Welcome Fulton Mortgage Company

More than 400 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, Fulton Mortgage Companyto help us fulfill our mission. 

The Fulton Mortgage Company has offices in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and provides a full range of products and services to the Fulton Financial Corporation’s family of banks, which in Pennsylvania are now all known as Fulton Bank (formerly FNB Bank and Swineford National Bank locally). Fulton has banks in 18 counties in Pennsylvania, including both Columbia and Montour, and provides consumer and business customers with banking services and products, investment management and trust services. Locally, there are four Fulton Bank locations in Columbia and Montour counties: 37 West Main St., Bloomsburg; 1113 Bloom Rd., Danville; 630 Mill St., Danville; and 200 South Poplar St., Berwick. For more information, visit the company’s website

Thank You to our Record 13 Holiday Open House Angel Sponsors

The Chamber extends a big thank you to the record 13 Angel Sponsors of this year’s Holiday Open House. It is the continued support of these businesses, organizations and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs, benefits and events to its members, giving them a stronger voice and advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. Thank you again to our sponsors for their generosity and support of this event. 

Angel Sponsors are Chamber members in the food, beverage or catering businesses that serve samples of their own products at the Holiday Open House. Angel Sponsors always add a nice element to the event with their tasty food and drink, and we hope that all of the attendees that had a chance to sample their offerings and liked them will patronize these businesses over the next year. For those that may have enjoyed a particular food sample but can’t remember what it was or which Angel Sponsor it might have been from, each sponsor’s menu from the Holiday Open House is also listed.

Special thanks also goes out to the six first-time Angel Sponsors (noted below), including four of which that joined the Chamber over the last 12 months since last year’s Holiday Open House. Also special thanks to the Pine Barn Inn, which annually provides one special dish as an Angel Sponsor in addition to the several other food items for this event. 

 

ALTERA Life (first-time Angel Sponsor and 2018 new member)
Mini black bean sweet potato cakes with avocado lime cream, cucumber hummus sliders; meatless meatballs; oatmeal, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies; cranberry bars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherokee Tap Room (first-time Angel Sponsor and 2018 new member)
Chipotle butternut squash soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech Food Preparation & Service Program (first-time Angel Sponsor)
Puff pastry cups with spinach dip or roasted pepper cream; shrimp & pesto crostini;  bruschetta; open-faced tea sandwiches featuring fruit chutney with ham & cheddar and cucumber with citrus herb aioli; chocolate bark; sweet rolls; ricotta cookies

 

Le Jeune Chef at Penn College (first-time Angel Sponsor)
Assorted mini dessert items

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy’s Kitchen & Catering
Famous mac & cheese and seasonal Christmas cookies

 

 

 

 

The Farmhouse & Brewing Co. at Turkey Hill
Pumpkin ravioli, buffalo chicken dip w/chips, beer samples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickle Plate Bar & Grill at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course 
Pulled pork sliders and Steve’s homemade meatballs

 

 

 

 

 

Profile Coffee & Roasters (first-time Angel Sponsor and 2018 new member)
Coffee samples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock God Brewing (first-time Angel Sponsor and 2018 new member)
Beer on tap – the specific beers were Black Hole Sun and Cherry Pie Cream Ale

 

 

 

 

 

Steph’s Subs
Assorted cold sub platter

 

 

T.K. Witch 
Pumpkin hummus and turmeric-tahini sauce w/dipping items

 

 

Wild For Salmon
Salmon wrap bites, Asian salmon salad wrap bites

Thank You to the Major Sponsors of the Holiday Open House

The Chamber extends a big thank you to the major sponsors of this year’s Holiday Open House. We had a record number of sponsors this year, and it is the continued support of these businesses, organizations and individuals that helps the Chamber fulfill its mission of offering programs, benefits and events to its members, giving them a stronger voice and advocacy and being involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. Thank you again to our sponsors for their generosity and support of this event. 

 

Event Sponsor
Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

 

Holiday Cheer Sponsors
M&T Bank

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodrick Realty

 

 

 

 

Gold Star Sponsors
Service 1st Federal Credit Union

 

 

Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty

 

 

 

Red Reindeer Sponsors
BIDA

Key Partners

 

 

 

 

LIVIC Civil

 

 

 

 

North Shore Railroad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Tree Sponsors
ChamberChoice/Kinect Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Century 21 Mertz & Associates

 

 

 

Derr, Pursel, Luschas & Naparsteck, LLP

 

First Columbia Bank

 

 

First Keystone Community Bank

 

 

 

Lackawanna College (Sunbury Center)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susquehanna Valley Limousine

 

 

The Women’s Center

New certificate from Penn State targets improving business strategy

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. 

A new graduate-level certificate from Penn State can help managers and leaders improve their organizations through business architecture, a growing practice that bridges business strategy with tactical implementation.

Penn State is accepting applications for the nine-credit graduate certificate in business architecture, which is being offered online through Penn State World Campus and the internationally recognized Smeal College of Business. The courses also may be used as a stepping stone toward one of several master’s degrees online through Penn State.

“Business architecture is the bridge between high-level business strategy and tactical execution,” said Brian Cameron, faculty director for the certificate program and associate dean for professional graduate programs at Smeal. “The business architecture discipline is growing rapidly today and this graduate certificate addresses a need for more university-based education in this field. The interest so far has been great.”

Cameron said studies show many organizations do not successfully execute their business strategy because they do not have a clear picture of the state of the organization and how they can achieve their goals. Cameron said the practice of business architecture will reveal an organization’s actual structure and the changes necessary to carry out the strategic objectives to reach the goals.

The certificate was designed to help a wide range of professionals, such as business analysts who aspire to move into planning and execution or those working in information technology who want to move into a strategy role.

The curriculum consists of a course in strategic business architecture; a course that explores the emerging trends, technology and corporate innovation; and a course on the foundational concepts of enterprise modeling.

Students who complete the certificate may apply the credits toward one of three master’s degrees offered online by the World Campus: enterprise architecture and business transformation, the online MBA, and corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Penn State certificate in business architecture is the first graduate-level program of its kind in the country. The University is offering it online so that business professionals who want to advance their career with this credential do not have to leave their jobs.

“This certificate provides individuals the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and earn a credential in an emerging area,” said Shubha Kashyap, director of academic affairs at Penn State World Campus. “As our students seamlessly transition between their roles as professionals and students, the immediate applicability of new skills to their careers can enrich their education and professional advancement.”

Visit the Penn State World Campus website for more information about the new certificate.

Mid-Year Budget Report Strikes Optimistic Tone; Budget Secretary Albright Announces Resignation

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry 

Despite recent projections from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office that the Commonwealth faces an up to $1.7 billion deficit headed into 2019-20 budget discussions, the tone from the state’s outgoing Budget Secretary is one of optimism for Pennsylvania’s fiscal health.

At a mid-year budget report press event last week, Sec. Randy Albright pointed to months of higher than projected revenue collections, rising gaming revenue and no sharp spikes in required pension payments as a sign that Pennsylvania will “end the year with not just a balanced budget but a surplus,” adding that “we don’t think we face a $1.5 billion deficit for the proposed budget year.”  He did admit, however, that the state might need supplemental appropriations to pay for health care entitlement spending that is the result of transitioning to its new managed care system, PA Health Choices.  Albright also expressed that increasing human services costs, re-negotiating state labor contracts, decreasing reserves from the Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency and increasing State Police funding are all issues that could pose problems for an on-time budget deal.

According to a story in the PLS Reporter, Republican House Appropriations staffer John O’Brien, who works for House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York, agreed that the IFO’s estimate is extreme (though IFO Executive Director Matthew Knittel continues to stand by his numbers).   O’Brien told the media outlet that the IFO’s projections are based on a 10 percent spending increase – which he said the General Assembly will not allow.  He added that Albright’s positive picture is based on a growing economy with decreasing unemployment, which makes the case for fair and predictable tax policy choices in order to maintain economic momentum.  Republican state legislative leaders have been stressing to reporters in the weeks leading up to swearing-in day that they are taking a hard stance against any new taxes in the new fiscal year.

Notably, Albright also announced during the event that he will be departing his post at the end of the month.  The first member of Gov. Wolf’s Cabinet to announce that they won’t be returning to their post when the new term begins in January, Albright served all four years of Wolf’s first term.  He will be replaced by Jen Swails, who has more than 19 years of fiscal and policy experience in state government.  Her most recent role is that of fiscal management director for the new Shared Services Budget Office, which oversees budgets for the Depts. of Aging, Health, Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Programs.