Benefits, Programs & Services

Benefits, Programs & Services

  • Access to ChamberChoice health insurance, energy program (residential & commercial), business liability insurance and affinity programs.
  • Networking opportunities at over 50 events and programs a year
  • Opportunity to attend Chamber events at member rate
  • Complimentary access to Business after 5 O'clock Mixer and 5th Wednesday Mix & Mingle
  • Resource and Small Business Assistance: Revolving Loan, SCORE, Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Small Business Development Center, U.S. Small Business Administration, Manufacturers Resource Center, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29 Read more...
  • Business Development and training workshops and seminars at member rate
  • Access to Member 2 Member Discount Program. Click Here for list of participants and offered Member 2 Member discounts 
  • Ability to rent conference facilities at member rate - includes video conferencing Photos of Executive Conference Room and Large Conference Room
  • Chamber group travel opportunities
  • Use of Chamber logo on business cards and website
  • Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Welcome Packet
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Notary Services

Energy Program

The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Energy Program is for Chamber members and Schuylkill County residents. The program is in conjunction with ChamberChoice and our consultant, OnDemand Energy Solutions. 

COMMERCIAL PRICING
For commercial pricing, please contact the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce at 570-622-1942/800-755-1942.
RESIDENTIAL PRICING
Schuylkill County residents can sign up online at bit.ly/1ihllMQ.

Health Insurance Program

The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with ChamberChoice, offers an exclusive health insurance program with Highmark Blue Shield.  This program boasts the most attractive Highmark Blue Shield medical plans, plus dental and vision, and includes coverage for sole proprietors. Only Schuylkill Chamber members will receive the exclusive ChamberChoice program and value added services, including a $15,000 term life insurance policy for all enrolled employees, COBRA administration, online billing and administration, wellness and human resource support and a dedicated client resource center. What this means for county businesses is an exclusive rate with great savings to help control their bottom line.

For detailed information, please contact ChamberChoice at 1-800-377-3539.

Small Business Revolving Loan Program

Schuylkill Small Business Development Revolving Loan Program

The Schuylkill Small Business Development Revolving Loan Program was developed in 2003 by the Commissioners of Schuylkill County in a continuing effort to attract and retain businesses that provide decent wages and stabilize our communities. This program is available County-wide and can be used by both new businesses and existing businesses that need assistance for expansion. Businesses that apply for the loan must be able to create or retain jobs that will employ county residents.

The loans can be used for acquisition of property; building rehabilitation with qualifying criteria; new construction; infrastructure; and the purchase of equipment and machinery. The loans cannot be used to refinance existing debt; working capital; or soft costs, i.e. title recording, legal, architect, insurance.

Financial assistance is based on need. In no circumstances will the funds be used to finance more than 25% of the total project cost. The committee determines the actual amount of the loan based on the application.

Loan terms are flexible and are arranged to meet the needs of the business. Loans may be deferred or amortized or used to write-down the interest on conventional financing. The term of the loan shall not exceed 10 years.

All loans will be secured by a mortgage on the property assisted with Economic Development funds. The loan may be subordinated to all private debt, however, the total debt secured by the property can not exceed 100% of the fair market value of the property as determined by an appraisal.

Other criteria and restrictions apply. For additional information on the program, or for a loan application package, please contact:

Robert S. Carl

Schuylkill Small Business Revolving Loan Program
Union Station
1 Progress Circle, Suite 201
Pottsville, Pa 17901

Phone: 570-622-1942/800-755-1942

rcarl(at)schuylkillchamber.com

Click Here to download Brochure
Click Here to download Application

Payment Processing Program

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Member 2 Member Discount Program

The Member 2 Member Discount Program is an opportunity for Schuylkill Chamber members to advertise their business and offer discounts on their products and services.  This benefit is designed to not only generate business from fellow members across Schuylkill County, but from their employees as well.

The type of discount you offer is at your discretion, however, the offer that you designate should be exclusive to Schuylkill Chamber members.  Upon acceptance into the program by the Members Services Committee, your business will receive FREE publicity through the Schuylkill Chamber website and monthly newsletter promotion.

To see a list of Chamber members involved with the program and their special discounts for other Chamber members
and their employees Click Here.

For information on how your company can become a part of this program, download the Application Here.

Here's How it Works:

  • Members may enroll at any time. There is no cost to enroll in the program. However, if additional member cards are required, there will be a fee.
  • The list of participating Chamber members will be posted on the Schuylkill Chamber website - please click on the link above for the list of participating Chamber members. The list will be updated monthly. Additional participants will be included in the monthly Chamber newsletter. Hard copies of the list will be available through the Chamber office.
  • Decals will be created that you will display in your business designating you as a participant of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Member 2 Member Discount Program.

Should you wish to discontinue your participation prior to the conclusion of the program cycle, it is your responsibility to notify the Chamber and any members who solicit your business that you are no longer participating. You may choose to re-enroll at any time.

For more information contact Monica M. Walborn at 570-622-1942/800-755-1942 or email  mwalborn(at)schuylkillchamber.com

Schuylkill Leadership

 

Schuylkill Leadership is a program designed and sponsored by the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Schuylkill Leadership Association to ensure that the new, able, resourceful and vigorous leadership will be continuously added to our community to understand the problems and opportunities we face in deciding the future of Schuylkill County.

By seeking out and identifying capable men and women in the community and involving them in a formalized program that introduces them to the vital issues affecting our communities, Schuylkill Leadership sets a course for their active participation in community affairs to address the identified issues and find solutions for them. With the entire county as the classroom, participants explore vital topics facing the community.  The curriculum combines exposure to issues through information sharing and practical learning experiences. Sessions cover such topics as: community and economic development, technology; government, Schuylkill County history, diversity, media, leadership skills, education, agriculture, environment, healthcare and trusteeship.

The ten full day sessions run from March through June. Seminars are conducted by experienced leaders working in each of the fields of interest.  Seminar leaders encourage candidate involvement in the sessions as a way to gain new perspectives on community issues.  Programs are conducted at various sites throughout the county. Working together and shaping a new generation of leaders to build a better Schuylkill County is what Schuylkill Leadership is all about.  The program has been producing leaders since 1991 and has over 547 graduates.

 

Schuylkill Executive Leadership

Schuylkill Executive Leadership was developed in 2007 as an initiative of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to expand upon and/or hone the skills needed for career advancement.

Executive Leadership is tailored to meet the needs of the individual in helping them with their professional development no matter what the profession. Classes are held at the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce conference center from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Online Training

Find and purchase online training courses for your employees. Coggno has 1,000s of training courses available in topics such as Human Resources, Business Management, Sales and Marketing, Safety, Accounting, Social Media and more. Training is delivered online, available 24/7 and many come with certificates of completion. For more information and to find courses Click Here

YEA! Schuylkill

We are more than excited to spark the spirit of entrepreneurship in our county's students! You may know a student in grades 6 through 12 who is motivated and shows the potential to become an entrepreneur. If you would like to nominate a student or request an application, applications are available at the Schuylkill Chamber office or by contacting Mary Jo Moss at yea(at)schuylkillchamber.com.

For more information and/or to follow the YEA! Class of 2016 Click Here.