Empower Northeast PA Women’s Leadership Conference Set for April

Empower conference

Members of the Empower Northeast PA Women’s Leadership Conference planning committee recently met in preparation for next year’s conference, which will take place on Friday, April 17, 2020. This conference, now in its sixth year, is hosted by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Shown front row, from left: Michelle McKitish, Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce; Cathy Weschler, Lackawanna College; Mari Potis, director of membership and events, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Kelly Fard, Hilton Scranton & Conference Center; and Kristine Augustine, vice president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Back row: Joanne McDonald, Montage Mountain; Brandi Bartush, Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce; Kathy DeLeo, Fidelity Bank; Lisa Hall Zielinski, University of Scranton Small Business Development Center; Jessica Kalinoski, Admiral Management; Michele Orrson, Pathways to Inner Healing; and Tina Bechaver, events and membership assistant, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

Dunmore Organizations Dubbed Sage Award Nominees

sageThe Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce recently announced the finalists for the 2019 SAGE Awards, the Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence. The SAGE Awards honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity and innovation. The winners will be announced on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Chamber Gala, held at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.

Among the Dunmore nominees are Borough of Dunmore for Schautz Stadium in the Pride and Progress: Exterior Renovations category; FNCB Bank in the Pride and Progress: New Construction category, and Penn State Scranton in the Pride and Progress: Interior Renovations category.

Space Time Mead & Cider Works, located on South Blakely Street in Dunmore, is in the running for New and Emerging Business of the Year. United Sports Academy is nominated for Business of the Year.

Nearly 100 applications were received for this year’s awards and nearly 40 community leaders and professionals volunteered to review applications and select finalists. The Chamber is proud to honor businesses that are making valuable contributions to the region and contributing to our overall quality of life. 

The finalists, in each category, are:

Best Practices in Community Involvement

  • Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates
  • Prudential Financial
  • The Settlers Inn

Best Practices in Customer Service

  • Center City Print
  • Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
  • Penn Foster

Best Practices in Marketing & Communications

  • Horizon Dental Care
  • Posture Interactive
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders

Business of the Year

  • CC Cleaning Services
  • United Sports Academy
  • Woodloch Resort

Fastest Growing Company

  • Bedrock Technology
  • CaPAA of NEPA, LLC
  • Posture Interactive
  • We Talk Shirty

Hometown Star

  • Lackawanna College “Learning Life Skills”
  • Marketplace at Steamtown “Small Space, Big Dreams Contest”
  • and Scranton Fringe Festival “Big Gay StorySlam”

New and Emerging Business of the Year

  • CaPAA of NEPA, LLC
  • Scholars in Training Preschool
  • Space Time Mead & Cider Works

Non-Profit Organization of the Year

  • Discovery MI Preschool
  • Meals on Wheels Community Services of NEPA
  • Scranton Fringe Festival

Pride and Progress: Exterior Renovation

  • Borough of Dunmore for Schautz Stadium
  • Outreach-Center for Community Resources
  • The Wright Center for Community Health

Pride and Progress: Interior Renovations

  • Penn State Scranton
  • The Wright Center for Community Health
  • Tobyhanna Army Depot

Pride and Progress: New Construction

  • FNCB Bank
  • AAA North Penn

Small Business of the Year

  • Center City Print
  • Horizon Dental Care
  • Lavish Body & Home
  • Thaxton Holistic Wellness Center

Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence

Disney Institute-0018

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce recently hosted “Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence” at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.

Patricipants included, front row, from left: Mary Malone, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce; Lauren Scott, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; Sherry Frable amd Brooke Caviston, Marywood University; Jill George and Lisa Cavage, The Dime Bank; Katie Kammerer Highmark Blue Cross; and Mari Potis, director of membership and events, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Back row: Kimberlee Greenleaf, Entercom; Noelle Krempasky, Fidelity Bank; Steve Zayac, Entercom; Judy Comerford, Fidelity Bank; J.J. Gaughan amd Tom DePietro, DePietro’s Pharmacy; Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Mileise Sabbatini, NET Credit Union; Melissa Rushworth, Honesdale National Bank; Dawn Gronski and Richard Drust, FNCB Bank; Brian Simokaski, Amy Seamon and Colleen Kennedy-Lovecchio, Prudential; and Gina Suydam, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce.