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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Continuing 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.
The 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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