June 2015 – Newsletter Issue 6

On May 14th the SBCC honored our 2015 Scholarship Award recipients with a dinner at Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center.  Congratulations again to Daryn Green, Kayla Waidner, Bonnie Jackson, Angelina Biondo, Dominico Palma and Kelli Franza.

Without our annual Scholarship Golf Classic and all our sponsors these awards would not be possible.  With this in mind, GOLFERS WANTED, CALL TODAY!  Mark your calendar and join us on July 20th for a fun day packed with golf, networking, food, prizes and more!  Proceeds benefit 100% of our Scholarship Program. See flyer.

Thank you to Teresa’s Restaurant in Mt. Bethel for hosting our April Networking Business Luncheon as well as our guest speak Bill Skinner of Paramount Business Development.  Also, kudo’s to Mike of Three Brother Beverage for hosting our Networking Mixer & Little Creek BBQ for sponsoring the food.  The food & donations for our local food pantries was greatly appreciated.

Economic Development Committee Update

We are making an effort to determine the need for more high-speed Internet access throughout the Slate Belt. We are in the process of collecting data from the business owners in the region to be used to create a business plan for the expansion of broadband service in our underserved areas.  Once complete, the business plan could then be used to obtain state and federal grants to fund the expansion of broadband service.

It is important for our business owners, residents and children to have access to quality internet services.  From a business perspective there’s also an incentive there, both for existing businesses and to attract new businesses that need high-quality internet and access to speed that we currently don’t have.

Please take a minute and complete the attached survey and return it to the chamber.  The SBCC ED committee next meeting will be June 16th, 8 am at the chamber office. If you are interested in sitting in on the broadband sub-committee, please contact the office.

It is that time of year again to prepare for our Annual Bi Chamber Clambake.  Again we would like to invite you to participate in a silent auction during the clam bake on Wednesday, August 19th at Evergreen Lakes in Bath.  Our committee is canvassing chamber members to contribute a gift in the name of their company that will benefit their respective chamber.  The donated item is to be given at your discretion, but we are adding an incentive plan in place that you will find hard to ignore!  We are offering you the opportunity to obtain free clambake tickets that will coincide with the value of your gift.  Valued donations of $100-$150 you may purchase one ticket at ½ price.  Valued donations of $150 and over will receive 1 complimentary ticket.  Your donation may be dropped off at the chamber office or we can pick it up.  Should you wish to make a contribution, please contact the office by email with a description of your gift, value and when you will be dropping it off or arrange pick up.  Last year we had over 250 chamber members and guests in attendance, don’t miss this networking opportunity.

SAVE the DATES for this year’s Annual Longaberger Basket & Vera Bradley Bingo, September 13th, 1 pm at the Bangor Elks Lodge #1106, tickets $20 each and sponsor opportunities available.

And the Taste of the Slate Belt Business Expo, Wednesday, September 30th, 4-8 pm.  Sign up to showcase 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.

NEW MEMBERS FOR MAY Infinity Baskets & Gifts

Tricia Richards

4824 Cedar Grove Rd. Bangor, PA 18013


E-Mail: infinitybasketsandgifts@gmail.com

Web Site: www.infinitybaskets.net


Member Spot Light

State of the Arc Welding

Announces new technologies.  They are expanding their capabilities with an OTC Robotic Welder and a

DynaTorch CNC Plasma table.  These new machines will enable State of the Arc to expand in-house output while being more competitive in the ever changing welding and fabrication marketplace.  Mike Baird, owner, said “The OTC” Robotic Welder means faster repetitive welds with 100 percent accuracy, while the addition of the latest Plasma cutter on the market, will dramatically reduce turnaround time and shop costs.”  State of the Arc is known for their custom precision welding.


  • 6/19: Chamber Night Iron Pigs Baseball Game SOLD OUT
  • 6/23: SBCC Business Luncheon @ Wind Gap Park
  • 6/24: Chamber Night at PA Shakespeare Festival “Les Miserables”
  • 7/16: SBCC Meet & Greet 5-7 pm at Weona Park
  • 7/20: Scholarship Golf Classic @ Woodstone Country Club
  • 8/19: Annual Bi Chamber Clam Bake @ Evergreen Lake
  • 9/13: Annual Basket & Vera Bradley Bingo
  • 9/30: Taste of the Slate Belt Business Expo
  • 10/20: SBCC Fall Business Luncheon @ Kirkridge
  • More events to come……call with your suggestions!

Community Fairs/Carnivals/Events

  • Summer Sounds Concerts, Wind Gap & Pen Argyl, 6 pm, Wind Gap Park 6/6/21, 7/5, 7/19, 8/2, 8/16 & 8/30.
  • Pen Argyl Park; 6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/9, & 823.
  • Pen Argyl Park is now doing Movies in the Amphitheatre, 6/17 The Theory of Everything, 7/25; Christmas in
  • June 6th, 10-3 pm LWH Foundation Truck & Car Show at Weona Park.
  • July The Muppet Christmas Carol & 8/15; Double header Hairspray 1988 & 2007.
  • 7/17, 18 & 19TH Jacktown Steam Engine Show
  • 7/21-25TH Roseto Big Time
  • 7/21-25TH Plainfield Township Farmers Fair
  • 6/11TH Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Festival, Wind Gap
  • 8/18-22ND Blue Valley Farm Show
  • 8/29, 30 & 31ST Pen Argyl Carnival
  • 8/31ST Labor Day Parade, Pen Argyl

Networking 101, Bill Skinner, Paramount Business Development

New rule of networking….it is not who you know….it is who knows you!!!  Networking is about….connections!

Key points to networking:

Have a plan; what type of event, networking groups, chamber functions, trade shows.  What type of people, complimentary businesses, potential clients, connectors?

Set goals attend each event with specific goals, focused on quality contacts, attend as if you are the host, and be someone of value/resource.

Be prepared for the event; be ready to take advantage of every opportunity available, use your elevator speech and ask questions.

Prepare your elevator speech; pick your top 3 things that make you unique; write your 30 second commercial, introduce-your name and business name, your headline and your key points and if you have a slogan, offer or guarantee.

Your mother taught you everything you needed to know about sales and networking before you were 10 years old!  Make friends, play nice, tell the truth, take a bath & do your homework.

Be involved; network everywhere, meet new people, spend 5 minutes with each, meet everyone.

Make it fun!


Coming Soon, Web Site Advertising

As our website grows, your

business can too. Watch for more details!


Pennsylvania improves as ‘best place to do business’

Pennsylvania made the second biggest jump in a recent report of the best places in the country to do business. Pennsylvania ranked 42nd on the list in 2014, a jump of seven spots. Only Idaho, which jumped from 28th to

18th, had a bigger improvement in the rankings.

The survey praised the state’s workforce quality and noted the employment rate from December that was nearly a full percentage-point lower than the national average.

However, the tax burden in Pennsylvania (10.3 percent) is higher than the national average (9.8 percent), according to the survey. The survey also noted competing states beginning to “lick (their) chops” as Gov. Tom Wolf proposes the new levy on oil and gas drilling.

“CEOs have referred to the new governor as anti-business, and feel the state needs more business incentives,”

according to the survey results.

Texas and Florida ranked as the top two states, while California and New York ranked worst. By Michael Sadowski



The Slate Belt Heritage Center, located at 30 North 1st Street Bangor, announces its historic events for the duration of 2015: June 4th @ 7:00 PM: First Annual “Slate Belt Preservation Awards Ceremony“.

July 9th @ 7:00 PM: “Wise Preservation Planning Corporation“. The company who prepared the successful Bangor

Historic District nomination. They will talk about the District in particular and preservation sources.

August 13th @ 7:00PM: Jenny Dubbin Rhodin will present her book:  “African-Americans in the Slate Belt”.

August 14th @ 8:00 AM: Annual Golf Tournament, Delaware Water Gap Country Club. September 10th @ 7:00 PM: Dane DiFebo will present: “The Underground Railroad“.

October 8th @ 7:00 PM: Annual Heritage “Ghost Tour” featuring Slate Belt character of the past.

November 8th @ 2:00 PM: “Observing 150 Years-American Conflicts” featuring Civil War, both World Wars, Korean

War and Viet Nam conflict.

December 13th @ 2:00 PM: Mike Piersa presents: “The Flory Slate Hoists” and their journey back to Bangor.

Join Recovery Revolution on June 20th, 6:35pm at an Iron Pigs Game.  Tickets are $10 each.  For tickets contact Kate at 610-599-7700

Families First of Pen Argyl presents 1st Annual Miniature Golf Tournament, June 20th, @ Weona Park, rain or shine.  8 am-12 pm registration at 7:30 am.  Teams will consist of one adult, and one child up to age 12.  This event is not limited to just dads-anyone can play!  $25 per team before June 9th and $35 per team after that.  For more information email Frank Jones at jones.frank@penargylsd.org or call 610-863-9095 ext. 1308.

Pen Argyl Borough’s Community Wide Yard Sales will be held on Friday, June 5th, Saturday, June 6th and Sunday June 8th.  No permits required.

Let’s help one of our local schools get a new playground. Please check out this Express Times article and vote for Bangor’s DeFranco Elementary School. http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/slate- belt/index.ssf/2015/05/defranco_elementary_students_r.html#incart_email

Join us for the dedication ceremony for the Slate Belt YMCA, Saturday, June 13th, 10 am.  315 W Pennsylvania Ave., Pen Argyl. RSVP by Friday, June 5th by email or phone, 610-881-4470 or slatebelt.ymca.dedication@greatervalleyymca.org.

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


Two Year Directors

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