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Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry
CONTENTS

UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

CHAMBER FYI

NEWS & NOTES

GOLD STAR FOR YOU

YOU + CHAMBER =
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

WELCOME TO
THE CHAMBER

MEMBER2MEMBER

BUSINESS TIPS

GOVERNMENT &
COMMUNITY ISSUES

NEWS2KNOW

LIVE, WORK & PLAY
Greater Reading


 
UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Stay engaged. Get more from your membership.
Jul 10 W2W Mentoring Gathering / Center for Business Excellence
Jul 17 Power Networking Lunch / Seafood Shanty
Aug 8 Annual Golf Tournament / Reading Country Club
Aug 15 Annual Picnic 2013 / Willow Glen Park
CHAMBER FYI
News & Notes

The Chamber staff wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday!

Our offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5th.


Don't feel like cooking this 4th, check out the Chamber Store which has discounted gift cards. Get a $50 Building 24, Emily's, Judy's on Cherry, Peanut Bar, Slick Willy's, Stokesay Castle, The Works or Yellow House gift card for $40, or a $25 Stokesay Castle or VF Outlet card for $20, plus lots of other great deals from local businesses! Visit GreaterReadingChamber.org to order TODAY!


As a reminder, there is no Business@Breakfast in July. Our next Business@Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, August 7th at The Inn at Reading.

 
NEWS & NOTES

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a nearly $29 billion 2013-14 PA Budget (General Appropriations Bill) before the deadline on Sunday night. The Senate and House will be in session to finish other bills related to the budget such as the 'tax code' bill. The phase-out of the Corporate Stock & Franchise Tax (CSFT) will not occur as planned by 2014 instead it will be reduced and hopefully phased out by 2016. There will also be no reduction in the Corporate Net Income Tax (CNI). However there is pending legislation to address the tax appeals process, eliminate family owned business inheritance tax and allow a carryover provision under Net Operating Loss (NOL). Other major initiatives: a modern, safe and reliable transportation system that is key to our economy and requires transportation funding, liquor privatization to get government out of the business but stay involved in the enforcement process, pension reform required to deal with unfunded liability and Medicaid all require our legislators to take action. They will likely adjourn for the summer recess and return in September. To stay connected on these key issues, send a message to your legislators about how their action or lack thereof will impact you and learn more about the budget go to GreaterReadingVoice.com.

Links:
  PA Budget Link:
    http://greaterreadingvoice.com/events/pa-budget
  Tax Code Link:
    http://greaterreadingvoice.channeldemocracy.com/alert/view/755
  Transportation Funding Link:
    http://greaterreadingvoice.channeldemocracy.com/alert/view/714
  Liquor Privatization Link:
    http://greaterreadingvoice.channeldemocracy.com/alert/view/625
  Pension Reform Link:
    http://greaterreadingvoice.channeldemocracy.com/alert/view/830
  GreaterReadingVoice.com Link:
    http://www.greaterreadingvoice.com/

 
GOLD STAR FOR YOU
Kudos to these outstanding newsmakers

Weidenhammer, a provider of IT services, announced it has been recognized by UBM Tech Channel as a part of CRN's 2013 Solution Provider 500 list, which identifies the top technology integrators in the U.S.A. and Canada based on revenue size. Formerly known as the 'VAR 500', the Solution Provider 500 (SP500) ranks the highest producing solution provider organizations in the IT channel from hardware sales, software sales, and managed IT services. Weidenhammer placed 392 in the annual ranking.


Ben Franklin TechVentures® (BFTV) hosted an event celebrating its building expansion earning the Gold rating under the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for new construction. The event was held in the Lutron Lobby of Ben Franklin TechVentures and featured remarks by Janet Milkman, Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, as well as R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania; Christa Duelberg-Kraftician, AIA, LEED AP+BD&C, Principal, Spillman Farmer Architects; and Anthony Scarcia, LEED AP, President and Chief Operating Officer of Allied Building Corporation. LEED is an internationally recognized standard that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation.


To be featured in the Gold Star for You newsmakers section, send your news, accomplishments and achievements to Melissa Varone.
 
YOU + CHAMBER = HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
Look who's celebrating their Chamber Anniversary

10 Years
Highmark Blue Shield

30 Years
Creative Management Concepts
Crystal Catering
Entech Engineering, Inc.

E.M. Kutz,Inc. Kutztown University Foundation, Inc.
Mountain View Supply & Rental
Sweet Street Desserts, Inc.
William Fox Munroe, Inc.

35 Years
American Cancer Society Berks County Unit
American Red Cross - Berks County Chapter
Bellairs Real Estate
Caron Treatment Centers
GAI-Tronics Corporation
Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.
KMX International
Long, Barrell & Company, Ltd.
Masano Bradley - Attorneys at Law
Reading Health System

40 Years
Crowne Plaza Reading
Junior Achievement of Berks County, Inc.

45 Years
Berkshire Mall
Bob Fisher Chevrolet, Inc.

50 Years
Edwards Business Systems

55 Years
Electric Coil Service, Inc.
Jaw Manufacturing Company
TrimMaster

65 Years
The Loomis Company

70 Years
Capital BlueCross

75 Years
Automotive Service, Inc.
M.J. Earl Company
Rentokil/JC Ehrlich
E.G. Smith, Inc.
Stevens & Lee

100 Years
Albright College
Berks Engineering Company
Carpenter Technology Corporation
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
M & T Bank
UGI Utilities, Inc.
Wells Fargo

 
WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER
Say hello to the following new members

Amy Himes DBA Kind Massage
3608 St Lawrence Ave
Suite 103
Reading PA 19606
610.850.1612
www.kind-massage.com
Massage Therapists
Contact: Amy Himes

Applied Industrial Technologies
835 William Lane
Reading PA 19604
610.929.8444
www.applied.com
Industrial Equipment & Supplies
Contact: John Mauro

Burge Flare, LLC dba Closer to the Sun Tanning
840 N Park Rd
#10
Wyomissing PA 19610
610.478.8000
www.closertothesuntanning.com
Tanning Salon
Contact: Alyse Burge

Decorating Den Interiors
Mohnton PA 19540
610.777.3313
www.yvonne.decoratingden.com
Interior Design
Contact: Yvonne Staskel

Haydenfilms Institute
9999 Hamilton Blvd
Suite 230
Breinigsville PA 18031
323.418.2816
www.haydenfilmsinstitute.org
Non-profit Organizations
Contact: Hayden Craddolph

Toshiba Business Solutions
7035 Schantz Rd
Suite 300
Allentown PA 18106
610.350.2072
www.business.toshiba.com
Copiers - Sales, Service & Supplies
Contact: Fred Eberly

Visionary Insurance Partners (VIP)
2525 N. 12th St
Suite 390
Reading PA 19605
610.331.6627
www.vipagents.biz
Insurance
Contact: Lura Bare

Walnut Creek Lawn & Landscape Services, LLC
162 Groff Rd
Bernville PA 19506
610.401.1432
www.walnutcreeklawns.com
Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance
Contact: Jason Krause

 
MEMBER2MEMBER
From our members to our members

Judy's on Cherry - Farm to Table: Thursday, July 11th. We will be featuring locally raised and wherever possible, organic produce, cheeses, and sustainable proteins. Dinners include four courses for $35 per person or four courses plus local wine pairings, $50. Call 610.374.8511 for reservations today!


SafeGuards Foster Care is offering placed youth with community-based work experiences over the summer months. This program assists at-risk youth in developing employable skills that will promote success as they transition to adulthood. Youth are compensated by the program while providing a benefit to area businesses. If your organization would like to provide a work experience for youth during the summer, please contact Jennifer Mongi at 610.372.1484.

 
BUSINESS TIPS
Information to help your small business grow

At a recent Expert Exchange of Entrepreneurs, owners of Hair On The Avenue Dave and Debbie Meas shared their journey from having a Job to a Business. After two years of planning, Debbie started her Job as a hairdresser because of her passion for beauty. The business was based out of the couple's home because they thought it would make life easier when they eventually started a family.

They started with 4 employees and $100K in sales in 1993, and have since grown the business to 31 employees with $1.5 million in sales. It hasn't been an easy road to success, but it's been a busy one. Since the salon was based out of their home, Debbie was always working. Lesson learned, when you have a home-based business, it is very hard to walk away from your work.

One day Debbie said to Dave that she wished she would not have started the business out of their home. Dave silently agreed but would have never shared his feelings with Debbie. He took that as an opportunity to go out a buy a building for the new salon - where Hair On the Avenue salon is currently located. Second lesson learned, do your due diligence when it comes to the cost of improvements. They spent more than the budgeted amount on retrofitting the salon.

With 30 hair salons on the 'Avenue' they managed to put Hair On the Avenue on the map by spending 15% of their sales on Advertising. During the early years, with the help of an aggressive advertising campaign they would bring in 90 new guests per month. They still continue to advertise but at a smaller percentage of their sales. Third lesson, spend money on advertising; it truly does help generate new business.

What makes them successful is their partnership - Debbie works in the business, and Dave works on the business. They each have their own defined roles within the Business. In the end, they are growing their clientele by differentiating their salon with a personal touch approach. Dave and Debbie stress the importance of building relationships with their guests and giving back to the community.

 
GOVERNMENT & COMMUNITY ISSUES
Stay connected ~ Take action
Penn Street Bridge Rehabilitation Open House: July 10

The PA Department of Transportation has begun planning and design work to rehabilitate the Penn Street Bridge. You are invited to a Public Open House Plans Display on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Schmidt Training and Technology Center on the Reading Area Community College Campus.
 
NEWS2KNOW
Information about Women2Women
The Power of Dreams - it's all about Engagement!

Are you engaged in your life - personally or professionally? When was the last time you were excited or energized about pursuing something you wanted? When was the last time you thought of your dreams? Have you forgotten them or simply pushed them aside (for how many years now?)? Perhaps you're worried you may fail because following dreams pushes you out of your comfort zone. OR maybe, you push aside your dreams because life is crazy and you can barely keep things balanced as it is, so what you want falls to the bottom of the pile. Sound familiar?

Let's spend our time together dreaming again - to be completely aware of what we want. When we pursue our dreams, we become engaged in the moment and in daily life. Research tells us when we are engaged, we have more energy, passion and enthusiasm and daily life is approached with a positive attitude. In other words, we're simply happier on many levels. As mentors and mentees, we can encourage and support one another to not only dream again but to also have the courage to pursue those dreams.
  'A dream is in the mind of the believer, and in the hands of the doer. You are not given a dream, without being given the power to make it come true.'  
  ~ Anonymous  

Our next mentoring gathering is on Wednesday, July 10th, starting at 4:30 at our Center for Business Excellence. FREE to attend - register here.
 
LIVE, WORK & PLAY
in Greater Reading

Berks Encore @ Nite, will be offering the session 'Do You Need Long Term Care Insurance' on Thursday, July 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center's Franciscan Rooms A&B in Bernville. 'Do You Need Long Term Care Insurance' will be taught by certified Berks Encore APPRISE staff. To register for the course or for more information on this session or other Berks Encore @ Nite sessions being held throughout the year, contact Rodney at (610) 374-3195 ext.208 or email RGuistwite@BerksEncore.org.

 
Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Tel: 610.376.6766
info@GreaterReadingChamber.org
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