February 2015 – Newsletter Issue 2

A Message from your President:

A Happy New Year to all and may 2015 prove to be a very successful year for your health and your business.

As 2015 progresses your Executive Board encourages all to first frequent chamber members for your business and personal needs.  If there are multiple service providers for your needs and one of them is a chamber member we strongly encourage you to patronize them first.

Beginning with this issue we will be high-lighting the business of a chamber member.  If you would like your business recognized in an upcoming issue please be in touch with Executive Director, Laura McLain, at 610-588-1000 to discuss parameters.

We are encouraged that 2105 will bring exciting things to the Slate Belt.  There are several new businesses and a commitment from newly elected State Senator Mario Scavello to locate a regional office in the Slate Belt.  Look for and help us welcome the new businesses by joining us in their ribbon cutting ceremonies.  It is a great way to meet the owners who are committing themselves and their dollars to bringing quality services to our region.

We recently participated in economic development meetings with representatives from the county and the Lehigh Valley

Economic Development Corporation.  They have stated a willingness to help us prosper but we must first help ourselves

in the support of strong businesses and a growing economic climate.  If you see a need lacking here in the Slate Belt let us have your thoughts.  Maybe, just maybe, we can encourage an entrepreneur to start a business to fulfill that need.

We are here to help and support you.  Please let us hear from you.

Steve Hurni, President


Elections of Officers was held at our January Board meeting, the following have been elected:  Steve Hurni, President, Mary Marshall, 1st Vice President, Jeff Ott, 2nd Vice President, Fred Curcio, Secretary & Rosemary Albert, Treasurer.

The first Economic Development committee meeting was held on Tuesday, January 20th.   Lehigh Valley ED Corporation was in attendance to discuss the Slate Belt top 10 projects.  Some of the topics discussed were business recruitment, manufacturing, retail & tourism.  Identifying the strength and weaknesses including labor force, infrastructure and tax issues.  Maintaining an inventory of commercial properties, vacant & abandon buildings.  Action items discussed include Slate Belt wide zoning, tax incentives and grant monies to attract and retain new businesses, marketing/branding the Slat Belt, fiber optics, site ready projects, road access, water & sewer along with agriculture opportunities.   At our next meeting Dianne Donaher will be further discussing opportunities to begin the action process.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will be held for Portland Hardware on Saturday, January 24th, 10:30 am.  Stop by and welcome this new business to downtown Portland!  Watch this February for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cuttings of the Slate Belt Y, Pen Argyl and State Senator Mario Scavello office on the corner of Rt. 512 and Robinson Avenue in Pen Argyl.

New Member for January Full Circle Removal LLC Brian Davis/Vince Greggo

245 East Main St. Pen Argyl, PA 18072



Web Site: fullcircle-removal.com

Full Circle Removal was formed over 25 years ago.  Helping local contractors, realtors and general public rid their lives of clutter in a professional manner.  Demolition, removal of tank/debris, realtor & moving services.


  • 2/12: Tri-Chamber Valentines Mixer @ Best Western, Rt. 512/22, Bethlehem, 5-7 pm
  • 2/25: SBCC Breakfast @ Detzi’s Tavern, 8 am
  • 5/2: Slate Belt Safety Fair & SBCC Business Expo
  • 5/14: Scholarship Awards Dinner
  • 6/19: Chamber Night Iron Pigs Baseball Game
  • 7/20: Scholarship Golf Classic @ Woodstone Country Club
  • More events to come……call with your suggestions!

“Buying local” advantages:

More money stays in the community… Local jobs are created and sustained…

Local community and economy are strengthened…

Quality of life is improved…. Customer service is enhanced….

Member Spot Light for February

APPI Energy

SBCC endorsed consulting firm APPI Energy to reduce electricity and natural gas costs for members.  Unbiased and

independent since 1996, APPI Energy has vetted and approved 40 energy suppliers with low prices and fair supply contracts to benefit chamber members.  In addition to electricity and natural gas procurement services, APPI Energy helps chamber members reduce energy consumption, increase efficiencies, participate in demand response programs, and implement energy data management systems.  More than 140 trade associations and chambers of commerce, including the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, have endorsed APPI Energy.  Now is a prudent opportunity to consider prices for your next supply solution.  Contact the SBCC-endorsed consulting firm, APPI Energy, at 800-520-6685 or info@appienergy.com to get started.



It’s All About Business!

There is a truly one-of-a-kind program that is marking its 37th anniversary of teaching Pennsylvania high school students (juniors and seniors) to both understand and celebrate why “free enterprise” is vital to the American way of life. Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), internationally-acclaimed for its excellence, will host more than 2,200 students this coming summer in its exciting seven-day journey into the world of business. Participants will act the parts of senior management in modern-day companies that will face the same challenges that all American firms do and particularly those in Pennsylvania.

Each summer, PFEW holds five, one-week individual sessions in July and August. The focus of the week is to group the participants (strangers at first) into “management teams” of senior executives who have inherited imaginary “companies.” These teams, under the guiding hands of “executives-on-loan,” called Company Advisors, operate their firms for a computer-simulated

three-year period of time. Each day’s activities include presentations from world-class business people from a list that reads like who’s who in Pennsylvania. The students hear about: Business and Finance, the Role and Relationship of Business and Government, Taxation, Business Ethics, Labor Relations, and much, much more.

With our economy still “recovering” from one of the longest recessions in our history, teaching young people to understand and cherish our private enterprise system has never been more important. The Chamber is proud to support PFEW to give our local students this eye-opening experience. We encourage our local companies and civic organizations to provide sponsorships for our students and, if possible, volunteers for the sessions. (PFEW is completely a product of the private sector.) Every student attends PFEW on a fully tax-deductible $575 scholarship (the actual value of the scholarship exceeds $1,500) which is provided by a local firm. Each student wears the name of their sponsor throughout the week and also corresponds with his or her sponsor following graduation to report on what they learned. PFEW is also an approved organization through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

To learn more about this award-winning program, visit their website at  www.pfew.org or contact John Trombetta, President of the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education at (814) 833-9576 ext. 106 or e-mail him at  john@pfew.org. PFEW is open to all current sophomores and juniors in Pennsylvania and information on attendance, as well as program applications, can also be found on the website. Questions can be directed to Ms. Amber Goss, Schools Assistant for PFEW, by calling her office at (814)

8339576 ext. 103 or emailing her at  amber@pfew.org.

Enjoy a delightful French Dinner with romantic harp music at the Nelson Lodge dining Room at Kirkridge.  February 11th, 6 pm.

Menu will be Mise en Bouche, appetizers, salad, Sole Meuniere la Grenoblouise, Ratatouille, Pommes Duchesse, Brioche and Crem

Plombieres au Chocolat.  Call for reservation 610-588-0249 or 610-588-1793 or email stacyh@kirkridge.org.

Bangor High School presents Hairspray.  March 5, 6 & 7th at the Craig Paine Theater.  For tickets call 610-599-7011 or email bangortheaterboxoffice@gmail.com

Slate Belt Community Works Together to Help Bangor Fire Victims

It may have been almost two weeks since a fire ripped through 26-28 Market Street in Bangor, but community members have not forgotten the fire victims. Brenda O’Bryon, an employee of Merchants Bank, has been working with Jennifer Newland, resident and councilwoman of Roseto, to collect needed items and find housing for the Bangor residents. Brenda even asked her employer, Merchants Bank, for help. “Brenda has such a good heart and we had heard how much she has been helping the victims get back on their feet. So when she asked the Bank to help too, we immediately did what we could,” said Anthony Biondi, Chief Executive Officer of Merchants Bank. The bank has opened an account to benefit the fire victims, donated $500.00 to the cause and called upon one of their customers and fellow Slate Belt Residents, Marilyn Rettaliata. She and other members of Ruggiero family will be donating storage space at their B-EB Highway Storage Village. While the community has been generous in donating clothing, furniture and other household goods, until all of the victims find housing, there was no real place to keep the items.  More help is needed. Anyone that would like to donate money to the fire victims, can drop payments at any Merchants Bank branch. Checks can be made payable to The Market Street Fire Fund. Items that are still needed include: twin beds, silverware, pots and pans, bake wear, blankets, twin

sheets, shower curtain/ rods, toasters, crockpots, hangers, dressers. To donate items or to volunteer, please contact Jennifer

Newland at 610-217-7088 or Brenda O’Bryon at  570-517-6436.

Liztech Jewelry Bingo & Tricky Tray to be held at Portland Hook & Ladder Co, Portland PA.  Cost is $25 in advance.  Saturday, February 14th, doors open at 11 am.

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

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


Two Year Directors

Paul Donovan, Jr., Lucy Flinn, Fred Curcio, Kim Armitage, Steve Hurni, Bryan Gault, Victor Rodite



Gift Certificates are available at the SBCC office year round for many of our area businesses!

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 info@slatebeltchamber.org  www.slatebeltchamber.org