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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!


INTERN INSIGHT: Intern Experience

Written by Chamber Intern Britton Heim READ HIS BIO HERE

Britton HeimI recently ended my internship at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce as an entrepreneurship intern. One might ask, “what in the world does an entrepreneurship intern do?” Well, I’ll tell you! Basically I became a creative mind for the Chamber that researched various entrepreneurial and start-up communities and then devised ways in which the concepts used by other organizations could be altered and adapted to promote an entrepreneurial, start-up community right here in Wilkes-Barre.

I began to realize all of the great resources we have here in Wilkes-Barre. We have incredible academic capital coming out of Wilkes University, King’s College, and the other surrounding schools that have the potential to really drive the economy here. We also have prime transportation location as we are positioned right along I-81 and very close to I-80. There are also very many larger corporations in the area that have the ability to help small start-ups grow.

I started to realize these things through the research I was doing and this inspired me to begin to explore Wilkes-Barre a little more. As I walked around on different occasions I noticed all of the empty store fronts on Washington St., Northampton St., and many others, but with the knowledge I had gained at the Chamber I could see the big picture. I pictured what it would look like if these store fronts were filled with innovative little specialty shops and student start-ups. I could see the image of the college town I have heard so many local leaders talking about and it inspired me to become part of this future.

Wilkes-Barre is an amazing little city with great potential, and it’s getting there as we see more and more businesses pop up; Franklins on the Square, the Wilkes University Business Incubator in the Luzerne County Bank Building, and so many other small businesses that are up and coming. We just need more people to see the big picture. When you walk the streets and see those vacant shops don’t think it’s just a vacant building, think of all of the different businesses that would thrive with the store front and how great it is that that store front is there for the taking for that perfect store. Soon enough Wilkes-Barre will return to its former glory, but we need more people to see the potential this city has. Through my internship at the Chamber and all of the amazing people there I got to see a whole new side to Wilkes-Barre I never would have otherwise. My internship was an invaluable experience that gave me a whole new insight on this city and really motivated me and inspired me to stay in the area and help push this city in the right direction.

I would like to thank everyone at the Chamber for the experience they gave me and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Want to become a Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber Intern?
Apply NOW for Summer 2015 at


It’s All About Business!

There is a truly one-of-a-kind program that is marking its 37th anniversary of teaching Pennsylvania high school students (juniors and seniors) to both understand and celebrate why “free enterprise” is vital to the American way of life. Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), internationally-acclaimed for its excellence, will host more than 2,200 students this coming summer in its exciting seven-day journey into the world of business. Participants will act the parts of senior management in modern-day companies that will face the same challenges that all American firms do and particularly those in Pennsylvania.

With our economy still “recovering” from one of the longest recessions in our history, teaching young people to understand and cherish our private enterprise system has never been more important. Said John Trombetta, president and CEO of PFEW’s parent organization, the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, “All of the statistics show that the vast majority of young adults are woefully ill-informed about how the private sector works. These young people will soon take their places as leaders of our communities, our state and our nation. Teaching them to understand and appreciate the challenges that face all Pennsylvania businesses has never been more important.”

Each summer, PFEW holds five, one-week individual sessions in July and August. The focus of the week is to group the participants (strangers at first) into “management teams” of senior executives who have inherited imaginary “companies.” These teams, under the guiding hands of “executives-on-loan,” called Company Advisors, operate their firms for a computer-simulated three-year period of time. To add a sense of reality, they are competing against two other student “companies” manufacturing and distributing the same product. They work with balance sheets, statements of income, market share surveys, etc., etc., and must also react to a variety of external factors. Oil embargos, inflation, union strikes, are but a few of the “unknowns” that these young entrepreneurs must deal with as they operate their businesses. Sound familiar?

A PFEW marketing team takes a “time out” from working on their Marketing/Advertising Presentation for their company’s product.

A PFEW marketing team takes a “time out” from working on their Marketing/Advertising Presentation for their company’s product.

PFEW is designed to give every participant, in broad brush strokes, an idea of what is germane and pertinent to the business world of today. Each day’s activities include presentations from world-class business people from a list that reads like who’s who in Pennsylvania. The students hear about: Business and Finance, the Role and Relationship of Business and Government, Taxation, Business Ethics, Labor Relations, and much, much more. Is it effective?  Said Cade Emlet from Altoona Area High School in Blair County, “I am at a loss for words to express how grateful I am to have attended Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week on a scholarship. Every moment I have spent here I will look back upon in years to come and smile. I learned so much in such a short time, but everything I learned will be incredibly valuable. This has not been any old summer camp, nor has it been a simple lesson in business; this has been the experience of a lifetime. Everyone deserves a chance to attend this astounding program!”

The Chamber is proud to support PFEW to give our local students an eye-opening experience like Cade described. We encourage our local companies and civic organizations to provide sponsorships for our students and, if possible, volunteers for the sessions. (PFEW is completely a product of the private sector.) Every student attends PFEW on a fully tax-deductible $575 scholarship (the actual value of the scholarship exceeds $1,500) which is provided by a local firm. Each student wears the name of their sponsor throughout the week and also corresponds with his or her sponsor following graduation to report on what they learned. PFEW is also an approved organization through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

If you would like to learn more about this award-winning program and how you can help, you can visit their website at or contact John Trombetta, President of the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education at (814) 833-9576 ext. 106 or e-mail him at PFEW is open to all current sophomores and juniors in Pennsylvania and information on attendance, as well as program applications, can also be found on the website. Questions can be directed to Ms. Amber Goss, Schools Assistant for PFEW, by calling her office at (814) 833-9576 ext. 103 or emailing her at