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In This Issue... 2 Membership Services Update 3 Member Anniversaries 4 Government Update 7 CCIDC 8 Ambassadors 9 New Members 10 Members Seen & Heard Photos 12 2011 Central PA Regional Business & Industry Expo

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Centre County Industrial Development Corporation

National Business Incubation Association


PA Chamber of Business & Industry

PA Dept. of Labor & Industry

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

2011 Central PA Regional Business & Industry Expo to be Held November 3 On November 3, 2011, the third annual Central PA Regional Business & Industry Expo will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center. The theme for this year’s Expo is Learn. Connect. Succeed and is being presented by 611 MRI/CT. The Regional Expo is an excellent opportunity for Chamber members to promote their products and services to businesses and consumers from throughout the region. This year’s event, which is managed by the CBICC, is being presented by 13 Chamber partners from throughout Central Pennsylvania: • Bedford County Chamber of Commerce • Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce • Blair County Chamber of Commerce • Central PA Chamber of Commerce • Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County • Clinton County Economic Partnership • Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce • Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. • Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce • Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce • Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce • Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership • Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce The Expo will begin with a luncheon featuring guest speaker Cael Sanderson, PSU Head Wrestling Coach. The exhibits will be open from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., and admission to the event is free and open to the public. In addition to the exhibits, there will be a number of workshops being offered throughout the afternoon which are also free and open to the public: Injuries in The Aging Workforce HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital – Vinit Pande, MD, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, PC 10 Ways to Fire Up Your Marketing in 2012 Beacon Market Solutions – Janet Chambers

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Keller Engineers, Inc. named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in PA, Second Consecutive Year

Keller Engineers, Inc. has been named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in PA for the second consecutive year. This awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places to be employed in Pennsylvania. Nominated companies from across the state entered into a two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part of this process evaluated each company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey which measures the employee experience in the workplace. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. The final rankings will be revealed on December 1, 2011 at an awards ceremony in Lancaster, PA. Keller Engineers, Inc. has been providing civil engineering, structural engineering and surveying services to the public and private sectors since 1991. This recognition supports our firm’s goal to provide employees with a comfortable work environment; recognize and meet individual employee needs; reward productive work; encourage creativity and innovation; and to assist employees to grow, learn and teach through the exchange of ideas.

Boyer & Ritter named one of the Best Places to Work in PA

Boyer & Ritter was once again named as one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in PA and one of the Best Accounting Firms to Work for. Their final rankings will be released later this year. The annual list of “Best Accounting Firms” was created by Accounting Today and Best Companies Group to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in the accounting profession, which are credited with benefiting (continued on pg. 3...)

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Membership Services Update & Information

CBICC Launches “Over 1,000 Reasons…” Membership Campaign

On Thursday, September 15, the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) launched its new membership campaign, “Over 1,000 Reasons….” The goal of the campaign, which will run through November 15, is to bring in 60 new members in 60 days. “We’re very excited about this campaign, because it will provide us with the opportunity to reach out to businesses that currently aren’t members and spread the message about the many benefits and opportunities membership in the CBICC offers,” stated Jean Gerber, Vice President of Chamber Operations. With over 1,000 members, the CBICC is the largest organization representing businesses in Central Pennsylvania. “The strength of the organization depends on its membership, and growing the membership will help strengthen the CBICC and our relationship with the business community,” said Gerber. There are a number of ways current members can help us with this campaign. The most important is to provide names of prospective members who we will then follow up with to discuss membership. You can easily submit a prospect’s name by completing our on-line form. Anyone who submits the name of a prospective member will be eligible to win a Barnes & Noble Color Nook, courtesy of Comcast Spotlight. Another way you can help is by providing a testimonial telling us why you value your membership in the CBICC. You can check out some current testimonials at http://www., and you can submit a testimonial on-line. Anyone who submits a testimonial will be eligible to win two tickets to the PSU vs. Nebraska football game, courtesy of Forever Broadcasting. This is a great time for businesses to connect with over 1,000 members of the Chamber to take advantage of the opportunities available including training and education, networking opportunities, information resources, marketing and promotion opportunities, and much more! Investing in your business and community by becoming a Chamber member also makes it possible for the Chamber to advocate for area businesses and foster a vibrant community in which we all benefit. For more information visit or or contact us at (814) 234-1829, and

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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 Vern Squier – 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, Urish Popeck & Co., LLC 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

Commercial Remodeling Cisney & O’Donnell –Toby Hood Developing the Creative and Innovative Enterprise The No Limits Workplace– Russ Lawrence Cost Effective Ways to Bring Your Dead-On-Arrival Web Site to Life! Wix Pix Productions, Inc.– Friendly staff members of Wix Pix Productions Online Marketing via Search Engines & Social Media LazerPro DMG - Daniel Myers The deadline to register to exhibit is Friday, October 21. Click HERE for a registration form. There are also some sponsorship opportunities still available; click HERE for more information on becoming a sponsor. Don’t miss the opportunity to Learn. Connect. Succeed at the 2011 Central PA Regional Business & Industry Expo!

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

President/CEO VP Finance 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 Receptionist

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Member Anniversaries Thank you to these members for their support of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County! 15 Years

Kelly’s Steak and Seafood

AgChoice Farm Credit Country Mortgages

KIZ Resources, LLC

Aris Corporation of America

Lassie MacDonald, Gambone, Songer & Assoc. Realty


Linda & Ryan Lowe RE/MAX Centre Realty

Loaded Creative, LLC

Vita & Vita Realty Corp.

Midstate Access & Mobility Services, Inc.

Wigfield, David W. & Associates, CPA’s

Neff’s Boxes & More

Windstream Communications

Nicole Carnicella, DMD, FAGD, P.C.

Orkin Pest Control

Paul & Tony’s Stereo, Inc

Peter & Anita Chiarkas, Kissinger, Bigatel & Brower

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AJ Fine and Co. T/A Bare Foot, Metro, Peoples Nation, Cheap Thrills, A J Fine

Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc

Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC

Cintas Corporation

State College Federal Credit Union

Civilsmith Engineering, Inc.

StelTek Graphics, Inc.

Community Help Centre

Steven Bodner, Re/Max Centre Realty

Mayes Memorials, Inc.

Traditions of America at Liberty Hill

The University Club

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Berton L. Kisner, Jr.

W.R. Hickey Beer Distributor, Inc

Bicycle Shop, The

Wireless Made Simple

Calvary Baptist Church


CCDA Waters

Central Pennsylvania Newspaper Network

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Daniel Vaughn Designs

Elks Club of State College, Inc

Faccia Luna

Fairfield Inn & Suites

the nation’s economy, its workforce, and businesses. For over 80 years, Boyer & Ritter has been providing accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services to businesses of varying sizes and industries throughout Pennsylvania and the continental United States. B&R is one of the largest regional accounting firms in Central Pennsylvania with a total staff of approximately eighty people, including thirteen partners. Offices are located in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, and State College.

George M. Khoury

Goot Essa

Governor’s Action Team

JEVS Supports for Independence

Jim’s Italian Cuisine

Johnstown Material Handling

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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Government Affairs Update GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIVISION OPERATIONS Heritage 1 Committee Marcellus Shale Natural Gas: Centre County Taskforce

Government Affairs Committee Nittany Entrepreneurs

The Heritage 1 Committee will host a November 16 Business Before Hours for CBICC members to receive an update from the Centre County Natural Gas Taskforce. Panelists from the Taskforce will address issues on locations of current drilling; economic development opportunities; considerations on leasing and taxing; impact on affordable housing; and environmental concerns. The event will be sponsored by Heritage 1 Committee member Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C.

Nittany Entrepreneurs hosted a student and Chamber member mixer on October 6 at the CBICC Innovation Park office facility. The event attracted approximately 50 attendees. Nittany Entrepreneurs, now with a charter club status at PSU, is the first chapter of The Chamber Society, USA.

Community Redevelopment Staff attended an August 27 community workshop sponsored by the State College Borough Redevelopment Authority. The workshop addressed public/private partnerships and economic development via entrepreneurial investments and revolving loans as tools for fostering economic development.

Centre Region Building Permit Fees In the first half of 2011, year-to-date Centre Region commercial construction values and building permit fees increased over the prior year. However, housing starts were down. Heritage 1 staff, advisory board members, and Mr. Bob Poole met with COG officials on August 19 to discuss a possible reduction in permit fees. After reviewing the preliminary 2012 budgets, COG staff decided to propose a 10% reduction in 2012 new construction fees. The Public Safety Committee, the COG General Forum, and individual municipalities will have the final say.

Nittany Entrepreneurs connects students with Chamber members for job shadowing, mentoring and internships. The October 6 event included complimentary dinner by The Chick-fil-A at Happy Valley and a presentation by Joe Barren of Blue Tree Allied Angels on “Investing and Connecting.” CLICK HERE for Mr. Barron’s presentation. Members interested in helping students get familiar with a business profession via job shadowing, internships and/or promoting an entrepreneurial and venture capital culture, should contact Mr. Shirvani at Refer to photos of the October 6th event below and on page 6 of this issue. To learn more about Nittany Entrepreneurs CLICK HERE.

Centre County Legislators Update On November 18 the Government Affairs Committee will receive an update from Centre County PA Legislators’ at a luncheon followed by a Committee meeting. CBICC and IDC board members are invited to the luncheon. (Continued on pg. 6...)

Nittany Entrepreneurs hosted a student and Chamber member mixer on October 6 at the CBICC offices located at 200 Innovation Blvd. Photos by: John Vincenti

___________ from ______ talks with two students from Penn State during the event for Nittany Entrepreneurs. Oct/Nov/Dec 2011

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The event attracted over 50 attendees from the CBICC members and Penn State students.

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Streamlining the Visa Process

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Congressman G.T. Thompson, staff and members of the Government Affairs Committee continue to explore details necessary to screen immigrants that may qualify for new visa program requirements. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently made it easier for qualified international students to obtain legal permanent residence or green cards, if they can demonstrate their business endeavors will be in the U.S. national interest. CLICK HERE for a relevant Wall Street Journal Article.

Air Service Enhancement at University Park Airport On September 30 University Park Airport representatives met United Airlines at the Chicago headquarters to further discuss the potential for State College/Chicago air service. The recently completed CBICC Airline Service Needs Assessment identified this service as one of the top preferred new services. The CBICC and PSU continue to consider how to advance a Minimum Revenue Guarantee that would likely be required by most airlines.

Centre County Commissioner Candidates The four (4) Centre County Commissioner general election candidates debated the issues at the Chamber’s September 27 Business Before Hours. Members were solicited for specific questions and issues for the candidates to address. Government Affairs Committee Member Don Breon of Jersey State Bank moderated the event.

Funding PA Transportation Infrastructure Barry Schoch, PA Secretary of Transportation was the guest speaker for the September 22 CBICC membership luncheon hosted by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and the Infrastructure Taskforce. The Secretary emphasized support for the August 1 recommendations of the Infrastructure Transportation Funding Advisory Committee. The Chamber’s Board of Directors Executive Committee tasked the Government Affairs Committee to draft a letter of support for consideration by the full Board. The members of the full Board voted to send the support letter to Governor Corbett and local members of the Legislature.

STATE PA House Committee OKs Prevailing Wage Reform Bills The state House Labor and Industry Committee recently advanced a number of bills that would lessen the negative economic impact of Pennsylvania’s Prevailing Wage Act. The bills, which wait consideration by the full House, include: House Bill 1271, which would exempt from the Prevailing Wage Act certain road maintenance work; House Bill 1685, which would direct the Department of Labor and Industry to adopt classifications and definitions for jobs subject to the act; House Bill 1329, which would raise the threshold for projects subject to prevailing wage from $25,000 to $185,000; House Bill 1367, which would direct L&I to set prevailing wage rates for each county; House Bill 1541, which would stipulate that only projects for which 51 percent or more of the funding is public monies would be subject to prevailing wage requirements; House Bill 709, which would require school districts to opt in prior to subjecting projects to prevailing wage; and House Bill 1191, which would require Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County | 814-234-1829 | Fax 814-234-5869 | |

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Government Affairs Update local governments to opt in prior to subjecting projects to prevailing wage. Short of full repeal of the 1961 law, the PA Chamber supports efforts to modernize the law and offer protections for taxpayers. The Senate Labor and Industry Committee held hearings on the issue on Oct. 11.

Governor Announces Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Proposal Governor Corbett recently announced plans to implement key recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, including an impact fee to benefit host communities and aid public protection. The administration’s proposal calls for an impact fee to be adopted by counties for use by local communities impacted by natural gas drilling. The fee is expected to generate $120 million in year one, increasing to $200 million within six years. The per-well fee could be up to $40,000 in the first year; $30,000 in the second year; $20,000 in the third year; and $10,000 in years four though 10. The fee would be split 75/25 between local governments and state programs. Of the money allocated toward local impact, 36 percent would be retained by the county; 37 percent would be distributed to the local municipality hosting a drilling pad; and 27 percent would be distributed to all municipalities within a Marcellus drilling-impacted county. The remaining 25 percent split would be divided among PennDOT, DEP, the Department of Health, the Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

House Panel Considers ‘Right-To-Work’ Legislation The House Labor and Industry Committee recently held a public hearing on a package of bills that would make Pennsylvania a “right-to-work” state. Introduced by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, the four-bill package would end forced unionism in the Commonwealth, bringing the state’s labor laws in line with some 22 other right-to-work states. House Bill 50 would directly apply the right-to-work law, while H.B.s 51, 52 and 53 would specifically protect employees from forced union membership.

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FEDERAL NLRB Delays Employer Posting Requirement The National Labor Relations Board recently announced that it would voluntarily delay implementation of its posting requirement rule until Jan. 31, 2012. The announcement is in response to a suit filed against the NLRB by the National Manufacturers Association. A Dec. 19 hearing date for summary judgment motions has been set by the U.S. District Court. Previously scheduled to take effect on Nov. 14, 2011, the rule would require most private sector employers to notify employees of their rights to form, join or assist a union and engage in collective bargaining.

International Student Visa Process Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton recently announced a new initiative to streamline the international student visa process for foreign students seeking to study in the United States. (See Government Affairs Committee section.) The Study in the States initiative is a key component of a government-wide effort to encourage the best and brightest foreign students to study and remain in the U.S. More than 1.1 million active nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors and their dependents study in our nation’s world class system of universities, exchange programs, and training opportunities. The Study in the States initiative will examine regulatory changes, expand public engagement between the government and academia, and provide a central on-line information hub for DHS and its agency partners to provide current and prospective students with updated and relevant visa requirements in a streamlined, user-friendly format. The Study in the States initiative builds upon other new policies that embrace talented students from other countries, who enrich the nation by working in science and technology jobs and fueling innovation in their chosen fields here in the United States. Earlier this year, DHS announced an extension to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees for international student studies, allowing graduates of a STEM degree to remain in the U.S. through Optional Practical Training (OPT) for up to 29 months after graduation. The Study in the States website will employ a variety of social media tools, featuring dynamic and interactive content, including: • Interactive and accessible information, allowing prospective and current students to visually navigate steps of the student visa process on their own ‘Road Map to Success.’ • Links to social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, disseminating relevant visa requirements and information to international students, exchange visitors, and the academic community. • A blog with posted videos, public service announcements, relevant news, requirements, helpful tips and success stories. For more information, visit

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

CCIDC Revolving Loan Fund Approved Three Loans in the 3rd Quarter of 2011 The Centre County Industrial Development Corporation’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) approved three requests in the third quarter of 2011 assisting in the expansion of one local business and the opening of two new businesses. In July, the Loan Review Committee approved a $33,500 loan to WavesInSolids, LLC as part of a $37,000 project for the acquisition of new ultrasonic nondestructive testing (NDT) instrumentation to support the company’s inspection and training services. Founded in 2003, WavesInSolids (WIN) supplies inspection services and products to the transportation, petrochemical, oil, natural gas, defense, aerospace, power generation and marine industries worldwide. WIN is also a leading provider of NDT training of personnel; providing formal classroom and client-site training for NDT professions from entry to advanced levels. Training classes are designed in accordance to ASNT-TC-1A, CP-189, NAS 410, and ISO9712 standards. WIN has six employees and plans to hire an additional three employees over the next three years. For additional information about WIN, please visit their website, In September, the Loan Review Committee approved loans that will help launch two new businesses in the community. A $100,000 approval is part of a funding package to establish State College Orthodontics. Dr. Diane M. Ray has been employed as an orthodontist in several local dental/orthodontic practices since she graduated from dental school in June 2002. Most recently she has practiced at Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics. Dr. Ray is opening her own practice at 180 Regent Court in State College. The project will retain five employees and create seven additional positions over the next three years and will provide customer friendly hours to existing and prospective patients. The second approval in September was for $100,000 to David, Marya and Jack Schoenholtz, current owners of Irving’s Bagels, to open Fiddleheads, a new soup and salad shop to be located at 134 West College Avenue. Using the same guiding principles that have made Irving’s successful: providing good food and good service in an efficient manner in a clean environment, they will offer five daily “made from scratch” soups including two daily standards, Chicken Noodle and Chili. Their “Create Your Own Salad” will include a base of greens or pasta with choices of four additional items from a broad list of ingredients and offer customers an opportunity to add protein to their salads. Salad toppings will include standard and not-so-standard dressings. In addition to soup and salad, two ready-made sandwich selections will be available daily. The “Grab and Go” sandwiches will be made each morning and include such varieties as Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomato Pesto, Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream, Italian TriColore Sandwich, and Ham & Cheese. To accompany their soup and salad menu a daily variety of fresh bread products will be offered. Fiddleheads will be open daily 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with takeout and limited in-dining available. For additional information about the CCIDC’s RLF, please contact either Trudy Mitchell,, or Mary Resides, mresides@cbicc. org, at 814-235-1666.

Creation of the Centre County General Authority At their August 2, 2011 meeting the Centre County Commissioners approved the creation of a new authority, the Centre County General Authority. In Pennsylvania, authorities are limited to issuing $10 million in tax free bonds annually. The Centre County Industrial Development Authority (CCIDA) and the Centre County General Authority (CCGA) will now be able to provide a combined total of $20 million dollar borrowing base for projects within the county. Board members for both authorities are: Jack Infield, Graystone Bank (Chair), Stan LaFuria, Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership (Secretary), Russell Brooks, Science Park Employee Federal Credit Union (Treasurer), Leanne Martin, M&T Bank (Assistant Secretary/Treasurer), Jeff Krauss, The HR Office, Inc., Jon Rockey, Northwest Savings Bank, and Tom Songer, Torron Group. Serving as Solicitor is Rod Beard, Beard Law Company. The Centre County Industrial Development Corporation will provide staff for the authorities. Projects funded through the CCIDA over the past several years include: Medler Field, Downtown State College Improvement District, Centre LifeLink, Nittany Valley Charter School, Mount Nittany Medical Center, Fraser Centre, HFL Corporation’s Country Inn and Suites. The most recent, ongoing project is the Foxdale Village expansion. For additional information, contact Trudy Mitchell, VP of Economic Development, at (814) 235-1666 or .

SAVE THE DATE! :: Upcoming 2011 & 2012 Events :: Central PA Regional Business & Industry Expo - Thursday, November 3, 2011 CBICC Annual Meeting Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2012 CBICC Annual Awards Gala March 1, 2012 2012 “Open for Business” Golf Tournament July 27, 2012

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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. 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, State College Magazine • 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.

Ambassador of the Month: July Andrea Boyles, Youth Service Bureau Position: CEO Years as an Ambassador: 1 year What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? I enjoy getting to know new people and getting to know area businesses. Hobbies/Interests: I work alot! I love to travel to new places.

Ambassador of the Month: August Laurene Keck, Sweetland Engineering & Associates, Inc. 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 of Directors for The Youth Service Bureau, volunteer & committee member with The Second Mile, The Builders Assoc., 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: September Ambassador of the Third Quarter 2011 Crystal Henry, Home Instead Senior Care Position: Community Outreach Coordinator Years as an Ambassador: 1 year What do you enjoy most about being an Ambassador? I love meeting new people and always learn something new from the people I meet. Hobbies/Interests: I love trail riding with my husband, spending time with my dogs, and volunteering at community events.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the CBICC from the 2011 third quarter. The next time you are looking for a product or service, please consider supporting a CBICC member.

APPI Energy Jane Seagraves 224 Phillip Morris Dr., Ste. 402 Salisbury, MD 21804 410-749-5507 FAX: 410-749-8769 Energy

Centre of the Web John Stitzinger 2026 Sandy Dr. State College, PA 16801 814-235-9592 Internet Services and/or Website Development

Borton Lawson Diane Purdy 2601 Gateway Drive, Suite 150 State College, PA 16801 814-238-4243 Architects & Engineers

Curriculum & Training Solutions, LLC Kim Graham 306 Christopher Ln State College, PA 16803 814-574-5787 Consulting (Business & Management)

Cardagin Networks, Inc (as Cardagin Mid-Atlantic, LLC) Dominic Sinibaldi 301 Hathaway Garth Red Lion, PA 17356 434-825-9945 Advertising Carvers Deli and Barbecue Chip Powers 1633 N. Atherton St. State College, PA 16803 (814) 237-0620 Restaurant

Focal Tech, Inc. Chris Keller 301 Science Park Rd., Suite 123 State College, PA 16803 814-272-0391 FAX: 800-963-0780 800-963-0780 Computer Dealer/Services Keystone Rehabilitation Systems Brent Melius 205 Park Place, Suite 5 Bellefonte, PA 16823 814-933-0514 FAX: 814-933-0516 Physical Therapy

Discovery Space of Central PA Art Heim 112 W. Foster Ave. State College, PA 16801 814-234-0200 Museum

Lake Raystown Resort, Lodge & Conference Center Dan Genditzki 3101 Chipmunk Crossing Entriken, PA 16638 814-658-3500 FAX: 814-658-3584 Banquet Facility

Dwellings Randy Maslow 358 E. College Ave. State College, PA 16801 814-272-5652 FAX: 814-272-5816 Shopping (Home Products)

Mark D. Huncik, Environmental & Meteorological Consultant Mark Huncik PO Box 496 State College, PA 16804 919-632-3258 Consulting (Environmental)

Shred Plus Michael Sullivan 301 Rolling Ridge Drive Bellefonte, PA 16823 814-238-6874 Business Services Springleaf Financial Services Belinda Brown 2264 E. College Ave. State College, PA 16801 814-861-2042 FAX: 814-861-2083 Bank/Financial Institution The Sustainable Kitchen Andrew Monk 366 Strouse Ave. State College, PA 16803 814-395-2433 Catering/Food Services

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The CBICC Annual “Open For Business” Golf Tournament presented by West Penn Power was held on Friday, July 29, at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center. Proceeds support Workforce Development scholarships for the five Centre County school districts. Photos by: Eric Smith

Hole-in-One Winner! This year’s tournament was also a huge success for one lucky golfer who hit a Hole-in-One. Ken Bean, Director of Fiscal Affairs from the Bellefonte Area School District, hit his first Hole-in-One during the annual CBICC Golf Tournament on hole #15, sponsored by Stocker Chevrolet and won a brand new 2011 Chevy Cruze. This is the first time in the 14 year history of the CBICC Golf Tournament that anyone has hit a Hole-in-One. Congratulations to Ken Bean and thank you to Stocker Chevrolet for being this year’s Hole-in-One sponsor on hole #15! Enjoying the day out on the golf course!

Gary Bamat, GB Accounting Services & Paul Nichols, Financial Abundance, on their way to tee off.

Ken Bean, Hole-in-One winner standing next to hole #15 where he made his hole-in-one.

Golfers enjoying the day on the course at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center.

Dale Miller from Stocker Chevrolet hands Ken Bean the keys to his new 2011 Chevy Cruze.

All smiles & ready to play some golf!

Travis Corkery, Joe Shulman, Ken Bean and Don Gaetano were part of Ken Bean’s golf foursome during the tournament and witnessed Ken’s hole-in-one.

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CBICC Members Seen & Heard

The CBICC Post Putt Party sponsored by Comcast Spotlight and Benchmark Construction was held on Friday, July 29 following the Annual “Open For Business� Golf Tournament at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center. Photos by: Eric Smith

Bob Brandt from Benchmark Construction, co-sponsor of the Post Putt Party, welcomes the attendees.

Pure Urban Spa gave massages to all the tired golfers after their day on the course.

Elaine Williams from Central Tank Works Floatation and Janet Bamat from GB Accounting enjoying their evening at the Post Putt Party

After a long day on the course, First Energy golfers Larry Renner, Tom Kearney, and John Shimko enjoy some cold beverages during the Post Putt Party.

Toftrees provided a great assortment of food for the Post Putt Party that attendees enjoyed throughout the evening.

Laura Robbins, Gene Weller from Weller Insurance Agency, and Viki Stumbers from 2Viki Assistant Services having a nice conversation during the Post Putt Party

Cody York from Impressions, Bill Rockey from Jersey Shore State Bank, Colleen Small from The UPS Store across from Wegmans, and Steve Yohanan enjoying an evening of networking at the Post Putt Party.

Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County | 814-234-1829 | Fax 814-234-5869 | |

Oct/Nov/Dec 2011



2011 Central Pennsylvania Regional Business & Industry Expo Presented by 611 MRI/CT

Thursday, November 3, 2011 Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA

Thank You Sponsors! Presenting Sponsor: • 611 MRI/CT Platinum Sponsors: • PA Chamber Insurance Inc./PA Chamber of Business & Industry Workshop Sponsors: • HEALTHSOUTH Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital Non-Profit Sponsor • West Arete Computing Silver Sponsors: • APPI Energy • Automated Records Centre • Capital Blue Cross • Comcast Business Class • InnoGreen USA, LLC • ParenteBeard LLC • Skyline – The Exhibit Place • West Penn Power Bronze Sponsors: • Graphics & Design • Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. / Hawbaker Engineering • Lee-Simpson Associates, Inc. • Loaded Creative • McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at Law

Oct/Nov/Dec 2011

• Moore Power Sales • State College Federal Credit Union 2011 Chamber Partners: • Bedford County Chamber of Commerce • Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce • Blair County Chamber of Commerce • Central PA Chamber of Commerce • Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County • Clinton County Economic Partnership • Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce • Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. • Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce • Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce • Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce • Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership • Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce 2011 Media Sponsors: • Central PA Newspaper Network • Forever Broadcasting • Pennsylvania Business Central • • WTAJ Your News Leader •

Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County | 814-234-1829 | Fax 814-234-5869 | |


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Thursday, November 3 Bryce Jordan Center • State College, PA

1:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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Contact the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) for more information: • 814.234.1829

CBICC 4th Quarter ChamberNet  

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

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