Chamber News

Pike County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee Host PEEC Event for Pike County Teens!

Posted on October 23rd, 2018
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) Women in Business Committee hosted an event for Pike County teens at the Pocono Environmental Education Center on Saturday September 22, 2018.

“We wanted to create a Teen/Mentor Team Building Experience which will be the first in a series of similar Junior Leadership Academy events. Our hope is to hold them at different hosting locations and include teen girls from the Pike County school districts”, said Jessica Black, Pike County Chamber of Commerce Vice President and Women in Business Committee Chair.

The program was offered to ten girls who were chosen to take part based on their submission as to why they would like to participate in this Teen/Mentor Team Building Experience. Each student was paired with a mentor for the day. The group hiked into the woods to locate the obstacles they were going to face, and one by one, in some cases two by two, completed the morning course.

During lunch Fausta Phelan, a Certified Professional Coach, provided a few Leadership Tools and Tips. She spoke about leadership as it pertains to young women with emphasis on confidence. After lunch it was back out to the woods for the second half of the obstacle course. One of the mentors, Nicole Hammer of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, stated, “I’m not sure if we were mentoring the girls or they were mentoring us as they were all so smart and wise beyond their years. Such a beautiful group of girls both inside and out.”.

The Women in Business Committee couldn’t have held this program without the help of the volunteers, mentors and staff of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce along with the generous support from: Jim Gifford Paving And Trucking (our largest sponsorship), Wayne Bank, Paul Brislin EA, Fausta A. Phelan CPC & ELI-MP, Wayne Memorial Hospital, Affordable Inspections, Roaringbrook Abstract, Safe Haven, Dye Hard Salon, Tamara Chant, Green Trees Learning Center, Jo Ann and Robert Laplace, Ann G. Seman, Beauty Creations Salon and Spa, Lacquer Nails, Pike County Public Library, Kelly A. Gaughan Esq., Lackawanna College, Ski Big Bear, Costa’s Family Fun Park, Lori Phillips, The Dime Bank, Jenn Murphy Fitness, Bekirov Disposal, Tine’s Captured Moments, and PEEC.

“We firmly believe that developing future leaders is a fundamental function of an effective Chamber of Commerce and we’re very excited that our Women in Business committee organized this mentoring program”, said Derek Bellinger, President, Pike County Chamber of Commerce. “We aspire to develop community leaders and we also appreciate the generous donations from the many businesses who helped make this event possible and, in particular, wanted to thank Jim Gifford Paving And Trucking who made a very substantial contribution that nearly covered the entire cost of the event”.

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee invite all women who are interested in more information about the committee to contact them. If you would like additional information on how to become a member or if you would like to sponsor one or more of their events, please contact Lee Ann Camarero or Jessica Black at the Chamber office by calling 570-296-8700 or emailing

Pike Chamber of Commerce Celebrates New Member Retirement Funding Solutions

Posted on October 10th, 2018
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their newest member Retirement Funding Solutions with Carol Ryan. Carol was introduced to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage over 12 years ago, she realized the reverse mortgage has the ability to secure a seniors retirement and add a quality of life. She enjoys taking the time and listen to what they want for their future and find the best solution for each person because each of us are different and want different solutions long term and short term. For more information on how Retirement Funding Solutions can help you, please call Carol at 1-631-926-8086 or email her at

Pictured is Carol Ryan in middle to right of the flag holding her certificate with members of the Board of Directors with the Pike County Chamber of Commerce

The Pike Chamber presents the first annual “Pick of the Patch” Pumpkin Decorating and Auction and other Family activities

Posted on September 19th, 2018
Do you appreciate art and want to show your Halloween/Harvest spirit? If you’re looking for a great way to let your creativity flow, start early by joining in on a business pumpkin decorating and auction with the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. Calling all businesses who are looking to creatively celebrate Halloween/Harvest, support the community and help the Chamber advertise your business.

All Pike County businesses are encouraged to participate in what hopes to be a fun and annual event. Starting on September 28th, the first 20 Pike County businesses that stop in to the Pike County Chamber of Commerce’s new offices at 201 Broad Street in Milford, PA will receive a complimentary pumpkin to take and decorate. All pumpkins must then be returned back to Pike Chamber offices no later than October 19th. Your creatively designed pumpkin will then be on display online and at the Chamber offices and available for viewing and bidding. Online Facebook bidding will begin on October 20th, just post your bid, or you may stop by the Chamber office to bid in person up until October 31st. Also, the public is invited to come for the final viewing on Wednesday, October 31st between 5:00p.m. and make any final bids. Any proceeds from the “Picks of the Patch” silent auction of these unique and one-of-a-kind pumpkins will go towards continued local community and business outreach. #ChamberConnectsCommunity #ChamberConnectsBusiness

Also on October 31st, the Chamber Volunteer Board of Directors will also be on hand at the Milford Community House property giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, a special guest will host a mysterious story time corner, there will be a spooky coloring station and also other ghostly treats and refreshments available. The Milford Garden Club will also be displaying the winners from their Scarecrow Contest. Winners of the “Picks of the Patch” Silent Auction will be notified afterwards to claim their new Halloween Décor.

For more information please contact the Pike County Chamber offices at 570-296-8700, or

The Chamber aspires to bring you more business, make better connections, make you more visible and develop community leaders.

Youth Leadership Breakfast Seminar

Posted on July 17th, 2018
All Are Invited to Attend Youth Leadership Breakfast Seminar on Thursday, July 19th.

RSVP to 570-296-8700 or

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Announces a Partnership with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber

Posted on June 29th, 2018
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce today announced a partnership with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. In 2018 the Pike County Chamber of Commerce made several commitments to the community including the commitment to identify and pursue partnerships that your Chamber believes will provide value to our members, to the business community and to future members.

As we move forward in executing actions to keep our 2018 commitments, we are pleased to announce this exciting new Chamber partnership. The Pike County Chamber is excited to now begin partnering with the Greater Lehigh Chamber of Commerce and we believe this partnership will bring additional resources and expertise to our community. Pike Chamber President Derek Bellinger said “We believe that Pike County will benefit from the experience and expertise of partnering with a best practice Chamber and by partnering with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber, our members and future members will have access to greater resources and expertise.” “We are excited to work with the great team at the Greater Lehigh Chamber.” Marlyn Kissner, Executive Vice President of the Greater Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, who will be a key resource in the new partnership stated “We are very excited to support the Pike Chamber as we serve and help the businesses and communities in Pike County.”

Through this partnership, the Pike Chamber continues to operate as a separate entity and continues to have a separate local Board of Directors, separate budget and make local decisions, however through this partnership, the Chamber can provide and call on additional resources from one of the largest Chambers in the entire country. We can now bring these resources to Pike County to assist our members and our community.

We expect that there may be additional opportunities for our local businesses, who are looking to expand into a larger footprint, to find new opportunities and connections. Your Pike County Chamber aspires to help you create better connections and bring more business and this partnership is a vital part of the vision of how to meet those objectives. 570-296-8700.

June 12th, 2018

Posted on Pike Chamber’s State of the County Dinner a Success!
On June 7, 2018 a crowd of nearly 150 people, including elected officials, business leaders and others with an interest in Pike County, came together to enjoy a great dinner at Woodloch Pines for the Pike County Chamber’s “State of the County Dinner”. The State of the County Dinner was a wonderful, informative Chamber event bringing passionate leaders together to promote the successes of Pike County with a close eye on the path to a prosperous future.

Some of the key topics that speakers covered included an update from the Pike County Commissioners, a Pike Chamber update, what’s new in economic development, real estate, education and tourism. Special thanks to all of the presenters who included: Mike Sullivan, Executive Director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority, Matt Osterberg, Chairman of the Pike County Commissioners: Superintendent Dr. John Bell of Delaware Valley School District; Dr. Jay Starnes, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Wallenpaupack School District; Heather Piperato, Director of Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg School District; Allan Hetkowski CEO of the Pike Wayne Realtors, Ron Schmalzle President & Chairman of the Hotel Tax Board & Owner of Ski Big Bear & Costa’s Family Fun Park and Chamber President Derek Bellinger. As we look to the future of Pike County we are pleased to report about and learn more about the many exciting initiatives.

The Pike County Chamber would also like to thank our Sponsors who helped make this event possible. Thank you to our Gold Sponsors Wayne Memorial Hospital, The Dime Bank, Bold Gold Media and John Chrin for Congress; our Silver Sponsor Pike County Light and Power/Corning Gas; and our Bronze Sponsor Wayne Bank.

For more information on the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, please do not hesitate to visit, email or call 570-296-8700. Stop by and visit our NEW Pike County Chamber Visitor Center open seven days a week at 201 Broad Street (at the light) in Milford, PA.

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