. 

Mission Autism Clinics will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and offer tours of their new Bloomsburg facility on Friday, September 25th. Members from the community are invited to stop by, meet with staff, and learn about the services that are offered.

Learn more about Mission Autism Clinics by visiting its website, or Facebook page.

Montour Commissioners Provide Financial Assistance to Non-profits

The Montour County Commissioners have awarded a total $135,450 in financial assistance to 21 non-profit organizations that serve the county and were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The grants, which were capped at $15,000 per agency, were available with Block Grant funds provided through the CARES Act to reimburse organizations for program expenses. Among the recipients were the Chamber’s Foundation.

The Columbia County Commissioners are expected to announce grant awards for non-profits in early October.


DBI Seeking Bids for Miller Ave. Project

Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. is now accepting sealed proposals for the Miller Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project. The project consists of the construction of streetscape improvements along Miller Ave. between Main Street and the municipal parking lot. The improvements include converting the alley into a pedestrian walkway and gathering area including new paving, the placement of tables and seating and relocation of overhead utilities.

Bidding documents, sets of construction drawings, and the project manual are available at Contact Larson Design Group, 1000 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 201, Williamsport, PA 17701; 570-323-6603 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with any questions pertaining to access and use of the website.

The deadline for submissions will be Monday, October 26 at 3:30 p.m. at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at Town Hall Council Chambers. The project will be completed in the first half of 2021 with funding provided by the Town’s Community Development Block Grant allocation, DBI, and the Renaissance Jamboree Committee.