Februarynews & updates
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

There is a new chapter in my life with new beginnings and new experiences in a whole new industry. We never really know when this will ever happen, I never imagined a move. However, the time is right for me, and my team to take on new challenges. I have accepted a position with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau as Vice President of Membership and Community Relations and will begin on March 1st.  

I would not been offered this opportunity if I did not have the ability to be tasked with incredible, challenging, and unknown chamber initiatives and adventures over the past 12 years. Thank you for your support, guidance, and leadership along the way. It has been an honor to serve our businesses and communities gaining so many wonderful colleagues and friends along the way … love you all!

Special thanks to the Pocono Chamber Board of Directors for your time, treasure, and talent in building a great organization and supporting our businesses and communities throughout the highs and lows … thank you all, so much. 😊

The Chamber is in great hands with Alison Pickel, Liz Blose, Michael Moreno, Kiya Jenkins, Tina Marte, and the entire Chamber Team. They are all amazing and I was blessed to work with such a dedicated and passionate group of professionals.

I am incredibly grateful for my time at the Chamber under Tony’s Iannelli’s leadership and grateful and excited for the opportunity to continue to serve the Poconos under the leadership of Chris Barrett. 😊

I’ll only be a short distance or phone call away, here in the Pocono Mountains. 


Mobile: 610.751.4932

Tuesday, February 9th - Part 2/3 - Women in Business Miniseries

Thursday, February 25th - Coffee & Commerce

Tuesday, February 26th - 2021 Legislative Update

Stay tuned for more events, Click Here to stay in the know!
The Pocono Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s Annual Legislative Update program that will take place virtually on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM. During this virtual update, Monroe County residents and business leaders will have the opportunity to hear from their State Legislators regarding plans, policies, and interests for the upcoming year. State Senators, John Blake and Mario Scavello and Monroe County’s 3 State Representatives, Rosemary Brown, Maureen Madden, and Jack Rader will deliver Monroe County Updates and answer our audience's pressing questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the program and the ability to ask them live during the presentation. 
**emails will be sent to all committee members if meetings dates change**

Second Tuesday @ 9:00 am - West End Committee

First Fridays @ 8:00 am - Pocono Public Policy Council

Second Wednesdays @ 3:00 pm - Education Committee

Third Wednesdays @ 8:30 am - LGBTQ+ Business Council

Second Thursdays @ 11:00am - Golf Committee

Fourth Wednesdays @ 8:30 am - PLOT Committee

Fourth Thursdays @ 8:45 am - Women in Business Council

SBA Extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Deadline through Dec. 31, 2021 

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021. The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING
1% for Nature 2021 Grant Announcement

The Board of 1% for Nature, Inc. is excited to announce their 2nd grant round for nature-oriented projects in Monroe County!!  

1% for Nature raises funds to support and fund conservation and public enjoyment of wildlife habitat, trails, streams and parks in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. They make grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities to support the conservation and public enjoyment of wildlife habitat, trails, streams and parks in Monroe County. 
Attract and retain employees with benefit solutions!

To request a quote, ask your broker about Chamber Health Insurance for Monroe County with Aetna Funding Advantage or contact Jessica Gary with Chamber Health Marketplace at 610-349-8226.

The PLOT Committee is busy at work planning the 2021 Pickle Me Poconos Festival, and it is going to be an #evenbiggerDILL! If you do not already be sure to follow the Official Pickle Me Poconos Facebook Page and Instagram Page.

Over the next few months, the PLOT Committee will be sharing pickle recipes, promotions, ideas, trivia, videos, DIYs, photos, the #adventuresofMrPickle and SO MUCH MORE.

If you have content that you would like to share on our official Pickle Me Poconos pages or if you have any questions please contact Liz Blose at eblose@poconochamber.org or 570-421-4433.
Pocono Mountains United Way Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund


Application can be found via the website. 
Donations can be made via the website or mailed to:
Pocono Mountains United Way
301 McConnell Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 
Memo line: Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund

To support our members, The Chamber is offering member businesses a FREE 20-minute legal consultation with one of our four Chamber Law Firm Partners.
  • Gross McGinley FOR Business, Corporate, Employment and Real Estate;
  • King Spry Herman Freund & Faul FOR Employment and Labor, Employee Benefits;
  • Lesavoy Butz & Seitz FOR Business, Corporate, Real Estate, Estate Planning & Litigation Needs; and
  • Zator Law FOR Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business/Commercial Law, Real Estate, Criminal Defense, and Workers’ Compensation.

This new benefit is designed to provide our members with access to general legal guidance concerning the required safety regulations and procedures on the reopening of their business.

To support our members, The Chamber is offering member businesses a FREE 20-minute accounting consultation with one of our three Chamber Accounting/ CPA Partners.

  • Buckno Lisicky & Company, CPA's - From basic accounting expertise to the most complex accounting information, the CPA's of Buckno Lisicky & Company have developed knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional service areas.
  • Foresight Business Solutions - Foresight offers an integrated tax, accounting and business management solution for small businesses.
  • RLB Accountants – RLB provides full-service accounting, tax, and financial management support to all clients, including: established closely held businesses, corporations, institutions, and individuals. RLB also provides remote accounting/bookkeeping services and is certified with Quickbooks and XERO.

This new benefit is designed to provide our members with access to general accounting guidance concerning the impacts COVID-19 on their business financials.

Hosting a event or webinar?
Don't forget to add it to our Community Event Calendar on the PCC website. Add your even through the Member Information Center or click on the button below. It's FREE!

Students pursuing a college degree can sharpen their skills and build their resumes though an internship with the Pocono Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is currently looking for three to four students majoring or minoring in marketing, communications, public relations or business administration. The interns will work out of the Lehighton chamber office doing a variety of tasks.The Chamber is following the PA Governor’s Phases while navigating COVID 19 – Red, Yellow and Green, in addition to following federal, state and local government authorities. Interns have the opportunity to work from home/remotely while completing projects and required hours.

Any students interested in this semester's internship opportunities can contact the chamber office for more information at 570-421-4433.
Call us, 570-421-4433