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Lehigh Valley Steel Authority/SEWN Manufacturing Breakfast

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:30 am At Best Western, Rt. 512, Bethlehem

Cost: $10.00 per person


Saving Pennsylvania Jobs One Company at a Time

SEWN saves manufacturing jobs Northeastern PA by offering layoff aversion services to stabilize, restructure, turnaround, or attract buyers for at-risk small- to medium-sized companies. 

SEWN services are provided to the manufacturer free of charge.

SEWN serves all of Pennsylvania, with offices in the Pittsburgh area, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, and the Philadelphia area, working with more than 900 manufacturing firms and impacting more than 19,000 jobs over the past 20 years.

SEWN core services include Financial Restructuring, Operational Restructuring and Cost Management, Ownership Transition and Buyouts, High Performance Workplaces, and New Markets.

THE TOPIC:  What is the SEWN (Strategic Early Warning Network)?
The Steel Valley Authority (SVA) is a multi-municipality governmental authority addressing layoff aversion throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For a quarter of a century, SVA has been helping workers, the unemployed and their families, small manufacturers, and communities survive the traumatic changes in the global economy.  Growing from a small regional initiative in response to the dramatic loss of local manufacturing jobs around Pittsburgh and the Mon Valley, the SVA/SEWN has evolved into a nationally acclaimed leader driving both new economic policy and innovative programs that effectively save and create manufacturing jobs.  The SVA/SEWN works to revitalize American manufacturing through a number of innovative fronts including:  

  • Saving jobs and viable companies
  • Promoting responsible capital investment
  • Building sustainable communitiesThe SEWN Team is successful because it promotes a regional collaborative approach to local economic stabilization and recovery – an approach that supports retaining, restoring and creating good jobs, and one that emphasizes economic innovation and sustainable investment. We hope that you will join us as we bring this collaborative approach to the Lehigh Valley.

RSVP by April 2nd your name, contact information & number attending and remit along with payment to: SBCC, 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA 18013   610 588 1000


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 April 2014

As your Chamber of Commerce, we work to…..promote the local businesses and community to strengthen our local economy.  We host networking events to create connections business to business.  We are always looking for programs to put on for you, the business owner, if you have a need please contact the office and we will work together to make it happen.

SBCC EMAILS: During the past couple of weeks we have had some email trouble, this is all resolved now.  If we have not replied to an email you have sent, please send it again to ensure that we did receive it.

2014 Membership Directories are here!  You will receive yours shortly.

Attention Brokers/Developers the SBCC economic development committee will hold a Broker/Developer Open House on Tuesday, May 20th, 5-7 pm at the newly renovated “The Health Center at Bangor” Lehigh Valley Health Network, Blue Valley Dr. in the Weis Plaza, Bangor/Pen Argyl.  This open house will promote the commercial and light industrial redevelopment opportunities in the Slate Belt region.  Call or email the SBCC at 610.588.1000 or for reservations.  If you have commercial properties for sale in the Slate Belt and would like us to include your property in our book, please send us your fact sheet and contact information.  Deadline to submit properties 5/1/14.

Special Thanks to Realty Executives for a fantastic mixer.  Look for our next events in the flyers below.

We gathered useful information at our Microsoft Windows XP Workshop & Business Technology Q & A meeting on the 26th.  Special thanks to Scott & Denise of Computer Troubleshooters for your support.  As you know Microsoft will no longer support windows XP or Office 2003 after April 8th.  We learned what this may mean for our businesses and how to prepare.  For more information contact Scott or Diane directly at 610-866-2828.

Don’t’ forget to sign up early for this year’s Taste of the Slate Belt Business Expo on Wednesday, June 18th.  Let the Slate Belt residents know what your business has to offer!

Confused about the new government marketplace options?  Kistler Tiffany Benefits, our partner, has answers to all your questions.  Call 866.KTB-SERV (prompt 3) or visit  KTB; your resource for marketplace questions.  Our individual marketplace offers: personalized consultation with health insurance professionals to help uncover the best plans available for your and your family, tax subsidy eligibility review to ensure you don’t overpay for health insurance, easy online application procedure to save you time, choose the coverage that meets your needs and budget.  If you need more than health coverage, dental, vision, accident, critical illness, life and long-term care is available.

Save the Date for our annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.  This year’s awards dinner will be held at Tuscarora Inn, River Rd., Mt. Bethel on Thursday, May 15th, 6:30 pm.  The cost will be $25.00 and choose of, Roast Turkey or Salmon dinner.  Please help us honor these scholarship recipients by attending this year’s awards dinner.

Join us on April 7th to learn more about our “Reflection of Italy” trip planned for November 12-21st, 2014.  The meeting will be held at the chamber office at 7 pm.  All are welcome!

Our Chamber Pathways Program will be holding our annual “moving up” breakfast for the students who participated in the program this year.  We are looking for breakfast sponsors, speakers to inspire the girls and items to fill goodie bags for each.  Items of interest would be school supplies, inspirational books, cosmetics etc… Contact the office if you would like to make a donation.  For any items or sponsor donations, your company will be listed in the program and announced during the event.

The program goal is to build confidence in student as they begin to develop a plan for their lives after high school; to encourage and motivate students to continue their education (in any number of ways), or to develop a plan that will enable them to be successful as they join the workforce after graduation.

Hearing Scheduled on Variable Rate Electric Plans

In response to the thousands of complaints statewide about skyrocketing electric rates for those individuals who entered into variable rate contracts with their electric generation supplier, the House Consumer Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing later this month to gather more information on the issue.  The public hearing was held on March 20th.  More information to come…..

  New Members for March

New York Life Insurance Co./NYLIFE Securities LLC

 Joseph A. Palma

 591 Nottle Ave., Pen Argyl, PA 18072

 610-509-3937, Fax: 570.343.0617, E-Mail:, Web Site:

Brian Baker Farmers Insurance

 Brian Baker

 228 South Broadway, Suite A

 Wind Gap, PA 18091

 610-881-4152, Fax: 484-544-8976

 E-Mail:, Web Site:

 Full service insurance agency that offers homeowners, auto, recreational vehicle, life & financial coverages

Slate Belt YMCA

 Jill A’Hearn

 PO Box 155

 317 West Pennsylvania Ave.

 Pen Argyl, PA 18072

 610-759-3440, Fax: 610-579-6292

 E-Mail:, Web Site:

American Legion Charles Nelson Lobb Post 502

 William & C Street

 Pen Argyl, PA 18072


 Veteran Organization

VS Eyewear

 Mike DeMasi

 26 Broadway

 Bangor, PA 18013

 484-546-0029, Fax: 484-546-0015

 E-Mail:, Web Site:

 Prescription & nonprescription eyewear & safety glasses, sunglasses, driving eyewear, computer glasses & more.



4/7: Informational meeting 7 pm at the office for the Trip to Italy this November.


4/9: Steel Valley Authority Manufacturing Breakfast, Best Western, Rt. 512, Bethlehem


4/23: Women’s Networking Luncheon @ Emeril’s, Bethlehem Flyer coming soon!


4/25: Annual Friends of Scouting Breakfast @ the Washington, 7:30 am Flyer coming soon!


5/9: Chamber Pathways Breakfast, Kirkridge, Bangor


5/15: Scholarship Awards Dinner, Tuscarora Inn, Mt. Bethel


5/20: Broker Developer Open House, 5-7 pm


6/18: Taste of the Slate Belt Business Expo @ Pen Argyl Park Community Center 5-8 pm


6/24: “Fiddler on the Roof” play @ DeSales University, 8 pm, tickets $33.00


7/21: Scholarship Golf Classic, Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville


7/24: Chamber Night with the Iron Pigs

A Message from APPI Energy

 Recently designed website makes it easier to take advantage of energy consulting services. Energy consulting firm, APPI Energy, has launched a new website at The new design makes it easier for business owners and managers to take advantage of APPI Energy’s consulting services. Featuring information about the independent team of energy experts, what they do, and how they can help, the enhanced site is intuitive and easy to navigate.

 A resource library of news articles provides market intelligence and industry trends, including unbiased advice for avoiding energy cost increases as a result of the polar vortex events in 2014. Users are invited to sign up for a free weekly market update. Additional webpages provide easy-to-understand details regarding APPI Energy’s electricity procurement services, natural gas program, and assistance with green energy and efficiency projects.

“Our goal with our website redesign is to provide commercial and industrial energy consumers with market insights,” explained Walter Moore, President and CEO of APPI Energy. ”Our online educational resources, such as our news articles, provide a snapshot of current market conditions, and offer helpful information for making smarter energy decisions.”

The site also features photos and biographies of the firm’s leadership team, as well as several customer testimonials from nonprofit, banking, hospitality, manufacturing, municipality, governmental, and automobile dealership industries. WebpageFX of PA developed and implemented the redesigned site. For more information, visit

APPI Energy is enthusiastic to share the redesigned site with customers, business owners, and members of the 140 trade associations and chambers of commerce that already endorse APPI Energy’s consulting program. The team also welcomes feedback. To browse the redesigned site, visit


Slate Belt Heritage Center will be unveiling the Heritage Tour Map at the 2014 Grand Opening on Sunday, April 6th, 2 pm.  A Road Rally in conjunction with the unveiling will begin at 9 am.  All you need is the Heritage Tour Map with its 59 sites, your car, your team and your fun loving spirit.  Please remit $20 per car entry fee to Slate Belt Heritage Center, c/o Marc Blau Road Rally, 30 N 1st St., Bangor.

Merchants Bank Walkers will host a bus trip to Lancaster, PA on April 26th.  Cost is $48 which includes your dinner.  Leaves 8 am from Merchants Bank 25 Broadway, Bangor.  Stops at Tanger Outlets and/or Kitchen Kettle Village.  For more information call Karen 610.588.9211 or Brenda 610.588.0881.

F.A.C.E.S. presents Jazzin for Hope & Healing, April 11, 6:30-10:30 pm at Ridgecrest at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn.  Dinner, dancing, live & silent auction.  Proceeds benefit the Hope Campaign to stop secrets of abuse in the northeast.  $125 per person, call Robert or Sandra at 610.504.5280

Paramount Business Development will host a Prospect to Profit on Thursday April 10th from 8-10 am at the Best Western of the Lehigh Valley, 300 Gateway Dr., Bethlehem.  The backbone of your business’s success is connected to your existing customers!  Did you know it costs 5 times as much to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one?  Learn how to gain customers and keep your existing ones happy at this workshop.  For more information or to register call 570-517-7100.

2014 Slate Belt/Nazareth Friends of Scouting Breakfast will be held on Friday, April 25th, at the Washington Banquet Facility, Bangor PA, 7:30 am.  This hear we will honor Judge Leonard Zito, Northampton County Court of Common Pleas, with the Good Scouting Award during this special Scouting Celebration!  Reservations and sponsor opportunities are available now.  Call for more details Brian Dungan at the Minsi Trails Council, 610-465-8564 or email

MISSION OF LOVE DINNER FUNDRAISER March 29, 2014 from 4-7 pm at the Mission of Love Food Bank, 555 North Main St., Bangor.  Cost is $10 per person free for kids under 5.  Serving: Baked Chicken, Turkey, Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Beans, Salad.  ALL DONATIONS WILL GO TOWARDS MISSION OF LOVE MINISTRY, COME JOIN US!

Ginder Greenhouse & Garden Center is opening for the season, Saturday, March 29th.  Ready or not here it comes!  Although Mother Nature isn’t cooperating, Spring is here!  New for 2014, sheds, garages, playhouses.  Stop in and see what we offer.  Hours: Thursday – Saturday 95 pm, Sunday 9-3 pm.   Closed Monday-Wednesday

Slate Belt Rotary will hold their 2nd Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Saturday April 12th at The Scorecard Restaurant, Wind Gap, 9- 11 am.  Tickets are $8 for adults and children under 10 are free.  Money raised will be used for the 3rd Annual Dictionary Project.  For information contact Bill Skinner at or 570-350-7609.


Merchants Bank will host pictures with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 12, 10-12 pm.  25 Broadway, Bangor.


Taste of the Slate Belt Business Expo

 Tuesday, June 18, 2014

 At Pen Argyl Park Community Center

 Weona Park, Pen Argyl, Pa

 5-8 PM


 Sign up today to show case your business!  Reserve an 8’ table to display/sell your products and/or your services.  Let the residents of the Slate Belt know what your company is all about!!!

 Admission will be free and opened to the public.

 Each vendor is to donate an item of your choice to be raffled.

 The following is provided:

8’ table and 2 chairs (please provide your own table coverings)

Company Sign, Programs with your company listing

Show set-up: 4pm

Cost:                                                        Chamber Member           Non Member

Vendor                                                                    $50.00                              $75.00

Non-Profit                                                              $35.00                              $50.00

Program Ads (business card)                             $25.00                              $50.00


FIRST COME…FIRST SERVE….RSVP NOW! Remit with payment to SBCC, 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA 18013 610-588-1000

Send along with payment your company name, address and phone.

Do you need electricity?  Yes _____  No _____ (outside walls)

The SB Business Expo will be inside offering, Entertainment, Job Services, Healthcare Services etc….



Tri Chamber Networking Lunch

 Slate Belt, Nazareth-Bath & Whitehall Chambers of Commerce

  Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

 12 noon

 $25.00 per person all inclusive

 At Emeril’s Italian Table @ Sands Bethlehem

 Great Networking Lunch, Stay and Play or Shop with special Discounts for the Outlets!

 RSVP by remitting your check, name & contact information to:

 Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce

 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA 18013





 Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend the

 Scholarship Awards Dinner

 Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 6:30 pm

 @ Tuscarora Inn, River Road, Mt. Bethel

 Cost is $25.00 per person

 Winners will be announced soon!

 RSVP by May 9th with your name, contact information, meal selection and check payable to SBCC for $25. 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA 18013

          Chamber Night

  • At the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

    at DeSales University

    Fiddler on the Roof

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Show Time: 8 PM

    6:30 pm pre-show outdoor networking “Meet & Greet”

    You may bring a picnic and/or a bottle of wine or simply enjoy refreshments available for purchase.

    $33.00 per ticket

    RSVP by June 1, 2014 along with $30 payable to the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce, 187 Blue Valley Dr., Bangor, PA 18013




    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







    Don’t miss this opportunity to display your company name.




    Your company banner prominently displayed at lunch, and your company name on all correspondence associated with this event, golf, lunch & dinner for two players.




    Golf, lunch, dinner for one & your company name on all

    correspondence associated with this event.

    Proceeds benefit both Chambers Scholarship Funds


    $80.00 per Tee/hole sign.  Your company name displayed on the golf course, and listing in the program.


    Your company listed in the program.


  1. 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