Give the Gift of Choice for the Holidays

Still struggling for holiday gift ideas with very little shopping time left? Avoid the frustration and last-minute scrambling. Chamber Gift Certificates make a great option while supporting local businesses.

Chamber Gift Certificates work just like a check and can be used at any member business. Recipients can use them at restaurants, stores, salons, etc. Give the gift of choice while encouraging friends, family and co-workers to buy local.

Certificates are available in $10 and $25 denominations at the Chamber office at 238 Market Street, Bloomsburg. Other denominations or large orders are also available by calling the office at 570-784-2522. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

BU Conference Goes from Backpack to Briefcase

BUConferenceRecently, Bloomsburg University’s College of Business hosted its 4th annual Zeigler Institute for Professional Development Business Conference covering topics ranging from leading global marketing strategy to interpersonal growth and leadership to non-profit management. The ZIPD conference is focused on helping students cultivate professional skill sets and a deeper understanding of how business’ functional areas interrelate. Nearly 100 alumni returned to campus, including Chamber President Fred Gaffney, to help lead many of the informative lectures, panel discussions and roundtable networking events.

“The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development gives our students a distinct advantage,” said BU President David Soltz. “They will not only pursue careers that are a good fit for them personally, but they will acquire the well-rounded perspective necessary to become valued employees and successful business owners.”

The Institute is made possible by an endowment from alumni Terry Zeigler and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler. For more information, visit www.bloomu.edu/ZIPD.

North Pole Express Sold Out

Tickets for all excursions of the Downtown Bloomsburg Inc.’s North Pole Express train rides next weekend are sold out. Sales for next year are scheduled to begin October 27, 2015. Mark your calendar now and plan early!

Member Spotlight

Rail Plays an Important Role in Regional Economy

North Shore Railroad Company’s efforts and philosophy of focusing on community service and delivering safe and dependable rail freight service to the region demonstrates that rail remains an important component of economic development.

North Shore offers regional rail freight services as well as maintenance and upkeep to rail lines, benefiting Central Pennsylvania communities. The company services a variety of local organizations handling a wide range of commodities that include coal and plastics. One railcar is equivalent to four tractor trailer trucks. Railroads move one ton of freight a distance of 500 miles on one gallon of diesel fuel.

In 1984, Richard and Miriam Robey founded North Shore Railroad and began their partnership with the Susquehanna Economic Development Association Council of Government Joint Rail Authority (SEDA-COG JRA). The partnership served their joint mission to preserve and encourage rail services within the region. The organization has expanded from a small, family-owned business into a railway transportation provider handling 30,000 carloads each year. They consist of six short line railroads which include Juniata Valley Railroad, Lycoming Valley Railroad, Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad, North Shore Railroad, Shamokin Valley Railroad, and Union County Industrial Railroad. President and CEO since 2003, Gary R. Shields and North Shore are excited to be celebrating 30 years of operation.

North Shore Railroad Company has received various awards for its service. This year the company was awarded Central Pennsylvania’s 2014 Governor’s Small Business ImPAct Award, recognizing their innovation, growth, and commitment to employees and the community. The company and its employees support many charitable efforts, and has an economic impact of more than $7 million annually.

For more information about North Shore Railroad Company, visit: http://www.nshr.com/.
The subject of each month’s Member Spotlight is selected randomly from business cards submitted at Chamber events.

Be One of the First to Experience Bakers Guild Cafe in Bloomsburg

Meet the bakers behind Columbia County Bread & Granola and welcome them to their new retail outlet on Wednesday, November 5. The Chamber will hold a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. for Bakers Guild Cafe at 225 Center Street in Bloomsburg.

The Cafe will feature CCB&G’s entire product line of sprouted, naturally-leavened, flour-less bread, pocket pita, flat breads and our unique flax-based granolas. In addition, Bakers Guild Cafe will have a limited morning and lunch menu built around CCB&G’s sprouted breads and an array of fermented, nutrient dense foods that are hand-picked and locally sourced by our cafe chef. They will also feature locally roasted coffees and hand crafted sodas made on the premises. The official Grand Opening will feature an open house for the public and an opportunity to meet CCB&G bakers, local dignitaries and a representative from Team Terdiman.