Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daily Briefing, 8/31/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

The Great Allentown Fair officially opened yesterday.  Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) will be in the area today to assess the damage caused by Irene.  Speaking of Irene, more than 3,000 are still without power in Lehigh County, with less than 20,000 in the entire region still without power.

In Harrisburg, state hearings will be held on illegal immigration.

In national news, General David Petraeus has retired from the army so that he can become the next head of the CIA.

We have one Chamber event today, and its a big one: Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham will be presenting his Lehigh County budget address.

That's it for now.  I don't think we'll have another entry later today, so have a great day, and we'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What the heck is a Super PAC?

With elections just around the corner, it's time for campaign acronyms to be thrown around like mad.  One of the favorites is PAC, or Political Action Committee.  PACs are special established campaign committees that are designed to influence the outcome of elections by raising and spending money on a candidates behalf.  Previous to 2010, PACs could raise money only from individuals and could raise no more than $5,000, per person.

That changed is 2010 with the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  In a deeply controversial decision, a 5-4 court decision ruled that corporations and unions could contribute directly to PACs from their general treasuries (though they could still not contribute to campaigns directly).  This gave way to the rise of so-called Super PACs.

A Super PAC operates like a regular PAC, with a few key exceptions.  First, the amount of money they can raise and spend is absolutely unlimited.  These groups still have to disclose their donors, and they still may not coordinate directly with a campaign.  However, the donors to groups that donate to Super PACs themselves may not have to be disclosed (depending on the type of group), allowing for some semblance of anonymity when it comes to political donations.  Additionally, Super PACs can launch attack ads directly against candidates, something regular PACs were usually not able to do.

The 2010 elections were the first time that Super PACs were seen.  In 2012, they are bound to be a massive driver of electoral politics, with groups and candidates on both sides utilizing them to make their respective cases.

Source:  New Super PACs Bringing Millions into campaigns

Daily Briefing, 8/30/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

Hurricane Irene is now gone, and thankfully, the damage was less than feared.  The number of homes  in Lehigh County without power is now less than 4,000.  President Obama has declared Pennsylvania a federal disaster area, authorizing the use of federal funds to help pay for the damage left in Irene's wake.  In total, Irene's damage is estimated to be $10 billion.

In other news, unemployment in the Valley rose to 8.8%, the third straight month the number has increased.  In Bethlehem, Serfass Construction has been hired to complete work on the Sands event center.

In state-wide news, state liquor store profits increased by more than $30 million last year, but still fell short of their targeted contribution to the Pennsylvania budget.  State Senator John Rafferty (R-44) has declared his candidacy for Attorney General in 2012.

We have one Chamber event today: an Open House with the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

That's it for now!  Have a great day, and we'll be back later.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Business Disaster Plan

Everyday I drive down Union Blvd in Allentown, I see a billboard, extolling the necessity of a business having a disaster plan in order to recover and remain fully operational.  The need for that plan has never been more apparent than it was this past weekend.

It's obvious too late to deal with Irene, but this certainly won't be the last weather-related crisis to hit the Valley and there is never a time where it is too late to plan.  The Government actually has a great resource for disaster planning: Ready.Gov/business.  The site itself contains a variety of resources that can help a business (or a family, for that matter) deal with a disaster.

Even more usefully, the site has a sample disaster plan.  Here are some of the components of the plan:

  • Contact information of key staff, alternative business location and emergency numbers.
  • A review of potential disasters that could impact the business.
  • The establishment of a formal crisis management team.
  • Other businesses/individuals with whom coordination will be required.
  • Critical operations that must continue, as well as who will be in charge of them.
  • Critical suppliers & contractors, as well as potential alternative sources.
  • An evacuation plan.
  • A shelter location.
  • A communications plan.
  • A cyber-security plan and records back-up procedures.
As you can see, a lot goes into creating a fully functional back-up plan - but, that being said, it certainly is worth the effort - as this weekend's storm proved.

Daily Briefing, 8/29/2011

Good morning everyone, and welcome to the "We actually have electricity" version of today's Daily Briefing!

Of course, the top story of the day (and really the only story) is Hurricane Irene, which hit late Saturday into Sunday. As of Sunday night, more than 48,000 in the Valley were still without power (your resident blogger got power back at 3am).  Flooding was widespread and many roads were closed.  In Allentown, the hurricane caused two water main breaks, causing the city to ask residents to conserve water.  In Easton, the Delaware River has risen above its flood stage and is expected to flood similar higher than it has since 2004.  The costs of the cleanup will likely be mitigated by federal disaster relief.  In total, the hurricane is responsible for at least 20 deaths and likely over $1 billion in damage.

That is it for now - I hope everyone continues to drive slowly and careful, considering what a mess the roads will likely be today.  Stay safe out there!

And, of course, enjoy this hurricane music:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Daily Briefing, 8/26/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

The latest projections have Hurricane Irene landing further west than previous anticipated, a change that could bring as between 4-10 inches of rain to the Valley by Sunday.  Lehigh County residents will not see a tax increase in 2012.  Lehigh Valley Hospital had the highest heart attack survival rate of all hospitals in Pennsylvania.  In Bethlehem, Mayor Callahan is fighting to close a fire station on Dewberry Avenue.

That's it for now...everyone stay safe this weekend!  We'll be back with more later.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Daily Briefing, 8/25/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In Bethlehem, police said that they made more arrests at Musikfest this year than last year (though only up by four at 81), but said that the new Southside facility campus made the festival more manageable.

In national news, the big story is that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple.  Tim Cook, the company's former COO, will now take over the reigns of Apple.  More than 100 CEOs have signed a pledge not to make any political donations until elected officials break the current "partisan gridlock."  A new poll shows that Rick Perry is in the lead in the race for the Republican nomination, becoming the new frontrunner.

We have one Chamber event today: a Summer Tropical Party at Pistachio's bar and grill between The Chamber and the Hispanic Chamber of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

That's it for now!  Have a good one, and we'll see you later.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earthquake...earthquake? Really?

On the list of topics I ever thought I would write in this blog about, this ranks really really low!

If you were in the Valley (or, really, anywhere on the East Coast yesterday), you probably felt the 5.8 earthquake that epicentered in central Virginia yesterday.  The quake was a real rarity in the Valley and a first for many of us (myself certainly included).  Those of us in our Bethlehem office weren't even sure if it was truly an earthquake or just something specific to our building (a quick look at Twitter and Facebook confirmed that it was something much larger); interestingly enough, our Easton office didn't feel anything.

Thankfully, it appears that there were no real injuries or damages in the immediate aftermath, but here's a quick look at earthquake-related news.

Here's to hoping that was a once in a lifetime experience!

Daily Briefing, 8/24/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

Of course, the big local story was yesterday's earthquake, which surprised just about everybody, but fortunately caused no damage or injuries.  Good news for PPL customers, who are set to see their electric rates drop next month.  The Auditor General's office has announced that he will be examining the contract buyouts that recently occured in the Allentown and Philadelphia school districts.  The Lehigh Valley International Airport has announced that it will turn management of the Airport to a private firm.  State Representative Joe Brennan has applied for a first-time offender program that would remove his recent drunken driving arrest from his record.

In world-wide news, Moammar Gadhafi released an audio tape yesterday, confirming he is still alive and calling on his supporters to try and take back Tripoli.

We have two Chamber events today: a joint networking breakfast with four Chamber Councils and a panel on the Do's and Don'ts of Social Media.

That's it for now!  Have a good one and we'll see you later!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Job Openings

Hello everyone - here are job openings that we have for you this week.  As always, if you are a Chamber member and have a job opening, please E-mail it to me (mikes@lehighavlleychamber.org) and we are happy to post it for you (at absolutely no charge).
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Hartford - Customer Care Representative

Why Join The Hartford?
It's simple. The best people can choose where they want to work. And we want the best people.  That's why we do all we can to make sure The Hartford is a great place to work, and we’ll do all that we can to give you the opportunity, tools, and support you need to achieve your goals, while you're helping us achieve ours.  
Give us your best. We’ll do the same.

What Are We Looking For?
Training class begins September 26, 2011
We offer a diverse working environment and are recruiting talented, self-motivated, high energy professionals who want to be a part of a team committed to excellence. The ideal candidates will have prior call center or customer service experience, computer literacy, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong multi-tasking skills and the desire to work in a fast paced environment. Entry level and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply!  Bilingual skills Spanish/English a plus!

Responsibilities for The Customer Care Representative Include:
Providing excellent customer service to all Hartford customers by resolving issues accurately and independently relating to Home and Auto Insurance policies.
Responding to inbound calls and making outbound calls as appropriate. NO COLD CALLING
Working within a team environment and measurable call center metrics.
Successfully completing an intensive 10 week training program.
We are currently looking for full-time employees to work a 40 hour work week.  Paid training hours will be 9:00am-5:30pm Mon.-Fri. for the first 10 weeks of training and for the first 4 weeks on your team.  Work hours after training will be 10:30am to 7:00pm 4 days during the week and every Saturday or every Sunday from 9:30am-6:00pm with a day off during the week. This schedule pays a 10% shift differential on top of the base pay!

Compensation Opportunity:   
Our compensation philosophy is simple: we pay competitive base salaries and we reward performance. Starting base salary range is $25,000 to $30,000. We also offer a monthly incentive program that allows employees to earn up to an additional $400.00 per month! Once training is complete, new hires will have an opportunity to earn up to an additional $2,000.00 to their base salaries in their first 12 months through our Career Progression Milestones program!
The Hartford recognizes performance and offers several recognition programs; including an electronic recognition program, annual Excellence Awards that recognize the top 5% of the organization, Achievement Circle that recognizes the top 10% of the organization twice a year, and the monthly Rising Star award recognizing one employee from the organization.
The Hartford offers an excellent benefit package!
Benefits begin Day 1 of Employment!
Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance 3 Weeks Vacation (pro-rated) 401(K)
Tuition Reimbursement Incentive Opportunities Paid Holidays


Apply Online - www.thehartford.com/careers
Job Code 1102663

This Week With(out) Tony - Refer A Member, Get $50!

In today's This Week With(out) Tony, Mike talks about the Chamber's new Refer A Member program - if you are a Chamber member, you can refer another business to join The Chamber, and if they do join, you both get $50 off of your dues invoice!

For more information, watch the video below.  As always, This Week With Tony is sponsored by our friends at M&T Bank.


Media Release: Local Chamber Leader Elected as President of National Speakers Association in Philadelphia

A great story on one of our more active members, Carol Ritter of Carol Talks.  Congrats to Carol!
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LOCAL CHAMBER LEADER ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL SPEAKERS ASSOCIATION PHILADELPHIA

Carol S Ritter, President of the LeBeam Chamber (Bath Borough, Moore, Lehigh and East Allen townships), proud partner of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce has been elected as President of the National Speakers Association Philadelphia beginning her term July 1, 2011. As a proven Chamber leader, Carol is passionate and dedicated to the success of chamber businesses and the local community.

Carol is an accomplished professional speaker, coach and educational consultant.
NSA Philadelphia’s www.nsaphiladelphia.org mission is to assist speakers in growing their businesses as well as inspiring new speakers to hone their speaking skills.

Carol designs innovative strategies for businesses to develop bullet-proof ideas for recruiting MORE MEMBERS, MORE MONEY AND BETTER LEADERS. To learn about Carol visit www.caroltalks.com.

In addition to her presidency Carol was voted “Member of the Year” by the National Speakers Association in 2010.

Daily Briefing, 8/23/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

According to records, this is almost the wettest August on record.  In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth's ban on bath salts and synthetic pot took effect yesterday.  In national news, workers can expect a moderate pay increase of 2.6% in 2012.  A new survey shows that about 60% of House of Representatives members did not hold town halls this summer.

That's it for now!  Have a good one and we'll be back later.

Monday, August 22, 2011

How does redistricting work?

As you maybe aware, Pennsylvania (like every other state in America) is in the middle of its redistricting process.  The idea is simple - adjusting for population growth, the legislative boundaries of all of Pennsylvania's legislative districts (201 House of Representative Seats, 50 Senate seats and 19 Congressional seats).  Actually executing this process, however, is tricky.

First, it should be noted that there are basically two different processes: redistricting Legislative seats and Congressional seats.

For Congressional seats, plans go through the four State Government committees in the House and Senate and are passed by the normal legislative process.  The real kink in this process is that Pennsylvania's population growth did not keep up with the population growth in the rest of the country - as a result, we will go from 19 to 18 seats.  Since Republicans control the state House & Senate, they are likely to redraw Congressional districts so as to eliminate a Democratic seat.  Speculation is that Mark Critz (D-12) is most likely to find himself without his own seat next year.

The process gets trickier for Legislative districts.  In that case, a special commission will draw the map.  The commission consists of the leaders of all four legislative caucuses and a fifth member, Stephen McEwen Jr., who is also the former President Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  The commission only recently agreed upon what data they will use to create the districts.  Districts must be compact and contiguous.  Ideally, a State House district should have 62,573 constituents, while a Senate district should be at 254,048.

At the moment, the Commission has 90 days to file a preliminary plan.  Once that plan has been presented, there are 30 days to make corrections to the plan.  After that, the legal battle can/will begin - individuals or groups who believe that laws have been violated in the course of the creation of the new legislative map can sue.  Legal battles with redistricting are relatively common - they happened in 2002 as well.

For more information, check out the Pennsylvania Redistricting website.

The importance of redistricting cannot be understated.  Whoever is in control of the redistricting process can create legislative districts that maximize their chances of legislative control.  As a result, redistricting has an enormous impact on public policy in this Commonwealth.

Daily Briefing, 8/22/2011

Good morning everyone, and a happy Monday to you all!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In state-wide news, a Morning Call story reviews the upcoming legislative redistricting process.  A new poll show's that President Obama's approval rating in PA is at a record-low of 35%.  In national news, it appears that former New York Governor George Pataki will be entering the race for the Republican Presidential nomination.  And in worldwide news, the Gadhafi regime in Libya appears over, as rebels now control most of the capital city of Tripoli.

Well, another slow Monday, but fear not - we'll have more later today.  See you then!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Price Increases

A quick look at the news is enough to get anyone depressed.  Now there's one more item to worry about: price increases.

As we noted yesterday, the Consumer Price Index, which measures the price of basic necessities like food, clothing and gas, rose .5% in July, a higher than expected number.  That price hike was largely driven by an increase in gas prices, which rose 4.7%.

However, gas is far from the only item rising.  Fresh fruits & vegetables rose 6.9% compared to the same time last year, its highest increase in three years.  Cotton prices have jumped between 10-15%, causing higher prices on clothing.

Of course, this is all at the same time that unemployment remains high and the housing market remains stuck.

Inflation, however, does not appear to be an immediate concern.  The core-CPI, which removes some of the volatility from this measure, remains at 1.8%, and below 2% is enough to stave off serious inflation.

Daily Briefing, 8/19/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing!

In Allentown, after a year of controversy, Dr. Gerald Zahorchak resigned as superintendent of the Allentown School District.  Also in Allentown, the Allentown Commercial & Industrial Redevelopment Authority has taken out a $35 million loan to purchase properties for the planned hockey arena.  In Northampton County, County Council unanimously voted to hire Premier Healthcare Resources to manage Gracedale.  In Bethlehem, the Sands will be restarting construction on its events center, with plans to open the facility in the Spring.  City planners also voted to reject the construction of a planned detox and psychiatric hospital on Center Street.

In state-wide news, gas production in Pennsylvania is up 60% in the first half of 2011.  The official website of the Pennsylvania redistricting commission is now live.

That's it for now!  Have a good one and we'll be back later today.

Daily Briefing, 8/19/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing!

In Allentown, after a year of controversy, Dr. Gerald Zahorchak resigned as superintendent of the Allentown School District.  Also in Allentown, the Allentown Commercial & Industrial Redevelopment Authority has taken out a $35 million loan to purchase properties for the planned hockey arena.  In Northampton County, County Council unanimously voted to hire Premier Healthcare Resources to manage Gracedale.  In Bethlehem, the Sands will be restarting construction on its events center, with plans to open the facility in the Spring.  City planners also voted to reject the construction of a planned detox and psychiatric hospital on Center Street.

In state-wide news, gas production in Pennsylvania is up 60% in the first half of 2011.  The official website of the Pennsylvania redistricting commission is now live.

That's it for now!  Have a good one and we'll be back later today.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Economic Roundup

As I type this, the stock market has dropped more then 400 points on fresh economic fears of a global recession.  Gold has reached yet another record high.

The bad news is hitting on multiple fronts:

File this one under interesting: the Justice Department is investigating Standard & Poor's for their role in rating mortgage securities as far higher than the economic reality warranted, leading to the economic crash of 2008. The Justice Department says that the investigation began before S&P cut the US' credit rating.

No matter how you look at it, the news today is not good.

Internships available!

Hello everyone!  We have two internships available at The Chamber that we wanted to publicize with you all.  Please check out the information below.  Both are with our Downtown Bethlehem Association and have to do with marketing and Social Media.
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BLOGGING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Downtown Bethlehem Association
561 Main Street, ste 200 Bethlehem, PA 18018
www.DowntownBethlehemAssociation.com
www.LehighValleyChamber.org

Company Description:
The Downtown Bethlehem Association is an auxiliary of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization comprised of more than 5000 businesses. As the second largest Chamber in the state of Pennsylvania, the largest in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, we are committed to providing our members with unparalleled opportunities to enhance their business through exclusive member-only access to numerous benefits.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber has been widely recognized for our commitment to regionalization, our progressive philosophy of establishing partnerships with other like-minded organizations and our ability to continually provide members with relevant tools necessary for them to compete and succeed in this
ever-evolving economy.

Job Description:
This exciting Blogging DBA internship will provide the student with many unique opportunities not available in the average office setting. The Bethlehem office of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce works directly with the City of Bethlehem on their marketing and community redevelopment initiatives. Blogging is hot! So hot, in fact, that it seems like everyone is doing it. But if you're like most new bloggers, it also seems like everyone else is doing it better. They're making more money, they have a bigger audience, and to top it off, they seem to be having a lot more fun!. Below is a list of duties:
Develop relationships with other bloggers in their niche to expand the DBA’s sphere of influence and take advantage of joint ventures and relevant affiliate programs.
Utilize social networking to drive traffic and attract readers to City and DBA blogs.
Work to develop inbound links to their blog to improve their search engine ranking.
Participate in the blogging community.
Work continuously to increase DBA & City of Bethlehem RSS readership.
Learn how to answer messages, take minutes, and partake in assistant work with the manager.
Here are some specific goals you will achieve:
Writing a Great ‘About Bethlehem’ Page. For a lot of people, the About Bethlehem page is the first place they look when they land on a new site. You want a page that is compelling, and that will entice your new reader to click through to more of your posts.  
Post to Blog Weekly. Attend an event or hear about a big news story and blog about this subject
Grow RSS Subscribership. Your RSS subscribership is a good metric by which you can measure your blog's success. If you don't know what RSS is, we will teach you.  
Increase Comment Activity. The most successful blogs are a community, and that community converses through comments. Learn how to increase comments and build a community around your blog.
Increase Inbound Links. You need to get your blog found in the search engines, and one of the best ways to improve your search engine ranking is to increase the number of links coming into your site.
Find Related Affiliate Programs. You might have started out blogging for fun, but once you've built up a readership, it's time to monetize. Affiliate marketing is easy, costs you nothing, and can potentially be very lucrative.
Participate in a Cross Blog Conversations. Cross blog conversations are a great way to build community and relationships with other bloggers.  
Participate Blog Memes. Blog memes are fun activities that can increase your reach and help you get to know other bloggers and the blogging community.
If these objectives and goals line up with your own goals - then the Blog Internship is a perfect next step for you.

Contact Person: Samantha Schwartz, samanthas@lehighvalleychamber.org
Phone: 610-751-4979, Fax: 610-758-9533
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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Downtown Bethlehem Association 
561 Main Street, ste 200 Bethlehem, PA 18018 
www.DowntownBethlehemAssociation.com
www.LehighValleyChamber.org 

Company Description:
The Downtown Bethlehem Association is an auxiliary of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization comprised of more than 5000 businesses. As the second largest Chamber in the state of Pennsylvania, the largest in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, we are committed to providing our members with unparalleled opportunities to enhance their business through exclusive member-only access to numerous benefits.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber has been widely recognized for our commitment to regionalization, our progressive philosophy of establishing partnerships with other like-minded organizations and our ability to continually provide members with relevant tools necessary for them to compete and succeed in this 
ever-evolving economy.

Job Description:
This exciting Blogging DBA internship will provide the student with many unique opportunities not available in the average office setting. The Bethlehem office of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce works directly with the City of Bethlehem on their marketing and community redevelopment initiatives. Blogging is hot! So hot, in fact, that it seems like everyone is doing it. But if you're like most new bloggers, it also seems like everyone else is doing it better. They're making more money, they have a bigger audience, and to top it off, they seem to be having a lot more fun!. Below is a list of duties:
All successful bloggers have a few things in common: 
Develop relationships with other bloggers in their niche to expand the DBA’s sphere of influence and take advantage of joint ventures and relevant affiliate programs.
Utilize social networking to drive traffic and attract readers to City and DBA blogs.
Work to develop inbound links to their blog to improve their search engine ranking.
Participate in the blogging community.
Work continuously to increase DBA & City of Bethlehem RSS readership.
Learn how to answer messages, take minutes, and partake in assistant work with the manager.
Here are some specific goals you will achieve: 
Writing a Great ‘About Bethlehem’ Page. For a lot of people, the About Bethlehem page is the first place they look when they land on a new site. You want a page that is compelling, and that will entice your new reader to click through to more of your posts.    
Post to Blog Weekly. Attend an event or hear about a big news story and blog about this subject
Grow RSS Subscribership. Your RSS subscribership is a good metric by which you can measure your blog's success. If you don't know what RSS is, we will teach you.   
Increase Comment Activity. The most successful blogs are a community, and that community converses through comments. Learn how to increase comments and build a community around your blog.  
Increase Inbound Links. You need to get your blog found in the search engines, and one of the best ways to improve your search engine ranking is to increase the number of links coming into your site.  
Find Related Affiliate Programs. You might have started out blogging for fun, but once you've built up a readership, it's time to monetize. Affiliate marketing is easy, costs you nothing, and can potentially be very lucrative.
Participate in a Cross Blog Conversations. Cross blog conversations are a great way to build community and relationships with other bloggers.    
Participate Blog Memes. Blog memes are fun activities that can increase your reach and help you get to know other bloggers and the blogging community.  


Contact Person: Samantha Schwartz, samanthas@lehighvalleychamber.org
Phone: 610-751-4979, Fax: 610-758-9533

Job Openings

Hello everyone!  We have one job opening today.  As always, if you are a Chamber Member and looking to post a job, just E-mail me the description and contact info to mikes@lehighvalleychamber.org.
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Retail Assistant opportunity at Express Business Center (EBC) in Lehigh Valley
Express Business Center (EBC) is looking for an associate to work on the retail side of its operation related to pack, ship, copy, print, notary and more. Experience in this type of business environment is a plus; being a notary is an added plus. Strong computer skills preferred. EBC is looking for a long-term commitment. Hours for this Retail Assistant position are generally 8am-6:30pm M-F and possibly every other Saturday. Send resume along with salary requirements to andrea@ebclv.com.
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Management Trainee – Allentown, PA 
Bilingual – English/Spanish
(Full-Time Salaried)
Summary
Learn to be a LEADER at Springleaf Financial Services, one of the nation’s largest consumer finance companies.

Springleaf has:
90 years of consumer lending experience
Structured training and promotions from within
1050+ offices in 40 states
5,700 employees nationwide
$19 billion in assets

Training Components
During training you’ll gain valuable experience through computerized and on-the-job training for all aspects of managing, lending, servicing and collecting.  The duration of the training program is driven by the geographic location.  Depending on lending laws and licensing requirements, training is typically 18-24 months.  However, the key to the training time is your drive to succeed and advance.

Trainees will learn all aspects of:
Consumer Lending
Home Mortgages
Home Equity Lending
Debt Consolidation
Auto Lending

Trainees will learn how to:
Build solid relationships with customers (individual & business) and employees
Develop, manage, and operate a branch office
Successfully promote and sell our products through customized sales techniques
Specialize in our financial services; becoming an expert to effectively recognize customer’s needs and provide appropriate solutions
Handle entire loan processing cycle; gaining experience evaluating loan applications, performing risk analysis and underwriting, making credit decisions, and administering loan closings
Handle all aspects of past due account adjustments, including repayment of delinquent accounts, overcoming objections and finding alternatives to delinquency

At the completion of the training program, trainees will be prepared to lead and develop a team of engaged employees in a branch office, champion the ultimate customer experience, and build current and new customer relationships.  There are two promotional opportunities during the training program, one to an Assistant Manager position and the second to a Sr. Assistant Manager position.

THIS POSITION HAS MONTHLY SALES AND COLLECTION GOALS.

Minimum Knowledge and Skill Requirements
Candidates must possess:
A four-year college degree (preferred) or
A high school diploma or equivalent and 4 years related experience
High energy and a drive to succeed
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
The desire to work with people
Sales and leadership ability or experience
Proven problem-solving skills
Bilingual English/Spanish skills (preferred)
Flexibility and ability to relocate within a limited area
The ability to obtain mortgage loan originator and insurance licenses (as required by the State)
The ability to pass pre-employment credit and criminal background checks
Willingness to work some weekday evening and some weekend hours
Dependable automobile transportation and valid driver’s license

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Join us to work in an exciting industry and diverse work environment that offers great advancement opportunities, competitive salary and incentive compensation, and a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance (eligible day one) and a diversified 401(k) program.

If you believe that this is the right opportunity for you, then wait no longer.  Apply today.

Daily Briefing, 8/18/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In Allentown, City Council voted to decertify certain properties from the Keystone Opportunity Zone to allow for the expansion of the Neighborhood Improvement Zone that will fund the arena project.  Northampton County is considering stopping the attempts at founding a bi-county public health bureau once and for all.  County Council will also be voting on a management firm for Gracedale.  In North Whitehall township, supervisors voted to move forward with the writing of an ordinance that would allow for the creation of a Township Manager position.  In Bethlehem, the Parking Authority will be installing electronic parking meters along West Broad Street - the meters will be able to take debit & credit cards.

That's it for now!  Have a good one, and we'll see you later.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This Week With(out) Tony - The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley

In today's This Week With(out) Tony, Marta Anglade & Mike Schlossberg discuss The Chamber's burgeoning partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley and a couple of great upcoming events with the group.

As always, This Week With Tony is sponsored by our friends at M&T Bank.


Daily Briefing, 8/17/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing

Funeral services were held for Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso yesterday.  Home sales continue to slump in the Valley, with prices dropping 6.7% and overall sales dropping 13.4% from last month.  In national news, the last recall elections were held in Wisconsin, with two Democratic Senators beating back recall challenges.  In Europe, economic growth appears to have slowed down, with the GDP increasing only .2% in the 2nd quarter of 2011.

That's it for now - have a great day, and we'll see you later.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

21 Projects Awarded the Chamber's Main Streets Lehigh Valley Grants

You might have heard about our previous efforts to revitalize the Urban Cores of the Lehigh Valley.  Our non-profit arm is our Main Street Lehigh Valley Foundation, which funds staffing and grant projects that seek to directly improve the quality of life in all Lehigh Valley urban cores.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from our friends at the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, we were able to successfully complete another round of funding for this effort.  In total, 21 projects in 17 different municipalities were awarded grants to fund a variety of projects.

Check out the press release below for more info!
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21 PROJECTS AWARDED CHAMBER’S ‘MAIN STREET LEHIGH VALLEY’ GRANTS

The Chamber Foundation awarded 21 Community Improvement grants to assist 17 municipalities with their community revitalization efforts. This investment includes contributions from the Chamber’s Small Business Council ‘Snow Ball’ gala and from the first of a three year commitment of $50,000 a year from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.  Because many loans and grants require a ‘match’ in order for a community to secure dollars for their projects, these grants help to fill that need.   In this round alone we expect to leverage almost $2 million of investment in our downtowns.

The funds were granted by the Chamber Foundation’s Main Street Lehigh Valley Initiative to projects that will improve every main street in the Lehigh Valley through targeted investments in fa├žade improvements, streetscape designs, sidewalk beautification, and other enhancements to the physical appearance of our downtowns and urban centers.

This is the fourth time that the Foundation has offered this funding assistance through its Main Street Lehigh Valley initiative. In the past three rounds, nearly $100,000 of Chamber Foundation funds has contributed to almost $1 million in investments.  This round of grants more than doubles the investment leveraged by the first three rounds.


About The Chamber: The mission of The Chamber is to: deliver value to members through superior programs and services; advocate to advance business interests; unify the Lehigh Valley business community to leverage regional resources and strengthen its collective voice; and to create opportunities for businesses to grow.  With nearly 5,000 member businesses who employ more than 140,000 individuals, The Chamber is the largest in Pennsylvania, largest in New Jersey, and one of the most active advocates for member businesses in the nation.


  – List of projects funded attached –


Alburtis – Streetscape Enhancements
Allentown – Clean Team
Allentown – Downtown Map & Guide Printing
Bangor – Heritage Mural
Bath – Visitors Guide & Map & Business Directory
Bethlehem – Christmas City Sign
Catasauqua – Gateway Improvements
Coopersburg – Downtown Streetscape Plan
Easton – Heritage Days
Easton – Artist Designed Bicycle Rack Public Art Program – Round 3
Emmaus – 2011-2012 Emmaus Community Guide
Hellertown – Dimmick Park Stage
Hellertown – Town Center Site Furnishings – benches, bike racks and trash cans
Northampton – Welcome to Northampton signs
Northern Lehigh – Welcome to Slatington Sign and Planter
Northern Lehigh – Fountain for Slatington Memorial Park
Pen Argyl – Healthy Walking Trail
Phillipsburg, NJ – Ole Towne Festival
Southern Lehigh – Aquatics Center
Walnutport – Landscape Project
Washington Township – Flower Baskets

Daily Briefing, 8/16/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

A Morning Call story notes that, despite the bad weather that hurt MusikFest's bottom line, Bethlehem shops and restaurants did great in the rain.  Officer Robert Lasso of Freemansburg will be buried today; the public will be allowed to line the funeral route to pay Officer Lasso final respects.

According to Rock the Capital, Pennsylvania now has the 2nd highest-paid legislature.

In national news, a survey of economists by USA today shows that 30% believe we will enter another recession, an increase of 15% from three months ago.

We have two Chamber events today, and both are grand openings: a Grand Opening at Daniel's Sharpsmart in Easton and a Grand Opening at Brown Daub Kia in Easton.

That's it for now - have a good one, and we'll see you later.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Your Economy - http://www.youreconomy.org/

We came across the site Your Economy and thought it was worth sharing for any small business owner - or anyone who has a stake in the economy, for that matter.  It's a great resource if you are looking for more information on the economic condition of your area.

The site is a business census that has information on more than 24 million "active establishments."  The website primarily has four different sections that you can use:


  • Composition, which "organizes a picture of establishments, jobs, and industries existing in a region."
  • Growth, which "follows through time openings, closings, expansions, contractions, move-ins and move-outs of establishments and jobs."
  • Industry, which "ranks the 2-digit NAICS by states, MSA, and U.S. totals."
  • Rankings, which "compare states and MSAs based on composition and growth numbers."
For anyone who owns a business, and particularly for start-ups, this information can be really useful.

Some info I got on Pennsylvania & Valley from the site:
  • Self-employed individuals and Stage 1 companies (2-9 employees) all saw an increase between 2006-2008.  Stage 2 (10-99), Stage 3 (101 - 500) and Stage 4 (501+) all saw a drop.  These trends were mirrored in the Valley, except for Stage 4, which saw a .1% increase.
  • The three industries that saw the biggest growth in PA during 2008: Information, Administrative/Support and Management of Companies and Enterprises.  The biggest loser?  Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction.
  • In terms of jobs created, Pennsylvania ranked 35 in the country during 2008.
Some interesting stuff!


Perhaps the biggest downfall of the site is that certain sections were updated only through 2008.  I'm not sure if more information is available elsewhere, but its too bad that more info isn't available. 

Daily Briefing, 8/15/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

Musikfest had a very difficult year this year; rain hit six of ten days, driving down attendance and putting the festival into a $750,000 financial hole.  The festival is now seeking financial donations to help cover the losses.  The funeral for officer Robert Lasso, killed in Freemansburg last week, will be held Tuesday at the Spartan Center of Northampton Community College.

In national news, there was some big stories in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination.  Michelle Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll, defeating Ron Paul by a slim margin but easily trouncing the rest of the field.  As a result, Tim Pawlenty dropped from the race.  Meanwhile, Texas Governor Rick Perry officially entered the race.  In other news, the average price of gas has hit $3.61 a gallon, dropping nine cents in three weeks.

We have one Chamber event today, and its a big one: our annual Bethlehem Walla Gazoo Golf Tournament.

And that's it for now!  Have a good one, and we'll see you later today.

Friday, August 12, 2011

AHHH Economy!!!

Above: Madness, or the stock market over the past week.

Since the S&P downgrade, the US stock market has been on an absolutely wild ride, yet, as of 12pm on Friday, wound up at roughly the same place that it started the week at.  The market is up 200 points so far today, and that's largely on two pieces of good news.  First, unemployment claims unexpectedly dropped, falling below 400,000 for the first time since April.  Then, retail sales grew .5% over the past month, higher than expected.  However, consumer sentiment dropped, reaching its lowest levels since August of 1980.  Oh, and that's just today - the past week included even more conflicting reports, capping an insane week of Wall Street that saw the first ever net swing of 400 points for four days in a row.

A crystal ball would be really useful right now.

Daily Briefing, 8/12/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

A police officer, Robert Lasso, was shot and killed in Freemansburg borough, Northampton County. The suspect, George Hitcho, was arrested immediately.  In Allentown, former developer George Mendelson was sentenced to thirty days house arrest for bribing a bank official and conspiracy.  In South Bethlehem, officials formally opened the 1.4 mile Bethlehem Greenway, with a larger phase of the project on the way later.

In national news, first-time jobless claims dropped by 7,000 last week, hitting its lowest point in four months.  Minority Leader Pelosi named the final three Democrats to the debt super-committee: Chris Van Holland (D-MD), Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and James Clyburn (D-SC).  Republican Presidential candidates held their third debate in Ames, Iowa yesterday.  The postal service has said it wants to cut 120,000 jobs and reduce benefits by 2015.

That's it for now!  Have a good one and we'll see you later.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A look at the current members of the Super Committee

Today's post comes to us courtesy of intern Jon, who is leaving today (BOO!).  Jon took a look at a very timely topic: the nine members that have been appointed to the Debt Super Committee.  So far, House Republicans and Senate Democrats and Republicans have made their pics.  Here's a look at the committee's composition so far
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Who is in the Congressional “Super Debt Committee?”

Under the conditions of the debacle-marred debt ceiling billed passed last week, congressional leaders have begun their selections to the 12-member “super-committee,” which is meant to be act as a select, bi-partisan group of Senators and House members who will work together to create a plan of reducing the national debt by a minimum of $1.2 trillion.  Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have all made their appointments, the resounding consensus echoes the factors that led to the demise of a successful debt-ceiling and budget bill – the members selected are largely polarizing and partisan figures within Congress.  While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has yet to select their appointees to the Super Committee, let’s take a look at Reid, Boehner and McConell’s selections and how they voted in the final debt deal as well as other tidbits:

Senator McConnell

Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) – yay, voted fourth-most conservative US Senator in March 2007 by National Journal
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) – nay, American Conservative Union has assigned Toomey a lifetime congressional rating of 97%
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) – yay, Director of Office of Management and Budget under former President Bush

Senator Reid

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) – yay, ranking member on the Budget Committee
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) – yay, 74% pro-business voting record rated by the US Chamber of Commerce
Senator John Kerry (D-MA) – yay, in 2003 was voted the National Journal’s top Senate liberal

Speaker John Boehner

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) – yay, In 2005, the National Review labeled him as the country’s “budget nanny”
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) – yay, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) – yay, worked for former U.S. Rep. David Stock during his time running the Office of Manage and Budget under Pres. Reagan.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

TBA

This group has until November 23th to come up with an agreed plan.  If the House and Senate does not pass the plan by December 23rd, there will immediately be a $1.2 trillion cut in sensitive areas like Medicare, Social Security and national security.

Sources
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20090656-503544.html
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/10/republicans-appoint-their-six-to-super-debt-committee/


Chamber Awards Scholarship to Northampton Area HS Graduate

This one comes to us courtesy of our Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce, who just awarded a $500 scholarship to Laura Kocsis.  Laura just graduated from Northampton Area Senior High School and is going to school at Bloomberg University in the Fall.  See below for more info!
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Northampton Chamber of Commerce Awards Scholarship to Local Northampton Area High School Graduate

The Northampton Chamber of Commerce, proud partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber awarded a $500.00 scholarship to Laura Kocsis, a 2011 graduate from Northampton Area Senior High School and the daughter of proud parents Cynthia and Steven Kocsis.

Given her full schedule of school activities, community service and employment at Dorney Park, Laura successfully manages her time and talents to better serve those around her.  From her award-winning dance team leadership, to her volunteer duties at the Red Cross and Phobe Nursing Home, to her “Employee of the Month” award at Dorney Park, Laura is an outstanding individual and very deserving of this Chamber scholarship.

Laura will be studying Speech Pathology and Education at Bloomsburg University this Fall.

Daily Briefing, 8/11/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

The first outlet stores have been announced at the new Sands retail complex, expected to open November 1.  Among the stores opening are Nine West, Guess and Talbots.

In national news, Republicans have made their selections for the debt super committee - among the picks are Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey.  Stocks are expected to rebound today.  For the 10th straight month, foreclosure filings fell.  Britain had its most peaceful night since rioting began on Saturday.

In Chamber news, the Women's Business Council named its two Athena Award Winners: Rosalin Petrucci of J.G. Petrucci and Julie Knight of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

That's all we have for now - more later today.  Have a good one!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Breaking down the reasoning behind the S&P downgrade

As you are probably well aware, Standard & Poor's downgraded the US credit rating from AAA to AA+, with potential additional downgrades in the future unless the United States comes up with a credible debt relief program.  There has been quite a bit of talk and debate about whether or not the downgrade was, in fact, merited (a totally informal Facebook Question over on our Facebook page disagreed with the decision), but there were several reasons behind the actual downgrade (you can read the actual seven page report here).

  • Policy making uncertainty and "political brinkmanship."
  • Dissatisfaction with the agreement made between the President and Congress.
  • The rising ratio of government debt as a percentage of the Gross National Product.
  • Likely lack of new revenues and extension of the Bush tax cuts.
A future increase back to AAA is unlikely in the near future; far more likely is an additional downgrade.  

Sources

Upcoming Chamber Event: The “The Do’s & Don’ts of the Social Media Experience"

Our newest Council, the Chamber's Young Professionals Council, is holding a great event on August 24: The Do's and Don'ts of the Social Media Experience.  The subject of the event is obviously white hot, given how much attention Social Media has been giving on a local and national level (in both a positive and negative way!) over the past few months.  As of right now, we have three panelists for the event:


The YPC’s open panel discussion will provide opportunity for young and old to come together to learn and discuss proper social media etiquette, effective implementation of social media into your business plan, exploration techniques to keep you and your businesses’ reputation safe, while providing an opportunity to network and discuss the issues with other successful chamber members.

The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on 1787B Airport Road, Allentown, from 5:30 - 7:30.  Light refreshments will be served.  

See you there!

Daily Briefing, 8/20/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

According to a new survey, the average Lehigh Valley resident's buying power decreased for the third straight year. In Easton, modifications are in store for a proposed Neighborhood Improvement District.  Congrats to Chamber member WFMZ, which was nominated for nine Emmy awards.

In state-wide news, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Sam Smith, has proposed downsizing the legislature to 153 members.

In national news, the stock market significantly recovered from its Monday losses, gaining 400 points.  Senator Harry Reid made his three appointments to the debt-reduction "super committee," selecting Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kerry (D-MA) and Max Baucus (D-MT).  In Wisconsin, four of the six Republican Senators up for a recall vote won their elections, narrowing GOP control but allowing Republicans to keep control of the Wisconsin State Senate.  The Federal Reserve has said it is likely to keep interest rates at near-record lows into 2013.

That's it for now!  We'll be back later today; have a good one!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Who owns our debt?

Given the seemingly unavoidable discussion about the US debt in the past few weeks, the timing of this post couldn't be more perfect.  We all know that the U.S. is trillions in the hole to foreign nations and other entities, but the real question is this: just who owes how much debt?  This information came to me via an E-mail from Chamber member Scott Parry of Capital Planning Services, who originally got the info from Business Insider.

Anyway, here is a list of who owns the US debt:


  • Hong Kong: $121.9 billion (0.9 percent)
  • Caribbean banking centers: $148.3 (1 percent)
  • Taiwan: $153.4 billion (1.1 percent)
  • Brazil: $211.4 billion (1.5 percent)
  • Oil exporting countries: $229.8 billion (1.6 percent)
  • Mutual funds: $300.5 billion (2 percent)
  • Commercial banks: $301.8 billion (2.1 percent)
  • State, local and federal retirement funds: $320.9 billion (2.2 percent)
  • Money market mutual funds: $337.7 billion (2.4 percent)
  • United Kingdom: $346.5 billion (2.4 percent)
  • Private pension funds: $504.7 billion (3.5 percent)
  • State and local governments: $506.1 billion (3.5 percent)
  • Japan: $912.4 billion (6.4 percent)
  • U.S. households: $959.4 billion (6.6 percent)
  • China: $1.16 trillion (8 percent)
  • The U.S. Treasury: $1.63 trillion (11.3 percent)
  • Social Security trust fund: $2.67 trillion (19 percent)

Congrats to our Athena Winners!

Every year, the Chamber's Women's Business Council honors two extraordinary women for their commitment to the Lehigh Valley.  The women are honored at our annual Athena Awards, and we have selected this year's winners - congrats to Rosalin Petrucci of J.G. Petrucci, winner of the 2011 Athena award, and Julie Knight of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Winner of the 2011 Athena Young Professional Award.

Check out the press release below for more info, and congrats again to the two deserving women!

Daily Briefing, 8/9/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In Upper Macungie township, Commissioners are threatening to pull out of the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police if they don't get more control over the force.  In national news, if futures are any indication, today should be another rough day on the stock market.  This comes after the Dow Jones dropped more than 600 points, it's 6th worse-ever loss.  Texas Governor Rick Perry appears set to announce his Presidential candidacy this Saturday in South Carolina.  In Wisconsin, recall elections will be held today for both Republican and Democratic State Senators in the aftermath of legislation that stripped many public unions of their collective bargaining rights.

We have one Chamber event today - an info session on the Chamber's upcoming trip to Dubai.

That's it for now!  Have a good one, and we'll see you later.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Daily Briefing, 8/8/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In Lower Macungie, residents are complaining about speeding cars in certain neighborhoods.  In Bethlehem, shuttles connecting the North and South sides of the city for Musikfest are receiving very positive reviews.  In national news, stocks are set to drop in the aftermath of the S&P credit downgrade.

That's it for now; as always, not a whole lot to report on on a Monday.  Have a great day, and we'll be back later!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Deal - what's in it

As we noted earlier, the debt ceiling deal was approved by the House yesterday and will likely be approved by the Senate later today.  Here is a breakdown of what is actually in the agreement:

  • According to the Congressional Budget Office, the deal will cut $2.1 trillion from the federal deficit over the next ten years.
  • President Obama will have the ability to raise the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion, which should be enough to cover the federal government until 2013.  
  • The savings would come from the following areas: discretionary spending, $741 billion (including defense spending), $156 billion from reduced interest on the federal deficit and $20 billion from education loan initiatives.  
  • The bill calls for the creation of a new Congressional committee that will examine ways to make reductions between $1.2 and $1.5 trillion.  If they cannot identify ways to do so, or if Congress fails to act on the committee's recommendations, cuts will occur automatically.  

Sources:

Daily Briefing, 8/2/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

The Lehigh Valley's unemployment rate rose from 8.4 to 8.7%, in large part thanks to the loss of local government and school jobs.  The Bethlehem Area School District failed to hit it's federal Annual Yearly Progress in math and reading scores.  In Nazareth, negotiations between the police department and Colonial Regional Police Department were put on hold due to personnel issues.

In state-wide news, the Governor Corbett's Transportation Advisory Committee released its report yesterday.  it's recommendations included doubling the cost of license renewals and raising ticket prices.

Of course, the big story of the day was that the Debt Ceiling agreement passed the House of Representatives yesterday.  The Senate is set to vote today.  In a surprise return, Representative Gabrielle Giffords returned to Congress, earning a standing ovation from her colleagues.  She voted for the deal.  According to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, the legislation will save $2.1 trillion over the next ten years.

That's it for now!  Have a great day, and we'll be back later.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Have you downloaded The Chamber's free iPhone App?

The Chamber has launched a new (and totally free) iPhone App.  The App is designed to give the entire business community, and especially our members, access to The Chamber from your iPhone.  You are probably well aware of just what a difference Apps are making in the world today - as such, we felt it was important that we continue to be able to serve you in the most technologically innovative way possible.

The Apps features include:


  • Searchable Member Directory:  The entire Chamber member directory can be searched by business name or category and contains contact information and a map, making the directory perfect for individuals who are trying to find a business they need while on the go.
  • Chamber events:  Chamber events can be viewed and mapped. 
  • The latest business news:  An updated feed will contain the latest information about Lehigh Valley businesses and the economy.
  • Learn more about The Chamber:  The app contains information about The Chamber and how it can serve the needs of Lehigh Valley businesses.
  • Join The Chamber: Prospective members can join The Chamber by filling out a brief, five-line application.
  • Contact The Chamber:  The app contains the contact information for the Chamber staff, allowing anyone to easily call or E-mail any Chamber staffer.

The App was created by Chamber member Enter.Net.  They did an outstanding job and we are very happy with the final product!


To download the App, just visit this site or search on your iPhone for "Lehigh Valley Chamner of Commerce."

Enjoy!

Amore Winery Mixer - this Wednesday!

We have a really great Chamber mixer this Wednesday, August 3 at the Amore Winery in Nazareth.  It is being hosted by our LeBEAM Chamber (Lehigh, Bath, East Allen & Moore) and will have wine tasting, food and great networking with +150 people.  Read below for more info! THN_Amore_LeBeam

Daily Briefing, 8/1/2011

Good morning everyone!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

Local activists and elected officials are seeking to restore funding to the Pennsylvania Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, which was ended this year after not receiving a large enough state budget appropriation to continue.

Of course, the big story of the day is that President Obama and Congressional leaders have a deal to raise the deficit ceiling.  The agreement must still be ratified by Congress; a vote is expected later today.  Foreign stock markets are rising on the prospect of the debt crisis being over.

That's it for now!  Have a great day, and we'll be back later.