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					THE GREATER SCRANTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                                                            MAY/JUNE 2010


CHAMBER OFFERING FREE BONUS                                                               FEATURES
BENEFITS TO RENEWING MEMBERS                                                              Staff Spotlight              2

For the first time, renewing members of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Com-               Small Business Spotlight     6
merce can receive a special package of free services and discounts worth more
than $10,000.                                                                             Skills in Scranton           8

As a new added value for membership, renewing members can now receive free                Members in Motion          9-12
and low cost advertising in various media, including newspaper, television, radio,
Internet, outdoor, and indoor.                                                            New Members                 14

Renewing members can also access free training and professional services, free            Also inside...
Microsoft Office training, free leadership, supervisory and management training,
free consultation on commercial building projects, free access to a resource
                                                                                          “CHAMBER TRIPLE CROWN”
library of demographic information and local services, free market analysis for
individuals looking to sell their property, and free access to consumer purchase
                                                                                          MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN
and media habits.

Several banking services, including free checking, online banking and bill payment
and a free gift, a free safe deposit box, free access to valuable employee benefits,
and free $100 deposit when opening a new free business checking account are
also available for renewing members.
                                                                    Continued on page 2

STILL SHOPPING FOR ELECTRICITY?                                                           WOMEN’S NETWORKING
Business customers in the PPL utility service territory have one more reason to
cheer for choice. Retail energy supplier Direct Energy is using their unique position
as both a business and residential retailer to offer discounted residential electricity
rates to employees of their commercial and industrial customers.
                                                                                          COMMUNITY READING DAY
                                                      Direct Energy recently
   To sign up visit and          extended this offer to
     enter the offer code: CCSCENERGY                 ChamberChoice, a bene-
                                                      fits consultant located in
                                                      Pittsburgh and a Direct
Energy Business customer. “Many of our partners and their members’ employees
have taken advantage of Direct Energy’s unique residential program,” said Renay
Gontis, Communications Coordinator at ChamberChoice. “This program was a
strong incentive to choose Direct Energy as an energy supplier and they’ve pro-
vided great value for both our business and members alike.”
                                                                    Continued on page 5                                          AUSTIN BURKE APPOINTED                                                     222 Mulberry Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             LEADERSHIP LACKAWANNA

                                                                                                                                            P.O. Box 431

                                                                 SECRETARY OF DCED
                                                                                                                                            Scranton, PA 18501-0431
                                                                                                                                            P: 570.342.7711                             Business Show 2010                                                   EXECUTIVE PROGRAM
                                                                                                                                            F: 570.347.6262
                                                                                                                                               Thank you to all vendors who participated!
                                                                 Governor Edward G. Rendell appointed                                                                          The Chamber’s annual Business       NEPA Alliance                             The Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program is designed to assist
                                                                                                                                                                               Show was held on Tuesday, May       Walk the Lake
                                                                 Austin J. Burke as Secretary of the Depart-                                201 Lackawanna Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                               25, 2010 at the Hilton Scranton     Edwards Business Systems                  professionals in becoming more engaged in the community, broad-
                                                                                                                                            Scranton, PA 18503
                                                                 ment of Community and Economic Develop-                                    P: 570.341.0270                    and Conference Center. The
                                                                                                                                                                               show’s vendors exemplify the fact
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PA Paper & Supply Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ening their social network and increasing their overall knowledge of
                                                                                                                                            F: 570.341.0273
                                                                 ment [DCED]. Mr. Burke brings a wide range                       
                                                                                                                                                                               that quality goods, products and    WBRE / WYOU                               the greater Scranton area. Through weekly sessions, participants
                                                                                                                                                                               services thrive in northeastern     Time Masters
                                                                 of civic and community development expe-                                                                      Pennsylvania. Over 350 people       The Inn at Pocono Manor                   meet key business and community leaders and receive an overview
                                                                                                                                                                               were in attendance and samples,     Professional Chiropractic Associates
                                                                 rience to DCED, which will mean another        David E. Raven                                                 give-a-ways and door prizes were    Roy W. Hart Agency, Inc.                  of the area’s history, economic and political structures, cultural affairs
                                                                 strong advocate in an agency that helped to
                                                                                                                Chairman of the Board                                          abundant.                           ServiceMaster by Griffing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rock 107
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and leisure amenities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Howell Benefit Services
                                                                 create hundreds of thousands of new jobs,      Philip P. Condron                                                                                  Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                                Acting President/Secretary                                                                         North Central Digital Systems                                                                     Sessions are conducted
                                                                 revitalize communities, and provide critical                                                                                                      Mesko Glass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     one evening per week, for
                                                                                                                Austin J. Burke                                                                                    Longbotham Strategic Marketing
                                                                 financing to both start-up businesses and       President (on official leave)                                                                       Keystone Business Products                                                                        five consecutive weeks, at
                                                                 those looking to expand.                                                                                                                          Mericle Commercial Real Estate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pro Fitness Club                                                                                  various locations through-
                                                                                                                CHAMBER STAFF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Murphy’s Home Services
                                                                                                                Kristine M. Ancherani
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Leadership Lackawanna                                                                             out the community. Each
                                                                                                                Industrial Development Assistant
                           For the past 35 years, Mr. Burke has served The Greater Scranton Chamber   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   LIFE Geisinger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     session is held from 6:00-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Scranton Label
                           of Commerce, thirty of those years as president. During the past three years,        Kristine L. Augustine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Scranton Rescue Mission                                                                           9:00 p.m. and includes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Verizon Wireless
                           he also served on the Commonwealth Finance Authority and helped funnel               Vice President, Business and Community Development                                                 Perspective Business Resources                                                                    cocktails and dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                           Scranton Plan/Rediscover Scranton/POWER
                           hundreds of millions of dollars to emerging projects throughout the Common-                                                                                                             Combat Cleanerz
                                                                                                                Nicole A. Barber
                           wealth. Philip P. Condron, president of Condron & Company will serve as act-         Community Relations Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   University of Scranton SBDC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PNC Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The program is open to
                           ing president of the Chamber until Mr. Burke returns to resume leadership.                                                                          Thanks to our sponsors:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Kaiser Fine Photography                                                                                    public and private sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Holiday Inn East                          Graduates of the Spring 2010 Leadership Lackawanna Exec-
                                                                                                                James F. Coleman                                                                                                                                                                                              administrators/profession-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Prudential Financial
                                                                                                                Vice President, Finance                                                                                                                      utive Program pose for a photo during their last session,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   First National Community Bank
                           “I am honored and humbled to be accepting Governor Rendell’s nomination                                                                           Woodloch Resort                           which was held on May 18 at Keystone College in LaPlume.         als in an executive level po-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   LeChase Construction Services             Back row, left to right: Nicole A. Barber, Leadership Lack-
                           to this post,” Mr. Burke stated. “I look forward to working with him and the         Megan DeLuccie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sition. A spouse/guest may
                                                                                                                Finance Assistant                                                                                                                            awanna administrator; Tony Laughter, Baptist Bible College
                           extraordinary team at DCED as the Commonwealth’s economy continues to      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bayada Nurses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Seminary; John Marsico, Scranton Temple Residency Pro-       attend at no additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Associated Builders & Contractors
                           improve. When the Governor was elected almost eight years ago he launched            Kristin Driesbaugh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank          gram; Dr. Jignesh Sheth, Scranton Temple Residency Pro-          charge. The candidate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BSI Exhibits                              gram; David Chuff, Esq., Leadership Lackawanna Board Chair.
                           the most powerful business stimulus package I’ve ever seen. I’d like to build
                                                                                                                Membership Sales Representative                                                                    Slick Systems, LLCDesign Done Right                                                                        must either live or work in
                                                                                                                                                                          M3 Internet Marketing                     Front row, left to right: Kathleen Doucet, Prudential Financial;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the greater Scranton area.
                           upon the impact of that bold initiative for the remainder of this administration.    Karen Durkin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Penn Security Bank                        Linda Foody, Trinity Baptist Church; Marian Healey, Wells
                                                                                                                Community Relations Assistant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Blue Cross of NEPA                        Fargo; Steven Henderson, Mercy Health Partners. Absent           Candidates should possess
                           In accepting this challenge, I will apply the lessons learned from over three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             from the photo were Kevin Mitchell, City of Scranton; Jude
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hilton Scranton and Conference Center                                                                      an interest in learning how
                           decades of community and economic development experience to ensure the                                                                                                                  Penn State Worthington Scranton           McDonough, formerly of Sterling Investment Advisors; and
                                                                                                                Marie E. Ferraro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Vintage Gold and Coin                     Megan Strassner, NEPA Center for Independent Living.             Lackawanna County func-
                           department continues as a center of excellence for community and economic            Membership Assistant                                                                               Frontier Communications
                                                                                                                                                                             The Paper Shop                                                                                             tions and a commitment to
                           development.”                                                                                                                                                                           Bath Fitter                               enhance the area’s economy and quality of life. More information is
                                                                                                                Dara Coslett Granza
                                                                                                                Training and Development Specialist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             also available on
                                                                                                                Virginia J. Goodrich
                                                                                                                Executive Secretary
                           FREE BENEFITS continued from page 1                                        

                                                                                                                Christina Hitchcock
                           In addition, renewing members can access other high value offerings, includ-         Business Development Administrator
                           ing rebates for replacing lighting fixtures, a free oil change for your vehicle, a

                                                                                                                Kristyn Kelly
                           free computer check up, and free meeting rooms for your next events.                 Economic Development Specialist

                                                                                                                Lisa Kenny
                           “The economy has been tough and our businesses need more tools to grow,”             Business Development Assistant
                           stated Scott J. Weiland, Ph.D., vice president of operations. “A key part of

                                                                                                                Amy S. Luyster
                           our mission is to meet the needs of our community’s businesses. We are glad          Scranton Plan Administrator
                           to provide these valuable benefits.”                                        

                                                                                                                John P. Maldonato
                                                                                                                Technical Resources Manager
                           Members can access commercial and residential energy savings through the   

                                                                                                                Carol Mikovsky
                           ChamberChoice OnDemand energy program and competitive Chamber-                       Finance Assistant
                           Choice health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Members can cultivate

                                                                                                                Karl F. Pfeiffenberger
                           new customers through dozens of free networking opportunities and through            Project Manager
                           exclusive referrals from the Chamber. No cost or low cost marketing is avail-

                                                                                                                Mari R. Potis
                           able for members through the Business & Buyers’ Guide and Newsbriefs. In             Membership Director
                           addition, members can receive free or low cost training and professional de-

                                                                                                                Jeffrey A. Rubel
                           velopment, access to exclusive monthly Member to Member discounts, and               Vice President, Skills in Scranton
                           much more.                                                                 

                                                                                                                Andrew C. Skrip
                                                                                                                Vice President, Industrial Development
                           The renewal incentives will expire soon. Two or three month payment plans are

                                                                                                                Joanne Stetz
                           available. Once members pay in full they will receive instructions on how to re-     Public Service Assistant
                           deem these benefits. To obtain more information contact Dr. Weiland at      

                                                                                                                Scott J. Weiland, Ph.D.
                           570.342.7711 or at                                     Vice President, Chamber Operations

       2                  NEWSBRIEFS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NEWSBRIEFS                    3    THE “CHAMBER TRIPLE CROWN”                                                                                                                                      LEADERSHIP LACKAWANNA CLASS OF 2010                                                             ELECTRICITY continued from page 1

                           MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN                                                                                                                                             COMPLETES EIGHTH AND NINTH SESSIONS                                                             Direct Energy’s unique program offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           residential customers a fixed price prod-
                           The “Chamber Triple Crown” Membership Campaign spon-                                                                                                            In their eighth session, themed “Go Green,” the Leadership Lackawanna                           uct at a competitive rate. The term
                           sored by Sprint PCS was held May 11-13, 2010 at The Greater                                                                                                                                                                                                     length of 12 months ensures protection
                                                                                                                                                                                           Class of 2010 learned how to take responsibility for their actions while
                           Scranton Chamber of Commerce. 108 volunteers, totaling 22                                                                                                                                                                                                       from volatile electricity rates, while offer-
                                                                                                                                                                                           understanding how these actions affect the environment. Sponsored by                            ing members outstanding customer serv-
                           teams, competed for prizes by recruiting new members to                                                                                                         Waste Management, the class met at the Alliance Landfill in Taylor and                           ice from one of the largest electricity
                           the Chamber. 127 new members joined the Chamber during
                                                                                                                                                                                           heard a variety of presentations including “Buy Fresh, Buy Local,” “Re-                         suppliers in North America.
                           this three week event.
                                                                                                                                                                                           ducing Your Carbon Footprint” and LEED certification. The group also
                                                                                                                                                                                           went on a tour/hike of the landfill.                                                             “Direct Energy is one of the few energy
                           Top Teams included:                                            “Fidelity’s Finest stay on top!” L-R: Mari Potis, Scranton Chamber; Donna Gizensky, Cathy Lan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           suppliers in Pennsylvania to offer prod-
                                                                                          gan, Joann Marsili, Wanda Winters & Dan Santaniello all from Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank.
                           1st Place - Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ucts to both residential and business
                           2nd Place - Greater Scranton Women's Network Committee                                                                                                                                                                       The word “vision” helped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           customers, so it makes sense for us to
                           3rd Place - Greater Scranton Chamber Ambassadors' Club                                                                                                                                                                       shape session nine, which was      offer our business customers a preferred
                           4th Place - Pennstar Bank                                                                                                                                                                                                    held at Renaissance at 500 on      residential offer for their employees,”
                           5th Place - Leadership Lackawanna                                                                                                                                                                                            Lackawanna Avenue and was          said John Berg, Direct Energy Business’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sponsored by PNC Bank. The         Pennsylvania Sales Manager. “It’s an
                           Top Individual Winners included:                                                                                                                                                                                             class was treated to an array of   innovative program, and is a strong
                           1st Place - Cathy Langan, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank                                                                                                                                                                   speakers including Kristyn Kelly   example of the benefits of electric
                           2nd Place - Robin Green, PrimeMed PC                                                                                                                                                                                         from the Scranton Plan, Karl       competition in the Commonwealth.”
                           3rd Place - Laurie Cadden, Laurie Cadden Enterprises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pfeiffenberger of SLIBCO and
                           4th Place - Joann Marsili, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rate caps have been expiring in service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don Rinaldi, SLR Properties.       territories across Pennsylvania. As a
                           5th Place - Wanda Winters, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                           From left to right: Lorena Perry, Maria Montenegro, Michelle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The day concluded with a trip      result, competitive energy suppliers have
                           A special thank you to our partners for providing incentives                                                                                                    Williams, Anna Cancelli and Steve Zayac.                     to Carbondale, where the class     been offering a wide and diverse
                           for new members to join: Lamar Advertising, Scranton Times-                                                                                                                                                                  was welcomed by Greater            variety of electricity products to
                           Tribune, NEPA Business Journal, Community Newspaper            “Cathy Langan remains queen of the campaign!” L-R: Cathy Langan, Fidelity Deposit & Discount     Carbondale Chamber of Commerce director Maggie O’Brien and Mayor                                residential and business customers.
                                                                                          Bank; Phil Condron, Acting President & Mari Potis, Membership Director, Greater Scranton
                           Group, WYOU/WBRE, Bold Gold Media, Entercom Marketing          Chamber of Commerce.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Justin Taylor who gave overviews and updates on the city.
                           Group and One Point.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Direct Energy Business is currently active
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in the Allegheny/West Penn, PECO,
                                                                                                                                                                                           The class’s final session will be held June 10, 2010 at Lackawanna College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           PPL and Duquesne Light service territo-
                           In addition, we’d like to thank all members who supported                                                                                                       and will serve as a year in review. Leadership Lackawanna will hold its                         ries and Direct Energy has residential
                           the campaign through support and donation of prizes:                                                                                                            graduation recognition dinner on June 24, 2010 where certificates will be                        customers in the Pike County, PPL and
                                                                                                                                                                                           presented and award winners announced.                                                          Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania service
                           Action Personnel               Medicine Shoppe                                                                                                                                                                                                                  territories. The company’s Pittsburgh
                           Amici                            Pharmacy-Moscow                                                                                                                                                                                                                regional office employs more than
                           Anthracite Heritage Museum     Mohegan Sun                                                                                                                                                                                                                      250 people.
                           Beach Lake Sprinkler Corp.       at Pocono Downs
                           Chef's Table                   NEPA Plastic Surgery                                                                                                                                                                                                             ABOUT DIRECT ENERGY
                             at Keystone College            Associates
                           Citizens Savings Bank          OnDemand Energy Solutions                                                                                                                                                                                                        Direct Energy is one of North America’s
                           Community Medical Center       ParenteBeard LLC                                                                                                                                                                                                                 largest energy and energy-related serv-
                           Cooper’s Seafood               Patsel’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ices providers with over 5 million residen-
                           Core Fitness & Rehab           Penn Paper & Supply                                                                                                                                                                                                              tial    and      commercial       customer
                                                                                          “Newcomer Robin Green takes strong 2nd place finish” L-R: Robin Green, PrimeMed PC; Phil
                           Crescent Lodge                 Penn Security Bank & Trust      Condron, Acting President & Mari Potis, Membership Director, Greater Scranton Chamber of                                                                                                         relationships. Direct Energy provides cus-
                           Fairfield Inn                   PNC Bank                        Commerce.                                                                                                                                                                                        tomers with choice and support in manag-
                           Fidelity Deposit               Quinn's Supermarket                                                                                                                                                                                                              ing their energy costs through a portfolio
                             & DiscountBank               Radiological Consultants                                                                                                                                                                                                         of innovative products and services. A
                           Francis Smith & Sons           Residence Inn                                                                                                                                                                                                                    subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one
                           Giant Foods                    Roba Family Farms                                                                                                                                                                                                                of the world’s leading integrated energy
                           Greater Scranton YMCA          Ruth’s Chris Steak House                                                                                                                                                                                                         companies, Direct Energy operates in 20
                           Hilton Scranton                Sanderson State Street Salon                                                                                                                                                                                                     U.S. states and 10 provinces in Canada. To
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           learn more about Direct Energy, visit
                             & Conference Center          Sandone Tire
                           Johnny’s Car Wash              Shoppes @ Montage
                           Kaiser Fine Photography        Skincare RX
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For additional information, contact:
                           Kenneth W. Lilik, MD           Stirna’s Restaurant
                           KNL Construction               Stone Hedge Golf Course                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bethany Ruhe
                           Kost Tire & Auto Service       TMG Health                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Manager, Public Relations
                           Lackawanna College             Vintner's Circle                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Direct Energy Business
                           Mall at Steamtown              Walmart                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (412) 667-5616
                           Marquis Art & Frame            Wegmans                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                          “Ambassadors Club take 3rd place finish” L-R: Mari Potis, Greater Scranton Chamber of Com-
                           McCann School of Business      Woodloch Resort                 merce; Carl Snyder, Best Business Builder; Cathy Voyack, Mary Kay Cosmetics; Rose Bartoli,
                                                                                          Sun Control Plus & Amy Clegg, Express Employment Professionals.

       4                  NEWSBRIEFS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   NEWSBRIEFS               5                                                                                                                                SPONSORED BY:
                                                                                                                                                                                                METROACTION LAUNCHES                                               LADIES’ NIGHT

                                                                                                                                                                                                NEW PROGRAM TO HELP
                                    SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT AWARD                                                                                                                              CREDIT CHALLENGED PEOPLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                START SMALL BUSINESSES
                                                                                                     MAY 2010                                                                                   MetroAction, a leader in northeastern Pennsylvania small
                                                                 Nichols Village Hotel & Spa                                                                                                    business lending, announced a new option for credit chal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                lenged start-up and existing small businesses with the launch
                           The Greater Scranton Chamber of Com-            Currently, the hotel has 104 guest rooms,                                                                            of its STEP loan and mentoring program. This unique
                           merce, First Liberty Bank and Trust and The     with 11 additional suites coming soon.                                                                               program offers increased hope to financially underserved
                           Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal         Nichols Village is a campus style complex                                                                            entrepreneurs seeking small business loans in northeastern
                           are proud to announce that Nichols Village      that includes Bazil Ristorante Italiano,                                                                             Pennsylvania during a nationwide credit crunch.
                           Hotel & Spa is the recipient of the May         owned and managed separate from the
                           2010 Small Business Spotlight Award.            hotel, and the addition of RejuvenEssence                                                                            “MetroAction realizes that entrepreneurs in northeastern           Ladies Night was held Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at
                                                                           Full Service Day Spa coming in the summer                                                                                                                                               the Scranton Cultural Center and was sponsored by
                                                                                                                                                                                                Pennsylvania need affordable loans to grow their businesses
                           Each month, The Greater Scranton Chamber        of 2010. The entire property has undergone
                                                                                                                           From left to right: Nicole A. Barber, The Greater Scranton Cham-                                                                        Pennstar Bank. Proceeds from Ladies’ Night benefit
                                                                                                                           ber of Commerce; Lisa Rochinski, First Liberty Bank and Trust;       and their credit,” says Christina Hitchcock, business develop-     the Women’s Workforce Conference held each Spring
                           of Commerce presents the Small Business         a complete renovation that mirrors a bou-       Angela Alfonso, Nichols Village Hotel & Spa; Robert Jones,
                                                                                                                           Nichols Village Hotel & Spa; Scott J. Weiland, The Greater Scran-
                                                                                                                                                                                                ment administrator, MetroAction. “The STEP loan program            to assist women in our area who are re-entering the
                           Spotlight Award, sponsored by First Liberty     tique hotel style with a staff strongly ori-
                                                                                                                           ton Chamber of Commerce.                                             will provide local small businesses and potential business         workforce or in career transition.
                           Bank and Trust, recognizing a small local       ented to guest satisfaction.
                           business for their contributions to the local                                                                                                                        owners with loans at fixed interest rates, even if the owner
                           community. The Small Business Spotlight         The hotel has made it possible for many         tions of “Best Hotel in the Abingtons” by                            does not have a credit history or collateral strong enough to      WOMEN’S NETWORKING
                           selection committee chose Nichols Village       fundraising organizations to host their         readers of The Abington Journal and “Best                            borrow from a bank.”
                           Hotel & Spa for small business growth and       events, providing them with function space      Place to get Married” by the Times-Tri-
                           supporting local organizations and events.      and food and beverage at minimal cost.          bune.                                                                HOW IT WORKS
                                                                           Each year the hotel also donates several
                           Nichols Village has been a part of the          thousand dollars in hotel and restaurant gift   For more information about the Nichols Vil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                MetroAction helps credit challenged small business owners
                           greater Scranton community for over 50          certificates to non-profit organizations to       lage Hotel & Spa log on to www.nicholsvil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                who cannot access traditional bank credit get the loans
                           years. The property opened as a motel           aid in fundraising efforts.            or call 570.587.1135.
                                                                                                                                                                                                needed to start or grow a small business. Loans provided
                           shortly after World War II with just four
                                                                                                                                                                                                within the STEP loan program range from $250 - $2,500
                           rooms, and has since grown into a well-         The hotel has won numerous awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                (MetroAction lends up to $75,000 from a general loan fund).
                           known hotel through the years.                  throughout its history including the distinc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Qualified individuals may apply for a STEP loan which offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                low closing costs, fixed interest rates and a built in mentoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                support program.
                                                                                                   JUNE 2010                                                                                    This program was created to provide an alternative for finan-       The Greater Scranton Women’s Network concluded
                                                                                          SLR Properties                                                                                        cially underserved individuals who have decided to become          on May 19 at the Holiday Inn Dunmore and was
                                                                                                                                                                                                their own boss and start businesses, but who need a small          sponsored by First Liberty Bank & Trust. The
                           The Greater Scranton Chamber of Com-            ton area. Most recently, SLR Properties has                                                                          “starter” loan to take the next step.                              2009/2010 Chairwomen were recognized for their
                           merce, First Liberty Bank and Trust and The     embarked on a revolutionary project that                                                                                                                                                service. The Women’s Network will resume on Sep-
                           Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal are     will undoubtedly spur economic growth,                                                                               “We’re seeing more movement toward self-employment in              tember 15th and continue to be held the third
                           proud to announce that Scranton Life Realty     and enhance and sustain our city for future                                                                          today’s economy,” continues Hitchcock. “We understand that         Wednesday of each month through May. Photo L-R:
                           (SLR) Properties is the recipient of the June   generations. The Renaissance at 500 is a                                                                                                                                                Cathy Voyack, Mary Kary Cosmetics; Paula Mackarey,
                                                                                                                                                                                                as more and more people are facing employment challenges,
                           2010 Small Business Spotlight Award.            historic redevelopment and revitalization                                                                                                                                               Happenings     Magazine;     Past    Chairwoman,
                                                                           project encompassing the entire 500 block
                                                                                                                                                                                                we need to provide resources to help encourage entrepre-           Bernadette Lepre, Pennstar Bank.
                           Each month, The Greater Scranton Cham-          of Lackawanna Avenue. It creates a true         From left to right: Nicole A. Barber, The Greater Scranton Cham-     neurship. The STEP loan program is a special combination of
                                                                                                                           ber of Commerce, Donald J. Rinaldi, Vice President of SLR Prop-
                           ber of Commerce presents the Small Busi-        mixed-use, “destination location” in the        erties, John P. Peterson, Vice President District Manager of First
                                                                                                                                                                                                loan funds and mentoring to help small businesses start smart
                           ness Spotlight Award, sponsored by First        downtown and features restaurant, retail        Liberty Bank & Trust.                                                and grow strong. This innovative program will help more peo-
                           Liberty Bank and Trust, recognizing a small     and residential space.                                                                                               ple realize the dream goal of owning their own business.”
                           local business for their contributions to the                                                   board of directors of The Greater Scranton
                           local community. The Small Business Spot-       Spearheading the 500 Block project is com-      Chamber of Commerce and is past presi-                               MetroAction is a non-profit community development organi-
                           light selection committee chose SLR Prop-       pany vice president Donald J. Rinaldi. He       dent of Scranton Tomorrow.                                           zation dedicated to providing small business financing, coun-
                           erties because of its profound impact on        was recently named “Best Developer of                                                                                seling, training and recognition throughout eight counties in
                           the greater Scranton area.                      2009” by Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal,      SLR Properties is located on the sixth floor                          northeastern Pennsylvania, including, Carbon, Lackawanna,
                                                                           which covers a five state demographic. He        of the Scranton Life Building on Spruce                              Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.
                           Started by Anthony J. Rinaldi in the early      was awarded a 2009 Pride and Progress           Street in downtown Scranton. For more
                           1960’s, SLR Properties has a profound his-      award by The Greater Scranton Chamber of        information, contact Donald J. Rinaldi at
                           tory of owning, managing and developing         Commerce for improving, advancing and           961-8900 or visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                MetroAction contributes to the economic development of
                           commercial real estate. After 50 years of       beautifying the region. His community in-                                                                            the region by providing loans and counseling to small busi-
                           committed investments, Anthony J. Rinaldi,      volvement includes serving on the Lack-                                                                              nesses that do not have access to traditional sources of credit.
                           along with sons William, Elmo and Donald,       awanna County Democratic Executive                                                                                   MetroAction’s clients range from child care providers to
                           continue to pave the way for revitalization     committee and the Pennsylvania Demo-                                                                                 restaurants and retail businesses to manufacturers and agri-
                           and development in the downtown Scran-          cratic State committee. He serves on the                                                                             cultural businesses. These entrepreneurs have transformed
                                                                                                                                                                                                capital into local economic development, positive community
                                                                                                                                                                                                change, jobs and self-sufficiency. For more information, visit
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MEMBERS IN MOTION                                                                                                                                 HYDRO4GE

                           JOB FAIR 2010
                                                                                                                                                        Hydro4GE, a business located in the Scranton Enterprise
                                                                   The 20th annual                                                                      Center, was invited to demonstrate at Google I/O this
                                                                   Job Fair was held                                                                    year. Google I/O is Google’s largest developer event of
                                                                   at Mohegan Sun                                                                       the year and features 90 sessions, more than 5,000 de-
                                                                   Arena on April 13     TOMORROW’S LEADERS TODAY                                       velopers and over 180 demonstrations from developers
                                                                   and over 5,000                                                                       showcasing Google technologies. Hydro4GE was the
                                                                   attendees visited                                              Thirty one high       only Pennsylvania-based company presenting.
                                                                   86 employers who                                               school juniors rep-
                                                                   participated    in                                             resenting 14 high     Hydro4GE was formed to commercialize software created
                                                                   the      one-day                                               schools in Lack-      by local firm Software Engineering Associates, and
                                                                   event.                                                         awanna County         currently has a pre-beta product for software developers.
                                                                                                                                  participated in the   Our tool offers software developers the ability to rapidly
                           A new addition to this year’s event was the series of sem-                                             14th Tomorrow’s       develop highly complex and adaptable software systems
                           inars given during the day by industry representatives.                                                Leaders     Today     using an online development environment. It was an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Geoff Speicher, Chief Software Architect of Hydro4GE, demonstrates schema visualization in
                           Topics included Interviewing Skills, How to Navigate State                                             (TLT) leadership      incredible opportunity for us to connect with Google           Hydro4GE to a small group of developers.
                           Employment Opportunities, Emotional Intelligence in the                                                program.              engineers as well as other software developers who are
                           Workplace, How to Work with a Recruiter, Employer Ex-                                                                        interested in our product.                                     The most interesting thing of all was having the ability to
                           pectations, Resume Strategy and Social Media.                 This year’s class project, honoring the 20th anniversary of                                                                   talk directly to our target audience while we are still shap-
                                                                                         Skills in Scranton was “Bridges in Leadership.” The class      As a business, there were a lot of things about the con-       ing our marketing plan. Although it sounds simple, giving
                           Last year, over 140 job seekers found full time employ-       solicited applications from the entire county to recognize     ference that we found interesting. Of course, there was        customers what they want instead of giving them what
                           ment as a result of attending the Job Fair.                   those leaders that work throughout the year in helping         all the traditional hype that surrounds anything that          you think they should want is a very difficult thing to do.
                                                                                         others but rarely receive honor and recognition. The class     Google does. Marketing-type announcements that An-             All the hype and networking aside, this was the most valu-
                                                                                         developed two award categories: Under 18 years of age          droid (their mobile operating system) activations have by-     able lesson learned for us. In reality, it's lessons like this
                           A special thanks to the event’s sponsors: Skills in Scran-
                                                                                         to honor the future leaders of our community and leaders       passed iPhone activations, and the new version promises        that will help us get to market sooner than anticipated.
                           ton, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and
                                                                                         over the age of 18 that have helped make life “a little        even more features. A demonstration of Google TV that
                           Industry; the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce,                                                                          was filled with such a myriad of technical issues makes         Visit us online at to learn more or to
                                                                                         better” for our residents.
                           the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, the Work-                                                                          you realize that even the big guys can have a bad day.         sign up to stay informed.
                           force Investment Boards of Lackawanna and                     The following were selected and honored at a reception on
                           Luzerne/Schuylkill Counties and Times-Shamrock.               May 6: Sean Durkin, Dr. John Evanish, Alan Heyen, Christine
                                                                                         Minicozzi, Shannon Myers, Linda Scott and Fran Vitovsky.
                           COMMUNITY READING DAY                                                                                                        MARRIOTT TO OPEN                                               TownePlace Suites are designed as all suite hotels that offer
                                                                                         In addition to the class project, the students awarded                                                                        studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped
                                                                   The 14th annual       $19,250 to six area non-profits to assist in the creation
                                                                                                                                                        TOWNEPLACE SUITES                                              kitchens and separate living/working and sleeping areas.
                                                                   Community             and implementation of projects that benefit the hungry          HOTEL IN MOOSIC
                                                                   Reading Day pro-      and homeless in Lackawanna County. This was done with                                                                         The TownePlace Suites Scranton Wilkes-Barre offers a 24-
                                                                   gram was held on      funding provided by the Scranton Area Foundation               Marriott International, Inc. opened the 110-suite Towne-       hour business center, free local phone calls and two-line
                                                                   April 29 and over     Grants were awarded to: Boys and Girls Club of NEPA,           Place Suites by Marriott in Moosic, Pennsylvania on May        telephones/data ports/voicemail. Guest facilities include
                                                                   550 volunteer read-   EOTC, Friends of the Poor, Greater Carbondale YMCA,
                                                                                                                                                        3, 2010. Located at 26 Radcliffe Drive, the TownePlace         guest laundry, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool
                                                                   ers visited 2nd       Safety Net and The Salvation Army.
                                                                                                                                                        Suites Scranton Wilkes-Barre operates as a Marriott fran-      spa, two meeting rooms, a patio with barbecue and fire
                                                                   grade classrooms                                                                     chise, owned by Keystone Hotel Partners, LP and man-           pit, In a Pinch Market, exercise room, free high-speed and
                                                                   in NEPA.              In eleven years, TLT students have donated $188,000 to
                                                                                         44 non-profit organizations in the greater Scranton Area.       aged by Keystone Hotel Management of Susquehanna,              wireless Internet in all guest rooms and public spaces.
                                                                                                                                                        Pennsylvania.                                                  Housekeeping services are based on your schedule and
                                                                This annual pro-                                                                                                                                       length of stay and a complimentary continental breakfast
                                                                                         Carol Weiss Rubel is the chair of TLT and Patricia Kelly and
                           gram has been sponsored by Bank of America since the                                                                         Located in the beautiful Montage Mountain area, four           as well as 24-hour coffee service is also available.
                                                                                         Maria Pappa of the Scranton Area Foundation work with
                           program’s inception. Books were donated by Boyds Mills        the students at the eight monthly sessions. Four hundred       miles from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
                           Press and were presented to each classroom at the con-        and eighty students have participated in TLT since the pro-    and 15 minutes from downtown Scranton, the TownePlace          TownePlace Suites is an all-suite hotel brand designed for
                           clusion of the program.                                       gram's inception. A special thanks to Pennstar Bank, the       Suites Scranton Wilkes-Barre offers its guests convenient      long stays with moderately priced rooms. Launched in
                                                                                         corporate sponsor of TLT for the past 7 years.                 access to the Toyota Pavilion, PNC Field-home of the           1997, the brand currently has more than 170 locations in
                           This event is co-sponsored by Skills in Scranton, chamber
                                                                                                                                                        Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the Shoppes at Montage          the United States. TownePlace Suites participates in the
                           partners in Wilkes-Barre, Carbondale, Pittston, Hazleton,
                           South Valley, Wayne County and Wyoming County and the
                                                                                         GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS                                             and Sno Mountain Ski Resort and Waterpark. Rates vary          company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards® program,
                           NEPA Reading Association.                                                                                                    depending on length of stay.                                   which enables members to earn their choice of points
                                                                                                                                Lackawanna County                                                                      toward free vacations or frequent flyer mileage in their
                                                                                                                                commissioners Mike      “We are pleased to introduce TownePlace Suites hotels in       preferred airline program for dollars spent at more than
                           Bank of America hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
                                                                                                                                Washo and Corey         the Moosic area,” said Brian King, senior vice president,      3,100 Marriott hotels around the world.
                           for over 100 volunteers the week before Reading Day and
                                                                                                                                O’Brien recently gave   Select Service and Extended Stay Brand Management,
                           Kim Supon, formerly of WNEP, spoke to the volunteers.
                                                                                                                                a state of the county   Marriott International. “Providing an upscale residential      For more information or reservations, call TownePlace Suites
                                                                                                                                address at the          atmosphere, this TownePlace Suites hotel offers an             Scranton Wilkes-Barre hotel directly at 570-207-8500, the
                           Since the program’s inception, over 8,400 classrooms have
                                                                                                                                Chamber.                appealing alternative to more standard hotel rooms             TownePlace Suites toll-free number at 800-257-3000, a travel
                           participated, 210,000 second graders have been read to
                           and 8,400 books have been donated to classroom libraries.                                                                    designed for shorter stays in addition to offering the space   agent or visit the Web site at
                                                                                                                                                        and amenities long-term staying guests expect.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MEMBERS IN MOTION
                                        CORCORAN PRINTING RECEIVES FSC                                                  FEE FREE DAYS                              RUSHEFSKI ACCOUNTING
                     MEMBERS IN MOTIO                                                                                                                                                                                                                for small business owners we offer accounting office con-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sulting, which consists of setting up accounting workflows,
                                        CHAIN-OF-CUSTODY CERTIFICATION                                                  ANNOUNCED                                  & CONSULTING                                                        job costing utilization and tracking. We also offer training
                                                                                                                        AT STEAMTOWN                                                                                                   of your staff for optimum use of office procedures and
                                        Reinforcing its commitment to the environment, Corcoran Printing has                                                       Rushefski Accounting & Consulting, Inc provides services            creating standard operating procedures.
                                        recently become a certified FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Supplier.                                                      for small businesses, individuals and consulting services
                                                                                                                        During these tough economic times,
                                        This allows Corcoran to use FSC trademarks on FSC certified paper. The                                                      for offices and the printing industry.                               For those in the printing industry, we offer intense
                                                                                                                        Steamtown National Historic Site,
                                        concept behind the FSC trademark is to guarantee that the product                                                                                                                              consulting services which consist of hourly rates for job
                                                                                                                        downtown Scranton, Pa., will waive
                                        comes from responsible sources - environmentally appropriate, socially                                                     For small businesses, we offer monthly, quarterly, annual           costing, implementation of printing software, data con-
                                                                                                                        Entrance Fees on August 14-15,
                                        beneficial and economically viable.                                                                                         accounting for profit/loss statements as well as preparation         versions, custom report writing and software trou-
                                                                                                                        2010. The National Park Service                                                                                bleshooting. Our strengths are in estimating, job planning,
                                                                                                                        wants to reinforce that our national       for corporations, partnerships and self employed. We pre-
                                                               FSC is an international non-profit membership-                                                       pare payroll calculations, reporting and annual require-            job costing, purchasing, inventory controls, customer in-
                                                                                                                        parks are places for everyone to                                                                               voicing and payable entry. We design chart of accounts
                                                               based organization established in 1993 to promote                                                   ments. We work with landscaping, construction,
                                                                                                                        have fun, reconnect with nature and                                                                            which match the PIA structure for proper analysis of finan-
                                                               responsible management of the world’s forests. It                                                   manufacturing, real estate, restaurant corporations with
                                                                                                                        history, and build a sense of owner-                                                                           cial statements. This allows the comparisons to the study
                                                               brings people together to find solutions to issues                                                   strong emphasis on job costing and inventory controls.
                                                                                                                        ship and stewardship toward parks                                                                              to be meaningful when you are compared to the stan-
                                                               created by bad forestry practices. It also rewards
                                                                                                                        and the environment. These fee-free                                                                            dards of other printing companies.
                                                               good forest management.                                                                             For individuals, we offer tax planning, tax estimates and
                                                                                                                        weekends will be in addition to fee-
                                                                                                                        free days on National Public Lands         annual tax returns for the sole proprietors, rental owners,         For more information, please contact paul rushefski at
                                                             FSC is the first worldwide certification system                                                         day traders, and all other individuals.
                                                                                                                        Day, September 25, and Veterans                                                                                570-504-8314 or e-mail
                                                             established for forests, wood and paper products.
                                                                                                                        Day, November 11. The “Fee Free
                                                             This voluntary market promotes better forest man-
                                                                                                                        Days” at Steamtown will provide
                                        agement and directly or indirectly addresses issues such as illegal logging,
                                                                                                                        complimentary admission to the Park
                                        deforestation, and global warming. It also has positive impacts on
                                                                                                                        grounds, museums and scheduled             SCRANTON MUSICIAN GOES ‘ALL IN’                                     12 admitted free of charge with an accompanying adult.
                                        economic development and environmental conservation. FSC works to                                                                                                                              Tickets are on sale now locally at Duffy Accessories (218
                                        ensure the permanent existence of forest areas through responsible forest
                                                                                                                        walking tours, but will not include        WITH ‘JACK OF HEARTS’                                               Linden Street, Scranton) and The Fanciful Fox (342 Adams
                                                                                                                        train rides and/or other amenity fees
                                        management and conservation.
                                                                                                                        charged by the Park.
                                                                                                                                                                   JACK WOODBRIDGE TO DEBUT LONG                                       Avenue, Scranton), as well as on-line at either
                                                                                                                                                                   AWAITED CD FOR HIS HOMETOWN CROWD
                                        To read more about FSC, visit their web site at
                                                                                                                        Steamtown National Historic Site is                                                                            Wine and refreshments will be served after the concert for a
                                                                                                                        the only place in the National Park        What do you do when life deals you a near-tragic hand?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘meet and greet’ with Jack and a ‘celebratory toast’ to the
                                        About Corcoran Printing - Corcoran is a full-service printer that offers a                                                 You can fold...or you can go ‘all in’ because you know
                                                                                                                        System where the story of steam rail-                                                                          man and music that will serve as inspiration at those times
                                        wide range of products and services including: full color offset and short-                                                you're holding the ‘Jack of Hearts’. Well, at least, that’s
                                                                                                                        roading and the people who made it                                                                             when life dictates the need for tough decisions.
                                        run digital printing, online ordering, die cutting and foil stamping, as well                                              what Scranton native, Jack Woodbridge, did.
                                                                                                                        possible is told. In addition to the in-
                                        as complete mailing services.                                                                                                                                                                  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Luke’s
                                                                                                                        door and outdoor exhibits available        Jack was living in New York City pursuing a very successful
                                                                                                                        at the site, visitors may join a sched-    musical career, which included the composition of hun-              for their use in furthering their on-going deep commit-
                                        For more information contact: Bill Corcoran, Corcoran Printing, Wilkes-                                                                                                                        ment to their community.
                                                                                                                        uled Locomotive Shop tour. For a           dreds of songs, two Off-Broadway scores and a rock opera
                                        Barre, PA 18705; by phone at 570-822-1991; by email at bill@corcoran-
                                                                                                                        small fee - $3 for all ages 6 and older    for National Public Radio, when he was told that he had
                              ; or visit                                                                           ten days to ‘get his affairs in order’ before undergoing            This is the second event presented as a joint venture be-
                                                                                                                        – visitors may also ride the “Scranton                                                                         tween PocoNotes and Duffy
                                                                                                                        Limited” short train ride inside the       spinal surgery that, at the time, had never been per-
                                                                                                                                                                   formed. Instead of spiraling into despair, he scheduled             folks who want to make a difference in a way they can in
                                                                                                                        railroad yards. On August 14, the                                                                              northeastern Pennsylvania, which is an area they love and
                                                                                                                        Park staff will offer a steam passen-      studio time and poured his fears, his emotions and his in-
                                                                                                                                                                   credible talent into his music.                                     choose to call home. For more information about past per-
                                                                                                                        ger excursion to Moscow, Pa., with a                                                                           formances, go to
                                                                                                                        reduced ticket price of $15/$13/$9.        The rest of the story is Jack's to tell, and he will on Saturday,
                                                                                                                        Reservations are required for all          June 26, 2010, with the debut performance of his long-              For additional information or to schedule interviews with
                                                                                                                        longer excursions and may be made          awaited CD, “Jack of Hearts,” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church        the artist, contact:
                                                                                                                        by calling (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30      at 232 Wyoming Avenue in Scranton, which is the very church
                                                                                                                        a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The full 2010 Excur-      he attended as a child with his mother and his siblings.            Dolores Hippler/Patrick Harper
                                                                                                                        sion Schedule is available online by                                                                           PocoNotes LLC
                                                                                                                        clicking      “Train      Rides”      at   The doors to this majestic venue will open at 7:30 p.m. in          (888) 800-POCO (7626)
                                                                                                                                                                   anticipation of an 8:00 p.m. show. Tickets are $20 in     
                                                                                                                                                                   advance and $25 at the performance, with children under   
                                                                                                                        Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania,
                                                                                                                                                                   Register for events... Learn about OnDemand Energy/ChamberChoice... Renew your membership... Check out event
                                                                                                                        Steamtown is open daily from 9:00
                                                                                                                                                                   photos... Search our member directory... Read Newsbriefs... Find out what’s going on in the community... Learn about quality
                                                                                                                        a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow
                                                                                                                        exit 185 (Central Scranton Express-        of life in the Greater Scranton area... Sign up to offer discounts to fellow members... Apply for awards... Read about the
                                                                                                                        way); then, follow the brown and           Chamber in the local news... Publicize your company’s exciting news... Register for events... Learn about OnDemand
                                                                                                                        white signs to the main entrance at        Energy/ChamberChoice... Renew your membership... Check out event photos... Search our member directory... Read
                                                                                                                        Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. De-          Newsbriefs... Find out what’s going on in the community... Learn about quality of life in the Greater Scranton area... Sign
                                                                                                                        tails regarding interpretive and edu-      up to offer discounts to fellow members... Apply for awards... Read about the Chamber in the local news... Publicize your
                                                                                                                        cational programs and activities may       company’s exciting news... Register for events... Learn about OnDemand Energy/ChamberChoice... Renew your membership...
                                                                                                                        be obtained by phoning (570) 340-          Check out event photos... Search our member directory... Read Newsbriefs... Find out what’s going on in the community...
                                                                                                                        5200 during regular business hours,        Learn about quality of life in the Greater Scranton area... Sign up to offer discounts to fellow members... Apply for awards...
                                                                                                                        or by visiting the Park website at
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                                        SCRANTON TEMPLE RESIDENCY                                                                    PUT YOUR BUSINESS                                          SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
                     MEMBERS IN MOTIO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 independent party that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 needs to be truthful about
                                        PROGRAM ANNOUNCES                                                                            IN THE SPOTLIGHT                                           HONORS SCRANTON’S SBDC                                           any grandiose ideas our
                                        CARDIOLOGY FELLOWSHIP                                                                                                                                   CONSULTANT MANAGER                                               entrepreneurs may come
                                                                                                                                     The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, First Lib-                                                                        up with.” Simpson consid-
                                        The Scranton Temple Residency Program (STRP) has                                             erty Bank and Trust and The Northeast Pennsylvania         Donna Simpson, consultant manager with The University of         ers the best part of her job
                                        announced the inauguration of a Fellowship Program                                           Business Journal are proud to spotlight local businesses   Scranton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was         is its variety, and the most
                                        in Cardiology. The STRP Cardiology Fellowship is a                                           that are making a difference in our community.             named by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA)          difficult part is dealing with
                                        significant development for medicine in Pennsylvania,                                                                                                    Philadelphia District Office as the Women in Business Cham-       the tight funding now
                                        being one of only a dozen in the Commonwealth of                                             The Small Business Spotlight Award recognizes local        pion of the Year.                                                available to entrepreneurs.
                                        Pennsylvania. The STRP Cardiology Fellowship will                                            businesses who give back to the community by sup-
                                        provide formal education for future heart specialists.                                       porting local non-profit organizations, charities and       A resident of Olyphant, Simpson has been a member of the         David Dickson, the SBA’s
                                        The two-year program is accredited by the Accredita-                                         community events and exhibit entrepreneurial growth        SBDC staff since 1993. She coordinates a variety of programs,    Philadelphia District direc-
                                        tion Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)                                           and accomplishment in their field.                          including the SBDC’s “Award for Woman Entrepreneur,”             tor, described Simpson —
                                        and will eventually accommodate six fellows into the                                                                                                    which she helped to create. She is also responsible for the      who was one of many
                                        curriculum. Samir B. Pancholy, MD, FACC, FSCAI,                                              Do you know of a small business that should be recog-      SBDC’s “Women Win!” series of educational seminars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          manager with The Uni-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 nominees covering 40 Donna Simpson, consultantBusiness Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              versity of Scranton’s Small
                                        noted regional cardiologist, will serve as Program                                           nized for contributing to the local community? Nomi-                                                                        counties and 600,000 busi- Center (SBDC), was named Women in Business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business
                                        Director of the STRP Cardiology Fellowship.                                                  nate them today! Eligible applicants must:                 An accounting specialist, Simpson says her mission is to         nesses — as a true coun- Administration’s (SBA) Philadelphia District Office.
                                                                                                                                                                                                share with small business the knowledge she reaped during        selor      for    business
                                                                                                                                       • Be a current member of The Greater                     her 30-year business career. In her position at the SBDC, she    professionals in need of guidance about issues such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                impacts all facets of the entrepreneur ventures that seek        human resources, legalities and finance.
                                                                                                                                         Scranton Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                                                       • Show a strong dedication to giving                     SBDC’s assistance while offering consultations, seminars and
                                                                                                                                                                                                information resources. “This is the best job I’ve ever had,”     He said that most of the people Simpson deals with are
                                                                                                                                         back to our local community
                                                                                                                                                                                                said Simpson. “We help people to start and grow their busi-      involved with start-ups, and that success for these entrepre-
                                                                                                                                       • Be in business for at least six months
                                                                                                                                                                                                ness and, as part of this, I’m a big supporter of the global     neurs is vital during a time of recession. “Most small busi-
                                                                                                                                       • Have less than 100 employees                                                                                            nesses have few specialists they can go to, and Donna does
                                                                                                                                                                                                women’s movement.”
                                                                                                                                       • Be a for-profit business.                                                                                                a real yeoman’s job in helping them,” said Dickson.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Simpson explained how the SBDC’s role has changed during
                                                                                                                                     Small Business Spotlight winners are honored with a com-                                                                    Simpson and other award winners were recognized during
                                                                                                                                                                                                the recent turbulent economic times. “The SBDC wants
                                                                                                                                     memorative plaque and featured in The Northeast Penn-                                                                       an “SBA Day at the Ballpark” celebration in Philadelphia
                                                                                                                                                                                                business ventures to be successful and the truth about
                                                                                                                                     sylvania Business Journal and the bi-monthly Chamber       financing or the viability of a business plan ensures that suc-   earlier in May. An award ceremony and luncheon preceded
                                                                                                                                     newsletter, Newsbriefs (see page 6).                       cess,” she said. “We perform honest evaluations of ideas         attendance at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at
                                                                                                                                                                                                and give reality checks on subjects such as credit. We’re the    Citizens Bank Park.
                                                                                                                                     To nominate a deserving small business, download an
                                        Principals involved with the Scranton Temple Residence Program’s inaugural Fellowship Pro-
                                        gram in Cardiology.
                                                                                                                                     application form at or con-
                                                                                                                                     tact Nicole Barber at The Greater Scranton of Com-
                                                                                                                                     merce (570) 342-7711.
                                        Cardiology Fellows at STRP will work closely with
                                        board-certified cardiologists over the course of the pro-
                                        gram, says STRP President and CEO, Robert E. Wright,
                                        M.D., F.A.C.P. “The demographics of our region are
                                        very unique,” said Dr. Wright. “Northeastern Pennsyl-
                                        vania, because of the age of our population, is an ex-
                                        cellent environment in which to study heart disease.
                                        Two of our sponsoring hospitals, Mercy Hospital and
                                        Community Medical Center, have developed top-qual-
                                        ity programs in all clinical aspects of heart and vascular
                                        care. That is precisely the kind of environment where,
                                        working with local board-certified cardiologists, cardi-
                                        ology fellows can gain valuable insights into state-of-
                                        the-art cardiology and develop valuable research to
                                        further contribute to this exciting area of medicine.”

                                        Dr. Wright pointed to a serious national and local short-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         subscribe today
                                        age of heart specialists as one of the considerations                                                                                                                        
                                        leading to the development of the STRP Cardiology
                                        Fellowship. “There are fewer than 200 advanced train-
                                        ing programs for heart specialists in the nation,” he
                                        said. “Other than STRP, regional cardiology fellowship
                                        programs are found in Allentown, Sayre, Danville and
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                           Aflac                                    Knight Well Drilling Inc                                                                 Scranton-area hospitals. He is a recognized international expert in the
                           Amedisys Home Health Services           Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc.                                                                 transradial approach to cardiac catheterization and has taught and lec-
                           Anderson Photograpy                     Lease Dry Cleaners                         Energy prices have skyrocketed by 30%!
                           Arabesque Academy of Dancing            Lia Sophia Jewelry
                                                                                                                                                            tured extensively. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Car-
                           Ariel Marketing Group                   Live With Laurie & Lynn                    But, paying for an energy-efficiency up-       diology and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Pancholy is a fellow of the
                           Arrow Auto Glass                        LockData Technologies                      grade doesn’t have to be an issue. While      American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology and So-
                           Art Strands Jewelry & Gifts             Loriann Auto Body & Sales                  some upgrades require little or no funding,
                           Axtell’s Inc                            M3 Internet Marketing
                                                                                                                                                            ciety for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and has served
                           Law Office of Michael Bailey             Mailroom Systems Inc.                      some do require a financial investment.        on SCAI's Credentials Committee.
                           Bardane Manufacturing Company           Maslow Lumia Bartorillo Advertising Inc.   Why should you invest in making up-
                           Bead Jeweled                            The Massage Store                          grades? The savings from a well-planned       “We are all very delighted to see our recent efforts at incorporating the
                           Best Rate Limousine                     Alphonse Matrone, D.M.D.
                           Blu Wasabi                              McDonald’s                                 efficiency upgrade can have a positive im-     academic aspect of medicine into our clinical practice culminating into
                           Bon Don Carpet Cleaning                 Medical Associates of Northeastern PA      pact on your business’ cash flow and, even,    this very significant development for our region and for our medical com-
                           Vincent A. Bonaddio                     Merle Norman Cosmetics                     pay for itself in the long run.               munity,” said Dr. Pancholy. “I am looking forward to working with other
                           Bookkeeping Made Easy                   Microtel
                           Brown Builders                          Mid Atlantic Monitoring Service                                                          members of our exceptional cardiology community in northeastern Penn-            Who would have thought college stu-
                           Sean Byrne Construction                 Jake Millan Blacktopping, Inc.             For smaller, inexpensive upgrades , such      sylvania to provide state-of-the-art training to new physicians in the area      dents in togas would create such a stir?
                           Laurie Cadden Enterprises LLC           Minus 100 LLC                              as upgrading your light bulbs or replac-      of cardiovascular disease. We would hope that this exciting achievement
                           Al Caines, Jr. Plumbing & Excavating    Moscow Sewer Authority
                           Caljean Vending Machine Svc             Myer Moskovitz Realty
                                                                                                              ing smaller appliances and equipment          will expand our qualified cardiology workforce, and further improve ac-           Yet an Associated Press (AP) story and
                           Car-Man Auto Mart                       Motivations Fitness Center                 with energy efficient models, you may          cess to medical care in our region.”                                             video about University of Scranton stu-
                           Castle Deli                             Murphy's Home Services                     want to use your own funding to pay for                                                                                        dents clad in togas for the Trivium, a Spe-
                           Atty Robert Cecchini                    Tom Musto Productions Inc.
                                                                                                              the upgrade to keep your return on in-        In addition to the STRP Cardiology Fellowship, across the State programs         cial Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program
                           Cerra Signs Co, Inc.                    N & N Drilling
                           Chef2Table                              Nasser & Company Certified                  vestment high.                                can be found at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia; Al-            course, is appearing in print, broadcast
                           Chickey’s Real Estate                     Public Accountants                                                                     legheny General Hospital-Western Pennsylvania Hospital Medical Educa-            and web outlets across the world.
                           The Clark Law Firm PC                   Natale’s Restaurant & Catering             For larger jobs, such as upgrading your
                           Class A Self Storage                    National Cinemedia
                                                                                                                                                            tion Consortium (AGH) Program, Pittsburgh; Drexel University College of
                           Coconut Grove Tanning & Boutique        New Visions Studio & Gallery               HVAC or changing your electric meter, fi-      Medicine-Hahnemann University Hospital Program, Philadelphia;                    The AP story describes the Trivium as “an
                           Coldwell Banker Town                    New Youth Skin Care                        nancing might be the only way to pay for      Geisinger Health System, Danville; Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital Pro-           intensive study of grammar, logic and
                             & Country Properties                  Nexus Hospitality Management               the upgrade. And, that’s how MetroAc-
                           Cooney Medical, Inc.                    North Central Digital Systems Inc
                                                                                                                                                            gram, Sayre; Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood; Lehigh Valley Hospital Net-           rhetoric that harkens back to the me-
                           Costa Drugs, Inc.                       North Pocono Bagel & Restaurant            tion can help! MetroAction’s small busi-      work/Pennsylvania State University Program, Allentown; Penn State                dieval academy but is unlike anything
                           Crowdball                               Northern Car Rental                        ness loan programs can provide up to          University/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Program, Harrisburg; Temple          being taught at an American university
                           Crystal Vision Center                   Nye Jewelers                               $75,000 to help small businesses finance       University Hospital Program, Philadelphia; Thomas Jefferson University           today.”
                           Deitzer & Associates LLC                ODAK
                           Demazz Inc.                             The Office Pros                             energy efficiency upgrades such as:            Program, Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Program, Philadelphia
                           Dental Implant Center                   One Financial Resource                                                                   and UPMC Medical Education Program, Pittsburgh.                                  University of Scranton Professor Stephen
                             Dr. David M. Hazzouri                 Osaka Japanese Restaurant                      • Lighting changes                                                                                                         Whittaker, Ph.D., who has taught the
                           DFM Properties LLC                      Pepper’s Pizza & Subs
                           Donut Connection                        Perspective Business Resources
                                                                                                                  • Weatherization                          The STRP has been training primary care physicians for three decades. It         Trivium for two decades, and several
                           Down Home Homemade Pudding              Picture Perfect                                • Energy efficient                         operates the Mid Valley Clinic in Jermyn and the Scranton Temple Health          SJLA students are featured in the video,
                           Dress Me Up                             Pro-Lectric                                      building renovations                    Center on Madison and Pine Streets. Mercy Hospital, Moses Taylor                 photos and article.
                           Melissa Dworak Evaluation Services      Pulman Interiors
                           Emergency Medical Services of NEPA      Rainbow International of NEPA
                                                                                                                  • HVAC system upgrades                    Hospital and Community Medical Center, all located in Scranton, are the
                           EWGA of NEPA Inc.                       Reflection Lifecare Group                       • Alternate energy systems                participating teaching hospital affiliates for STRP.                              The story has appeared in more than 100
                           Express Pros                            Revere                                                                                                                                                                    publications, including the Boston Globe,
                           First Data Merchant Services            Rustic Kitchen
                                                                                                              The savings from a well-planned effi-          To achieve ACGME accreditation the STRP had to submit a comprehen-               The Washington Post, The Huffington Post,
                           FJG Transportation                      Samario
                           Gentlemen’s Club 10                     Sambuca Grille & Bar                       ciency upgrade can have a positive im-        sive outline and curriculum to the ACGME. The ACGME has 28 Review                The Charlotte Observer, Duluth News Trib-
                           Going Green Construction Service Inc.   Scarlet Oak Nursery                        pact on your business’ cash flow and,          Committees (one for each of 26 specialties, one for a special one-year           une, Denver Post, Times of India, Philadel-
                           Golden Care Foot & Ankle Surgery        Kenyon Schiavone                           even, pay for itself in the long run. In
                           Gronski’s Auto                          Scranton Jazz Festival
                                                                                                                                                            transitional-year general clinical program, and one for institutional review).   phia Inquirer and University Business.
                           Groomingdale’s Doggie Salon             Scranton Urgent Care PC                    today’s economy, when bank financing is        Each Review Committee is comprised of physician volunteers. Members
                           Halibut Blue Advertising                Servpro of Carbondale                      harder to come by, MetroAction has            of the Residency Review Committees are appointed by the AMA Council
                           Heis Company                              Clarks Summit/Old Forge                  proven to be a valuable resource for
                           Hobson Insurance Services LLC           John Skumanich & Sons Landscaping
                                                                                                                                                            on Medical Education and the appropriate medical specialty boards and
                           Holiday Inn Express & Suites            Small Frye’s Boutique Inc.                 helping start-up and growing small busi-      organizations. Members of the Institutional Review Committee and Tran-
                           Howell Benefit Services, Inc.            SRI Sleep Disorder Center                  nesses obtain the financing they need to       sitional Year Committee are appointed by the ACGME Executive Com-
                           Hydro4GE                                St. Mary’s Villa Residence                 be competitive.                               mittee and confirmed by the Board of Directors.
                           In Touch Medi Spa                       Sustainable Energy Fund
                           Inlan                                   T & H Floor Store Inc.
                           The Inn at Pocono Manor                 Tatulli & Associates LLC                   While you can’t control the rate in-          The ACGME’s member organizations are the American Board of Medical
                           Inpact Group                            Temple Hesed                               creases, you can control your business’       Specialties, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association,
                           Investors Real Estate Service           Through Our Eyes Child
                           Invicta Finance                           Development & Leaning Center
                                                                                                              energy consumption and you can be             Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Council of Medical Spe-
                           ITEX Business4Barter                    Trolley Station & Museum                   strategic in planning your energy effi-        cialty Societies. Member organizations each appoint four members to the
                           Jack’s Northeast Music Center Inc.      United Concordia Companies Inc             ciency investments. Contact MetroAc-          Board of Directors, which also includes two resident members, three public
                           Robert Jaggars/New York Life            United Rehabilitation Services
                           Jay’s Business Systems, Inc.            United Window Company
                                                                                                              tion    for   more    information    at       directors, the chair of the Council of Review Committees, one to four at
                           Jewish Federation of Northeastern PA    Universal Printing Company        or call (570) 342-        large directors, and a non-voting federal representative.
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