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 Upcoming Events

August 20th: Annual Multi Chamber Clam Bake

Join the Slate Belt, Nazareth/Bath & Lehigh Valley Elite Group.

Meet new friends, renew old acquaintances, plan your office outing.  A great opportunity for business owners to network.





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August 2014

SAVE THE DATE, October 30th for our Lehigh Valley Lender Match. This FREE event will feature great resources to help Lehigh Valley Entrepreneurs, including: Lender to Business match-Making Sessions & Networking Opportunities. Watch for our participating lenders.

A meeting with Lanta was held last month to discuss the Slate Belt bus services. We are looking to hold three public forums this fall. The first meeting with representatives from our business community. During this meeting we will looking to collect feedback on how Lanta can tailor their services to match existing demand and unmet needs in the Slate Belt Region. The second and third meetings will be held with YMCA/YWCA leaders, parents, teachers and moderators for after school activities. Watch for more details.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of the Scholarship Golf Classic. Without all of you this event would not be possible. We are proud to be able to award five students from the five area schools scholarships and honor them with a banquet every year. Over $3000 was raised for next years scholarship program.

ESSROC, SAM’S CLUB, MET ED, MERCHANTS BANK, MORAVIAN HALL SQUARE, APPI ENERGY, SEA AIR INTERNATIONALFORWARDERS, RUGGIERO LAW OFFICE, Ceraul Law Office, Frederick R Curcio, State Farm Lucy Flinn, Stotz & Fatzinger Office Supply, Thrivent Financial, Diversified Insurance, Tolino Vineyards, Ginder Greenhouse, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, First Northern Bank & Trust, Ott consulting, Witmer Insurance, The Albert’s, Maintain Your Independence, Woodstone Golf Club, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Southmoore Golf Course, Outback Steakhouse, Kistler Tiffany Benefits, Embassy Bank, AA Lapp & Associates & Realty Executives.

Calling all healthcare professionals! The Slate Belt Safety & Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday, September 13th, at the Washington Elementary School. We are looking for healthcare businesses to display and offer any type of screening, information etc. for our residents. Call for more information 610-588-1000 Fingerprinting & ID badges, local police & fire companies, EMS Corps, child safety seat checks, blood drive, rescue demonstrations, K 9 demonstrations. New this year: speakers on anti-bulling, drug & alcohol abuse, social media etc….what’s your expertise? Can you help by being a speaker?

Our Annual Chamber Clambake will be held on Wednesday, August 20th, 5 pm at Evergreen Lake, Bath. Join the Slate Belt, Nazareth-Bath & the Lehigh Valley Elite Group. Meet new friends, renew old acquaintances, plan your office outing. A great opportunity for business owners to show your appreciation to your staff. Last year we had over 250 in attendance. See flyer.

Join us on September 7th for our 16th Annual Basket/Purse Bingo. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Sponsors are needed. A $50, $75 or $100 donation will determine the size of your basket/purse. You will also receive a ticket to attend or give to an employee or that special person, your company information will be on the tables and you will be in the program and announced throughout the event. This is an opportunity to reach out to 200 women/men and tell them about your company, product or event.

Annual Dime Toss will be held at the Blue Valley Farm Show, August 19-23rd. The proceeds from this event will be used for our annual Santa’s Elves Holiday Christmas Party for the less fortunate children of the Slate Belt. Donations of clean glasses, coffee mugs, wine glasses etc…… are appreciated and can be dropped off at the office or on Monday, August 18th, 6 pm at our farm show stand.


8/20: Annual Clam Bake, Evergreen Lakes, Bath

9/7: Longaberger/Vera Bradley Bingo @ Bangor Elks, 1 pm

9/23: Multi Chamber Networking Breakfast at Best Western

10/7: SBCC Networking Business Luncheon, 12 noon @ Kirkridge

10/30: Meet the Lender event. This will be a FREE event and feature great resources and events to help Lehigh Valley Entrepreneurs including: Lender to Business Match making Sessions, Business Resources & Networking Opportunities.

11/18: Annual Sam’s Club Multi Chamber Mixer, 5-7 pm

Community Carnivals/Fairs/Festivals/Events

Summer Sounds Concerts, Wind Gap & Pen Argyl, 6 pm: Wind Gap, 8/3, 8/17 Wind Gap, 8/10, 8/24, Pen Argyl Park.

Aug 19-23rd, Blue Valley Farm Show

Aug 29-Sept 1st, Pen Argyl Carnival

Sept 1st, Labor Day Parade, Pen Argyl Borough

Sept 13th, State Farm Safety & Wellness Fair, Washington Township School

Oct 4th, Families First 5K run/fun walk @ Wind Gap Park, 610-746-4436 or

Oct 4th: Career Institute Art, Craft & Vendor Show, 9-3 pm. 610-258-2847 ext 3312.

Oct 11th, Lukie’s Fall Festival, Pen Argyl Park

Oct 18-19, Fall Harvest & Sawmill Show, Jacktown

 New Members for July

Elvern Farms

& The Cider House Gift Shop

506 E. Main St., Pen Argyl, PA 18072

Mailing: 805 Orchard Rd., Mt. Bethel, PA 18343

610-588-7019, Fax: 610-863-0655


Web Site:

Farm Market & Gift Shop.

3M Lawn Care/Property Maintenance

Mick Hartzog

97 Chris Ct.

Bangor, PA 18013



Mowing, mulching & maintenance. Any type of outdoor maintenance & snow plowing.


The Slate Belt Heritage Center Golf Tournament Sponsorship Opportunities.  This year’s golf tournament will be held at Shawnee Golf Resort on Friday, August 15, 8 am.  Individuals or businesses may sponsor an entire hole or a tee box and your sponsorship sign will be viewed by all of the golfers who join us that day.  Cost is $100 per Hold and $50 per Tee.  Make checks payable to Slate Belt Heritage Center and mail by August 4th to Marc Blau, 280 Halletts Rd., Mt. Bethel PA 18343.  Please enclose how your want you name displayed on your sign.

Families First presents a Wine Tasting Fundraiser on August 22, 4:30 to 7pm at Tolino’s Vineyards, 280 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Bangor.  Donation is $20 per person.  For ticket information contact Frank Jones at 610 863 9095 ext. 1308 or email

The Y Holiday Concert Advertising Opportunity Featuring the Rock Band: Twelve Twenty-Four on November 22, 2014

Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the Slate Belt Y.

VIP Sponsor $600

15 tickets in VIP section & premium color ad in event program.

Billboard Sponsor 4400

4 Weeks + of a Holiday Concert Billboard with your company name on the bottom.

Event Banner $300 per side or $500 both sides

Your company name on the road banners for 4+ weeks advertising the concert

Program Sponsor

Back Outside cover $350                  Full Page $200 (color) $100 (black/white)

Front Inside cover   $275                   Half Page $100 (color) $50 (black/white)

Back Inside cover   $275                   Quarter Page $50 (color) $25 (black/white)

Patron Ad $15 black/white


Donations are gladly accepted in an amount of your choosing.


First come, first serve basis.  Last year we sold out quickly!

I would like to be a sponsor for the Twelve Twenty-Four Holiday Concert to Benefit the Slate Belt Y


Remit your contact name, company, address, phone number & email address and your sponsorship level along with your payment payable to the Slate Belt Y and return to the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce, 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA 18013.  610-588-1000


KTB Client Updates & Wellness


How Has The Affordable Care Act Effected How Insurance Carriers Calculate Premium Payments?  The ACA changed the way companies are rated in the small group market.  Small groups (less than 50) are community rated.The ACA’s modified community rating rules do not apply to the large group market (e.g., employers with an average of 51 or more total employees) unless a state permits health insurance issuers to offer coverage to the large group market through an Exchange, which cannot occur prior to 2017.  Unless and until health insurance issuers begin offering large group health insurance coverage through an Exchange, the premium rating methodology utilized by health insurance issuers will remain the same (or, at least, substantially similar) as the methodology utilized in years past.   Community rating is a way for insurers to calculate the cost of health insurance premiums based on a variety of communal, rather than individual, factors.  Traditionally, health insurance companies have based their premiums on plan design, family composition, health status, claims history, age, gender, location, occupation, tobacco use and duration of coverage.  Community rating, however, prevents health insurers from varying premiums within a geographic area based on individual factors.  A variation of community is adjusted or modified community rating, in which insurance cannot vary their rates based on health status but can use other facts.  Prior to The Affordable Care Act (ACA), states had their own laws regulating how insurers could set their premiums, but there were no overall rating restrictions at the federal level. Effective for plan or policy years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, the ACA imposes modified community rating restrictions on all non-grandfathered health plans for individuals and small businesses. How Do E-Cigarettes Play Into Existing Workplace Policies?  E-cigarettes involve different chemicals and other processes than traditional cigarettes.  They may look similar to conventional cigarettes, but they do not have the same chemicals or burn like tobacco cigarettes as they heat a liquid instead of tobacco.  Because of this, an employer should make a decision on whether they are going to treat e-cigarettes in the same fashion that they do traditional cigarettes or if, the employer will treat them as a completely different item. The first place to start is to review your state and local regulations.  Cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago have banned electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, night clubs and other public spaces.  Next look at your company policies regulating or prohibiting smoking in the workplace. Consider your employee population and culture when deciding whether or not you will ban e-cigarettes at your work location(s).  Also, don’t forget your company objectives in terms of smoking incentives and overall wellness programs.  Once you define what your company goals are, then start formulating policies regarding e-cigarettes.

Kistler Tiffany Benefits, 899 Cassatt Rd, Berwyn, PA   400 Berwyn Park, Ste 200, Berwyn, PA19312


Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce presents….

Reflections of Italy

November 12-21, 2014

Join us for your dream vacation to Italy

Trip includes:

10 days total in:

Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Chianti Winery, Venice, Murano Island, Lugano, Switzerland, Como

14 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 5 Dinners

Airport shuttle transportation from Bangor


Double $3,499, Single $3,999; Triple $3,469 if you book before May

After May: Double $3,749, Single $4,249; Triple $3,719

For more information call Collette Vacations

Clotilde Fitzsimmons at 610-881-4164 or email her at


 SBCC Officers & Directors

Steve Hurni, President

Mary Marshall, 1st Vice President

Jeff Ott, 2nd Vice President

Fred Curcio, Secretary

Rosemary Albert, Treasurer

Nadine Moyer, Chairman

 One Year Directors:

David Dent, Paul Donovan, Fred Curcio, Victor Rodite, Steve Hurni, Bryan Gault, Lucy Flinn,

 Two Year Directors:

Rosemary Albert, Mary Marshall, Chuck Niclaus, Adolph Marth, Jewel Williamson-Burns, Nadine Moyer, Jeff Ott, Joann Ginder

 SBCC Mission Statement: To promote and enhance positive business activity and growth in the Slate Belt region with special emphasis on community involvement.

SBCC, 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA 18013 610.588.1000