September 2015 Newsletter Edition 9


Don’t miss your opportunity to let the Slate Belt residents know what your business is all about. Display at our upcoming Taste of the Slate Belt Business Expo, Wednesday, September 30th from 4-8 pm at the Plainfield Township Fire Company in Wind Gap. See flyer for details.

Tickets are still available for our 17th Annual Basket/Purse Bingo. Call today and reserve your tickets, $20. Doors open at 12 pm, bingo starts at 1 pm. Bangor Elks Lodge, 120 Broadway Bangor. See flyer.

A joint effort between the Slate Belt Council of Governments, Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce and the Slate Belt Community Partnership to apply for a $50,000 grant from Frontier Communications was completed earlier this summer. Although we were not successful in receiving the grant we did receive a generous donation from Frontier in the amount of $5000.   The funds may be used for any of these examples as they were written in the original grant. Façade improvement grants, street scape amenities, new technology to promote our local heritage, marketing the Slate Belt outside the immediate region, regional comprehensive plan, development of trails and other recreational projects.

Nominations are now being accepted for our annual recognition of the Business Person, Volunteer, Elected or Appointed Official of the Year and the Student Spirit Award. Now is your chance to nominate a deserving person. Simply send us your nominee’s name/business and your reason for the nomination by October 15th. See flyer.

 Our new Web Site is up and running! Visit us on

 Does your business have a special event, promotion, holiday special or simply want drive members and residents to your web site? Think about purchasing a web banner ad on the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce web site.

If you don’t have a web site this is a great opportunity to advertise your business.

 Size 220 x 85 – $25 per month, home page listing

Size 970 x 125 – $35 per month, home page listing

Size 470 x 190 – $75 per month, home page listing

Size 150 x 150 – $15 per month, sub-page listing

Special, purchase 5 months and get your 6th month free!



9/12: Three Brothers Beverage Craft Beer Tasting, 12-3 PM. Flyer to follow soon.

9/13: Annual Longaberger 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!



Wind Gap Laundry &

Tanning Center

Mitch Stamos

147 N. Broadway

Wind Gap, PA 18091



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  Members Spotlight

Brian Wiersch – Nationwide

856 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Pen Argyl

            The Patrick McNealis Agency consists of a team of 11 devoted agents and 4 convenient locations. Managing the Pen Argyl location is Brian Wiersch who has been with the agency for 4 successful years. He is motivated, driven, and consistent in his sales, management, and customer service. His thorough attention to detail provides you with the coverage that fits your needs, assets, and budget. Brian works closely with the agency owner, Patrick McNealis. Patrick strives for excellence in everything he does, including client service, team building, agency improvement, and the overall ethic of how he runs his business.

            The agency is licensed to write policies in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and soon, New York. This provides a significantly large territory of coverage available to our clients. The agency offers several types of insurance, including Personal (i.e., home and auto), Commercial (i.e., small business, large corporation, liability, etc.), Events (i.e., weddings), Life (Term and Whole Life), and Disability. Stop by today and meet the team!

Save the date, October 22nd Meet the Buyers Lehigh Valley 2015. The second bi-annual Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo is a unique opportunity to make hundreds of face-to-face contacts in one day. Arts Quest Center at SteelStacks, 9-1 PM. Registration is $25. One of the most difficult challenges a small business owner faces is trying to grow their business with larger contracts or through partnering opportunities with large companies. The Lehigh Valley is working to support your business growth. This is your opportunity as a supplier to identify potential new contracting sources and network with buyers and other attendees. Opportunities like this do not happen every year! In fact, this Expo only happens locally every 2-3 years. Check updated website for specifics,


Families First presents A Wine Tasting, Friday, September 11, 4:30-7 PM at Blue Ridge Winery, 239 Blue Ridge Rd., Saylorsburg. Tickets $20 per person in advance. Includes Wine Tasting & Glass, tour, hor d’oeuvres. For tickets contact Frank Jones 610-863-9095 ext. 1308. Limited Space! All proceeds benefit the Families First Holiday Adopt A Family.

Families First 5-K Race N Walk, October 3rd, Wind Gap Borough Park. Sponsorship Packages available. See flyer.

The committee for the Holiday Concert supporting the Slate Belt Y has begun its preparations for this year’s concert. Save the date to see Twelve Twenty-Four (rock band) November 21, 2015 at the Craig Paine Theatre, Bangor. Tickets will be on sale soon at local stores, the Y and Slate Belt Chamber office.

Sponsor Opportunities are available now:

VIP Sponsor $600 includes 15 tickets in a VIP section and premium color ad in the event program.

Billboard Sponsor $400; 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 banner for 4+ weeks advertising the concert.

Program Sponsor:

Back outside cover $350   Front inside cover $275   Back inside cover $275

Patron Ad $15 black/white   Full page $200 color, $100 black/white   Half page $100 color, $50 black/white

Quarter page $50 color, $25 black/white

Ginder Greenhouse is hosting a vendor show, Saturday, September 12th from 9-3 PM.   Benches are available in the greenhouse for your use. Pricing is as follows: 1 full bench 6’x10’, $22 and ½ bench 3’x10, $13. It’s a great way to display your goods out of the weather. Reservations are on a first come basis with no duplication of vendors. If interested contact Joann at 610-588-0222 or email

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