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Final Chamber Mixer for 2017

Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center at HazletonFyzical Therapy & Balance Center at Hazleton is hosting an exclusive Networking Mixer for members of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. All members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to attend the last networking event in 2017, scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 14th from 5 pm to 7 pm at the their brand new location in the Church Hill Plaza on Route 309, 1077 N. Church Street in Hazle Township. This event is free to attend and offers a, casual, after-hours networking opportunity for the business community.

Attendees will enjoy an array of complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails, take a tour their new facility, meet the staff and hear about all of the services they have to offer you, your business and employees. Bring your business cards in order to be entered to win doorprizes.

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Chamber Women’s Networking Committee Holiday Mixer Will be Held at Four Blooms Restaurant

Women's Holiday SocialThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Holiday Committee announces its Holiday Mixer for Wednesday, December 13th at Four Blooms Restaurant from 5pm to 8 pm.

MMI preparatory School is the sponsor of this year’s Women Networking Holiday Social which is being hosted at the new Four Blooms Restaurant in Drums. Four Blooms opened its doors in October of this year and they are excited about displaying the talents of their Chef with tasty complimentary hors d’ oeuvres. A cash bar will be provided and includes a holiday themed signature drink for your enjoyment. The Women’s Holiday mixer gives everyone a great opportunity to mix, mingle and network during the holiday season, put out information about their business at the Business Resource Table, as well as take chances on some tricky tray baskets provided by members of the Women’s networking committee, as well as a 50/50 raffle for those in attendance. Donna Barna and the team at Billig & Helmes Insurance will provide each guest a combative favor for the event. There is a small registration fee to attend the social, $5 chamber member rate and $7 non-chamber member rate. Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Empowerment Grant Fund.

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Chamber Holiday Social to be Held at the YWCA of Hazleton

Downtown Holiday SocialThe Hazleton area business community and chamber members and guests are invited to take part in the 22nd annual Greater Hazleton Holiday Social, which will take place at the YWCA of Hazleton, 75 S. Church Street, Downtown Hazleton on Thursday, December 7th.

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.

The mixer will feature hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and prize giveaways. The event is being sponsored the YWCA of Hazleton and attendees will hear about the new YWCA singular mission and get an update on what's happening at your local YWCA. The activities will begin at 5:00 PM and conclude at 7:00 PM.

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Chamber Woman’s Committee to Host Final Luncheon Program for 2017

Women's LuncheonThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their final woman’s networking luncheon program on Tuesday, November 28th from 12 noon to 1 pm at The TAP at Humboldt Beer Depot, located 573 CAN DO Expressway in Hazle Township. The event is being sponsored by M&T Bank and is open to all women in Greater Hazleton.

The luncheon is the sixth and final in a series of luncheon programs for 2017. The luncheons were held every other month. The series is scheduled to being again on January 30th, 2018. The program begins promptly at 12 noon and includes a buffet style lunch. The guest speaker is Molly Sweeney, MS, RDN, LDN, Outpatient Nutrition at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hazleton, who is presenting on Staying Fit Over the Holiday Season. She will talk about how it is possible to eat healthy over the holiday season, while still being able to have the goodies you want. She will also be providing samples of different healthy dips.

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Chamber Women’s Networking Committee Seeking Candidates for Annual Holiday Decorating Contest

Holiday Decorating ContestThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Holiday Decorating Contest committee has announced their 13th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest with a new twist for 2017.

The focus of the contest this year will be just one holiday tree. The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God. Anne Frey of DBI Services, and decorating committee chair noted “ We decided that focusing on just one tree for the decorating contest this year would level the field from small to large business as well as unleash the creativity of our members”. “Our volunteer judges enjoy the process and hope to encourage more businesses to join in the fun.”, stated Anne.

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Chamber Hosting Seminar on How Using Autoresponders for Your Business Can Double Your Income

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled Double Your Income by Using Autoresponders on Wednesday, November 29th.

The most successful businesses on Earth use autoresponders to automate emails and advertising campaigns. And while autoresponders have the greatest immediate potential for saving money for small businesses and businesses operating on a tight margin, few are really understanding the money-making potential behind this cutting edge technology. Maria Jacketti, owner of Mount Laurel Copywriting & Content Creation, is the author of an e-book "Autoresponder Magic" written for copywriting guru, Bob Bly's, press. Jacketti will show you how to double your marketing income with autoresponders.

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State Representative Gerald Mullery to Speak at Red Carpet Breakfast

State Rep MulleryContinuing with the chamber’s legislative series, Rep. “Jerry” Mullery, representing Pennsylvania’s 119th District, will address the business community on Thursday, November 16th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. He will discuss legislation affecting the Greater Hazleton area community. Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of his presentation. The breakfast program is sponsored and hosted by Keystone Job Corps Center, 235 West Foothills Drive, Drums at the Culinary Arts Building.

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Greater Hazleton Chamber Invites Members to Networking Mixer

Comfort Inn & Suites Barnesville-Frackville MixerComfort Inn & Suite Barnesville-Frackville is hosting an exclusive Networking Mixer for members of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. All members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to attend this networking event scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 15th from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Comfort Inn & Suites Barnesville-Frackville, which is located conveniently just off Interstate 81, 1252 Morea Road in Barnesville. This event is free to attend and offers a, casual, after-hours networking opportunity for the business community.

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Chamber Hosting Seminar on Record Keeping for Small Business

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar on Record Keeping for Small Businesses on Thursday, November 2nd.

Cindy Milan-Ortiz, Assistant Branch Manager of Woodforest National Bank will explain the concept of record keeping and its importance to small business. You will learn: Record keeping basics - practices, rules and tools; Which records to keep - tracking, planning, legal and taxes; Benefits of record keeping; Business software available for record keeping and Business software training.

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Chamber Hosting Program Shipping & Supply Cost Savings

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a program on Shipping & Supply Cost Savings for businesses on Friday, November 3rd.

This program is for any size business who ships products, in any amount, and who is interested in learning how to save on shipping costs. The program will review the hidden costs of shipping. It will also analyze a comprehensive case study conducted by Valgistics conducted. It will reveal how they have implemented a cloud-based platform, which has allowed them to lower their shipping and supply costs tremendously.

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Chamber Mixer Slated for Wednesday, October 25th

Heritage Hill Senior CommunityHeritage Hill Senior Community is hosting an exclusive Networking Mixer for members of both the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, October 25th from 5 pm to 7 pm. Heritage Hill Senior Living is located at 800 Sixth Street in Weatherly. Chamber members, their employees, co-workers and guests are invited to this free, casual, after-hours event, which provides a networking opportunity for the business community.

Attendees will enjoy a wine and food pairing event featuring wines from Galen Glen Winery paired with delicious shrimp, beef wellington, dark chocolate mousse. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their your business cards to share with new contacts and for a chance to a leather bound executive desk set.

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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 10th Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton, which will be held this Sunday, October 15th 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, online only at www.hazletonchamber.org and $20 at the door.

Three cooking demonstrations will take place at the event. Chef Rob Middleton from Top of the 80’s Restaurant will start things off, followed by Chef Steve Foley and Jerry Seiwell from Brass Buckle Restaurant and the final demonstration will be Renee Esposito Chirico from Alta Pizzeria & Pasta House.

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

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

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of their Annual 2017 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 Community Bank, NA, to recognize the winners of the awards. The luncheon will take place on Thursday, October 26th at 11:45 am at Top of the 80’s Restaurant in Hazleton. The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. Reservations are required by Friday, October 20th by registering online, calling the Chamber at 455-1509 or emailing .

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Chamber Hosting Program on Being More Engaged at Work, Home & the Community

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a program on Being More Engaged at Work, Home & the Community on Thursday, November 9th.

During this program presented by Mark Evans, he will cover the following points: Team Building, Cultural Diversity, and Giving Back to Your Community, Better Communications at Work, Work Life Balance, Smell Memories and Distractive Driving.

When we become more engaged at home, work and in our communities, great things begin to happen. Relationships flourish, your voice gets louder, and your opinions become more valued.

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Chamber Announces Menu for their Upcoming Tastes of Greater Hazleton Event

Tastes of Greater HazletonThe Community Awareness Committee of the Greater Hazleton of Commerce invites the public to attend the 10th Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton, which will be held Sunday, October 15th 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, Alta Pizzeria & Pasta House 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 sixteen participating restaurants and businesses from throughout Greater Hazleton. Restaurants and their menus include:

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SSPTV and Community Services for Sight to Co-Host Chamber Mixer

ssptv mixer promo resizedSSPTV and Community Services for Sight are co-sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Thursday, October 12th from 5 pm to 7 pm. They are both located in Downtown Hazleton at 109 West Broad Street. Attendees will first visit the SSPTV studio on the main floor, take a studio tour and have their photo taken in front of the green screen with a fall foliage background of their choice. They will then be able to view the photos on the free SSPTV app, which can be downloaded from any device.

Mixer attendees will then move upstairs to Community Services for Sight community room and enjoy wine tastings, a beautiful display of hors d’ oeuvres and networking. Members will have the opportunity to hear about the services both organizations provide to the community.

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

Anniversary 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 2017. The 3rd Annual Anniversary Membership Celebration will take place on Thursday, October 5th. 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 Hosting Seminar on Succession Planning for Small Business

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar on Succession Planning for Small Businesses on Thursday, October 5th.

It is never too early or too late to plan for your future...During this program, Cindy Milan-Ortiz, Assistant Branch Manager for Woodforest National Bank will discuss changing ownership of a business through selling, closing or handing to a successor. She will provide helpful information in order to establish an exit strategy for retirement including a succession plan, transfer of ownership and taxes.

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Chamber Announces 10th Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton Event Slated for October 15th

tastes committee resizedThe Community Awareness Committee of the Greater Hazleton of Commerce announces the 10th 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 15th 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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Chamber Women’s Networking Committee Awards Woman’s Empowerment Grants

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking committee has recently awarded their ninth annual Women’s Empowerment Grants. 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; are returning to the workforce; or are seeking to change their current career path.

“The applications we received this year were all outstanding and we truly feel the recipients for this year’s grants will be empowered by receiving the assistance these grants are able to provide.” explains Leann Fallabel, Chamber VP of Marketing and Woman’s Networking Committee Coordinator.

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Chamber Mixer Set for Tuesday, September 19th

Providence PlaceProvidence Place Senior Living is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Tuesday, September 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm. The mixer will take place their facility which, is located at 149 S. Hunter Highway, Route 309 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 Hosting Seminar on Writing a Business Plan

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled Writing a Business Plan on Wednesday, September 27th.

Writing a professional business plan can be a monumental task since venture capitalists, those who will examine your plan, have great expectations. During this workshop, Maria Jacketti CEO of Mountain Laurel Copywriting and Content Creation, presents the audience with all the sections of a business plan that must be completed. She shows participants how to approach the task with concision, but without cutting corners. She will point out all the pitfalls that could get any business plan thrown into the garbage.

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

womens luncheon sept promo resizedThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their fifth in a series of woman’s networking luncheon programs for 2017, Tuesday, September 26th from 12 noon to 1 pm at the Brass Buckle Restaurant in Conyngham. The event is open for any woman to attend.

The program will begin promptly at 12 noon and will include lunch. The guest speaker Linda Sentiwany, owner of Elsen & Company Jewelers and Gift Boutique, who will be presenting on fall fashion and accessory ideas. She will be having special guest models show and wear all her new and upcoming fall and winter lines including accessories, jewelry, sweaters and more.

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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 16th 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.The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is now seeking nominations for their 16th 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. 

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Chamber Hosting Program on Evaluating Your WC Claims, Worker Ergonomics & Productivity Improvement

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a program on Evaluating Your Workers Comp Claims, Worker Ergonomics & Productivity Improvement on Wednesday, September 13th. The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a program on Evaluating Your Workers Comp Claims, Worker Ergonomics & Productivity Improvement on Wednesday, September 13th. 

This program will explore how Physical Demands Validation (PDV) lead to a variety of safety tools including ergonomic, safety training, wellness and functional testing programs. Attendees will learn about the different types of functional testing programs, how each tests physical ability differently and how the clinical examination portion of the test may differ between types of programs.  Each of these aspects plays an important role in mitigating risk.  You will understand how PDV and Function Testing can help to decrease absenteeism and presenteeism, increase productivity, decrease injury rates and be an essential part of your safety and wellness strategy.  

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Hazle Township Supervisor Jim Montone to Speak at Red Carpet Breakfast

Continuing with the chamber’s legislative series, Hazle Township Supervisor and Chairman Jim Montone will address the business community on September 21st at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. He will provide an update of the township’s current and future projects. Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of his presentation. The breakfast program is hosted by Bonanza Steakhouse, 574 Susquehanna Blvd., located across from the Laurel Mall in Hazle Township.

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, September 18th. 

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Chamber Hosting Seminar on Time Management for Small Businesses

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar on Time Management for Small Businesses on Thursday, September 7th. Cindy Milan-Ortiz, Assistant Branch Manager at Woodforest National Bank will discuss the concept of time management, why it is important to small businesses and how you can benefit from using time management.

She will also explain some commonly employed time management practices, including Pareto analysis, the ABC method, the Eisenhower method and the POSEC method and how you can incorporate any of these methods easily into your daily business routine.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, September 7th from 9 am to 10 am at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce office, which is located inside Hayden Tower at 8 W. Broad Street, Mezzanine Level Suite 1490 in Downtown Hazleton. Registration is $10 for Chamber members and $15 for non Chamber members. Registration is required by registering on the Chamber’s online calendar at www.hazletonchamber.org or by contacting the Chamber at 455-1509 or . 

Chamber Mixer Set for Wednesday, August 23rd

Avenues Networking MixerAvenues Vocational & Employment Services of Hazleton is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Wednesday, August 23rd 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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Chamber Seeking Restaurants or Catering Facilities to Take Part in the 10th Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton

The Community Awareness Committee of the Greater Hazleton of Commerce is currently looking for any restaurant or catering facility to participate in the 10th  Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton. The event features a sampling of signature dishes and products from restaurants and businesses from throughout Greater Hazleton.The Community Awareness Committee of the Greater Hazleton of Commerce is currently looking for any restaurant or catering facility to participate in the 10th  Annual Tastes of Greater Hazleton. The event features a sampling of signature dishes and products from restaurants and businesses from throughout Greater Hazleton.

It is scheduled to take place Sunday, October 15th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton, located at 50 Moisey Drive in Hazleton, entrance across the street from Walmart.
The opportunity is open to any restaurant or catering facility from throughout Greater Hazleton. There is no registration fee for Chamber member businesses and a $150 fee for non Chamber member businesses, however if the business would join the Chamber by the date of the event, the cost could be credited toward Chamber membership. 

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Chamber Mixer Set for Wed, Aug 23rd

avenues promoAvenues Vocational & Employment Services of Hazleton is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Wednesday, August 23rd 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.

Everyone who attends has the opportunity to meet the teams of Avenues Vocational & Employment Services, Adult Training Facility and HARP (Hazleton Avenues Rehabilitation Partners) and hear about the services they provide. Facility tours will be offered to view their operations.

A special offer for all attendees also includes free shredding services. In order to promote one of the many services offered at Avenues, attendees are encouraged to bring along their confidential and/or personal documents to have shredded. The first pound of shredding service is free and seventeen cents thereafter.

Complimentary hors d' oeuvres, beer and wine will be provided to all who attend and everyone is encouraged to bring along extra business cards for networking and also to be entered to win several doorprizes.

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Chamber Golf Outing & On-Course Expo Set for August 17th Has Limited Space Available

Chamber Golf OutingOnly a few openings remain for the 50th Annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing which will take place on Thursday, August 17th.  The shotgun start tournament is scheduled to take place at Edgewood in Drums at 11 am. Registration begins at 9 am.Only a few openings remain for the 50th Annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing which will take place on Thursday, August 17th.  The shotgun start tournament is scheduled to take place at Edgewood in Drums at 11 am. Registration begins at 9 am.

Registration includes 18 holes of golf and a cart, gift for each golfer, prior to shotgun start coffee, donuts, bloody mary's and mimosas. On-course expo all day with businesses setup at the tees providing giveaways, food, drinks, snacks, games and more. An on-course hospitality tent with the famous ‘Chamber Chili Dogs", snacks, beer and drinks. After the round of golf there is a one-hour premium open bar and hors d' oeuvre reception followed by a full buffet dinner and awards program, where trophies will be given out for championship, first and second flight, men's longest drive, women's longest drive, closest to the pin and closest to the pin second shot on the green. A 50/50 raffle prize winner will be awarded and over $2,000 in prizes will also be given away. 

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State Representative Gerald Mullery to Speak at Chamber Breakfast

MulleryContinuing with the chamber’s legislative series, Rep. “Jerry” Mullery, representing Pennsylvania’s 119th District, will address the business community on Thursday, August 24th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. He will discuss legislation affecting the Greater Hazleton area community. Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of his presentation.

The breakfast program is sponsored and hosted by Keystone Job Corps Center, 235 West Foothills Drive, Drums at the Culinary Arts Building. Continuing with the chamber’s legislative series, Rep. “Jerry” Mullery, representing Pennsylvania’s 119th District, will address the business community on Thursday, August 24th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. He will discuss legislation affecting the Greater Hazleton area community. Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of his presentation. The breakfast program is sponsored and hosted by Keystone Job Corps Center, 235 West Foothills Drive, Drums at the Culinary Arts Building. 

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Hazleton Auto Trade Association to Sponsor 2017 Downtown Hazleton Classic Car Cruise-In

Downtown Hazleton Car Cruise InThe 2017 Downtown Hazleton Classic Car Cruise-In will take place in Downtown Hazleton on Friday, August 4th (rain date August 11th) 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 250 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.”  

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Chamber Moves to a New Location

New Chamber OfficeWe are all moved into our new office space!!!!

Hayden Tower
8 West Broad Street
Suite M-1490
Mezzanine Level
Downtown Hazleton

(We didn't move far...right next to our old office!)

You can enter our office from Broad Street or if you enter the Hayden Tower you can take the elevator to the Mezzanine Level and follow the signs!

All other contact information remains the same.

If you are in the area, stop in and say HI! We will give you the full tour or for a full visual tour check out our post on our Facebook page. @greaterhazletonchamber

Chamber Hosting Seminar on Writing Web Content & Press Releases

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled Updating and Creating Web Content & How to Write a Press Release on Wednesday, July 26th. The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled Updating and Creating Web Content & How to Write a Press Release on Wednesday, July 26th. 

Maria Jacketti, CEO of Mountain Laurel Copywriting and Content Creation will take workshop participants through the basics of writing web copy and creating press releases. Jacketti will teach participants how to create tone and the appropriate writing style specific for the audience for each project. She will underscore the fact that good writers must become chameleons, continuously adapting to the needs of diverse audiences and projects.

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Chamber Woman’s Luncheon Set for July 25th

Women's LuncheonThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their fourth in a series of woman’s networking luncheon programs for 2017 Tuesday, July 25th from 12 noon to 1 pm at Martin’s Restaurant located at 301 E. Broad Street in West Hazleton. The event is being sponsored by Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center and it is open for any woman to attend. The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their fourth in a series of woman’s networking luncheon programs for 2017 Tuesday, July 25th from 12 noon to 1 pm at Martin’s Restaurant located at 301 E. Broad Street in West 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 lunch. Our guest speaker is Julie Burger, Sales Manager for Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram at Berger Family Dealerships.She will present on what women should know when it comes to the basics of car maintenance and service and tips and tricks that can use when purchasing or leasing a vehicle.
Dooprize drawings including, a free lunch for the next program and the opportunity to give an introduction of your business at the event will be drawn. Women are encouraged to bring along promotional items, such as business cards, brochures, giveaways, etc. to display on our business resource table. 

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Downtown Hazleton Farmer’s Market Opens This Friday, July 14

farmers mkt logoThe Downtown Hazleton Farmer's Market will kick off its sixth year this Friday, July 14th and continue every Friday through September 1st. The market hours are 10 am to 2 pm. The market will take place at the corner of Broad and Laurel Streets along the new city park.

This year’s vendors include Burger’s Farm Market, offering fresh produce along with their famous sweet corn; Sugar & Loaf Bakery, offering homemade breads and other baked goods, Keiner’s Nursery & Apiary, offering plants, locally produced honey, and other honey-made products; and the Butler Township Community Garden (“Growing Markets” program), offering all organic produce. Other vendors include the PSU Master Gardeners, who will be on hand to answer all your gardening questions. Several special events are also planned, including free cooking demonstrations featuring local seasonal produce (hosted by the Commission on Economic Opportunity-CEO), as well as entertainment and guest vendors who will be offering special services.

Friday will feature a special kickoff for market and will include DJ Tony Pacelli, who will be spinning tunes from 11 am to 1:30 pm for your lunchtime enjoyment. A ribbon cutting will take place at 10 am with Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat in order to celebrate the market opening. The Chamber of Commerce operates the market with the support of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress. Anyone interested in learning more about the market should contact the Chamber at 570-455-1509.

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 tenth 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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United States Congressman Lou Barletta to Speak at Chamber Red Carpet Breakfast

Congressman Barletta

Continuing with the chamber’s legislative series, Rep. Lou Barletta, representing Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District will address the business community on Friday, July 7th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. He will discuss legislation affecting the Greater Hazleton area community. Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of his presentation. The breakfast program is sponsored by Geisinger, and will take place at Capriotti’s, 1 Banks Avenue, McAdoo.

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Chamber Held Academic Achievement Awards Banquet

Academic Awards Students

Academic Awards SponsorsThe top academic students from five area schools were honored June 1st as the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce conducted its 43rd annual Academic Achievement Awards Dinner. The event took place at Carmen’s Country Inn & Gardens, Drums. Dr. Scott A. Sacco 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: Maria Aliaga, Ann Amentler, Melanie Beck, Kyle Bonin, Vanessa Clement, Dario D’Amato, Kacee Diehl, Zachary Fuchick, Gerald Gasser, Abbey John, Meliah Kennedy, Katherine Landron, Nicole Leshko, My Mai, Jacob Maurer, David McCarthy, John Merola, Trista Nester, Benjamin Palfey, Leiry Rumaldo, Natalie Ryba, Brian Siroka, Hailey Strohl, Jorge Tirado, Megan Trivelpiece, Nicolas Vitagliano, Sabrina Young, Sabrina Zanolini, Samantha Zaremba, and Brittany Zipovsky; Immanuel Christian School: Josiah Gonzalez and Lindsey Pecora; Marian Catholic High School: Miranda Antiga, Anthony Collevechio, Benjamin Ferko, Megan Ferrello, Sarah Grega, Edward Kolonsky, III, Katherine Kurzinsky, Dennis Mummey, Jenna O’Donnell and Sara Osilka; MMI Preparatory School: Ali Aijaz, Niklas Byriel, Dana Carrato, Anirban Chowdhury, Allison McGeehan, Keenan Overa, Kisan Patel, Samuel Sessock, Jonathan Smith, Jr., and Nicholas Young; and Weatherly Area High School: Christina Caravella, Samantha DeSpirito, Morgan Gower, Hayli Heister, Jacqueline Henry, Evan Kunkle, Nalani Lowman, Christopher MacNeal, Autumn Shoener, and Dana Weiss.

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Sand Springs Country Club to Sponsor Chamber Mixer on June 8th

Sand Springs Country ClubSand Springs Country Club is sponsoring an exclusive Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer on Thursday, June 8th from 5 pm to 7 pm. They are located at 10 Clubhouse Drive 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 Hosting Seminar on the Basics of Blogging

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar entitled Blogging Basics on Wednesday, May 31st .

Maria Jacketti, CEO of Mountain Laurel Copywriting and Content Creation will teach attendees how to optimize your blogging power and avoid the pitfalls of this form of writing.

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Chamber to Hold 12th Annual Human Resource Seminar


The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Human Resource Committee has announced their Twelfth Annual Human Resource Seminar. 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. Four program topics include: “The Trump Presidency and Its Impact Upon Labor and Employment Law: Expectations and Speculations”, Opioid Addiction, Pitfalls in Plan Administration and Effective Performance Management.

The seminar is scheduled to take place on Thursday June 1st at Capriotti’s, One Banks Avenue in McAdoo from 9:15 am to 2:30 pm.

9:15 am to 9:30 am will begin check-in and registration. Then session one will run from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. The topic is “The Trump Presidency and Its Impact Upon Labor and Employment Law: Expectations and Speculations” and it will be presented by James P. Valentine, Esquire of Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLC.

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PA State Senator John R. Gordner to Speak at Chamber Breakfast

John GordnerContinuing with the chamber’s legislative series, State Senator John R. Gordner, representing Pennsylvania’s 27th District will address the business community on Thursday, June 8th at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast program. He will discuss legislation affecting the Greater Hazleton area community. Attendees will also have the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of his presentation. The breakfast program is sponsored by BB&T, and will take place at Valley Country Club, 79 Country Club Road, 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. 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 Friday, June 2nd.

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Chamber to Host a Woman’s Luncheon on Using Pinterest as a Business Resource and Good Social Media Practices

Women's LuncheonThe Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Committee is holding their third a series of woman’s networking luncheon programs for 2017 Tuesday, May 23rd from 12 noon to 1 pm at Vesuvio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, located at 101 N. Wyoming Street in Downtown Hazleton. The event is being sponsored by MMI Preparatory School 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 Marci Hosier, Director of Admissions and Marketing for MMI Preparatory School and she will present on using Pinterest as a business resource and touch briefly on overall social media good practices.

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Carla Marie Thaller Selected as Chamber’s 2017 Athena Recipient

2017 Athena Business Woman of the YearCarla Marie Thaller of the Hamister Group, LLC has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, sponsored by Berger Family Dealerships.

Carla is the Regional Director Operations, Hotels for the Hamister Group that operations three premier hotels in our area including; Residence Inn by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn. She has an award winning hospitality career for over 15 years in positions with impact in the areas of administation, sales, customer service, hotel operations and facilities management.

Ms. Thaller started in her career as a front desk person while she was a full time student at King’s College. She graduated from King’s with a bachelor degree in Accounting and quickly advanced to supervisor and then manager for mutiple properties including Residence Inn by Marriott, Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites.

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Chamber Icebreaker Golf Outing Winners Announced

13th Annual Icebreaker Golf OutingThe two-man team comprised of Tom Ciccarelli and Matt Diebert from Valley Country Club took the Chamber’s first place award during the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Icebreaker Golf Outing Friday, April 28th at Mountain Valley Golf Course in Barnesville.

Other winners in the tournament were: Second Place representing Shenandoah Senior Living Community, Tim Scheeler and John Rizzo. Third Place representing DBi Services, Bob Gorski and Joe Boretski.

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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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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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