Archive for May 2015

Leadership Wilkes-Barre 2015 Annual Dinner

leadershipLeadership Wilkes-Barre 34th Annual Dinner and Graduation, which will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Pocono Hotel & Conference Center. The dinner celebrates Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s graduating class of 2015, and welcomes the incoming Class of 2016.  The public is invited to attend.   “The 2015 Annual dinner marks 34 years of developing community leaders,” said Lori Nocito, Executive Director of LWB.

Forty-eight area professionals who have dedicated over nine months to learning about Northeastern Pennsylvania will be celebrated, and the incoming class will be welcomed.  Individuals interested in attending the cocktail hour and dinner on June 3rd may contact Leadership WB at (570) 823-2101, ext. 135.  For online reservations, visit  Reservations are $70/person.

Boasting an alumni base of over 2,000 servant leaders, LWB was founded in 1981 as a community leadership development organization. A non-profit organization, LWB is dedicated to developing informed and committed leaders from all segments of the community who will serve, strengthen and improve Northeastern Pennsylvania.  For more information, visit

May eBlast: Celebration of Community Leadership, What the Fork WB Ribbon Cutting


May 2015 Chamber eBlast

Chamber E-Blast is a promotional program of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber.

It is an affordable way to reach a targeted business audience!

If you would like to be included in a future Chamber eBlast, please contact or




Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – 5 to 7 p.m.

F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts

Featuring the 30TH Anniversary ATHENA Award presentation to Lori Nocito

& I Believe Award Presentations to John Maday and T.B.A.





What the FORK

Downtown Wilkes-Barre

Thursday, May 28th at 11:00 A.M.


What the FORK is opening their first brick and mortar store at 41 South Main Street in the Village Commons. 

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber will be hosting a RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATION on May 28th at 11am.

Come for the mouth watering food and celebrate this local food truck legend moves into it’s first storefront!



Women in Business

Tuesday, July 14th

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Mohegan Sun Pocono

10 Common Women’s Sterotypes: Mythbusting Style

Presenter: Jane Elmes-Crahall, Ph.D., Wilkes UniversityTo register now, visit this link.



June 19-21

Downtown Wilkes-Barre & Kingston

Along the Susquehanna RiverFollow them on facebook at

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All Aboard!  Please join the Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University for a special event as we celebrate family firms in our area with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders!  Fireworks immediately following the big game.

 See the attached order form to order tickets at a reduced rate for your family  and your business team members. 

We hope to see you there!


CEO’s Corner: Chamber part of Energy Task Force Initiative

gasdrillingAs a Chamber we are taking a more active position on partnerships and advocacy.   A focus area has been to work with the Institute of Public Policy and Economic Development for grounded data analytics and our partners in Scranton, Hazelton and Pittston for area growth partnership initiatives.   One successful partnership has been in a joint Energy Task Force with local business leaders.   We will be positioning our joint efforts at the upcoming Institute Advisory Board Forum this week.  On behalf of the Chamber, Chairman Troy Standish, Vice Chairman Bill Sordoni, Jr., and Chamber of Commerce Chair Elizabeth Graham, we wanted you all to be aware of what we were doing, our current status and address any questions or thoughts you may have.

Here is a quick synopsis :

The Energy Task Force was founded by a group of local business leaders to develop a strategy for the Greater Wyoming Valley to leverage our proximity to the Marcellus Shale play in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Specifically the mission of the Task Force is: “To convene community resources to strategically plan and promote the sustainable economic development of regional natural gas resources across business, education, political and community stakeholders.”

The Task Force members come from multiple industries and collectively represent various economic development entities.  They held an Industry Roundtable that narrowed the focus of strategic priorities.  A research study was then commissioned and funded by the Task Force and gas industry partners to develop an Economic Development strategy.  This research was conducted by the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development at Wilkes University and based on learning how we can best leverage the assets of the Greater Wyoming Valley specific to an abundant supply of cost effective natural gas.

Based on the research study a regional brainstorming effort recently began between the combined Economic Development agencies of the Greater Wyoming Valley, specifically Penn’s Northeast, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the Can Do organization of Hazelton and chaired by Bill Sordoni.  These partners are focusing on 4 distinct components (Policy, Education, Supply Chain and Marketing) and are currently brainstorming how to work together in developing a regional plan of work to implement the findings and strategies within the research study.

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