The 2016 Downtown Hazleton Classic Car Cruise-In will take place in Downtown Hazleton on Friday, August 5th (rain date August 12th) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Cruise-In, coordinated by the Downtown Committee of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by Hazleton Auto Trade Association. “The Hazleton Auto Trade Association is excited to partner with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce for this year’s car cruise” stated Matt DePrimo of Barber Ford, president of the association. “Together the association members have had over 240 years of membership with the chamber. We understand the importance of a strong chamber in our community and look forward to the opportunity to bring a family friendly event that also represents a chance for us to showcase our individual businesses. We hope to see you all for a fun summer evening.”
On Cruise night, the classic vehicles enter at Church and Chestnut Streets (by the former Blue Comet Diner), make a left onto Laurel Street and then continue to Broad Street where they will immediately park between Cedar and Church Streets and will be available to the public for viewing until 9 p.m. Dash Plaques, compliments of Lehigh Tire Company, will be presented to the first 100 vehicles as well as goodie bags, donated by local businesses.
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The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their third in a series of woman’s networking luncheon programs for 2016 Tuesday, July 26th from 12 noon to 1 pm at 3 Bobby D’s located at 789 N. Locust Street in Hazleton. The event is being sponsored by Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center and it is open for any woman to attend.
The program will begin promptly at 12 noon and will include a buffet style lunch. Our guest speaker is Maria Jacketti, creator of Mountain Laurel Copywriting and she will present "We Are What We Write -- How Professional Writing Can Catalyze Your Business". In this presentation, Maria will explain how businesses can fill their professional writing needs. She will offer an overview of the vast terrain of professional writing and offer some classic tips for navigating the discipline's many genres, such as composing emails, press releases and business plans. Maria is the author of the ebook Double Your Online Marketing Profits with Autoresponders.
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The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking committee is currently seeking applications for the nineth annual Women’s Empowerment Grant. This grant was established to encourage women to pursue training or education that will help them start or advance a career. The target of the grant is women who are: currently working and want to advance in their career through education or training; returning to the workforce; and/or seeking to change their current career path and pursue something more in line with their interests or passions. The grant is also intended to be available to those who would not necessarily have access to scholarships or grants. For this reason, graduating high school students will not be eligible to apply for the grant.
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Keeping up the latest in internet technology, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce recently launched a newly designed website that is responsive for viewing on all of today’s devices, including popular tablets and smartphones.
The new site offers members and others updated information about Chamber and community events and a wealth of other information including membership, a directory of Chamber members and an online version of the Chamber’s most recent Image Book.
The new website was developed and designed by Precision Design, a Hazleton web design, marketing, advertising and public relations firm that has more than 20 years experience and more than 12 years representing the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce.
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The Downtown Hazleton Farmer's Market, soon to be kicking off its fifth year, is seeking new vendors to expand the diversity of market offerings. Previous year’s vendors have included Burger’s Farm, O’Hara’s Orchard, The Good Hive (honey and honey-made products), Paula’s Patisserie, the Butler Township Community Garden (Growing Markets program), and Atomic Hog Pit BBQ. Featured food trucks and non-profit and educational institutions, including the PSU Master Gardeners and McCann School of Business have also participated in the past, whether offering ice cream, gardening workshops, or even free chair massages.
“It would be great if we could add some additional vendors this year,” said Chamber President Mary Malone, especially jam, jellies, juices, or even food trucks. Artists and crafters are also welcome.” The Chamber of Commerce operates the market with the support of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress.
This year the market will again take place every Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, mid-July through early September. Vendor fees are only $50 for the season, which covers the city’s business license, plus whatever costs are associated with obtaining the vendor liability insurance. Vendors selling pre-packaged or ready to eat foods are also responsible for obtaining appropriate licensing/registration from the PA Department of Agriculture. Necessary forms and additional information can be found on the Alliance’s website
The market has been growing in popularity with local residents, downtown workers, and seniors who are eligible for Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) vouchers. This SFMNP was established in 2002 by the Federal and State Dept. of Agriculture to assist seniors in obtaining fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables and to increase sales and awareness of the farmers markets in the local area.
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