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Pike Chamber’s August Seminar to Help Businesses


Posted on August 6th, 2012
Pike Chamber’s August Seminar to Help Businesses

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Stephen Ursich who is a Business Consultant at the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center. The University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center deals with counseling Small Businesses that are Start-Ups or, Businesses in Trouble or, to those who are growing by leaps and bounds! Steve has worked out of our Pike County Chamber of Commerce office on a regular basis for several years. He brings great ideas and sound programs; he answers questions using the knowledge of what other small businesses are doing and what works best in Northeastern Pennsylvania. His insight and experience will provide all attendees with fresh ideas and knowledge of resources and remedies for business problems. BRING YOUR SPECIFIC QUESTIONS! You never know what you might hear!

The Seminar is entitled: “Advice to Small Businesses in Tough Times”. The following are some of the items that will be discussed: Finance: things like SBA 504 Loans: low interest, quick turnaround, low cash requirements. Other similar financing mechanisms that typically work with local banks, Finding Additional Markets – Internet Based, Consumer and Business-to-Business markets, Business Ratios – very often the heart and soul of understanding profits and costs, Need for Databases of Customers – getting a “lifetime value” from existing customers, Use of Technology – how technology allows small enterprises to compete and prosper, and much, much more that will be raised by your fellow small business owners and managers!

This is part of the Pike Chamber’s “Third Thursday” seminar series and we know that it is actually the 4th Thursday this month due to scheduling conflicts; but it will return to our regular schedule next month.

This is open to the community on Thursday, August 23rd at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing in Matamoras, PA. Pike Chamber Members are $15.00 per person and Non-Members are $20.00 per person which includes a terrific breakfast buffet. You must R.S.V.P. to reserve your seat by calling 570-296-8700 before August 20th.

PIKE COUNTY CHAMBER'S JULY THIRD THURSDAY SEMINAR SERIES


Posted on July 9th, 2012
JULY'S TOPIC: EVERYTHING "NEW MEDIA": GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, LINKEDIN, ONLINE NEWS & OTHER TOOLS VITAL TO POSITIONING YOUR BUSINESS

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is proud to host Patrick Mullen, Director, Interactive Marketing Services for the Dow Jones Local Media
Group, who will make a presentation about electronic and social media on Thursday, July 19th at the Best Western Inn at Hunt's Landing in
Matamoras, PA. Patrick is an innovator and a young pioneer in the development of "New Media" products and is expert in the field of social media and digital marketing.


For most businesses the idea of electronic media and social media are just things we hear about everywhere we go. However, how do they work and are the effective? The following items will be discussed: How do you get to the top of the list in GOOGLE? How important is Facebook and other similar venues to a small Pike County business? Can you effectively use Social Media in lieu of standard advertising? Is it possible to develop a secondary source of income to your business from the Internet? Even if the Internet is not the primary source of advertising, how much of the sales decision process is formed by an Internet presence? And much, much more.

July's Third Thursday Breakfast Seminar will be on July 19th promptly at 7:30a.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt's Landing in Matamoras, PA.

Pike County Chamber members are $15.00 per person and Non-Members are $20.00 per person which includes a wonderful breakfast buffet. The entire program should be done by 8:45a.m. in order for you to get to work on time. Reservations a must by calling 570-296-8700.

Pike County Chamber Announces Signature Event for 2012


Posted on July 9th, 2012

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce announces their "Signature Event Dinner for 2012," which will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, PA. The featured guest speaker will be United States Senator Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Senator Toomey's presentation will focus on the business of the United States Senate, current economic conditions, options for resolutions relating to unemployment, government programs, taxes and also balancing the budget. Toomey will also discuss issues relating to the creation of jobs and defeating a poor economy.

Pat is a Harvard graduate and spent six years working in the international capital markets. He helped businesses expand and create new jobs by lowering borrowing costs and managing exposure to changing interest and currency exchange rates. When Pat left the financial sector in 1990, he and his brothers started a successful, family-owned restaurant business with several Pennsylvania locations. Pat is a great believer in smaller government and more individual freedom.

Since joining the Senate in 2011, Senator Toomey has distinguished himself as a leader on economic, financial services and budgetary issues, striving to restore fiscal discipline to Washington and economic opportunity for all Americans. Among other things, Senator Toomey introduced a 10-year balanced budget proposal that received more votes in the Senate than any other budget plan in 2011, and he has successfully helped cut federal red tape for local communities and job creators in Pennsylvania through his "Had Enough?" constituent services program.

Prior to the Senate Pat served in Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District. In the House, as in the Senate, Pat championed economic growth and fiscal discipline. In fulfillment of his three-term pledge, he retired from the House in 2004. In addition to his public service, the senator has also served as president of the Club for Growth.

For more information contact Michael J. Sullivan or Lee Ann at the Chamber: info@pikechamber.com or call (570) 296 -8700.

Pike County Chamber’s Third Thursday Seminar Series


Posted on June 6, 2012
Please Join Us for Pike County Chamber’s Third Thursday Seminar Series - June’s Topic: Advertising Principles from “A-Z”

With the hiring of the new Executive Director Michael Sullivan, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce is in the process of re-vamping its program of works and part of the updating is adding this great member benefit of a Third Thursday Seminar Series with a new topic each month to help your business. May’s seminar was held at Belle Reve and had over 37 people in attendance. In the effort to expand and make room for more interested parties we are having June’s at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing in Matamoras, PA.

This seminar will not pick the best media for you but, it will coach you on how YOU can wisely choose your advertising. For the average Pike County business, the “science” of advertising is something that is often delegated to the “experts.” What is better, a $14 radio ad, an $88 cable ad, a $180 newspaper ad? How about ideas on developing FREE or low cost advertising… is it possible? What are the advantages of different media? How about “rules” covering frequency of ads? What does “media mix” mean? How effective is Internet-based media – pro’s and con’s? Find out what objective text sources say.

We will be discussing the following items: What are the best theories on how the human mind processes advertising?, How do we use marketing data with advertising? (Follow up to our last session on “Pike County by the Numbers.”), Understanding Nielson, Arbitron, ABC, etc. Viewers, listeners and readers by time of day and frequency, Cost of a Super Bowl ad. “Nobody Beats the Wiz.” (Arbitron measures smart phone and tablets too.), What is the one key question an advertiser needs to know before they advertise?, How do you calculate the best choice between media buys as different as radio, cable, Internet and direct Mail?, The concept of CPM., What are the general characteristics of the different media?, SWOT studies on each and then putting it all together!

June’s Third Thursday Breakfast Seminar will be on June 21st promptly at 7:30a.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing in Matamoras, PA. Pike County Chamber members are $15.00 per person and Non-Members are $20.00 per person which includes a wonderful breakfast buffet. The entire program should be done by 8:45a.m. in order for you to get to work on time. Reservations a must by calling 570-296-8700.

Pike Chamber ’12 Scholarship Recipients Announced


Posted on June 12, 2012
Pike Chamber ’12 Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Sidney L. Krawitz Scholarship of $500.00 to Katelyn Anderson of Milford. A member of the Del.Aware newspaper staff, Athletic Council, track and field, Captain on the football and competition cheerleading teams as well as the Future Business Leaders of America; Ms. Anderson will be attending Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in the fall working towards a career in Marketing and Communications.

The Pike Chamber’s second scholarship awarded was the John Gouse Memorial Scholarship of $250.00 to Karen Wolsiefer of Dingmans Ferry. Karen, an active member of the chorus and Future Business Leaders of America, also volunteers a great deal in the community; at her church, the local food pantry and volunteers teaching children dance lessons in ballet, tap, lyrical, modern and jazz to name a few. Ms. Wolsiefer will be attending The College at Brockport to pursue a double and possibly a triple major in business, special education and of course dance which is her passion.

These scholarships are awarded each year to Delaware Valley High School seniors who are going to further their education in a four year program. The scholarships were presented to both ladies at the DVHS Scholarship night by Pike County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Sullivan. The Chamber of Commerce is proud to support our local young adults who aim high and recognize the value in giving back to their community. Congratulations Katelyn & Karen! “We expect great things from you both. Pike County is very proud of you!” stated Sullivan.

Photo – from l-r, Karen Wolsiefer, Michael Sullivan, Katelyn Anderson.

Father's Day Weekend


Posted on June 15, 2012
It's Father's Day Weekend and if you are looking for something to do be sure to check out the calendar of events on www.pikechamber.com for things like Charlie Shay's BBQ at the Riverview Inn on the Delaware River all weekend. Friday night is a Jewelry Making Workshop at The Vanilla Pig Shop over in Dingmans Ferry or you can take Dad on a Butterfly Hike at the Pocono Environmental Education Center or on Sunday, Dad can Paddle FREE down the Delaware at Kittatinny Canoes!

For more details and the contact information, go to www.pikechamber.com and scroll down to the calendar.

Enjoy your weekend in Pike County, PA and Happy Father's Day to all you great Dad's out there!

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