Chamber News

Pike Chamber Announces Membership Sale!

Posted on March 5, 2013
In today’s business climate, business owners are looking to trim expenses wherever they can and in these challenging times; one would think dues for membership is an expense easy to cross off the list. Unfortunately, they sometimes fail to realize that a Chamber membership can add to your bottom line in the long run. Chamber membership can be at its highest value to a business when adverse economics are present. Local Chambers are an extremely valuable resource for business planning, making business connections, marketing, and promotion to assist with sustainability and growth. Taking advantage of such resources from your Chamber membership can make a significant difference in a business operation.

The primary functions of the Chamber go far deeper than print nice brochures, answer inquiries and advertise what a great place the area is to work, live and play. The Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst– a common vehicle through which business and professional people work together for the common good of the community. A better community means better business conditions, and we work for a better community for everyone. That’s why we do what we do and now is a great time to band together and grow.

What we're hoping to accomplish is not to grow our numbers for the sake of increasing our rolls, but to gain new insight, creativity and support for the programs we manage, to step up our services to business and to keep ahead of the changing times. A greater membership makes more options available.
A larger membership means a stronger voice. The Chamber is always advocating for the businesses in Pike County. When we call on our elected officials it makes a huge difference to say that we currently represent a large number of Pike County businesses and their employees. A stronger Chamber means more services for our members. An increase in membership will result in more flexibility when it comes to adding on additional programs and services for our members. A larger Chamber means better networking. Obviously, for every new member that we have, that's one additional business that will read your press release in the newsletter, see your ad on our Web site, meet you at business card exchange and find your services in our membership directory.

Members will each have their own reasons for joining but some of the benefits that Pike County Chamber does for its members are connections to new customers/clients through networking, low-cost advertising, tools to increase profits, business consulting, exposure, lobbying and advocating on behalf of businesses, promoting areas businesses and working on economic development projects in the region. Member businesses range from realtors to financial planners, retail shops to art galleries, restaurants, at home consultants, physicians and lawyers; but we all share a common goal of making Pike County a viable place to do business.

Membership is what makes a Chamber of Commerce. Members provide the ideas, the drive, the goals, the funds and the voluntary services to keep the Chamber doing what it does through your participation. "It really says something about your company if you're a member of the local Chamber of Commerce. It's a sign of quality and commitment” says Pike Chamber President Philly Viscardo. The Chamber would not be what it is today without the dedication and support of our membership. The staff can come and go but the membership is the constant that keeps this ship afloat.

For the next three months from March 1st to May 31st if a business joins the Pike Chamber and pays in full, they will received a 30% discount off their dues; if they opt to pay their dues in three monthly installments, they would get a 20% discount. Membership investment dues are based on business categories. You can find out the various categories on the member application. To get a member investment application please visit our website, call Chamber President Philly Viscardo at 570-828-6406 or call Chamber Executive Director Michael Sullivan at 570-296-8700.

New Member

Posted on March 1, 2013
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed in their newest member last week; May Brother's Landscaping. Michael Sullivan the Chamber's Executive Director, Office Manager Lee Ann Camarero along with Chamber President Philly Viscardo were on hand for a quick shot with Aaron and Ted in front of one of their trucks. May Brother's Landscaping is involved in all aspects of Landscaping. Their services include, Hardscaping (walls & patios), Landscape Design, commercial and residential Ground Maintenance & Snow Removal. They also offer parking lot striping for our commercial customers. May Brother's takes a tremendous amount of pride in the work we do and as our logo states, we are "Committed to Excellence" said owners Aaron May and Ted Dabney. For more information and pricing, please feel free to call them at either 570-228-6994 or 570-872-1205 or visit

Photo - from L-R : Chamber Executive Director Mike Sullivan, Chamber President Philly Viscardo, Owner Ted Dabney, Owner Aaron May, Chamber Office Manager Lee Ann Camarero.

The Melting Pot Cookbook

Posted on February 28, 2013
Check out The Melting Pot cookbook assembled by the Women in Business Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce! With recipes from other women and local chefs you're bound to find a new family or party favorite! For $10.00 each you can get your own copy today by calling the Chamber at 570-296-8700 or ordering it online here:

Learn how The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) will impact you, me and your business?

Posted on February 20th, 2013
The impact of federal health care reform in 2014 will be the subject of a Pike County Chamber of Commerce seminar next week. The seminar will feature a description of what the new regulations mean for businesses and individuals and how they should prepare and the penalties for noncompliance.

Learn about the pros and cons of government controlled healthcare and some of the new regulations including: each American must have health insurance or pay a penalty, there will be more people added to Medicaid and subsidies for other Americans, insurance companies must change the way they cover Americans, the state and federal governments are creating health insurance “exchanges”, employers will be impacted, learn the effect on kids and the elderly, there will be more taxes and fees, how you get health insurance may change, seeing a doctor could be a challenge - once the reform is in full swing, it is estimated that 30+ million people will be “added to the system”, and the costs will continue to increase.

So depending on your current situation, the Affordable Healthcare Act may have a dramatic impact on your life or it might pass relatively unnoticed but one of the controversial issues with it is that if an individual fails to purchase a government approved insurance plan, a penalty will be assessed to them (probably on your annual tax return).

Our panel of knowledgeable speakers includes Joseph Sileo, Esq. with the firm of McNees, Wallace & Nurick and his colleagues Jennifer LaPorta Baker, Esq. and Jennifer Walsh, Esq., Jeff Haudenschield, co-founder of The Benefits Group as well as Rob Unger, CPA from the firm Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, PC.

Since this effects everyone, we are anticipating a “full house” so please call now to reserve your seat at 570-296-8700. It is on Thursday, February 28th at 7:30a.m. at The Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing in Matamoras, PA. Cost is $15.00 for Pike Chamber Members or $20.00 for Non-Members and includes full buffet breakfast.

Health Care Reform - What it means for your business - A VERY IMPORTANT SEMINAR:

Posted on February 11, 2013
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce would like to make every person aware of one of the most sweeping changes since the enactment of Social Security that is about to descend on American Business and yet, little is known about it. In a very special 90-minute seminar on Thursday, February 28, 2013, you will have an opportunity to hear from three fine professionals as to what is about to happen with respect to this new law. Joseph Sileo is an attorney with the firm of McNees, Wallace & Nurick in Scranton, PA. Joseph's firm specializes in this new law and other labor and management issues. He and his colleagues, Jennifer LaPorta Baker, Esq. and Jennifer Walsh, Esq., will be on hand to address issues facing small and medium-sized businesses. They will be presenting in conjunction with Jeff Haudenschield, Co-Founder of The Benefits Group. Also, a representative from the CPA firm of Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, PC will address the fiscal implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Those who attend this seminar will be far better prepared to deal with the requirements of this law.

Joseph Sileo, Esq.
The most controversial and far-reaching requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka "Health Care Reform") take effect in January 2014. Many business executives and HR professionals are struggling with the ever-evolving and often confusing health-care reform information coming at them daily. This session is designed to educate businesses about the practical steps they should be taking now in order to stay on top of PPACA compliance in 2013 and 2014. We will address recent changes that have taken effect and provide guidance on how to prepare for the sweeping changes that are scheduled to take effect in 2014, including shared responsibility penalties and health care exchanges.

This seminar is designed to bring clarity to businesses as well as individuals on the many pressing issues that will be part of their decisions regarding health coverage in the coming months, including: the definition and importance of "full time" employment status under PPACA, the "shared responsibility" requirements and what they mean for your business, an update on Pennsylvania's approach to establishing a health care exchange, important notice requirements, a review of the important deadlines over the next few years and what you should be doing to prepare and practical steps that businesses of all sizes should be doing now.

Reservations are required by calling 570-296-8700 for this breakfast seminar on Thursday, February 28th at the Best Western Inn at Hunt's Landing in Matamoras, PA beginning promptly at 7:30a.m. Cost is $15.00 for Pike Chamber Members or $20.00 for Non-Members which includes a full breakfast buffet. Since this impacts everyone, we are expecting a very large group so please call to reserve your seat as soon as possible.

Photo is Joseph Sileo, Esq.

January Third Thursday Breakfast Seminar Series

Posted on January 8th, 2013
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will be continuing their Third Thursday Breakfast Seminar Series on January 17, 2013 with the topic of “How to Convert Low-Cost Networking into Big Income” with Guest Speaker Cena Block of Sane Spaces.

Pike County, like everywhere else in America, has been experiencing difficult economic times. This has been felt by every business in virtually every business sector. Everyone who relies on new business activities agrees that they must maintain a vigorous marketing presence, however, how do you do it with diminishing resources? In this seminar you will learn low cost and no cost options with highlights including but not limited to networking to cash flow-compelling reasons to start today, low cost networking opportunities, networking toolbox, ideal client avatar, “elevator pitch” formula, key networking questions and follow-up strategies.

Program speaker Cena Block is an efficiency expert, sought after presenter, published author, speaker and the President of the Northern NJ Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Cena works with corporate and non-profit groups to deliver her engaging, interactive and shape-shifting workshops and keynote programs. Her professional expertise comes from more than 25 years in human performance management, people and project management, coaching, entrepreneurship, training design, delivery and consulting.

Held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing in Matamoras, PA, the program begins promptly at 7:30a.m. with breakfast ready at 7:15a.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013. It is $15.00 per person for Pike Chamber members and $20.00 per person for Non-members and you must RSVP to reserve your space by calling 570-296-8700 no later than January 15th.

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