A Note From The President
Happy New Year!
We had a busy 2022, and as we look back in admiration for all that the Chamber accomplished, we are ready to move forward into 2023 with a renewed sense of self.
2022 saw big changes for CCCBI: a new President, new staff, a new logo, website, CRM system and more. Staff worked tirelessly with our Board, ambassadors, committees, members, and volunteers to further the Chamber’s influence and impact in our community through these changes.
- By increasing our communication through our weekly email newsletter and social media presence, the Chamber was able to promote and share member stories, solicit feedback, and assist with member referrals.
- We expanded many of our events to include new, enjoyable locations throughout the County, which drew more attendance and new members. And while our signature event Annual Dinner competed with Game 5 of the World Series and an Eagles game, we heard great feedback on the connections made throughout the evening. We look forward to continuing to grow our events throughout 2023 and providing more opportunities to network, engage, and inspire for our members.
- The Chamber also focused on advocacy and letters of support to connect our members to funding opportunities and grants. Our Government Affairs Committee hosted many informative, bipartisan panel discussions and events focusing on public policy important to our members, in addition to penning various legislative updates in our weekly newsletter and local media outlets.
- Our new website and CRM system allows for members to easily update their information, make payments, register for events, and communicate with the Chamber, while also serving as a great resource of information for prospects.
Please see the infographic below for highlights of our 2022 efforts.
As we set our priorities for 2023, the Chamber is committed to:
- Advocating for your business interests by supporting pro-growth legislation and opposing measures that unduly burden employers, as well as providing members with opportunities to network with state and local public officials.
A list of 2023 legislative priorities can be found here. This list will serve as a guide for the Chamber’s advocacy efforts and will be used throughout the year for tracking legislation, advocating for/against various policy initiatives, and ensuring accurate endorsements of pro-business candidates.
- Providing opportunities for networking, visibility and credibility for you and your business through various initiatives, events, and communication. We want to celebrate your successes.
- Supporting the economic growth of our community. In addition to our regularly scheduled list of wonderful events throughout the year, our region is home to many large-scale events over the next five years. The Chamber is committed to working with our local and regional chamber and tourism partners to be a leading voice in planning and execution efforts.
- Chester County continually ranks as one of the best places to live, work, raise a family, and retire. This is due to the collective efforts of our government and business and non-profit communities working hand-in-hand. The Chamber will continue to reinforce Chester County’s success by working with our county and regional partners to facilitate economic prosperity.
One Last Message for 2022…
To Our Members: Thank you to all of our members for their commitment to the Chamber. We encourage every member business and their employees to participate in Chamber events and programs. The participation of each and every business is appreciated and essential to the continued success of this organization. We are proud to create opportunities for you and your business to belong, engage, lead and prosper.
To Our Board, Ambassadors, and Committee Members: Thank You for bringing your expertise and guidance throughout this year. As we continue to fill board seats, revamp our committee structures, and diversify, it is clear that the future of the Chamber is bright.
To Our Sponsors: Your continued support and financial contributions allow the Chamber to continue to host events and programming that are an integral component of Chamber membership and success.
To Our Staff: You are the backbone of this organization. Thank you for your tireless efforts.
On a personal note, I’d like to echo these thanks. When I first took over as President, I was 6 months pregnant and unsure of what was in store for me when I walked in the door on May 9th. The last 8 months have been a professional and personal whirlwind. My son has joined me in many meetings, participated in conference calls, and attended many Chamber events. I’m incredibly thankful to have the flexibility to bring him along for the ride.
Every day, I have the privilege of working with our businesses, non-profits, and various officials in our growing and dynamic community. I couldn’t ask for a better job. I look forward to a successful and prosperous 2023 with the Chamber.
Laura Manion, CCCBI President and CEO
Announcement of Winners for Our Small Business Awards Breakfast Coming Soon!
Save the date for our upcoming Small Business Awards Breakfast on February 23, 2023 at Penn Oaks Golf Club. We are excited to announce that Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator of U.S. Small Business Association, will be our keynote at the event.
Winners of small business of the year, nonprofit of the year, and community partner of the year will be announced soon!
CCCBI Seeking Technology Sponsor for Local and State Civics Bee!
Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry is partnering with the Pennsylvania Chamber and Chester County Intermediate Unit to host a regional Civics Bee, as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s National Civics Bee competition.
The National Civics Bee is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. In the first round of the contest, local 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will participate in an essay competition. Judges will then select 20 finalists to participate in our local competition on Saturday April 15, 2023 at 10:00AM at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU).
This Civics Bee will feature special guest judges including, PA State Representative John Lawrence, Michael Hartman, Chief of Staff for Senator Carolyn Comitta, and Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell, with more “celebrity” judges being added daily.
After the regional event at CCIU, the top 3 students from each local competition will then advance to the state competition. First place winner will receive $1,000 cash prize in both the local and state competition.
Students are to submit a 500-word essay to demonstrate their best understanding of civics. Deadline for essay submissions is February 24, 2023 Submission window is January 13th – February 24th, 2023. Click here to view the online submission form.
We are seeking technology sponsors for tablets and tablet stands for participants to use during the Civics Bee. If you are interested in supporting this great educational event for middle school students, please contact the chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-725-9100.
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CCCBI member, Terence Farrell, shares his positive experience with the chamber. Member testimonials like Terence's remind us why we do what we do every day: providing advocacy and connections for the business community in Chester County.
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