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WHAT'S NEW AT THE CHAMBER

Membership Survey: We want to hear from you!

The Chamber is seeking the input of our members to learn more about how we can better serve you.


Many of our members are experiencing both challenges and successes as businesses return to the "new normal."


It is crucial that the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry understands which issues and programs are most important to you, our members, so that we can track member data, identify needs and concerns, and find out how we can best serve our business community. 


Complete our survey and be entered into a drawing to win TWO FREE TICKETS to the Summer Solstice Celebration at The Inn at Grace Winery on June 21, 2022 5:00-8:00PM!

Take our Survey

Women Influencing Business Awards Dinner 

Last night was the Women Influencing Business Awards Dinner at White Manor Country Club. Congratulations to both award recipients, who exemplify hard work and strong female empowerment inside and outside of the workplace.


Sandy Knapp of Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, received the Female Business Leader of the Year Award. Daisy Lara, DNP of Resilio Mental Health Solutions, received the Female Rising Star award last night.


Keynote, Tracy Ashdale, Executive Director of Girls on the Run of Southeastern Suburban, PA, inspired the crowd through sharing her experience and mission. The Girls on the Run program combines training to participate in a non-competitive 5K running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts and a community service project.


A special thank you to our sponsors, our Women In Business Committee, and everyone who contributed to make this event a big success. We are looking forward to the Women In Business Conference in September!

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

The Understated Importance of Semiconductors;

Urge Congress to Pass the CHIPS for America Act


Our President Laura Manion recently visited Vishay Intertechnology Inc. located in Malvern to learn more about their semiconductor and passive components manufacturing Laura joined US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), as well as our Chester County commissioners and state representatives. The purpose of this tour was to learn more about Vishay's work and the importance of increased semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.


While the CHIPS (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) for America Act was passed in January of 2021, the two houses of Congress have yet to agree on the terms of a bill which would appropriate resources for the various programs included. US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo urged Congress to pass the CHIPS for America Act, saying “It is a huge national security issue and we need to move to making chips in America.” 


The broad goal of the CHIPS Act is to increase American competitiveness by subsidizing new investment in domestic semiconductor manufacturing capacity. US semiconductor manufacturing capacity stands at 12% of global capacity, but compared to the share in 1990, the United States’ market share has dropped tremendously, when it stood at a 37% market share. The CHIPS for America Act would provide $52 billion in federal funding to support investment in semiconductor manufacturing capacity. The main funding mechanisms for this bill are tax credits for companies who meet certain criteria or direct spending on R&D by some government agencies.


Laura was quoted in the Daily Local as saying "It was great to be with Madam Secretary Romando, Congresswoman Houlahan, and many other Chester County leaders at Vishay Intertechnology to learn more about the company’s manufacturing of semiconductors and passive components, which support numerous industries, including automotive, military and aerospace, industrial, medical, and more. The Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry strongly encourages Congress to pass the broadly supported Bipartisan Innovation Act to fund the CHIPS and FABS Acts. Semiconductors are essential to nearly every sector of the economy and incentivizing increased domestic manufacturing capacity is critical to strengthening the workforce, national security and our long-term global competitiveness.”

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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Founded by a passionate group of neighbors and volunteers in Malvern in 1994, Home of the Sparrow’s mission is to partner with women facing homelessness and insecurity, and to help them achieve long term stability and chart new paths for their futures. What began with one home in Paoli grew to become an organization with a presence across the county, growing and innovating to help single women and mothers in danger of losing their homes. 


Fueled by the generosity of donors across our county, Home of the Sparrow provides supportive housing services to women who are experiencing homelessness, or in danger of losing their homes. They also help to educate women in need with training in financial literacy as a way to gain long term self sufficiency. Home of the Sparrow provides access to a long term safety net, access to critical resources, and the necessary support to get women and mothers back on their feet.


Just last year, Home of the Sparrow helped 1,087 women and children get back on their feet. Through six programs which include eviction prevention, supportive housing, pre-senior bridge housing, shared housing, women’s re-entry assessment program, and graduate outreach, they significantly reduced homelessness in Chester County.


Michelle Venema, the CEO of Home of the Sparrow, has said that it is her ultimate goal to end homelessness for women and children in Chester County. Michelle is a valued member of the Chester County Chamber's Board and we are honored to work with such an incredible organization. 


Thank you to Home of the Sparrow and all of their staff, board members, donors, and volunteers for the great work that they do in our community!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Government Affairs Committee

Join us at the upcoming Government Affairs Committee on June 9, 2022 8:00-10:00AM at the Desmond Malvern. 

GAC will discuss the impact of the State Budget on local government and priorities.

 

The panel discussion will include:

Robert Kagel – Chesco Commissioner’s Chief of Staff

Ernie Holling – West Pikeland Twp. Supervisor president and chief executive officer of The InTech Group Inc., a company that provides global agility in technology solutions.

James Logan – Coatesville City Manager

Dave Feidt – Local government consultant, McNees Strategic Solutions

Breakfast is included. We can't wait to see you there!


Click here to register for the event.  Email Todd@chescochamber.org for more info

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Summer Solstice Celebration

Join the Chester County Chamber Foundation for fun under the sun at the Summer Solstice Celebration. This event will support the Foundation Youth Leadership Program.


Sip wine under the summer sun while overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Inn at Grace Winery.


The Summer Solstice Celebration is an opportunity for everyone to come together for a fun evening of Cabernet, cuisine, and camaraderie and to celebrate new beginnings!

Enjoy delicious bites and a special winery tour too.


Sponsorship opportunities are available here

Click here to register for the event. Contact Lynn@ChescoChamber.org for questions or more information.

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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. 





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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