February news & updates!
Goodness, where did the time go? With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, it seems like now is the perfect time to express our love and appreciation to our members! Your dedication to your Chamber Membership allows us to not only secure fun and educational events for the community at large, but it opens us up to new initiatives as well. 

This month, I have the pleasure of introducing two new committees to our agenda. A multicultural committee, which will aim to foster more diversity and inclusion opportunities for Monroe County, and a Winery Tour Committee. This committee will plan a cohesive Pocono winery tour weekend with shuttle bus companies, local wineries, and hotel accommodations all wrapped up in a neat package that will boost our areas economy, like the Finger Lakes' quarterly events. 

Now as we move further into this first quarter, I'd like you to envision the type of Chamber and Community that you want to be a part of. What does that look like? And what can you actively do to get one step closer to that goal? There is no limit to the good that we can do for our local businesses and community at large; however, we as Chamber Staff cannot do this on our own.

I urge you to take a look at all the committees we have available, and if you are not already involved, to join one. Join a committee and see the impact that a group can make-- I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to realize that you do have a voice, and you can curate change. So let's ramp up your involvement in 2022 and show the Pocono Community some love! 

Shantelle Davis
SVP, Pocono Chamber and Northern Tier
(484) 547-8551

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Chamber Scene, Be Seen!
Recap of Our January Events
January 25th - Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber's Economic Outlook at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem!
January 28th - Report to Business Breakfast at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn!
Thank you to our presenters: Chris Barrett of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Chuck Leonard of the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corp, and our Monroe County Commissioners: John Christy, Sharon Laverdure, and John Moyer!

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of our 2022 Report to Business breakfast!
Stay Warm with These Winter Electrical Safety Tips!
Written by Alana Roberts, PPL Electric Utilities

With winter now in full swing we can expect to see more snow and, of course, cold temperatures.
While we all do our best to stay warm during this time of the year, we may occasionally need a little extra help to keep ourselves, and our homes, cozy. This may mean using anything from a plug-in, portable space heater to, in the event of a severe storm, a portable generator.
Winter is no different than any other time of the year. And even though it may seem easier to take a shortcut when trying to stay warm, you should always keep safety top of mind. Here is some information on the dangers associated with three common pieces of electrical equipment used during winter, as well as tips on how to use them safely.

Space Heaters
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), heating equipment — like portable space heaters — are the second leading cause of home fires in the United States and more than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment annually. It’s important to use these devices sparingly, and only when needed, to prevent something from going wrong. Here are some tips to ensure you’re being safe:
·      Before using a space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions in full.
·      Don’t plug space heaters into extension cords or power strips.
·      Be sure to give space heaters plenty of room and keep them on a level surface away from flammable objects and foot traffic.
·      Remember to only use a space heater when needed and don’t leave a heater unattended while in use. Make sure you turn it off and unplug the cord when you’re not using the device.
·      It may be advantageous to ditch your older space heater for a new one that has built-in safety features like a tip-over switch.

If the power goes out during a winter storm, you may turn to a generator. While the ability to keep the essentials running is certainly amazing, generators can pose a serious risk to your health. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 50% of all generator-related carbon monoxide deaths occur during the winter months. Follow these tips before firing up your generator:
·      Be sure you are reading, and following, the manufacturer’s guidelines for operation and take heed of any warnings. This includes making sure you use the proper fuel for the generator and only add fuel when the generator is cool. 
·      Before each use, inspect the generator to ensure it’s in good working order.
·      Generators should never be used in an enclosed area or placed inside a home or business. Be sure to also keep them away from windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to sneak inside.
·      Even though you will be using the generator outside, make sure that your home has battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors that are in good, working condition.
·      Make sure you never backfeed power from the generator into your home. Doing so can create serious safety hazards for our linemen working to restore your service by sending power back outside of your home.

Electric Blankets and Heating Pads
Both electric blankets and heating pads can provide some relief from the cold. While they may seem harmless, they cause almost 500 fires each year, according to ESFI. Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe:
·      Heating pads and electric blankets are not designed to be used interchangeably or at the same time.
·      Always be sure to inspect the device before using it. Start by checking the electrical cord and replace the item if you find any damage.
·      Do not place other objects or blankets on top of an electric blanket while it’s in use as it can easily overheat.
·      Do not tuck an electric blanket into the mattress and avoid folding it. Both can cause the blanket to overheat.
·      Never leave these devices unattended or use them while you are sleeping.
Remember, with a little preparation and a few precautions, you can keep you, your family and your home safe and warm this winter. For more information about how we promote safety in the communities in which we all live and work, visit pplelectric.com/safety.  
Accepting Applications for
Our 2022 Women In Business Scholarship!
The Pocono Chamber Women in Business Scholarship recognizes Monroe County female professionals who have demonstrated their dedication to empowering the leaders of our community and their commitment to bettering our community. The scholarship assists women in their pursuit of continuing their education and their desire to assist other women in reaching their full leadership potential after they finish continuing their education.
The WIB Council has created 2 scholarship opportunities this year for Monroe County’s female leaders; one for a high school student in the pursuit of higher education and one for a Monroe County professional continuing their education. A full outline of general criteria and application instructions can be found on the Pocono Chamber's official website here. Deadline for 2022 applications: June 1, 2022!

*Now open to any Monroe County female
high school senior and business professional!*
Welcome, New Members for January!
Farmhouse Café
 3180 Route 611, Unit 16, Bartonsville, PA 18321
April Maiya Butler 
Sip and Play Tours LLC
725 Pearl Street, Easton, PA 18042
Armando Garcia 
The Irving-Suarez Agency
 513 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Jackie Irving 
Join Pocono Mountains United Way in their commitment to racial equity through their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work by participating in their Second Annual "United We Read" Book Drive. Their focus is to collect books with diverse characters, authors and illustrators of color to be gifted to children in Monroe County. The Pocono Mountains United Way believes that all children in our community should see themselves reflected in the books they read.

Make a difference in a child’s life by donating books one of three ways:
1. Donate new children’s books through their online wish list.
2. Host a book drive within your company or community organization. Contact Roxanne@PoconoUnitedWay.org to get started.
3. Donate money using the PMUW online donation page and indicate "Book Drive" with your donation. At the conclusion of the drive, they will use 100% of donations to purchase more diverse books for our community.

Thank you for your support!
Get involved with the Chamber!

We are seeking speakers for our bi-monthly Coffee and Commerce presentation virtual breakfast series where Pocono Chamber of Commerce members and prospective members of all levels of leadership gather to learn about how to keep their business healthy and thriving. Topics will include, Marketing, Human Resources, Navigating Insurance Health and Wellness, Social Media Presence, Work/Life Balance, Lifestyle Tips. Coffee and Commerce occurs bi-monthly on the fourth Thursday of each respective month. 2022 Dates: February 24th, April 28th, June 23rd, August 25th, October 27th, and December 15th

Speaker Benefits: Up to 45-minute presentation on your business/service (including Q&A). • Recognition as speaker on all marketing materials and social media • Opportunity to place marketing materials at each place setting or distribute e-material to attendees • Opportunity to give out branded products/giveaways to attendees, offer giveaways at virtual event • Unlimited registrations for your guests to attend the breakfast

For more information or to become a Coffee & Commerce presenter, please contact Shantelle Davis at shantelled@lehighvalleychamber.org or
(484) 547-8551.
Show Your Support: Pocono Rail Service Restoration

Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority have plans to restore passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, with the proposed new Amtrak corridor providing easy access to the Poconos for train travelers. Show your support of the initiative by signing the petition below from the Scranton Rail Restoration Coalition. You can also watch Pocono Television Network's special report from the recent press conference at Stroudsmoor Country Inn sharing more details about the project.
**email will be sent to all committee members if meeting dates change**

First Tuesday @ 9:00 am - West End Committee

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

Second Wednesdays @ 11:00 am - Education Committee

Second Thursdays @ 9:00 am - Winery Tour Committee

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

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

Fourth Wednesdays @ 8:30 am - PLOT Committee

Last Mondays @ 9:00 am - Multicultural Committee

Call us, 570-421-4433