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WHAT'S NEW AT THE CHAMBER

Summer Internship Opportunity 

The Chamber is seeking a summer intern! If you or anyone you know would like to apply, email your resume to Todd@chescochamber.org


Internship Responsibilities Include: 

  • Composing advocacy posts on political issues which affect the business environment in Pennsylvania
  • Assisting in the creation of the Chamber’s weekly newsletter, which goes out to thousands of members of the business community across the region
  • Briefing staff and CEO on meetings with business leaders and government officials, including Fortune 500 CEOs and members of Congress
  • Researching and tracking legislation on the local, state, and federal levels and detailing its importance to the Chamber and the businesses it serves
  • Preparing remarks for the President and CEO’s speaking engagements at a variety of events and board meetings
  • Other tasks assigned by CEO and staff


Qualifications:

  • Superior attention to detail
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in G Suite and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience in Constant Contact is a plus!


This is a wonderful learning and networking opportunity in Chester County! Pay is $10/hour. 

Summer Solstice Celebration 

Join the Chester County Chamber Foundation’s Summer Solstice Celebration this Tuesday, June 21st, at The Inn at Grace Winery.

Our annual Summer Solstice Celebration helps to support the Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program, which focuses on creating business educational opportunities for Junior and Senior Chester County High School students. Through a series of educational sessions, activities and group participation, students receive first-hand knowledge of local and national issues influencing the world around them.

The Summer Solstice Celebration is an opportunity for all of us to come together for a fun evening of cabernet, cuisine, and camaraderie! Join the Chamber for excellent food, a variety of silent auction items, and much more. Plus, stay for an elegant live musical performance by The Lenape Brass Ensemble.

Attire is summer business casual, and tickets are $175.

Contact Lynn Shine, Lynn@ChescoChamber.org, for more information.

A big thank you to our sponsors who have helped in putting on this wonderful event!

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Liquor Store Privatization Back on the Table 


The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives could potentially have a floor vote on a proposed constitutional amendment which would begin the process to privatize the sale and distribution of alcohol in the state. The legislation is a proposed constitutional amendment, meaning it would need to be passed by the current General Assembly, the next General Assembly in the 2023-24 legislative session, and it would then be placed on the ballot for a statewide voter referendum. If approved, the legislation would establish an 18-month period to completely privatize the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages in the state.

 

The Pennsylvania business community has proven capable of responsibly selling alcohol. When private retailers were recently allowed in 2016 to sell wine and beer, there were no negative consequences to the state, and this has been a boon to grocery stores and private retailers. Employees of the state-owned Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores and their union oppose the move to privatization, arguing that thousands of state jobs would be at risk if privatization went forward. While this concern is valid, proposed legislation has addressed this, including one bill in 2015 which would have made it easier for liquor store workers to find jobs at other state agencies. The Commonwealth currently operates 580 retail liquor stores, which some say is too few to properly serve residents of the state. Furthermore, Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states which fully control the distribution of liquor.


There is an inherent conflict in the state’s Liquor Control Board both selling and regulating alcohol. Pennsylvania government needs to get out of the business of selling alcohol and allow for free market solutions. Privatization would lead to lower consumer prices, and expanded selection of stocked brands, and an easement on the regulations faced by smaller craft distilleries in getting their products to market. 

 

The measure passed through the House Liquor Control Committee on Wednesday, June 8th, and is due for a full floor vote in the coming week.



Read the Proposed Legislation

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

ServiceMaster Services, the Chester County franchise of ServiceMaster Clean, has been serving our community for more than forty years. What began in the early 1970s became a full scale family affair, when Charles Gibson and his family officially opened their branch of ServiceMaster in 1985. ServiceMaster Services is a commercial contract cleaning company, which works for organizations in both the public and private sectors. For instance, ServiceMaster has contracts and works in municipal buildings, school systems, manufacturing plants, banks, and hospitals. Paul Gibson is the current President of ServiceMaster Services, and oversaw the franchise’s acceptance of the ServiceMaster Marion E. Wade Award of Honor, the highest award given by the franchisor. 


During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Chester County relied on ServiceMaster to get residents back to work and back to school safely. Their disinfection techniques, which include cleaning with an electrostatic device, helped keep schools and offices clean and open when someone tested positive for coronavirus. The pandemic was a difficult time for many businesses, but Mike Teti, Manager of Sales at ServiceMaster Services, says that it created an opportunity for the company to become an “emergency, quick response team” as well as a cleaning service. 


Along with getting Chester County back to work and back to school, ServiceMaster Services is an active participant in the community through volunteer and charitable work. ServiceMaster Services has worked with and given to the Downingtown Area School District, the Downingtown Food Bank, the Children's Fund of Chester County, the Wounded Warriors Project, the Special Olympics, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. We thank them for their great work and service to our community! 

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MORE UPCOMING EVENTS

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Chester County Chamber Annual Golf Classic

Join us for a one-of-a-kind golfing experience! Start the day off admiring the beautiful grounds of Applebrook Golf Club. This private golf club captures the classic elements of golf course architecture.

You don't want to miss this exclusive event!


Click here to register for the event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. 

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Check out our website for more upcoming events!

We’d love to hear from and highlight your business! We are seeking Member Spotlight Stories to include in our weekly newsletter!

Email your news to marguerite@chescochamber.org

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