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WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION: Congratulations to the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor’s Bureau, which won the Chamber’s 2010 Small Business of the Year Award! Above, board member and staff celebrate the honor. To view the other award recipients go to page 11.

The Susquehanna Valley’s Business to Business Publication

Pictured: Lisa Leighton (SRVVB Marketing Director), Ty Gemberling (Hampton Inn Shamokin Dam), Jennifer Novinger (Best Western Country Cupboard Inn and Country Inn and Suites), Jim Herron (SRVVB Brochure Distribution), Sharon Wagner (SRVVB Front Desk), Amy Scorsone (Shade Mountain Winery), Pat Hess (Colonial Candlecrafters and SRVVB Board President), Andrew Miller (SRVVB Executive Director), Helen Richard (SRVVB Visitor Center Manager), Mel Purdy (Sunbury Revitalization, Inc. and SRVVB Board Vice President), Lisa Hoover (Bucknell University) and Barbara Pick (SRVVB Member Services Director)


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INNOVATION

Just A Word. . . Innovate & Enable A lot of hoopla hits the headlines everyday about the world of innovation. But there is another half – maybe the better half – that makes innovations pay off: Enabling! The classical worlds of Greece and Rome produced great minds who wrote things down, creating innovative theories of mathematics, natural philosophy, astronomy, medicine, and much more. However, with the dwindling of those who had knowledge of Greek and classical Latin, historians observed that Christian Western Europe was cut off from an important source of ancient learning, hence the Dark Ages. The enablers who provided the revelation of the innovative knowledge contained in the ancient writings were mostly monks and other clergy. Some of the story is the focus of the book, “How The Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe,” a non-fiction historical book written by Thomas Cahill. So, if history has taught us nothing else, it is that our business world needs both innovators and enablers. One is no good without the other. As preparation of the Chamber’s Strategic Plan takes the next step, a written draft, each of us should anticipate making two contributions to its completion: Our ideas (innovation) and hard work (enabling). Without both, the plan itself is worthless. Grant Humberson and Oakey Huff were a couple of carpenters that renovated the apartment in the old hardware store once owned by my grandfather. To watch them work was magical. Once they were closing up windows along a long wall, one at the sawhorse making the slates out of recycled tongue-and-groove and the other taking the slates and hammering them into place with perfect precision. The operation was a blur of movement and I remember them each giving me a big smile as they finished the last window – the innovator and the enabler.

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Inventors invariably need the complement to their genius in the form of a mass producer, marketer, manager, lobbyist, etc. I recall the first United States test of high definition television. It took place in the Jones Intercable operation in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and was put on by NHK, the Japanese television network. It would be more than two decades before a standard for high definition was agreed upon despite the support of the National Cable Television Association top echelon present for the demonstration. A similar competition between formats and standards pit VHS against Sony’s more compact Betamax, and Sony lost. Innovator and Enabler.

Bowen Agency Realtors Susquehanna University Geisinger Health System Kreamer Feed Inc. PPL Corporation Keystone Mobile Shredding The Daily Item

Two brief examples of modern efforts to innovate and enable, one at the state-level and another national in scope:

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CHAIRPERSON VICE CHAIRPERSON Jim Barbarich, M-C Federal Credit Union SECRETARY Charlie Ross, GSVCC TREASURER Toney Coukart, Weis Markets Inc. PAST CHAIRPERSON Joe Cipriani, Keystone Forging Co. PRESIDENT / CEO Charlie Ross, GSVCC Denise Prince, Geisinger Ventures

Region Vice Presidents

REGION I REGION II Wayne Yohn, Heister House Millworks Inc. REGION III Mike O’Keefe, Evangelical Community Hospital REGION IV Steve Richard, SUN Home Health Services, Inc. REGION V Betse Humphrey, Cherokee Pharmaceuticals LLC REGION OTHER Sue Green, Penn State Business Solutions Charlie Benner, Retired Dairy Farmer

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REGION I

Mike Wimer, Swineford National Bank Chuck Smeltz, Associate Member Dave Herbert, Keystone Building Products Inc.

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Tom Clark, Attorney John Uehling, Contrast Communications

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Annette Sarsfield, Playworld Systems, Inc. Julie Barna, 2 Dental Divas

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Hank Truslow, Jr., Sunbury Textiles Inc. Judi Karr, Nottingham Health Care Services

REGION V

Greg Cole, Coles Hardware

PLEASE SEE “INNOVATE & ENABLE” ON PAGE 17.

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YOUNG AMERICANS

Sponsor a Young March Young Americans American Today The Chamber is a leading advocate in the Valley for recognizing and promoting its future leaders. In cooperation with local schools, media organizations and volunteers, the Chamber recognizes the scholastic, extracurricular and civic leadership qualities of more than 90 high school seniors from 11 schools throughout the Greater Susquehanna Valley. The Young Americans recognition program culminates in April with a seminar that teaches leadership skills to our local standouts. The honorees engage in an all-day series of discussions, lessons, challenges

and networking opportunities, ran by key business professionals of the Valley. The seminar is followed in May by the Annual Young Americans Banquet. The Chamber invites every Young American award recipient, their parents and relatives to attend and enjoy dinner, a guest speaker and a recognition ceremony. Would you consider sponsoring a Young American? Your contribution will enable a bright student to attend the banquet and receive his or her welldeserved recognition for hard work throughout high school.

Young Americans 2011 Sponsorship Form Yes, we will be a contributing sponsor for ____ family(s) at $65.00 for the Young Americans Banquet. Your contribution will pay for one Young American & will provide two discounted tickets for his/her parents or guardians to attend the Banquet that will be held on Wednesday, May 18. Name / Title Organization Address City

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To be listed in the banquet program, please return this form by Monday, May 3. Please make check payable to: Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (GSVCC) P.O. Box 10, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Thank you for your partnership.

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Northumberland Christian Lindsey Furman is the daughter of Frank and Jody Furman of Northumberland. Lindsey has been on the distinguished honor roll since grade 7 and was selected by her school to participate in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s High School Math Contest. She plays both soccer and basketball and is in choir. Lindsey volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and participated in events with the Feed My Starving Children organization. She is a member of the Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church and has been on four mission trips with them. Lindsey will attend either Grove City College or Liberty University where she will major in Exercise Science. Meadowbrook Christian Laura Klodnicki is the daughter of Joe and Kathy Klodnicki of Danville. She is actively involved in soccer, basketball, track and a coach for elementary school basketball. Laura is President of the key club and involved with student government, yearbook committee and chorus. She is a Girl Scout and is working to achieve her gold award, the highest achievement in the organization. Laura plans to attend Cedarville University in Ohio in the fall. Line Mountain Dana Brown is the daughter of Kevin and Darlene Brown of Klingerstown. She is a member of the marching, concert and varsity jazz bands as well as the pit orchestra. She is a member of the Greenbrier Community Band and volunteers at the Klingerstown Fire Company’s Annual Carnival. Dana plans to attend Susquehanna University and major in Music Education and obtain her teaching certificate.

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Selinsgrove Area Cameron Weaver is the daughter of Chip and Susan Weaver of Selinsgrove. She is a member of the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. Cameron plays both soccer and track and field and also helps to run the Lady Seal’s Street Fair Fundraiser. She enjoys volunteering on her family farm and at church in the nursery and bible school. Cameron plans to attend Susquehanna University to major in Education and Spanish and play on the women’s soccer team. SUN Area Technical Institute Jacob Berge is the son of Jake and Lori Berge of Lewisburg. He plays football, wrestles and enjoys dirt bike racing. He received a first place award from Economics Pennsylvania and took first place in the Pennsylvania Enterprise Challenge. Jacob plays guitar, piano and drums and is the guitar player for his youth group band. He is actively involved in his church and has been on mission trips to Haiti and Bolivia. Jacob plans to become an HVAC Technician after graduating from his program at SUN Area Technical Institute. Danville Area Alexandra Cole is the daughter of Greg and Sandy Cole of Danville. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of American and the swim and filed hockey teams. She is a student mentor throughout Danville’s Elementary Schools and works part time at Cole’s Hardware. Alexandra plans to attend Susquehanna University to major in Business. Midd-West Pierce Lawver is the son of James and Cheryl Lawver of Middleburg. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Fu-

Young Americans Leadership Seminar April 13, 2011 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Country Cupboard, Lewisburg

ture Business Leaders of America, Ski Club and the Dodgeball Club. He is an active member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Middleburg and is employed by Red Robin. Pierce plans to attend Kings College to major in Finance in the fall. Shikellamy Matt Myers is the son of Scott and Lori Myers of Northumberland. He is the SADD Club Treasurer and President of both the National Honor Society and Young Republicans group. Matt is also involved with the Sprit Club, Key club and choir. He is a firefighter at Tuckahoe Fire Company and hopes to become the coordinator or Emergency Services or an Emergency Medicine Physician. Matt plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and major in Pre-Medical or Chemistry. Mifflinburg Area Brad Catherman is the son of Garry and Patricia Catherman of Mifflinburg. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Ski Club. Brad has ten varsity letters from field hockey, wrestling, lacrosse and track. He is also a volunteer for his church including helping with its youth group. Brad plans to attend Penn State University to major in Engineering. Lewisburg Area Margaret Storm is the daughter of Randy and Kathy Storm of Lewisburg. She is a member of the student council, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, orchestra and Key Club. Margaret is also the Captain of her swimming and diving team and volunteers with local food banks. She is member of the First Presbyterian Church where she teaches Sunday school and has been on mission trips. Margaret plans to attend Johns Hopkins University.

Young Americans Recognition Banquet May 18, 2011 7 p.m. Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove

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Gary joined the Chamber upon his retirement as a school administrator in Williamsport School District in order to network with local school districts and businesses. He currently serves on the Business and Education Committee and the Young Americans Committee. He also represents James Daniel & Associates, working as an education consultant. As a resident of this area for his entire life, Gary feels the Chamber provides him an avenue to give back to the community the benefits he has received here.

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Beth Mihmet, Executive Director Michaelean Crimmins, Campaign Manager Debbie Farver, Campaign Coordinator 800 Corporate Circle, Suite 100 Harrisburg 717.652.6520 lls.org LLS is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and patient services.

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Motivational Speakers *James Daniel & Associates

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*CVC Mechanical Contractors Inc.

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Pharmaceuticals *Middleburg Pharmacy

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Home Builders *Haubert Homes Inc.

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Real Estate

*Bowen Agency Realtors

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Insurance

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GREEN INITIATIVES

Time To “GREEN” Up The Yard

By: Cherie Ross,

Mifflinburg Main Street Manager

As April gets underway and the white ground cover is replaced with green, I thought we would talk about environmentally friendly goods and products for your yard. There is a huge variety of environmentally friendly products for use in your yard. First of all, there’s the traditional rain barrel. Home lawn and garden watering can account for up to 40 percent of a household’s water consumption so why not take advantage of Mother Nature’s gift from the sky! You can just use an old barrel to collect water or purchase one, some of which come equipped with hoses that make it easier to use the water for your plants. Some will hook directly up to your gutter spouts. Prices range from nothing if you have an old barrel to $125 for fairly plain to $225 for more fancy looking urn types to $1800 for the fancy underground water collection systems. Next is the composter. Composters come in all sizes and shapes from tall to pyramid shapes to round balls that you roll around to mix the contents to composters on a spit (the kind with handles for turning it on a frame). Costs vary greatly from $60 to more than $300. Most of them require that the material be turned in some manner every week or two and be watered, although

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many designs now incorporate slots that will capture rain water into the bin. You can also speed up the composting process by adding accelerators. You can also light up your yard with solar lights. Solar lights are available in many formats from path lights to shed lights to grill lights and spot and deck lights some of which are motion sensitive. More readily available these days, solar lights can be purchased at local stores and come in decorative designs such as etched “glass” covers with flowers or dragonflies or even light that flicks as if it were candlelight for the romantic yard enthusiasts.

upwards of $300. To enjoy your solar fountain, you need some lawn or patio furniture so why not check out pieces made from recycled materials, including milk jugs? The furniture pieces available these days include tables, chairs, Adirondack chairs, footstools, gliders and swings, even gazebos and pergolas to put the furniture under. They are weather resistant and can be left out year round. The furniture is also now available in a wide range of colors and even color combinations.

Or how about a solar lighted planter? They come in a variety of colors and can be used for plants or you can use them at parties to fill with ice and beverages or put a top on it for a lighted table. The planters cost $120 each. So now you have made compost for the flowers, collected water to use on the lawn and lighted your yard. How about a solar water fountain now? If you have a pond, you can get a small, floating solar fountain with prices starting around $40. Next in size are small dish or frog fountains that start around $60. After that you can move on up to cascading table fountains for about $130 to birdbath fountains for $200 and estate lion’s head fountains, slate step fountains and more for

How about an environmentally friendly hammock? I found one made with bamboo spreaders and 100 percent recycled polyester fibers. This one will run you about $160. And now that your yard is all “green” and comfortable for you, don’t forget to use organic, earth friendly products to make the grass green and your flowers bloom. First of all, compost is king, and we already talked about making your own compost. Next, check the labels of pesticides and fertilizers to be sure they are as friendly as possible. And if you really want to finish off the “greening” of the green, get a rotary push mower! Or… you might consider an electric mower either cordless or with a cord.

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MEMBER NOTES New Naturopathic Doctor Serves the Greater Susquehanna Valley In March of this year, Christina Major graduated with High Honors as a Naturopathic Doctor. This advanced degree enhances the range of services she offers to help people take charge of their health. Naturopathic doctors use natural medicine as an augmentation to allopathic medicine to help a person heal quickly and with minimal pain from all types of conditions. The primary work of a naturopathic doctor is in the fields of lifestyle and nutrition to help a person fully integrate their physical conditions into his or her spiritual, mental and emotional lives. Christina Major, owner of Crystal Holistic Health Consulting, Sunbury, has worked with various medical practitioners and alternative medicine consultants. Crystal Holistic Health Consulting is the first of its kind in the Greater Susquehanna Valley and Christina is the only practicing holistic nutritionist in the area. Popular on the West Coast and in large cities, holistic medicine is quickly becoming one of the cutting edge approaches doctors and hospitals are taking to improve lives. Through her company, Christina works with people who seek to improve their health and lives using lifestyle and nutritional education programs. Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, digestive disorders, obesity and cancer can be improved or reversed without side effects using these programs. The River Valley Senior Providers Group is hosting a FREE informative program about Alzheimer’s Care

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Wednesday, Apr. 13 Reg./Networking: 8 a.m. Program: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Mother Pauline Visintainer Center 1150 Chestnut Street – Kulpmont, PA (adjacent to LIFE Geisinger) “Care of the Patient With Alzheimer’s Disease: A Special Kind of Care and Therapeutic Approach” By Paul Conniff, ADC/MC/AD • Gerontology Certification Eligible-Bloomsburg University • National Certification Council for Activity Professionals • Advanced Management • Modular Education for Activity Professionals • Adult Day Care Certified • Memory Care Certified • Long Term Memory Care Program Certified Please join us for a continental breakfast. Please R.S.V.P. by Apr. 6 with number attending to: 373-2122 / mavarano@geisinger.edu “Pulse of the Market” A roundtable to address the changing times for investors in 2011 Given the recent volatility in the US economy & stock market, Shrawder Financial Services is holding a free forum with two exemplary keynote speakers from the financial industry. They will discuss several issues including where they believe the investment opportunities are in 2011, which sectors of the market may be more beneficial than others and how the crisis in Japan and unrest in the Middle East could impact your financial decisions.

Please RSVP to Laura Shrawder @ Shrawder Financial Services (570)-286-8346. Laura Renee Shrawder, is a representative through LPL Financial, LLC and CEO of Shrawder Financial Services located at 204 N. Front Street, Sunbury, PA. Laura has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. In July 2005 she started Shrawder Financial Services and will celebrate her sixth year in business in 2011. As a financial advisor affiliated with LPL Financial, the number one independent broker/dealer in the country, she has access to a wide range of tools and resources from an industry leader. Michael D. Guman boasts 18 years experience in the mutual funds investment industry, currently serving as a regional vice president for Oppenheimer Funds. Prior to becoming an investment professional, Michael enjoyed a 9-year professional football career with the Los Angeles Rams. He is a 1980 graduate of Penn State University, having played as a four-year starter for Joe Paterno’s Nittany Lions. Matt Delzingaro serves as Cole Real Estate Investments’ Senior Vice President for the Penn region. He is responsible for creating, building and maintaining relationships with advisors and assisting them with their real estate investment needs. Prior to joining Cole, Mr. Delzingaro served as Regional Vice President for MetLife Investors Distribution. Prior to MetLife, Matt was Regional Marketing Director for Planco/Hartford Leaders Group, where he grew sales in a start-up territory to more than three-quarters of a billion dollars over a 5 year period.

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Member Connections Thermal Product Solutions Thermal Product Solutions, a Division of SPX and a Fortune 500 Company, recently conducted a day of “Career Opportunities” for several SUN Area Technical Institute students at their local Plant in New Columbia. Kelli Lytle, human resources representative of TPS conducted various tours, introductions to Department Managers and concluded with a question/answer session in TPS’s Corporate Conference Room. SUN Alumni and now current employees of TPS, gave the current SUN students a brief overview of their success stories within their corporate world. TPS has hired several SUN students through the Schools Cooperative Education Program. These positions often lead to full-time positions upon the students graduation. TPS Core Products include, but are not limited to: Aerospace Equipment, Environmental Test Chambers, New Energies, Semi-

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conductor Equipment, Industrial Ovens and Pharmaceutical Equipment. Learn to cook with Ted Hartley – All you need is a computer! Townecraft Chef Ted Hartley’s video recipes are now online! Learn how to make his unique brand of coleslaw by watching a simple, 3-minute video that takes you through all the steps. Or, take a crack at his incredible pineapple upside-down cake. In just five minutes, Ted will show you how to use Townecraft cookware to make a very tasty treat. To view the videos, or for a full list of other specialty recipes, visit http://www.hartleycookware.com/recipes.php To contact Ted with any questions, please call (570)-538-3447 Do you have newsworthy information going on in your company? Send it to Robert Luff at rluff@gsvcc.org to have it included in the Member Connections.

New Four-County Map of Valley You asked for it and we listened. The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of a map of the four-county area. It has a been a few years since the Chamber last published such a map, so we are confident this will be a valuable resource for all the businesses and people of the Valley.

nity profile, which highlights local events; important phone numbers; listings for community organizations, shops and restaurants, entertainment and cultural venues; and information about the Chamber of Commerce to create a useful resource guide for current residents and businesses, as well as a promotional piece for those considering relocation.

Sales for this upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this fall, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area.

Advertising in the Shamokin Dam community map has unrivaled advantages. The multiplatform advertising bundle goes beyond the traditional print publication to include a community website and downloadable NewView eBook®, which converts the publication’s editorial, pictures and design elements into a digital format, as well as on-the-go wireless access via various web-enabled devices. All advertisements will appear online at Village Profile’s Community Profile Network® website (www. villageprofile.com) soon after they are published, and will

The full-color, glossy community map will feature a street-level community map showing local points of interest - schools, parks, water features, landmarks, tourist attractions, etc. - and county or regional map(s) showing primary and secondary roads and major points of interest. Depending on space, the community map may also include a concise commu-

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Available Sites and Commercial & Industrial Buildings For more information on any of the below available properties, contact the person in each listing. Property

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Chamber News

CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY

April Monthly Meeting Be a Tourist in Your Own Back Yard Highlighting Our Valley’s Best Kept Secrets! Emceed by Andrew Miller Executive Director, Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau

Aris Melisseratos (Left), of John’s Hopkins University’s Technology Transfer Office, and Dr. Glenn Steele Jr., president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, answer questions following their presentations at the Chamber’s March 11 Annual Meeting.

Hospital Leaders Emphasize Need For Innovation CHAMBER RECOGNIZES LEADING VALLEY INNOVATORS AT ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

By: Robert Luff,

Director of Communications & Resources

Dr. Glenn Steele Jr., president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, on March 11 told the business leaders of the Susquehanna Valley that innovation is necessary for the Valley to compete in an international market. Steele was the first of two keynote speakers at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, which marked the debut of the Chamber’s “Captains of Industry” program. Naming Steele a local captain of industry, Chamber officials paired him with Aris Melisseratos, his counterpart at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. The two captains took divergent approaches to addressing the need for innovation in business,

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industry and governmental services. Steele suggested that change is more important in reengineering human behavior to improve the quality service and to reduce costs. On the other hand, Melisseratos, JHU’s senior advisor to the president for enterprise development, said increasing investment in technology and infrastructure is required for global competitiveness. Steele described recent changes to Geisinger’s operating procedures and said he hopes the same innovation can be applied to other markets. He said the health system struggled to give the highest quality care to its patients because multiple doctors and caregivers – some that practice in Geisinger hospitals but are not employees – use varying practices to treat the same conditions. By instituting a new best practice system and tracking it with technology, the hospital was able to streamline its best care to its

“sickest patients.” “It is easy to let each provider do things their own way, as long as they document how and why,” Steele said. “…Technology is a baseline and an enabler, but changing the behavior of an individual is the challenge.” Melisseratos emphasized technology as the driving force behind improving the quality of life for people on local, national and international levels. “To keep the United States on top economically, we need to invest much more in technology and research,” he said, adding that the country needs an overhaul on infrastructure. “We need to substantially change the education system to do more with innovation,” he said. “We need to innovate to keep creating new intellectual property” that will keep the United States on top of the global market.

Johns Hopkins University receives more funding for research than any other university in the country, but Melisseratos wants to see it create products and businesses that will in turn create jobs. Since joining the university in 2006, the technology transfer office has spawned 42 businesses using technology developed by university researchers. Those companies are taking a while to create a large number of jobs, he said, as most of them are centered on biotechnology. Melisseratos said without continued innovation, technology will not be able to keep up in solving mankind’s problems, such as a forthcoming clean air and drinking water crisis. Following the remarks of the two captains of industry, the Chamber issued awards to businesses that lead the way in innovation that has benefitted the Valley’s economy.

Come enjoy another informative Chamber meeting titled, “Be a tourist in your own back yard.” This exciting meeting will be emceed by Andrew Miller, executive director of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau and will highlight multiple businesses and attractions you may not even realize are here! As spring fever starts to hit and our friends and family come from out of town to our Valley we need to have exciting things planned. We will help you make that happen!

Thursday, Apr. 14 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Carriage Corner Restaurant, Mifflinburg Members: $15 per person (Prepay) Future Members: $18 per person (Prepay) Members: $18 per person (Invoice) Future Members: $21 per person (Invoice)


Chamber News

ANNUAL AWARDS

2010 Chamber Awards Presented at 2011 Annual Meeting Small Business of the Year:

Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau

The Chamber chose the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau as this year’s small business of the year because this team of extremely bright people is largely responsible for bringing more than 1.8 million visitors to this place we call home. These visitors in turn spend more than $270 million in the tri-county region the Visitors Bureau serves. According to a recent return on investment study, each visitor to the valley spends $8.04 for every dollar the Visitors Bureau spends on advertising. These folks are on the cutting edge with technology and marketing, leading the way with social networking, smart phone applications and an intuitive Web site that rotates seasonally. Additionally, the Visitors Bureau gives a number of lessons and seminars on how to make a greater marketing impact with social media.

Business of the Year:

plant’s positive impact on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Karen L. Hackman Star of Excellence Award:

Ellen Lazur

Ellen Lazur is a licensed realtor and assistant at Bowen Agency Realtors. Prior to joining Bowen, Ellen held various roles in Susquehanna Bank and Purdy Insurance. She holds an Associate Degree in business and is a graduate of Sullivan County High School. Ellen was selected to receive the Star of Excellence Award, which recognizes the Chamber’s top volunteer of the year, after playing a major role in the Chamber’s membership campaign drive last fall. She was the campaign co-chair of that effort, devoting long hours that helped net nearly 150 new members. She attends numerous ribbon cuttings each year, continually refers potential members to the Chamber, and is a seemingly-permanent fixture at the Chamber’s Business After Hours gatherings.

Cherokee Pharmaceuticals

Dan Foss Heritage Award:

Between its 435 employees, Cherokee Pharmaceuticals manages to donate roughly 13,000 volunteer hours to its surrounding communities every year. Those community-minded employees also contribute approximately $41,000 per year to local charities, matched 100 percent by the company. Meanwhile, Cherokee has given out nearly $4 million in community grants over the last 15 years – and more than $1.25 million in the last five years.

Angela Hummel is the Director of Organizational Development at Evangelical Community Hospital and has been in the training and development field for more than 12 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and English and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies. Her work experience has spanned several industries, including banking, healthcare and managed care.

The Chamber chose to recognize Cherokee as its Business of the Year for the philanthropic investments it makes corporately and through its employees, as well as for its environmental initiatives. In 2009 the company began an energy reduction campaign that in 2010 amounted to more than $1 million in energy savings. The campaign also netted Cherokee the 2009 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. It sits on the shelf with several similar environmental awards, including a “Businesses for the Bay” award, which recognizes the

Angela Hummel

She is an involved community leader. She is the past board chairperson for Junior Achievement of SUN Counties and currently serves on that same board. She is an active member of the Business and Education Committee for the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, the chairperson for the Chamber’s Young Americans program, and a graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley Class of 2009. She has been invited to speak to a number of community groups on various leadership topics.

Angela Hummel, recipient of the Chamber’s 2010 Dan Foss Heritage Award, expresses her surprise and appreciation for the honor. The award is given once a year to the individual who goes above and beyond in serving the communities of the Valley.

Chamber President Charlie Ross celebrates with Ellen Lazur, recipient of the Chamber’s 2010 Karen L. Hackman Star of Excellence Award. Ellen was recognized as the volunteer of the year for her years of dedication and assistance with countless Chamber events and initiatives.

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Chamber News

ANNUAL AWARDS

Left to right: Jeff Haney, Betse Humphrey, Marc Baranouski and Luckner Ulysse, all of Cherokee Pharmaceuticals, celebrate after the company was named 2010 Business of the Year by the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber awards this honor each year to the business that shows great philanthropy to its surrounding communities while succeeding by honorable business practices. Over the last five years, Cherokee has given more than $1.25 million in grants to local organizations, while earning numerous awards for its work to curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

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The Chamber’s 2010 Small Business of the Year, the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, is pictured on the cover of this publication.

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Presenters: Conor Quinlan & John Uehling Managing ROI (Return on Investment) Do we need this now? • Getting the best value • Planning ahead • The Risk of doing nothing • Understanding future costs • Do you really save? CEO of Contrast Communications, John Uehling, and CEO of MePush, Conor Quinlan, will explain techniques for maximizing your company’s Return on Investment. Eliminate the confusion and understand how to get more back today. RSVP to: john@contrastcommunications.com conor@mepush.com RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

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Chamber Happenings

PREMIER EVENTS

10th Annual Golf Classic Golfers enjoy the Chamber’s Golf Classic at Susquehanna Valley Country Club last year. Registration is now open for the 2011 outing.

10th Annual Golf Classic Monday, June 13

Susquehanna Valley Country Club Routes 11 & 15, Mill Rd. Hummels Wharf, PA 17831

Whether you’re a rising golf professional, perfecting your swing, or simply enjoy the game, the Annual Golf Classic organized by the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is a unique opportunity to demonstrate support for Chamber programs and initiatives throughout the Valley.

Now in its 10th year the Classic is held every summer at a golf course in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. Each year proceeds benefit the Young Americans Program, an initiative that recognizes and promotes future leaders within our local school districts. We look forward to your participation! Register Online at www.gsvcc.org DEADLINE: Friday, June 3 No refunds will be issued unless cancellation is made by June 09, 2010.

Sign up your foursome today! $125 per golfer. Lunch & dinner included! 11:30 a.m. start.

Thank you to our PREMIER SPONSOR for making this event and our Young Americans Program possible:

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HARD TIME

Leadership Susquehanna Valley Goes To Prison By: Jennifer Daddario, Executive Director, LSV

On Thursday, March 17th, the LSV Class of 2011 had the opportunity to experience a snapshot of the legal systems in our Valley, including the processing and treatment of offenders and the common objective of rehabilitation back into society. Jeb Bird, Regional Administrator for Region 5 at White Deer Run, Inc. and program day sponsor, welcomed the class and shared information about the treatment center. White Deer Run assists in Inpatient Non-Hospital Detoxification & Residential CD Rehabilitation and offers services such as a Half-way House and an Intensive Outpatient Program. Thank you so much for once again sponsoring the entire program day! Sunbury’s Chief of Police Stephen Mazzeo and Treatment Court Coordinator Noel Jones spent the next 90 minutes talking with the class about gang presence in their communities. The information was extremely eye opening to many who joined others in thinking that “gangs are not a problem in our town.” Scott Kerstetter, Adult Probation Officer & Drug Court Coordinator in Union & Snyder Counties shared with the group about a life-changing program designed to assist adults 18 years and older to get clean and become productive members of their society. Judy Jones, Director of Northumberland County’s Court

Appointed Special Advocate program, brought tears to the eyes of many as she shared the stories of children caught in the vicious cycle of parent who have turned to crime.

Allenwood Federal Correction Institute Counselor Bill Fink introduces himself to the class during Law & Judiciary Program Day. Bill and other staff members were part of a meet and greet session at the end of the day.

Leadership Susquehanna Valley thanks Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution, which provided the facilities for the day and delivered an eyeopening tour of the Medium Security Correctional Institution and lunch. Thank you to Josette Zielinski, Assistant Supervisor of Education and Jim Hile, a teacher in the facility, for assisting in the organization of the day. Also, thank you to Warden Dave Ebbert for always making the LSV class feel welcome!

Sunbury Police Chief Steven Mazzeo looks on as co-presenter, Noel Jones, treatment court coordinator, explains the tell tale signs of gang activity in local communities.

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Chamber Opportunities

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Successful people embrace the power of relationships. At this seminar, you will learn: • What draws you to people. • What draws others to you. • How to become a person people want to follow.

• The value of your character. • How to handle criticism and grow from it. • How to draw out the best in people. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

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Small Business Support Group Friday, April 15, 2011 Seminar: 7:30 a.m.- 9 a.m. Chamber Business Center, Shamokin Dam Join other small business owners every third Friday of the month for support in taking your organization to the next level of success. This is an informal discussion group that will spotlight specific issues

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and topics pertinent to small businesses. The next meeting will be held on Friday, April 15th at 7:30 a.m. at the Chamber’s Business Center. The topic of discussion will be “Getting Past the Gatekeeper”. • How to get in the door to promote your service and/or products The mission of the Small Busi-

ness Support Group is to provide a forum for small business owners to exchange ideas, offer solutions, educate, support and motivate each other through the success of their business growth and development initiatives. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Questions? Contact Ms. Jennifer Daddario 570.743.4100 / 800.410.2880 jdaddario@gsvcc.org

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Why? Because Maryland is losing out in this category of business development…to Pennsylvania in one instance! The Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels told Maryland legislators recently that the results of allergy-suppression work there was lost to Pennsylvania because of the availability of early-stage funding.

Just over a week ago, U.S. Senator John Kerry was the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts High Technology Council. MHTC announced the launch of a network called the Innovation Access Network, or IAN, whose

charge is to connect local innovators with entities looking for technology. In a press release Senator Kerry described the context of promising progress this way: “Massachusetts and New England are home to the nation’s leading technology firms, defense contractors, universities, research labs and small businesses, and IAN is the connective tissue for the region’s innovative technology cluster that will help create new partnerships, business opportunities, and jobs.” As INNOVATORS and ENABLERS, we want a piece of that!

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The Economic Restructuring Committee of the Danville Business Alliance has made business recruiting a top priority for 2011. Even though the Danville central business district has a vacancy rate of about 5%, owing to its strong economic base and low unemployment rate, there are suitable locations for a restaurant, coffee shop, bakery, day spa, office supply, wine outlet and other, similar businesses. Downtown Danville also has many opportunities and advantages for prospective business owners not shared by many area communities: • the DBA, a strong memberbased downtown business organization (for more details, see www.visitdanvil lepa.org) with opportunities for networking, mutual support, continuing education, participation in the state’s Main Street Program, and various discounted and free services • legal, accounting, financial,

real estate and graphic design consultations through the DBA, introduction to zoning and other Borough officials, and assistance with the business start-up process • estimated retail opportunities of approximately $200 million in the Danville trade area • a vibrant, diverse downtown suitable for evening business hours • the recent addition of over 100 Geisinger employees downtown • the presence of economically strong and stable major employers: Geisinger Health System, Cherokee Pharmaceuticals, PPL, and U.S. Gypsum • a well-branded community with a positive, readily identifiable image which is marketed through a variety of print and electronic media • an ongoing façade matching grant program that has funded nearly 40% of downtown storefront improvements in the past 2½

years • average household income of nearly $75,000; 60% of the population under the age of 45; and almost 30% of the population has at least a baccalaureate degree • annual downtown special events which attract as many as 10,000 attendees • the Downtown Danville Master Plan, already being phased in with enhanced parking, a river front trail, redeveloped downtown park, and streetscape improvements • a downtown historic district, providing opportunities for substantial historic tax credits for capital improvements For more information please contact Jim Wilson, DBA Executive Director, or his Executive Assistant, Mary Dinehart at the DBA office, 284-4502/4503 or visit them at 17 East Mahoning Street in Danville. Normal business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. VOICE OF THE VALLEY

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Economic Development

RIBBON CUTTINGS

The Chamber officially celebrated The Post & Lintel’s Grand Opening on March 11th. Owner Stacey Martin showcased her art gallery, performing arts center, workshop & artist annex. In addition, tours were given of her beautiful zumba exercise room. From L to R: Malcolm Derk, Snyder Co. Commissioner; Joe Kantz, Snyder Co. Commissioner; Olivia Sophia, owner’s daughter; Dale Martin, owner’s husband; Stacey Martin, owner; Maddie Martin, owner’s daughter; Sean Christine, Selinsgrove Mayor; Gary Atherholt, owner’s father; Gary Atherholt, Jr., owner’s brother, Kay Spigelmyer, Selinsgrove Chamber president; and Gary Gonsar, GSVCC Business & Education committee member.

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The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce officially celebrated Steininger’s Dog Wash Grand Opening on March 17th. Owners Chuck & Bobbi Steininger introduced a state-of-the-art dog wash, complete with flea & tick spray and blow drying, to the more than twenty five Chamber members & guests. Snyder County Commissioner Derk brought his pet collie Ophelia to try out the dog wash. Guests who brought a picture of their dog to the ribbon cutting received a special St. Patrick’s Day doggie treat. ABOVE: From L to R: Charlie Ross, Chamber President & CEO; Malcolm Derk, Snyder County Commissioner; Ophelia Derk (the canine star of the event); Chuck Steininger, Co-Owner; Bobbi Steininger, Co-Owner; and Becky Mull, employee. LEFT: Malcolm Derk & Chuck Steininger prepare to wash Malcolm’s dog, Ophelia. APRIL 2011


Education Initiatives

READ ACROSS AMERICA

Robert Luff, the Chamber’s director of communications, reads his favorite Dr. Seuss book to Becky McCartney’s third grade class in Selinsgrove Area Intermediate School on March 3. The class listened as Luff read “The Lorax” as part of the national Read Across America initiative. The Chamber values education as its number one priority and participates in the Adopt-A-Classroom program with McCartney’s class throughout the school year.

Chamber members enjoy another enjoyable networking event at the Bride’s Bouquet in Selinsgrove. The bridal shop teamed up with Distinctive Hair Designs and Frontstream Payments to host a Business After Hours event on March 16. For more photos from this event, see the back page.

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April April

& Education Chamber Learning 6 Business 13 Forum Committee 7:30 – 9 a.m. Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg

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Downtown Affiliates Committee

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Ribbon Cutting

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

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Transportation 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Hoss’s Steak & Sea House

Committee 26 Membership

April Chamber 14 Meeting

Staff Recognition Luncheon 27 Office

Legislative Breakfast 15 Joint

28 Club

10:30 – 11 a.m. Carriage Corner, Mifflinburg

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Carriage Corner, Mifflinburg

7:30 – 9 a.m. Country Cupboard, Lewisburg

(7 a.m. Optional Breakfast)

Americans Seminar 13 Young Country Cupboard, Lewisburg 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

7:30 – 8 a.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

Ambassador 14 Committee

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

1 – 2 p.m. Legacy Building Products, Mifflinburg

Board of Directors 19 Meeting

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Susquehanna Valley Country Club, Hummels Wharf

Stauffer Breakfast 8 – 9 a.m. Kinfolks, Selinsgrove

Business Support Group 15 Small

7:30 – 9 a.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

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Ambassador & Education 12 Committee Committee 4 Business

Business 20 Small Support Group

Affiliates May Chamber 5 Downtown Committee 12 Meeting

Committee 24 Membership

6 Technology Workshop

24 Business After Hours

10:30 – 11 a.m. Tedd’s on the Hill, Shamokin Dam

7:30 – 9 a.m. TBA

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

8 – 9:30 a.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tedd’s on the Hill, Shamokin Dam

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Affairs Committee 6 Governmental 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, Shamokin Dam

10 Ribbon Cutting

2 – 3 p.m. AxRunkle, P.C. Law Offices, Middleburg

Chamber Learning 11 Forum 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

Transportation Committee

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Hoss’s Steak & Sea House

(7 a.m. Optional Breakfast)

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Board of Directors Meeting 7:30 – 8 a.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

Americans Banquet 18 Young

7 – 8:30 p.m. Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove

7:30 – 9 a.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

7:45 – 8:45 a.m. GSVCC, Shamokin Dam

5 – 7 p.m. AgChoice Farm Credit, Lewisburg

Breakfast Club 26 Stauffer 8 – 9 a.m. The Country Cupboard, Lewisburg

Closed for 30 Chamber Memorial Day


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