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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 | BEAVER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE | PAGE 1

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More Than A Pretty Picture FOCUS ON EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY, Selecting artwork for your walls can seem like an WELL-BEING, AND RETENTION overwhelming task. The art on your walls can be so much Today’s employees are facing a long list of pressures from more than just a few pretty pictures. Why not consider home and work. The longer personal issues go unresolved, the framing subject matter that helps your clients relate to you? more employers can recognize diminished job performance, Artwork depicting boating, hunting, hiking, fishing or golfing causing even more issues for both the employee and employer. can lead to you and your client discovering a common interest Companies who recognize the importance of connecting their workforce with the appropriate support system are enlisting the help of Back on Track Employee Assistance Program. Statistically one in four employees is facing challenges that can translate into decreased productivity and increased absenteeism. Back on Track EAP, a service of Gateway Rehab, is one of the most experienced Employee Assistance Programs in the region. It serves as a strategic partner with employers in promoting employee productivity, well-being, and retention. Services include a 24/7 warm-touch helpline, an online portal of resources, counseling, treatment coordination, on-site trainings, substance use disorder awareness, human resources support, and employee engagement tools. By ensuring the program is visible, responsive and management-friendly, Back on Track EAP will help to reduce human and economic losses. Invest in your workforce for no more than it might cost you to provide coffee in the break room.

Contact Tracy Plevel, Manager of Back on Track EAP, for more information at 412-604-8900 x1331 or tracy.plevel@gatewayrehab.org.

In some instances it may be appropriate to display framed pictures of a few of your projects. Photos of long time employees can show that you value their loyalty. Pictures of your ground breaking or grand opening can portray your dedication and longevity. A photo that shows your business site before you built or remodeled is a good idea. When you decide what you would like to frame remember that Courtney-Laughlin Frame Studio & Gallery will work with you to gather images appropriate for framing. We can resize images, restore damaged images or locate artwork. We will help you select framing that is compatible with your furnishings and to your liking. Need advice about picture placement? Just ask us! Your images will be in frames that will protect the art for years of enjoyment as well as be a positive reflection of your attention to detail in all that you do. Our framers are experienced, award winning and technically proficient in all aspects of their field. Consultations are free. Courtney-Laughlin Frame Studio & Gallery 531 Third Street, Beaver 724-773-0306

Tickets: $25 Available @ B.F. Jones Library

May Member Spotlight of the Month For more information regarding the Member Spotlight of the Month, contact the Chamber office at info@bcchamber.com or call 724-775-3944.


CCWC Thanks You The women of Center Civic Women’s Club want to thank all the local businesses who contributed to the success of our fashion show/luncheon. With your support we are able to continue offering free wigs, bras and prostheses through our Heritage Valley Beaver Foundation Cancer Fund. Your contributions also help us donate funds to Homemaker Home Health Aides Services’ Pathways Program which provides free in home help for Beaver County women and girls with cancer. With your continued support we hope to continue supporting these funds for years and years to come. Thank You.

President’s Message

May 2018 President’s Message BEAVER COUNTY’S FORGOTTEN INDUSTRY… AGRICULTURE

At a recent Beaver County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee meeting, we spoke in depth about the rural-suburban divide in our region. It was highlighted by the fact that the Beaver-Lawrence Farm Bureau just joined the Chamber. The Farm Bureau represents yet another key component in the diverse make-up of our local Beaver Valley economy. The Chamber is proud that our membership represents all industries and organizations that contribute to our prosperity and quality of life. In speaking with Chamber Member Chip Kosher, a long-time advocate and powerful voice for Fellowship Foods and the Beaver-Lawrence Farm Bureau, he shared the following information, data and perspective on the importance of farming to our local way of life: “We are living in exciting times here in Beaver County. The development of the Shell Petrochemical plant and the ancillary businesses that are expected to follow has everyone from our education centers to our main street entrepreneurs scurrying to capitalize on the enormous opportunity heading our way. I caution all of us not to forget about agriculture. Agriculture, both historically and presently, is one of the largest industries in Beaver County. During our last census in 2012, there were 823 farms employing 6,584 people, producing $37,000,000 in revenues, paying $3.8 million in wages, and creating $74 million in ancillary business. In regards to labor, the mean hourly rate for farm workers was $14.06 per hour and an annual starting wage of about $33,000 for entry level supervisors. In addition, rural areas close to a metro area like Beaver County, produce an average of 177 entrepreneurs per 1,000 people with over 70% survival rate. We need to be cautious in our excitement for new opportunity that we do not lose our agricultural identity. Fortunately, through appropriate planning, our two worlds can coincide quite well. More employment growth as a whole will stop our declining population rate, providing our farmers with new customers. Through programs like Pennsylvania’s Farm Land Preservation and the Clean & Green Program, farmers can keep their farms even as property taxes may increase. I encourage all residents of Beaver County to continue to participate in our Farmers Markets, Beaver County Tourism’s Farm Tour, and your local C.S.A (Consumer Supported Agriculture) delivery services. In addition, a healthy overall economy will provide for additional opportunities within the agricultural community, farmers can expand their services through increased revenues from gas royalties and local entrepreneurs can capitalize on increased demand by creating value added food hubs in the area. This growth will continue to provide meaningful well-paying jobs in agriculture to our next generation. As Beaver Countians we have survived a lot of industries leaving us behind. I caution all of my neighbors as we venture on our latest journey; please think and plan before we leap. I have grown to love Beaver County (moving here in 2000), I do not want to see our home turned into an endless maze of development. I can visit D.C. or Cranberry for that. Let’s make Beaver County the standard for merging development and industry with the farmland, rivers, and neighborhoods that make Beaver County home. Let’s make a point in our everyday lives not to forget about the one industry that has remained consistent from long before the steel mills, USAir, and Shell arrived: Agriculture!” Well said Chip. Thank you for all that you and the farming community are doing!

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Tiffany Cummings Student Membership 937-622-0866 Franklin University

Hightower Media Group Joe Newtz 2777 Darlington Road Beaver Falls, PA 15010 724-847-3211 Marketing

Quality Time & Carry Out, LLC Marian Schwartz 906 3rd Avenue New Brighton, PA 15066 724-581-4104 Restaurant ATI Flat Rolled Products Bob Wetherbee 1300 Pacific Avenue Natrona Heights, PA 15065 724-224-1000 Manufacturing

NEW MEMBERS Beaver/Lawrence Farm Bureau Chip Kohser 684 Jackson Avenue Monaca, PA 15061 412-596-0264 Agriculture

Ed Cline Appraisals Ed Cline 2777 Darlington Road Beaver Falls, PA 15010 724-847-3211 Real Estate

Worgul, Sarna & Ness Katie Backovski 429 4th Avenue Ste 1700 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-281-2146 Law Firm

Heartland Payment Systems Pat Renner 1795 Locust Road Sewickley, PA 15143 412-352-8167 Payroll Services

Foto Bomz Shawn McCracken 121 McCracken Drive Monaca, PA 15061 412-974-7337 Entertainment

Thank

you to those who attended the Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 26 at The Lodge at Penn State Beaver. A special thank you to Shell, Heritage Valley Health System, First National Bank and UPMC Health Plan for sponsoring!

The Chamber celebrated a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Beemac Trucking on Tuesday, May 8 in Ambridge. Congratulations on your new Driving and Training Center! Trinity School for Ministry hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, May 10 in honor of their new recreational field.

BEST OF LUCK TO THE KNEELERS THIS SEASON!

EVENTS May

Spring Luncheon

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 First Presbyterian Church, Beaver 11:00-1:30pm Main Sponsor Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky Sponsorships Available! RSVP to info@bcchamber.com or call 724-775-3944!

June Annual Golf Outing Monday, June 18 Rolling Acres Shotgun Start 9:00am Main Sponsor - WesBanco Sponsorships Available!

The mission at Health Hut Stores is to educate customers and the community by offering advice, encouragement, and products that lead to a healthy lifestyle. Health Hut recently extended their family to include Emily Tiberio of Your Wellness Puzzle to provide holistic nutrition and nutritional therapy services to the community – to drive the mission of using balanced nutrition and whole food to fight disease. The common goal is to educate and inspire people who desire to lead healthy lives and optimize their health through a nutritional program called Eat Right for Life. The Eat Right for Life program considers your family health history, pre-existing (previously diagnosed) health conditions, and daily symptoms to determine the nutritional gaps in your daily diet. The appointments focus on adding the foods to your daily diet that are high in the missing vitamins and minerals – to switch on your disease fighting genes and switch off the bad guys. If you are interested in learning more about how you can use FOOD to fight disease, you can take the free health assessment survey on the Health Hut website and receive a FREE summary email of your results: https://www.healthhutstores.com/holisticnutrition

July

July Afterhours

Wednesday, July 11 Backyard BBQ Thursday’s Restaurant 5:30-7:00pm Main Sponsor - WesBanco RSVP to info@bcchamber.com or call 724-775-3944! Sign Up for All 3 Summer Afterhours Events and Save! The discount can be applied before June 15th!

Save the Date Chamber MegaMixer Nine Chambers!

Monday, July 23, 2018 Gateway Clipper Fleet 5:00-8:00pm Tickets are limited RSVP to info@bcchamber.com or call 724-775-3944! For more information on these events including pricing, sponsorship opportunities and agendas, please visit our website at www.bcchamber.com

NovaCare Rehabilitation (formerly Keystone Physical Therapy) is the area’s leading provider of outpatient physical, occupational, and hand therapy services. When daily life is altered due to an injury, accident, chronic medical condition or re-injury, let NovaCare help get you back to the activities you enjoy. Injuries can happen at any moment—on the playing field, in the workplace, in your car or even in your own home. Without proper diagnosis and timely care, recovery can often become a slow and painful process. NovaCare’s therapy team will work directly with you and your referring physician to create a personalized plan of care to help you meet your individual recovery goals, in a safe and compassionate environment. Physical therapy uses a variety of treatments and physical exercises to begin the rehabilitation process at the onset of injury or pain. Through these treatments and exercises, physical therapy can efficiently and effectively strengthen your body, reduce pain and prevent future injury. Our therapists are dedicated to the communities they serve and getting you back to activity, back to work, and most importantly, back to life. Let us help you discover the power of physical therapy!

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