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Business After Hours at nth Solutions LLC

On Monday, CCCBI hosted Business After Hours at nth Solutions, LLC in Coatesville. A lot of great business connections were made amongst guests. Thank you to Susan Springsteen and Eric Canfield, of nth Solutions, for hosting us.

Headquartered in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, nth Solutions is a vertically-integrated product development and manufacturing company whose design team holds more than 50 commercialized patents. In addition to their own product lines, they solve problems for clients using a proprietary market-driven methodology in order to produce extraordinary products. Nth Solutions develops intellectual property and products which save money, save lives, and preserve natural resources. They call this Concept to Revenue-Ready™. Learn more about nth Solutions here.

Save the date for our next BAH at Penns Woods Winery on November 9, 2022!

Annual Awards Celebration at Longwood Gardens

On November 3, 2022 6:30-9:30PM, join us for a one-of-a-kind experience at spectacular Longwood Gardens. This is an unforgettable evening filled with great food, fantastic honorees, and more, amongst breathtaking floral displays!

Congratulations to this year's honorees!

The 2022 Executive of the Year awardee is Kim Brumbaugh, Founder & Managing Partner of Brumbaugh Wealth Management, LLC

2022 Citizen of the Year Awardee is Comcast, accepted by Stephanie Kosta, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs and Community Impact for Comcast’s Freedom Region.

Read more about this year's award recipients here.


ALSO, a HUGE surprise unveiling is happening exclusively at this year's Annual Awards Celebration!!! You do not want to miss it, so grab your tickets today.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email Julie Fox for more information or questions.


Click to read our Chester County 2022 Guide & CCCBI Membership Directory

Seeking Member Perspectives to Support Business

We are seeking more 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


New study finds Pennsylvania doesn't live up to its potential for turning innovation into jobs

Pennsylvania universities so often receive plaudits for their research in advanced fields that the praise has practically become background noise. But a new study digs into the economic impact of that work, and it finds the Keystone State lags when it comes to turning academic breakthroughs into jobs.


The Brookings Institution blames Harrisburg for much of the shortfall, noting that state funding for innovation-based development has yet to recover from severe budget cuts that date back to the Great Recession.


Pennsylvania’s higher education system, meanwhile, ranks fourth in the nation for investment in research and development, according to the report. It valued those activities at $4.8 billion in 2020.


“Few states possess as many of the assets needed for innovation-driven growth as Pennsylvania,” Brookings’ Washington-based researchers write in the study released Thursday. Yet, they note, the state “has not been able to convert its assets into abundant, high-quality economic growth [with] broad-based employment across an array of high-tech, high-pay advanced industries.”


Rather, Pennsylvania ranked sixth among nine comparable states for advanced industry job growth between 2010 and 2019, the new research shows. In that decade, the number of Pennsylvanians employed in fields such as precision manufacturing, vehicle automation, and software development rose by 11% – eight percentage points below the same figure nationally, according to the study. It found that the state achieved above-average employment levels, relative to its scientific leadership, only in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector.

A priority for the next governor?

Brookings completed the 100-page study with funding from Pittsburgh’s Henry L. Hillman Foundation. The report builds on research the non-partisan think tank has previously conducted in Pittsburgh and across the state. Its authors repeated calls for more public investment in businesses that stem from innovation.

“Advanced industries have really important economic effects for not just the state but the nation as a whole,” said Robert Maxim, one of the authors and a senior research associate at Brookings Metro, which focuses on local communities across the country.

Aside from increasing exports and driving research and development, competitive firms boost employment, he said. “They really support jobs throughout the state. … It's not just Pittsburgh, the city itself, or even Allegheny County, but the surrounding metro area and smaller communities across the state.”


“This is one of the remaining areas around which we have some consensus in the country and, I believe, in the state,” added co-author Mark Muro, a senior fellow at Brookings Metro. “Our hope is that the next governor, whoever it is, really piles on to this [idea] and celebrates what is happening [in Pennsylvania], suggests a direction and makes himself visible and present in the regions [throughout the state] to talk about it.”

The state runs a series of programs to assist entrepreneurs who seek to form companies based on research and innovation. The Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority and Pennsylvania Life Sciences Greenhouse Initiative fund young and growing companies while also providing business and technical expertise. Small businesses, meanwhile, can participate in state-supported loan programs.

“There is a lot of really top-quality strategic thinking going on in [the state’s] regions … and a real readiness and ability to design great plans, but again, little funding for it,” Muro said. “So we think that a fusion of state support with bottom-up regional development strategies is really important.”

Matt Smith, President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, praised Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for working with lawmakers this summer to lower the state’s corporate net income tax rate from 9.99% to 4.99% by 2031, and said, “We're really hopeful that the next governor takes the next few steps forward.” To read more, click here

As PA is similarly wrestling with the impact of declining enrollment in Higher Ed seen on the national level, the implications are several fold. Not only do higher ed institutions - which impact our local economies and employment significantly within our region - have to anticipate their budgets, sustainability, return on investment and remaining valuable to students, but Government must anticipate prudent budgetary investments as the impact of inflation is reflected in next year's budget.


This evolving issue is important to note because of the widespread implications it has across budgetary and policy planning for legislators, businesses who have contracts with regional higher ed employers, and students/young adults looking to plan their futures. We look forward to continuing to analyze and watch Higher Education's continued nimble response to a quickly changing landscape. To read more, click here.



Founded in 1975, CTDI is a full-service, global engineering, repair and logistics company that provides best-cost solutions to the communications industry. CTDI provides a dynamic business model to global customers that is comprised of five divisions: STB / CPE Division, Mobile & Consumer Electronics, Mobility Product Solutions, Network Services and Product / Supply. CTDI’s customers include the major telecom carriers, cable service providers, and major OEMs from around the world. CTDI corporate headquarters are located in West Chester, PA and they support an expanding customer base of more than 20,000 employees in 100 facilities worldwide.

CTDI's latest community contribution

More than 100 Immaculata students, alums, donors, faculty, staff and friends attended the September 13 dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Parsons Science Pavilion, toured the high-tech, 16,000 sq. ft. facility that provides modern learning spaces dedicated to biology, anatomy, physiology, and ecology.

The Parsons Science Pavilion includes collaboration spaces, seven wet labs, and a state-of-the-art Anatomage Table that enables students to study anatomy and physiology through high-resolution 3-D images and compares to similar visualization systems used by leading medical schools. With access to these advanced tools, Immaculata students can virtually explore organ systems and conduct simulated cadaver dissections and can also explore the digital image library of human and animal bodies through an interactive, life-sized touch screen.

With the building named in memory of Immaculata benefactors and supporters Donald and Elizabeth Parsons, Lettiere and Susan Arnold, vice president for university advancement, thanked the Parsons family and all other supporters for providing funding to construct and equip the space. “Because of the extremely generous donors who believe in equality in education for all students, the Immaculata faculty, staff and students are so grateful for and excited about the new Parsons Science Pavilion. Such a fabulous building, with all the bells and whistles, could not have become a reality without those who supported the campaign,” Arnold said.

CTDI's Chairman, Jerry Parsons, who represented the Parsons family at the ceremony, thanked the Immaculata community for the opportunity to honor his parents and the University. “They always loved being here and supporting Immaculata,” Parsons said. Read full press release here.

The Chester County Chamber greatly appreciates CTDI for their Chamber membership and involvement on our board and in our community.


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