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July/Aug/Sept 2012


In This Issue... 2 Membership Services Update 3 Member Anniversaries 4 Economic Development Update 5 Ambassadors 6 New Members 7 Members Seen & Heard Photos 8 Annual CBICC “Open for Business Golf Tournament

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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

CBICC Mobile Web App will Help the Community Stay Connected! Mobile Web App users can find local businesses and stay connected with news, events, and exclusive discounts


o deliver more value to members, and the community, The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) is excited to announce the launch of its new Mobile App. This mobile app will empower users to: • Find members in the Chamber’s directory • Search and register for Events • Stay up to date on community News • View and redeem Special Discounts “In today’s tech-focused world, we realized a mobile app is the best way for us to connect with the community using technology” Vern Squier, President/CEO, said. “Our new mobile app will deliver tremendous value to not only our members, but also the community as a whole. We see this mobile app becoming THE destination for mobile internet users seeking information about Centre County.” The CBICC Mobile App is a smart investment today, and it will continue to benefit the community for years to come. According to the Nielsen Company, not only will half of Americans own a smartphone capable of using web apps by Christmas of this year, but smartphones will be the majority stakeholder in the U.S. cell phone market. This means by next year, half of Americans will have access to phones and portable devices capable of accessing mobile web. The CBICC plans to be there to meet them. (Continued on page 2...)

Member SuCCess

Beat the High Cost of Electricity this Summer with Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs West Penn Power is helping businesses, governments, non-profits and schools purchase energy saving equipment with a number of cash incentives. These programs deliver robust incentives to significantly reduce the purchase costs on common energy-using equipment, from lighting to motors. This could mean thousands of extra dollars to you, so don’t delay. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply today. Call them at 866-554-4430, or visit the For Your Business section of for applications and more information. You can also email us at

ZedX Inc. Celebrates Milestone 25th Year Anniversary This year marks the 25th anniversary for ZedX, Inc., headquartered in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. ZedX was founded by Dr. Joe Russo with a vision to provide innovative, information technology (IT) products and services to industry, government, and university. As Chairman and CEO, Keith A. Wheeler proudly notes, “ZedX employees, throughout its quarter-century history, have worked creatively with partners to bring practical solutions to clients so that they can work smarter, faster and more competitively in a technologically, changing world.” Since its’ founding in 1987, ZedX and its partners have pioneered innovative solutions for the agricultural industry around the world. These innovations include the first high resolution (Hi-Rez) weather data for geographic information systems (GIS) applications. The first high resolution (1 km) automated weather and pest (continued on pg. 2...)

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Membership Services Update & Information Continued from... “CBICC Mobile Web App will Help the Community Stay Connected!” If you’re still not sure mobile web is the real deal, in a report by The Nielsen Group it is stated by 2015, 2.7 billion people will access mobile web via smartphones and portable devices. This means mobile web will overtake desktop internet as the most popular online tool. “We’re very excited,” Squier, said. “Our new mobile app will put our members and our community on millions of mobile devices. This means no matter where people are, or what they’re doing – they will have access to valuable information about our County, and our members.” The CBICC Mobile App is free to users, and available on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry platforms. To download, go to or scan in the QR code image using your smartphone or mobile device.

Have a QR Scanner? Scan this QR code to get the New CBICC Mobile Web App on your Smartphone! Or use your browser to go to:

(...continued from pg. 1: MySuCCess) prediction service for agriculture and turf industries (E-Weather) through the SkyBit TM partnership with Meso Inc. of Troy, New York. The first web-based, agricultural decision support service called HighQ in collaboration with Willard AgriService of Frederick, Maryland. The first Internet-linkage of soil labs in a web-based, precision agricultural service called AgFleetTM. The first international web-based, early warning system for invasive agricultural species called IPMPIPE. The first web-based, Mexican pest monitoring system with smartphone support for data entry called SCOPE. The first web-based, education tool dedicated to the model simulation of pest development and movement. The first integration of modeling and imagery into a real-time service called “Cropforecaster “ with AstriumGeo of Toulouse, France. ZedX, in collaboration with the Keystone Center of Colorado, has recently been a leader in the design and development of a field-scale sustainability tool for growers called the Field to Market Fieldprint Calculator. Get more info about ZedX, Inc. at

July/Aug/Sept 2012

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 2012 Dave Capperella – Chairman Ted McDowell - Vice-Chair Fred Leoniak – Treasurer David Gray - Secretary Vern Squier – President/CEO

Board of Directors 2012 Rod Beard, Beard Law Company Dave Capperella, Capperella Furniture Michael Desmond, Hotel State College Elizabeth Dupuis, Babst Calland Chris Exarchos, Geo Energy Tammy Gentzel, Centre County United Way David Gray, Penn State University Bill James, Foxdale Village O.J. Johnston Bill Joseph, First National Bank Tom Kearney, West Penn Power 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 Dr. Cheryl Potteiger, Bellefonte Area School District Stephanie Schmidt, Poole Anderson Construction, LLC John Sepp, PennTerra Colleen Small, The UPS Store #5642 Vern Squier, CBICC Jim Steff, Centre Region COG Rich Wisniewski, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Our Staff Vern Squier Jean Gerber Sara Hoy Hannah Benton Mary Resides Nancy Reese Elaine Morgan

President/CEO VP Chamber Operations Membership Services & Communications Coordinator Events & Publications Coordinator Economic Development Assistant Executive Assistant Receptionist

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Member Anniversaries Thank you to these members for their support of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County! 20 Years •

Damon’s Grill

15 Years •

Bald Eagle Area School District

Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion

Nittany Valley Symphony

Penns Valley Area School District

State College Friends School

10 Years

[Continued from Ambassadors of the CBICC: Ambassadors of the Month & Second Quarter on page 5.]

Ambassador of the Month: June (It’s a tie!) Trish Turner-Burroughs, Doty & Hench Position: Account Executive Years as an Ambassador: Less than 1 year What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? The Partnering with fellow Community Business Owners (Prospective & Existing) to share with each the CBICC opportunity…be it increased community awareness/ production one is looking for, ALL are obtainable thru CBICC! Hobbies/Interests: Reading, traveling, shopping, and physical fitness.

Fairway Laboratories, Inc.

Home Instead Senior Care

Midas Muffler Shop

Ambassador of the Second Quarter 2012

Gregory J. Stewart

Dianna Meckley, SPE Federal Credit Union 5 Years

Designer’s Studio

Elmcroft Senior Living & Memory Care

First Commonwealth Bank

Haubert Homes, Inc.

Jezebel’s Boutique

Keller Williams Advantage Realty

Position: Business Development Specialist Years as an Ambassador: 6 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. Serve on BOD for Centre County UW, Centre Lifelink EMS, Centre County Junior Achievement Leadership Council and Child Development and Family Council.

• Lynn Herman- Government Relations/Business Development •

PC Works Plus, Inc.

Spherion Staffing

Stanton, Echard & Ronan LLC


Texas Roadhouse

The Women’s Journal TM

Audit Fred Leoniak, Partner Rick Bair, Partner 220 Regent Court State College, PA 16801 Phone: 814.237.6586 800.267.9405

Accounting Tax Business Advisory

An Independent Member of Baker Tilly International ParenteBeard LLC Accountants & Business Consultants

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Economic Development Update Ph: 814.235.1666 * F: 814.234.5869 * Web site:

Resides Appointed as KIZ Coordinator for I-99 Innovation Corridor

Ben Franklin TechCelerator Announces Winner of $10,000!

The Department of Community and Economic Development recently appointed Mary Resides, Economic Development Assistant, to be Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Coordinator for the I-99 Innovation Corridor KIZ which includes Blair, Bedford and Centre Counties in Pennsylvania. As Coordinator, one of Mary’s main responsibilities will be the administration of the KIZ Tax Credit Program, an incentive program providing tax credits to for-profit companies less than eight years old operating in specifically targets industries within the boundaries of a Keystone Innovation Zone. With a total pool of up to $25 million in tax credits available to KIZ companies annually, the Tax Credit Program significantly contributes to the ability of young KIZ companies to transition through the early stages of growth. KIZ Tax Credits are limited to $100,000 annually per KIZ eligible company and must be used within five years toward their tax liability or sold to other companies to generate revenue. “The Keystone Innovation Zones across the state continue to provide much needed and well-deserved benefits to young growing companies creating family-sustaining jobs in the Commonwealth,” Mary said. “This program provides companies the ability to reduce their tax liability or, in many cases, generate substantial revenue from their sale which provides a great impact on their businesses. I’m pleased and excited to participate as the Coordinator and look forward to assisting with this valuable program.” For additional information about the Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credit Program, please click here or contact Mary at 814235-1666 or

Cash Incentives for Your Energy Efficiency Project Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power are offering cash incentives for investing in energy efficient equipment, including: ‡ Lighting ‡ HVAC ‡ Motors & Drives ‡ Kitchen Equipment ‡ Custom Projects ‡ And more! Visit: Or email: July/Aug/Sept 2012

Two months ago, the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@State College announced it was looking for the best and brightest entrepreneurs from Centre, Blair, Mifflin, and Clearfield counties to fill six seats in an Eight-Week Boot Camp Training Program for business startups. To be eligible to win $10,000 toward starting a business, applicants had to have a tech-based idea and a time commitment of at least 90 minutes per week on eight successive Tuesdays beginning in April 2012. The response was overwhelming! On June 19, 2012 all six contestants made presentations to a panel of judges comprised of entrepreneurs and CEO’s from successful, local companies including: Dean Bunnell – Indigo Biosciences; Erik Davidson - Buzby Networks; Allan Darr - ProAct Ltd; and Todd Erdley - Videon Central. The winners were Lin Wang, CEO, and Dr. Tony Jun Huang, CTO, of Ascent Bio-Nano Technologies LLC ( The company, whose technology has been featured in a variety of prominent publications such as Science Daily, Advanced Materials, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry, has developed a chip that can produce three-dimensional focusing of a stream of cells – making it possible for inexpensive portable devices to rapidly screen cells for diseases such as leukemia or HIV. To date, the CEO, Lin Wang, who holds Master’s Degrees from Duke and Harvard University, and Dr. Huang, who is currently an Associate Professor at Penn State University, have filed for seven U.S. patents and have been awarded two invention disclosures. With plans to apply for a Federal Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR), the partners have garnered significant interest from two well-known industry leaders regarding possible business collaborations.

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Ambassdors of the CBICC 2012 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. 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. • Edith Binkley, Clothes Mentor • Diana Blazina, Jersey Shore State Bank • Andrea Boyles, Centre County Youth Service Bureau • Rod Burnham, Comcast Spotlight • B.J. Clitherow, Energy Stewards • Scott Cohagan, Forever Broadcasting • Heidi Cornwall, Senior Daily Living Center • Mary Ann Curren, Foxdale Village • Mindy Dillon, Fulton Bank • Chad Feather, PNC Bank • Crystal Henry, Home Instead Senior Care • Bennett Hoffman, TeamWorks, Inc. • Denise Immel, Citizens Bank • Mark Johnson, The Hartman Group • Tom Kearney, West PennPower • Laurene Keck, Sweetland Engineering • Bill Kelly, ParenteBeard LLC • Nichole Kerschner, The Oaks at Pleasant Gap • Marcia Martsolf-Miller, State College Magazine • Dianna Meckley, SPE Federal Credit Union • Dave Shaffer, Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State • Danan Sharer, Nestlerode & Loy, Inc. • Colleen Small, The UPS Store across from Wegmans • Eric Smith, The Pennsylvania State University • Fran Stevenson, Kish Bank • Paul Tobin, Doty & Hench • Trish Turner-Burroughs, Doty & Hench • Joy Vincent-Killian, The Penn Stater Conference Center • Keith Walker, AgChoice Farm Credit, ACA • Colleen Williams, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. 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.

Ambassador of the Month: April Tom Kearney, West Penn Power Position: Area Manager Years as an Ambassador: 5 years What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? Meeting new members and introducing them to the rest of the members. Hobbies/Interests: Avid, but not skilled, golfer. Football fanatic - Nittany Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers

Ambassador of the Month: May Colleen Williams, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. Position: Business Development Years as an Ambassador: 5 years What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? Introducing a CBICC member to another member whose business can meet their current needs. Hobbies/Interests: Working with the United Way and Leadership Centre County and golfing on the weekends.

Ambassador of the Month: June (It’s a tie!) Fran Stevenson, Kish Bank Position: Trust Consultant Years as an Ambassador: 5 years What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? Mostly I enjoy meeting prospective and new members and working with the other Ambassadors. I have developed professional relationships and personal friendships through working as an Ambassador with the CBICC. Hobbies/Interests: Fly fishing, field training with our dog Fergus, traveling, reading non-fiction and spending lots of time

[Ambassadors of the Month & Second Quarter is continued on page 3...] Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County | 814-234-1829 | Fax 814-234-5869 | |

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the CBICC from the 2012 second quarter. The next time you are looking for a product or service, please consider supporting a CBICC member. Aaron’s Sales and Lease Bo Walker 253 Benner Pike Rd. State College, PA 16801 706 331 5409 Shopping (Furniture) AFLAC Elissa Mroz 2407 Saratoga Drive State College, PA 16801 814 954 1740 FAX: 888 959 5616 Insurance American Red Cross Centre Communities Chapter Virginia Brown 205 E Beaver Ave Suite 203 State College, PA 16801 814 237 3162 FAX: 814 237 0999 Association Bobby Rahal Lexus of Lewistown Frank Trovato 425 Electric Ave. Lewistown, PA 17044 717 248 0119 FAX: 717 248 4359 800 242 5274

Auto Dealer

Callao Cafe and Market David Price 434 West Aaron Dr., Suite 201 State College, PA 16803 814 237 2494


The D-Stress Station Linda Puder 111 Boal Ave. Boalsburg, PA 16865 (814) 852 9468 Health Care July/Aug/Sept 2012

Empower Business Solutions Joseph Hasson 3900 Industrial Park Dr., Ste. 5 Altoona, PA 16602 (814) 942 8777 FAX: (814) 946 0157 stevied@em www.em Software Development Food Bank of the State College Area, Inc. Carol Pioli 276 West Hamilton Ave State College, PA 16801 814 234 2310 FAX: 814 272 0649

Non profit

Michael Roberts Silver Scissors Michael Kelley 329 East Calder Way State College, PA 16801 814 237 7347

Snare & Associates Mortgage Services LLC Pat Flynn 1524 W. College Ave., Ste. 206 State College, PA 16801 814 954 7582 FAX: 814 954 7589

Shopping (Beauty/Hair) Financial Planning

Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra Douglas Meyer 119 S. Fraser St., Ste. D State College, PA 16801 814 234 8313 FAX: (702)977 0502 Entertainment


Quality Inn Milesburg Derek Germann 971 N. Eagle Valley Road PO Box 538 Milesburg, PA 16853 814 355 7521 FAX: 814 355 2615 Hotel

Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LCC William J Grant 105 Lt. Michael Cleary Dr. Dallas, PA 18612 570 675 8860 FAX: 570 675 8785

Seven Mountains Campground Mary Engel 101 Seven Mountains Campground Road Spring Mills, PA 16875 814 364 1910 FAX: 717 392 7140

Hildebrand Chiropractic Terri Rudy 1460 Martin St. State College, PA 16803 814 238 8540 FAX: 814 238 8638

www.hildebrandtlearningcenters. com

Education (General)

Keystone Environmental, Health, & Safety Services, Inc. Ed Phister P.O. Box 226 Loretto, PA 15940 814 472 7434 FAX: 814 684 5604 darin.tornatore@keystoneehs. com Consulting (Environmental)

info@ www.

The Spa at Kenlee Nicole Carnicella 212 Kenlee Drive Bellefonte, PA 16823 814 353 4223 FAX: 814 353 0668 Massage University Wine Company Jeff Proch 198 Fenwick Drive Port Matilda, PA 16870 814 325 0070 FAX: 814 353 1679 Winery WPS Solutions Aaron Fineberg 182 Whisper Ridge Dr. Port Matilda, PA 16870 800 765 1977 FAX: 800 289 1977 Office Equipment


Signature Engraving Stephen Miska Jr. 119 S. Fraser St. State College, PA 16801 814 234 6010 FAX: 814 237 5942 Engraving/Awards

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CBICC Members Seen & Heard The CBICC held their annual Member Spotlight presented by PA Chamber Insurance and Proforma LLH Promos on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5:00-7:30 located in the Technology Center Building in Innovation Park. Many businesses & organizations were setup throughout the building along with popular local caterers and wineries. Thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and all who attended this fun event! Photos by: Eric Smith

Many people took advantage of the networking opportunities at the Annual Member Spotlight on Thursday, April 26.

Jan Hurvitz and Susan Abruzzo from Centre for Travel greet an attendee at their table during the Member Spotlight.

Holly McCready and Melissa Dyrdahl from The Winery at Wilcox served wine to attendees during the Member Spotlight throughout the evening.

An attendee looks at all of the fabulous items that Katie Ranick and Emily Robinson from Dwellings had at their table during the Member Spotlight.

Barb Roan from Global Capacity helps promote their organization with a lot of bright colors and items from Rwanda during the Member Spotlight.

Crowds gathered at Hoag’s Catering/Celebration Hall’s tables during the Member Spotlight.

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Open for Business Golf Tournament

Friday, July 27, 2012 Get Ready for the CBICC’s “Open For Business Golf Tournament” presented by: Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center Tee Time: 1:00 p.m. Thank you to the following Sponsors:

The Centre County Workforce Development Scholarships


a day on the greens with CBICC members and guests while supporting the Workforce Development Scholarships for the five Centre County school districts. These $1,250 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.

July/Aug/Sept 2012

Bobby Rahal Lexus of Lewistown Alexander Building Construction Co. Northwest Savings Bank Comcast Spotlight AmeriServ Bank Rex Energy Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. Forever Broadcasting The Hartman Group Central Pennsylvania Newspaper Network

ESSpa Kozmetika Organic Skincare McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at Law Best Western PLUS University Park Inn & Suites Centre County Airport Authority Highmark Blue Shield Ledgers By Liisa Sound Technology, Inc. Susquehanna Bank Haas Building Solutions

Balfurd Cleaners Giant Food Stores, Inc. Culligan Sodexo Senior Living Honeybaked Ham Bonfatto’s Wegmans Olive Garden QuiznosSub Philly Pretzel Hoag’s Catering/Celebration Hall

Thank you to the following Prize Sponsors: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries Clothes Mentor Del Grosso Foods Dwellings First National Bank Forever Broadcasting Homestead Senior Care Hotel State College Jezebels Boutique Mikes Video P2P Computers PA Centre Orchestra Penn State Golf Courses State College Spikes

Interested in promoting your business? Become a prize sponsor! We’re looking for prize sponsors for the Annual CBICC “Open for Business” Golf Tournament presented by Bobby Rahal Lexus of Lewistown on Friday, July 27. Do you have an item or service that you’d like to donate? Get the form HERE. What are the benefits? Find out HERE.

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ChamberNet 3rd Quarter 2012  

Quarterly newsletter for the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC). Third Quarter 2012.