A PUBLICATION OF THE CHAMBER OF BUSINESS & INDUSTRY OF CENTRE COUNTY
In This Issue... 2 President’s Letter 3 Membership Services 4 Member Anniversaries 5 New Members 6 Government Update 9 Member Spotlight 10 CCIDC 12 Ambassadors 14 Awards Gala Recipients 15 Members Seen & Heard 16 Events 17 CBICC Open For Business Golf Tournament
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CCIDC’s Business Incubation Role in Local & Regional Economic Development Some of you are likely reading this article because you’re looking
at the potential of business incubation as an economic development strategy in our community. Others may already be deeply involved with the business incubation program. Either way, you might be wondering, “How does incubation fit into the bigger economic development picture?” Economic development employs three principal strategies, which are referred to as the “three-legged” stool. The first two “legs” are big picture, t o p - d o w n “How does incubation fit strategies into the bigger economic that target b u s i n e s s development picture?” attraction, and business retention and expansion. Business incubation is the third “leg”. It is a different, bottom-up approach. It is entrepreneurial assistance that takes time to produce results and in some cases is not easily understood by the general public and government. We assist scientists and other research & development experts develop relevant business skill-sets and related networks. This is important because small business: • Accounts for 54% of GDP • Produces a majority of new and most cited patents • Creates 66% of new jobs • Results in a higher percentage of sales back into the local economy The CCIDC business incubation program began in the mid 1980’s in the former Matternville Elementary School. Today, the program targets the “knowledge economy” and is comprised of early-stage high tech companies focusing on software development, life and bio sciences, alternative energies, and material sciences. Our mission is to accelerate the growth of new technology businesses in Centre County. We accomplish this by being flexible and highly responsive to their needs. Our program provides entrepreneurs with “business-101” one-stop shopping. Companies selected into our program gain: • Increasing access to capital • Technical/business management training • Networking growth opportunities • Flexible office and lab facilities & services (continued on pg. 8...)
Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries Embarks on Senior Housing Project in Pleasant Gap Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) announces the most recent way it will be touching lives in Centre County: an affordable senior housing unit in Pleasant Gap. ALSM has been approved to receive funding assistance for this project by a U.S. Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant. ALSM is now in the process of submitting the final application to access the funds. The proposed housing complex, to be named The Commons at Pleasant Gap, is expected to house 14 one-bedroom units in a one-floor building. There will be a community room available for social activities. To be located on the campus of The Oaks at Pleasant Gap at 200 Rachel Dr., the housing complex will have income eligibility guidelines. It is likely that the building will be available for occupancy by mid-2010. Restek Products Honored by Laboratory Equipment Magazine Two Restek product lines were recently honored by Laboratory Equipment magazine. QuEChERS SPE tubes were selected as a winner and Biphenyl HPLC columns were named as a finalist in the magazine’s 2009 Reader’s Choice Awards competition. Winners were selected by practicing scientists and engineers based on the value and performance of the products in research labs. For more information on the advantages of QuEChERS SPE tubes visit www.restek.com/quechers and to learn how Biphenyl columns can improve your separations visit www.restek.com/biphenyl.
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Perhaps one of the most harmful pieces of anti-business legisla-
tion is making its way through the 111th Congress – again. The “Employee Free Choice Act” also known as “Card-Check” passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007 but was defeated in the U.S. Senate. Check card was reintroduced on March 10th (House Bill 1409 and Senate Bill 560) the very day of the United State Chamber of Commerce had organized a fly in to meet with legislators on this very matter. Dan Abruzzo, CBICC Vice President of Government Affairs along with several CBICC members, whom comprised the largest Pennsylvania delegation, were there as the legislation was being reintroduced. So what is at the heart of the controversy? Under current law, the decision of whether or not to form a union is usually left to the workers — through a secret ballot election. That means that workers can choose — in private — whether they want to join a union. But in such an election, workers might not vote the “right” way. Under Card Check, union organizers would be free to “persuade” workers to publicly sign a card stating that they support the union. Union organizers could ask workers to sign a card just about anywhere — in the parking lot after work, at a restaurant, even at home. Once more than 50% sign cards, workers would be stuck with the union — no more debate and no secret ballot election. Because unions would know who has signed a card, workers could be exposed to unrelenting pressure and coercion. Exposing workers to this harassment may seem unfair, but the goal of this legislation isn’t fairness — it’s getting workers to sign cards and begin paying union dues. The current bill also has a “binding arbitration” provision that would let the federal government dictate wages and benefits under a union contract, and then deprive workers of the chance to vote on their contract. I applaud Congress Glenn “GT” Thompson who signed on to the opposing legislation known as “The Secret Ballot Protection Act.” Congressman Thompson summed it up this way “As a former union member, and a staunch supporter of our democratic process, under no circumstance, could I support efforts to strip the American worker of their fundamental right to cast a ballot in secret. While organized labor played a significant role in getting this President elected and giving the Democrats control of Congress, it is a slap in the face to hard working Americans to advance an undemocratic agenda for political gain.” As for Senators Specter and Casey; Specter is precariously balanced on the preverbal “picket fence” with labor on one side and business on the other. With a reelection campaign ahead of him, this could very well be the vote that determines his political future. Conversely, Senator Casey remains quietly and firmly fixed in the pro labor camp citing that the business community actions are stifling the middle class and that “check card” will elevate the middle class to a higher standard of living. As the son of a labor historian, I appreciate and respect the role of labor unions; however, I really have to question if this really the time for this national debate? Perhaps our focus should be on how we reposition ourselves to compete globally before technology, education and energy get the better of us. I respectfully urge you to contact Congressman Thompson to say thank you for his support and Senators Casey and Specter to let them know that you oppose the “check card” legislation. You can find more on this important topic in this issue of ChamberNet or contact us for more information. On a lighter note, I am delighted to report to you that the three and one-half year odyssey of planning the Benner Commerce Park has now reached its final stages as we received “conditional final approval” from the Centre County Planning Commission. As of this writing, all we need now is the approval of the Benner Township Planning Commission, the Benner Township Supervisors, PennDOT’s Highway Occupancy Permit, several dozen cosmetic adjustments to the master plan itself and state legislation to move our secondary access road on Rishell Hill Road to align with the current Centre County Prison driveway. We expect the estimated $4.5 million construction project to begin in May – of this year.
Until next edition, stay tuned.
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 2009 Rod Beard – Chairman Dave Capperella - Vice-Chair Gary Schultz – Secretary Rich Barrickman – Treasurer John Coleman – President/CEO
Board of Directors 2009 Richard Barrickman, Nittany Bank Rod Beard, ZedX, Inc. Patricia Best, State College Area School District Dave Capperella, Capperella Furniture Don Gaetano, The Hartman Agency Jack Infield, Graystone Bank Bill James, Foxdale Village O.J. Johnston, Urish Popeck & Co., LLC Jana King, King Printing & Publishing Inc. Jeffrey Krauss, The HR Office, Inc. Fred Leoniak, Parente Randolph LLC, Accountants & Consultants Chris Magent, Alexander Building Construction, LLC Leanne Martin, M&T Bank Bob McDaniel, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. Ted McDowell, AmeriServ Bank John Moore, Moore Power Sales John Rodgers, Fulton Bank Stephanie Schmidt, Poole Anderson Construction, LLC Walter Schneider, Centre Region COG Colleen Small, The UPS Store #5642 Gary Schultz, The Pennsylvania State University Rich Wisniewski, Mount Nittany Medical Center
Our Staff John Coleman Trudy Mitchell Jean Gerber Dan Abruzzo David Wise Rich Button Angela Lombardo Connie Corl Sara Hoy Mary Resides Karen Little Carol Maddox Elaine Morgan
President/CEO VP Economic Development VP Chamber Operations VP Government Affairs VP Finance & Administration Business Incubation Manager Office Manager Events & Publications Coordinator Membership Services & Communications Coordinator Economic Development Assistant Administrative Assistant Administrative Assistant Receptionist
John F. Coleman Jr. President April/May/June 2009
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Membership Services Update & Information Committees & Taskforces
The work of the CBICC would not be possible without the help of volunteers who serve on committees and taskforces. Within the Chamber Operations Division, we have the following committees/taskforces: Ambassador Club, Awards Dinner Taskforce, ChamberDeal$ Taskforce, Golf Taskforce, and Membership Taskforce. The Ambassador Club is a group of volunteers who serve as the “goodwill arm” of their Chamber and meet monthly throughout the year. Their main responsibilities are to welcome, nurture, and recruit new Chamber members, act as goodwill representatives at Chamber functions, and aid in the support of Chamber members. You can easily identify our Ambassadors by their red “Ambassador” badges that they wear at Chamber functions. Taskforces meet on an as-needed basis, usually with a specific task or goal in mind. The Golf Taskforce assists each year in the planning and coordination of the “Open for Business” Golf Tournament. The success of the tournament is due to the hard work and dedication of the taskforce members. This taskforce begins meeting in the spring of each year and concludes their efforts with the tournament, which is traditionally held in July. This year, we will be reviving the ChamberDeal$ Taskforce, which will help us examine our existing ChamberDeal$ programs and develop new programs that will offer substantial benefit to our members. The Awards Dinner Taskforce will be working on reviewing our current award nominations and voting processes and providing recommendations for changes/improvements to next year’s Awards Gala. The Membership Taskforce was instrumental in our drive to reach the 1,000 member mark, and we’ll be looking for additional opportunities for the taskforce throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about or serving on any of the taskforces or committees, please contact Jean Gerber at jgerber@ cbicc.org or at 234-1829. We’d love to get you involved!
Our popular Member Spotlight will be held in the CBICC building on Thursday, April 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for members to showcase their products and services and for businesses to connect to one another. If you’re not exhibiting, please plan to stop by and visit the exhibitors, taste the delicious treats from four featured caterers, and have fun! And it’s never too early to start thinking about golf! Our annual “Open for Business” Golf Tournament will be held Friday, July 31, with both morning and afternoon rounds. Proceeds from this tournament benefit the Workforce Development Scholarships, which are awarded to a student at each of the five Centre County school districts. There are lots of opportunities to get involved - by playing in the tournament, being a sponsor, volunteering to help during the day, serving on the taskforce, or donating prizes for our raffle – just to name a few. If you’re interested in learning how you can be involved in this fun and worthwhile event, contact Connie Corl at email@example.com or 234-1829.
CertifiCheck Reimbursement Policy
At their April 8, 2009 meeting, the CBICC Executive Committee approved a policy to allow companies or individuals who have unredeemed, unexpired CeritifChecks bearing the CBICC logo to apply for reimbursement from the CBICC for the value of those checks. To be eligible for reimbursement, anyone holding an unredeemed, unexpired CertifiCheck bearing the CBICC logo must bring the check(s) to the CBICC office and complete a short CeritifCheck Reimbursement Form no later than April 30, 2009. Reimbursements will be available sometime in May, 2009.
In other news from the Chamber Operations Division, we are continuing to work on the redesign of our website, www.cbicc.org. We will not only be incorporating our new branding into the website, but we will also be adding some features that will enhance the usability and functionality of the site. We anticipate the new site being ready around mid-May. How to keep you informed of all the upcoming events and news from the CBICC without filling up your e-mail inbox has been a concern of ours for quite some time. We’ve been examining our various communications vehicles to determine if there are ways we can streamline our communications or, at the very least, eliminate the two or three e-mails a day you might have received from us in the past. At the end of each month, you will now be receiving an e-mail that will list all the events for the upcoming month, along with links to registration forms, etc. We will also send out e-mails for each individual event during the month, but we will coordinate these mailings to eliminate sending multiple emails out on any given day. We hope you find this helpful to you, and we would appreciate any feedback you might have. The popularity of social networking has exploded in the past few months, and we’ve taken note of this at the Chamber. Sara Hoy, Member Services & Communications Coordinator, has been working on determining how we can best utilize the social networking sites, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, to help us increase the networking and communication opportunities for our members. At this point, we’re excited to inform you that you can now find the CBICC on both LinkedIn & Facebook. You can search for the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County group on LinkedIn & Facebook & request to join these groups. We look forward to seeing you participate within these online social networking groups!
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Member Anniversaries Thank you to these members for their support of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County! 25 Years â€˘
PennTerra Engineering, Inc.
20 Years â€˘
Commonwealth Business Services, Inc.
Suburban Energy Services
15 Years â€˘
Dine Fresh, Dine Local
Nittany Budget Motel
10 Years â€˘
Alan D. Anderson Agency Nationwide Insurance
Bryce Jordan Center
Centre County Youth Service Bureau
Rizzuto Solutions, Inc.
SPE Federal Credit Union
Wayne Township Landfill
5 Years â€˘
Benner Pike Chiropractic Clinic
Hilex Poly Co., LLC
Krystal Klear Water
LCM Technologies, Inc.
Luxe Home Interiors
Nelson Micro Electronics
Prevailing Wage Company, LLC
T.C. Transport, Inc.
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the CBICC from the 2009 first quarter. The next time you are looking for a product or service, please consider supporting a CBICC member. ACN Telecommunications Doris McDowell 131 Sunday Dr. State College, PA 16801 814-278-9292 FAX: 814-278-9292 http://nittanyvalley.acnrep.com Aflac Insurance Daniel Pivirotto 402 Mountain Rd State College, PA 16801 814-880-1950 FAX: 814-237-2687 American Family Chiropractic Chiropractic Dr. Bryan Tilghman 2766 West College Ave., Ste. 200 State College, PA 16801 814-235-4848 FAX: 814-235-4877 email@example.com www.amerifamchiro.com Fuller Architects Architects Jeffery A Fuller PO Box 609 Boalsburg, PA 16827 814-360-4457 FAX: 814-634-1347 Jeff@FullerArchitects.com www.FullerArchitects.com Gambone, Songer & Associates Real Estate/Development Chuck Gambone 341 Science Park Rd., Ste. 202 State College, PA 16803 814-237-5384 FAX: 814-308-8592 firstname.lastname@example.org
GB Accounting Services Accounting Services Gary Bamat 1874 Autumnwood Dr. State College, PA 16801 814-769-3638 FAX: 814-867-3603 email@example.com www.gbaccountingservices.com
Lorna Arocena Architect Architects Lorna Arocena 740 Elmwood St. State College, PA 16801 814-234-1187 FAX: 814-234-1187 firstname.lastname@example.org www.arocenadesign.com
Square Peg, LLC Embroidery/Sewing Dona Parrotte 157 Meadow Ln. State College, PA 16801 814-238-0398 FAX: 814-690-1565 email@example.com www.squarepegclothing.com
Goodco Mechanical, Inc. Contractors (Heating/Air Conditioning) Scott Good 2551 Carolean Industrial Dr. State College, PA 16801 814-238-8180 FAX: 814-238-8089 firstname.lastname@example.org www.goodcoinc.com
Panera Bread LLC Restaurant George Ann Boucher 148 S. Allen St. State College, PA 16801 814-867-8883 FAX: 814-867-8843 email@example.com www.panerabread.com
Wise Construction Contractors (Home Builders/Remodeling) Dan Wise 419 Loop Rd. Boalsburg, PA 16827 814-880-3704 FAX: 814-466-3020 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wiseconstructiononline.com
Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates Engineers (Other) Scott F Lyons 25 Decibel Rd., Ste. 201 State College, PA 16801 814-231-0552 FAX: 814-231-0695 email@example.com www.hcea.com ideal image by bhorne Marketing/Marketing Research Barb Horne 157 Manhasset Ct. Port Matilda, PA 16870 814-571-9392 firstname.lastname@example.org www.idealimagebybhorne.com Jocelyn L. Anderton, DMD Dentists/Periodontists/Orthodontists Dr. Jocelyn Anderton 432 Rolling Ridge Dr., Ste. 1 State College, PA 16801 814-231-2023 FAX: 814-237-5245 email@example.com
Raymond E. Papale Individual Raymond E. Papale 333 Oakley Dr. State College, PA 16803 412-780-1394 firstname.lastname@example.org Shaner Investments, L.P. Development Ben Eltz 111 Sowers St., Ste. 400 State College, PA 16801 814-234-0850 FAX: 814-234-0830 www.shanerinvestments.com The Smart Work Company Consulting (Business & Management) Lisa Marshall 145 Greenbriar Gap Rd. Spring Mills, PA 16875 814-349-5561 FAX: 814-349-5573 email@example.com www.smartworkco.com
Government Affairs Update LOCAL Fire Sprinklers in New Home Construction
The International Code Council (ICC) adopted a 2009 residential building code that will require fire sprinklers in homes constructed after January of 2011. Pennsylvania’s Review and Advisory Council is currently considering whether the requirement should be part of the state’s residential building code. If adopted by the state, the new sprinkler requirement would apply to all Centre County new homes. Should the state reject the requirement, the Centre Region Code Agency and the COG General Forum have recommended that local municipalities still adopt the requirement. By law, Centre Region code officials would then have to petition the PA Dept of Labor and Industry to exceed the state code requirements. In February, the CBICC’s Heritage 1 Committee co-hosted a Business Before Hours where Centre Region code officials informed members on how the new sprinkler requirement would benefit the community. The Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) opposes the requirement and may ask to present arguments against the requirement at a May or June CBICC member event. CLICK HERE to learn reasons for PBA’s opposition.
Gov. Affairs Division Assigns 2009 Volunteers
The following members will serve on the 2009 Government Affairs Division Committees and task force: Government Affairs (Legislative Advocacy) Committee: • Perry Babb, Keystone Business Support, Inc. • Joyce Haas, Haas Building Solutions • Lynn Herman, Government Relations • Frank Higdon, Matson Environmental • Betsey Howell, Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau • Chris Magent, Alexander Building Construction Co. • Tom Miller, McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at Law • Nate Muniz, Pennsylvania State Credit Union • Jackie Sheader, Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) • Ann Stacey, Buchart-Horn, Inc./BASCO Associates • Jens Thorsen (Chair), The Hartman Group Heritage 1 Committee: • Carl Bankert, S & A Homes & Subsidiaries • Leo DeLorenzo, A.W. & Sons Enterprises • Betsy Dupuis, Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C. • Alan Hawbaker, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. • Chris Magent (Chair), Alexander Building Construction Co. • Meg Moose, M&T Bank • John Sepp, PennTerra Engineering, Inc. • Teresa Sparacino, Delta Development Group, Inc. Infrastructure Task Force: • Bob Finley, The Pennsylvania State University • Max Gill, State College Borough Water Authority • Dan Hawbaker (Chair), Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. • George Khoury, Individual CBICC membership • Bert Kisner, Individual CBICC membership • Cory Miller, University Area Joint Authority (UAJA)
Chamber Board Adopts 2009 Advocacy Policies
Based on the results of a member’s priorities survey, the Government Affairs Division drafted a legislative agenda and policies that were approved at the March meeting of the Chamber Board of Directors. CLICK HERE for policies on issues that impact member businesses the most.
Government Affairs Committee Conducts Quarterly Meeting with Legislators
On March 20, the Government Affairs Committee met with Centre County legislators to discuss activities and issues of mutual importance. The legislators who attended were: US Congressman Glenn Thompson, PA Senator Jake Corman, PA Representative Kerry Benninghoff, and PA Representative Scott Conklin. Representative Mike Hanna was represented by Mitzi Gallagher. Members of the CBICC Board and CEO Group also participated in the meeting. All agreed that the Chamber should hold future targeted “solutions” forum to generate ideas on issues critical to the business community.
Heritage 1 Committee Weighs In on Municipal Ordinances
After reviewing Benner Township’s proposed amendments to requirements in the Industrial zone, it was determined that increasing minimum impervious lot coverage from 60% to 80% would unjustly limit redevelopment of existing lots. CLICK HERE for the letter from Heritage 1. A proposed Riparian Buffer ordinance in Ferguson Township would reduce future redevelopment potential for properties located near “intermittent” streams, and thus devalue the properties. CLICK HERE for the letter from Heritage 1. Both the Benner and Ferguson Township Boards of Supervisors asked their Planning Commissioners to make another review of the ordinances.
Infrastructure Task Force Endorses Funding for Highway Projects
The Infrastructure Taskforce endorsed letters of federal funding support for improvements to Rt. 322 and the construction of the University Park Airport connector road. CLICK HERE for the sample letters sent to U.S. Legislators.
Heritage 1 Committee Heritage I is a committee of income-property owners, real estate developers and affiliated businesses in Centre County, PA. The committee’s mission is to keep abreast of local legislative activity and assist officials in making sound decisions on matters affecting the quality and value of real estate. CLICK HERE to view more information about this committee or contact Dan Abruzzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-234-1829.
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STATE Continued Delays in State Permitting
Despite Governor Rendell’s desire to create jobs and stimulate the economy, obstacles to create shovel-ready infrastructure and real estate projects continue to persists, and in some cases are getting worse. The Heritage I Committee is compiling a list of recent examples where PennDOT, DEP, and other state agencies have made permits approvals more difficult and time consuming. CBICC members who are aware of recent overly “difficult” permit approvals should convey details to the Heritage 1 Committee via email@example.com. Once compiled, the list of sample projects will be conveyed to the appropriate elected officials.
New Law for Home Remodelers
Common Myths About The Employee Free Choice Act From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce EFCA Toolkit
The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), better known as “Card
Check,” would restrict workers’ rights, do away with secret ballot elections in union certification campaigns, and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in mandatory union dues from workers’ pockets into the hands of union executives. Card Check is a power grab by union management, which wants a free hand to pressure workers into union ranks without the protection of the secret ballot.
Starting in July of this year, home improvement contractors must register with the PA Attorney General’s office if annual revenues exceed $5,000. Requirements of the new law will apply to any project which exceeds $500. The licensing fee is $50.
Card Check is not about lifting up workers, it’s about union executives enhancing their power by avoiding the time, expense, and potential risk of giving workers the chance to express their views in private at the ballot box.
The registration law does not apply to new home builders or commercial contractors.
Union executives make numerous claims about the virtues of Card Check, none of which measure up with the facts.
CBICC staff recently attended an information session conducted by the PA Builders Association. CLICK HERE for the Power Point presentation which provides further details on the new law.
Myth #1: The legislation would not require workers to organize using card check. If one-third of workers want to have an election, they could still have one. Card Check just gives workers another choice.
FEDERAL How Does the COBRA Subsidy Work?
COBRA requires most group health plans to offer employees (and their dependents) the opportunity to continue their health care coverage when certain qualifying events (e.g., termination of employment) result in the loss of coverage. A new law creates a federal COBRA premium subsidy for covered employees (and their dependents) who are involuntarily terminated from their jobs between September 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009, and who are otherwise eligible for COBRA during this period. These “assistance eligible individuals” are only required to pay 35 percent of their COBRA premiums for a maximum of nine months. The remaining 65 percent of the premium is paid by the employer, which is reimbursed through a reduction in federal payroll tax obligations. The COBRA subsidy is nontaxable to the assistance eligible individuals.
CBICC Advocates Against Union “Card Check”
As indicated in a recently approved legislative policy to sustain and create jobs, the Chamber Board continues to oppose the proposed Employee Free Choice Act (“Card Check bill). CBICC staff and member representatives participated in a March 9 and 10 Washington D C “flyin” sponsored by the U.S. and PA Chambers. Senator Arlen Specter, who in 2007 voted to advance “Card Check”, met and heard arguments of the PA delegation at the Capital. Approximately 2 weeks later, the Senator publicly announced that he would not vote for the bill, already introduced in both the House and Senate. Senator Casey still favors passing the Card Check bill. U.S Congressman Glenn Thompson strongly opposes the bill, and in fact, has introduced legislation that would protect the secret ballot vote when considering unionization.
Fact: Union organizers, not workers, are the only ones who would get to choose — and the choice will always be against the secret ballot. Myth #2: The Employee Free Choice Act gives workers the ability to negotiate for better terms from their employers. It takes an important step towards strengthening America’s middle class. Fact: States with the heaviest union presence are worse off than states with the least. Myth #3: We need Card Check because when workers attempt to form a union, employers often respond with tactics of intimidation, harassment and retaliation. Fact: Unions win a large majority of elections under current law. Myth #4: The NLRB process is too slow — it takes far too long to hold an election. Fact: The vast majority of union representation elections take place in less than 60 days.
You can view more details on the facts above as well as additional Myths & Facts HERE. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has provided an online EFCA Tool Kit that includes sample letters to Congress, newsletter articles, and other information regarding the EFCA.
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Naturally, we cannot provide all of these services on our own. The CCIDC collaborates with many other economic development and entrepreneurship assistance organizations in the region. These partners can include Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Penn State, SCORE, PSU’s Small Business Development Center, SEDACOG, and Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership as well as countless dedicated local business professionals. This “group-effort” literally affords the budding, non-revenue producing, risky, entrepreneur an opportunity to commercialize an idea. Incubation programs are economic transformation agents that act as the link between the product invention and commercial venture. Incubators contribute to the region’s entrepreneurial base and diversity. It can make the area more attractive to larger companies outside of the region as well as established entrepreneurs looking for the best spot to locate. On their own, over 65% of small businesses fail over time; however, business incubation programs dramatically reverse this statistic and tout an 87% ongoing success rate. From its humble beginnings in the Matternville Elementary School, the CCIDC program has grown to occupy two modern facilities totaling 32,000 square feet. The primary facility is located in Innovation Park while the other is well positioned off of Science Park Road. Each facility has the added benefit of being situated within Keystone Innovation Zones, which has also proven to be a valuable financial support tool for many of our client companies. “So how does the CCIDC business incubation program fit into Centre County’s economic development picture?” The answer is that it fits in perfectly. The program’s initiatives are relevant, generate economic diversity, and judiciously use sources of funding. Currently, the local incubation program houses 33 client companies and enjoys nearly 100% occupancy. The 33 early-stage companies employ over 143 people. These employees represent 143 households which generate over $6.6 million in annual salary and wages; own homes worth over $14 million; and generate over $9.1 million in retail sales annually. The CCIDC program has graduated companies such as: • The Drucker Company • Restek • Real Time Devices • Videon Central • Sound Technologies These graduate companies, and others, have easily generated over 1,000 jobs in Centre County. And, as they have prospered, these graduates have added to the area’s economic base and diversity. Collectively, these success stories produce salaries and wages totaling over $46 million and over $63 million in annual spending, which equates to 5% of the region’s retail goods purchases. The heart of business incubation is not its facilities, but rather the concerted effort by a group of qualified, committed professionals to help companies grow. In fact, the program, at its essence, is a network of regional entrepreneurs and related service providers. The CCIDC incubation program helps to transform and strengthen our entrepreneurial base, and that is something all of us can be proud of.
CBICC Member Spotlight presented by PCI Insurance, Inc. Thursday, April 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You’re invited to attend the CBICC’s annual Member Spotlight event on Thursday, April 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Technology Center Building, 200 Innovation Blvd., Innovation Park, State College. • Sample food and beverages from four popular, local caterers. • Network with the business community. • See the latest innovations and learn about the products and services offered by CBICC members. • Meet the successful business owners and employees who are helping to grow the local economy. The exhibitor tables will be set up throughout the Technology Center building. Parking will be available in the Technology Center parking lot and in the surrounding lots.
Thank You to the following Caterers & Sponsors! Presented by:
The Registration area will be located in the lobby adjacent to the CBICC office. Beverages: Beer provided by Otto’s and wine provided by Mount Nittany Winery.
Each exhibitor will be giving away a door prize! Bring your business cards!
To attend the Member Spotlight Event CLICK HERE for the registration form Cost: $5.00 per member and non-member
CLICK HERE to view a list of the Member Spotlight Exhibitors
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To exhibit at the Member Spotlight CLICK HERE
Economic Development Update CCIDC Builds Out Wet Lab Within the Tech Center
CCIDC Business Incubation Client Expands
CCIDC’s business incubation program directed the conversion of a single 1,000 square feet suite into two, 500 square foot wet labs. The $80,000 renovation was completed in January 2009. The conversion was extensive and reflects the incubation program’s commitment to growing early-stage companies in Centre County. Lab #210B has been leased to ET Technology, a newly formed company conducting research & development activities relating to alternative fuels, energy and mineral processing. Providing wet lab space is just one of the ways the CCIDC provides entrepreneurial assistance in Centre County. Founded in 2005, Indigo Biosciences expands once again at the Zetachron facility. The company added a second wet lab and office cubicle to accommodate an expanding research & development effort as well as to provide an office for its newly hired sales & marketing manager.
Each lab features a full complement of base equipment including an exhaust hood, sink and eye wash/shower station.
Each lab includes over 64 square feet of counter space and cabinet work area.
CCIDC Business Incubation Program First Quarter 2009 Client Company Activity
Companies Moved In:
SAAS dictation / transcription software development to the health care industry
Energy storage, generation and medical therapeutics R&D
Online source for business weather analysis to the agriculture, retail and energy industries
Innovative strategies to improve emergency preparedness for the healthcare industry
Ozone and related technology for the improvement of commercial laundry systems
Alternative fuels R&D
The Zetachron facility is managed by the CCIDC’s incubation program on behalf the Penn State Research Foundation (PSRF). PSRF is and has been a strong supporter of research and technology transfer in Centre County.
Nano jacket technology for the life and bio sciences industries.
Products and services focused on nuclear reactors that target the therapeutic drug industries
Indigo is a bioscience company offering products and services focused on nuclear receptors, which comprise a major class of therapeutic drug targets. The CCIDC incubation program is proud of Indigo’s successes. Providing flexible office and lab space is just one of the entrepreneurial assistance strategies offered through the CCIDC incubation program. We encourage you to contact the CCIDC to better understand how economic development can be put to work for your company in Centre County.
Contact the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation Ph: 814.235.1666 F: 814.234.5869 New Web site coming soon! www.CentreCountyIDC.org
Economic Development Update CCIDC Business Incubation Stakeholders Important research just announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) proves that business incubators provide communities with significantly more jobs at far less cost than do any other public works infrastructure projects – including road and bridges, industrial parks, commercial buildings, and sewer and water projects. According to “Construction Grants Program Impact Assessment Report,” based on a study conducted for EDA by Grant Thornton, business incubators provide up to 20 times more jobs than community infrastructure projects (e.g., water and sewer projects) at a fraction of the cost. For more information on this study and its findings, visit www. nbia.org/works or see the next article “Construction Grants Program Impacts Assessment Report” on this same page. This study reveals what we at CCIDC have known all along: Business incubation programs are proven tools for helping entrepreneurs grow successful businesses. And especially during times of economic crisis, it is vitally important that the nation leverage its existing investments in incubators to generate new jobs and innovations and to help individuals facing layoffs to start their own firms. The CCIDC Business Incubation Program has played a central role in local entrepreneurship since the mid 1980’s. From its humble beginnings at the former Matternville Elementary School, the Program has grown and now encompasses 32,000 SF in two facilities. The Technology and Zetachron buildings currently house 33 early-stage high-tech client companies representing software development, life sciences, alternative energy and nano industry sectors. The fledging entrepreneurs employ some 150 people. They directly contribute to Centre County’s economic diversity and play important role in our community’s future. The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) estimates that in 2005 alone, North American incubators assisted more than 27,000 start-up companies that provided full-time employment for more than 100,000 workers and generated annual revenue of more than $17 billion. Many thousands more jobs have been created by companies that have graduated from these programs and now operate self-sufficiently in their communities. An EDA-funded study in the mid-1990s found that 87 percent of all firms that had graduated from NBIA member incubation programs were still in business – and about 84 percent of those graduates remained in the incubator’s community. Jobs created by incubators are enduring, high-paying positions with benefits that contribute to community and U.S. global competitiveness. In today’s struggling economy, now is not the time to let these foremost job creators wither away. We have appreciated your support for CCIDC Business Incubation program in the past, and we encourage you to continue to help us serve entrepreneurs in the future. With your help, we can help America’s small businesses continue to create new jobs and return the U.S. economy to health.
“Construction Grants Program Impact Assessment Report” Grant Thornton conducted a study for the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration examining the economic impacts and federal costs of EDA construction program investments. In that study, researchers found that business incubators are the most effective means of creating jobs – more effective than roads and bridges, industrial parks, commercial buildings, and sewer and water projects. The study was announced earlier this month in an EDA newsletter. Below are some detailed findings from the report. • In a recurring theme throughout the study, the authors note that “EDA’s strategic focus on innovation and entrepreneurship makes sense, in that investments in business incubators generate significantly greater impacts in the communities in which they are made than do other project types.“ • According to the study, EDA investments, on average, produce between 2.2 and 5.0 jobs per $10,000 in federal spending, for a federal cost per job of between $2,001 and $4,611. • The results of the investments vary greatly, depending on the type of project (see table below). Business incubators produce the greatest number of jobs per $10,000 in EDA investment (between 46.3 and 69.4), while community infrastructure projects (e.g., sewer and water projects) create the least number of jobs (between 1.5 and 3.4 per $10,000 in federal investment). • As a result, business incubators create jobs at far less cost than do other EDA investments. Incubators have a federal cost per job of between $144 and $216, compared with $744$1,008 for commercial structures, $1,291-$2,293 for roads and other transportation projects, $1,377-$1,999 for industrial park infrastructure, and $2,920-$6,972 for community infrastructure. • The report notes that, by dollars invested and by number of projects funded, business incubation programs have historically been the least well-funded of EDA’s public infrastructure projects. Local Jobs Generated Per $10,000 EDA Investment and Federal Cost Per Job
Project type Business incubators Commercial structures Roads & other transportation Industrial park infrastructure Community infrastructure
Estimated local jobs created (per $10,000 EDA investment) 46.3-69.4 9.6-13.4 4.4-7.8 5.0-7.3 1.5-3.4
Federal cost per job $144-$216 $744-$1,008 $1,291-$2,293 $1,377-$1,999 $2,920-$6,872
Source: “Construction Grants Program Impact Assessment Report,” prepared by Grant Thornton for the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and announced in a January 2009 EDA newsletter.
Ambassdors of the CBICC 2009 Ambassador Club Members Mike Allen, Kish Bank Edith Binkley, Lia Sophia Jewelry Rod Burnham, Comcast Spotlight B.J. Clitherow, Forever Broadcasting Mary Ann Curren, Foxdale Village Anthony DiNallo, The Hartman
Jeff Matter, Comcast Spotlight Dianna Meckley, SPE Federal Credit Union
Laura Mulligan, Northwest
The Ambassador Club is the â€œGoodwill Armâ€? of the Chamber, and its mission is to welcome and mentor new Chamber members, assist in the retention of current members, and provide exceptional service for our members. The CBICC Ambassador Club is comprised of dedicated volunteers committed to strengthening relationships between the CBICC and its members.
Linda Reed Friedman, Advanta Training, LLC
Chad Feather, PNC Bank Desiree Fralick, Mazza Law Group Christine Hart, Residence Inn
Jeannette Rizzuto, Rizzuto Solutions, Inc.
Colleen Small, The UPS Store #5642
Bennett Hoffman, TeamWorks, Inc. Denise Immel, Citizens Bank Mark Johnson, The Hartman
Fran Stevenson, Kish Bank Paul Tobin, Doty & Hench Keith Walker, AgChoice Farm Credit, ACA
Tom Kearney, Allegheny Power Laurene Keck, Sweetland
Colleen Williams, Valpak of Lion Country
Engineering Ron Leynes, Primerica Financial Services
L to R: Mary Ann Curren, Ron Leynes, Edie Binkley, Mark Johnson, Desiree Fralick, Steve Yetsko, Laurene Keck, Rod Burnham, Tom Kearney, Keith Walker, Dianna Meckley, Christine Hart, Chad Feather, Fran Stevenson, Colleen Small, Paul Tobin, BJ Clitherow, Laura Mulligan, & Anthony DiNallo
Congratulations to the following Ambassadors for January, February, March & the 2009 1st quarter! Ambassdor of the Month: January 2009 - 4 Way Tie! Christine Hart, Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Position: Sales Manager Years as an Ambassador: 2 years What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? I love being able to assist with new members & making them feel comfortable at the after hours. Also, I love wearing the red nametag.
Mary Ann Curren, Foxdale Village
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Linda Reed Friedman, Advanta Training, LLC Position: President, Managing Partner Years as an Ambassador: 6 years What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? Helping new members make connections at events, being part of a group that is making a difference in membership growth and retention, and laughing during meetings.
Colleen Small, The UPS Store
Position: Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Years as an Ambassador: less than 1 yr
Years as an Ambassador: 2 years
What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? (Not Available)
What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? Bonding with the other ambassadors and getting to know the Chamber Staff better.
Congratulations to the following Ambassadors for January, February, March & the 2009 1st quarter! February 2009 Fran Stevenson, Kish Bank Position: Trust Department Manager & Personal Banker Officer Years as an Ambassador: 4 years What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? Getting to know the staff & chamber members.
March & 1st Quarter 2009
(...continued from pg. 1: MySuCCess) Optical Image Technology Receives AIIM’s Carl E. Nelson Best Practices Award Optical Image Technology (OIT), maker of the DocFinity suite of document imaging, document management, and business process management software, is pleased to announce it has been given the 2009 AIIM Carl E. Nelson Best Practices Award. The recognition took place during AIIM’s annual Association Awards Dinner at the Info360 event in Philadelphia. The award recognizes end users for their implementation of ECM vendor technology to improve business. OIT was one of three vendor finalists in the large company category.
CBICC Member News Check out the upcoming events submitted by Chamber members by going to the CBICC Member News section on the CBICC Web site. Stay up-to-date with what’s happening with other businesses in the area. You may also submit upcoming event items to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included within this section. CLICK HERE to go to Member News.
Colleen Williams, Valpak of Lion Country Position: Co-Owner Years as an Ambassador: 2-3 years What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? We live in such a dynamic community and the Chamber’s Ambassador Club is one of the best ways to learn about so many of the unique businesses in Centre County.
Would you like your Member SuCCess to appear in future editions of ChamberNet? Please submit your information to Sara Hoy at shoy@ cbicc.org to have it considered for future publications.
Ambassador of the Year 2008 Laurene Keck, Sweetland Engineering Position: Assistant to President/ Marketing Coordinator Years as an Ambassador: 2 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.
Upcoming Member Information Sessions You are invited to attend the upcoming FREE CBICC member information sessions from 8:15-9:00 a.m.: June 10 August 12
October 14 December 9
To RSVP email email@example.com or call (814) 234-1829 Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County | 814-234-1829 | Fax 814-234-5869 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.cbicc.org
CBICC Awards Gala 2008 Recipients Presented by First National Bank Community Service Award Sponsored by Centre County Community Foundation Tom McKee, The Hartman Group Corporate Philanthropy Award Sponsored by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. Shaner, Lance Shaner Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Sponsored by Minitab, Inc. Colleen Small, The UPS Store #5642 Tom McKee - The Hartman Group & Alfred Jones - Centre County Community Foundation
Outstanding CBICC Volunteer of the Year Award Sponsored by the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County Rod Beard, ZedX, Inc.
Bruce Pincus - Minitab & Colleen Small, UPS Store #5642
Outstanding Technology Company of the Year Award Sponsored by Sound Technology, Inc. Keystone Nano, Inc., Jeff Davidson CBICC Ambassador of the Year Award Laurene Keck, Sweetland Engineering Quality of Life Award Sponsored by the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County Centre Volunteers in Medicine CBICC Spirit Award Sponsored by Northwest Savings bank Colleen Small, The UPS Store #5642
Jean Gerber - CBICC & Kristen Houser - Centre Volunteers in Medicine
Gregg Allen - Sound Technology & Jeff Davidson - Keystone Nano, Inc.
Small Business of the Year Award Sponsored by Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering PA Women’s Journal, Ltd., Tere Rill Thank You to our Sponsors! PennTerra, Shaner, Graphics & Design, and Advanced Color Graphics
Brian McMahon - Shaner & Dan Hawbaker - Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.
Thank You to our Table Sponsors! Clearfield Bank & Trust, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., Hillis–Carnes Engineering Associates, Kish Bank, Mount Nittany Medical Center, Poole Anderson Construction, LLC, Sample Media, Shaner Investments, The Hartman Group, and The Pennsylvania State University Finance and Business
Fran Stevenson - Kish Bank & Laurene Keck - Sweetland Engineering
Jean Gerber - CBICC & Rod Beard - ZedX, Inc.
Jon Rockey - Northwest Savings Bank, Colleen Small - UPS Store #5642, & Rebecca Middlesworth - Northwest Savings Bank
Harrison Schailey - Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering, Tere Rill - PA Women’s Journal, & Kit Henshaw - Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering
CBICC Members Seen & Heard Scenes from the Annual CBICC Awards Gala presented by First National Bank on Thursday, March 5, 2009.
Photos by: Gene Maylock
Denise McCann & Bobbi Jo Hopf from Centre County Youth Service Bureau during the Cocktail Hour
Shelly Myers - State College Magazine, Matt Fern - Sample Media & Sandy Lauri - State College Magazine enjoying the cocktail hour prior to the Awards Gala
Keynote Speaker, Former PA Governor & U.S. Attorney General Richard â€œDickâ€? Thornburgh
The Rick Hirsch Gala Orchestra played throughout the evening of the Awards Gala. Guitarist - Mac Himes, Drummer - Bobby Leidhecker, Saxophonist - Rick Hirsch & Bassist - Jeff Beck
Keystone Business Support - James Kilmartin, Jess Kilmartin, Lance Babb, & Masi Shahnazari, and from Nittany Weddings - Christian Smith & Kerri Smith
Events Calendar April/May/June 2009 Thursday, April 16
Wednesday, June 10
Business After Hours hosted by Centre County Youth Service Bureau 5:30 - 7:30 PM 116 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte
Member Information Session 8:15 - 9:00 AM CBICC Board Room
Wednesday, April 22
Thursday, June 11
ChamberU: Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle - What Every Business Needs to Know 8:30 - 11:00 AM CBICC Board Room
Business After Hours hosted by Optical Image Technology, Inc., eTravco Travel, Brungo Family Dentistry, Sepich Eye Care, Professional Planning Consultants/Amato Associates 5:30 - 7:30 PM 100 Oakwood Ave., State College
Friday, April 24 Membership Luncheon 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM The Penn Stater Conference Center
Wednesday, April 29 Business Before Hours 8:00 - 9:30 AM Hoags Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd.
Thursday, April 30 CBICC Member Spotlight 5:30 - 7:30 PM Technology Center, 200 Innovation Blvd., State College
Wednesday, May 13
Tuesday, June 16 Membership Luncheon 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Hoags Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd.
Wednesday, June 24 Business Before Hours 8:00 - 9:30 AM Hoags Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd.
Thursday, June 25 Business After Hours hosted by TeamWorks, Inc., & Dix Honda Company 5:30 - 7:30 PM 2796 W. College Ave., State College
Business After Hours hosted by Kish Bank 5:30 - 7:30 PM Corner of N. Atherton St. & Valley Vista Dr. (in front of Home Depot)
Friday, May 22 Membership Luncheon 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM The Penn Stater Conference Center
Wednesday, May 27 Business Before Hours 8:00 - 9:30 AM Hoags Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd.
Thursday, May 28 Business After Hours hosted by The Oaks at Pleasant Gap - operated by Allegheny Lutheran Social Services 5:30 - 7:30 PM 200 Rachel Dr., Pleasant Gap
Mark Your Calendars!
Open for Business Golf Tournament
Friday, July 31, 2009 Get Ready for the CBICC’s “Open For Business Golf Tournament” presented by: At Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center Tee Times 7:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The Centre County Workforce Development Scholarships
Spend a day on the green with CBICC members
and guests while supporting the Workforce Development Scholarships for the five Centre County school districts. These $1,000 scholarships are given to one high school student at each school district who is currently receiving technical education or training and plans to seek employment in a technical position in Centre County. The five Centre County schools include: Bald Eagle Area School District, Bellefonte Area School District, Penns Valley Area School District, PhilipsburgOsceola Area School District, and State College Area School District.
Thank you to the following sponsors: • AmeriServ Bank • Balfurd Cleaners • Capital Blue Cross • Central PA Newspaper Network • Collegiate Pride, Inc. • Comcast Spotlight • Delta Technology Solutions, Inc. • Eastern Alliance Insurance Group • Geisinger Medical Group • The Hartman Group • Highmark Blue Shield • McQuaide Blasko • Nittany Bank • PCI Insurance, Inc.
Sign up as an individual golfer, a pair, a foursome or as a sponsor. Sponsorships for this event are still available! Click HERE to download the registration form or call the CBICC office at (814) 234-1829.
200 Innovation Blvd, Suite 150 • State College PA 16803 • P (814) 234-1829 • F (814) 234-5869 • W www.cbicc.org
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