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CCCBI Welcomes New President & CEO, Laura Manion

The Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry announced Laura Manion as their new President and CEO on Friday. Manion will replace Guy Ciarrocchi, who is running for congress in the 6th Congressional District. Manion hopes that she can take experience from the different roles in her career to strengthen her connections within the community and further the mission of the Chamber. “The pandemic showed the vital role that chambers of commerce play in their community. We are a resource, rich with information and connections to benefit our member businesses. I look forward to working with the Chamber’s board, volunteers, staff, and members to continue to grow and expand the organization. As a lifelong Chester County resident, it’s humbling and exciting to be tapped for this position.”

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Government Affairs Committee

On Thursday May 12, CCCBI Government Affairs Committee met with special guest, Treasurer Garrity at the Desmond Malvern. 

Treasurer Garrity discussed topics including, Keystone Saves,

Divestiture from controversial investments, and Unclaimed Property.

CCCBI Government Affairs Committee meets on the second Thursday of every month.

Interested in joining GAC? Email


Shaving Grace Grand Opening in Malvern

Congratulations to Shaving Grace Barbers on the opening of their new location! It was a fun day for a great cause, at the Cars4Cause Car Show at the Grove Shopping Center in Malvern. Cars4Cause did an awesome job today, fundraising and spreading awareness to help support our local communities.

If your business is opening or expanding, let us know! We’d love to join you for a ribbon cutting and celebration!


by CCCBI President & CEO, Laura Manion

Federal: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Updates After 6 Months of Implementation 

Over the last 180 days, the Biden-Harris Administration has announced over $110 billion in funding to rebuild roads and bridges, modernize ports and airports, replace lead pipes to deliver clean water, and expand high-speed internet. This includes funding for over 4,300 specific projects, touching over 3,200 communities across all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. In fact, 53 states and territories have appointed state infrastructure coordinators.

The Administration also released a new Permitting Action Plan to strengthen and accelerate federal permitting and environmental reviews by fully leveraging existing permitting authorities, as well as new provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

Please feel free to also reference the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook—which is a roadmap to the funding available under the law, as well as an explanatory document that shows program-by-program information—in addition to an up-to-date map of the announced infrastructure project locations nationwide, and Chester County has 3 project locations announced currently.

State: Corporate Net Income Tax Reduction Proposal is a Win for Pennsylvania Businesses

Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2022-23 state budget proposal comes at a time of relatively positive fiscal conditions, with higher than anticipated revenue collections and billions of dollars in unspent coronavirus relief funding, which are expected to facilitate smoother budget negotiations. The $43.7 billion proposed spending plan is an aggressive double-digit increase over the 2021-22 enacted budget.

The proposal includes $11.6 billion for K-12 public education funding – a $1.55 billion increase. The proposal included no broad-based tax increases, and for the first time in eight years, no additional tax on the natural gas industry.

Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal includes reducing the Corporate Net Income (CNI) tax rate – a PA Chamber and Chester County Chamber top priority – from 9.99 percent to 7.99 percent on Jan. 1, 2023, with a reduction to 6.99 percent in tax year 2026 on a path to 4.99 percent. However, employers have expressed concern with the proposal’s subjective expansion of the state’s taxing authority, citing the need for clear, predictable standards for employers to follow.

At 9.99 percent, Pennsylvania has the unfortunate distinction of imposing the country’s second-highest CNI tax. The state’s disproportionately high CNI serves as a major red flag to potential investors and puts the Commonwealth at a distinct disadvantage as businesses look to other pro-growth states to open or expand operations. The state’s excessively high CNI rate was undoubtedly a major factor in PA failing to get any consideration for the $20 billion investment that Intel announced for Ohio. This comes on the heels of PA’s failure to attract two major steel manufacturing facilities – each one being a $1 billion investment – that were not made in PA due to the CNI and excessive regulatory cost.

Despite a pessimistic outlook held by many, understandably, we have seen positive news in the last few weeks. The PA House passed legislation to lower the CNI to 8.99 in 2023, with triggers for further reduction contingent upon further budget surplus. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Kail (R-15), passed the house in a bi-partisan vote of 195-8. Further, we see additional legislation to reduce the CNI in the State Senate.  

As budget deliberations continue towards the June 30th State Budget deadline, we will see the Senate and House continue to move legislation forward to the Governor’s desk.  We encourage our lawmakers to stay true to the principles of competitiveness, fairness, and predictability and advance substantial, long-overdue tax reform for businesses of all sizes. We also urge policymakers to address the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation debt head-on, thereby avoiding a tax increase on all of the state’s job creators.

Economic Update:

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures the change over time in the price of consumer goods. The new numbers for April 2022 show a 0.3% rise in the cost of goods and services from March, up 8.3% in the last year, with energy and food being the largest contributors to rising prices. 

Please click here to download an economic conditions slide deck from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce economic policy division. As you will see, risks of a recession in the next 1-2 years are rising because of inflation and the Federal Reserve is raising rates to combat it.

For Our Members:

The Chamber is committed to advancing policies that will help Chester County businesses emerge from the pandemic, encourage investment and create jobs in the county, and attract new and emerging industries to the county and Commonwealth. We will continue to work with lawmakers to pursue a public policy agenda to advance our state’s competitiveness through tax reform; workforce development and career readiness; flexibility in energy markets; balanced labor laws; and responsible state spending. If you have a legislative agenda item that you would like us to explore, do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to advocate for YOU.

Laura Manion, MPA

President & CEO

Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry

1600 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355

484-995-7990 (m)


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Joe Kintner, Senior Account Representative of PECO, spoke to CCCBI members at the New Member Luncheon held at the Chamber on May 3, 2022.

He spoke to members about Grant assistance for PECO Natural Gas Customers impacted by Covid-19 pandemic. Small businesses affected by the pandemic can now apply to receive a one-time grant of $500 towards their existing PECO natural gas account.  The grant will be applied directly to your bill and will lower current outstanding balances or provide a credit for future charges. 

To be eligible, applicants must have an active PECO gas account on or before March 31, 2020, take service under Rate GC (gas commercial service), have fewer than 25 employees, and have experienced financial hardship resulting from the pandemic.

Applications will be considered in the order they are received, while funding lasts – apply today! Learn More about the Gas Grant and Apply Here



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Women Influencing Business Awards

The 2022 Female Business Leader of the Year Award recipient is attorney Sandra L. Knapp of the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood.

Our 2022 Female Rising Star Award recipient is Daisy Lara, Nurse Practitioner, of LCH Health and Community Services and Resilio Mental Health Solutions.

Our 2022 Keynote Speaker is Tracy Ashdale, LSW; Executive Director, Chief Energy Officer, Girls on the Run of Southeastern Suburban, PA.

Ticket includes Hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets, and a plated dinner. Cash bar available.

Click here to register for the event. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available here.

Contact for questions or more information.

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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 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 ClubThis 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!

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