Being a member of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce has really benefitted Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America. Not only do they conduct very professional events, the Chamber has provided and continues to provide networking and educational programs that are informative as well as instructive. The Chamber staff is very supportive to our organization. At times, we have relied upon the Chamber and its exceptional facilities and hospitality to conduct our own executive programs. The leadership and counsel the Chamber staff provides is always helpful and intuitive. We look forward to our continued partnering with the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce in the years to come.
This morning at the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at Carmelo’s Roman Delight, Michael W. Rebert, P.E., the District Executive, for PennDOT Engineering District 5-0 publically announced that the Orwigsburg ADA Ramps on Market Street, (SR 443), will go out to bid. Thank you to the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director Bob Carl, the Chamber’s Transportation Committee and Chairman Tom Yashinsky for their continuing, deliberate and constant follow-up lobbying efforts to keep this project front & center with PennDOT in our efforts to acquire a construction bid date. There are currently more county road projects then commonwealth dollars competing with very limited resources. The total team effort of all concerned is very much appreciated.
The non-profit lunch and lunch was a valuable learning experience. The SCORE presentation helped to remind me that mission statements, by-laws and policy and procedure practices need to be reviewed regularly for a non-profit to really thrive. The presence from both Schuylkill County’s newest and oldest non-profits provided a balanced perspective of the deep non-profit traditions in Schuylkill County as well as what the future holds for the emerging non-profits just beginning to spread their roots. I look forward to remaining engaged in the non-profit conversations at the Chamber.
One of the benefits of Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce membership is the opportunity to meet other Chamber members and build relationships and grow business. Recently Edwards Business Systems’ Mike Keeney called on Barry Newswanger of Newhurst Inc. Barry’s company is a provider of transportation services in the Pine Grove Area. Newhurst’s copier lease was coming to an end and Barry asked Edwards Business toprovide a quotation for the replacement. In conversation, Barry mentioned that his present supplier was from outside of the area, but that he really didn’t have any serious issues with them. When reviewing Edwards Business Systems’ proposal ( which was very competitive!), Mike pointed out that Edwards is a fellow Chamber member. Barry’s response was with all things being equal he would prefer to do business with a fellow Chamber member! As a result, Barry was able to upgrade his equipment at a savings, improved response time when service is needed and receive better customer service. The result was that Edwards Business gained a new customer. Chamber membership created a win-win for both companies.
Leadership is an excellent opportunity to get outside of our little boxes and experience all of what Schuylkill county has to offer. It always amazes me how when I run into one of my fellow 2014 classmates, I immediately feel a certain connection with them. To me, that’s what leadership is about. Making a connection that last a lifetime.