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In This Issue... 2 President’s Letter 4 Member Anniversaries 5 Government Update 7 CCIDC 8 Ambassadors 9 New Members 11 Members Seen & Heard

Available Online •

Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County

Centre County Industrial Development Corporation

National Business Incubation Association


PA Chamber of Business & Industry

PA Dept. of Labor & Industry

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Good News for Chamber Members! A recent national study reveals that membership in a local chamber of commerce can significantly boost a business’ image among consumers, as well as among other businesses. In a scientific survey of 2000 U.S. adults, The Shaprio Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found positive perceptions of chamber members in a number of areas, including overall favorability, consumer awareness and reputations, and likelihood of future patronage. The study, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), IBM, Administaff, Small Business Network, Inc., and Market Street Services, showed that when respondents were told that a particular small business was a member of its local chamber, they were 44% more likely to rate it favorably than study respondents who were not told of the chamber affiliation. Respondents were also 63% more likely to want to purchase goods or services from a small business that is a chamber member. The positive impact of perceived chamber membership is felt by big businesses, too. For example, when consumers believed that a restaurant chain was a member of the local chamber of commerce, they were 40 percent more likely to eat at the franchise in the future. And if a consumer believed that one of the major automobile manufacturers was a member of its local chamber, that consumer was 9 percent more likely to consider purchasing his or her next car from that automaker. Other Findings Include:

• Most consumers (59%) think that being active in the lo-

cal chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It’s 29% more effective for communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices and 26% more effective for communicating that a business is reputable.

• If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (i.e., sits on the chamber board), consumers are 12% more likely to think its products stack up better against its competition.

• When a consumer thinks that a company’s products stack

up better against the competition because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it’s because he/she infers that the company is trustworthy, involved in the community, and is an industry leader.

It’s clear to see that chamber membership is one of the best investments you can make for your business and your community!

Member SuCCess

CataCommute Program

Whether via vanpool or carpool, ridesharing can offset fluctuating gasoline costs and growing traffic congestion. Ridesharing also reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as saves wear and tear on vehicles. Ridesharing can make a long commute interesting, enjoyable and affordable—- all while helping commuters arrive at work relaxed and ready to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Employers benefit when their employees are able to access rideshare options. Their workers are likely to be more productive, miss fewer hours at work, and stay on the job longer when they have a predictable, cost-effective means for traveling to work. Having fewer employees drive to work also frees up parking spaces for customers or other visitors. During Fiscal Year 2009/2010, CATA estimated that participants in the CATACOMMUTE program took 124,680 vehicles off of our highways, saved 192,800 gallons of gasoline, and eliminated 3.7 million pounds of CO2 from the environment. There were 398 active rideshare participants in 68 carpools and 16 vanpool groups, servicing a 10-county wide area. Commuters are often looking for alternatives to their long distance ride to work. If you are thinking about carpooling or joining a vanpool, contact Terri Quici at 814-238-2282 ext. 134 or visit for more information.

988 children headed to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center thanks to ClearWater Conservancy

ClearWater Conservancy awarded $8,800 in funding Feb. 24 through its “Connections” program for 988 students from 10 area schools to take part in field trips this spring to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center in State College. (continued on pg. 3...)

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President’s Letter By

now, we are already part way through the annual Pennsylvania State budget process. As you have seen in the headlines, the budget process this year is particularly difficult as we work together to present a balanced budget, without raising taxes. The message from Harrisburg is that the challenging and painful steps required to close budget gaps will put the state finances on a trajectory that will lead to growth in business and commerce beyond this difficult period. My message here is to not debate either the process or the nature of the changes, particularly since the final version of the budget is likely to look different from the drafts now circulating about. Rather, I want to touch on just a few of the positive changes we are seeing in the business environment. Pennsylvania House Bill No. 1 (H.B. 1) has cleared the House with support. H.B. 1, known as the Fair Share Act, is being viewed as the first step in a pro-business agenda of changes commonly called tort reform. The Fair Share Act is written to bring some common sense to the practice of joint and several liability which we feel has had a negative effect on the Pennsylvania business climate. H.B. 1 and a similar Senate Bill No. 2 are some first steps of the new legislature and administration to improve the business environment in our state. We are also seeing contribution to a positive business climate through the ongoing development of the gas shale to our north. Areas from construction, trucking, technicians, engineering and other development fields are all experiencing improved demand as we begin to service this growing industry. Our own Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is working with others across the state to help meet that demand with both graduating students and adult continuing education services. As many of you know, Centre County recently was a finalist for a significant national firm expansion. Though it may not come to fruition, we all should be encouraged that firms like this, and others are looking to expand and/or relocate here, thus signaling that the economy may be starting to improve. We must balance this optimism, obviously, against other recent announcements of local jobs lost. The retention of existing jobs, the creation and growth of new jobs are the measure of the economic climate for all of us. It remains to be a top priority for your Chamber, your regional stakeholders and our State policy makers to focus on jobs. In conclusion, these items I have included are mostly positive current signals and activities. Let’s get this budget completed, and get moving forward (together) on those jobs!

Sincerely, David R. Wise

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Our Mission The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County is organized to promote the well-being and growth of commerce, business and industry, while striving to maintain a high quality of life in Centre County.

Officers and Executive Committee 2011 Dave Capperella – Chairman Ted McDowell - Vice-Chair Al Horvath – Secretary Fred Leoniak – Treasurer David Wise – President/CEO

Board of Directors 2011 Richard Barrickman, Nittany Bank Rod Beard, Beard Law Company Dave Capperella, Capperella Furniture Don Gaetano, The Hartman Agency Al Horvath, The Pennsylvania State University Jack Infield, Graystone Bank Bill James, Foxdale Village O.J. Johnston, Raytheon William Joseph, First National Bank Jeffrey Krauss, The HR Office, Inc. Fred Leoniak, ParenteBeard LLC Cristin Long, McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at Law Judy Loy, Nestlerode & Loy, Inc. Chris Magent, Alexander Building Construction Co. Leanne Martin, M&T Bank Bob McDaniel, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. Ted McDowell, AmeriServ Bank John Moore, Moore Power Sales Stephanie Schmidt, Poole Anderson Construction, LLC John Sepp, PennTerra Walter Schneider, Centre Region COG Colleen Small, The UPS Store #5642 Rich Wisniewski, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Our Staff David Wise Trudy Mitchell Jean Gerber Dan Abruzzo Phil Park Angela Lombardo Connie Corl Sara Hoy Mary Resides Tiffany Hornstrom Carol Maddox Elaine Morgan

President/CEO VP Economic Development VP Chamber Operations VP Government Affairs Business Incubation Manager Office Manager Events & Publications Coordinator Membership Services & Communications Coordinator Economic Development Assistant Administrative Assistant Administrative Assistant Receptionist

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Membership Services Update & Information Member Services Update: Events & Member Benefits! The Chamber Operations Division of the CBICC handles all aspects of membership – recruitment and retention, member benefits, communications, promotion opportunities, marketing, events, and publication production. Fortunately, we have a great staff to handle all these duties: Connie Corl, Events & Publications Coordinator, Sara Hoy, Member Services & Communications Coordinator, and Carol Maddox, Administrative Assistant. A look at the Events Calendar on our website will give you an idea of how busy we are. In the first quarter 2011, the CBICC held 19 events with a total attendance of 2,313. These events include the Awards Gala, Business After Hours, Business Before Hours, ChamberU, Member Information Sessions, and Member Luncheons.

(...continued from pg. 1: MySuCCess) ClearWater’s long-standing “Students-Communities-Streams-Connections” program pays for transportation and admission to the nature center. At Millbrook Marsh, the children will learn about their local natural environment through interactive and hands-on outdoor activities and experiments. The 2010-11 Connections program was made possible with donations from The Hershey Company, State of the Art, the Centre County Community Foundation, the State College Evening Rotary, and several individual donors. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center offers a variety of programs, events, and activities to the community, in addition to leading school groups through educational field trips. Learn more at

Penn State Hillel Embarks on Capital Campaign

In addition to networking and education opportunities, the CBICC offers members many other member benefits, including the ChamberDeal$ and Member-2-Member programs, which help save you money.

In the midst of a dramatic increase in student involvement in Jewish life at Penn State’s University Park campus, Penn State Hillel has acquired property at the corner of Beaver Avenue and Garner Street in downtown State College for the construction of new center for Jewish student life in the community.

The Member-2-Member program is an opportunity for CBICC members to offer savings to other members by posting coupons on our website. The benefit of this is two-fold: members have the opportunity promote their business to other members, and members have the opportunity to realize savings in a variety of products and services.

Through the generosity of David N. Pincus (‘48) and Bernard (‘51) and Nancy (‘52) Gutterman, Penn State Hillel has acquired the property and embarked on a capital and endowment campaign for the construction of the new facility.

It’s easy to post a coupon – all you need is your username and password to access the Members Only section of our website, Then you can simply click on “Manage your Member Savings” and follow the step-by-step instructions for posting your information. To check out what offerings are available, simply log on to the Members Only section of the website. If you don’t know your username and/ or password, just call Sara Hoy at 234-1829 and she can get that information for you. A full list of member benefits is available at – check it out and begin taking advantage of all the opportunities we offer!

“The growth of Jewish life at Penn State highlights the need for a greatly expanded base of operations, a new hub for Jewish identity and expression,” said Aaron Kaufman, executive director of Penn State Hillel, which serves an estimated 6,000 Jewish students at the University. “Penn State is experiencing a renaissance of Jewish life on campus as Hillel offers a wide array of innovative programs and services that have attracted some of the campus’ best and most dedicated student leaders while receiving national recognition.” The location for the new building is two blocks from campus and situated at a major intersection of the downtown’s commercial district and an area of high density of student housing, a literal crossroads of student life in the borough. Kaufman explained that upon completion of the campaign, Penn State Hillel will boast a state-of-the-art facility and enhanced financial resources, resulting in a vastly expanded program that will help Penn State become one of the nation’s premier centers for quality Jewish student life.

RedLine Speed Shine of State College Featured in Magazine

RedLine was featured in “Profiles of Success” in Auto Laundry Magazine April 2011. See more info at: profile.cfm

Join us in welcoming our newest addition to the CBICC Staff!

Would you like your Member SuCCess to appear in future editions of ChamberNet? Please submit your information to Sara Hoy at shoy@ to have it considered for future publications.

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Member Anniversaries Thank you to these members for their support of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County! 35 Years •

Lions Pride

25 Years •


10 Years •

Dix Honda Company

Innovation Park at Penn State

Meiser & Earl, Inc.

The Sign Factory

5 Years

20 Years •

West College Realty, Inc.

15 Years

Centre Chiropractic

Cynthia M. Shaler, Consultant

Eye Center of Central PA, The

Advanced Color Graphics

Hosband Manufacturing, PRS

Allison Crane & Rigging Inc.

Neutron, Inc.

Ameron Construction Company Inc.

Nittany Weddings

Boyer & Ritter, Certified Public Accountants & Consultants

Proforma LLH Promos, LLC

Central Insurers Group, Inc.

State College Spikes Professional Baseball Club

Clearwater Swimming Pool Co., Inc.

Strategic Polymer Sciences, Inc.

Collegiate Pride, Inc.


L.R. Kimball

Village of Nittany Glenn

Reliance Bank

On Thursday, January 6 the Friends of the Library of Philipsburg hosted a grand opening for the Holt Memorial Library located at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Many attended as they honored individuals who contributed time, talent and money to this project.

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Empire Beauty School celebrated with a special Open House on Friday, January 14. As part of the school’s domestic violence charitable initiative, Empire Gives Back, a check presentation was made to Women’s Resource Center from funds raised by students in State College.

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Government Affairs Update GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIVISION OPERATIONS Heritage 1 Committee Fire Sprinklers in New Homes

Legislation sponsored by both Senator Jake Corman and House Representative Kerry Benninghoff repeals the requirement to install fire sprinklers within new home construction. The final HB 377 passed the House on April 13 by a 129-68 vote. Governor Corbett signed the bill on April 25. The legislation was strongly supported by the Pennsylvania Builders and REALTORS Associations, and was opposed by many public safety related agencies including the local fire companies. The new law also requires that instead of sprinklers, basement ceilings be protected with a drywall fire separation. According to fire fighting officials, this provides a barrier to slow the fire from attacking the structural members of the house, but does nothing to slow the spread of the fire in the area of origin. In addition, this barrier which would not be necessary if the structure was protected by a sprinkler system added to the cost of housing construction. The legislation also prohibits automatic International Code Council updates to the state code every 3 years and requires a 2/3 majority (not a simple majority) of PA’s 19 member panel to adopt new codes. The past position of the Centre Region COG has been that the residential sprinkler requirement should be implemented statewide; and if not at the state level, then local governments should have the flexibility to opt-in to the code if they so choose. The Central PA Builders Association has asked to present their arguments to CBICC members against requiring sprinklers at the June 28th Business Before Hours. Local Building Code and Fire Safety Officials presented their arguments for sprinklers at a prior Chamber membership breakfast program.

PLA’s on County Projects

The Central PA Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) would like to collaborate with the Heritage 1 Committee to advocate against Project Labor Agreements being applied to Centre County government projects. The initiative will be reviewed and possibly advanced after the November election. On January 26th, 2011, the Lancaster County decided to ban PLA’s on County projects. CLICK HERE for the adopted ordinance.

Streamlining PennDot Permits

On April 12th, the Heritage 1 Advisory Board and Committee members met with PennDOT District 2 Chief Engineer (Kevin Kline) and the Director of County Planning (Bob Jacobs). Both Kline and Jacobs recommended early involvement from PennDOT and the County in order to jump start the submission/application process. Handouts discussed included: Transportation Impact Studies (TIS), the Highway Occupancy Permit ( HOP) Submission and Review Process, Average TIS Cycle Review Times, a Submission Checklist, a list of Active Centre County Projects, and a timeline linking the Land Development process with the HOP process. These materials are currently internally available from to PennDOT who plans on making them public to reduce frustration and gain understanding of the permit process.

Affordable Housing

Tax Benefits Potential tax benefits for gifting land, lots, or affordable homes were a main topic of discussion at the April Workforce Housing Committee meeting. CLICK HERE for an example data sheet that was distributed to committee members. Centre Region’s Draft “Comp” Plan Centre Region Planners continue to seek feedback on the draft housing sections of the Regional Comprehensive Plan. CLICK HERE for an inventory and assessment of existing conditions relative to housing. The purpose of this part of the “Comp” Plan is to establish a baseline, in this case for housing issues, to begin preparing recommendations for the future. COG Planners welcome comments, suggestions and recommendations from the development community on issues or trends that have not been incorporated in the document or specific information that should be added, and suggested changes or corrections. Affordable Housing Coalition 2011 Summit This year’s summit is scheduled for November 3rd at Fox Dale Village. Topics will include Marcellus Shale and its impact on affordable housing, the need for more short term leases to meet demand for the transient workforce, and the general lack of workforce rental properties in Centre County.

Government Affairs Committee University Park Airport: Air Service Survey Launched

A Government Affairs Division steering committee is working with Penn State University and 13 other Central PA local chambers and economic development partnerships to determine unmet air service needs at the University Park Airport. The steering committee hired a consultant to develop an electronic survey. On March 31, the survey was sent to CBICC members, PSU and the other Central PA business organizations. Results of this survey will be presented to air service providers as motivation to add additional carriers, flights and flight destinations to the current airport services. The main contact for each CBICC member received the survey which was completed by April 27th. CLICK HERE for the 15 organizations that participated in the survey.

Representative Benninghoff Seeks Business Perspectives

The Government Affairs Committee co-hosted a February 22 meeting that was requested by Representative Kerry Benninghoff. Business leaders from the CBICC and Bellefonte attended the meeting to express their views on needed legislatives changes for improving business.

Nittany Entrepreneurs

The Nittany Entrepreneurs (NE) Committee hosted a March 31 “mixer” with CBICC members, PSU’s Smeal College of Business, and area high school seniors and University students. The mixer launched a newly collaborated mentorship program to provide mentorship and job shadowing to interested students. The mission of the program is to promote business understanding, community service, and to foster local and regional career opportunities for the next generation. For a list of students interested in this program please CLICK HERE. CBICC members are encouraged to initiate a 1-2 hour consultation with a student. (Continued on pg. 6...)

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CEO Group Attracting New Members

The Gov. Affairs Division is assisting with promoting the Chamber’s 2011 CEO Group membership and programs. The County Commissioners spoke at the March 1 luncheon. The April guest speaker was Jim Steff, Director of Centre Region COG. At the April meeting Mark Morath (HAMCO) hosted an exceptional luncheon at the Carnegie House with a menu that included crab salad with blood orange vinaigrette, mini Asian style duck burgers with mushroom ketchup served with root vegetable chips, and a warm pear tart with house-made vanilla bean ice cream. M&T Bank, McQuade Blasko Attorneys at Law, Haas Building Solutions, State College Area School District and the Geisinger Medical Group Centre County recently joined the CEO Group. For more information on membership, CLICK HERE.

STATE Fair Share Act

On Monday, April 11, the state House voted 112-88 to pass legislation (H.B. 1) that would repeal joint and several liability in the Commonwealth. The House bill was cosponsored by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff. On the same day that the House was voting on H.B. 1, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the companion Senate measure (S.B. 2). Senator Jake Corman was the prime sponsor of the Senate bill. The legislation reforms the doctrine of Joint and Several Liability. Under this act, a defendant found less than 60% liable would be required to pay only their proportionate share of a judgment instead of the full verdict. With the opposition continuing its campaign of claims against Fair Share Act legislation, the PA Chamber is countering by educating elected officials and the general public about the need for this specific reform which would reduce lawsuit abuse.

Core Communities in Crisis

By Tom Fountaine, State College Borough, Manager Mark Kunkle, Ferguson Township Manager Crisis, a pretty strong word. You probably are asking yourself, so why haven’t I heard of this crisis? Simply put, the more than 2500 Pennsylvania municipalities have not been effectively communicating the growing financial tsunami created by decades of mounting mandates imposed by the federal and state legislatures. Many are now in crisis mode. In fact, as of October 2010 the 20th municipality in the Commonwealth filed for Distressed Municipal status under Act 47 which places the local government under a financial recovery plan. These municipalities are on the brink of bankruptcy. During the last four months of 2010 a Task Force of 29 elected and appointed local government officials supported by major corporate partners and Chambers of Commerce from around the state, met to develop a report identifying the initiatives which need to be achieved to avert further municipal financial failures and yes, crisis. State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, along with State College Manager Tom Fountaine served on this Task Force. Ferguson Township Manager Mark Kunkle is also a member of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities Legislative Committee charged with carrying this message throughout Pennsylvania. Throughout the work of the Task Force, local Chambers were kept informed and invited to participate in the discussions. Dan Abruzzo and CBICC accepted the invitation and proved to be a valuable resource during the Task Force’s meeting held in State College last October. Recently, the Chambers of Commerce representing Lancaster, York County, Greater Wilkes-Barre, and Greater Reading were the four founding partners. Since then, Harrisburg Regional, Lehigh Valley, and Pittsburgh Chambers have endorsed the Core Communities in Crisis Task Force Report. A copy of the full report can be found on the web at

PA Chamber Executive: Guest Speaker at May Membership Luncheon

These Chambers have recognized that financially stable, full service, livable and safe communities are essential and go hand in hand with successful business development. Hence a partnership of local government and commerce has developed and grown around common interest.

Core Communities in Crises

Generally, the task force identified pension, collective bargaining binding arbitration, economic development and revenue enhancement to focus efforts for change. Specific actions in each area are being advocated to provide mechanisms that reduce mandates that have proven to cause extraordinary financial pressures and obligations. These actions are intended to level the playing field, provide flexible solutions and eliminate obstacles that historically have resulted in costs beyond what is sustainable.

Gene Barr, VP of Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania Chamber Commerce, has agreed to be the guest speaker at the May 17th CBICC membership luncheon. Gene will update CBICC members on the recent legislative advocacy of the state chamber. CLICK HERE to register for the luncheon. The Ferguson Township and State College Borough Managers have asked the CBICC to join a “Core Communities in Crisis” initiative that advocates legislative reforms to reduce state mandates on municipalities. The number of municipalities considered financially distressed under Act 47 continues to increase, much due to significant fiscal impacts caused by mandates. For the other Chambers of Commerce that have endorsed the initiative and for reference to the Core Communities in Crisis Task Force Report, refer to adjacent article provided by the Managers of State College Borough and Ferguson Township. According to State College Borough Manager, Tom Fontaine, the Borough sees a deficit of $8.7 million at the end of 2015 if we continue on the current path without any of the reforms called for in the report.

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A key requirement for these Chambers’ endorsement of the Task Force Report is achieving cost reduction initiatives BEFORE any revenue enhancement initiatives. For businesses this means the approach cannot be just adding more money to fund local government services, it must include cost reducing efforts. The magnitude of the cost reductions that are needed can only be achieved by eliminating the mandates that are driving the costs. The support of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County is encouraged to join with the other Chambers from around the State that have endorsed the Task Force report.

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CCIDC Receives Second Recapitalization from USDA Intermediary Relending Program

CCIDC’s Buildings & Sites Inventory

Recently the CCIDC received approval for a second $500,000 loan through USDA’s Intermediary Relending Program (IRP). These funds will be used to recapitalize the existing CCIDC Revolving Loan Fund. Since its inception in 2004, the Revolving Loan Fund Program has granted thirty-four loans to twenty-seven companies. Recognizing the importance and success of the program, the CCIDC received the first $500,000 loan from the USDA in July 2007. USDA requires all funds to be deployed prior to a subsequent application for funding. The USDA IRP loans have a scheduled repayment term of 30 years at a 1% fixed interest rate. All the loans in the portfolio are current; there has been no loss of funds to date. Funds may be borrowed for the acquisition of land and buildings, new construction, rehabilitation, leasehold improvements, machinery and equipment, and working capital. The loan fund often partners with local financial institutions and utilizes existing Commonwealth programs when borrowers qualify. For more information about CCIDC’s Revolving Loan Fund Program, please contact either Trudy Mitchell,, or Mary Resides,, at 814-235-1666.

The Building and Site Inventory on the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation’s website,, has achieved another milestone -- having 120 listings. At the debut of the CCIDC’s website in mid-2009 there were 30 buildings and sites on our inventory. Part of the IDC’s mission is to assist companies in finding suitable locations to conduct business. While we know the inventory doesn’t include all the available buildings or land, it is a valued source of information. The listing of properties is free of charge and provides another marketing opportunity for property owners. We want to continue to grow the inventory because we feel it is a win-win situation for everyone: We and site seekers have a better knowledge of available locations and the property owners have another cost-free marketing tool. If you have a property you would like to list on our Building and Site Inventory or would like information about receiving requests for space, please contact Mary Resides at 235-1666 or

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Clothes Mentor opened its new store in State College with a ribbon cutting on Thursday April 7th at 10 a.m. Clothes Mentor carries business, casual, smart and sophisticated apparel along with scrubs and seasonal items.

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Ambassdors of the CBICC 2011 Ambassador Club Members The Ambassador Club of the CBICC is the “Goodwill Arm” of the Chamber, and its mission is to welcome and mentor new Chamber members, help in the retention of current members, and provide exceptional service for our members.

Ambassador of the Month: January Andrea Boyles, Youth Service Bureau Position: CEO Years as an Ambassador: 1 year

The CBICC Ambassador Club is comprised of volunteers committed to strengthening relationships between the CBICC and its members. Founded in 2001, the Ambassador Club is an extremely important committee of the Chamber and plays a vital role in helping the CBICC reach out to its members. • Mike Allen, Kish Bank • Edith Binkley, Lia Sophia Jewelry & Clothes Mentor • Diana Blazina, Jersey Shore State Bank • Andrea Boyles, Centre County Youth Service Bureau • Rod Burnham, Comcast Spotlight • B.J. Clitherow, Energy Stewards • Mary Ann Curren, Foxdale Village • Mindy Dillon, Fulton Bank • Chad Feather, PNC Bank • Christine Hart, Events by Hart • Bennett Hoffman, TeamWorks, Inc. • Denise Immel, Citizens Bank • Mark Johnson, The Hartman Group • Tom Katancik, Toftrees Resort & Four Star Golf Club • Tom Kearney, West PennPower • Laurene Keck, Sweetland Engineering • Crystal Little-Henry, Home Instead Senior Care • Marcia Martsolf-Miller, Gambone, Songer & Associates Realty • Jeff Matter, Comcast Spotlight • Dianna Meckley, SPE Federal Credit Union • Ken McGarvey, Pro-Care • Dave Shaffer, Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State • Danan Sharer, Nestlerode & Loy, Inc. • Colleen Small, The UPS Store across from Wegmans • Fran Stevenson, Kish Bank • Paul Tobin, Doty & Hench • Keith Walker, AgChoice Farm Credit, ACA • Colleen Williams, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. • Jon Yarger, Northwest Savings Bank • Steve Yetsko, WJAC-TV Our Ambassadors are easily identified by their red “Ambassador” nametag that they wear at CBICC events, so when you see one of our Ambassadors, thank them for the great work they do. To help you get to know them better, we will be featuring profiles of our Ambassadors in upcoming editions of ChamberNet.

What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? I enjoy getting to know new people and getting to know area businesses. travel to new places

Hobbies/Interests: I work alot! I love to

Fun Facts: I have a little sister in our Big Brothers Big Sisters program who helps fill the void my sons - now 23 and 19 are leaving behind.

Ambassador of the Month: February Ambassador of the First Quarter 2011 Laurene Keck, Sweetland Engineering Position: Assistant to President/Marketing Coordinator Years as an Ambassador: 4 years What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? I like meeting new people & usually have no trouble walking up to a stranger and introducing myself & striking up a conversation. Hobbies/Interests: On the Board for The Second Mile, volunteer & committee member with YSB, Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament, ClearWater Conservancy, CBICC, etc. A member of The State College Elks Club. She enjoys Penn State Football, playing golf with friends, and most sporting events.

Ambassador of the Month: March Dianna Meckley, SPE Federal Credit Union Position: Business Development Specialist Years as an Ambassador: 5 years What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? Volunteering at the events and sharing with prospective members the great opportunities of chamber membership. Hobbies/Interests: Enjoy walking, hunting and spending time with my family and granddaughters. Enjoy attending Spikes games with my family.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the CBICC from the 2011 first quarter. The next time you are looking for a product or service, please consider supporting a CBICC member. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill Bruce Fowler 404 E. Calder Way State College, PA 16801 814-272-6800 FAX: 814-272-6600 Restaurant Barton Associates, Inc. Roger Thies, PE, LEED AP 2134 Sandy Dr., Ste. 10 State College, PA 16803 814-237-2180 FAX: 814-308-8628 Engineers (Other) Beyond Looks Bob Selego 1635 N. Atherton St. State College, PA 16803 814-234-8564 Shopping (Beauty/Hair) Cara Mor Spa at HomeWaters Retreat Donny Beaver 5531 Riverside Dr. Spruce Creek, PA 16683 814-632-5827 FAX: 814-632-7180 Lodge Centre County Historical Society Mary Sorensen 1001 E. College Ave. State College, PA 16801 (814) 234-4779 Historic Site

Cisney & O’Donnell, Inc. Jason Lenox 11923 William Penn Hwy. Huntingdon, PA 16652 814-643-4968 FAX: 814-643-2919 800-523-0300 Contractors (Home Builders/Remodeling) Dana Glass Properties, Inc Keith Cooper 2029 Cato Ave. State College, PA 16801 814-308-9602 FAX: 814-308-9601 Real Estate/Development Doig Consulting Jeff Doig 531 Wyandotte Ln. PA Furnace, PA 16865 502-409-1312 Consulting (Health Care) EC Power Christian Shaffer 200 Innovation Blvd., Ste. 250 State College, PA 16803 304-376-3784 Research and Development Envinity, Inc. Shaun Pardi 331 E. Foster Ave. State College, PA 16801 814-231-3927 FAX: 888-865-0868 Energy

Firebrand Tribe Bevin Hernandez 19 Colonnade Way, Ste. 117 #295 State College, PA 16801 814-753-0125 Graphic Design Scott Gardner PO Box 51 Mingoville, PA 16856 570-561-3869 FAX: 888-819-0360 Shopping (Online) Herwig’s Austrian Bistro Herwig Brandstatter 132 W. College Ave. State College, PA 16801 (814) 238-0200 Restaurant

The Philips Hotel & 1921 Restaurant Faith Lucchesi 200 E. Presqueisle St. Philipsburg, PA 16866 814-342-7445 Restaurant Poincia Vendryes dba Padgett Business Services Poincia Vendryes PO Box 10291 State College, PA 16801 814-661-6688 Accounting Services Prudential Financial Jena Connaghan 1001 Ardmore Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15221 412-247-8070 Financial Planning

Hosband Manufacturing, PRS Micki Hosband 302 Science Park Rd. State College, PA 16803 814-861-8150 FAX: 814-861-8151 Industrial/Manufacturing

State College Choral Society Tom Penkala PO Box 675 State College, PA 16804 814-234-0169 Entertainment

Innovation Park at Penn State Dan Leri 101 Technology Center University Park, PA 16802 814-865-5925 FAX: 814-865-5909 Development

Venti Risk LLC Arthur Small 200 Innovation Blvd, Ste. 253 State College, PA 16803-6602 814-808-5582 Consulting (Analytical Service)

PDL Services LLC Pete Laakmann 200 Innovation Blvd Ste 256 State College, PA 16803 484-654-2345 Software Development

Wells Fargo Advisors Albert Masood 601 Hawthorne Dr. Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 814-695-1558 FAX: 814-695-9286 800-315-2486 Financial Services

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April/May/June 2011


Congratulations 2010 CBICC Award Recipients! During the CBICC Awards Gala presented by SPE Federal Credit Union on March 3, 2011, we announced the 2010 CBICC Award Recipients. There were about 400 in attendance to celebrate and honor the award finalists and recipients.

Congratulations to the following 2010 Award Recipients! 2010 Community Service Award Sponsored by Centre County Community Foundation Ted McDowell, AmeriServ Bank 2010 Corporate Philanthropy Award Sponsored by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering 2010 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Sponsored by Minitab, Inc. Scott Good, Goodco Mechanical, Inc. & Energy Stewards Inc. 2010 CBICC Volunteer of the Year Award Sponsored by the CBICC B. Perry Babb, Keystone Business Support, Inc. 2010 Outstanding Technology Company of the Year Award Sponsored by Sound Technology, Inc. Automated Records Centre 2010 CBICC Ambassador of the Year Award Laurene Keck, Sweetland Engineering 2010 Quality of Life Award Sponsored by Mount Nittany Medical Center Tait Farm Foods’ Community Harvest 2010 CBICC Spirit Award Sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank Frances Stevenson, Kish Bank 2010 Small Business of the Year Award Sponsored by First National Bank Otto’s Pub & Brewery April/May/June 2011

Thank you to the following generous sponsors: • SPE Federal Credit Union • M&T Bank • MedExpress Urgent Care • Graystone Bank • The Centre County Community Foundation • Mount Nittany Medical Center • First National Bank • Minitab • Northwest Savings Bank • Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. • Sound Technology • Graphics & Design • Advanced Color Graphics • Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C. • Designer’s Denn Salon & Spa • First National Bank • Foxdale Village • Fulton Bank • Goodco Mechanical, Inc./Energy Stewards, Inc. • Kish Bank • R.H. Marcon, Inc. • Mount Nittany Medical Center • Nestlerode & Loy, Northwest Savings Bank • Piezo Kinetics, Inc. • South Hills School of Business & Technology • The Hartman Group • The Pennsylvania State University

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CBICC Members Seen & Heard

The CBICC Awards Gala presented by SPE Federal Credit Union was held on Thursday, March 3 at The Penn Stater Conference Center. The Chamber recognized the outstanding contributions of area businesses & individuals within our community. Photos by: CT Photography

We rolled out the red carpet....

Paul Mazza from South Hills School of Business & Technology and Erika Isler.

Stephanie Schmidt from Pool Anderson Construction & Rob Schmidt from Barash Media.

Jody & Danan Sharer from Nestlerode & Loy, Inc.

Matt Stullken & BJ Clitherow from Energy Stewards, Inc.

Fran Stevenson (center) receives the 2010 CBICC Spirit Award from Greg Wendt (L) and Jon Rockey (R) from Northwest Savings Bank.

Al Jones from Centre County Community Foundation, Inc. presents Ted McDowell from AmeriServ Bank the 2010 Community Service Award.

L-R: Front row: Scott Good, Michael Sullivan, Fran Stevenson, Laurene Keck, Kit Henshaw, Harrison Schailey, Perry Babb, Ted McDowell. Back row: Greg Wendt, Steve Brown, Bob McDaniel, David Wise, Bruce Pincus, Russ Brooks, Nick Lingenfelter, and Jon Rockey.

Nick Lingenfelter (R) from First National Bank presents Roger Garthwaite (L) from Otto’s Pub & Brewery with the 2010 Small Business of the Year Award.

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April/May/June 2011


Thank You CBICC Members for helping THON 2011 raise…

We couldn’t have done it without you!

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2nd Quarter ChamberNet  

Quarterly newsletter for the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC). Second Quarter 2011.