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Chamber News for March 10th

Business After Hours: This Wednesday, March 12th from 5-7pm plan to join us for Business After Hours at Moments to Remember, 62 Main Street, Bradford. Building connections with others in the business and professional community is a great way to expand your reach, and Business After Hours is a perfect opportunity to connect through relaxed networking. Complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres, business card drawing, and a chance to join in our community update announcements – don’t miss it! Free and open to the business and professional community – come and see what our host, Moments to Remember, has to offer throughout their new expanded showroom!

BACC Annual Meeting and Awards: If you are the primary contact for your company (or an individual member), make sure to watch your mail for the Annual Meeting and Awards ballot, invitation, and ticket/sponsorship opportunities. The mailing went out late last week, and you have two weeks to get your vote in – ballots due Friday, March 21st. If you have sponsored the event in the past, we hope that you will consider returning as a sponsor again this year. If you have not, there are reasonable sponsorship rates for companies and organizations of all sizes, starting at just $50 for an Advertising Sponsorship.

A Conversation with Avi: The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Education Club proudly presents an evening with Avi, Newbery Award-winning author of more than 70 books. Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30pm at the Harriet B. Wick Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Doors will open at 6pm. Refreshments provided by the Pitt-Bradford Hospitality Program. Avi will share how his stories came to be, his thoughts on using adolescent literature in the classroom, and excerpts from his books, including the most recent story – Sophia’s War. Following the presentation, Avi will sign books you bring, or you may purchase one at the event. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Wayne Brinda by March 14th at

What does it take to be a good non profit?

After being in the profit business most of my life, the last three years in the nonprofit has been a challenge.  I guess for me the biggest challenge is that I had never done it before, but I soon realized that it wasn’t much different then the profit business.  You still have to control a budget, take care of your staff, take care of your customers, or in my case our members.

So this is my advise for anyone thinking about joining a nonprofit.  First you need to review ever aspect of your organization, and spend all your free time looking at other nonprofits in your field.  When I was with Wal-Mart, I learned early on, that our founder Sam Walton, had a hard and fast rule, “steal shamelessly from your competition”  I used that advice a different way by looking at other Chambers to see what they were doing to be successful.  Recently we joined with 14 other Chambers in a joint meeting at our office, and what a great day we had.  Learning what each other were doing to help their members.

Now I’m the first to admit that we have made mistakes along the way, but those mistakes have made us better, and again we are always ready to do something new!

The biggest lesson though is whatever you do in your organization that involves members, make sure it benefits them first, because they are the stockholders, and they deserve to have all of your attention.

With that all said, I am always looking for new and exciting ideas, so please respond to my blog, and because of that nasty spam, all replies have to be approved, hope you understand.  I get about five spams to every legitimate reply.

Thanks for reading my blog, and have a great week!!!

Message from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would share some information that I receive every month from the Pennsylvania Chamber.  When you see all the cuts in the budget, one of reasons is that collectively, the State Employees’ Retirement System and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System–face an unfunded liability of between forty billion and fifty billion dollars.  One of the solutions to this problem is to switch future state employees from a defined contribution plan similar to private sector 401k style programs, among other similar proposals under consideration.

Also on the Mid-Year Legislative Accomplishments in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s corporate tax apportionment formula will now be based only on sales, not property and payroll.  The old formula was a disincentive for hiring and growth.  This change will save job creators about $12 million this year, and around $40 million annually beginning next fiscal year.

Finally, the authorization of transportation public-private partnerships is a small but welcome step toward resolving the state’s nearly $3.5 billion infrastructure funding shortfall.  This concept will inject private-sector capital and innovation into the infrastructure equation.

See you on Main Street.

Ron Orris

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is my favorite time of the year, and I am always amazed how fast we forget about the winter.  However, this year is the exception, winter hasn’t been that bad, and Punxsutawney Phi, you were wrong.  With that all said, the Chamber is also excited to see Spring come, because it’s time for our Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation on April 11th.  This is a great time to thank our membership for all the support that they give us throughout the year.  This year is also very special because Zippo is going to be our signature sponsor.

We have a Brown Bag Luncheon coming up on March 28th, with Kara Kennedy and myself having a class on the basics of Facebook and Ebay.  It’s free to all our members, and if you would like to attend contact me at

We have had a few request to leave the lights on in Veteran’s Square, so for the time being we are going to honor that request.  They are beautiful, and they will look great on those warm spring and summer evenings.

In my last BLOG I talked about our Facebook, and I am happy to report that it continues to grow, and we are very excited about the new timeline format.  We enjoy sharing our pictures with our fans, and we seem to get the most response from those pictures.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather!!    Ron


New Website for the Chamber

Hi Everyone:

Since I came on board in July 2010, our goal has been to continue to update ourWebsite.  Thanks to our friends at Protocol 80, we launched a new look yesterday that I hope you all find pleasing.  We have more bells and whistles planned for the website this year, and  we are always looking for better ways to improve our website, which in turn helps our membership. So if you have any suggestions please send me your suggestions. Check out our website at


Our Search engine optimization has increased our traffic, and we hope with all these improvements that that traffic will continue to grow.  We also continue to see growth on our Facebook with 2217 friends. 

We also have moved our advertising banner to the top of the page, and have lowered our price to attract more business. 

Congratulations to our Board Member, Colette Roessler for being named the Main Street Manager.  Colette will do an outstanding job for Main Street!

Also, Congratulations to Zippo and W.R. Case CEO Greg Booth on his appointment to the Committee on Manufacturing by Pennsylvania.  We know that Greg will do an outstanding job!

Finally, don’t forget our first Business After Hours is Wednesday, January 25th at 5 pm at the New Main Street Mercantile.

See you on Main Street.  Ron

New year with new events!

Hi Everyone:

We are very excited at the Chamber with a new year starting and new events planned for 2012.  Starting in February we are having Kim Benjamin, Executive Director of the Bradford Water Authority speak on the Bradford Water System.  This will be held at the Chamber office and a lite brown bag lunch will be provided. 

Also in February we will be having a VIP breakfast and lunch for prospective members, with testimonials from some of our current members, and also to use as an opportunity to network with other businesses.

Business After Hours will start this year at the new Mercantile on Main Street on January 25th.  If you haven’t seen the Mercantile, this is your chance to network and see all the new products that they now have at one of Bradford’s landmark buildings.

We are also planning a Chamber Expo an a Non-Profit Summit/Fair in March.  Keep checking our website and facebook for more upcoming events!

First Night 2012, Downtown Bradford, Pa

First Night Bradford ~ Don’t miss the most exciting night in Downtown Bradford!   Buttons are only $5 and are available at the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, Tops Market, Grocery Stretcher and Tina’s Hallmark. Visit website for more information.

Watch last years fireworks of First Night!