The official newsletter of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce

THE EDGE
• • December a guide to Butler County business information

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"We Mean Business"

2010

Register Now For Expo At Clearview Mall
9th Annual ‘Health, Wealth, Wellness & More’ Business Expo Is February 4th & 5th

INSIDE
Message from the President Page 2 Member News Pages 3 & 8 2010 Year in Review Page 4 - 7 New Members Page 9

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rea businesses are invited to participate in the 9th Annual ‘Health, Wealth, Wellness & More’ Business Expo to be held Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, 2011, at Clearview Mall, Center Court. This event, brought to you by the Butler County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Clearview Mall, is open to all interested businesses and organizations.

The event will take place on Friday from Noon to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vendors will receive one 8-foot covered table and two chairs and electricity is available upon request. This year’s event is generously sponsored by Butler Armco Employees Credit Union, Butler County Family YMCA, Butler Eagle and Butler Health System. Scheduled to take place before Valentine’s Day, this expo is very popular with the local business community. Vendors experience great business-to-business networking opportunities as well as the opportunity to take advantage of the Clearview Mall’s already built-in ‘shopper traffic’. Plus, as an added bonus, all vendors are permitted to sell merchandise during the event! To register, simply complete and send back the registration flyer included in this month’s issue of The Leading Edge, or contact the Chamber office directly at 724.283.2222.

Annual Holiday Gathering
Friday, December 3, 2010 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Butler’s Grand Ballroom at Cornerstone Commons 201 South Main Street, Suite 300
ButlerCountyChamber.com 724.283.2222

Member Event - Reservations Requested 724.283.2222 or Jennifer@ButlerCountyChamber.com

"Serving the Butler County business community since 1896"
Printing provided by: Minuteman Press in the Pullman Commerce Center (724) 283-7403
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Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE BOARD Brenda Lemmon Minuteman Press of Butler Board Chair

A Message From The President
“We Mean Business”

Dr. Nicholas Neupauer 1st Vice Chair Butler County Community College Joe Taylor Armstrong Sherry Kyne Eisler Nurseries, Inc. Jocelyn Howard Sinopoli C.W. Howard Insurance Agency BOARD OF DIRECTORS John Brautigam Clearview Mall Dr. Edward Bucha Slippery Rock University Dino Capestrani Concordia Visiting Nurses Cecelia Buechele Foster Community Health Clinic of Butler County Aubery Hulings Farmers National Bank Brian McCafferty Kenmac Rentals & Sales Glenn Miller Thompson-Miller Funeral Home Jody Offstein Furniture Galleries Stephanie Roskovski Butler Health System Vic Rozic Calumet-Penreco LLC/Karns City Tammy Schuey Butler Eagle Ken Raybuck CDC of Butler County Daniel Swartz ESB Bank Dean Weiland Friedman’s Freshmarkets Affilate Organizations: Butler County Young Professionals Kristen McKivigan Mike Lysakowski Butler Downtown Butler Human Resources Association Friday Morning Coffee Club Leadership Butler County New Visions for Butler Slippery Rock Business Association 2nd Vice Chair Treasurer Past Chair

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any of you travel or do business outside Butler County, and I am positive that you contact the Chamber of Commerce in that area when looking for business opportunities or services. Now imagine that process in reverse. A business is looking for a contact here in Butler County. Our records prove that our website has a phenomenal number of hits daily, and the number one section viewed is the membership directory, with number two being our monthly calendar of programs and events. Chamber members are listed free of charge alphabetically, by type of business and by contact name with a direct link to your website. While on ButlerCountyChamber.com, visitors are exposed to our programs and services and each event sponsor is additionally listed with their logo. Committee members are listed. Events are listed. Boards and affiliates are listed. Many of you may not realize it, but someone contacted you because they found you on our website. Remember the contact at that important business you wanted to meet? Odds are they will be at one of our seminars or mixers; maybe at our networking luncheon or business training seminar; maybe involved in Leadership Butler County or one of our other affiliates. We provide every avenue possible to assist your business to grow, and we encourage you to become involved. The recent proliferation of “networking” clubs and enterprises is testimony to the success of the Chamber of Commerce brand concept and model. We all like to do business with those in our comfort zone if possible, and we all appreciate the opportunity to meet prospective clients through social and business settings in a non-threatening environment. The Butler County Chamber of Commerce has provided this service since 1896, and we do it better than anyone does. When we say, “We Mean Business”, we guarantee that our membership is given every opportunity to grow their business. While other organizations promise exposure, regional partnerships, area wide networking and professional staffing and programming, we deliver without forgetting our home and our roots. During the month of December, Chamber members will be receiving their dues statements for 2011, and many of you will be examining expenditures during these turbulent economic times. With your dues, you receive free access to over 600 area businesses locally; you receive free exposure via the web internationally; you receive as much opportunity as you want to avail yourself to a wide variety of networking through committee and event involvement; you receive the opportunity to “business socialize” with regional contacts and you receive access to the resources of our entire membership who offer a wealth of expertise in areas from public relations and marketing to investments and training. Whether you are a small family-owned business or a multi-national corporation, we have a service or activity that suits you. Through our connection to numerous local, regional, state and federal agencies, our Chamber can open many doors to you if you just “knock”. So, when someone asks you why you belong to our Chamber Family, you can honestly answer “too many reasons to mention.” I can assure you that one of your best business expenses is your investment in the Butler County Chamber of Commerce.

professional staff
Stan Kosciuszko ..............................Ext. 23
President

Bobbi Jo Cornetti ............................Ext. 22
Communications Director Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Monaco..............................Ext. 21

The Board of Directors and staff of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce wish you and your family a very safe and happy holiday season!

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Butler County Chamber of Commerce

The official newsletter of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce

Member News
Adecco Encourages Businesses To Participate In Toys For Tots Program
decco in Butler is proud to be a part of the 2010 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. To make a donation, please contact Adecco at 724.284.9555 or by email at sharon.fudoli@adeccona.com. We will be happy to schedule a pick up at your company. Donations are being accepted until December 8, 2010. Thank you for your generosity and Happy Holidays!

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Pay It Forward With Twice the Gift for $9.95

ow often do you find a gift for under $10 that is not only beautiful but pays it forward by helping someone else? Give a beautiful full color calendar showcasing Butler County AND have the proceeds benefit the United Way of Butler County.

Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau provided 13 beautiful photos to grace the pages of this calendar. It’s sure to be a collector’s item! To order, simply logon to the Minuteman Press website www. minutemanbutler.com – and follow the easy steps*. Or stop in at Minuteman Press, 112 Hollywood Drive in the Pullman Commerce Center. We’d be happy to see you!
*$2.00 will be added to calendars that are mailed for shipping & handling.

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Days Inn Offers Small Business Christmas Party

he Butler Days Inn is offering a great option for your Small Business Christmas Party. Book your party on Saturday, December 18, 2010, at the Butler Days Inn from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Hors D’oeuvres will be served from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Dinner Buffet from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bar options are also available for an additional charge. Entertainment will be provided by J’s Light and Sound. Special sleeping room rates are also available. To book your party, please contact the Butler Days Inn at 724.287.6761, ext. 262.

Schultz Honored As CFO Of The Year
ric Schultz received the 2010 CFO of the Year Award (small nonprofit category) presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times. These awards are given to financial professionals in the Pittsburgh region for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards. Finalists and winners were honored at a dinner at the William Penn Hotel on November 11th. Eric’s story is featured in a special supplement of the Pittsburgh Business Times. Eric was named Chief Fiscal Officer of Center for Community Resources in August 2005. He is also CFO of Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (founded in 2008) and the Nonprofit Development Corporation (founded in 2010). Eric is an active member of our community. He serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Trustees at Butler County Community College (BC3). He is the Secretary of the Winterlake Homeowner’s Association in Penn Township. He also donates personal time performing annual audits for Meals on Wheels, Glade Run United Presbyterian Church, Food Bank of South Butler and Preschool Place of South Butler. Please join us in congratulating Eric on this well-deserved honor!

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Geneva College Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership Class to Begin At Succop Conservancy!
eneva College believes that leadership is more than position, power or prestige. It is about relationships, influence and service. We believe that regardless of your occupation or job position, you can be a leader capable of transforming your workplace, community, church, family and self. Our program provides working adults the opportunity for continued professional growth and advancement through the study, research and application of leadership and organizational theory. Classes meet one night per week for 24 months. Call (724) 847.2715 to learn more or visit our website www.geneva.edu/ msol. Butler class begins on January 24, 2011, so call today!
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2010 The Year In Review

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Butler County Chamber of Commerce

Thank you to everyone that made 2010 a success!

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Member News
Butler County Symphony Holiday Concert Is December 4
he Butler County Symphony Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. on December 4, 2010, at the Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium, 551 Fairground Hill Road in Butler, will feature an unusual ensemble of eight harps. The theme for this 62nd season is “Images,” and this concert is focused on “Visions of Sugar Plums.” HarpFx is a group of eight adult and student musicians, ranging in age from 9 years to 50 something, who love to play the harp. Comprised of students and former students of Julia Ann Scott, the group plays great music throughout Western Pennsylvania. With the orchestra, the group will play Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker by Tschaikovsky and Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Alone, they will also play a medley of carols. The orchestra will play the Richman’s Hanukkah Festival Overture, Charlie Brown Christmas Medley, the Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah, and Anderson’s Sleighride. Reserved seat tickets are available at the Butler County Symphony Association office, 259 South Main Street, Butler. For more information, call 724.283.1402 or visit the website at www.butlersymphony.org.

BCYP Plan 2011 Event Schedule
he Butler County Young Professionals (BCYP) group, an affiliate organization of the Butler County Chamber, Leadership Butler County and the Zelienople-Harmony Area Chamber, invites area professionals to get involved, network and make a positive impact on the community. The BCYPs are already planning their 2011 schedule of events. Watch for more specific information on the following events throughout the year: January – Evening Networking Activity April – North Country Brewing Company “Volunteering Made Easy” – Help the BCYP select a service project. May – Joint meeting with the Grove City Area Young Professionals July – Joint Mixer with Butler Downtown September – Week of Caring Project, “Volunteering Made Easy” October – “A Shot In The Dark” Night Golf Event at Aubrey’s December – Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive Plus, the BCYP will be continuing their ‘Happy Hour & A Half’ the last Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. during the months of January through May. Enjoy networking, mixing, socializing, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary beverage. The Butler County Young Professionals is a networking group for professionals employed at a Butler County business embarking on or in the midst of their careers. This networking group will give you the opportunity to become involved in the community as well as share like interests, concerns, and questions with other professionals in the business community. For more information on how you can become a member of the BCYP, call 724.283.2222 or visit ButlerCountyChamber.com.

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lose to 30 new and current members, along with members from the Chamber’s Board of Directors, attended the Chamber’s Fall Member-Guest Orientation and Breakfast on Thursday, November 11, 2010, at the Chamber office in downtown Butler.

Stan Kosciuszko, Chamber President, presented a quick ‘Chamber 101’ lesson to those attending after guests introduced themselves and their businesses. Special thanks is extended to Friedman’s Freshmarkets for sponsoring and providing the delicious breakfast for the orientation.

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Butler County Chamber of Commerce

The official newsletter of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce

Welcome New Members
We welcome the following new members to the Butler County Chamber of Commerce.
Lyndora National Baking Co., Inc.
Contact: Debra F. Bristen 8 Chesapeake Street Lyndora, PA 16045 P: 724.283.1291

he Board of Directors of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce two new “members only” benefits. Affiliated Power Purchasers International, LLC (APPI Energy) is pleased to offer members the Energy Savings Program, a chamber benefit that reduces and manages energy and utility expenses. Affiliated Power Purchasers International, LLC, an independent energy and utility consulting firm, provides consulting services to thousands of businesses around the country. Companies benefit by using APPI Energy’s energy procurement expertise and utility audit experience to reduce operating expenses immediately and over the long-term. To learn more, visit APPI’s website at www.appienergy.com or contact them at 800-520-6685. AS healthcare costs continue to rise, the Board of Directors examined our current insurance program ChamberChoice. With limited options, it was decided to switch to Pennsylvania Chamber Insurance beginning January 2011. They are committed to providing members of the Butler County Chamber with a full menu of solutions to choose the best medical program for their business. Both programs have been in operation and endorsed by the PA Chamber and Chambers of Commerce in our State for many years. Should you wish to receive advanced information, please feel free to contact PA Chamber Insurance at 800-755-3021.

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Lyndora National Baking Co. is a scratch bakery, with all products made by hand from old-world recipes. The business has been located at the same sight since 1922 and is now in its 3rd generation of operation. All of our breads, rolls, cookies, donuts, etc. are preservative free just as they were from the first generation.

Schedule Your Presentation At 2011 Coffee Club

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Sponsored by PNC Bank, Butler County Business Matters & The Fairfield Inn & Suites

andler Training presented a sold-out Sales Workshop to 30 attendees on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, to Chamber members titled, ‘Sell More To Earn More!’ The workshop was presented by Jennifer Sproat-Whitmoyer, Sandler Partner. Attendees learned the 13 best ways to get in front of more prospects, four things all prospects will do that will kill your sales, the #1 secret that virtually eliminates your competition from stealing your sale, and many other sales tips and secrets in order to ‘sell more’! Chamber members will be able to participate in a special workshop series offered by Sandler Training in 2011 – watch for more details on this series coming soon.

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Sold Out Sales Workshop A Hit With Members

he Friday Morning Coffee Club is now scheduling business presentations for the 2011 year. Sign up now for a great opportunity to market your business to a room full of area business owners and nonprofit managers – at no cost to you! Presentation dates are limited and fill up fast, so contact the Chamber today to schedule your presentation. The Friday Morning “Coffee Club”, sponsored by PNC Bank, Butler County Business Matters and the Fairfield Inn & Suites, located at 200 Fairfield Lane (Rt. 8 North) in Butler, offers hot coffee, a complimentary breakfast, FREE networking and sharing of referrals and a variety of morning topics. Start your Friday mornings off right from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. – and remember that if your company promotes casual Friday, then so do we! Non-Chamber member guests can attend a Coffee Club up to two times before they are asked to join the Chamber. Members of area chambers of commerce, the Community Development Corporation and Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau are encouraged to attend as well. December 2010 Presentation Scheduled at Panera Bread: • December 3 – PrimePay Payroll and Business Services, Rob Marshall December 2010 Presentations Scheduled at the Fairfield Inn & Suites: • • • • December 10 - ARMSTRONG, Chelynne Kramer December 17 - ESB Bank, Peg Haefele December 24 - Christmas Eve - No Meeting December 31 - New Year’s Eve - No Meeting

Contact the Chamber to schedule your 2011 presentation date by calling 724.283.2222 or emailing Jennifer@ButlerCountyChamber. com today.
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