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Miners Bank to Sponsor Chamber Mixer on May 4th

Miners BankMiners Bank, a division of Mid Penn Bank is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Thursday, May 4th from 5 pm to 7 pm at The Pines Eatery & Spirits located at 8 West Broad Street, inside Hayden Tower at the Markle Building in Downtown Hazleton.

Chamber members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to this free, casual, after-hours event, which provides a networking opportunity for the Greater Hazleton Area business community.

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PA State Representative Tarah Toohil to Speak at Chamber Breakfast

Continuing with the chamber’s legislative series, PA State Rep. Tarah Toohil, representing the 116th Legislative District will address the business community on Thursday, May 4th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. She will discuss some of the legislation she’s been working on affecting the Greater Hazleton area community. Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of her presentation. The breakfast program is sponsored by St. Luke Village, and will take place at Edgewood by Sand Springs, 22 Edgewood Lane, Drums.

The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 9:00 a.m. A full breakfast will be served at the upcoming breakfast program for a $20 fee for chamber members and a $25 fee for non-chamber members. Chamber members and guests who would like to attend should contact the chamber office at 570-455-1509 or register online at hazletonchamber.org by Monday, May 1st.

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Chamber Hosting Seminar on 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled 5 Dysfunctions of a Team on Wednesday, April 26th.

Ken Altenbach from Team Building US will introduce the Team Building US 5 Dysfunctions of a Team Program. The program will cover inattention to results, avoidance of accountability, lack of commitment, fear of conflict and absence of trust and it will be followed by Q&A session. Those who should attend include: anyone in a leadership position, anyone who manages a team or anyone aspiring to lead a stronger team.

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Lehigh Valley Health Network Hazleton President to Speak at Chamber Breakfast

John Fletcher, president of Lehigh Valley Health Network-Hazleton, will address the business community on Friday, April 21st at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce monthly Red Carpet Breakfast program. He will discuss their plan for a major expansion of services in the city of Hazleton as well as Hazle and Butler Townships. Mr. Fletcher will elaborate on the networks strategy to focus primarily on outpatient services while maintaining and modernizing the hospital.

Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of his presentation. The breakfast program will take place at Genetti Catering in Hazle Township.

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Chamber Hosting 13th Annual Icebreaker Golf Outing

Mountain Valley Golf Course will be the site of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Icebreaker Golf Outing. Geisinger is the premiere sponsor for this event.

The outing is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 28th with an 11am luncheon and a 12 noon tee off. Registration, which is $75 per player and includes a buffet lunch, round of golf with cart, and a drink voucher after the round of play.

Championship and Flight awards will be provided as well as awards for longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin. Deadline for registrations is Friday, April 21st.

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Chamber Hosting Seminar on Social Media Wednesday

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled The Socializer One this Wednesday, April 12th.

Jeannine Lesante-Mazurkiwecz, VP of Marketing/Sales from Sam-Son Productions Inc will present The Socializer One. Attendees will learn what form of social media are the most effective for their businesses and how video can increase your bottom line. Attendees are asked to bring along their phones or electronic devices since this session will be interactive and engaging.

The seminar will be from 9 am to 10 am at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce office, 20 W. Broad Street in Downtown Hazleton. Chamber member rate to attend is $10 and the non member rate is $15. Registration is required by registering on the Chamber’s online calendar at www.hazletonchamber.org or by contacting the Chamber at 455-1509 or . For all upcoming Chamber and community events visit their website.

Chamber Recruiting Volunteers for the "Great American Cleanup in Greater Hazleton"

Great American CleanupThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will once again sponsor the "Great American Cleanup” campaign. The one-day cleanup will be conducted Saturday, April 22nd. If volunteer groups cannot pick up on the 22nd, they can gather either on Friday the 21st or Sunday the 23rd. Groups are asked to leave bags along the cleaup route and PennDOT and local municipatlies will pick up the bags on Monday, April 24th. Garbage bags, safety vests, gloves a certificate of particpation and some goodies are provided to all the volunteer groups and can be picked up at the Chamber office from 8 am to 5 pm the week of April 17th.

"The Great American Cleanup" is a statewide effort designed to encourage concerned citizens and groups to participate in a meaningful community beautification effort. The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is the local coordinator for the Greater Hazleton Area.

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Chambers Invites All Women to 11th Annual Ladies Night Out


Ladies Night OutThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is hosting their 11th Annual Ladies Night Out and all women from throughout the Greater Hazleton Area are invited to attend. The event, sponsored by Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton and Capriotti’s, will take place on Wednesday, April 5th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Capriotti’s in McAdoo.

“The theme of the evening is networking, relaxation, shopping & self-indulgence, and we are inviting all women to attend this fun-filled, popular, one-night event”, explains Chamber Vice President of Marketing, Leann Fallabel.

Thirty businesses are taking part and they will be displaying their products and services, offering cash and carry items, providing demonstrations, offering samples of services, providing giveaways, coupons and much more.

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Greater Hazleton Job Fair Happening Thursday, March 30th

Greater Hazleton Area residents looking for new and/or improved employment opportunities are invited to take part in Greater Hazleton Job Fair 2017, the twenty-first annual free employment exposition taking place Thurday, March 30th at Genetti Ballroooms Route 309 in Hazleton from 10 am to 4 pm.

Firms participating in Job Fair 2017 will be on hand to locate full, part-time, temporary or summer workers and to promote various educational and career opportunities. Job seekers are encouraged to attend the fair prepared to complete applications and/or with resumes in-hand.

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Chamber Announces Twenty-first Annual Community Reading Day on April 27th

Community Reading DayCommunity Reading Day helps to promote literacy and encourage life-long reading and imagination with our next generation. That’s the message the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is sending through its partnership in the 21st annual Community Reading Day program, supported by Penn State Hazleton. This event will be held on April 27th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in first and second grade classrooms in the Hazleton Area School District, Holy Family Academy and chamber member preschools. The chamber organizes this annual event as part of their ongoing efforts to encourage business/education partnerships.

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Chamber to Host a Woman’s Luncheon on Leadership and Team Motivation

March Women's LuncheonThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their second in a series of woman’s networking luncheon programs for 2017 Tuesday, March 28th from 12 noon to 1 pm at Damon’s Sports Bar & Grill in Hazleton. The event is being sponsored by Lawn Specialties 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 Cindy Milan-Ortiz from Woodforest National Bank and she will be presenting on The Difference Between a Manager and Leader and How to Keep Your Team Motivated.

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Mixer Set for Thursday at Avenues has Been Cancelled

Due to Storm Stella, the Mixer scheduled to take place THIS Thursday, March 16th at Avenues Vocational & Employment Services in Hazleton HAS BEEN POSTPONED! Once a new date has been set, we will notify our membership. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your understanding.

Chamber Hosting Seminar on Spanish Language Sales Power

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled Spanish Language Sales Power: Don't Let Your Business Get Lost in the Translation on Wednesday, March 29th.

Maria Jacketti, CEO of Mountain Laurel Copywriting and Content Creation will teach business professionals how translating their business ads and other business materials into Spanish can widen the reach of their business/organization. They will learn how to tap into the Spanish-speaking market sooner - rather than later, and reap the benefits.

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Chamber Mixer Set for Wednesday, March 29th

fritz mixerIn celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Fritzingertown Senior Living is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Wednesday, March 29th from 5 pm to 7 pm. The mixer will take place at their facility which, is located at 159 S. Old Turnpike Road in Drums.

Chamber members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to this free, casual, after-hours event, which provides a networking opportunity for the Greater Hazleton Area business community.

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Chamber Announces Plans are Underway for Their 125th Anniversary & Executive Business Exposition

125th Chamber AnniversaryThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce has announced plans are underway for their 125th Anniversary and Executive Business Exposition, which is taking place on Thursday, May 18th at Genetti Ballrooms in Hazleton from 5 pm to 8 pm. This is the Chamber’s largest event of the year with well over 300 business people in attendance, up to 50 businesses taking part in the expo and over a dozen businesses participating as event sponsors. The presenting sponsor for this year’s event is once again, PPL.

To help celebrate this special anniversary, Chamber officials have completely re-vamped the event, with a fresh, new format for 2017. In order to provide the opportunity for all Chamber members to take part in event, plenty of options are available, whether it is attending with a reservation, participating in the expo or as an event sponsor.

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"Athena" Award Nominations Being Accepted by the Chamber

Athena Nominations Nominations for the annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce/ Berger Family Dealerships "Athena Award" are now being accepted.

The award is presented annually to the "Businesswoman of the Year" in the Greater Hazleton Area. The presentation, which features a handsome bronze and crystal sculpture, is presented as part of the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and is sponsored by Berger Family Dealerships. This year, the award will be presented on Thursday, May 18th at the 125th Anniversary, to take place at the Genetti’s Ballroom.

The Chamber "Athena" award will be given to the businesswoman who has demonstrated the "highest level of professional accomplishment" and is based primarily on professional competency, achievement and dedication. According to Chamber officials the "Athena" award is not intended to be a civic achievement award, but a meaningful recognition of women as an integral part of the Hazleton Area workplace.

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Chamber Mixer Set for Thursday, March 16th

Avenues Networking MixerAvenues Vocational & Employment Services of Hazleton is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Thursday, March 16th from 5 pm to 7 pm. The mixer will take place their facility which, is located at 600 South Poplar Street in Hazleton.

Chamber members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to this free, casual, after-hours event, which provides a networking opportunity for the Greater Hazleton Area business community.

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CAN DO to Speak at Chamber Red Carpet Breakfast

CAN DOKevin O’Donnell, president of Greater Hazleton CAN DO, the area’s economic/industrial corporation, will address the business community on Wednesday, March 22nd at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. He will discuss the history of the organization as they’ve recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Mr. O’Donnell will also provide a look into the future of economical and industrial development in the greater Hazleton area. Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of his presentation. The breakfast program is sponsored by Luzerne Bank, and will take place at Top of the 80’s, Hazleton.

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Chamber Hosting American Lung Association Program for Businesses

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free informational session for businesses to take advantage of on the free programs and services the American Lung Association provides to the business community, on Tuesday, March 7th.

This is an exclusive opportunity to sit down with a local and regional representative from the American Lung Association and learn about the programs and services they offer and how your business and employers may benefit by utilizing these free, readily available resources.

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Chamber Hosting Required Roadway Flagger Certification Training

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering Roadway Flagger Certification Training on Thursday, March 9th.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Publication 213 requires that all individuals who have flagging responsibilities on ANY ROAD OPEN TO THE PUBLIC must be certified in compliance with the most current version of Publication 408, Section 901.3 Flagger Training. This requirement applies to anyone performing flagging duties on any public roadway in Pennsylvania.

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Space Remaining at the Greater Hazleton Job Fair 2017

Greater Hazleton Job Fair 2017Officials coordinating the Greater Hazleton Job Fair 2017 have announced that the event, scheduled for Thursday, March 30th has 34 businesses participating to date and there is limited space remaining for additional businesses.

These businesses and institutions will be on hand to provide educational, career and employment opportunities for those in attendance. Local and regional businesses have signed up to participate in the one-day event, which will take place at Genetti Ballrooms on Route 309, Hazleton.

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Funfest announces Frozen Movie and Breakfast fundraiser set for Feb. 26

Frozen Movie and BreakfastIt’s hard for everyone to “let go” of a classic Disney movie; that’s why Funfest is bringing one back for a special showing.

Back by popular demand, a Sing-Along Movie and Breakfast fundraiser featuring Disney’s mega-hit Frozen will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. The event is hosted by the Cinema & Drafthouse, 31 West Broad Street in West Hazleton, and all proceeds benefit Funfest 2017, which is set for Sept. 9 and 10 in downtown Hazleton.

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State Senator John Yudichak to Speak at Chamber Red Carpet Breakfast

Continuing with the chamber’s legislative series, PA Senator John Yudichak will address the business community on Thursday, February 16th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. The breakfast program is sponsored by PPL Utilities, and will take place at Sand Springs Country Club, 10 Clubhouse Drive, Drums.

The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 9:00 a.m. A full breakfast will be served at the upcoming breakfast program for a $20 fee for chamber members and a $25 fee for non-chamber members. Chamber members and guests who would like to attend should contact the chamber office at 570-455-1509 or register online at hazletonchamber.org by Monday, February 13th.

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Start Your Own Business Seminar: Week 2 POSTPONED FOR THIS EVENING

Due to the weather and our presenter having to travel a distance, we have decided to postpone our Starting Your Business Seminar for this evening, Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

We will add another week and this session will be rescheduled for Tuesday, February 28th from 5 pm to 6 pm at our Chamber office.

Our apologies for any inconvenience and please feel free to contact our office with any questions.570.455.1509

The sessions will resume next Tuesday, February 7th from 5 pm to 6 pm at our Chamber office

Chamber Mixer Taking Place at Sophy Jewelers Inside the Laurel Mall

Sophy Jewelers Chamber MixerSophy Jewelers is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Thursday, February 2nd from 5 pm to 7 pm. The mixer will take place at Hazleton location inside the Laurel Mall, Hazleton.

Chamber members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to this free, casual, after-hours event, which provides a networking opportunity for the Greater Hazleton Area business community.

Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to browse the largest selection of diamonds in the area and learn why Sophy Jewelers is the only preferred jeweler in the area that offers a lifetime warranty. Attendees will also meet the team at Sophy Jewelers and enjoy an array of complimentary hors d' oevures, fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate, desserts and their signature "Sophy" drink!

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Participate in our 2017/2018 Wage & Salary Survey

Wage & Salary SurveyAttention ALL Industries in Greater Hazleton ! Take our online 2017/2018 wage and salary survey NOW.

If you participate in the survey you receive the results for FREE! Otherwise, the results are available for $50 for Chamber members and $75 for non Chamber members. Survey results will be available by March 31st.

This is a comprehensive survey of wages and benefits, which is a highly useful and informative publication, utilized by 
businesses as a valuable negotiating tool.

Contact Linda at the Chamber for more information in regards to this survey. 570.455.1509 or

Start Your Own Business Seminar Series Begins Tuesday


A 5-Part Entrepreneur Seminar Series on Steps to Starting Your Own Business begins this Tuesday, January 24th and will run every Tuesday, with the last seminar taking place on February 21st.

Each seminar will offer different topics on starting your own business and all of the programs are provided at no cost. Topics and dates are as follows: Tuesday, January 24th: Is Entrepreneurship for You?; Tuesday, January 31st: What’s the Plan? Developing a Business Plan; Tuesday, February 7th: Making it Legal. Structure, Licensing & Registration; Tuesday, February 14th: Show Me the Money! Financing Your Business and Tuesday, February 21st: Paying Uncle Sam. Filing & Paying Taxes.

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Chamber Woman’s Networking Committee to Host a Series of Luncheon Programs for 2017

Women's LuncheonThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their first woman’s networking luncheon program for 2017 on Tuesday, January 31st from 12 noon to 1 pm at Bonanza Family Restaurant located on Route 93 in Hazle Township. The event is being sponsored by Hawk Mtn Labs and it is open for any woman to attend.

“The woman’s networking committee is very excited to continue to offer our luncheon programs for 2017. We will continue to keep our topics up to date and related to women and business.” explains Nina Bonus, volunteer Chair of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Luncheon Committee.

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City of Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat to Speak at Chamber Breakfast

The start of the chamber’s legislative series features City of Hazleton mayor Jeff Cusat who will address the business community on Tuesday, January 24th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. The breakfast program is sponsored by Landmark Community Bank, and will take place at The Pines, 8 West Broad Street, Suite 50, Hazleton.

The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 9:00 a.m. A full breakfast will be served at the upcoming breakfast program for a $20 fee for chamber members and a $25 fee for non-chamber members. Chamber members and guests who would like to attend should contact the chamber office at 570-455-1509 or register online at hazletonchamber.org by Thursday, January 19th.

The Red Carpet programs are conducted monthly by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce as a way of providing information to the local business community and offers new and expanded business networking opportunities.

Chamber Seeking Businesses to Participate in Annual Job Fair

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is seeking businesses to participate in the 2017 Greater Hazleton Job Fair set for Thursday, March 30th. The job fair will be held at Genetti Ballrooms on Route 309 in Hazleton from 10 am to 4 pm.

This one-day event, will provide participating businesses with an informal, yet confidential forum to discuss career opportunities and options with hundreds of individuals from throughout the entire Greater Hazleton Area. Participating employers may accept resumes, offer information about career fields and employment opportunities, conduct interviews, promote your business and also seek for interns, summer employment, full and part time positions.

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Chamber Hosting Seminar on Grant Writing

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled The Foundations of Grant Writing on Wednesday, January 25th.

Maria Jacketti, CEO of Mountain Laurel Copywriting and Content Creation will explain the fundamentals of grant-writing, while delivering a forecast for national, state and private-sector grant writing.

During the 1990s, Jacketti and her husband, Wayne C. Funk successfully wrote nearly $10 million in grants in health care and education. Over a generation, some critical aspects of grant writing have changed while other hurdles of these fiscal quests remain constant.

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First Chamber Mixer for 2017 Set for January 19th

St. Luke Village Networking MixerSt. Luke Village is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Thursday, January 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm. The mixer will take place at The Manor at St. Luke Village, which is located at 1000 Stacie Drive in Hazleton.

Chamber members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to this free, casual, after-hours event, which provides a networking opportunity for the Greater Hazleton Area business community. All who attend will have an exclusive opportunity meet the team at St. Luke Village, hear about all of the services they offer and take a facility tour to see the recent upgrades they have made.

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Chamber Phone Lines Back Up & Running

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce phone lines are now back up and running.


New Extensions are as follows:
Dial 570.455.1509 followed by extension.

Mary Malone x 101
Linda Mantush x 102
Julie Gallagher x 103
Leann Fallabel x 104
Dan Guydish x 105
Leadership Hazleton, Joe Clark x 106
Nancy Zolota x 108
Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, Krista Schneider x 109
Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership, Bob Skulsky x 110

~ THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE ~

Chamber Phone Lines Will Be Down Wed, Jan 4th


The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce will have a brief interruption in our phone lines Wednesday, January 4th from 8 am to 12 noon

If you need to contact anyone in our office, including the

Chamber Staff
Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress
Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership
Mountain Council of Governments
Leadership Hazleton,

please email them directly.

If you do not have their email addresses, you may use and we will direct it to the appropriate person.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Chamber Hosting Required First Aid / CPR / AED Training

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering First Aid / CPR / AED Training on Wednesday, January 11th.

Every workplace is required to have a complement of employees trained in First Aid/CPR/AED, should a medical emergency occur. This course is being offered for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED used to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. This American Heart “HeartSaver” instruction, a comprehensive course taught in a dynamic, hands-on way with industry-leading curriculum and content from the expert in occupational first aid training. Participants will learn to: recognize a medical emergency, handle breathing and cardiac emergencies, act appropriately and effectively and sustain life until professional help arrives, prevent disease transmission and identify and care for bleeding, sudden illness and injuries. Those who would benefit from this course include: emergency response teams, safety personnel, supervisors, individuals requiring CPR certification and the general public.

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Chamber Downtown Holiday Promotion Kicks Off at Chaskin Jewelers

Downtown Holiday Promotion Kicks OffThe holiday season is just around the corner, and the downtown committee of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is planning to make this holiday season in center-city one of the best in years.

The 2016 downtown Hazleton holiday promotion begins on Wednesday, November 23rd and will continue for three weeks. Participating businesses will contribute $10 which collectively with other downtown merchants creates four $50 prizes consisting of five $10 “Downtown Bucks” certificates. In addition, the Wiltsie Center has generously donated two tickets to the Twelve Twenty Four show as an additional prize. The show will take place on December 28th beginning at 7pm at The Wiltsie Center, 700 North Wyoming Street, Hazleton. Plus, as an added bonus, Chaskin Jewelers will contribute the grand prize, a $100 gift certificate which could be used at their store in honor of their 100th year in business.

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Chamber Women's Holiday Social Set for Thurs, Dec 8th

Social Promo Photo 2016 resizedThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Holiday Social will take place on Thursday, December 8 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. This event is being hosted by Edgewood by Sand Springs. Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers is once again sponsoring the event.

The winners of the 12th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest will be announced at the social, with the Grand Prize to be chosen by those attending the event. The Grand Prize will be free commercial production, for a spot to be used exclusively on WYLN TV 35 ($450 value) AND one-month free Late Edition Commercial Package (value $395). This is the ninth year in a row WYLN TV 35 has provided a prize for the Chamber’s annual decorating contest. Additional prizes will be awarded to the judges choices and will include: “4 Skip” one month digital billboard advertising package ($600 value) provided by The Printmark Group; 1 month personal training with Brad ($400 value) provided by Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers; 3 month fitness membership to the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton provided by the Lehigh Valley Health Network; a 1/3 page ad in Panorama Magazine ($275 value); and the Chamber will offer up to five complimentary women’s networking luncheon passes. Each business who participated in the contest will also be recognized with a special certificate.

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Chaskin Jewelers Offers Grand Prize for Chamber Holiday Promotion

Downtown Holiday PromotionThe 2016 downtown Hazleton holiday promotion will begin on Wednesday, November 23rd and will continue for three weeks. Participating businesses will contribute $10 which collectively with other downtown merchants creates at least four $50 prizes consisting of five $10 “Downtown Bucks” certificates. Plus, as an added bonus, Chaskin Jewelers will contribute the grand prize, a $100 gift certificate which could be used at their store in honor of their 100th year in business. “Chaskin Jewelers has been a key downtown shop offering great service and beautiful jewelry pieces for generations”, said Bill Spear, downtown Hazleton committee chair. “We appreciate the generous donation of the grand prize gift for this year’s downtown holiday promotion. It will be sure to add extra holiday sparkle for the winner!”

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Chamber Woman’s Committee to Host Final Luncheon Program for 2016

Women's LuncheonThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their final woman’s networking luncheon program on Tuesday, November 29th from 12 noon to 1 pm at Top of the 80’s Restaurant, located at 3 Top of the 80’s Road in Hazleton. The event is being sponsored by M&T Bank and is open to all women in Greater Hazleton.

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Chamber Holiday Social Set for December 1st

Downtown Holiday SocialThe Hazleton area business community and chamber members and guests are invited to take part in the 21st annual Greater Hazleton Holiday Social, which will take place at The Pine’s Eatery & Spirits, 8 West Broad Street, Suite 50, downtown Hazleton on Thursday, December 1st.

The mixer, coordinated by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce will provide a unique opportunity to share holiday spirit with friends, neighbors and colleagues from the local business community.

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Transportation Projects is the Focus of Chamber Breakfast Program

Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will address the business community on Tuesday, November 15th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. The breakfast program will take place at Sister’s Restaurant, 789 N. Locust St., Hazleton.

The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 9:00 a.m. A full breakfast will be served at the upcoming breakfast program for a $20 fee for chamber members and a $25 fee for non-chamber members. Those who would like to attend should contact the chamber office at 570-455-1509 or register online at hazletonchamber.org by Thursday, November 10th.

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Chamber Mixer to be Held November 2nd

FNCB Bank MixerFNCB Bank is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Wednesday, November 2nd from 5 pm to 7 pm at their Downtown location, 340 West Broad Street. This mixer is being held in cooperation with the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, the Hispanic Business Association and the Society of Hispanic Professionals of the Hazleton Area.

All businesses who are new to the Downtown within the last three years will be recognized at the event. Chamber members, their employees, co-workers and guests, as well as all downtown businesses and anyone affiliated with the associations partnering on this event, are invited to attend. It is free to attend and provides an exclusive, casual, after-hours opportunity to network with a diverse group of business people within the Greater Hazleton Area business community.

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Chamber Hosting Required Roadway Flagger Certification Training

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering Roadway Flagger Certification Training on Thursday, November 3rd.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Publication 213 requires that all individuals who have flagging responsibilities on ANY ROAD OPEN TO THE PUBLIC must be certified in compliance with the most current version of Publication 408, Section 901.3 Flagger Training. This requirement applies to anyone performing flagging duties on any public roadway in Pennsylvania.

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Tickets Available for Tastes of Greater Hazleton This Sunday

The Community Awareness Committee of the Greater Hazleton of Commerce invites the public to attend the 9th Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton, which will be held this Sunday, October 16th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton located on 50 Moisey Drive.

Tickets are $18.00 in advance (available only online) and $20 at the door.

Three cooking demonstrations will take place at the event. Chef Steve Foley and Jerry Seiwell from Brass Buckle Restaurant will start things off, followed by Sous Chef Jeffrey Wallace of Sand Springs Country Club and the final demonstration will be Chef Jeff Keller from Top of the 80’s Restaurant.

The event will feature a sampling of signature dishes and products from nineteen participating restaurants and businesses from throughout Greater Hazleton. Samples will include:

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Chamber Mixer Set for Thursday

Chamber Networking Mixer at Valley View TownhomesLewith & Freeman Real Estate is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Thursday, October 20th from 5 pm to 7 pm. The mixer will take place at Valley View Townhomes, which is located conveniently off of Airport Road on Alliance Drive in Hazleton.

Chamber members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to this free, casual, after-hours event, which provides a networking opportunity for the Greater Hazleton Area business community. All who attend will have an exclusive opportunity to tour the beautiful Valley View Townhomes with the listing agency Lewith & Freeman Real Estate. The townhomes offer privacy, custom upgrade options and beautiful views, all while conveniently located just off the Airport Beltway in Hazleton.

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Coordinated Health CEO, Dr. Emil DiIoro to Speak at Breakfast Program

Coordinated Health CEO Dr. Emil DiIorio will address the business community on Tuesday, October 18th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. The breakfast program will take place at The Pines Eatery & Spirits, downtown Hazleton.

The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 9:00 a.m. A full breakfast will be served at the upcoming breakfast program for a $20 fee for chamber members and a $25 fee for non-chamber members. Those who would like to attend should contact the chamber office at 570-455-1509 or register online at hazletonchamber.org by Friday, October 14th.

The Red Carpet programs are conducted monthly by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce as a way of providing information to the local business community and offering new and expanded business networking opportunities.

Winners Announced for Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Awards

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of their Annual 2016 Business and Community Awards. In an attempt to help promote October as “Chamber of Commerce” month, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce will hold a special awards luncheon, sponsored by Luzerne County Community College, to recognize the winners of the awards. The luncheon will take place on Thursday, October 27th at 11:45 am at Genetti Catering in Hazle Township. The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. Reservations are required by Friday, October 21st by registering online, calling the Chamber at 455-1509 or emailing .

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Chamber Announces Menu for their Upcoming Tastes of Greater Hazleton Event

Tastes of Greater Hazleton

The Community Awareness Committee of the Greater Hazleton of Commerce invites the public to attend the 9th Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton, which will be held Sunday, October 16th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton located on 50 Moisey Drive in Hazle Township.

Event coordinators have announced that three cooking demonstrations will take place at the event and they will be provided by the Brass Buckle, Sand Springs Country Club and Top of the 80s Restaurant

According to Anna Jean Onuschak of Top of the 80s Restaurant, event chairwoman, “We are thrilled to feature these three very talented, local chefs and restaurant owners at our event. The attendees really look forward to seeing what they have to prepare and then having the chance to sample their dishes”

The event will feature a sampling of signature dishes and products from eighteen participating restaurants and businesses from throughout Greater Hazleton. Restaurants and their menus include:

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Anniversary Celebration Being Held for Long-Time Members of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce

Anniversary Membership CelebrationThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is kicking off October as Chamber of Commerce Month, and in doing so, they are holding an event to recognize several long-standing members who are celebrating a special anniversary with the organization in 2016. The 2nd Annual Anniversary Membership Celebration will take place on Thursday, October 6th. In addition to the businesses being recognized, as well as their employees, the entire Chamber membership is invited to attend. During this mixer-style event, each business will be recognized during a brief program and will also receive a gift from the Chamber. Everyone will enjoy complimentary hors d' oeuvres, beer & wine.

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Chamber Woman’s Luncheon Program Open to ALL Business Woman from Throughout Greater Hazleton

womens lunch september resizedThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their fifth in a series of woman’s networking luncheon programs for 2016, Tuesday, September 27th from 12 noon to 1 pm at the Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums. The event is open for any woman to attend.

The program will begin promptly at 12 noon and will include lunch. Guest speakers will be Cathy Colangelo from Partners In Education. She will discuss how you and your business can partner with area school students and educators and assist in developing your future workforce. She will talk about different programs Partners In Education offers including their annual Career Awareness Day, Project SAGE - Securing a Greener Environment (elementary and middle school gifted students in Hazleton Area and Weatherly); Attendance Matters Program and Job Shadowing opportunities. In addition, a representative from the Keystone Job Corps Center will also discuss their internship program for businesses.

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Chamber Mixer Set for Wed, Sept 28th

Heritage Hill Senior Living MixerHeritage Hill Senior Living is sponsoring an exclusive Hazleton Chamber and Carbon Chamber Networking Mixer on Wednesday, September 28th from 5 pm to 7 pm. Heritage Hill is located at 800 Sixth Street in Weatherly.

Chamber members, their employees, co-workers & guests are invited to this free, casual, after-hours event, which provides each Chamber to network as one. This "end of summer", luau-themed gathering will offer event themed food, sangria and more. And everyone will have a chance to win a beautiful luggage set.

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Chamber Hosting a Free Seminar on Cloud Computing for Businesses

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitle Cloud Computing Benefits for Your Business on Thursday, September 22nd. This free program will show you how to boost employee productivity by 33% and how the cloud can provide global access to your software and data 24/7 365 days a year. Attendees will learn how the Cloud saves companies money through lower IT and infrastructure costs. In addition, a live Cloud Technology demonstration on a variety of Lenovo’s newest computer systems will also take place.

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Chamber Hosting Seminar on Getting Started With Email Marketing

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled Getting Started With Email Marketing. Karl Stearns, a Constant Contact Platinum Solution Provider and Authorized Local Expert, will present this live, guided demonstration on the tools and features inside Constant Contact’s email marketing system. In this time-efficient, highly practical session, you will learn the basics so you can get going with your own email marketing, including: setting up your Constant Contact account; creating an email campaign and editing a template; branding your emails with your logo, colors and photos; creating content that people want to receive and read; importing your email list into your constant database; getting new subscribers by adding sign-up boxes to your website and emails and tracking and interpreting your results.

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Chamber Announces 9th Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton Event Slated for October 16th

tastes promo resisizedThe Community Awareness Committee of the Greater Hazleton of Commerce announces the 9th Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton. The event will feature a sampling of signature dishes and products from twenty restaurants and businesses from throughout Greater Hazleton.

It is open to the public and will take place on Sunday, October 16th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton, located at 50 Moisey Drive in Hazle Township. According to Anna Jean Onuschak, committee and event chair, “This has been a sell-out event since its inception, so we really encourage folks to purchase their tickets in advance, since typically we do not have many to sell at the door.”

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Family of late Hazleton media pioneers to serve as Funfest Parade Grand Marshals

Funfest Grand MarshalThe definition of a Community Superhero can mean many things to many people.

One of the Hazleton Area’s Community Superheroes are a local family who have contributed so much to the enrichment and betterment of our community. This family, who remains humble, quietly gives to many people in many ways. WYLN-TV 35 owners and operators Joe III, Pat and Joey Gans, the family of Hazleton media pioneers s, will help honor Greater Hazleton's CommUNITY Superheroes when they serve as grand marshals of the 2016 Funfest Parade.

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Chamber to Host Schmooze Event as an Opportunity to Promote Your Business

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce will hold a Schmooze a’ Palooza luncheon program on Thursday, Sept. 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at El Pilon Restaurant, located at 101 E. Broad Street in Downtown Hazleton.

This is a structured networking opportunity offered exclusively for members of the Hazleton Chamber, their employees and co-workers. It provides an excellent opportunity to showcase and promote a business or services to a captive audience. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Following lunch, attendees will stand one-by-one in a relaxed, casual atmosphere and introduce themselves, their business and services and company information to their fellow members.

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Chamber Mixer Set for Thurs, Sept 15th

Providence Place Senior Living Networking MixerProvidence Place Senior Living is sponsoring an exclusive Chamber Networking Mixer on Thursday, September 15th from 5 pm to 7 pm. They are located at 149 S. Hunter Highway, on Route 309 in Drums.

Chamber members, their employees, co-workers & guests are invited to this free, casual, after-hours event, which provides a networking opportunity for the business community of Greater Hazleton. Attendees will have the opportunity meet the Providence Place team, take facility tours and enjoy the fall ambiance their the beautiful outdoor, third floor deck area has to offer. Complimentary hors ‘d oeuvres, desserts, a fall beer selection, sangria and more will be provided. Doorprize drawings will also take place so be sure to bring business cards.

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The British Invasion Experience, Monsters of Rock Highlight Funfest 2016 Entertainment Schedule

NewBIEPicCROP5Monsters of Rock PhotoFunfest will celebrate the superheroes of rock and roll when The British Invasion Experience and Monsters of Rock take to the festival’s Premier Stage at Broad and Wyoming streets during Funfest 2016 on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11. Once again, Funfest entertainment will be spread out all along Broad Street with performances at three locations: the Premier Stage, the Church Street Performance Area near the intersection of Church and Broad streets and Pocket Park Stage in between Laurel and Wyoming streets, right across from Funfest Headquarters, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce office.

The British Invasion Experience will perform Saturday from 5-7 p.m. The band, which is based out of Maryland, pays tribute to The Beatles from their introduction on the Ed Sullivan Show throughout their career, ending on the roof top of Abbey Road Studios. The group also performs well known hits from other British groups such as The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, The Zombies, The Yard Birds, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and many more, ending with the psychedelic era of such groups as Cream and Pink Floyd.

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PA State Representative Tarah Toohil to Speak at Chamber Breakfast

State Rep Tarah ToohilPA State Representative Tarah Toohil will address the business community on Thursday, September 15th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. The breakfast program is sponsored by Heritage Hill Senior Community, and will take place at Top of the 80’s, Hazleton.

The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 9:00 a.m. A full breakfast will be served at the upcoming breakfast program for a $20 fee for chamber members and a $25 fee for non-chamber members. Those who would like to attend should contact the chamber office at 570-455-1509 or register online at hazletonchamber.org by Monday, September 19th.

The Red Carpet programs are conducted monthly by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce as a way of providing information to the local business community and offering new and expanded business networking opportunities.

Funfest Car Show to feature classic cars, race cars

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The 27th annual Funfest Car Show hits Hazleton’s main thoroughfare when car enthusiasts show off their prized wheels along Broad Street on Saturday, Sept. 10 from noon to 3 p.m. 
All classic cars, motorcycles and trucks are eligible for the event. All vehicles must be street legal, licensed and insured.


In addition to the traditional classic car show, race car drivers from Evergreen Raceway will be on hand all day on Saturday with as many as five cars, one each from the modified, street stock, factory stock, four cylinder and kids wheel divisions. The cars will be on display between Church and Laurel streets and the public will be allowed to sit in the cars and take pictures.
The car show will maintain the popular format that was developed several years ago. A panel of judges will select the twenty best cars and each owner will receive a trophy. Although there are no classes, cars will be rated on overall appearance or presentation based on five categories typically evaluated in car shows. The judges will also select the “Best in Show” and a special trophy will be presented to the winner of that category. Prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the car show Saturday evening but entrants must be present to win.

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Chamber Announces Starting Assignments for Thursdays Golf Outing

136 local and regional golfers will tee off at 11:00 AM on Thursday for the 49th Annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing. The shotgun start tournament is scheduled to take place at 11 am at Edgewood by Sand Springs in Drums, with registration beginning at 9 am, and will feature trophies, prizes and awards.

Email for starting hole assignments.

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Chamber Hosting Seminars on Email Marketing for Your Business

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is hosting two seminars on email marketing. The first one will take place on Wednesday, August 24th and is entitled Automate Your Marketing. The second one will take place on Thursday, September 1st and entitled Grow Your Email List. Attendees can take part in these seminars individually or both for a discounted price.

The Automate Your Marketing Seminar help businesses to learn the difference between automated messages and autoresponder campaigns; help decide where autoresponders can help with better marketing communications; help to better understand key actions that trigger emails to be sent and also help to identify what steps to take to design effective autoresponder campaigns.

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Luzerne County DA & Hazleton Police Chief to Speak at Breakfast

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis and Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale will address the business community on Thursday, August 25th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. The breakfast program is sponsored by Billig-Helmes Insurance, and will take place at Genetti’s Catering, 1345 North Church Street, Hazleton.

The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 9:00 a.m. A full breakfast will be served at the upcoming breakfast program for a $20 fee for chamber members and a $25 fee for non-chamber members. Those who would like to attend should contact the chamber office at 570-455-1509 or register online at hazletonchamber.org by Monday, August 22nd.

The Red Carpet programs are conducted monthly by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce as a way of providing information to the local business community and offering new and expanded business networking opportunities.

Chamber Golf Outing Set for August 18th Has Limited Space Available

Golf Outing & On-Course Business ExpoOnly a few openings remain for the 49th Annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing which will take place on Thursday, August 18th. The shotgun start tournament is scheduled to take place at Edgewood in Drums at 11 am.

Registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart, coffee, beverages and donuts prior to shotgun start, beginning at 9:30 am, on-course food, snacks and refreshments, cocktail and hors d' oeuvre reception immediately following the round of golf, buffet style dinner, hole in one contest, scoring, championship, first and second flight trophies, longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin awards, doorprizes for each golfer and more. There is also a $5000 putting contest, pot of gold contest and a 50/50 raffle which features over $2000 in prizes.

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Chamber Seeking Candidates for Annual Business & Community Awards

Business & Community AwardsThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is now seeking nominations for their 15th Annual Business & Community Awards. The awards are given each year in order to recognize individuals and businesses, which help to promote and support the Greater Hazleton Area.

Nominations are being accepted for: Small Business of the Year; Large Business of the Year, Rocco Colangelo, Sr. Volunteer of the Year, Pride of Place, Healthy Workplace of the Year, Green Business of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

A business or individual may be nominated for an award or they can nominate themselves. Once the nomination is received by the Chamber, the nominee will be notified and asked to complete an official application. The applications are reviewed and scored by a volunteer committee, and all winners will be recognized at a special luncheon program, sponsored by Luzerne County Community College, to be held on Thursday, October 27th at 11:45 am Genetti’s in Hazleton.

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Additional Sponsors Announced for 2016 Downtown Hazleton Classic Car Cruise-In

Downtown Hazleton Car Cruise-InThe Downtown Committee of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce has announced additional sponsors for the 2016 Downtown Hazleton Classic Car Cruise-In which will be held on Friday, August 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Recently, the Chamber highlighted the premier sponsorship that is provided by Hazleton Automobile Trade Association. According to Downtown chairman Bill Spear, “We are extremely grateful for the Hazleton Automobile Trade Association’s support and commitment to assist us in highlighting our area through this very visible, family friendly event.” Spear continues, “Typically over 200 vehicles participate in the Cruise each year and we expect just as many, if not more, for this year’s event.”

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Chamber Women’s Empowerment Grant Deadline Approaching

The deadline of July 29th is approaching for the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking ninth 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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Berger Family Dealerships Sponsors Chamber Tournament Hole in One Contest

Berger Family Dealerships Sponsors Hole in One Contest for Annual Golf OutingThe 49th Annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing and On-Course Business Exposition will be held Thursday, August 18th at Edgewood in Drums and Berger Family Dealerships is once again, offering a chance to win prizes if a golfer hits a hole in one on select holes during the round of golf. Prizes include: a two-year lease on a brand new 2016 Buick Encore, a luxurious 4-day/ 3-night golf vacation to French Lick Resort, a TravisMathew - Head to toe signature outfit plus a $500 online shopping spree AND/OR a Set of TaylorMade Speedblade HL Irons 4-SW. The first golfer to get a hole in one on the designated holes will win one of these prizes.

The shotgun start, sell-out, tournament annually attracts scores of golfers from throughout the Hazleton Area business community.

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Hazleton Auto Trade Association to Sponsor Chamber Downtown Hazleton Classic Car Cruise-In

Cruise 2016 sponsorThe 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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Chamber Woman’s Luncheon on Professional Writing for Your Business

Women's Networking LuncheonThe 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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Chamber Women’s Networking Committee Announces Applications Are Available for Women’s Empowerment Grant

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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Chamber Launches Brand New Website to Better Serve Our Members

Chamber HomepageKeeping 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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Downtown Farmer’s Market Seeking New Vendors

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, 2014 08 01 10.46.52O’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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State Senator John R. Gornder to Speak at Chamber Red Carpet Breakfast

John GordnerContinuing with the chamber’s legislative series, Senator John R. Gordner will address the business community on Thursday, June 16th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. The breakfast program is sponsored by BB&T, and will take place at Tom’s Kitchen, 656 State Route 93, Sugarloaf.

The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 9:00 a.m. A full breakfast will be served at the upcoming breakfast program for a $20 fee for chamber members and a $25 fee for non-chamber members. Those who would like to attend should contact the chamber office at 570-455-1509 or register online at hazletonchamber.org by Monday, June 13th.

The Red Carpet programs are conducted monthly by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce as a way of providing information to the local business community and offering new and expanded business networking opportunities.

Academic Achievement Banquet Held to Honor Top Students in Greater Hazleton

group for webThe top academic students from four area schools were honored May 25th as the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce conducted its 42nd annual Academic Achievement Awards Dinner. The event took place at Capriotti’s, McAdoo. Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esq. was the keynote speaker.

Honored at the dinner were the students selected by their schools as outstanding academic students. Recognized students from Hazleton Area High School are:

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Downtown Farmer’s Market Seeking New Vendors

farmers mkt for weblinkThe 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.

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Chamber Mixer Set for June 8th

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Web.com is sponsoring an exclusive Chamber Networking Mixer, which is being hosted by Capriotti’s Palazzo, located at One Banks Avenue in McAdoo on Wednesday, June 8th from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Chamber members, their employees, co-workers & guests are invited to a casual, after-hours event, networking with the business community of Greater Hazleton. This event is free to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity meet the Web.com team and learn about the services and products they offer which assist businesses in the Greater Hazleton area.

Capriotti's will showcase their beautiful, new outdoor patio and bar area and offer a delectable selection of hors d' oeuvres. A complimentary beer or wine will be provided, compliments of Web.com. A cash bar will then be available.

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Chamber to Hold 11th Annual Human Resource Seminar

hr promo pic for webThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Human Resource Committee has announced their Eleventh Annual Human Resource Seminar. This half day seminar consists of three sessions, two of which are breakout sessions where attendees can choose from two topics going on simultaneously, a keynote speaker, breakfast and lunch. This seminar is geared toward anyone in the human resource field, as well as small to mid-size business owners or anyone else who is interested in learning more about the topics being offered. The seminar is scheduled to take place on Thursday June 2nd on the 4th Floor of the Hazleton Campus of Luzerne County Community College located at 100 W. Broad Street in Downtown Hazleton. The seminar will run from 7:45 am to 1:00 pm.

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CHAMBER TO HOST WOMAN’S LUNCHEON MAY 24TH

may luncheon promoThe 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, May 24th from 12 noon to 1 pm at the Ovalon Restaurant in Hazleton. The event is being sponsored by Lawn Specialties 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 Jeannine Lesante-Mazurkiwecz, VP of Marketing/Sales from Sam-Son Productions Inc and she will present on "Why Choose to Socialize?. Attendees will learn the WHY of Social Media and how to effectively use it for your business. Everyone is asked to bring along your smart phones or electronic devices since this session will be interactive and engaging.

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CHAMBER HOSTING A SEMINAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA TIP & TRICKS

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar on Advanced Social Media Tips & Tricks. The program is being presented by SCORE of NEPA and Constant Contact and will take place on Thursday, May 12th from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 20 W. Broad Street in Downtown Hazleton.

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JANE A DANISH SELECTED AS CHAMBER’S 2016 ATHENA RECIPIENT

Jane Danish with BergerJane Danish has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, sponsored by Berger Family Dealerships.

Jane is the Director of Community Relations and Colleague Recognition at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton. She has a successful healthcare career with over 35 years in positions with impact in the areas of administration, governance, marketing and community relations.

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12TH ANNUAL ICEBREAKER GOLF OUTING HOLE ASSIGNMENTS ANNOUNCED

The 12th Annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Icebreaker Golf Outing will take place this Friday, April 29 at the Valley Country Club in Sugarloaf. The buffet lunch and registration for golfers begins at 11 am. The outing is a two-person scramble with shotgun start at 12 p.m.

Awards will be given immediately following the round of golf for championship and first and second flights and special awards will be longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin.

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BENIGNA'S CREEK WINERY TO HOST CHAMBER MIXER

benignas promoBenigna’s Creek Winery inside the Laurel Mall in Hazleton will be hosting an exclusive Chamber Networking Mixer on Thursday, May 5th from 5 pm to 7 pm.

All Chamber members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to enjoy a casual, after-hours networking event, with the business community of Greater Hazleton. Attendees will enjoy samplings from their large selection of wines, as well as an array of hors d' oeuvres. Doorprize drawings will take place, including a chance to win two gift certificates when attendees drop their business card. Reservations are required by either registering on the Chamber Calendar of Events or contact Julie at the Chamber office at 570.455.1509 or

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CHAMBER ELECTS DONNA BARNA CHAIR AND WELCOMES NEW DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

donnabarnaDonna Barna was elected as the volunteer Chair of the Board of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce at a reorganization meeting of the organization in early April. Allen Wagner will serve as Immediate Past Chairman and Mary R. Malone will serve as President of the organization.

Ms. Barna, the President of Billig-Helmes Insurance Agency, is the 5th generation of a family-owned insurance agency operating in the Hazleton Area since 1902. She serves as a director on the CAN DO Board, Hazleton Public Library and both Hazleton Rotary Club and Foundation to name a few. Donna was elected to the Chamber Board in 2012, and has a Vice Chair, leading the activities of the Community Awareness Committee since 2014. She has been very active in the successful development and growth of Women's Networking committee as well.

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Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Executive Business Exposition Scheduled for May 19th

cruiseInvitations have been mailed for the 124th Annual Dinner & Executive Business Exposition of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. This is the Chamber’s largest event of the year with over 300 business people in attendance. The event will take place on Thursday, May 19th, 2016, at a new location for 2016, Sand Springs Country Club in Drums beginning at 5 pm. The theme for this year event is Cruise Your Way Around Our Membership.

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Chamber Hosting 12th Annual Icebreaker Golf Outing

Icebreaker promoThe Valley Country Club will be the site of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Icebreaker Golf Outing. Geisinger is the premiere sponsor for the event. 

The outing is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 29th with an 11am luncheon and a 12 noon tee off. Registration, which is $75 per player and includes a buffet lunch, round of golf with cart, and a drink voucher after the round of play.

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Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Announces Twentieth Annual Community Reading Day on April 28th

readingCommunity Reading Day helps to promote literacy and encourage life-long reading and imagination with our next generation. That’s the message the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is sending through its partnership in the 20th annual Community Reading Day program, supported by Penn State Hazleton. This event will be held on April 28th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in first and second grade classrooms in the Hazleton Area School District, Holy Family Academy and chamber member preschools.

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