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Welcome New Member!

Business After Hours at

Del Vacchio Landscape & Christmas Decor

All was merry & bright at Business After Hours hosted by Del Vacchio Landscapes, Inc. & Christmas Decor in West Chester yesterday!

Del Vacchio treated our members to beer, wine, great food, raffle items, beautiful holiday displays, and an overall fun networking experience!

With 101 days until Christmas, it’s never too early to start planning to deck the halls…and Del Vacchio always creates spectacular Christmas displays to spread Christmas cheer throughout the county.

Is your company interested in hosting a Business after Hours?

Contact Julie Fox.

CCCBI President's First 100 Days

President, Laura Manion, prepared a summary of her first 100 days as president. "I am thankful for our incredible staff and the support of the board. I’m looking forward to continuing this great work to finish out the year and heading into 2023," says Manion. Read Laura's summary here: Laura Manion's 100 Days

Seeking Member Perspectives to Support Business

We are seeking members who would like to share perspective on ways to support your business, to feature in our upcoming newsletters for our readers. 

If you are interested in sharing subject matter expertise focused on improving the workplace, uplifting neighborhoods in our region, and issues relevant to the changing needs of our business community please email Marguerite DeGrassa, at [email protected]


CALL TO ACTION - SB1319 - Supporting Small Businesses Affected by Unfair Unemployment Compensation Rate Increases

There are a number of small businesses in the Commonwealth that are facing a significant increase in their Unemployment Compensation rate as a result of the COVID shutdown.

Unemployment Compensation (UC) tax rates are set based on employee experience for the previous three fiscal years. Many businesses did not show employee payroll for the third year because they remained closed due to Governor Wolf’s emergency declaration during the pandemic.

Small businesses have taken significant hits since the start of the pandemic. Senator Dave Argall (R-29 District) plans to introduce legislation that will offer relief to those businesses that find themselves in this situation due to the emergency declaration.

He is working with staff from the Senate Labor and Industry Committee and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in drafting this legislation.

The Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry joins the PA Chamber and chambers across the state in fully supporting this legislation (SB 1319 to be introduced in the Senate by Senator Dave Argall and in the House by Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-123rd District)), regarding unintended yet serious consequential impacts to UC, creating unfair and onerous unemployment compensation rate increases due to disaster emergency closures.

If your business has experienced unexpected UC rate increases, please let us know or contact Alex Halper with the PA Chamber at [email protected].


Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens combines spectacular garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts interplay to inspire and enlighten their guests.

One of the world’s great gardens, Longwood’s story is one of legacy, innovation, and stewardship. Their gardens are a living expression of all that their founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From the intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens to the architectural grandeur, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn.

Recently, Longwood Gardens embarked on a $250 million, 17-acre expansion in what the Chester County tourist destination is calling its “most ambitious revitalization in a century.”

Longwood Reimagined: A New Garden Experience will preserve and relocate some of the 1,100-acre site’s existing staple elements while adding multiple new facets, including a 32,000-square-foot West Conservatory housing Mediterranean-inspired gardens, a Bonsai Courtyard, and a public restaurant and private event space.

The project anticipates to debut to the public in fall 2024. Longwood’s Main and East conservatories will remain open throughout the expansion, and the destination will maintain its calendar of scheduled events and performances. The Kennett Square tourist attraction is frequented by more than 1.5 million visitors annually.

New York-based Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism is the lead designer on the project, working in collaboration with Reed Hilderbrand. Longwood Reimagined stems from a 2010 master plan by West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture in partnership with Weiss/Manfredi. Wilmington firm Bancroft Construction Co. are managing the project. 

Other elements of the $250 million Longwood Reimagined project include construction of a new education and administration building with a state-of-the-art library and classrooms; renewal of the beloved Waterlily Court designed by Sir Peter Shepheard (1913-2002); and preservation of six historic Lord & Burnham glasshouses from the early 20th century, to be relocated at a later date and used for year-round garden displays.

The Chester County Chamber greatly appreciates Longwood Gardens commitment to our community and for their membership and involvement with the Chamber and our board. 

A look at the vision for the Waterlily Court.

A rendering of what the West Conservatory will look like.


CCCBI is excited to partner with Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce to support the Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand PRIXview Party, happening tonight!

Thursday evening kicks-off a fun-filled weekend for the 6th annual CIVGP. Enjoy cocktails and live music, as you mingle under the stars with drivers, sponsors, event organizers & other vintage car and motorcycle enthusiasts!

When you support the CIVGP, you are supporting Coatesville’s parks, quality of life and revitalization efforts that benefit all residents, neighbors and visitors to this historic city.

We hope you join us in supporting the Coatesville community. More information on Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix can here found here.

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 [email protected]



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