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National Entrepreneurial Leader is Keynote Speaker at Pike Chamber Event


Posted on August 11, 2011
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Mr. Alan Gerry, a local businessman and one of the nation’s entrepreneurial leaders, will be our featured keynote speaker at their Signature Event 2011 held in October.

Alan Gerry was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision Industries Corporation ("CVI"). After nearly four decades in the cable television business, Mr. Gerry directed the nation's largest privately owned cable company operating 64 cable systems in 18 states and employing more than 2,500 people. With over 1.3 million subscribers at year-end 1995, CVI became the 8th largest multiple system operator in the United States.

Mr. Gerry was one of the first entrepreneurs to respond to demands for a greater number of channels and improved reception in areas where off-air television reception was unsatisfactory due to topography or remoteness from broadcast towers. A true cable pioneer, he built his first such "classic" cable television system in 1956 in Liberty, New York, where he still maintains his corporate offices. From this small base, Mr. Gerry's entrepreneurial spirit and vision sparked a period of remarkable growth that resulted in the company's expansion to rural, suburban and metropolitan areas. In the cable financial community, Mr. Gerry was recognized for creating innovative capital structures that enabled the financing of CVI's remarkable growth without accessing the public equity markets. Today, Mr. Gerry continues as one of the nation's entrepreneurial leaders.

The Evening will take place at the Best Western Inn in Matamoras on October 12, 2011. Cocktails at 6:00p.m. and a sit down dinner at 7:00p.m. Immediately following dinner, Mr. Gerry will be speaking on a few topics including how he started out as a regular business man and followed his intuition and worked hard to become one of the top entrepreneurs in the country and then came back to his humble beginnings to give back to the community in many ways including one his most notable, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Individual dinners are $65.00 per person or you can take advantage of one of the available Gold, Silver or Bronze sponsorships for the event which includes dinners and advertising in the event’s brochure.

For more information, to become a sponsor or make reservations contact the Chamber office at (570) 296 – 8700 or online at www.pikechamber.com.

Chamber’s Signature Event 2011


Posted on July 25, 2011
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce announces their Signature Event for 2011, to be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the Best Western Inn in Matamoras, PA. The featured guest speaker will be local businessman and one of the nation’s entrepreneurial leaders, Mr. Alan Gerry.

Mr. Gerry was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision Industries Corporation. After nearly four decades in the cable television business, Mr. Gerry directed the nation’s largest privately owned cable company operating 64 cable systems in 18 states and employing more than 2,500 people. A true cable pioneer, Mr. Gerry built his first such “classic” cable television system in 1956 in Liberty, NY, where he still maintains his corporate offices.

Mr. Gerry will focus on his own “rags to riches” story of how he saw a need, built on his vision, made it happen and after his great success has given back to his community to help the local economy with his ventures such as Bethel Woods.

For more information, to become a sponsor or make reservations contact the Chamber office at (570) 296 – 8700 or online at www.pikechamber.com.

CALLING ALL PIKE COUNTY CHAMBER MEMBERS!


Posted on July 21, 2011
In an effort to expand our New Member Benefits Package, we would like any member who is current with their dues, to be able to offer something towards this excellent member benefit.

Depending on what your business or organization is, you can offer something like 10%, 15%, or 20% off a purchase, Buy One, Get One Free offer, Buy One, Get One 50% Off offer, Free Consultation of your Services, Free Drink or Free Dessert with Meal Purchase etc. Those are just a few examples but you can be creative with your benefit offer.

Not only does this benefit new Chamber members, but it benefits you as the current member since it will be listed on our website, printed in the new member packets; it will give your business exposure, visibility and the potential for many new customers and business!

Please contact the Chamber office at 570-296-8700 or email info@pikechamber.com with your questions or what you would like to offer.

Pike Chamber Networking Opportunity!


Posted on July 15, 2011
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce along with event sponsor Van Gorders' Furniture would like to offer another Networking Opportunity to you.

Everyone is welcome to bring your friends and business associates along with plenty of business cards and take advantage of this event to network your business, organization or upcoming event! You will have many chances to make new contacts and get more business no matter what industry you are in. Making those important face to face contacts at this summer event is a powerful and affordable marketing technique that can help your business grow.

This early summer evening affair and networking opportunity will be held at Van Gorders' Furniture on Route 6, across from the Wallenpaupack High School, in Hawley, PA on Wednesday, July 20th from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. Admission at the door is $5.00 for Pike Chamber members or $10.00 for non-members. There will be complimentary appetizers, refreshments, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. If you would like to donate a door prize, please call ahead to let us know.

For further information contact the Chamber by e-mailing info@pikechamber.com or calling the Chamber office at 570-296-8700.

Pike County Chamber of Commerce Networking Opportunity


Posted on July 12, 2011
July 20, 2011
5:30p.m. to 7:30.p.m.

Sponsored by:
Van Gorders' Furniture

Location of Event:
Van Gorders' Furniture
Route 6 - Across from High School on Lake Wallenpaupack in Hawley

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is offering this Networking Opportunity in conjunction with this event sponsor Van Gorders' Furniture Store to help you market yourself and your business.

Have that very important contact with a face-to-face connection and make a great immpression to land future business.

There will be complimentary appetizers, 50/50 raffle and door prizes to add to your fun.

Bring a friend or associate and plenty of business cards to make new contacts and get more business!


$5.00 for Members
$10.00 for Non-Members

Community Expo & Car Show Was A Great Success!


Posted on June 1, 2011
The Women in Business Committee (WIB) of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce held the Community Expo & Car Show on May 21st at the Delaware Valley School in Milford which was a fun time and grand success.

Chaired by WIB committee volunteer Philly Viscardo of Dingman Delaware Insurance Agency, she and her committee gathered 67 vendors that were comprised of local area businesses and non-profit organizations that not only included store front businesses but people who run their businesses from home and even had a waiting list of many more to be a part of it next year. Despite the first warm and sunny day after weeks of rain and people eager to get out to do overdue yard work, they had over 285 people attend the event, which was open to the public.

Vendors displayed their items, gave demonstrations, had free give-a-ways, raffles and a 50/50. Karl Wagner of Milford won the 50/50 and he graciously donated his winnings right back to the Chamber. Door prizes were donated by several businesses including Milford Senior Care & Rehab, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, The Home Depot, Belle Reve, The Dime Bank, Woodloch Pines, Mohegan Sun, Pike County Light & Power, Walmart & Coven Haven Resorts. Lucky the Hobo and DJ Rampy of Generation 2 Disc Jockies Connection had donated their entire day for our family entertainment and Milford Senior Care & Rehab donated the kid's bouncy house. Lisa Alexander, "The Queen of Green" was our special guest and discussed how to incorporate "green living" into our daily lives. We thank you all for your generosity.

Outside we had the antique car and truck show with over 23 vehicles including a 1981 Delorean, 1969 Pontiac GTO, 1966 Chevelle and of course our top winners of Peoples' Choice going to the 1955 Oldsmobile owned by Bob and Valerie Cocchi and the Judges' Choice going to Jorge Rodriquez with is 1951 Chevy Deluxe. Thank you to Rebecca Gray who took care of the registration and keeping things running smooth outside!

We thank our event sponsors: The Milford Journal, Pike County Light & Power, Wayne Memorial Hospital, Bon Secours Community Hospital and The Pike County Dispatch. Thanks also goes to the Delaware Valley School & Staff for all of their assistance. Philly was also like to thank the staff & Directors who helped the entire day including Tammy Savarese, Lee Ann Camarero, Rebecca Gray, Paul Brislin, Simone Palmer, Kathy Hummel and especially Ken Winters!

"We were pleased to provide this great opportunity for area businesses & organizations to not only network with each other but market themselves in the community," stated Philly Viscardo, Chairperson. "Businesses learned about many new opportunities through networking, and we were pleased that our regions population & businesses are committed to buying local."

The Pike County Chamber would like businesses that seek more customers through networking to join the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on joining the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, please call 570-296-8700 or you can visit us online at www.pikechamber.com We are already working on next year's event and hope to see you there.

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