Social media can be a powerful tool for all types of small businesses, but understanding how to use it can be challenging for many entrepreneurs. The Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Pike County Economic Development Authority are partnering to offer a seminar entitled "Social Media and Your Small Business" on Wednesday, November 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the chamber office in Milford. Participants will find out how to use affordable tools to position their businesses and add to their customer base. The seminar is presented by Keith Yurgosky, manager of internet business at The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center. Yurgosky serves as the center's social media expert and has traveled the country presenting this seminar. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. To register, call 570-296-7332. The University of Scranton SBDC provides confidential small business consulting services to existing businesses and start ups in Pike County at the Chamber/EDA office by appointment only. To request SBDC services, complete the online request at www.scrantonsbdc.com.
State Legislative Forum Held
Posted on October 8, 2010
A State Legislative forum was held at the Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant on Friday, October 1st. The legislative panel included Senator Lisa Baker (R-20th), Representative Michael Peifer (R-139th) and Representative John Siptroth (D-189). This joint Chamber of Commerce event was presented by the Southern Wayne Regional, Pocono Lake Region, Pike and Wayne County Chambers of Commerce. The guest moderator for the event was Tim Downs from the Bold Gold Media Group.
This event was open to the public and provided the opportunity to hear first hand state and local updates on legislation. The PA State Legislators each spoke and addressed questions poised from the audience. Discussion of current issues and projects in both Pike and Wayne counties included the proposed severance tax on the gas industry, the state budget and school funding for our area.
All four Chambers of Commerce are grateful to the local businesses event sponsors: Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Hampton Inn of Matamoras, The James Manning House Bed & Breakfast and The Dime Bank.
The Food Poured In!
Posted on October 4, 2010
They say that when it rains, it pours and sometimes it really does! On Monday, September 13th, about an hour before the Milford Business Council was to partake in the graciously donated and delicious fare of 23 area restaurants, it rained heavily. Not to dampen anyone’s spirits, the guests arrived with non-perishables in hand for the food pantry collection, which poured in by the bagfuls. Nearly 200 very caring guests brought a total of four car loads of food for the Ecumenical Food Pantry at The Good Shepard and St. John’s Church.
The Share the Harvest event was held at the beautiful Laurel Villa in Milford, where guests were treated to a bounty of incredible food prepared by the area’s finest chefs and a gorgeous array of over 40 raffle prizes from area businesses. Every person who brought a non-perishable item was entered into a raffle for gift certificates, gift baskets and beautiful centerpieces donated by Myer the Florist. With the generous support of our community, the Milford Business Council was able to raise an additional $1000 for the food pantry to restock the nearly empty shelves. The Milford Business Council shares their appreciation and would like to thank everyone who volunteered, donated and participated. A video clip by Knowles media can be viewed Knowlesvideo.blogspot.com/sharetheharvest. Be sure to watch for this event next year… rain or shine!
State Legislative Breakfast
Posted on September 16, 2010
A State Legislative Breakfast will be held at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant on Friday, October 1st at 7:30am. The legislative panel will include Senator Lisa Baker, Representative Sandra Major, Representative Michael Peifer, Representative John Siptroth and Representative Edward Staback.
This joint chamber event presented by the Wayne County, Southern Wayne Regional, Pocono Lake Region and the Pike County Chambers of Commerce, is open to the public and is an excellent opportunity to hear first hand local updates on legislation and discussion of current issues. The PA State Legislators will speak about important issues and projects in the counties, with particular focus on matters of interest to the business community.
The State Legislative Breakfast is sponsored by the following local businesses: The Dime Bank, James Manning House Bed & Breakfast, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, The Hampton Inn of Matamoras and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart. The guest moderator for this event will be Tim Downs from the Bold Gold Media Group.
A breakfast buffet is included in the cost of $12 per person. Reservations are highly suggested and can be made by contacting the Wayne Chamber of Commerce at (570) 253 – 1960.
Swinging For Scholarships
Posted on October 6th, 2010
Press Release: September 10, 2010
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Pike County Builders Association are joining together once again to sponsor the John Gouse Memorial Golf Outing. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at the Woodloch Springs Golf Resort and includes a grand buffet lunch.
John Gouse passed away suddenly on Father’s Day in 1999, leaving behind his wife Sharon and two daughters, Kendra and Sarah. He was an active community volunteer and was especially devoted to the American Red Cross and the March of Dimes. John was also a Board Director in both the Pike County Builder’s Association and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. Both organizations honor his memory by raising funds for a scholarship given in his name.
This wonderful event is open to the public with a fee of $110 per person and reservations are required by Friday, October 1, 2010. Sponsorships are also still available. Please contact the Pike Chamber at (570) 296-8700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on September 3, 2010
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is holding the 16th Annual Community Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 20th at The Riverview Inn in Matamoras. The evening’s festivities will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm followed by a dinner and awards ceremony.
"This event is held each year to provide a forum to honor the volunteers and non profit organizations throughout our community", stated Danielle Jordan, CEO of the Pike Chamber. "Everyday these local heroes provide vital contributions which add so much to the quality of life in the Pike County area."
The evening is hosted by the Pike Chamber in partnership with the Service Organizations throughout the area. This year approximately 15 non-profit organizations will be on hand to honor their own and to showcase their commitments toward the worthwhile work that each does. The Pike County Chamber itself presents three awards: Chamber Director of the Year, Outstanding Business of the Year and Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.
The price of the dinner is $30.00. The deadline for reservations is October 12th and can be made by calling the Chamber office at (570) 296-8700.
Please come out and help us honor the volunteers of Pike County and support these very important organizations!
In Photo: Ronnie Biondo(left) – 2009 Volunteer Award Recipient; with her husband Joseph Biondo(right), Sr.