• Serving the Indian Valley, North Penn, Wissahickon regions and surrounding communities.

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  • Chamber News

     

  • Venture Capitalist Wayne Kimmel Headlines Chamber Expo

    -The Reporter

    Dozens of local business owners, entrepreneurs and volunteers heard firsthand on Thursday, June 14, how to turn a small business from idea to reality.

    “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do,” said venture capitalist and keynote speaker Wayne Kimmel.

    Kimmel, a managing partner with Seventy-Six Capital, headlined the annual business expo of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County, which brought nearly 100 vendors and dozens of assorted guests together to meet and greet on the campus of Gwynedd Mercy University.

    In addition to the talk from Kimmel, Chamber members showed off their latest programs and products on an exhibit floor, with restaurants and beverage companies taking part in an afternoon happy hour. 

    Read more from The Reporter.

     

  • The Chamber of Commerce is an Organization for B2All

    The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County has been connecting community and commerce since 1913 and with over 250 member business categories it is truly an organization for B2All.

    In 2012, a national study was conducted by The Shapiro Group to ascertain consumer sentiment toward businesses that were members of a chamber of commerce.  The results revealed that two-thirds of those surveyed believed that such companies used good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in their community.

    It went on to point out that when consumers know that a small business is a member of a chamber, they are 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from that company in the future.  In addition to the good favorability rating, getting involved in the chamber only escalates their value. 

    B2B companies have long understood the value of chamber membership whereas B2C businesses sometimes do not realize that this chamber is comprised of 35,000 employees who are also consumers. Attendees at networking and educational events are home owners, have families and a large network of individuals who could also be potential customers.

    Testimonials are provided to The Chamber on a daily basis that underscore commerce occurs among members. They include automobiles being purchased, personal computers repaired, pests eliminated from homes as well as the great food and hospitality that was enjoyed at a member restaurant.  Request for referrals also happen on a regular basis for which only the names of members are shared.

    The B2C purchasing cycle is shorter and simpler, therefore there is the need to maintain a steady stream of sales and important to target the right group of consumers. The Chamber offers Hit Your Mark, Business Connectors and Business Partnership Network (BPN) groups that work well for B2All.  Different marketing tactics are used in B2B vs B2C although the methods of advertising, promotions and publicity are the same.  The Chamber offers a number of advertising opportunities as well as publications to share member news.

    Buyers are typically unswayed by testimonials from strangers, but will pay attention when someone they know tells what they like in a product or service. Creating a community of ambassadors is a value add for chamber members. So whether your business is B2B or B2C, The Chamber offers benefits for B2All.

  • The Chamber Signs Chapter Member Agreement with the Colonial Business Association

    The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County (The Chamber), one of Montgomery County’s largest business organizations, recently signed a Chapter agreement with the Colonial Business Association (CBA).   “The chapter relationship has been developed to allow local business associations to continue to build a strong local presence, while also providing the ability to expand their networking,” said Pam Kelly, President of The Chamber. The Chamber will provide marketing support for CBA events while also developing joint programs for mutual benefit.  The addition of the CBA, located just outside the footprint of the Chamber’s service area, will provide both organizations with access to a greater number of networking and professional development programs.   “We are excited for the increased visibility for our members and the opportunity to promote our products and services to a larger group of businesses,” said CBA President, Michael Grossman. 

    The Chamber recently signed a Chapter agreement with the Colonial Business Association (CBA).  “The chapter relationship has been developed to allow local business associations to continue to build a strong local presence, while also providing the ability to expand their networking,” said Pam Kelly, President of The Chamber. The Chamber will provide marketing support for CBA events while also developing joint programs for mutual benefit.

    The addition of the CBA, located just outside the footprint of the Chamber’s service area, will provide both organizations with access to a greater number of networking and professional development programs.  “We are excited for the increased visibility for our members and the opportunity to promote our products and services to a larger group of businesses,” said CBA President, Michael Grossman.

     

    The Chamber Honors Local Businesses & Announces New Name

    Nearly 200 members and guests joined The Chamber in recognizing local businesses and community members who have made outstanding contributions and accomplishments within the region during the organization’s annual dinner and awards celebration at Pinecrest Country Club in Montgomery Township Wednesday, Oct. 28.

    But Wednesday evening, members were celebrating more than the achievements of individual leaders in business — they were celebrating a year of transformation and success for The Chamber.

    In 2008, the former North Penn Chamber of Commerce took a regional focus through the merger with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce, creating the PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce. Since that time, membership has increasingly expanded throughout greater Montgomery County, and as a result, about three years ago, the decision was made to incorporate in the name the region it serves.

    This year, The Chamber reached a membership of more than 800 members, and with the expansive growth The Chamber has seen, it announced it was making another change.

    The Chamber has established a new brand. Effective as of the Annual Dinner announcement, The Chamber will now be known as The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County.

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    Disrupting the Business of Networking

    An experienced networker will tell you the monthly “mixers” and “card exchanges” are no longer a valuable use of their time. Today’s business person needs opportunities to make meaningful connections, gain skill support and have referral sources to help grow their business.
     

    The Chamber is positioned to be the single provider for a business’s networking, referral and educational needs through Business Partnership Network (BPN), Business Connectors, Hit Your Mark Networking and the introduction of The Momentum Group. Programs offered through national organizations have high fees and significant constraints on your ability to work with other potential partners. As a member of The Chamber, you have access to over 800 members to develop strategic partners, clients and business resources.

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  • Chamber Business Expo in the News

    Members of businesses and non-profits large and small mingled at the annual Business Expo.

    Crowds milled around the exhibitors’ booths set up the gymnasium floor in the Griffin Complex at Gwynedd Mercy University, Thursday afternoon. The event also featured a VIP Meet and Greet, a buffet lunch and keynote presentation by Michael Araten of K’Nex Brands, raffles, food, beverages and a networking session.

    Read more from The Reporter

     

  • Chamber Program Shines Light on Struggles with Depression and Anxiety

    Hosted by the Community Health and Youth Foundation of The Chamber, a panel of experts spoke at Abington Jefferson Hospital-Lansdale on the topic “The Six Degrees of Depression and Anxiety...Could You Be Connected or Affected?” 
    This was the fifth installment of health topics presented originally by The Chamber's Health Committee. The idea behind these programs was to discuss a topic in a way that was more engaging. “We could take a different angle in giving recognition to some of these issues that are really affecting the community,” said Chamber President Pam Kelly.

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  • Chamber Opens New Satellite Office

    The Chamber is excited to announce our new Blue Bell satellite office in order to better serve the members in the Wissahickon Valley region. In partnership with Chamber member, Crown Tutors & Test Prep, we will utilize space within their office to establish a presence in the area and confirm our commitment to Blue Bell and the surrounding communities.

    Office hours are available by appointment.

    676 DeKalb Pike, Ste #208, Blue Bell, PA 19422

    Open House, held on March 31, 2017.

     

  • Chamber Foundation is Reorganized

    As of January 1, 2017, the North Penn Chamber of Commerce Foundation has a new name, mission and board of directors.

    The mission of the Community Health & Youth Foundation is to collaborate with the business community fostering programs and activities targeting literacy and wellness in Greater Montgomery County. The Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, will oversee Community Reading Day, bi-annual health programs and annual scholarship awards. 

     

    Foundation Board Members:
    Sean Snyder, Paul Nye,
    Katherine McCarter, Mark Himsworth,
    Alexa Sullivan, Pamela Kelly, Rob Morrin
    Not Pictured: April Donahue, Lon Seitz

     

  • Chamber Board Welcomes New Members

    Sheri Strouse, Senior Vice President and Chief Retail Officer, Harleysville Savings Bank and Duncan Reed,  Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments began their three-year term in January.

    Sheri serves as an executive officer for both the Bank and its parent company, Harleysville Savings Financial Corporation, and has been in The Chamber for 18 years. She also served the Peak Center as President of their Board of Directors.

    Duncan has been a chamber Ambassador, member of the Advisory Council and retains his role as a moderator for our weekly Business Connectors networking group. He also currently serves as a board member for the North Wales Library and is an adjunct instructor at Gwynedd Mercy University.

     

  • We Have “Adopted A Highway”

    When Driving on Rt. 113 in Harleysville, you will soon see a blue PennDOT sign indicating The Chamber is doing its part in being a civic-minded organization, keeping Pennsylvania beautiful and litter-free. We will be hosting two annual clean-up events and welcome your member support.

     

  • Chamber Opens Blue Bell Satellite Office

    The Chamber is excited to announce our new Blue Bell satellite office in order to better serve the members in the Wissahickon Valley region. In partnership with Chamber member, Crown Tutors & Test Prep, we will utilize space within their office to establish a presence in the area and confirm our commitment to Blue Bell and the surrounding communities.

    Office hours are available by appointment.

     

     

  • Congratulations Award Recipients

    October 26 - It was an evening of friendly jokes and heartfelt tributes for the honorees of The Chamber’s annual Awards Celebration...

     
     
     
  • Chamber Golf Outing

    September 22 - The annual golf outing took on extra significance this year as The Chamber invited area police officers and military veterans to attend as a show of thanks for everything they do.

    Read more from The Reporter...

     

  • New Board Members Announced

    Help us welcome to the Board of Directors John Ernst, Lansdale Borough, Jim Madanci, ShopRite Hatfied, and Chris Walton, Clyde S. Walton, Inc.  

    John Ernst is the Assistant Manager, Lansdale Borough and most recently served on The Chamber’s Advisory Council. Ernst has lived in the borough for the past 25 years and serves as the Director of Community Development in addition to his responsibility as the Borough’s Assistant Manager. John promotes revitalization activities throughout the community and builds positive relationships with business owners.

    Jim Madanci, owner of ShopRite Hatfield, has earned EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recognition. Jim is also a member of The Chamber golf committee.

    Chris Walton, Controller, Clyde S. Walton Inc., has been an active member of The Chamber, having served on the Advisory Council and now on the Board of Directors.  

    These new members offer a depth of experience and insight of our community, which will be valuable to our Board.


     

  • Chamber Grand Opening

    August 25 - Over 200 people attended an open house and ribbon cutting for the new home of The Chamber. Located within the showroom of Volpe Enterprises in North Wales, The Chamber is seated in the center of the region in which it serves.

    Founded in 1913, The Chamber is now the premier business organization for networking, learning and giving in the county. It is the largest chamber of commerce in Montgomery County, and one of the leading business advocates for the business community in the Greater North Penn, Indian Valley, Eastern Montgomery and Western Bucks Regions.


    Ribbon Cutting by Chamber board & staff 

     


    Pictured Left to Right: Len Perrone, Upper Gwynedd Township Manager; Nancy Bednarik, Merck & Co Inc.; Colleen Lange, Merck & Co Inc.; Sue Orff, Merck & Co Inc.; State Representative Kate Harper; Dan Reavy, Chamber Board Chair; and Senator Bob Mensch


     

  • FLSA Overtime Regulation New Rule

    The Chamber recently partnered with Midatlantic Employer's Association (MEA) to offer a webinar on this topic. If you missed this presentation, Chamber members are welcome to view it by clicking the link below and  logging into GoTo Webinar.

    View Webinar Here  Audio begins at 45 seconds.

    Presentation by Michael Kulakowski, Esq.
    Employment Counsel/Dir. Compliance Services
    Midatlantic Employer's Association


     

  • First Marion E. Keller Scholarship Awarded

    Chun Hua Cox, a 2016 graduate of North Penn High School is the first recipient of the Marion E. Keller Scholarship Award. The annual high school award was dedicated to Marion for her tireless commitment to education in our region. A teacher at the Lansdale School of Business for over 50 years, Marion continues to represent the school at Chamber events.

    Chun Hua will be attending Gwynedd Mercy University in the Fall to study Accounting. She relocated to the US from China at 14 years old, speaking no English. She quickly adapted to school completing the ESL curriculum and then taking several AP classes. She maintained a parttime job while engaging in several extra-curricular activities.

    Pictured in photo are Scholarship Committee representatives, Sean Snyder, Gerald Snyder Real Estate and Rob Morrin, Crowne Tutors joining Marion Keller for the scholarship presentation.


     

  • Reading Day 2016

    May 3 - 97 Chamber volunteers helped to celebrate the 18th Annual Community Reading Day by reading to nearly 2,000 second grade students. 

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  • The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County
    217 Church Road, Suite C, North Wales, PA 19454

    Blue Bell Satellite Office: 
    676 DeKalb Pike, Suite #208, Blue Bell, PA 19422

    Tel: 215-362-9200
    Fax: 267-613-8865


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