PACP - March 2021 Webinar

How to Make Your Golf Tournament Above Par
Wednesday, March 10 - 11:00am 
Jason Ebey, YGM Total Resource Campaigns
In a time when most in-person gatherings are limited and regulated, golf tournaments are finding a renewed interest and demand. Use this opportunity to position your Chamber's golf outing as the "do not miss" networking event in your community...and increase your sponsorships dramatically while you are at it. Join us as we take a deep-dive into your tournament pricing, style, and sponsorship levels/benefits.
Please click here to register for the complimentary webinar. The meeting will be recorded and shared with the full membership after the meeting in case you aren't able to join us that day.
PA Chamber
Governor's Proposed PIT Increase, Minimum Wage Hike a Hit to Small Businesses
Gene Barr, President and CEO
As the Wolf administration and General Assembly begin the months-long process of negotiating a budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, the PA Chamber is advocating for pro-growth policies that will help the Commonwealth's economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever.  Unfortunately, many of the components of the proposal Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled early this month would put further burdens on business owners via higher taxes and cost increases - making the state less competitive and slowing our economic recovery
CLICK HERE to read the full article.   
Grow PA Grow PA: Continuing the Conversation

Grow PA recently held two gatherings to hear about regional issues of concern around economic growth and to discuss solutions to barriers to growth.  On January 14, leaders from the Venango County Chamber of Commerce hosted a timely discussion around regional and statewide strategies for expanding broadband access. To read the full recap, please click here.

On January 26, leaders from the Greater Scranton, Wyoming County, and Greater Wyoming Valley Chambers of Commerce hosted their own gathering of over 100 business, academic, and civic leaders to examine the role of private enterprise and higher education in preparing our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.  To read the full recap, please click here.

If you would like to share innovative ongoing work in your community, suggest research topics for consideration or host a gathering, please contact Liz Ferry at

The Foundation for Free Enterprise Education is gearing up for what promises to be another exciting summer of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, and we would like to thank all our wonderful PACP partners who help us spread the word about all of the Foundation's programming to their members.
If you need a speaker for an upcoming virtual or in-person event, we'd be happy to join you. Contact VP of Marketing & Development Scott Lee at to arrange the details.
If you'd like to experience the unbridled excitement of our young people discovering their future, we invite you to come to Williamsport this summer and judge one of the two formal PFEW competitions. It's a one-day commitment and we promise it's a day you'll never forget.
We also have openings for interviews for our Speaker Series. If you are interested in participating or have a member with a great story to tell, please contact the Foundation and they will make the connection.
To learn more about the different ways to get involved, visit our website at or contact Office Manager Liz Rosales at We are honored to be a part of the PACP family.
YGM is always working to bring innovative information to chambers. We are presenting a special webinar - How to Create Sponsor Benefits Your Businesses Will Compete Over - on March 31 at 2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST in which we will give specific tips on how to make your chamber's sponsorship benefits shine. The registration cost is $25.
YGM's monthly 'TRC Talks' will be held on Thursday, March 18 at 2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST. March's topic is: Tips from a Banker on Business Development. We encourage you to share the link with your banking professionals.  
We have talked a lot about networking and sponsorships in February, both in our blog about how to use Strategic Thinking in your Networking events and in our TRC Talks: Ideas & Inspiration discussion forum. Beth Z, Your Nerdy Best Friend, joined us and gave options for websites and apps that can be useful in your daily chamber life. 

African American Chamber of Western PA
The Chamber hosted a virtual Power Breakfast on February 19th featuring Kelly Hunt, District Director of the SBA.  Several Chamber members were on the webinar, and Ms. Hunt was very informative and helpful in her presentation. Our next Power Breakfast will be March 19th, featuring Lisa Scales, CEO of the Pittsburgh Food Bank.

Please "Save the Date" for the Chamber's 4th Annual Golf Clinic scheduled for July 30. This clinic is for golfers and non-golfers, and the emphasis is on relationships developed while playing golf.  This year's theme is Golf Brings Us Together.
Greater Pittston Chamber 
The Chamber will host its 100th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 17.  The Roaring 20s themed event will take place at the airplane hangar of Aviation Technologies at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. The event, sponsored by Discover NEPA, will highlight not only our history, but also that of the countless businesses, volunteers and organizations that have supported us throughout our 100-years of service.
Greater West Chester Chamber 
After nearly nine years, Dave Fairman's tenure with the Chamber has come to an end.  He most recently served as the Chamber's Director of Membership and Interim President.
Indian Valley Chamber 
The Chamber was saddened to announce that former Executive Director Sharon Minninger recently passed away.  She was our 2007 PACP Keystone Award winner and a member of the PACP Board of Directors from 2011-2015.
Peters Township Chamber
Kelley Keane's last day at the PT Chamber was Thursday, February 25th.  Kelley has made a tremendous impact on our organization and we wish her well on her next adventure. If you would like to send her your greetings, feel free to send an email to Brian Schill at and I will be happy to forward it to her.
Somerset County Chamber 
The Chamber has announced the return of their annual MEGA SHOW Business Expo for 2021.  The event will return March 26-28 after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.
Westmoreland County Chamber 
Chad Amond was recently honored for his decade-long run as the head of the Chamber. Current and former county commissioners honored Chad, the longtime president and CEO of the Chamber, for his work over the last decade in leading the organization that promotes local businesses. Click here for the full article.
Click here for ACCE's Winter 2021 magazine article Membership Trends: Move Your Chamber Into the Future.
Click here for Sheree Anne's recent article on Skills Needed During Disruptive Times.
Click here for 18 examples to spark new ideas around talent development, DEI programs, partnerships in equity in education, creative support for local restaurants, access to childcare, affordable housing, highlighting paths for equity, and more.
Click here for more information on ACCE's Sales Training Conference scheduled for March 11 & 12.

Bob Harris Article 
Click here for Bob's latest article on Governance Efficiencies.
WACE Chamber Leadership Podcast  
Click here for Episode 63 - The Importance of Playing an Active Role in Advocacy with Rob Engstrom.