Chamber News

Hampton Inn Celebrates Grand Opening

Posted on March 3, 2010
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on February 16th for the official grand opening of the Hampton Inn of Matamoras, located at 122 Westfall Town Drive, Matamoras. The grand Mardi Gras themed event incorporated traditional beads, music, food, hotel tours and grand prizes.

The Hampton Inn of Matamoras amenities include a 24 hour fitness center, business center, indoor heated saltwater pool, meeting room/conference facilities and a complimentary hot breakfast with every guest stay. The 98 guest rooms are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, flat screen HD TV’s and luxurious Cloud Nine bedding.
"Hampton Hotels combine quality, service, comfort and plenty of value-added extras, making Hampton the brand of choice in the marketplace today," said Monique Olivier, general manager for the Hampton Inn of Matamoras. "Providing high quality accommodations and amenities combined with the friendly service of our team members, all backed by the 100% Hampton Satisfaction Guarantee, is why we will be highly competitive in our local market."
Hampton hotels pride themselves on being their guests’ "Friend in Town." Hotel Web sites emphasize local flavor, providing unique content on such topics of interest as area attractions, historical facts, and fun things to see and do around town. Additionally, hotels are infused with local photography and art work, highlighting each property’s area connections.
The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton’s philosophy that, "It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality." The hotel is owned and operated by Westfall Hospitality LLC.
For more information about Hampton Inn of Matamoras, please visit

From l-r – Joe Tinar, Matt Dorcas, Chamber 2nd Vice President, Mary Ann Butler, Chamber Director, Jake Buchanan, Westfall Supervisor, Monique Olivier, Inn Manager & Chamber Director, Sonny Patel, Danielle Jordan, Chamber Executive Director, Bill Kerstetter, Avani Patel & Jay Modhwadiya.

Calling All Future Leaders!

Posted on February 23, 2010
Leadership Pike recently held an Open House & Reception on February 3rd at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce office in Milford. Approximately ten interested students for the next Leadership Pike class heard the history and content of Leadership Pike from Peter Wulfhorst, Pike County Cooperative Extension, Danielle Jordan, Pike County Chamber of Commerce and William Schaffer, Northampton Community College Pike/Wayne campus. In addition, the interested students learned from Leadership Pike graduates about their experiences participating in the program. The next Leadership Pike class will begin on March 26, 2010 with the applications due by February 26, 2010.

Leadership Pike is a comprehensive leadership development program which offers individuals the potential to sharpen their leadership skills while networking with existing and future Pike County leaders. The program also provides the ability to learn about Pike County’s assets as well the major challenges facing the county. For a comprehensive overview of the program or to download an online application, go to

The Pike Leadership program is a collaborative effort between the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Delaware Valley School District, Northampton Community College and the Pike County Cooperative Extension. For more information about the Leadership Pike Open House & Reception, please contact Peter Wulfhorst at the Pike County Cooperative Extension office at 570-296-3400.

Junior Achievement: Be Entrepreneurial Program in Pike County

Posted on February 22, 2010
Pike County Public Library, the Junior Achievement Program, Dime Bank, CellularOne, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, and the local business community are partnering to bring an exciting program, JA Be Entrepreneurial, to Pike County for the first time. Though originally designed for high school students, this program will be open to both teens and adults who are interested in learning about how to start a business and other aspects of entrepreneurship. It is never too early or late to start thinking of starting your own business!

Some very successful teenagers around the world should be looked to as an inspiration to begin your own business when you are their age, or to take the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired throughout your life to begin as an adult.

Michael Zuckerberg founded the popular social networking site Facebook with some of his college roommates. Though it originally began as a network for Harvard students, it has now expanded to allow any user over the age of 13, and there are currently more than 350 million active users worldwide.

Michael Dell, the founder of what is now Dell, Inc. began rebuilding computers at the age of 15 and started his own business selling computers at the age of 19.

Tom Anderson co-founded the youth-oriented social network Myspace that combines music and the search to connect with friends online. With its debut in 2003, this network now has more than 22.5 million registered users. Though not a teen when he began the business, he has still managed to become hugely successful from a young age. These are only a few examples of what teens and adults of any age can accomplish with a little bit of hard work and a few good ideas.

Those interested in this free program are encouraged to sign up now by contacting the Milford Branch of PCPL in person or by calling 570-296-8211. The program will run for seven weeks on Wednesday evenings, from March 24th through May 5th, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Library Annex, located at 201 West Harford Street (across from the Post Office.)

From left to right - front row
Jennifer Greco & Ellen Shaffner, Pike County Public Library, Marcia Guberman, Dime Bank, Danielle Jordan, Pike Chamber Executive Director, Back row men from left to right Eric Hamill, Esq., Matt Dorcas, Bold Gold Media, & Erwin Guberman, CellularOne.
Not pictured is Lisa Hall, Small Business Development Center, Katrina Foster, KKPR Marketing, Don Quick, Pike County Press & Port Jervis News, Hillary Needleman & Bob Grimm, Muir House & Rachel Hendricks, Deputy Director of Economic Development.

Local Businesses Heard

Posted on February 4, 2010
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce represented local business concerns regarding the possible 570 area code telephone number change in Pike County. The Chamber’s Executive Director, Danielle Jordan, gave a sworn testimonial statement before the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) panel, which was conducted by Judge Ember S. Jandebeur and held on February 1, in Wilkes-Barre. “Advocacy is an important part of what the Chamber does,” said Jordan. “Our local businesses were heard, loud and clear as a unified voice.”

Previously, in 1998, Pike County was changed from the 717 area code in a geographical area code split and was given the new prefix code of 570. According to the PUC, the 570 area code is projected to run out of numbers in the third quarter of 2011.

“You may think… what is the big deal? It’s just an inconvenience to adjust to a new phone number,” said Jordan. “Now please consider how many marketing materials that businesses advertise their contact information on. From the small item of a business card to expansive marketing campaigns with websites, commercials and billboards… all of this would have to be updated. This area code change would have a tremendous financial impact on our local Pike County business community.”

While the Chamber recognizes that with growth comes challenges, the option of an Overlay area code in addition to the 570 area code would ensure adequate numbering resources and could be the optimal solution. Jordan concluded, “In this current economy, when businesses are so stressed financially, having to spend a large amount of money just to stay status quo is an unfair burden.”

Pike Chamber Installation Held

Posted on February 3, 2010
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recently held their Annual Installation Breakfast at the Mt. Haven Resort. The Chamber’s pro-bono attorney John Stieh, presided over the induction of the newly appointed Directors and confirmed the new slate of Executive Officers. Incoming Chamber President, Dr. Candis Finan, is hopeful that this year will be better for businesses as the economy continues to improve.

The 2010 Executive Committee is comprised of the following:
President: Dr. Candis Finan, Delaware Valley School District
1st Vice President : Kathleen Hummel, Woodloch Pines Resort
2nd Vice President : Matt Dorcas, Bold Gold Media Group
Secretary: MaryAlice Petzinger, Wayne Bank
Treasurer: Ed Nikles, Sr., Ed Nikles Custom Builder

The new Directors added for the term 2010-11 are the following:
Mary Ann Butler, Times Herald-Record
Coulby Dunn, Mountain View Homes
Brian O’Hare, Brian O’Hare Tax Specialist
Monique Olivier, Hampton Inn
Simone Palmer, Dime Bank
Bruce Tichenor, Keystone College

The new Honorary Directors are Barbara J. Buchanan, Davis R. Chant, Beth Nikles and Ken Winters.

The Chamber’s Executive Director, Danielle Jordan gave a year in review of the Chamber’s accomplishments in 2009 and looked ahead at the Chamber’s 2010 Game Plan. This year the Chamber plans to bring forth two innovative programs: “Welcome Home” and the “Wedding Program”. For more information on the Pike County Chamber of Commerce visit

You Are Invited!

Posted on January 26, 2010
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites the general public to attend the annual Pike County Chamber of Commerce Board Installation Breakfast and General Membership Meeting. Please join us to welcome the 2010 Board of Officers and Directors and to hear first hand of the Chamber’s accomplishments and new programs for the upcoming year ahead. The breakfast will be held on January 26th at 7:30am at the Mt. Haven Country Resort & Restaurant located on Log Tavern Road in Milford. Reservations are $17 for members and $20 for non-members and are requested by January 20th by calling the Chamber at 570-296-8700 or through email to We hope to see you there!

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