June news & updates
Hello Yellow … Can’t Wait for Green !
But until then…

As our local restaurants work to reopen and offer outdoor dining …. PLEASE:
Be Excited, Be Kind, Be Careful…Be Patient.
First, thank you to everyone for patronizing our local businesses and restaurants through the strict COVID 19 guidelines that were put in place while in the red phase. Here we are, in the yellow and ready to move forward with outdoor dining on Friday June 5th. Much like we had to conform to take out, curb side only … with patience through the process, I ask you to please have patience with our restaurants and businesses as we move to outdoor dining.

Please remember, our restaurant owners have to follow strict guidelines, less tables, more space in between tables, high level sanitation practices – all to keep you safe, this will take extra time while you are dining. Thank you to all of our restaurant owners who have worked tirelessly to upgrade, invest and insure safety measures to keep us safe.

Some tips I’d like to share when experiencing dining out at a local restaurant while in the yellow phase:

  • Call to make a reservation and ask questions on their policies and plan
  • Wear a mask while waiting to be seated, enjoy your meal without your mask, of course :)
  • While using the restroom, wear your mask, wash your hands thoroughly – protect yourself and others
  • Follow the guidelines/posters/physical guides (like tape on the floor, barriers) that are displayed in the restaurant
  • Be kind to your server, they’ve been out of work for a while, so if you have the ability, tip above and beyond
  • You may not have the ability to hang out for a few hours, like in the past – with limited seating, let’s give everyone the chance to enjoy
  • Have patience with the ENTIRE EXPERIENCE …. we will be back to normal, some day, but for now … go with the flow 

Marlyn Kissner, Executive Vice President, Northern Region
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
Carbon Chamber and Economic Development
Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
Mobile: 610.751.4932


Advertising in The Chamber’s business directory is your link to the region’s business leaders and decision makers. You can’t afford to miss this opportunity. Prominently place a display ad in the directory to boost your exposure to member businesses and help your company shine. For 110 years, the Pocono Chamber has demonstrated its commitment to providing an optimum business environment for its members. Members work together on one of the Chamber’s committees/task forces or in other ways to enhance our quality of life and to promote progress. As Monroe County continues to grow each year, so does the scope of the Chamber’s work.

The directory will be mailed to ALL of our current members this Summer, distributed to our local elected official's offices, and then given to new members as they join the Chamber throughout the year. The directories are also available to our members at all Pocono Chamber events throughout the year! This is a great way to grow your exposure with not only our entire Chamber Membership but also with our prospective and future members. We have ad spaces for any budget and can even develop a custom advertising packages for your business!
All advertisers will be highlighted with a special thank you email our entire network, letting them know their directory book is “on its way”. Additionally, all advertisers’ logos will be on our Pocono Chamber website throughout the entire year. 
**click on any event to register**

June 14 - Virtual Pocono Pride Festival

June 25 - Coffee & Commerce

Simply email the following information to Liz Blose today!
  • Company Name
  • Company Address
  • Company Phone Number
  • Special/Discount/Takeout/Promo/Curbside Option you want to be listed. (You can specify if you are doing daily specials and where they can refer to view them.)

If you already have your business listed please be sure to make sure your listing is up to date!

Any business (member or non-member) can be listed on this resource page as long as all the information above is submitted.

First Tuesdays @ 9:00 am - West End Committee

First Wednesdays @ 8:30 am - Bizzy Awards Planning Committee

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

Second Wednesdays @ 11:00 am - Education Committee

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

Third Wednesdays @ 11:00 am - Digital Strategies Committee

Third Thursdays @ 8:30 am - Golf Committee

Fourth Wednesdays @ 8:30 am - PLOT Committee

Fourth Thursdays @ 8:30 am - Women in Business Council
Businesses Encouraged to Sign & Adopt the ‘Pocono Promise’ Protecting Employees & Customers When it is Time to Reopen

From restaurants and bed and breakfasts to waterparks and wineries, businesses of all shapes and sizes are struggling to survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is committed to supporting our businesses through these unprecedented times and encouraging them to sign the Pocono Promise.

By pledging to keep the Pocono Promise, businesses voluntarily vow to follow certain guidelines that protect employees and customers once it is time to reopen. Those guidelines include aggressive cleaning protocols, health surveys for staff before starting their shift, special training, and using personal protective equipment when possible. In return, businesses ask employees and customers to follow certain guidelines as well, which include following social distancing protocols and staying home/visiting another time if feeling sick.

“The more businesses that adopt this promise, the more solidarity we demonstrate to our residents and our visitors,” said Chris Barrett, President/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. “Together we’ll attest that the Pocono Mountains is doing everything possible to overcome this crisis in the safest and best way possible.”

Although all four counties in the Pocono Mountains remain in the ‘red phase’ of Governor Tom Wolf’s statewide reopening plan with Carbon County moving to 'yellow" on Friday, May 22nd, the business community must prepare to ensure everyone’s safety once it is time to ease restrictions. The Pocono Mountains looks forward to returning to normalcy while continuing to help stop the spread.

Businesses that are part of the Pocono Promise will publicly display door signs and fliers at their facilities. When customers see this, they know the business has committed to following guidelines set forth by federal, state, and local agencies.

Businesses are encouraged to sign and adopt the Pocono Promise then view additional resources here.

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau makes no warranties with respect to the ultimate effectiveness of the Pocono Promise program and assumes no responsibility for assuring compliance by any business with such guidelines. The Pocono Promise is a set of voluntary commitments by local businesses to its employees and customers for the COVID-19 recovery period.

Pocono Chamber’s LGBTQ+ Business Council blankets business thoroughfares within two boroughs of Monroe County

In the effort to welcome all individuals into the fold of our great business community, the Pocono Chamber’s LGBTQ+ Business Council raises PRIDE Flags on the Main Streets of both Mount Pocono and Stroudsburg Boroughs.... read more

Monday, June 15th
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Main Street Grant Program Still Accepting Applications

Proposals are due by May 31, 2020 for projects to be completed July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Requests will be thoughtfully reviewed, and applicants will be notified by July 30, 2020.


Hosting a virtual/online event or webinar?
Don't forget to add it, like you would an in-person event, to our Community Event Calendar on the CCEDC 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.
Making Your Own Mask
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