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Agriculture & Industry in the Valley

National Beef Hummels Wharf: Helping Put Food on America’s Table


rder a steak or burger from your favorite restaurant or pick up a fresh cut of beef from your local grocery store, and chances are it's a product of National Beef. The local National Beef Hummels Wharf plant is one piece of the nation's fourth-largest beef processing company.

In 2020, National Beef reached $9.4 billion in sales and employed over 9,500 individuals throughout its eight processing facilities in Kansas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, and Missouri. The company is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with offices in Chicago, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong.

National Beef's unique supply chain begins with deep relationships with some of America's best ranchers and family farmers, providing access to the country's very best cattle. The company processes and markets a comprehensive line of fresh beef, case-ready products, and beef by-products. Its products are sold through multiple channels, including retail stores, foodservice, and direct-to-consumer commerce in domestic and international markets. The core of National Beef's operations is its three beef processing plants strategically located in the heart of the Midwest's cattle country. Dodge City, Kansas, and Liberal, Kansas plants are two of the world's largest and highest volume facilities. Its Iowa Premium™ facility in Tama, Iowa, focuses on processing premium corn-fed, family farm-raised Black Angus cattle that delivers a reliable supply of highly coveted boxed beef products to customers worldwide.

In 2011, National Beef expanded into further processing when case-ready products were new to the retail meat case. They opened

a case-ready facility in Hummel Wharf along with a sister plant in Moultrie, Georgia. Beginning with 61 employees in Hummels Wharf employees, National Beef Hummels Wharf now employs over 400 team members from the Susquehanna Valley community. In this local facility, beef and pork cuts are trimmed, sliced, packaged, and labeled as shelf-ready steaks and roasts. The facility also grinds fresh beef and produces ground beef patties for hundreds of retail stores across the Northeast and Eastern Seaboard of the United States. "There are many factors that have attributed to our success over the past twenty years," said Micah Miner, National Beef Hummels Wharf General Manager. "The most important of those are our team members, who are the very best in the business. Together with our customers, supply partners, and the ongoing support from this community, they allow us to continue to meet the diverse needs of our customers." National Beef Hummels Wharf recently recognized its 20th anniversary by thanking employees for their efforts and dedication with gifts, events, and prizes. The facility also established its 20 Years, 20 Futures campaign to award $500 academic scholarships to 20 employees or family members pursuing post-secondary education or training. As an industry leader and committed community partner, National Beef Hummels Wharf is proud to continue serving both its customers and the community that supports them. If you are interested in joining the National Beef family, National Beef Hummels Wharf is hiring! For more information and to apply, visit nationalbeef.com/careers.

INSIDE this EDITION Just A Word by Bob Garrett P. 2 Leadership Susquehanna Valley P. 3 Committees & Events Calendar P. 4 Women Leaders in the Valley p. 5 Agriculture & industry in the valley p. 6 Member news p. 7 Chamber networking p. 8

Lewisburg farmers market, a tradition for families in the valley since 1937

The Lewisburg Farmers market is a tradition in Valley families, and is changing with the times while maintaining the nostalgic market feel.


he Lewisburg Farmers Market, a long-standing outdoor and indoor market, has been a tradition in Valley families since 1937. Providing the community with opportunities to shop local from over 120 vendors, the market is open on Wednesdays from 8am-3pm, and Saturdays from 9am-1pm. A trip to the market is not only a grocery chore; it’s truly an experience. From produce, meats, and dairy, to antiques, baked goods, and trendy clothing, there is so much to do and see. A walk through the aisles of vendors exercises all the senses: the many colors of fresh produce, the smells of cotton candy and delicious food cooking, the sound of the hustle and


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As the area transitions to a post-pandemic world, crowds are returning to the market!

bustle of vendors and customers alike … both the thrill and smalltown nostalgia of the market cannot be compared. The lunch options are plentiful, and with the addition of the Neighborhood Biergarten, the trip can be extended with a relaxing picnic by the creek.

cover, without having to bring their own tents, and allow patrons to shop without the inconvenience of bad weather or the summer heat. In light of the ever-changing world, the market is also offering delivery of a selection of market staples, right to the front door.

Recent updates and additions to the market are making a more modern, inviting experience. The indoor building has seen updates to the restrooms, an addition of the market office, and stands with picturesque facades. The new pavilion constructed out front of the original building will allow vendors to be under

Notwithstanding the cosmetic updates, the Lewisburg Farmers Market is still the sentimental place all the locals remember. Many vendors have been here for thirty or more years, and the goal is to ensure the continuance of the market as a cornerstone of the community for many years to come.


President’s Message | Welcome New Members

Just A Word...

Board of Directors

By: Bob Garrett President & CEO, The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce

Chair Art Thomas, Meck-Tech Inc. & Diversified Construction

“Don’t complain about a farmer with your mouth full.”


favorite pastime of these days seems to be looking for someone to blame for the price inflation that we’re all experiencing. Short of looking under the bed for some mean, ugly, scary beast, the pursuit of a finger pointing is escalating every day. Keep in mind that inflation in the United States has been chugging along at below 2 percent a year for over a decade. This is until last month when May 2021 compared to May 2020 jumped 5 percent. All of this has triggered fears that the economy might be overheating. For example, year-over-year, gasoline prices are up 56%, airfare up 24%, home appliances up 30%, and used car prices jumping 30%. A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by no less than three separate reporters who each asked me straight out, “Who do you blame for this inflation.” While I knew that I was being baited to

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Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency

call out President Biden, or possibly some billionaire, maybe even President Trump, I declined to take the bait. The fact is, we’re in the midst of the basic economic principle of supply and demand. While I pray that I’m not being naïve, and missing the mark with my response, I sincerely believe that all of this will, sooner than later, level off. Having said that, one thing I absolutely know for sure is that the reporter who suggested to me that the blame for rising prices rests squarely on farmers who are now reaping a windfall. That idea is pure poppycock. Every farmer I know works hard, for long hours, for compensation that is well below the value of the product that he or she produces. If current economic conditions are such that farmers are earning a few extra bucks, which I honestly doubt, “good for them,” I say.

PAST chair

Sue Greene, Union County


Greg Zeh, Weis Markets


Bob Garrett, GSVCC

Region Vice Presidents Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jeff Reber, Union County Commissioner Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

Phil DeRose, UPMC Susquehanna Leslie Temple, Fulton Bank Gene Welsh III, GDK Development

Directors President/CEO Bob Garrett rgarrett@gsvcc.org

Executive Director of Membership & LSV Chris Berleth cberleth@gsvcc.org

Executive Director of Operations & Workforce Jenny Wentz jwentz@gsvcc.org

Director of Communications Vanessa Venios vvenios@gsvcc.org

John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Sam Haulman, Service Electric Cablevision Malcom Derk, Susquehanna University Kendy Alvarez, Fidelis Mortgage Steve Stumbris, Bucknell SBDC Chad Evans, Stone State Entertainment Rachel Smith, Evangelical Community Hospital Beau Hoffman, Axe, Runkle, PC


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The Lewisburg Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 8a - 3p and Saturday 9a - 1p. The market is a popular and long-standing market in Central Pennsylvania, having begun in earnest in the 1930's.

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One Focus Property Management Contact: Jennifer Reulens, Broker/Owner (570) 505-3347 414 W. Fourth Street Williamsport, PA 17701

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2021 Chair’s Circle Members

Victoria Rosencrans, Associate Member

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The GSVCC proudly welcomes Victoria Rosencrans as an Associate Member.

JOIN US! - GSVCC Business on Tap is Happening This Thursday! Join the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Premier Sponsor Rusty Rail Brewing Company for “Business on Tap” on Thursday, July 8th, 2021 from 5pm – 7pm. Hosted and sponsored by Rusty Rail Brewing Company, the Chamber’s guests will be offered a private guided tour of the brewery, event space and suites, and enjoy appetizers in the Rusty Rail Game Room. Together, we’ll mingle with members, meet the brewers, and enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar. One complimentary beer will be provided to each guest by Rusty Rail. Joining us on site will be Chad Evans, who will record the entire experience LIVE in a first-of-its-kind SBC Media Partners Podcast. Full-service menu and bar are available - must be 21 years of age or older to attend. All weather event. No refunds. Registration for members is $20 and $25 for future members. Register TODAY at GSVCC.ORG #%  !


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Chamber partnerships | Leadership Susquehanna Valley

Strengthening the Susquehanna Valley by Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Leadership Susquehanna Valley Announces New Board Directors By Chris Berleth, LSV Executive Director


Olivia Zellers

Sam Ryder

s we embark on the journey for the 2022 program year, Leadership Susquehanna Valley is gratefully for the leadership demonstrated by outgoing Board Directors Leslie Temple, (Class of 2011), Anna Trayer (Class of 2015) and Wyatt Troxell, (Class of 2015). Of special note, as Past Presidents of the LSV Board, both Leslie and Wyatt oversaw program improvements, the establishment of an endowed fund for future scholarship generation, improved standards for program delivery, and inspired increased engagement from fellow Board Directors. Leadership Susquehanna Valley is founded on the principle that our region thrives when we educate and train members of the business community to serve the greater good. In the Greater Susquehanna Valley, the ‘greater good’ often means service with area non-profits, active citizenship, engagement with local government, and enhanced roles within the business community. In this vein, we are proud to congratulate and welcome to the Board of Directors four exemplary leaders: Dr. Bernadette Ulrich Boerckel E.D. (Class of 2021), serves as the Chief Outreach Officer (COO) for the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, and was elected by her LSV peers as the Class Representative to the LSV Board of Directors. As COO, Dr. Boerckel oversees the internal and external communications of the CSIU, supervises programs related to workforce development, and seeks to support and connect the non-profits, educational institutions, and businesses that serve the Susquehanna Valley region. Dr. Boerckel previously worked as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Warrior Run School District and as the Supervisor of Secondary Education and K-12 Unified Arts for

Danielle Campbell

the Williamsport Area School District. In her free time she enjoys cooking (Insta: @findingthethyme) and performing as a soprano soloist (St. Boniface Church, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra). She lives in Muncy, PA with her husband, Dr. Gary Boerckel, their daughter, Madeleine, and their SPCA Special, Sawyer. Danielle Campbell (Class of 2019) grew up in Freehold, New Jersey (yes, home of “the Boss”, Bruce Springsteen). She attended Misericordia University in Dallas, PA and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Danielle works as an Event Specialist for Geisinger Health Foundation and has been part of the team that has produced nationally recognized events, including Geisinger’s National Symposium and the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Superhero Ball, events which both earned gold at the American Business Awards for each of the past four years running. Danielle was also recognized as a ‘Connect Corporate 40 under 40’ and ‘Smart Meetings Rising Star’ recipient. In addition to being on the Leadership Susquehanna Valley Alumni/Development Committee, she is also a member of the worldwide organization Meeting Professional International Young Professionals Advisory Council. Danielle resides in Danville with her husband Max Campbell, who is the Dean of Students at Milton Area School District. Sam Ryder (Class of 2013) is a Vice President and Business Banker with First National Bank. In this role, he manages a portfolio of existing client relationships and works to develop new business opportunities throughout the Susquehanna Valley.

By: Caz Russell, Leadership Development Facilitator


Fulton Financial Corporation working in Consumer Banking and Small Business Lending. Sam is a 1996 graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned a degree in Business Management. He went on to complete his MBA at Pennsylvania State University in 2009. Sam is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Lancaster and 2013 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley. He is active in the community serving as a teacher, volunteer and elder at his church, and as the treasurer of the board of directors for Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children. He is also an adjunct professor and a member of the business advisory committee at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Sam is passionate about financial literacy and serves as a volunteer for Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy and as a facilitator of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Olivia Zellers (Class of 2020) is the Regional Finance Manager for Keystone Human Services. She, along with her team, oversees the finances for seven Regional Offices across Pennsylvania in Intellectual Disability Services. She also supports Key Human Services in Connecticut. Olivia is most appreciative that she can do something that she loves for a company that is committed to assist all individuals in living and achieving value in their everyday lives. She also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and is a member of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Committee. Olivia graduated from Central Penn College with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley. Olivia resides in Sunbury with her husband Troy and their cat, Hot Rod.

Prior to joining First National Bank, Sam spent 17 years with

Always protect the investment!

never dreamed I would have to make the decision of a lifetime at 3 o’clock in the morning. The power plant I worked at had invested $550,000 in a new system to be installed to help reduce emissions into the atmosphere from the coal burning facility. When the outside contractor came to me to ask my permission (ME?) if they dare lift a 5-ton building the size of a 2-car garage, by crane, 150’ overtop of the plants generating equipment, my mind envisioned all kinds of terrible things that could happen. This lift had to happen, that wasn’t the decision. The plant had deadlines and budgets to meet as well as the outside contractors. My responsibility was to protect the investment.

Bernadette Boerckel

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Connecting is always about the other person.

Next month we will wrap up these past 4 months of Emotional Intelligence with “Every seagull thinks they are the loudest!” I am hoping you enjoy reading and applying them to your life as much as I had writing them.

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For weeks, planning meetings were held to discuss this very important and potentially dangerous work process. Supervisors and foremen from many different work groups were involved in the daily morning discussions. Electricians, pipe fitters, welders, schedulers and tankies (people who build tanks of any size were involved.) There were often as many as 25 representatives in the board room, each with a different agenda and way of accomplishing their goals. I found it amazing as each leader around the table, would give their report to the project manager. At the close of the meeting, he would draw everybody’s comments and reports to a close.

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After dispersing from the meeting, each leader approached their assignments deciding who, what, where and when and how their job assignments would be accomplished. In this final quadrant entitled Relationship Management, I want us to notice that the first 2 quadrants are based on you and me (self-awareness & self-management) whereas the 3rd quadrant (social awareness) now explores the emotional intelligence on a social level. Notice in Quadrant 4 the focus is on relationship management, replacing the word social for relationship. I find this intriguing.



Leadership is relational not positional. What do you mean, O Leadership One? Whether in a social gathering at home or at play, or a professional setting, people who manage relationships well, achieve more. Not just for themselves but for all of the relationships involved. Looking back at when the very important decision I needed to make at o’ dark thirty, I knew that I had relationships with co-workers that I could rely and depend upon to help me make the right decision. As they say “No person achieves anything great by themselves!” In our leadership growth, building relationships is the # 4 building block of growing our emotional intelligence.

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The fact is, building relationships takes time and energy. Often these relationships take weeks, months and years to accomplish. I often remind myself that the relationships I build, in turn, build me. So, how does this all relate to “Always protect the investment?” The first and hardest thing for any leader to do, is to lead themselves. We often find it easy to lead others. But when it comes to our walking the talk, we often find it difficult. What is the investment? The investment I am talking about is our leadership skills, the foundation of me.

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Jim Rohn says “work harder on yourself than you do at your job!” Hmm. Imagine putting 60+ hours in on self-study each week! Always protect the investment? The investment is what you and I learn each day and how we grow to our fullest potential. Today’s problems will be tomorrow’s lessons learned. Every day, always protect the investment!” Keys to relationship management: Learn to give and receive feedback well. An open-door policy is vital, but an open ear policy creates growth. Show you care!

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t First Citizens Community Bank, we know if today’s farmer wants to get and stay ahead, they’re often required to expand their facility or venture into new lines of farming. No matter which path you choose, you deserve a financial partner who’s seen it all, understands where you want to go, and is prepared to help you get there.

That partner is First Citizens Community Bank. We have the resources to make your expansion or diversification project a success. Our Ag Team has over 350 years’ experience as farmers and Ag lenders. And we have a group of highly successful farmers and agribusiness leaders on our Agricultural Advisory Boards,

The First Citizens Community Bank Ag Team has over 350 years’ experience as farmers and ag bankers. We’ve seen it all, understand where you want to go, and we can help you get there! Visit www.WePutFarmersFirst.com today!

and strong partnerships with companies in our communities to assist with your project. Let our experience and passion for agriculture become your greatest resource, and see why First Citizens Community

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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber | Women Leaders in the Valley

Women Leaders in the Valley spotlight

Georgia Pfleegor, President of the Montour County Farm Bureau Currently I am fulltime employee at Organic Valley, farmer, mother, and wife. My husband, Brent, and I have a herd of 25 beef cattle, that include brood cows and calves and on average we raise 5 feeder cattle a year. We also help my in laws crop farm, my daughter being the fourth generation on the farm in Limestoneville, PA. At Organic Valley I work as a Regional Pool Manager. My regular duties include animal care audits, Farmers Assuring Responsible Management program, working with farmers on grazing and visiting our 97 dairy farmers in Central Pennsylvania on a regular basis. I have worked fulltime for Organic Valley since 2017, being able to work in the dairy industry is an enjoyable experience. I wake up every morning excited to go to work! At home on the farm my duties include feeding and daily care of the cattle, working in the fields alongside my husband and in laws and selling our beef locally. Brent and I started our beef business in 2016. We have grown our herd of cattle from a few steers to small herd of momma cows. At this time, we are farm table with all of our beef. Meaning we sell beef born and raised on our farm. Waking up every morning to care for our cattle and work for Organic Valley is truly a dream! I love agriculture and cows!

Women's Leadership committee member spotlight Sarah Maneval, Agricultural/Business Relationship Manager Sarah Maneval is an Agricultural/Business Relationship Manager for Susquehanna Community Bank. Sarah was born and raised in the Susquehanna Valley and has a passion for working with local farmers and businesses. She is proud to work for a community bank that is built on delivering a better banking experience across the Susquehanna Valley. Sarah serves as treasurer for the Selinsgrove Rotary Club, and a board member for the Middlecreek Area Community Center. She is a graduate of Bloomsburg University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. She is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley. Sarah resides in Port Trevorton with her husband and 3 children.

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Northumberland National Bank Donates to Sunbury YMCA


he Northumberland National Bank is a proud partner of the Sunbury YMCA and supports their efforts to encourage good community health and foster connections through sports, fun and shared interests. Norry Bank is pleased to contribute to this organization, especially as in-person programs are returning this summer and fall. With camps and art classes for kids, Silver Sneakers workout sessions, and the annual coat drive in the fall, the Sunbury YMCA always has a full roster of offerings for members.

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Norry Bank listened and helped us find the right home loan for us.

Co-Executive Director Katrina Mouery, in support of the

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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber | Agriculture & Industry in the Valley


n 1987, brothers Billy, Jimmy, and Ed were helping with their family farm and feed business located in Kreamer, Pennsylvania when they saw an opportunity to expand into the poultry and egg industry. What became known as BJE Poultry has grown from a onehouse poultry farm to many commercial grower (farmer) operations with local, family-owned farms that we have contracted with BJE to grow our poultry. The end customer for BJE are poultry companies that sell meat or eggs to the public or to retail chains. BJE’s beloved growers take great pride in their livestock and products, ensuring that best management and welfare practices are met and exceeded to achieve healthy, premium flocks. These farms are in our local community, allowing our Certified Poultry Technicians to visit on a weekly basis. One of BJE’s goals is for their customers and community to know the strictest

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standards of humane animal treatment, safety, and environmental sustainability are practiced at BJE Poultry.

Another BJE Poultry goal is to abide by the history and ethics that were established by the Robinson family many decades ago with the founding of sister company Kreamer Feed, Inc. BJE’s current staff is the most competent and experienced they’ve had on board to date. Their commitment to their farms and growers is unparalleled in the farm contracting business, and a recent “grower visit tour” from the owner/ President and his daughter is just one way they have shown it. BJE also just concluded their annual Grower Appreciation Lunch & Meeting. All employees and growers enjoyed a hot lunch, giveaways, and animal-welfare/biosecurity presentations from Penn State’s Dr. Paul Patterson and Dr. Gregory Martin.

BJE Poultry has many offerings for its end customers and partners, such as specific bird weights, color, and/or feed programs, which include conventional, organic, ABF (antibioticfree), NAE (no antibiotics ever), Non-GMO, Certified Humane, GAP certified, and free-range animals. BJE Poultry is always looking for better ways to achieve and report on their growth to our customers and growers. They have invested in state-of-the-art software that allows them to be more productive with their flock management and reporting. BJE Poultry is currently looking for chicken houses that want to contract with the business. These growers would ideally be open to raising broiler birds or pullets, which are laying

chickens that have yet to produce eggs. 50% of BJE Poultry’s business is in turkey sales, 25% is laying birds, and 25% is broiler (meat bird) sales. When one program fluctuates, the others are able to supplement the business. Another unique advantage BJE Poultry has is that its sister company, Kreamer Feed Inc., provides feed to 99% of BJE Poultry farms! So, the Robinson family and company leadership have ensured that the businesses work in conjunction with and support of one another at all times. For more information on BJE Poultry’s programs, history, and community involvement, please visit BJEPoultry.com or visit their Facebook!

BJE Poultry certified Farm Technician Lane Brubaker (left) and Broiler Program Manager Paul Exley (right) inspecting a BJE layer farm’s egg yolks by hand to ensure the end customer is satisfied with the coloring.

BJE Poultry certified Farm Technician Brenda Kline caring for the BJE turkeys at grower Melvin Fisher’s beautiful farm in Montgomery, PA.

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ifflinburg Bank & Trust (MBTC) employees donated their Casual Bankers’ contributions for the month of April to Clarity Prep, Inc., which is an organization based out of Mifflinburg, PA that works with youth on physical, mental and spiritual well-being through various athletic mentoring programs. Clarity Prep president and CEO Dave Murray said the funds will be used to purchase new equipment and offer scholarships for kids of families who experienced financial hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber | Member News in the Region

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Enjoy the Brand New Dining Experience at DQ Grill & Chill in Selinsgrove!

Join the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, July 6th at 11:00am for an official Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the newly remodeled dining room at DQ Grill & Chill in Selinsgrove!

Kelsey's Dream The Cozy Kids Co. devoted the spring 2021 MGMT 101 semester to Kelsey’s Dream. This is a group of students from Bucknell University. The mission of the company was aiming their focus and energy on helping the children. They held different events and activities in collaboration with Kelsey’s Dream to raise money and support young children with childhood cancer. As a cohesive team, all 27 members of the Cozy Kids Co. nurtured and grew the company to what it has become today. By the end of project operations, they hand-made 34 blankets with comforting notes for Kelsey’s Dream, raised $3,156 with an Instagram Bingo and a Virtual 5k week, hosted a Zoom Game Night to connect with the children with cancer at a local hospital, and created Hopper the Cancer Crusher videos for hospitals to share with the children and keep for future use. "It was exciting to work with this group of students this past semester. Their energy, drive and passion was impressive. It seemed like each student that I worked with was personally committed to our mission; helping children with cancer", said Tina Kuhns, Volunteer/CEO Kelsey's Dream.

Bucknell SBDC Engages Entrepreneurs in the Post-Pandemic Economy Throughout the summer, the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will continue to engage with entrepreneurs pursuing new opportunities in the post-pandemic economy. While COVID-19 brought many challenges to business owners, one counter-intuitive trend emerged: an increase of the rate of new business starts! Some of these new firms had their roots in personal setbacks for individuals who turned to entrepreneurship out of necessity. But many more of these startups and new ventures came from where they always have: innovators who recognize an opportunity and find a timely fit in the marketplace for their products or services. The SBDC gives entrepreneurs the knowledge and skills they need to start and grow successful businesses. Whether an individual is just getting started investigating a business model, is looking to develop a business plan or is seeking to innovate and grow a business, the SBDC's educational programs and no-fee, confidential consulting services can help them succeed. Upcoming programs for aspiring business owners in Union, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Juniata, and Perry counties will include "Business Startup Basics", in which entrepreneurs take the first step to business success by learning: • Applications and licenses needed to start a business. • Different types of business structure such as sole proprietorship, LLC, and more. • Financing options, presented by a local banker. • Types of insurance a new business will typically need, presented by a local insurance agency! • SBDC consulting services available as a business launches and grow. Business Startup Basics webinar dates: July 7 - hosted by PA Senator Gene Yaw, featuring Northumberland National Bank and Sholley Insurance Agency August 3 - featuring M&T Bank and Sholley Insurance Agency September 9 - featuring M&T Bank and Sholley Insurance Agency Register for SBDC events at www.bucknell.edu/SBDCevents These events are offered at no fee through the support of M&T Bank, Fulton Bank, Northumberland National Bank, and Sholley Insurance Agency through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Neighborhood Assistance Program. Additional events for entrepreneurs and the community at large who are interested in new businesses include monthly One Million Cups Susquehanna Valley programs. 1 Million Cups educates, engages, and empowers entrepreneurs based on the notion that people share great ideas and discover solutions over a cup of coffee. This community-based event engages innovators and entrepreneurship enthusiasts; and makes connections between community members and local startups. 1 Million Cups events occur on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9am. July's event will be held via Zoom, and in the near future events will once again return to the site of the Bucknell SBDC in downtown Lewisburg at 416 Market Street.
























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Farm-to-Table Lunchtime Fun with Your Chamber and UPMC


ave you heard the news? There’s a new Neighborhood Biergarten located at the Lewisburg Farmers Market, and your Chamber of Commerce is hoping

to connect with you there! Join the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber every Wednesday from 11:00am1:00pm as we enjoy some lunchtime fun in the sun and experience local farm-to-table

grocery shopping all in one place! There's no need to preregister, all who visit the Farmer's Market are welcome to stop on by and visit with your Chamber and Farm-to-Table sponsor UPMC!

Gerald Stauffer, Owner of Lewisburg Farmers’ Market, is joined by friends, neighbors, Chamber members and dignitaries to cut the ribbon celebrating the official grand opening of the new Neighborhood Biergarten located at the Lewisburg Farmers’ Market.

Milton Borough Councilman Joe Moralez stopped to enjoy the Neighborhood Biergarten atmosphere while cycling the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail.


Bob Garrett, GSVCC President & CEO and Keri Albright, Senior Practice Manager at North Central PA Region, UPMC welcoming guests to the farm-to-table tent located at the Neighborhood Biergarten.

The Neighborhood Biergarten is located outside along Limestone Run at the rear of the Lewisburg Farmers’ Market.


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