Deadline for Fall Management Program This Friday

A group from Kawneer that went through the first management & leadership certification program this past spring.

The program developed to help people build basic management and team leadership skills will begin sessions Sept. 17. This five-module management and leadership certificate program is appropriate for existing leaders, managers, and supervisors; or those who are new or emerging in any business sector. The Chamber collaborated with Bloomsburg University to launch the program this spring with applications for the fall cohort due this Friday, Sept. 6.

Professional course materials include assessments, activities, and other learning enhancement components to help each participant individualize their learning experience. Participants will receive a certificate from Bloomsburg University upon completion and will have identified personal development goals to provide to their employers.

The five, three-hour modules are: supervisor effectiveness; effective communication for managers; conflict management; navigating a multi-generational workforce; and being a great mentor or coach.

For additional information, including a program application, see the informational packet, or call 570-784-2522. The program qualifies for WEDnet funding. For eligibility information, visit or contact Jennifer Williams at 570-389-4004.

New online master of engineering degree to be offered through Penn State World Campus

Image courtesy of Penn State

From Penn State World Campus

Note: Employees of all Columbia Montour Chamber members, their spouses and dependents are eligible for a 5% discount on tuition through the PSU World Campus.

Today’s engineers need to be equipped to meet the ever-changing demands of a modern society and to understand how to innovate and better streamline processes. In order to meet these needs, Penn State will offer a new online degree — master of engineering in industrial engineering — beginning in fall 2019 to meet these requirements.

This 30-credit master of engineering program, offered online through Penn State World Campus in partnership with the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, allows students from diverse engineering backgrounds to develop their skills in industrial engineering and in focus areas of their choice.

“The curriculum has been developed to allow engineers to develop strategic skills that will broaden their professional horizons and equip them with specialized knowledge in focus areas they are interested in,” said Robert Voigt, professor of industrial engineering and graduate program coordinator for the department.

The program is intended to be flexible to suit the needs and interests of the students in the program. It features courses in areas such as product innovation, service system engineering, advanced manufacturing processes and systems, organizational excellence and human factors.

During the last semester, students will use the skills they acquire throughout the program to identify and complete a capstone project to solve an industrial problem typically based on their workplace needs. 

“This program is great for those who want to earn their graduate degree but can’t make it back on campus,” said Andris Freivalds, Lucas Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. “There is great flexibility with online education as it allows professionals to work and study.”

Applications to begin the program in spring 2020 admission will be accepted through Dec. 1. This program is designed for working professionals who a hold bachelor’s degree in engineering and want to enhance their knowledge and skills to advance their careers. 

Visit the industrial and manufacturing engineering graduate programs page for more details about this online master’s degree.

Area Nonprofits Have Opportunity to Meet Potential Volunteers, Collaborators at Chamber’s Inaugural Mixer with Nonprofits

Representatives from area nonprofit organizations (and a few from outside Columbia and Montour Counties as well) had an opportunity to meet and interact with potential volunteers and future board members at the Chamber’s inaugural Mixer with Nonprofits on Aug. 28, held at Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community’s Meadows Community Center in Danville. This event, which the Chamber anticipates will likely become an annual event, was open to the public and anyone that was interested in learning more about the many nonprofits in our community, their work and mission, and their needs. 

Attendees had an opportunity to enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Maria Joseph’s food services staff, as well as beer from Turkey Hill Brewing and wine provided by the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail. Prior to the event, the 2019-20 Leadership Central Penn class, a program of the Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber, held its orientation program, and class members were then able to meet with several of the nonprofits that attended the event to learn more about them and get ideas for which one to pick for their service projects. The LCP class is annually divided into small groups of 4-5 individuals, all of which must complete an eight-hour service project for a nonprofit of their choosing. 

Thank you for the 29 nonprofit organizations that attended this event. 

Chamber Members
Bloomsburg Public Library
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Children’s Museum
Camp Victory
Cats in Bloom
Columbia Child Development Program
Danville Child Development Center
The Exchange
For The Cause
Greenwood Friends School
Hand in Hand Family Resource Center
Hope Enterprises
Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community
Ronald McDonald House of Danville
United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties
Weis Center for the Performing Arts

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Montour County
Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts
DJ Choices
Eos Therapeutic Riding Center
Galt Foundation
The Gate House
Good Samaritan Mission
PFLAG Danville
The 3B’s

PA Chamber to Lawmakers: Study Shows that Pro-Business Reforms Must be Fall Session Priority

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

The General Assembly’s return to Harrisburg for the fall session is just a few short weeks away.  On behalf of our broad-based membership, the PA Chamber is preparing by urging lawmakers to prioritize legislation that will reverse negative perceptions about Pennsylvania’s business climate and help businesses of all sizes grow and succeed.

A new study offers the latest proof that the Commonwealth has its work cut out for it in terms of attracting jobs and capital against surrounding states.   Financial rating website WalletHub recently ranked the Commonwealth a very dismal 45th in the country for its “2019 Best and Worst States to Start a Business,” and third from the bottom in terms of the state’s overall “business environment.”   Unfortunately, these rankings take away from the positive things about Pennsylvania that we should be able to celebrate and tout – for example, a recent Bloomberg study ranked PA No. 1 in terms of having the nation’s most diverse economy.

Through our member-driven advocacy efforts, the PA Chamber is prioritizing a more competitive business tax climate as lawmakers come back this fall.  This will start with comprehensive tax reforms, including the reduction of a 9.99 percent Corporate Net Income Tax rate that is among the nation’s highest.  We’re also tackling Pennsylvania’s burdensome regulatory environment – which consists of more than 153,000 regulations on the state’s business community – by supporting legislation that would streamline and update antiquated regulatory policies.  We’re working toward an equitable justice system that provides fairness and predictability; as well as labor laws that balance the needs of both employers and workers.  And, we’re fighting back against misguided efforts to stymie business growth – including leading the opposition against a government-mandated wage increase and a targeted additional severance tax on natural gas companies operating here in PA.

When lawmakers come back to session in September, the PA Chamber is continuing our push to get these important initiatives enacted.  Doing so will send the right message to the nation’s business community that Pennsylvania has a lot of attributes that make our Commonwealth great, including: a prime geographic location, a diverse economy, extensive natural resources and a dynamic citizenship that we’re working to prepare for 21st century jobs through a number of workforce development efforts.

Member News – August 28, 2019

  • The Penn State World Campus have hold a webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 8-9:30 p.m. specifically for women interested in the Penn State Online MBA program offered through the World Campus. Faculty Director Dr. Janet Duck and Managing Director Stacey Dorang Peeler will share important information about the program, and will answer questions about program curriculum. They will review application requirements and explain the admissions process, while also sharing insight as to what you can expect as an online student. In addition, they will explain how this specific program can help women succeed and grow both professionally and personally. Current Penn State online MBA students will also share advice on how women interested in this program can fit it into an already busy schedule, and will give tips for balancing school, work, and family responsibilities. Register online.


  • Ryan Flannery Trio will perform their unique style of jazz music tomorrow night, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium to kick off the Weis Center’s 2019-20 season.

    Jazz musician Ryan Flannery.

    The family-friendly performance is free and tickets are not required. A native of Lewisburg and a recent graduate of the College of Charleston School of Music, guitarist/composer Ryan Flannery is steadily building his name as one of the most compelling and impressive young jazz artists in the South East. Flannery possesses a strong technique, a warm luminous tone, a natural sense of swing and distinctive chording. This trio includes Ron Nihoff on drums and McCarthy Fitch on bass.They will perform a memorable set of tunes including funk, ballads, and uptempo hard bop. For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and its current season, visit it online


  • This year will mark the fifth year that local organizations and communities have joined forces to help fight pediatric cancer and raise funds to benefit the ThinkBIG® Pediatric Cancer Fund. The Going Gold initiative, which began in 2015, continues to expand. To date, this initiative has raised $42,800. This year’s Going Gold kickoff events are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at Old Forge Brewing in Danville; Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at Marley’s Brewery & Grille in Bloomsburg; and Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Brendan’s Towne Tavern in Lewisburg.

    Members of the Going Gold Committee recently announced events being held throughout September 2019 to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and support the ThinkBIG® Pediatric Cancer Fund.
    L-R: Colleen Phillips, Service 1st Federal Credit Union; Cassandra Niglio, ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund; Colby Wesner, ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund; Jace Rovenolt, Old Forge Brewing Company; Carol Tevis, ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund; and Kelly Miller Barrick, Lewisburg.

    Each event will feature a proclamation, entertainment, and much more. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Going Gold shirts will be sold during the events for $15. In September, shirts will also be available at any Service 1st Federal Credit Union location, while supplies lastMarley’s and Old Forge have collaborated on a special brew called Gold Dust pale ale for this year’s Going Gold initiative. $1 from each pint of Gold Dust purchased throughout the month will be donated to this cause. Additionally, Rusty Rail Brewing Company is donating $1 from every goblet of their Fool’s Gold that is sold during September. All proceeds will benefit the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund. Additionally, other events throughout the month of September will also benefit ThinkBIG, including at Chamber members Columbia Colonnade and Nickle Plate Bar & Grill. See the complete list of events and ways to support this initiative.



  • Bloomsburg University has been ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities by both Forbes’ Top Colleges in 2019, which features the top 15 percent of the more than 4,300 degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the U.S, and Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money in 2019. BU has also been ranked among the Best Regional Universities in the North for 2019 by College In Forbes, Bloomsburg is ranked sixth among public institutions in the state of Pennsylvania. The rankings were based on alumni salary; student satisfaction; the percentage of student debt; American leaders; on-time graduation rates and academic success. The Money Magazine ranking was based on multiple criteria, including the six-year graduation rates; value-added graduation rate which is the difference between a school’s actual graduation rate and its expected rate, based on the economic and academic profile of the student body; peer quality (measuring the standardized test scores of entering freshman versus accepted students who enroll; and student-faculty ratio. 


  • The 2019 Holiday Happenings committee of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation is very pleased to announce Joanne Aurand, her late husband, Robert, and The Thomas Beaver Free Library as the honorees for the 24th annual Robert N. Pursel Award, which will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Pine Barn Inn. Significant and meritorious community service is the focus of this award. This community remains blessed with people and organizations exemplifying contributions consistent with the example of the award’s namesake. Read more about the honorees and the event in this press release


  • The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, will hold its annual luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 12-1:30 p.m. The event will take place at Monty’s on the campus of Bloomsburg University. This luncheon celebrates the investments made to community organizations through the work of the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation. Local nonprofit organizations will be presented with 2019 grant awards during the event. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. Reserve your seat online or by emailing by Aug. 29. 


  • Camp Victory will host its annual Community Open House on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 12-3 p.m. This free afternoon of family fun includes its rock climbing wall, zip line and paddle boats on the pond as well as hot dogs, ice cream, drinks, an arts and crafts project, a moon bounce, wagon rides and live music. at 1 p.m., there will also be a ribbon cutting to celebrate the recent expansion of the Welcome Center.