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Just A Word Celebrating Women

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Denise Prince, Geisinger Health System

Women in Business Charlie Ross,

GSvCC President / CEO/

Chair’s Circle Keystone Mobile Shredding Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Company Keystone Building Products Nottingham village Senior Living Community Swineford National Bank Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate North Shore Railroad Company Cherokee Pharmaceuticals Larson Design Group Geisinger SUN Area Technical institute Susquehanna Bank The Daily Item Sunbury Community Hospital Law Office of Thomas C. Clark P.C. RTC Home improvements Contrast Communications Penn State Continuing Education M-C Federal Credit Union M&T Bank PPL Corporation Bowen Agency Realtors The Northumberland National Bank Keystone Forging Company MedExpress Urgent Care Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC Susquehanna University Weis Markets, inc. REW insurance & Financial Services villager Realty Kreamer Feed First Community Foundation Partnership of PA

When considering a model of a business leader with vision, versatility and determination, I reached back into my bag of various clients and came up with a doozy. In the late 80s, the cable television industry matured quickly and saw the need for spotlighting the talents of women in this relatively young technology. “Women in Cable” became a new organization and I had their first marketing contract. More than anyone else at the time, Kay Koplovitz personified the ambitions of “Women in Cable.” She was the first woman to head a television network - USA Network. It began as an all-sports network but soon grew to embrace entertainment. What followed that development was a historic series of negotiations that would test the mettle of one tough lady. “When we sold USA Network to Paramount, TimeInc. and Universal in 1981, we started adding entertainment content. They didn’t want to do sports, but I didn’t want to lose that audience. I fought really hard to separate USA into two networks. I lost that battle.” said Kay, who was speaking to Diane Brady for Bloomsburg Businessweek in the July 9th issue. It would not be the last disappointment that Kay would have to struggle through. Her sights were set on Wall Street reporting. Dow Jones became a content partner and negotiations plodded along for a year. By the time the papers were ready to be signed, USA only had two owners, not three. However, while sitting with Paramount’s head, Marvin Davis, Sid Sheinberg of Universal calls and says, “I’m out. I’ve decided not to go forward with the deal.” Kay’s owner had cut her adrift. The next major deal was over the Sci Fi Channel, now Syfy. In the middle of negotiations, Kay got a call from Stanley Jaffe, then president of Paramount, owner of “Star Trek.” His worry was that there wasn’t enough content in the marketplace for such a boutique genre. Kay’s reaction was “I couldn’t believe this was happening again.” She then made her boldest of moves. She told her owner, “It’s too late, Stanley, they’ve already signed.” Of course she didn’t know at that point whether they had signed or not, but she wasn’t going to let another network get away; she stayed until the deal was done. In 1994, she launched USANetworks International beaming her programming to 60 countries worldwide. Versatility in her negotiations led Kay Koplovitz to realize her vision, big time!

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Jennifer Daddario

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VICE CHAIRPERSON Jim Barbarich, M-C Federal Credit Union Toney C. Horst, First TREASURER Keystone Community Bank PASTJoeCHAIRPERSON Cipriani, Keystone Forging Co. PRESIDENT / CEO Charlie Ross, GSVCC REGION VICE PRESIDENTS

REGION I REGION II John Uehling, Contrast Communications REGION III Mike O’Keefe, Evangelical Community Hospital REGION Steve Richard, SUN Home Health Services,IV Inc. REGION V Betse Humphrey, Experienced Communications Professional OTHER Sue Greene,REGION Penn State Business Development Charlie Benner, Retired Dairy Farmer



Dan Foss, Foss Jewelers Chuck Smeltz, Associate Member Dave Herbert, Keystone Building Products Inc.


Dennis Hain, SUN Area Technical Institute Jeremiah Runkle, Ax Runkle & Hudock, P.C.


Laney Shambach, Playworld Systems, Inc. Julie Barna, 2 Dental Divas


Hank Truslow, Jr., Sunbury Textiles Inc. Dave Geise, Furmano Foods Scott Frost, Weis Markets


Greg Cole, Cole’s Hardware

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Renee Gerringer

Dir. of Programs & Development

Jenny Williams

Project Manager

Membership Development |New and Renewing Members

Partner with the Chamber and help “Connect Business & Community” Everyday… Welcome new members Oberdorf’s Carpet One Pennsylvania State Robin Martz, Sales Associates Employees Credit Jan Oberdorf, Office Assistant Union (PSECU) Kim Campbell, Sales Associate 4446 Westbranch Highway Lewisburg, PA 17837 570-523-0500 Full service floor covering offering ceramic tile, carpeting, linoleum, etc.

Penn State Schuykill, Continuing Education Mary Sacavage, Director 200 University Drive Schuykill Haven, PA 17972 570-385-6217 Continuing education at Penn State Schuykill offers both credit programming & customized training for workforce development.

Michelle James, Business Development Manager 1 Credit Union Place Harrisburg, PA 17110 717-777-2111 PSECU’s “branchless” model of banking provides easy, secure access t affordable products & excellent service.

877 Hauls All LLC Mike Kisner, Owner/Operator 1129 Highland Avenue Sunbury, PA 17801 570-428-5725 Full service junk removal as well as weekly trash disposal is our primary business

Having gone back to college after many years out of school was a very easy decision to make for Sharon Ulrich. She decided on McCann School of Business & Technology, in Sunbury, and majored in Administrative Office Technology to increase her technical knowledge for use in the workplace. Sharon recently completed

Thank you, You Make a Difference Renewing Members August 28, 2012 through September 17, 2012 2 Dental Divas Abigail’s Attic ActionCOACH Lewisburg Big Brothers Big Sisters Gass Electric Inc. Geisinger Health System Hampton Inn – Shamokin Dam J.N.K. Building Specialties J&W Starter & Alternator Inc. Law Offices of Thomas E. Boop Lenape Solar Mountain View Bible Camp North Central Digital Systems

Penn Cheese Corporation Representative Fred Keller RTC Home Improvement Service 1st Federal Credit Union Shade Mountain Pharmacy St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Susquehanna Valley Limousine Inc. Synergy Health System The Rug Outlet Tri County Tag Service Inc. Unitarian Universalist Congregation University Park Plaza Corporation

her externship at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce in Shamokin Dam. While working at the Chamber, some of her duties were, but not limited to: customer service, telephone operations, event planning and computer work, such as Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Having graduated in September, Sharon is ready

to greet her newly earned degree head on by obtaining an Administrative position in the business world. If you are interested in talking with Sharon about a position in your company, please feel free to contact Jenny Williams at 570-743-4100 or jwilliams@

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Chamber Services | Member Matrimony

Congratulations to Jonathan & Christina Paul Married September 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Indian Hills Golf Course in Paxinos. Thank you for allowing us a peek at your journey from the proposal to the final walk down the aisle. Thank you also for using Chamber members during every step of the planning. On behalf of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, we wish you a very happy and long life together!”

Wedding Pictures Provided by: Mark Mallett of Schindler’s Studio 515 Market Street, Sunbury 570-286-1412

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Chamber Partnerships | Community Service

Strength in Numbers Those of us who work to alleviate hunger would love to issue a report celebrating the fact that everyone has enough to eat. Unfortunately, we are all very much aware of the state of the current economy, and how it is affecting families and individuals across the Commonwealth. Thin k about how increasing fuel prices are affecting your budget. Think about other costs that continue to rise, like

medical and insurance costs, energy expenses and the price of groceries. Everyone is feeling the impact of these changes, and many working families are finding that their income is just not enough to make ends meet. Hunger is a real and growing issue in our communities. Because of the state of the economy, more people than ever are in the position of needing to ask for help. Last

year, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank offered food assistance to 46,000 each week in our 27 county service territory, nearly a 20% increase over the prior year. The lives that are enhanced and made a little better through our efforts underscore the heart of our mission: fighting hunger, improving lives, strengthening communities. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s network of community partners has grown to exceed 700. In this case, there truly is strength in numbers. These food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc. work closely with us to ensure the nutritious food we distribute reaches hungry people. Our organization, consisting of dedicated staff, volunteers and loyal donors, is a partnership that works efficiently and effectively to reduce hunger in central PA. Through the efforts of everyone involved in our mission, we are making strides to reduce hunger in our neighborhoods, and improve the lives of each man, woman and child who needs food assistance because no one should be hungry.

Chamber Members learn more about the food bank at a recent event.

Interested in becoming a Chamber Member? Contact Jennifer Daddario today at 570.743.4100 6

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Geisinger – Leading the Way in Women’s Health “Despite strong evidence that it is efficacious, chemoprevention for breast cancer has been underused in eligible women. Several drugs have been studied prospectively in randomized, controlled trials that have examined benefits, life-threatening side effects, and quality of life outcomes. We have estimates of the population benefit of using FDA-approved drugs for breast cancer risk reduction, and we have estimates of the cost per year of life saved. Yet, despite the fact that the number of women needed to treat to prevent a case of breast cancer is acceptable with both FDAapproved drugs, tamoxifen and raloxifene, neither drug has broad usage within the high-risk population for breast cancer risk reduction. A number of reasons have been put forth to explain why patients may not be willing to adopt FDA-approved agents for breast cancer risk reduction. Patients erroneously perceive the risks of therapy to be greater than its benefits, and they perceive the risks of therapy-

related side effects to be greater than their risk of breast cancer. Patients — and perhaps their physicians — are confused by the concept of probabilistic risk, they fear uterine cancer out of proportion to its true risk, and they do not understand that there is no increased risk of uterine malignancy associated with raloxifene. Additional reasons not to initiate strategies to reduce the risk of breast cancer include the fear of adverse effects, medication costs, lack of reasonably accurate and feasible methods for assessing personal, individual risk, and lack of established risk thresholds that maximize benefit and minimize harms. A broader educational effort is needed to alert women from all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups, as well as primary care providers, that treatment is available to reduce breast cancer risk. We all need to work through education about chemoprevention to reduce the burden of breast cancer throughout the population of women who are at increased risk.

Partner with Meadowbrook Christian School Meadowbrook Christian School invites your business to partner with our mission of providing a Christian education to children in your community by participating in the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. This program allows certain types of businesses to receive tax credits of up to 100% for donations giving directly to an approved tuition scholarship organization. Please contact

Rich Scarantino, Community Engagement Director at richs@ for more details. Rich is available to meet with you at your place of business or at “The Well”, for a complimentary coffee on us. We are looking forward to partnering with you to continue to build solid citizens, one child at a time, in a Christian atmosphere.”

Member Highlight | Workplace Wellness

Preventative Health Care is the Future Many businesses have had to drastically reduce or even eliminate health care coverage for their employees over the past decade. According to the 2012 Milliman Medical Index, the average annual cost of employersponsored health insurance plans has topped $20,000 for the first time and the total cost of coverage for a family of four in a preferred provider organization was $20,728. The vast majority of employees are responsible for sharing at least a portion of that cost with their employers. With the many changes to health care in America over the next few years, the economic impact of forcing businesses, especially small businesses, to provide coverage to employees could lead them to prevent hiring new employees, laying off existing employees and worst case scenario causing them to go out of business. There is no better time than now to start implementing a preventative approach to health care and wellness in the work-

place. People are living longer and the economy has forced many to stay in the workforce well past the normal retirement age. An aging population along with an increase in chronic illness such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and obesity are the largest contributors to rising health care costs. By adding an employer sponsored wellness program, you can encourage employees to take an active role in their physical wellness. In return, employers will see a reduction in employee absence, a more productive and healthy workforce and keep insurance premiums in check. When we are sick, we have no choice but to think about our health. We tend to wait until the pain or symptoms force us to the doctor or emergency room when many times it could be avoided. We are all responsible for our own good health and maintaining our body throughout our entire lifetime. Preventive health care is the best way to prevent disease and must

be planned ahead of time. Start by building healthy habits. A habit is something you do without thinking about it, and building good habits does not take that long. Eating right, getting exercise and avoiding substances like tobacco, alcohol and excessive amounts of sugar and salt are crucial, as is getting enough sleep each night. Healthy habits are an “automatic� defense against most illness. Some sort of illness hits everyone eventually, but with early detection and treatment, it is unlikely that most will become serious enough to negatively affect your lifestyle with debilitating symptoms and full health can be restored quickly. Many health insurance plans do cover preventive medicine such as regular check-ups, so it is important to visit your doctor on a regular schedule, at least annually in order to stay healthy. Employers can offer regular screenings for employees such as stress, blood pressure and cholesterol conveniently right at the work-

preventative health care should be considered an investment in personal well being. Stress the importance of maintaining good health and the expense of treating chronic illness. Weigh the relatively inexpensive cost of healthy habits and regular check-ups against the enormous expense of major care such as diabetes treatment, cancer treatment, heart surgery or longterm home healthcare visits by a nurse or health aide. Start working on building healthy habits today. I guarantee that you will thank yourself later by being healthier, having more energy and enjoying life to its fullest in the future.

place. Educate yourself and your employees that preventing disease is a high priority and

If you are interested in information on wellness in the workplace or occupational medicine services for your company, please contact; Michelle Morgan at Shamokin Dam Health Center 570-743-1590

Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health Supports Survivors Through “I Can Cope� Evangelical Community Hospital knows the importance of support and education after a diagnosis of breast cancer. The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health offers collaborative care options to the patient and the family of the patient to promote healing and survivorship. One way to assure patients have what they need is the “I Can Cope� program held in October every year for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Targeting several hundred local women who have been diagnosed within the past two years, Billie Jo Day, Breast Health Specialist at the Center says, “the informal dinner sessions bring together an audience of women who have had similar journeys which creates an atmosphere where it feels safe to ask questions and gain support from one another as the participants continue on in their survivorship.�

The program, modeled after the American Cancer Society’s I Can Cope program, provides knowledge about cancer diagnosis and treatment. The four evening sessions feature guest speakers who address issues and treatments specific to breast cancer. Topics range from diagnosis education to maintaining good overall physical health and personal finance strategies. This year’s “I Can Cope� event will be held Tuesdays in October from 6-8 pm at “The Cellars� at Brookpark in Lewisburg. The evenings feature the following educational lectures geared toward the breast cancer survivor and their loved ones:

Women interested in attending any or all of the “I Can Cope� sessions are asked to RSVP by October 4 by calling the Evangelical’s Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health at (570) 522-4238.

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Chamber Partnership |Celebrating Women

Barb’s Bouquet & Gift Basket My name is Barb Yost, and I’m the owner of Barb’s Bouquet & Gift Basket in downtown Mifflinburg. I’ve been a professional florist for almost eight years now. I love what I do for a living and I like being my own boss and being responsible for my own destiny. It wasn’t always that way. I had a career in banking that lasted 19 years. I used to enjoy that job, but the last few years were too stressful, too demanding and had too many unrealistic goals. I actually hated going to work, and the time came to make a change. While my career lead me into management, my background and interests were my creative skills. In addition to business management, I also studied art. Whether it was painting or drawing, anything creative has always been a passion for me. I knew that I needed to do something creative when I chose a new path for myself. Owning a flower shop seemed like a natural fit, so when I found an existing shop that was for sale, I jumped in with both feet. I immediately enrolled in a floral design school and began learning on the job. With experience under my belt, I have found that floral design is a great way to express my creativity and I treat each arrangement as a work of art. I don’t regret the years I spent in the world of banking because my experiences there prepared me to be ready to run my own business. I won’t say it hasn’t been a hard road to get to this point, but it’s been worth the ride. Seems like my world is evolving daily and we even moved to a larger and more modern location four months ago. The move created more ciaos, but it’s MY ciaos, not someone else’s imposed on me. I can look at where I am today and be proud of it and know I created it. Best of all I can say it’s mine.


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Jeffrey Kramm honored with 30 year service award Milton, PA – Jeffry S. Kramm, retired with over 30 years of service at Kramm Health and Rehab Center in Milton. On Thursday September 6, 2012, Jeff was honored with a service Award for 30 years of Service. Recently, Jeff retired as Administrator of Kramm Health and Rehab Center located at 743 Mahoning Street in Milton, PA. A plaque was presented to Jeff on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Team Healthcare Group. Pictured in the photo (L-R) is Jeffrey Kramm and Jack Heiney. All the staff joined in the celebration enjoying cake and snacks during this event.

Hello, Hearty Paddler! As you can see on our Calendar of Trips… ....our last public Peace of the Susquehanna Kayak Trip, using the NEW Watsontown Boro Access, is scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at 2 pm ....the First Annual River Town Paddle benefitting the Friends of Milton State Park is happening on Sunday, September 23 at 10 am ....our last public Jewel of the West Branch Kayak Trip benefitting the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy has a special stop on private land during this trip on Sunday, September 30 at 2 pm

....for the 9th year (but on a warmer date!) we will be providing kayaks at the Chilli Challenge Triathlon on Saturday, October 6 ....for the 2nd year we will be providing kayaks for the Pumpkin Palooza Pentathlon on Saturday, October 27 Just phone 888-524-7692 or email me to reserve your spot on any of these public trips, or to arrange a private trip for your family, friends, or co-workers! We look forward to helping you enjoy the water this Autumn! Betsy Quant, Operations Manager Canoe Susquehanna LLC 4989 Col John Kelly Rd Lewisburg, PA 17837 570-524-7692 & 888-524-7692 & 570-428-4191

NEW COLDWELL BANKER® SALES ASSOCIATE ADVANCES CAREER BY COMPLETING COLDWELL BANKER COURSE WORK Lewisburg, PA, August 23, 2012 – Martha Barrick, Broker/Owner for Coldwell Banker, Penn One Real Estate in Lewisburg, PA, announced today that Cara Glazer has completed a four week, intensive online course which further prepares her for her career in real estate. Glazer recently completed eFastStart, a Coldwell Banker University program designed exclusively for new Coldwell BankerÒ sales associates. The online course provided Glazer with further insight into working in today’s fastpaced business environment. Coldwell Banker University is the national education center for franchisees of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “Cara completed this extensive

course which provided her with tools that will allow her to have a successful career in real estate,” said Barrick. “It is critical for new sales associates to quickly gain the skills necessary to compete and by virtue of taking this course; Cara has shown a desire to succeed.” “I want to bring fresh ideas and a competitive zeal to my new job,” said Glazer. This Coldwell Banker University course gave me a great head start and I’m now more confident than ever that I will succeed in real estate.” Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate located at 331 Market Street, Lewisburg and can be reached at 570- 524-7500. Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker® system for 26 years.

Available Classes • Baby Ballet for 3 & 4 year oldsMondays 4-4:45pm, Tuesdays 5-5:45pm Wednesdays 4:15-5pm • Ballet/Tap for 5-6 year oldsTuesdays 6-7pm • Ballet I for 6-7 year oldsThursdays 5:15-6pm • Jazz I for 6-7 year oldsWednesdays 6-6:45pm • Tap I for 6-7 year olds-Thursdays 6-6:45pm • Beginner Hip-Hop 8-10 year olds- Tuesdays 7-7:45pm Classes run September through May with a June Recital. For more information, refer to www. or like “Downtown Dance Lewisburg PA” on Facebook. Registration materials can be printed off of the website and dropped in our 1st floor drop-box or brought to class. Reserve your spot now. Contact: Downtown Dance (studio) at 5th & Market in downtown Lewisburg #570-768-9379

One hundred years ago, Harry and Sigmund Weis opened a small corner grocery store in Sunbury PA. Today, Weis Markets, Inc. operates 162 stores and employs over 18,000 associates. Weis Markets is not only a strong regional employer; they are one of the leading procurers of Pennsylvania products, including Meat, Produce and Milk. Nine years ago, Weis partnered with another 100 year organization – Dale Carnegie. Dale Carnegie training was delivered throughout the organization, helping front line leaders to achieve greater results through better communication and planning. Dale Carnegie Training over the past century has continued to help companies like Weis Markets, world-wide. Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie Training has evolved from one man’s belief in the power of personal development to a global organization represented in all 50 states, as well as in over 80 countries. As was the case with Weis Markets, instructors at Dale Carnegie Training have helped employees in the local Southern Pennsylvania community improve their leadership skills through their deep understanding of human communication styles, propelling them to the next levels of their career. The celebration of this milestone anniversary began in late 2011 with the release of How To Win Friends and Influence People In The Digital Age, an up-to-date version of Dale Carnegie’s original best-selling book. For one hundred years Carnegie’s original principles have remained relevant in the workplace, but now more than ever, as face-to-face interactions are replaced by emails, skype tweets and Facebook posts, the need for this commonsense approach has never been greater. How do we communicate online effectively? How do we stay connected in the digital world? How do we maintain our online reputation? These are all of the new questions we need to answer in order to become effective workplace leaders and more persuasive communicators. The South Central Pennsylvania

office will be celebrating this landmark in time throughout the entirety of 2012 as a way to promote the company’s incredible history and legacy, along with all of the other international franchises. Over the course of the coming months, Dale Carnegie Training will continue to introduce new programs and features including advanced training courses, an iPhone application and partnerships with sales and marketing professionals. In addition, this division will participate in global events, which will be focused on how to translate Dale Carnegie’s original principles to the digital age, as well as the annual company-wide convention in December where professionals and franchises from across the globe will meet to celebrate the 100th anniversary. “Dale Carnegie Training’s 100th anniversary marks a significant milestone in our history. For over a century we have helped residents of the Southern Pennsylvania region become better communicators and businesspeople,” says Sandy Beck, Area Manager of Dale Carnegie Training South Central Pennsylvania. “We are proud to be a part of the larger Dale Carnegie community as the company continues to thrive and offer new, exciting programs for our local residents.” For more information about Dale Carnegie Training and this milestone anniversary please visit www. southcentralpenn.dalecarnegie. com.

Have you “Liked” Us Lately? For all of you Facebook users out there, we at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce want to know if you have checked out our Facebook lately. Visit our page to view our latest activity for 2012, and don’t forget to “like” us. If your company has a Facebook page, be sure to let us know and we will “like” you back! vOiCE OF THE vALLEY


Non-Profit News |Community Opportunities

KRAMM Health and Rehab Center of Milton Honors Helping Hands at Kramm

Volunteers making a difference – The residents at Kramm Health and Rehab Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Milton, PA has a volunteer group within the facility that is providing assistance to local charity organizations. The residents are talented volunteers with years of experience who find worthwhile community projects fun and rewarding. Additionally, volunteering provides the residents many beneficial aspects of the therapy process including problem-solving strategies, improved memory skills, range of motion, balance, and strength training. Recently residents at Kramm Health and Rehab Center folded T-shirts and attached invitations for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks being held this fall. The events are noncompetitive 5K walks to raise funds and celebrate survivor birthdays. For more information on these events please visit: Beverly Edwards a resident at Kramm Health and Rehab Center stated – “My own Mother died from Cancer at a young age. I appreciate the work that the American Cancer Society does. I was happy to volunteer for this project during therapy. I hope I can volunteer again soon.” “Helping Hands at Kramms” has many benefits for both the residents and the community. For the residents, it provides a motivational environment to participate in speech, occupational and physical therapies. Additionally, volunteer projects give the residents an opportunity to remain active, contributing members of the community. For community organizations “Helping Hands at Kramms” provides willing and experienced volunteers to help groups complete a variety of projects. Tanya Snyder, Director of Rehabilitation states,” this is a


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projects for the upcoming year. If your group or organization needs volunteers, or you know of a project that could benefit from “The Helping Hands at Kramms”, please contact Tanya Snyder at Kramm Health and Rehab Center at 570-742-2681.

Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest

These two terms seem to be one and the same when in fact they describe two different malfunctions of the heart.

rewarding project for both short and long - term residents. No matter what life brings, our residents at every level are able to participate as volunteers and are able to be active members of the community. A true heartwarming experience.” “Helping Hands at Kramms” is currently scheduling volunteer

According to the American Heart Association, a heart attack happens when a blockage preventing blood flow to the heart occurs. The death of heart muscle tissue due to blood loss is referred to as a heart attack. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart has an abnormal or irregular heartbeat. When you use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) you can

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First Keystone Community Bank Opens Their New Kingston Office Berwick, Pa – First Keystone Community Bank, one of the region’s most customer-focused community banks, announces the relocation of their Kingston branch. The newly built Kingston branch is located at 299 West Wyoming Avenue, just a short distance from its past location. The new office was proudly opened on August 20, 2012. In direct response from many

customers, the bank actively sought a location that would provide added convenience and easier access. Customers of the existing Kingston location will work with the same knowledgeable and friendly staff members they’ve come to know and trust since 2002. First Keystone has been largely successful in the Kingston area and the Bank looks forward to becoming an even greater part of this vibrant community. CEO Matthew Prosseda advised, “By providing greater convenience & access, we are hoping to welcome many new customers, while we stay focused on excellent service to our current customers. The relocation from the old office went very smoothly, with no interruption to operating hours or service.” First Keystone Community Bank has a track record of solid business decisions and provides innovative business and personal banking products that focus on “Yesterday’s Traditions, Tomorrow’s Vision.” First Keystone Community Bank is an independently owned community bank since 1864 and presently operates branches in Columbia (5), Luzerne (6), Montour (1), and Monroe (4) counties.


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Chamber Partnerships | Chair’s Circle

Local Firm Has National Perspective, Hometown Ties

LDG’s Selinsgrove office staff. From left to right: Justin Keister, Cory Peterson, Duane Gaugler, Curtis Barrick, Sara Bolton, Jesse Calkins, Adam Steininger, Joshua Owens, Corey Ulrich, Christopher Sheaffer, and Justin Ross.

Firm Grows from a Common Dream Larson Design Group (LDG) was formed in 1985 with an architect, engineer and surveyor, each sharing the vision to create a firm that focused on solutions that could sustain and benefit the communities it served. Since then, we have grown to over 250 employees, and we remain committed to improving the areas in which we live, learn, work, and play. LDG opened its Selinsgrove office in 2007, and has been an active member of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce ever since.

Helping Hometown Heroes and National Players Since moving into the area, our Selinsgrove office has thrived. Recent projects in the area include work for the Knoebels Grove, East Snyder Park and the National Beef Plant in Snyder County. Our Bridge Group engineers recently provided services for the construction of a new access road and bridge to the Knoebels Campground, which is located in Knoebels Amusement Resort. Opened in 1936, Knoebels has been a favorite family resort for genera-

tions, and we were delighted to help rejuvenate their facilities. A 375-foot long roadway on a new alignment was constructed to provide access to the Knoebels Campground. The bridge over South Branch Roaring Creek consisted of six prestressed concrete adjacent box beams on reinforced concrete integral abutments. LDG was also contracted by the Penn Township Board of Supervisors and the East Snyder Regional Recreation Association to revise a Master Site Plan for Easter Snyder Park. Renovations included changes to the exist-

ing ball fields, with the addition of a baseball field, softball field and midget football field, as well as the addition of pavilions, concession stands and a playground for 6- to11-year-olds. Restrooms, stormwater facilities, utilities and some landscaping were also included. In addition to services provided for locally based companies, LDG performs work for national firms based in the Susquehanna Valley, including design services for National Beef, the country’s fourth largest beef processor. When National Beef decided to renovate its Hummels Wharf facilities, they called on us to design new office space, industrial space, and associated amenities at the existing facility. LDG performed site surveying work, land development planning, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control and landscape architecture design. Pennsylvania, New York, and Beyond Since our inception in 1985, LDG has grown to eight offices in Pennsylvania and New York. On September 17th, 2012, we officially began expanding to the southern United States with the opening of our San Antonio, TX office. Larson Design Group moved to Texas in order to expand our geo-

graphical footprint and to better meet our clients’ needs. As we acquaint ourselves with new areas, we take active steps to ensure that we are able to best serve our employees, clients and communities. We beachievements are dependent upon the relationships we foster in the areas where we live. Stewards of Community Life For LDG, stewardship is about community; the company’s founders had a wholehearted dedication to civic concerns and entrepreneurship, and believed in giving back to the places that had nurtured their success. That spirit of involvement became one of our core values, and our employees remain committed to improving the areas in which they live and do business. The people of Larson Design Group are active volunteers with the United Way, Little League, Family Promise, Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations. As LDG continues to expand, we will remember that our success is inherently linked to the prosperity of the communities in which we live. For more information on our services and the communities we serve, visit www.larsondesigngroup. com.

October’s Free Talk With Doc Series Addresses Breast Health Women of all ages are encouraged to attend Evangelical Community Hospital’s Talk with The Doc series discussion on breast health on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:30 pm at the Susquehanna Valley Mall. The program will be presented by Dr. John Turner, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health. As a dedicated, on-site breast surgeon, Dr. Turner brings specialized care to breast cancer issues and survivorship. During the evening he will discuss how often women should get a mammogram. Several years ago, the US Task Force recommended that mammograms start at age 50 and be done every two years instead of

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annually. This notion of every 2 years seems to resurface periodically. Dr. Turner will discuss why annual mammograms starting at 40 should be the standard and why breast care should be a priority for good health. In addition, Dr. Turner will address breast density and how modern screenings can work with different types of breasts. Finally, he’ll touch on the topic of lymph node dissection and removal, answering the question of how much is too much? There will be time for discussion of questions and concerns with relation to breast health following the program. To register for the event, call (570) 768-3200 or go online to

and do a keyword search for Talk with the Doc. Talk with the Doc is a monthly lecture series conducted by Evangelical’s Community Health Education to provide information free of charge to the general public on a variety of health issues ranging from healthy eating to information about disease treatment and surgical procedures. The topics offer participants the opportunity to learn, discuss, and find answers to questions. Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127

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overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central

Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.

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Chamber Partnerships | Celebrating Women

Valuing Female Leadership

Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Branch Manager, Kim Ranck, makes a purchase from Barbara Yost, owner of Barb’s Bouquet & Gift Basket in Mifflinburg.

Mifflinburg Bank & Trust, established in 1872, has a long history of being an industry leader. Among the most notable “firsts” was the appointment of a female President/CEO. Ms. Helen Strunk served as President & CEO of Mifflinburg Bank & Trust from 1980-1990. Under her leadership, the bank’s assets grew from $41 million to $101 million. During Ms. Strunk’s appointment, the first branch location was opened at 1110 N. Fairground Road, Lewisburg. In the course of her tenure with Mifflinburg Bank, Ms. Strunk represented the banking industry as the first female President of Pennsylvania Banker’s Association in 1989-1990. Upon retirement, Ms. Strunk remained on the bank’s Board of Directors until 2000 and is currently Chairman Emeritus of Mifflinburg Bancorp, Inc. Today, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust continues to value female leadership skills. The bank employs approximately 65 females in various bank positions. “Mifflinburg Bank has a long tradition of opportunities for advancement for women. We pride ourselves on promoting employees from within the organization whenever positions become available. We currently have 13 employees with over 20 years of service to our bank, 10 of which are women. Several of

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these employees began their employment as tellers and have moved into middle and senior management positions over the years,” said Andrea Long, Vice President Human Resources. Mifflinburg Bank acknowledges the importance of women in business and as small business owners. Over the years, the Bank has helped female business owners with startup and operational funding. Recently Kim Ranck, Lewisburg Office Manager, was able to help a local business owner, Barbara Yost to expand her business, Barb’s Bouquet & Gift Basket in Mifflinburg. Through MBTC financing, Ms. Yost has been able to move her business from a rented facility to her own building at 370 Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg. Ms. Yost more than doubled her retail space, added a consulting room to meet with clients planning large events such as weddings, and has ideas for unused space at the rear of her property. Colleen Walter, Lending Officer, Mifflinburg Bank has guided numerous female customers through the mortgage process. Ms. Walter said, “I’ve enjoyed assisting and advising them to attain their personal and financial goals. As women’s roles in society change and evolve, I understand the unique choices and challenges they may face and I strive to offer simplified solutions.”

The Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Ta Ta Trot team pictured is L-R: Alisha Buck, Sarah Sholley, Rebecca Bingaman, Andy Long, and Susan Pieters.

As a community bank that cares about the communities we serve, Mifflinburg Bank and its’ employees support local nonprofit organizations and events. Recently employees chose to contribute dress down funds to the Ta-Ta-Trot event held in Sunbury. They also contributed funds raised through bake sales. The bank matched the funds. The Mifflinburg Bank team took 2nd place for most money raised and 3rd place for the most participants at the summer 2012 event. This year Mifflinburg Bank celebrates 140 years in business. “Our history demonstrates the importance placed on diversity, progression, and community,” said Mr. Jeffrey Kapsar, President & CEO of Mifflinburg Bank & Trust. “Our vision is to be your community’s trusted financial resource. Our mission is to provide innovative solutions tailored to meet every customer’s financial needs. We are striving to keep the Susquehanna Valley a great place to live and work by giving back to the communities through services, volunteerism and giving,” added Mr. Kapsar. Mifflinburg Bank & Trust serves customers at offices in Mifflinburg, Lewisburg, Millheim, New Berlin, Shamokin Dam, and coming soon to downtown Lewisburg. For more about us or access to

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Emma’s Food For Life By Emma Renninger

The telephone’s ringing, email beeping, a waitress needs to know how to make a tea, bills wait to be paid, and, oops, I forgot to update the website this month. That doesn’t even touch the actual cooking, which is the reason I started my business, Emma’s Food For Life, in the first place. The cooking gets done in between all of these other tasks and hopefully I don’t burn the toast! Life is a whirlwind for me as a business owner, but it is exhilarating. I love being able to use my creative talents to feed customers food that is alive with fresh energy and nutrients. Oh yeah, and it also tastes great! So, even though my day sometimes causes my head to spin with tasks I never realized I would need to worry about, I still love waking up and going to my job!

Lifestyle Offerings by Dwellings By Randy Maslow

Over the past 9 years, I launched, worked and expanded Dwellings, which started as an outlet for my Interior Designer business and morphed into an urban lifestyle retail store with locations in State College and Lewisburg. As a professional woman, it has been all at once a joy and a struggle. As a wife and a mother, the balance of business and family was like being a juggler at the fair. I do not need to detail the struggle as so many working women have the same story. Needless to say, the juggling act has been worth every new grey hair! To have an idea, like a ball of clay, mold it, shape it and turn it out and see success is the best reward. Dwellings buys in very limited quantities, ensuring our customers can be unique as our offerings. By offering merchandise at all price points, we are able to carry product for customers from every walk of life – from sofas to sweaters to a little pair of studs. We love companies who give back as we do and host charity events several times a year, partnering with organizations such as sororities and their

philanthropies, local charities & hospitals giving a percentage of our daily profits to their cause. In 2011, we proudly began a partnership with Toys for Tots, encouraging donations with discount coupons, collecting well over 50 toys and as many children’s smiles. Dwellings theme of lifestyle offerings speaks to women (and girls) of every age and is unique in many ways. I have dedicated my efforts to finding the most unique and trendsetting products for both our retail customers and my design clients. We offer brands such as Company C rugs and furniture, Lilly Pulitzer and Jonathan Adler. We carry jewelry such as Chamilia, Dogeared, Nashelle and other fine fashion pieces. Dwellings also has lots of personal accessories including Vietta, Lodis, and Hobo Bags; scarves, fashion handbags and wallets. In 2011, we introduced apparel to our product mix and it quickly became one of our fastest growing categories. Each season, Dwellings seeks to offer our customers fresh options of the latest fashion, home décor and gift. A new season, a new outlook!

Chamber Events | Networking Opportunities

Events & Ribbon Cuttings Middleburg Welcomes Start Hollow Candle Company

From (L) to (R): Brigid Rich, North Shore Railroad Company; Charlie Ross, GSvCC President/CEO; Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group inc.; Denise Prince, Geisinger; Jason Lowe, PCi insurance; Lori Renne, PCi insurance

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce recently held their Economic Forecast Luncheon on Thursday September 13, 2012 at La Primavera Restaurant in Lewisburg. Our guest speaker was Mr. Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc. and the MidAtlantic region’s most recogniz-

able economist. We would like to thank all of our sponsors that helped make the luncheon a success. Premier Sponsor – Geisinger Speaker Sponsor – North Shore Railroad Company Partnering Sponsors – PCI Insurance, The Northumberland National Bank, Larson Design Group

From (L) to (R): Malcolm Derk, Snyder County Commissioner; Charlie Ross, GSvCC President & CEO; Maureen Hauck, Bucknell Small Business Development Center’s Assistant Director for Business; Jessica Goss, candle maker; Amanda Fromilli, Flicker’s Café waitress; Pamela Harper, Star Hollow Candle Company & Flicker’s Café owner; Barbara Pick, Susquehanna River valley visitor Bureau’s Member Services Director; Della Byrnes, Flicker Café chef; Marcia Hamelton, candle maker; Janet Ulrich, candle maker; Fred Kelly, Swineford Bank & GSvCC ambassador.

Owner Pamela Harper & her staff celebrated their beautiful new space on Wednesday, September 12th with more than 50 friends, family, customers and Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce support-

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Chamber Partnership | Leadership Opportunities

Sunbury Community Hospital – Breast Cancer Prevention puter screen or printed on special film similar to conventional mammograms. Digital mammography is used to screen patients for the earliest signs of breast cancer. It also helps to evaluate symptoms such as palpable abnormalities, skin changes and nipple discharge.

From (L) to (R): Keith Foust, Susquehanna Fire Equipment Company and Jarrod Herrold, Sunbury Generation LP learn flexibility and adaptation in a work environment as they attempt to build the tallest index card tower.

On Thursday, September 13th and Friday, September 14th, the Leadership Susquehanna Valley Class of 2013 spent their retreat at beautiful Camp Victory, located in Millville Pennsylvania. The purpose of the retreat is to introduce the class to one another in a more intimate setting. Thursday evening consisted of team-building exercises conducted by Ryan Unger of Team Pennsylvania and Angela Hummel of Evangelical Community Hospital. The

exercises assisted the class members in identifying their leadership style as they began their nine-month journey together. Bennet Hoffman of Team Works concluded the day on Friday with instructional & experiential team development. If you are interested in the Leadership Susquehanna Valley program or would like an application, please contact Program Director, Jennifer Daddario, at 570-743-4100 or jdaddario@

No one looks forward to a mammogram. But it’s the most effective screening tool for protecting a woman against breast cancer – helping to promote early detection and diagnosis, which in turn contribute to better outcomes for women who require treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends a screening mammogram for

Throughout the month of October, Sunbury Community Hospital Mammography Suite will offer special extended hours for testing. Refreshments will also be available for visiting patients, and current information and guides for self-exams and breast cancer will also be available. A basket raffle will be held to benefit the local office of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. To schedule your Mammography appointment, call 286-3590. Do it for your family; do it for yourself; do it now. Visit us on the web at

all women age 40 and older or those considered at risk. Sunbury Community Hospital offers Digital Mammography, a mammography system in which traditional x-ray film is replaced by solid state detectors that convert x-rays into electrical signals. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can then be seen on a com-

Happy Customers, Happy Business By Connie Harter I bought The Gingerbread House 5 years ago thinking it would be a great ‘hobby’ to occupy my time. Wow, how I underestimated the amount of time and energy it would take to run my own business! The Gingerbread House offers gifts for all occasions, home décor items and lots of must haves! We were lacking gifts that were ideal for men, so we introduced ties, shirts and sweaters. There was a huge demand for these items so we quickly outgrew the allotted space and had to look for other options. As luck would have it, a space two doors down opened up and I opened Retrah in October of 2008. Originally intended to be a men’s clothing store, Retrah has evolved into one of Downtown Lewisburg’s anchor stores offering men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. As I previously mentioned, the amount of time that I spend running these two businesses is AMAZING. I attend shows, visit showrooms and have rep appointments year round. I travel to New York City, Atlanta and Charlotte at least eight

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times per year. I have to order for the next seasons clothing six to eight months ahead of the seasons. I have to stay up to date on all the latest trends, and I must know when to move quickly on getting the new hottest items. All of that, plus I actually have to run the day to day business. Payroll, sales tax, workman’s compensation insurance, quarterly taxes, monthly payroll deposits, advertising, twitter updates, Facebook posts, staff the stores…..whew. The most critical part of running a great small business is the employees. I have to make sure the employees are conveying the right message to our valued customers. The employ-

ees are what can make or break the perception of a small business. I have a group of the best employees there could ever be that make the stores so great. The most important part of a small business is happy, loyal customers! I stay connected to the stores by being present and trying to keep in constant contact with our customer base. I keep in mind certain people when ordering and strive to constantly attract new customers. I also really try to not carry the same merchandise as other vendors in the area, so there are a variety of offerings for our customers! Happy Customers, Happy Business!

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Chamber Events | Networking Opportunities

WINNER… WINNER Brigid Rich correctly guessed that the Chamber Staff was hanging out at the Sunbury Community Pool and Ice Rink. We were participating in Lynda Schlegel-Culver’s 2012 Community Family Fun Expo in June. The purpose of the event was to bring our Community together with service agencies for a free night out. Over 700 adults and children had a great time and received valuable information. We are proud to announce that the first winner of the Chamber on the Go picture Congratulations Brigid!

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Monthly Meeting - Rise and Shine October’s Monthly Meeting will be a breakfast meeting. Our main presentation will be given by Networks for Training & Development, Inc. Come out and learn more about their organization and the variety of services they provide that can be tailored specifically to the business community.

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Dealing with Diff icult People We have so many interactions in the run of a day. It’s reasonable to expect that some of them are going to be difficult. Whether these are conversations that you have in person, or you manage a virtual team and need to speak with someone in another city, there are things that you can do to make these conversations go smoothly. This one-hour workshop will give you the tools to manage difficult conversations and get the best results possible out of them. What you will learn: How to define your frame of reference; How to establish a positive intent and a desired outcome; How to have good communication skills; How to use specific steps to carry out a difficult conversation; How to maintain safety in a conversation

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Workshop: 5 - 6 p.m. Chamber Business Center, Shamokin Dam Workshop Cost: $25.00

Our “Made in the Valley” moment will be presented by Ted Hartley of Townecraft.

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RESERVATIONS REQUIRED To Register Mail form to: GSVCC, PO Box 10, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876 Fax form to 570-743-1221 or online at Questions contact Jennifer Daddario at the Chamber at 570-743-4100 / 800-410-2880 /

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Making Strides in Cancer

By: Dawn Spuesens, Health Initiatives Representative, American Cancer Society One in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society (ACS) for help and support. Through its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, the ACS is able to help these women with free, local programs and services. This year, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Greater Susquehanna Area event celebrates its second anniversary. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, at the C.W. Rice Middle School in Northumberland, with registration at 9 a.m. and a start time of 10 a.m. Participants will enjoy a 5k walk through downtown Northumberland while raising awareness about breast cancer, honoring those battling the disease and remembering those who lost their fight. “(The event) is a heart for understanding when you feel you are alone; a friend to help you find your way and a hope for tomorrow,” said Kelly Kocher-Ross , event chair and breast cancer survivor. “At the age of 40 I was hit with the harsh reality that I was going to lose my breasts, my hair and my health. In my

shock and disbelief, someone suggested I call ACS. A breast cancer survivor answered the phone and listened as I spoke my fears and my insecurities. She answered all my questions that a doctor couldn’t. She laughed at my nervous jokes. She shared her story. She understood,” Kocher-Ross said. The event is currently looking for teams, survivors and committee members. To register as a team or survivor, please visit susquehannvalley. Funds raised by this event help provide and promote ACS programs and services like wig programs, transportation and workshops, as well as grants for local hospitals and community service organizations. The ACS offers women with cancer free, brand-new wigs and head coverings at local wig programs throughout the area. There are programs in Selinsgrove, Danville and Lewisburg. Women with cancer can receive a free makeover for their body and mind through look good feel better®. This group workshop is led by trained cosmetologists and teaches women how to manage the side effects

of treatment. Women receive free kits with brand-name beauty products and learn how to camouflage skin changes, nail changes and how to use, care for and style wigs and head coverings. There are sessions at Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center and Columbia County Cancer Center. Those with cancer are eligible for free transportation to and from their treatments and related medical appointments through the Road to Recovery® program. This volunteer-based curbside-to-curbside program takes patients from their place of residency to their treatments, and back home again. All of these programs are free; there are no financial eligibility requirements. Those in need of these services should call 1.800.227.2345, any time, day or night. The ACS is also looking for volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery® program. There will be a training on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m., at the Selinsgrove office. Those interested in volunteering for the program can contact Dawn Spuesens at 884-1027 or Dawn.Spuesens@

Social Media Marketing Seminar Thursday, November 1, 2012 3:00 to 4:30 Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Registration is $15 (Deadline to register is Tuesday Oct. 30th) Presenter: Michelle Morgan from the Shamokin Dam Health Center This seminar is designed to help the beginner use social media. Learn how use social media to: Increase sales Reach your target market Help brand your company Social media is a great and inexpensive platform to market your business or organization and to build a strong relationship with clients and customers. Register online at For more information, please contact Renee Gerringer, Director of Programs & Development at 570-743-4100 or by email at

Save the Date Holiday Gathering Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Susquehanna Valley Country Club One Country Club Road • Hummels Wharf, PA 17831

Local Web Marketing 101 For Business In less than 90 minutes Mel Taylor, a highly acclaimed speaker and consultant that specializes in helping local business succeed online, will increase your knowledge of basic online marketing and show you how to get started. This is an educational seminar & networking event for local business operators looking to increase their understanding of Internet marketing and advertising.


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Tuesday October 9, 2012 $39 registration (fee includes FREE advertising space valued at $125 or more) Sessions start promptly: Session 1 – 8:00 a.m. Session 2 – 12 noon (Both session 1 & 2 will be held at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce 2859 N. Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA) Session 3 – 4:00 p.m.

(Held at the Central PA Chamber-30 Lawton Ln. Milton, PA) RSVP to Kelli Tyler at 570286-3952 or or register at www. Presented by: The Daily Item Co-Sponsored by: The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Central PA Chamber

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2012-2013 ATHENAÂŽ Award Nominations Are Now Being Accepted The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for our 2012-2013 ATHENAÂŽ Award. The ATHENAÂŽ Award Program celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. The ATHENAÂŽ Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment - women and men who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and have also opened paths so that other may follow.

ATHENAŽ Award recipients must meet the following criteria: • Assist women in reaching their full leadership potential. • Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession. • Provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community. The Process: • A Selection Committee of

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For more information, please contact Renee Gerringer at 570-743-4100 or email at Please make checks payable to: GSVCC—2859 N. Susquehanna Trail—P.O.Box 10 Shamokin Dam, PA 17876




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