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									   Rejuvenate & Recharge                              Diapers.com Bringing 300 Jobs to
      for the New Year                                    Covington Industrial Park
The Greater Scranton Women’s Network
                                                                                    Quidsi Inc., parent company of
          January 20, 2010                                                          Diapers.com announced plans
                                                                                    to create 300 new jobs in the
                                                                                    Covington Industrial Park.

                                                                                     Relocating from Harrisburg, the
                                                                                     company will occupy 811,000
                                                                                     square feet of the 1.3 million
                                                                                     square foot distribution facility in
                                                                                     the Covington Industrial Park as
                                         early as this month. Diapers.com plans to begin operations in early 2010. The
                                         facility is owned by First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. and was constructed by
                                         Norwood Construction in 2008 for Circuit City.

                                         “We are extremely pleased we found both a facility and location that will meet
                                         our growth needs over the coming years while simultaneously maintaining the
                                         rapid delivery of orders that our customers enjoy,” said Scott Hilton, Executive
                                         Vice President of Operations for Quidsi, Inc.
                                         “Hopefully this is the beginning of a thaw in the economic deep freeze that
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                                                Seeking Small Business Award Nominees
                                                                                    Do you know a business that rep-
                                                                                    resents the very best of our local
                                                                                    entrepreneurial spirit? MetroAction
                                                                                    is seeking nominations for the 2010
                                                                                    Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank
                                                                                    Small Business of the Year Awards.

                                                                                    For the past 28 years, the Small
                                                                                    Business of the Year Award has
                                                                                    honored local small businesses that
                                         In 2009, Minooka Pastry Shop re-           clearly demonstrate how hard work
                                         cieved the honor of Small Business         and determination pay off.
   Top 10...                    4
                                         of the Year (fifty or fewer employees.)
   Small Business Spotlight... 6
   Members in Motion...        11 - 12   The Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Fidelity Deposit and
   New Members...              14        Discount Bank, has three distinctive categories:
                                            • Small Business of the Year: 50 or less employees

                                            • Small Business of the Year: 51-250 employees
                                            • New and Emerging Small Business: In operation for less than 3 years
                                                                                                     Continued on Page 3.
          Leadership Lackawanna to Begin Accepting                                            January
                Applications for Class of 2011                                                February
Applications for the Leadership Lackawanna (LL) Class of 2011 will be accepted starting
Monday, March 1, 2010. Considered northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier leadership de-
velopment program for emerging professionals, this will mark the program’s 29th year.                   222 Mulberry Street / P.O. Box 431
                                                                                                                 Scranton, PA 18501-0431
Leadership Lackawanna fosters the development of community leaders by provid-                            p. 570.342.7711 / f. 570.347.6262
ing participants with leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills and an enhanced                         www.scrantonchamber.com
understanding of the issues and topics relevant to the greater Scranton area. The pro-
gram features various monthly sessions including community development, economic                                 201 Lackawanna Avenue
development, government, education, quality of life, sustainability, history and media.                               Scranton, PA 18503
                                                                                                        p. 570.341.0270 / f. 570.341.0273
Sessions are held one weekday each month, and are facilitated by widely recognized                     www.scrantonenterprisecenter.com
specialists from various disciplines. In addition to the 10 monthly sessions, partici-        David E. Raven- Chairman of the Board
                                                                                              Austin J. Burke- President
pants work on group projects to enhance their leadership skills.                              Chamber Staff
                                                                                              Kristine M. Ancherani
    LL projects included:                                                                     Industrial Development Assistant
    • “Leave Your Mark of the Park,” the Restoration of the Butch Schimelfenig                Kristine L. Augustine
       Pavilion at Nay Aug Park                                                               Vice President, Business and Community Development
    • The Great Valley Business Plan Competition                                              Nicole A. Barber
    • Dress for Success Lackawanna                                                            Community Relations Director
    • Renovations to the Cancer Survivors Park at McDade Park                                 James F. Coleman
                                                                                              Vice President, Finance
Since its inception, LL has graduated more than 900 community leaders.                        Megan DeLuccie
                                                                                              Finance Assistant
A variety of full and partial scholarships are available for qualified participants. Class-   Kristin Driesbaugh
es start in September. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2010. For more information or       Membership Sales Representative
to apply, visit www.leadershiplackawanna.com or contact Nicole Barber at (570)342-            Karen Durkin
                                                                                              Community Relations Assistant
7711 or nbarber@scrantonchamber.com.                                                          kdurkin@scrantonchamber.com
                                                                                              Marie E. Ferraro
                                                                                              Membership Assistant
                                                                                              Dara Coslett Granza
                                                                                              Training and Development Specialist
                                                                                              Virginia J. Goodrich
                                                                                              Executive Secretary
                                                                                              Christina Hitchcock
                                                                                              Business Development Administrator
                                                                                              Kristyn Kelly
                                                                                              Economic Development Specialist
                                                                                              Lisa Kenny
                                                                                              Business Development Assistant
                                                                                              Amy S. Luyster
                                                                                              Scranton Plan Administrator
                                                                                              John P. Maldonato
                                                                                              Technical Resources Manager
                                                                                              Carol Mikovsky
                                                                                              Finance Assistant
                                                                                              Karl F. Pfeiffenberger
                                                                                              Project Manager
                                                                                              Mari R. Potis
                                                                                              Membership Director
                                                                                              Desiree Ranella
                                                                                              Business Development Specialist
                                                                                              Elizabeth L. Rightor
                                                                                              Communications Director
                                                                                              Jeffrey A. Rubel
                                                                                              Vice President, Skills in Scranton
                                                                                              Andrew C. Skrip
                                                                                              Vice President, Industrial Development
                                                                                              Joanne Stetz
                                                                                              Public Service Assistant
                                                                                              Scott Weiland
                                                                                              Vice President, Chamber Operations
Diapers.com... continued from page 1          award nominees... continued from page 1

we have been in,” stated Austin Burke,        MetroAction is also accepting nominations for three other awards:
Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce            • Small Business Advocate of the Year Award
President. “While a number of indications       • Virtual Small Business of the Year Award
have been positive, we are pleased that         • Young Entrepreneur Award
Diapers.com has made the commitment
that will benefit our region.”                The Small Business Advocate Award recognizes a local individual who pro-
                                              vides a distinctive level of service and who is a noted supporter of entrepre-
Diapers.com was founded in 2005 in            neurial development, creating opportunities and growth for small business in
Montclair, New Jersey by Marc Lore and        the community.
Vinit Bharara. They are the largest online
specialist offering baby care necessities     The Virtual Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a local business
in the United States, with additional         without a corresponding physical identity, and includes home based business-
distribution facilities operating in Reno,    es, vehicle based businesses, and web based businesses.
Nevada and Kansas City, Missouri.
                                              The Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Bank of America, recognizes
For information regarding job                 a Lackawanna County young entrepreneur between the ages of 13-30 who
opportunities, visit Diapers.com or           demonstrates entrepreneurial innovation and success.
contact Diapers.com at careers@
diapers.com.                                  Anyone can nominate a business. Self-nominations are also accepted. Visit
                                              our website, www.MetroAction.org for eligibility and judging criteria. MetroAc-
                                              tion will begin accepting applications on March 1, 2010.

      You can help small                      The awards will be presented at MetroAction’s Small Business Award Lun-
     businesses succeed!                      cheon on May 25.

  SCORE Scranton is looking for com-
  munity-conscious individuals (retired
                                                                      Paper vs. Electronic
  or working) who enjoy learning, prob-                              We need your feedback!
  lem-solving business challenges and
  sharing their knowledge with emerg-         The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce strives to meet the information
  ing and in-business entrepreneurs.          needs of its members and your input is important!
  Counselors provide one-to-one and
  team business counseling, or can be         The Chamber works to provide members with current news and event infor-
  “virtual” volunteers, providing email       mation. A key publication in this effort is Newsbriefs, which is the Chamber’s
  counseling directly from their homes        bi-monthly newsletter. Other Chamber media sources include e-briefs, which
                                              is the Chamber’s electronic newsletter, Plan It, the Chamber’s source for pro-
  or offices. How about it? Want to
                                              grams and event listings, the award winning www.scrantonchamber.com, Get
  put your talent and experience to
                                              Noticed, which is the Chamber’s listing of sponsorship opportunities, the Busi-
  work helping the small businesses
                                              ness and Buyers’ Guide, which is the Chamber’s print membership directory,
  of NEPA? Contact SCORE Scranton
                                              and several others.
  today at (570) 851-1608.
                                              How would you like to be informed about Chamber news? Would you prefer to
                                              continue to receive Newsbriefs in a quarterly printed format, or would you prefer
                                              to receive Newsbriefs in an electronic format via email? Please e-mail Liz Righ-
                                              tor your response by March 8, 2010 to erightor@scrantonchamber.com.

                                       Bryson to Share Economic Outlook
On Thursday, March 25, Dr. Jay Bryson, global economist of Wells Fargo Securities, will provide
insight into the future of the United States economy at the Chamber’s annual Economic Outlook
Breakfast. His projection will cover how the economy will affect business both today and in the
upcoming months.

The event, sponsored by Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, will be held at the Radisson Lacka-
wanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Avenue , Scranton. The cost is $20 for Chamber members
and $25 for non-members and includes breakfast; pre-registration is required no later than Thurs-
day, March 18, contact the Chamber at (570) 342-7711.

Dr. Bryson joined Wachovia in 1998 to provide analysis on financial markets and macroeconomic developments in foreign econ-
omies. Before joining Wachovia, Dr. Bryson was an economist in the Division of International Finance at the Federal Reserve
Board in Washington D.C. From 1989 to 1992, he was an assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Alabama.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy Local
1. It makes “cents” to keep your dollars
in northeast Pennsylvania’s economy:
A portion of the money you spend at a local
business, whether large or small, stays in
the local economy and improves the area’s
tax base.

2. Feed and maintain our local job mar-
ket: A strong local economy helps create
job opportunities and attract new employ-
ers. It also aids in creating a sustainable
future for our area, making it a desirable
place to stay and work for the numerous
graduates of our local colleges and uni-

3. Benefit from the quality service and
expertise of local businesses: Owners
and employees of local businesses often
possess a high level of expertise and tend
to have a special interest in their custom-
ers. Enjoy the benefits of the close-to-home
service and the unique pride in their trade
that comes with working with a local mer-
chant or service provider.

4. Foster entrepreneurship: The suc-
cesses of local business ventures provide
inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs. The
entrepreneurial spirit is the back bone of
American business- fueling our economy,
innovation and prosperity!

5. See your purchasing dollars at work: When you buy locally you can see your purchasing dollars being redistributed
back to projects that improve our quality of life- improved public services, better streets, parks and schools... The list goes
on and on!

6. Nurture our communities: Everyday we see thriving local businesses reinvesting time and money into the community.
The people who live and work or own businesses in our community are more receptive to local charitable causes and
improvement projects.

                                                                                7. Embrace what makes us unique: From
                                                                                a downtown that is reinventing itself before
                                                                                our eyes, to the many neighborhoods and
                                                                                towns surrounding the city of Scranton, each
                                                                                of which has their own rich culture and inter-
                                                                                esting traditions, our area is set apart in many
                                                                                ways. Our local businesses are strongly val-
                                                                                ued as a part of these distinctions. Communi-
                                                                                ties that preserve their distinctive character
                                                                                are more likely to attract entrepreneurs, new
                                                                                investments and visitors.

                                                                                8. Enjoy the spice of life- variety: The thou-
                                                                                sands of businesses operated in our area
                                                                                help to foster healthy competition which in
                                                                                turn aids innovation and, in the long term, can
                                                                                even lower prices. They also give you- the
                                                                                consumer- the power of choice.

                                                                                9. Save money: Buying goods locally can
                                                                                save you and your company money on ship-
                                                                                ping, handling and out-of-state taxes.

                                                                                10. It’s good business!
Celebrating      1989 - 2009
20 Years
                       Job Fair 2010 Scheduled
Penny Hall Common, One Source Staffing Solutions and
Job Fair chair, has announced that Job Fair 2010 will be held
on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey
Plaza, Wilkes-Barre.

Skills in Scranton Business Education Partnership will be
joined by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and
Industry, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, the
Pittston Chamber, the Lackawanna and Luzerne/Schuylkill
Workforce Investment Boards and Times Shamrock as
sponsors of this annual event.                                   Members of the Job Fair committee met to discuss plans
                                                                 for this year’s event on Monday, January 11, 2010; pic-
The Job Fair began in 1990 and is one of the largest job tured (left to right, seated): Linda Mantush, the Greater
fairs in Pennsylvania. Last year 86 employers participated Hazleton Chamber of Commerce; Virginia Turano, Lacka-
and 127 full time employees were hired as a result of their wanna County Workforce Investment Board; Karla Porter,
participation in Job Fair 2009.                                  the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry;
                                                                 Phyllis Lynady, C.M.C.; Rosemary Dessoye, Pittston
For additional information please contact Jeffrey A. Rubel, Vice Chamber of Commerce. Standing: Stephen Palmer, Wil-
President, at (570) 342-7711 or jrubel@scrantonchamber.com. kes-Barre Chamber; Richard Smith, Lackawanna County
                                                                 CareerLink; Jack McNulty, PA Department of Labor and
Over the past 20 years (1989 – 2009), Skills in Scranton has Industry; Karen Gallia, Wilkes-Barre Chamber; Cathy Ge-
created and nurtured a series of community partnerships rard, Lackawanna County CareerLink; Jeffrey Rubel, The
that identified and responded to the regional challenges of Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Teresa Arcure,
brain drain, skills shortages and incumbent workforce train- The Times-Tribune; Brian Burgess, The Times-Tribune;
ing needs. These partnerships have been nationally recog- Larry Alexander, Luzurne County Economic Development
nized for their effectiveness in executing sustainable and
productive career outreach programs.

              Leadership Lackawanna Class of 2010 Announces Service Projects
The Leadership Lackawanna (LL) Class of 2010 has begun work on five service projects that they will complete by the close
of the program in June 2010. Participants in the program are required to participate in a group project. Using input from
the community, the LL coordinator and members of the Board of Directors select and assign projects. All projects have an
impact on the community and address a need.

LL group projects build teamwork skills, develop resourcefulness, and engender a sense of accomplishment through the
impact such projects have on the community. Projects give participants the opportunity to assess and evaluate how well
they work with others to develop a group, reach a consensus, and solve problems in order to reach a common goal.
Participants must use strategic thinking and leadership abilities to contribute to the long-term goals of the project. Ultimately,
the purpose of projects is leadership and community engagement.

This year’s projects include:
Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority “The Heritage Explorer Bike Tour”: Together with the Lackawanna Heritage
Valley Authority, LL participants will organize a day-long, family and friends bicycle tour event highlighting the LHVA trail.

One Stop Donation Drop: The One Stop Donation Drop (OSDD) builds on the success of a nationwide event, coordinated
locally by Nancy Sarno last year. This year, Leadership Lackawanna is expanding OSDD to a new location, Scranton!

St. Joseph’s Center: Leadership Lackawanna will create and implement a mentoring program at St. Joseph’s Center in
Scranton to support women and families who move from either the Walsh Manor or Mother/Infant Program into permanent,
independent housing.

Habitat for Humanity “A Brush with Kindness”: Leadership Lackawanna is launching a neighborhood revitalization
program under the direction of Habitat for Humanity of Lackawanna County.

Abington Area Community Park “Walk the Lake”: Members of this group will build a ADA accessible, family-friendly
pathway around the lake at the Abington Area Community Park on Winola Road in Clarks Summit in conjunction with the
Abington Area Joint Recreation Board.
                                 Small Business Spotlight Award
                                                             Sponsored by:

January 2010                            area in recent years, producing fes-
                                        tivals, concerts, educational school
Lexington Entertainment
                                        programs and interactive entertain-
The Greater Scranton Chamber of
                                        ment of senior citizens.
Commerce, First Liberty Bank and
Trust and The Northeast Pennsyl-        Doug Smith has received numerous
vania Business Journal are proud        awards for both his work with Lex-
to announce that Lexington Enter-       ington Entertainment and his volun-
tainment is the recipient of the Jan-   teerism, they include, the Commu-
uary 2010 Small Business Spotlight      nity Service Award from Scranton         tertainment committee. He has also
Award.                                  Tomorrow, the Volunteer Award            helped to organized events such as
                                        from the American Red Cross and          the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
The Small Business Spotlight se-        the Artist of the Year Award from the    and the Weeklong Summer Music
lection committee chose Lexington       Arts in Education in NEPA.               Festival, both in Nay Aug Park.
Entertainment for small business
growth and supporting local organi-                                              For more information, contact Lex-
                                        Lexington Entertainment is a proud
zations and events.                                                              ington Entertainment at (570)343-
                                        member of The Greater Scranton
                                                                                 7304 or visit www.lexingtonenter-
                                        Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Smith
Lexington Entertainment was formed                                               tainment.org.
                                        is also very active in organizations
in 1974, providing entertainment for    throughout the Scranton area, includ-
Pocono area resorts, booking ven-                                                Pictured (from left to right): Nicole
                                        ing First Night Scranton, where he       Barber, Scranton Chamber; Doug
ues such as the former Pocono Gar-      serves on the executive committee,
dens Lodge and, more recently, Sky-                                              Smith, Lexington Entertainment;
                                        the Waverly Community House en-          Deborah Dunleavy, First Liberty
top Lodge. The company has begun        tertainment committee and the Dalton
focusing on the greater Scranton                                                 Bank and Trust; Scott Weiland,
                                        Downtown Business Association en-        Scranton Chamber.

February 2010                           brand development, collateral de-
Sylvester Solutions                     velopment, advertising and public
The Greater Scranton Chamber of         relations.
Commerce, First Liberty Bank and
                                        Mr. Sylvester graduated from Syra-
Trust and The Northeast Pennsyl-
                                        cuse University with a BA in Policy
vania Business Journal are proud to
                                        Studies in 1983 and has since de-
announce that Sylvester Solutions
                                        veloped an expansive background
is the recipient of the February 2010
                                        that eventually led him to business
Small Business Spotlight Award.
                                        and specialty consulting services.       oriented culture.”
The Small Business Spotlight se-        Prior to starting Sylvester Solutions,
lection committee chose Sylvester       he worked with the Department of         For more information, contact Syl-
Solutions for small business growth     Defense, where he became pro-            vester Solutions at (570) 489-1355
and supporting local organizations      ficient in web design, applications      or visit www.sylvestersolutions.com.
and events.                             and internet marketing as well as all
                                        facets of email based strategies.        Pictured (from left to right): Nicole
Sylvester Solutions is a locally                                                 A. Barber, The Greater Scranton
owned and operated full-service         With his business based in Jessup,       Chamber of Commerce; Frank
market and business development         Mr. Sylvester enjoys doing business      Sylvester, Sylvester Solutions; Lee
company, opened by company              in the greater Scranton area, “the       Walter, First Liberty Bank and Trust
president Frank Sylvester in 1999.      people are hardworking and hon-          Company; Scott J. Weiland, The
They offer marketing solutions, web     est,” he commented. “The more I          Greater Scranton Chamber of Com-
design, programming and hosting,        travel, the more I love this area, in-   merce.
                                        cluding the seasons and its family-
             $37 Million Available for Job Creation                                        MetroAction Provides
The U.S. Commerce Department’s                  2. Assist the most severely impacted         Funding to Local
Economic Development Administra-                   communities                                Small Business
tion (EDA) has announced that nearly            3. Deliver a high return on investment
$37 million in grants is available to help      4. Support regionalism, innovation       MetroAction recently closed a
communities suffering from the adverse             and entrepreneurship                  $20,000 loan to a Wayne County
effects of import competition develop           5. Support global trade and              small business. Jake’s Carpet, a
ways to more effectively compete in the            competitiveness                       local retail floor and custom window
global economy. The funding is avail-           6. Grow the “green economy”              coverings store located in Hamlin,
able under EDA’s Community Trade                                                         will use the loan funding for working
Adjustment Assistance (Community             The notice published in the Federal         capital, equipment and inventory
TAA) Program, which was created in           Register may be viewed at: http://ed-       purchases.
the American Recovery and Reinvest-          ocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-
ment Act of 2009.                            273.pdf and the FFO announcement            MetroAction provides MicroLoans
                                             detailing eligibility and application re-   to small business in northeastern
“While global markets offer tremendous       quirements may be viewed on EDA’s           Pennsylvania that do not have ac-
opportunity for economic growth, they        website at: http://www.eda.gov/PDF/         cess to traditional sources of credit,
also present challenges for many com-        CommunityTAAFFOFINAL2.pdf. In ad-           covering Carbon, Lackawanna, Lu-
munities,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of       dition, applicants can visit: http://www.   zerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna,
Commerce for Economic Development            eda.gov/InvestmentsGrants/Commu-            Schuylkill, Wayne and Wyoming
John R. Fernandez said. “The Com-            nityTAA.xml for complete and updated        Counties.
munity TAA Program will help American        information on the program.
communities develop strategies and
projects that will transform their com-
munities and help them regain econom-
ic competitiveness. By funding projects
that support innovation and entrepre-
neurship and encourage regional col-
laboration, we are able to partner with
communities to create a framework for
sustainable economic development for
years to come.”

In a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO)
announcement notice in the Federal
Register, EDA outlined that these grants
will help communities develop strate-
gic plans to respond to their changing
economic landscape and to implement
those plans by funding infrastructure
and other activities.

Funds will be disbursed through EDA’s
six regional offices in the form of grants
to communities (cities, counties, or oth-
er political subdivisions of a state or a
consortium of political subdivision of a
state) to create jobs and generate pri-
vate sector investment by promoting
comprehensive, entrepreneurial and in-
novation-based economic development

Applications for the competitive grants
will be evaluated based on the extent to
which applications address the follow-
ing six criteria:
    1. Support small and medium-sized
          Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program Accepting Applications
                                                  The Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program (LLEP) is designed to
                                                  assist new professionals and their spouses/guests in making a knowledge-
                                                  able transition into the community and give them support in developing a
                                                  broad social network.

                                                  Through weekly sessions, participants will meet key business and com-
                                                  munity leaders and receive an overview of the area’s history, economic
                                                  and political structures, cultural affairs and leisure amenities. Sessions are
                                                  conducted one evening per week, for five consecutive weeks, at various
                                                  locations throughout the community. Each session is held from 6:00-9:00
                                                  p.m., beginning with a 45 minute cocktail hour and networking opportunity.
                                                  Four to six local executive guests will join the class during this time. The
                                                  sessions also include dinner.

LLEP provides participants a comprehensive look at the makeup of Lackawanna County, offers a sampling of the area’s major
cultural and recreational opportunities and encourages individuals to become involved in community activities and civic groups.

Notable alumni of the program include Kevin Cook, Mercy Heath Partners; Bobby Lynett, Shamrock Communications; Dr.
Edward G. Boehm, Keystone College and Bobby Soper, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

“Jackie and I had a wonderful experience with this program,” commented Bobby Soper, a 2006 graduate of LLEP, “It pro-
vided a great opportunity to be exposed to a number of local cultural resources and historically significant places of interest.
It also provided an opportunity to meet community and business leaders, many of whom we still keep in contact with.”

The next session of Executive Program will begin on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 and run for five consecutive Tuesdays until
May 18, 2010. To apply, visit www.leadershiplackawanna.com.

Application Requirements:
  • The deadline to apply is April 1, 2010
  • The program is open to public and private sector administrators/professionals in an executive level position
  • The candidate must either live in or work in the greater Scranton area
  • Class size is limited
  • Completion of the application does not ensure a candidate’s acceptance into the program
  • Candidates should possess an interest in learning how Lackawanna County functions and a commitment to enhance
  the area’s economy and quality of life

For more information about the Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program, contact Nicole A. Barber at (570)342-7711 or
nbarber@scrantonchamber.com. Additional information is also available on www.leadershiplackawanna.com.

                                      Invest In Energy Efficiency Now!
If energy efficiency is a top priority for your business, MetroAction can help!

Energy costs are skyrocketing. But, paying for an energy-efficiency upgrade doesn’t have to be an issue. While some
upgrades require little or no funding, some do require a financial investment. Why should you invest in making upgrades?
The savings from a well-planned efficiency upgrade can have a positive impact on your business’ cash flow and, even, pay
for itself in the long run.

For smaller, inexpensive upgrades, such as upgrading your lighbulbs or replacing smaller applicances and equipment with
energy efficient models, you may want to use your own funding to pay for the upgrade to keep your return on investment

For larger jobs, such as upgrading your HVAC or changing your electric meter, financing might be the only way to pay for the
upgrade. And, that’s how MetroAction can help! MetroAction’s small business loan programs can provide up to $75,000 to
help small businesses finance energy efficiency upgrades. In today’s economy, when bank financing is harder to come by,
MetroAction has proven to be a valuable resource for helping start-up and growing small businesses obtain the financing
they need to be competitive.

While you can’t control the rate increases, you can control your business’ energy consumption and you can be strategic in
planning your energy efficiency investments. Visit www.MetroAction.org for more information.
               Construction Continues at Valley View Business Park Phase II
The Scranton Lackawanna Industrial           Senator Robert Casey, Senator Arlen       SLIBCO has been developing new
Building Company (SLIBCO) recent-            Specter, Congressman Christopher          facilities and programs to meet the
ly began additional construction on          P. Carney, Congressman Paul Kanjo-        emerging needs of our community for
Phase II of the Valley View Business         rski, Representative Edward Staback,      64 years. During that time, SLIBCO
Park, a 561-acre addition to the exist-      PennDOT officials and staff, Lackwan-     has completed 357 projects totaling
ing park that will house 26 new KOEZ         na County Commissioners, the Valley       20,900,024 square-feet. These proj-
approved sites.                              View School Board and Archbald and        ects represent a $637 million dollar in-
                                             Jessup boroughs.                          vestment.
The construction will include 2.5 miles
of access road and related water, sew-
er, gas, detention basins and site grad-
ing; Dobrinski Brothers, Inc. recently
began work on the $7.8 million project.
The access road and related infrastruc-
ture, which marks the final construction
project within Phase II, will be complete
in January 2011.

Currently, Leeward Construction con-
tinues work on the 2-mile PennDOT
access road and related utility lines for
Phase II. This $17 million project has
an expected completion date of June
2010.                                          MetroAction Partners with Area CareerLink to Offer
“This project is an excellent example
                                                       Entrepreneurship: 101 Seminars
of the good work that’s being done,”
                                              In light of the impact the economy has had on job loss, numerous displaced
commented Senator Robert Mellow,
                                              workers have been considering opening their own small businesses to create
“when completed, it will have a posi-
                                              their own employment solution. To assist these future entrepreneurs with their
tive impact on economic development
                                              small business endeavors, MetroAction has partnered with CareerLink offices
and family-sustaining jobs in northeast
                                              located in its nine county service area to offer free Entrepreneurship: 101 semi-
Constructed in 2003 on abandoned
                                              During a two-hour seminar, attendees will learn about the very basics of open-
mine land by SLIBCO, the Chamber’s
                                              ing their own business such as:
not-for-profit industrial development
corporation, Valley View Business Park
                                                  • Assessing entrepreneurial strengths and weaknesses
is a mixed-use business park consist-
                                                  • Planning and preparing for the challenges ahead
ing of 763 acres. Adjacent to Valley
                                                  • Tips to seeking small business financing
View Business Park is the 132-acre
                                                  • Developing a successful and sustainable small business
Jessup Small Business Center, which
                                                  • How to link to valuable small business resources located in our area
has three flex buildings constructed by
Mericle Commerical Real Estate Ser-
                                              In December, MetroAction partnered with the Monroe County CareerLink and
vices and Verus Partners. Phase I of
                                              the Lackawanna County CareerLink offices, impacting over 20 future entrepre-
the Valley View Business Park and Jes-
                                              neurs. Additional seminars are scheduled with other area CareerLink offices in
sup Small Business Center is home to
                                              the upcoming months.
Lackawanna County Emergency Ser-
vices, Tucker Rocky, McLane Compa-
                                              Visit www.MetroAction.org for the latest Entrepreneurship: 101 locations and
ny, BAE Systems, Haband, Two Chefs
                                              dates. For more information on MetroAction, call (570) 341-0270.
on a Roll and Northeast Laminated
Glass. The two parks contain six build-
                                              MetroAction provides MicroLoans to small business in northeastern Pennsylva-
ings totaling $102 million in investment
                                              nia that do not have access to traditional sources of credit. Covering Carbon,
and 1,200 jobs to date.
                                              Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Schuykill, Wayne and Wy-
                                              oming counties, MetroAction, a nonprofit Small Business Administration (SBA)
SLIBCO extends special thanks to the
                                              lender, is northeastern Pennsylvania’s leading provider of small business loan
following for their assistance in bring-
                                              and comprehensive business training.
ing this project to fruition: Governor Ed-
ward Rendell, Senator Robert Mellow,
       Business Building                                     Put Your Business in the Spotlight
                                                The Greater Scranton Chamber
In today’s economic climate, many busi-         of Commerce, First Liberty Bank
ness owners are having a hard time sur-         and Trust and the Northeast
viving, let alone thriving. To help area        Pennsylvania Business Journal
businesses obtain a better understand-          are proud to spotlight local busi-
ing of how to run their business and help       nesses that are making a differ-
them to gain a competitive advantage for        ence in our community.
long term success, MetroAction is offer-
ing a number of business building semi-         The Small Business Spotlight
nars, including:                                Award recognizes local busi-
                                                nesses who give back to the
Business Basics                                 community by supporting local
MetroAction’s Business Basics seminars          non-profit organizations, charities 2008/2009 Small Business Spotlight
take the guess work out of developing or        and community events and ex- award winners were honored at the An-
growing a small business.                       hibit entrepreneurial growth and nual Membership Luncheon
                                                accomplishment in their field.
   • Review steps for a successful
     business                                   Do you know of a small business that should be recognized for contributing to
   • Learn about small business funding         the local community? Nominate them today! Eligible applicants must:
   • Connect with valuable resources to            • be a current member of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
     grow your business                            • show a strong dedication to giving back to our local community
                                                   • be in business for at least six months
Presenters are dynamic and classes are             • have less than 100 employees
content rich and cutting edge. Metro-              • be a for-profit business.
Action’s programs are regularly held
throughout nine northeastern Pennsyl-           Small Business Spotlight winners are honored with a commemorative plaque
vania counties. Most are just $10 per           and featured in the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal and the bi-
session. For a complete listing of work-        monthly Chamber newsletter, Newsbriefs (see page 6).
shops, visit www. MetroAction.org or call
341-0270.                                       To nominate a deserving small business, download an application form at
                                                www.scrantonchamber.com or contact Nicole Barber at The Greater Scranton
Small Business Institute                        of Commerce, (570)342-7711.
Resolve to work ON your business, not
just in it!

According to the U.S. Small Business
Administration, roughly 50 percent of
small businesses fail within their first five
years. Luckily, MetroAction presents
its Small Business Institute, a practical,
hands-on, learning program designed
to help entrepreneurs sharpen the skills
needed to develop, manage and grow a
successful business.

The Small Business Institute will take
place Thursdays, March 4 through April
22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Greater
Scranton Chamber of Commerce, 222
Mulberry Street, Scranton. Cost is $149
per person and includes textbook. Seat-
ing is limited, and registration is first-
come, first-served. PRE-REGISTRA-

Can’t attend? MetroAction has Small Busi-
ness Institutes scheduled throughout NEPA!
Visit www.MetroAction.org or contact Dara
Coslett Granza at 342-7711 or dgranza@
scrantonchamber.com for details.
  Destination Pocono Is                                 Community Bank System Honored by
     “Going Green”                                              Forbes Magazine
To help reduce the environmental im-         First Liberty Bank and Trust and its parent company Community Bank Sys-
pact created by the thousands of NAS-        tem, Inc., a registered bank holding company with over 160 customer facilities
CAR fans that travel in for two major        throughout Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, was ranked as the 7th best
races each summer, Pocono Inter-             bank in Forbes magazine listing of the Best and Worst Banks in America.
national Raceway is thinking “green”
again this year by encouraging race-         “This recognition is a reflection of our disciplined operating model and the hard
goers to park their cars and ride in on      work and dedication our employees in serving the needs of all our customers,”
special buses. By participating in this      said President Robert Matley.
program, fans can reduce the effect
of their presence on local roadways          According to the article, Forbes turned to researchers at SNL Financial. The
and enjoy a safer travel option that ad-     Charlottesville, Va.-based firm looked at eight financial measures including re-
dresses concerns about drinking and          turn on average equity, net interest margin, non performing loans as a percent-
driving.                                     age of loans, non performing assets as percentage of assets, reserves as a
                                             percentage of non performing loans, two capital ratios (Tier 1 and risk-based)
The buses are available to all fans, lo-     and leverage ratio.
cal residents and visitors alike. A quick
arrival at the track is ensured by spe-      First Liberty Bank and Trust offers banking services including savings and
cially-designated bus lanes and the          checking accounts, certificates of deposits, individual retirement accounts, cash
help of sheriff’s department escorts.        management, loans, and online banking. It also offers financial services like as-
As a special treat for using this service,   set management, estate planning, financial consulting, and trust services. The
the arrival concludes with a lap around      company operates as a subsidiary of Community Bank System, Inc. (CBU on
the “Tricky Triangle.”                       the NYSE).

Pocono International Raceway, along              New Business Center Champions the Cause of
with Martz Trailways and Destination                       Women Entrepreneurs
Pocono, began this program two years
ago. Last year’s four pick-up locations      There’s a new face of opportunity on The University of Scranton’s campus— one
have exploded to eleven, covering the        that’s providing valuable assistance for women seeking to develop and operate
entire four-county Pocono region and         small businesses.
New York City. This year, race-goers
can park and ride from one of the fol-       The Women’s Business Center (WBC), a partnership between The University
lowing locations: Wilkes-Barre, Mon-         of Scranton’s Kania School of Management and Small Business Development
tage Mountain, Downtown Scranton,            Center (SBDC), was established in 2009. Its objective is to help women gain
Delaware Water Gap, Mount Pocono,            knowledge and competence in the small business management field.
Tannersville, Milford, Greentown/Haw-
                                             Statistics prove that women-owned businesses have a significant impact on our
ley, Hazleton and White Haven. Seats
                                             nation’s economy — contributing $3 trillion and creating or maintaining 23 mil-
are available at $29.99 per rider locally,
                                             lion jobs according to Elaine Tweedy, director of the SBDC at The University of
and $69.99 from New York City.
                                             Scranton. By offering one-on-one technical assistance, online training and tutori-
                                             als, access to computer labs on campus, and quality educational programs, the
Pocono International Raceway is tak-         WBC is fueling that powerful movement.
ing full advantage of this new partner-
ship by encouraging all fans to contact      Two area business women have already benefited from the services offered by
Destination Pocono for their complete        the WBC. “The education and mentors available at The University of Scranton
race planning. Area hotels are also          provide women with the knowledge and support to run successful businesses,”
partnering with Destination Pocono by        said Francene Dudziec, owner of Monogram Muse in Clarks Summit.
offering packages that include rooms,
race tickets, upgrades and bus seats.        “The University of Scranton provides great opportunities for women to enhance
This means that fans can receive com-        their business skills through educational programs and one-on-one counseling,”
plete, one-stop race planning service        said Jill Aldrich, proprietor of Pure Pennsylvania Gallery and General Store in
when gearing up for summer’s race            Great Bend.
season. Booking is now available for
race packages as well as the bus ser-        The SBDC — which is funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S.
vice.                                        Small Business Administration and The University of Scranton — serves small
                                             businesses and prospective entrepreneurs in Bradford, Lackawanna, Monroe,
For more information, please check on-       Pike, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
line at www.DestinationPocono.com or
                                             For additional information about the WBC, contact SBDC at The University of
call toll-free number at 888-629-8050.       Scranton at (570) 941-7588.
                                        NEPIRC Appoints Esoda as New Executive Director
                                  The Board of Directors of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center,
                                  Inc. (NEPIRC) recently announced the appointment of Eric Joseph Esoda, CPA as the
                                  organization’s Executive Director effective January 1, 2010. Mr. Esoda currently serves
                                  as NEPIRC’s Managing Director and held prior positions as the organization’s Controller,
                                  Director of Finance & Administration and Operations Manager since joining the company
                                  in 1998.

                                 Mr. Esoda obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from The University of Scranton
                                 and his Masters of Business Administration from Binghamton University. Following his
                                 collegiate education, Mr. Esoda worked for the international accounting and consulting
                                 firm of KPMG and Syracuse-based firm of Fust, Charles, Chambers, LLC. Mr. Esoda is
                                 a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania, a former officer of the Pennsylvania Insti-
                                 tute of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the NEPA Alliance Business Finance
Corporation Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors of the Great Valley Technology Alliance. Mr. Esoda
also served the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program as an advisor to organizations similar to NEPIRC in
New Mexico, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In 2008, he was nominated for the national Manu-
facturing Extension Partnership Program award of Manufacturing Champion of the Year by several Pennsylvania-based
economic development leaders and business owners. He is a resident of Clarks Summit and active within several charities
and professional groups throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

NEPIRC is a non-profit corporation that provides strategic consulting assistance to small and mid-sized companies in the
northeastern Pennsylvania region. NEPIRC is one of seven Industrial Resource Centers in Pennsylvania, a program funded
by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and a member of the National Institute of Standards
and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP).

NEPIRC’s founder and current Executive Director, William J. Desciak, will remain active within NEPIRC in other capacities
and pursue additional economic development initiatives on behalf of NEPIRC and other organizations. Eric can be con-
tacted at eric@nepirc.com or (570) 704-0012.

 Host a Business Meeting                        Bayada Nurses Opens Clarks Summit Location
  or Event at the Airport
                                             Bayada Nurses recently opened a new office location in Clarks Summit, PA,
Wings Restaurant & Bar, located on the       the new location will serve Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties. Bayada
second level of the Wilkes-Barre Scran-      Nurses is a home health care agency that has been caring for individuals in
ton International Airport Terminal build-    their homes since 1975. The Clarks Summit location offers RNs, LPNs and
ing, is commonly known for serving the       home health aides to meet the needs of pediatric clients and their families 24
traveling public. Renovations to the res-    hours a day, seven days a week.
taurant in May 2006 and the addition of
“Wings Catering” also make it an option      The Bayada Nurses mission is simple: to help people have a safe home life
for meetings and events.                     with comfort, independence and dignity. Their day to day work in achieving
                                             that mission is guided by their company philosophy, The Bayada Way. They
Chef David Belton brings over 30 years       believe in delivering services with compassion, excellence and reliability- the
of restaurant experience to Wings, where     Bayada Nurses core values. They believe that clients come first and that em-
his menu offerings currently include         ployees are their greatest asset because they are the heart of home care. The
sandwiches, homemade pizza, soups,           Bayada Way defines the important principles that they believe are most critical
salads and home-style entrées. Cater-        to their work as home health care providers.
ing can include everything from a simple
continental breakfast to elaborate dinner    Who can benefit from Bayada Nurses services? Children from birth to 21
parties.                                     (adults are observed by the Pittston Office) who need airway management,
                                             catheterization, multiple medication administration, oxygen therapy, seizure
Meetings of 45 attendees or fewer can
                                             management, tube feeds, ventilator management, bathing, personal hygiene,
be held in the Airport’s private boardroom
                                             dressing, ambulation, exercising, playing, student care services at school and
or, for larger parties, inside of Wings
                                             on trips, etc.
Restaurant & Bar.

For more information about Wings Ca-         Bayada Nurses will be hosting an Open House on April 1, 2010. For more in-
tering, business meetings or events,         formation visit Bayada Nurses at 233 Northern Boulevard, Clarks Summit, PA,
contact Tony Vergnetti, general manager      call (570) 587-8000 or visit www.bayada.com.
at (570) 457-0410.
         Members Rejuvenate & Recharge
The Greater Scranton Women’s Network held a “special edition” luncheon
on Wednesday, January 20 at the Scranton Cultural Center. Participating
member salons, spas and special services lined the room with luxurious
services, including paraffin hand dips, make up and color analysis, skin
consultations, product samplings, waxing services and more. The event
also featured guest speaker Ray Parchinski, owner of Uno Fitness,

Seated, from left: Ellen Bolthouse, Bolthouse Associates; Dina Cipria-
no, Studio RD; Bernadette Lepre, Pennstar Bank. Standing: Mari Potis,
Scranton Chamber; Katlynn Dixon, Pax et Bonum; Ray Parchinski, Uno
Fitness; Sherrilyn Tarapchak, Alexander’s Salon & Spa; Karen Thomas,
Penn Security Bank & Trust Company.

                   Census 2010 Kick-off
The Chamber hosted the Lackawanna County 2010 Census Kick-off
event on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. The program featured speakers
from the Census and other local organizations.

Shown at left (from left to right) Commissioner Michael J. Washo,
Lackawanna County; Scott J. Weiland, The Greater Scranton Cham-
ber of Commerce; Rabbi Joseph Mendelsohn, Temple Israel; Linda
Abeli, the Office of Economic and Community Development; Owen
Baillie, Greater Scranton MLK Committee; Charles Spano, local Cen-
sus office; Blanca Rosenthal, Lackawanna County Latino Complete
Count Committee Chairperson; Phil Lutz, regional Census office.

                       Albright at Night
The Albright Memorial Library featured prints and posters by Austin
J. Burke during the December 4 First Friday event. Mr. Burke was on
hand to autograph posters of his acrylic painting “Albright at Night.”

First Friday art walks are held on the first Friday of every month at
galleries and businesses around downtown Scranton featuring paint-
ings, photography, sculpture, music, performance art and more. The
Library was among 25 venues that hosted events for December’s First

Pictured at left: Austin J. Burke signs posters at the December 4

       WIB Gives Students a Ride to School
The Lackawanna County Workforce Investment Board (LCWIB)
joined with other community organizations to fund bus passes for
Scranton School District students.

Pictured, left to right: Alex Hazzouri; Jeanne Bovard, Scranton Area
Foundation; Virginia Turano, Lackawanna County Workforce Invest-
ment Board Executive Director; Bill King, Scranton School District
Superintendant and Austin Burke, Lackawanna County Workforce
Investment Board Chair.
                     Walk the Lake
                                                                         Welcome New Members!
Leadership Lackawanna has chosen to focus one of the Class
of 2010’s major projects in the Abington area. The volunteer            November/December 2009
group is working to build a pathway around the lake at the                                BillRich Inc
Abington Area Community Park on Winola Road in Clarks                               DG Nicholas Company
Summit. The project will provide a handicap-accessible, fam-                       Durkin MacDonald, LLC
ily-friendly walkway, so the park becomes a must-visit destina-                           Elecast Inc
tion for people who want an opportunity to safely enjoy nature                       Fetchen Sheet Metal
in a beautiful place. The group is working with the Abington
                                                                     Giovanni’s Pizzeria (Aglio Entertainment GroupLLC)
Area Joint Recreation Board to complete this project.
                                                                                  JPI Express Couriers LLC
                                                                       Keystone Hotel Management/ Town Place Suites
Members of the Leadership Lackawanna Class of 2010 par-
ticipating in the project include, Nunzi Allegrucci, Nunzi’s Ad-
vertising Specialties, Inc.; Nisha Arora, ERA One Source Re-                       NEPA Acupunture Clinic
alty; Erika Bruckner, Happenings Magazine; Leighton Chung,                                Prudential
Keystone Community Resources; Julie Lavender, Procter &                             Trovato’s Meat Market
Gamble; Joe Serra, Lockheed Martin and Alicia Woodruff,                         Bedwick & Jones Printing Inc.
Keystone College.                                                        Frank Peretti-Brooks Realty Grp LLC/Market
Support Leadership Lackawanna and the “Walk the Lake”                                 Gun Toters Supply
project by participating in an upcoming fundraising event.                   Medical Arts Realty Associates Inc.
                                                                                    Peoples National Bank
Poker night at the Station                                                      Scranton Prospect Realty Inc.
Station Square Tavern: 400 Lackawanna Avenue, Olyphant                                Telesca Properties
Friday April 9, 6:30 to 8:30 PM                                                      Webster Towers Inc.
$25 donation                                                              Wilkes-Barre Bookkeeping Company LLC
Participants will receive free food and draft beer, and drink
Prizes will be awarded to the Top Three Placers & First Three
Players Eliminated

Golf Tournament
Panorama Golf Course – RR 1 Forest City, PA 18421
Friday April 23, 10:00 Shotgun Start
Captain & Crew Format
Golfers will receive free hotdogs, alcoholic & non-alcholic bev-
erages during tournament. (After tournament golfers are wel-
come to a afternoon brunch)
Cash Prizes will be given for Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, Leadership Lackwanna and AAJRB’s collaborative
and Wining Crew.                                                 “Walk the Lake” project recently received a $750
                                                                 contribution from the Overlook Estates Foundation.
To register for a fundraiser, make a donation, or for more in- Shown, left to right, Erika Bruckner, Nunzio Allegrucci,
formation about the project, email walkthelakeproject@gmail. Bob Kester, Joe Serra, Leighton Chung and Alicia
com or visit abingtonparks.com.                                  Woodruff.

       MetroAction to Award Scholarships to Assist Local Childcare Providers
As part of MetroAction’s commitment to improving the quality of affordable child care throughout northeastern Pennsylvania,
MetroAction will award three scholarships to their Small Business Institute program.

Child care providers located in MetroAction’s service area are eligible for scholarships to attend the Small Business Institute
(SBI). MetroAction is an approved PQAS certified organization which allows child care providers who attend SBI the oppor-
tunity to earn professional development credits recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

MetroAction’s Small Business Institute is a practical, hands-on, learning program designed to help entrepreneurs sharpen
the skills needed to develop, manage, and grow a successful business. Participants incorporate their own business experi-
ences, developing the building blocks for success. From organization planning to marketing to understanding your finan-
cials, the Small Business Institute help entrepreneurs understand how all of the pieces of a business work together.
 Survey Reveals Chamber                         Gallagher Scholarship at University of Scranton
   Programs on Target
                                              Applications are being accepted for the Joseph P. Gallagher Memorial Schol-
                                              arship at The University of Scranton for the 2010/2011 academic year.
A recent survey of Chamber members
paints an encouraging picture for benefit
                                              The scholarship was established in 1995 to honor the memory of Mr. Gallagh-
offerings of The Greater Scranton Cham-
                                              er, vice president of finance at the Chamber, who passed away unexpectedly
ber of Commerce. The electronic survey
                                              on November 3, 1994.
was developed by Gibraltar Forms Data
Systems Company.                              Scholarship candidiates must be the son or daughter of an employee of a cur-
                                              rent Chamber member. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving
The 2009 Membership Survey was con-           member of the senior class.
ducted by the Chamber to measure the
need for key new benefits as well as to       If you have a son or daughter who will be a senior at The University and is interested
gauge current offerings. Regarding the        in applying, please contact the Financial Aid Department at (570)941-7700. You may
potential for new benefits, the study re-     also contact Jeffrey A. Rubel at (570) 342-7711 or jrubel@scrantonchamber.com.
vealed that respondents are interested in
attending online Chamber seminars. “The                    Computer Contest Slated for March 9
Chamber and MetroAction are combining
their efforts to investigate ‘webinars’ as    Students from 10 local high schools
a potential offering,” stated Scott J. Wei-   are preparing for this year’s Great
land, Ph.D., vice president of operations,    Valley Computer Contest. In antici-
the Chamber. “It is an exciting possibility   pation of the 11th annual Computer
and we will continue to explore it.” Net-     Contest, students recently partici-
working trips were also showed promise        pated in a day-long training session
through the results of the survey.            at New Horizons Computer Learn-
                                              ing Centers in Pittston. Session
Respondents noted that their top reasons      topics included presentation skills
for joining the Chamber were network-         and project management.
ing, community support, and marketing.
These are staple benefits of Chamber          This year’s Computer Contest will
membership. When rating the quality of        be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Penn State Worthington Scranton campus.
programs, respondents gave high scores        Skills in Scranton, in cooperation with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Com-
to card exchanges, Leadership Lacka-          merce, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, and the
wanna, the Annual Dinner, Annual Mem-         Great Valley Technology Alliance sponsor this annual event
bership Luncheon, and the Open House.
                                              The purpose of the contest is to introduce and expose the area’s high school
Most respondents ranked Chamber pro-
                                              youth to information technology in a competitive environment. Students contact a
grams to be neutral to good, with very few
                                              business and research, design, and develop a web site for them.
scores lower than neutral.
                                              At the event, participating schools will have an opportunity to present their contest
Member communications were ranked             entries. Each team displays entries for all to review and the top five teams give a
high. The Annual Report, e-briefs, Plan       formal presentation to the audience. Each contest entry is evaluated by a judging
It, and the Business & Buyers’ Guide          committee on technical quality, creativity, use of technology, and usability.
were found to have “good to excellent”
quality. In addition, the Chamber staff        New Horizons Computer Learning Center donated the grand prize, a $5,000
faired well, obtaining high scores for ac-    scholarship which will be awarded to one student selected from the winning team.
cessibility, friendliness, awareness of       The student will have the opportunity to further their skills through New Horizon’s
member needs, knowledgeable, custom-          Network Support Technician program or Graphic Web Designer program. The
er service, professionalism, and respon-      scholarship will cover the full cost of the course and all materials.
siveness. “We have a professional team
who is committed to meeting the needs of      All public and private schools in NEIU 19, LIU 18, and the Diocese of Scranton are
our members,” stated Dr. Weiland. “We         eligible to compete. A maximum of two teams from each school can participate,
value our members, and we are always          with no more than five students on each team.
looking for ways to improve our service.
We encourage members to let us know           Old Forge High School placed first in last year’s competition, with Western Wayne
how we can improve.”                          High School and Montrose High School receiving second and third place re-
                                              spectively. Finalists also included Hazleton High School and North Pocono High
For more information contact Scott J.         School.
Weiland at 570.342.7711 or at sweiland@
scrantonchamber.com.                          For more information contact Jeffrey A. Rubel, vice president of Skills in Scranton,
                                              at (570)342-7711 or jrubel@scrantonchamber.com.

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