Committees

One of the many benefits of joining the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is the great volunteer opportunities that are provided. Committee work offers an opportunity to make an impact for the business and communities the Chamber serves, while forging friendships with other like-minded Chamber members.

Agriculture

Chair: Mike Schrey, AgChoice Farm Credit, ACA
Staff Contact: Chris Berleth
Meets: As Needed, Chamber Business Center at 7:00 p.m.

The Agriculture Committee works to ensure that the agricultural base of the Valley is maintained and helps promote a better understanding of its importance to the Valley’s economy. This Committee also works to see that the community better understands the role of agriculture and agribusiness in the Valley.

Ambassador

Co-Chair: Judi Karr, Nottingham Village Senior Living Community
Co-Chair: Karen Metz, Keystone Mobile Shredding
Staff Contact: Chris Berleth
Meets: Second Thursday of the Month, 10:30 a.m. (different location each month)

The Ambassador Committee acts as goodwill representatives at various Chamber functions and community events.  This group assists with welcoming, nurturing and aiding in the retention of members.

ATHENA®

Chair: Patti Fulmer, BB&T Bank
Staff Contact: Chris Berleth
Meets: As Needed, August - February, Chamber Business Center

The ATHENA® Committee seeks to develop, plan and execute the ATHENA® Award Program for the Greater Susquehanna Valley.  This award recognizes individuals who actively assist women to realize their full potential, achieve professional excellence in their business, and improve the quality of life for others in the community.

Business and Education

Co-Chair: Jamie Mercaldo, Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc.
Co-Chair: Jennifer Hain, SUN Area Technical Institute
Staff Contact: Jenny Wentz
Meets: First Wednesday of the Month, 7:30 a.m., Chamber Business Center

The purpose of the Business & Education Committee is to work with area public school districts, career & technology centers, private schools, trade schools, career schools and universities to ensure that the workforce training needs of the Valley's employers are being met, and to provide opportunities for students to interact with business people both in and out of the classroom.

Excellence in Education Award: Click here to view the nomination form.

Downtown Affiliates

Chair: George Venios, TIME
Staff Contact: Abbie Sholley
Meets: First Thursday of the Month, 9:30 a.m., Chamber Business Center

The purpose of the Downtown Affiliates Committee is to develop synergies by building collaboration and cooperation among the non-profit organizations whose missions are to revitalize the central business districts of their communities. The participants are: Danville Business Alliance, Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, Mifflinburg Heritage & Revitalization Association, Selinsgrove Projects Inc., Sunbury's Revitalization Inc., Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, and The Improved Milton Experience.

Click here to view their quarterly publication, Local Gems Regional Riches, published by the Standard Journal.

Governmental Affairs

Chair: Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency Realtors
Staff Contact: Bob Garrett
Meets: Third Friday of the Month, 7:00 a.m., Rotating Venue

Develops, promotes and articulates the business viewpoint of federal, state, and local issues that impact the health and vitality of business in the Greater Susquehanna Valley.

Greater Susquehanna Valley Young Professionals

Co-Chair: Amber Depew, Geisinger Health System
Co-Chair: Joshua Bradley, AgChoice Farm Credit
Staff Contact: Chris Berleth
Meets: First and third Tuesday of the month, email gsvyp.liveworkplay@gmail.com for locations

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce serves as host and supporter to GSV Young Professionals (GSVYP). The GSVYP Board meets often and is looking for input from members on how to better LIVE, WORK & PLAY in the Susquehanna Valley. Their mission is to strive to connect like-minded individuals with networking, professional development & volunteer opportunities in social settings, making the Valley a better place to live, work and play. Find GSVYP events on our events calendar, or on Facebook and Instagram.

Membership

Co-Chair: Ron Cohen, Susquehanna University
Co-Chair: Donna Ross, Merit Dental
Staff Contact: Jenny Wentz
Meets: Fourth Tuesday of the Month, 7:45 a.m., Chamber Business Center

Develops programs to welcome new businesses to the Chamber and promotes Chamber Membership as a benefit for all business and professional firms in the region. In addition to participating in the Chamber’s Membership campaigns, the committee encourages member participation.

Programs & Development

Chair: Allison Hall, The UPS Store
Staff Contact: Abbie Sholley & Chris Berleth
Meets: Second Monday of the Month, 12 noon, Chamber Business Center

Plans, organizes and conducts activities and events for Chamber members to help promote education, fellowship and networking opportunities.

Small Business Mastermind

Chair: Christina Major, Crystal Holistic Health Consulting
Staff Contact: Abbie Sholley
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7:30 a.m., Chamber Business Center

The mission of the Small Business Mastermind group is to provide a forum for small business owners to exchange ideas, offer solutions, educate, support and motivate each other to try new initiatives for business growth and development.

Transportation

Chair: Joe McGranaghan, Shamokin Dam Mayor
Staff Contact: Bob Garrett
Meets: Second Friday of the Month, 7:30 a.m., Hoss's Steak & Sea House
(Optional Breakfast at 7 a.m.)

This Committee encourages public sector support for improved roads, streets, highways, bridges, airports and traffic flow to enhance the Greater Susquehanna Valley as a place to operate a business.

Women's Leadership Symposium

Co-Chair: Keelie Schock, Susquehanna University
Co-Chair: Pam Watkins, Geisinger
Staff Contact: Abbie Sholley & Jenny Wentz
Meets: 1st Friday of the month, 8:30 a.m., Chamber Business Center

Visions and Connections is a women’s leadership symposium, inviting women to join their peers from the Valley to spend a day with highly experienced professionals. The conference gives attendees dozens of new ideas and action plans to boost their career, their attitude and their life. It is specially designed to give powerful information and profound insights that will make a lasting, positive impact on attendees’ lives.

Young Americans

Chair: Angela Hummel, Evangelical Community Hospital
Staff Contact: Jenny Wentz
Meets: As needed, 12 noon, Skeeter's

The Chamber is a leading advocate in the Valley for recognizing and promoting its future leaders. In cooperation with local school districts, media organizations and volunteers, the Chamber recognizes the scholastic, extracurricular and civic leadership qualities of more than ninety students from eleven school districts throughout the Greater Susquehanna Valley. In May, the Chamber invites the Young American award recipients, their parents and relatives to attend the Annual Young Americans Awards Banquet, featuring a guest speaker and a recognition ceremony.

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