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22 • issue 2 • March a guide to Butler County business information

The official newsletter of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce

"We Mean Business"


Butler County & Allegheny Valley Chambers Host 5th Annual Spring Networking Luncheon on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

President’s Message Page 2 Member News Pages 3 - 4 Calendar Pages 5 - 6 Marcellus Shale Page 7 Expo at the Mall Page 8 Affiliates Page 9

Sponsored By Concordia & Consolidated Communications

oin members from the Butler County and Allegheny Valley Chambers of Commerce for a unique, Spring Networking Luncheon at Concordia Lutheran Ministries on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The luncheon, back by popular demand, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Consolidated Communications. Concordia Lutheran Ministries will host the event at their facility – Haven 1, 112 Marwood Road, Entrance 2, in Cabot. Parking will be available adjacent to the building or across the street. Enjoy a delicious lunch and progressive networking with not one, but two area chambers in the popular Meet-N-Move format! Last year, this event attracted close to 100 chamber members from both areas involved and serves as a perfect event to promote your business and expand your networking circle! Chamber members can register for $20.00 per person. Prospective members are welcome at $30.00 per person. Unfortunately, walk-ins cannot be accommodated, so please register early for this event. For more information or to register, see the insert featured in this newsletter, download the flyer from our website at, or contact the Butler County Chamber at 724.283.2222 or via e-mail at today – spaces fill quickly, so don’t delay!


Employee Appreciation Day Luncheon Is April 18th! Featuring a Taste of Springtime with a Special Brunch!
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lease join us for the Chamber’s 18th Annual Employee Appreciation Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Participate in a mini business expo, enjoy delicious food and beverages and win some great door prizes! And don’t forget to congratulate the winner of the Annual Employee of the Year Award. The luncheon will take place at The Atrium, Route 422 West in Prospect, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Cost is $25.00 per person and tables of eight or ten may be reserved. This year’s luncheon is sponsored by The Atrium; Medure’s Catering and the Butler Eagle. Luncheon Menu Includes: Assorted Quiche, Pan Seared Chicken Francaise, Gemelli Pasta Salad with Fresh Vegetables and Basil Pesto, Fresh Long Bean Salad, Champagne Vinaigrette, Fresh Lettuce Salad with Toppings, Assorted Cheeses with Homemade Crackers and French Breads, Fresh Bagels, Cream Cheese, Butter and Preserves - Assorted Breakfast Breads, Danish and Fresh Fruit Presentation. The Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by Butler Health System, will be presented to an outstanding employee of a Butler County business. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, March 16, 2012. Visit the Chamber website at to download a nomination form. Chamber members are also encouraged to sign up to participate in the popular mini-expo. Cost is only $50.00 per table and promotional items, door prizes and minor sales will be permitted. Basket donations are also welcome from Chamber members. Larger baskets will be displayed individually and smaller donations will be grouped together to create a basket. Should you be interested in donating, please contact the Butler County Chamber by March 30, 2012, via e-mail Media@ButlerCountyChamber. com or call 724.283.2222. Registration forms are included in this newsletter.
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Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE BOARD Joe Taylor Armstrong Tammy Schuey Butler Eagle Brian McCafferty KENMAC Rental & Sales Aubrey Hulings Farmers National Bank Board Chair 1st Vice Chair 2

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT “The End Of The First Quarter!”

Vice Chair Treasurer


Dr. Nicholas Neupauer Past Chair Butler County Community College BOARD OF DIRECTORS Karen Brackett NexTier Bank Dr. Edward Bucha Slippery Rock University Cecelia Buechele Foster Community Health Clinic of Butler County Dino Capestrani Concordia Visiting Nurses Elisabeth Howard Sommers C.W. Howard Insurance Agency Brett Ligo Ligo Architects Robi Lombardo First Energy Corporation Janice Pakozdi-Luffy Bear Metallurgical Co. Ken Raybuck CDC of Butler County Stephanie Roskovski Butler Health System Lyric Schnur Hefron-Tillotson, Inc. Daniel Swartz ESB Bank Dean Weiland Friedman’s Freshmarkets Jen Whitmoyer Slippery Rock Business Assoc. Affilate Organizations: Butler County Young Professionals Mike Lysakowski Butler Downtown Butler Human Resources Association Friday Morning Coffee Club Leadership Butler County New Visions for Butler Slippery Rock Business Association

f this were a football game and we were ending the first quarter, any spectator would have to admit that our team is not only in the lead, but impossible to beat. The amount of events, seminars, mixers, committee meetings, affiliate activities, general information and member information is exhausting. Ours is definitely not a static organization. Our 10th Annual Expo at the Clearview Mall was once again a sell out, with a full compliment of businesses and the amount of attendees clearly indicates that our economy is on the upswing. The Officers and Board (Varsity) of our Chamber have never been shy when it comes to new and innovative programs and events, and our Leadership Butler County Class and Butler County Young Professionals (Junior Varsity) followed suit with an impressive array of activities. The second annual “Polar Bear Plunge” at Moraine State Park was a sight to behold, as the ice was broken and the bravehearted proudly entered 30 degree water to achieve their goal. Perfectly coordinated, perfectly conducted and perfectly successful. Our first and second string is very strong, but we also have a great number of interested players “on the bench” and in the “training camp”. It is through the diligence and involvement of an extremely active Board of Directors, an interested and informed membership, and a positive reputation and position in the community that we consistently have new involved professionals. I continue to be grateful for the interest and involvement exhibited by our “Past Presidents Advisory Council”; proof of how strong our organization remains. Add to these past leaders the Butler County Young Professionals and we have established a competent, well-informed and interested group of team players. March will provide our membership with new opportunities to network (Spring Meet-N-Move, Mixer hosted by The New Baglier Mazda) and learn (Trio of Marcellus Shale Seminars conducted in cooperation with Butler County Community College and Penn State Extension, Sales training seminars hosted by Sandler Training, NexTier Bank and C.W.Howard Insurance). Our team is built on partnerships, collaborations and constant training and evolution. If it is in the best interest of Butler County, then it is in the best interest of our Chamber Team to lead these efforts. April is the time to recognize and award your employees at our Employee Appreciation Luncheon as well as bringing non-member businesses into our chamber through our “Member - Guest” Breakfast and New Member Orientation. We once again partner with the PA CareerLink for a Jobs & Career Fair as well as continuing our “Breakfast Briefings” professional training. May brings us our Home and Garden Show in partnership with the Spring Garden Market, Human Resource Forum, and Chamber Mixer at the Butler Little Theatre. In June, our thoughts turn to golf, more educational seminars and the list goes on. Each month provides a wide variety of events and opportunities to take advantage of your investment in our Chamber. I trust that all of you have received our brochure of events and activities for 2012 and that you noticed the large amount of company logos. Sponsorship indicates pride, interest and most importantly “confidence” in the Butler County Chamber of Commerce. I commend you on making our Chamber the strongest, most active, most highly respected, and most “evolutionary” business organization in the area. The next three quarters of this 2012 game promise to be full of activity, innovation, education, networking, camaraderie and most importantly, fun and satisfaction with belonging to the best Chamber of Commerce in Western Pennsylvania.

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BUT 1050-AM invites you for a night of fun at the Taste of Home Cooking School show, live at the Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium on March 13, 2012. During this interactive two-hour event, you’ll watch top culinary expert, Cheryl Cohen, demonstrate ten new recipes you can easily recreate in your home. Taste of Home is the only coast to coast traveling cooking show in the country, and their culinary specialists are ready to stir up a new batch of fresh spring dishes. Not only will you leave the event with new recipe ideas; you’ll also go home with a valuable gift bag, which includes an assortment of products and coupons and a special edition of Taste of Home magazine The cooking demonstration at 7:00 p.m. is preceded by a business expo at 4:30 p.m. featuring local businesses and organizations offering information, samples quality merchandise and more. Taste of Home Cookbooks are for purchase as well as food concessions. Tickets for the event are $10.00 per person and are available online at www.wbut. com or by calling 724.287.5778.


Taste of Home Cooking School Show

ou are invited to attend the annual Career Fair at Butler County Community College (BC3) on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Founders Hall. This Fair gives students looking for career information an opportunity to learn about your business and it provides you an excellent opportunity to recruit new employees and promote your organization. Registration is easy for the BC3 Career Fair, just go to the registration site website at http://www.bc3. edu/career/career_registration_form.asp and register. There is no fee, but we encourage you to register early because we have limited space. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 23, 2012. A table and tablecloth will be provided. You will receive a confirmation and additional information when your registration application is received. Please feel free to contact Lois Trimbur, Career Services Specialist, BC3, at Lois.trimbur@bc3. edu or call 724.287.8711 ext. 8310 with any questions. Thank you for considering the students at Butler County Community College. To post a Job or Resume, go to


Career Fair at Butler County Community College

Marcellus Shale Summit II & Expo Coming to Butler County
Join the Butler Media Group and the Butler County Chamber of Commerce for a free informational and educational discussion of Marcellus Shale Drilling and its impact on Butler County on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Butler Days Inn Conference Center. The second installment of the Marcellus Shale Summit will feature numerous vendors throughout the day, panel discussions, and a seminar by Dr. Terry Engelder, a leading authority on the recent Marcellus Gas Shale play, at 4:30 p.m. No matter which side of the topic you share an interest in, we at the Butler Media Group want to educate and inform you on the natural resources that live below us all, as residents of Butler County. It is no secret this new natural gas find has begun to rejuvenate our ailing Butler County economy with jobs, equipment sales, financing and more. However, the mining practices used have not come without controversy, as environmentalists lament the toll taken on the earth as well as the industrialization of previously zoned agriculture and forestlands. Whether you are a Butler citizen, landowner, business or part of our local government, you can see there are unique opportunities and challenges arising from Marcellus Shale that you need to understand. Education is key. Details of the Summit and Expo, including information on how to participate as a vendor, are available at

It’s never to early to think Golf!

Save the dates
56th Annual Outing June 14, 2012 at Lake Arthur Country Club 18th Annual Ladies Outing August 1, 2012 at Conley Resort
March 2012


Member News
Butler PM Rotary Club Gives The Gift of Warmth CDC Annual Meeting March 30
he Butler County CDC (Community Development Corporation) will hold its annual Membership Meeting on Friday, March 30th, 2012, at 7:30AM at the Butler Country Club. Keynote Speaker will be Carolyn BoserNewhouse, the Deputy Secretary of Innovation and Investment at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Boser-Newhouse was appointed to the newly created position in January and brings over 20 years of private sector experience to the position which consolidates the Offices of Business Assistance, Technology Investment and Tourism, Marketing and Film, under a single Deputy Secretary with the goal of improving interagency communication and crosscollaboration within the department. In addition the CDC will elect its officers for 2012 and recognize those businesses, governmental agencies and additional firms and individuals who have worked with the CDC throughout the past year to provide a business environment conducive to creating and retaining jobs in Butler County. RSVP can be made by contacting the CDC Office at 724.283.1961 or via e-mail at ButlerCDC@ButlerCountyCDC. com on or before March 15, 2012. Make your plans to enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet on Friday, March 30, 2012, and preview the exciting economic development opportunities available in Butler County through the CDC and its partners. he Oversight Committee for the Butler County Emergency Relief Initiative (BERI) is pleased to announce the receipt of $6,000 from the Butler PM Rotary Club. The mission of BERI is to complement existing agencies in meeting essential needs of Butler County residents whose lives have been affected by a significant emergency. Individuals and families in our community continue to struggle to make ends meet. However, this very generous donation will help Butler County residents stay warm during these cold winter months. From July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, BERI provided $15,642 in assistance to approximately 151 households. The Utility Integrated Point of Contact at Center for Community Resources (CCR) fielded 4,663 calls for assistance and did intake on 1,250 unduplicated households. Of those households, 313 received direct assistance. Overseen entirely by volunteers, with 100% of the funding raised going directly to client aid, the Emergency Relief Initiative continues to seek solutions and establish a network of resources. We invite you to join our efforts and become actively involved by contacting the United Way at 724.285.4883 for more information.



The Butler County Humane Society Hosts Its 6th Annual Fur Ball

et ready to party for the animals at the Butler County Humane Society’s 6th annual signature gala Fur Ball at the Butler Country Club. They are expecting a sell-out crowd to support and celebrate the exceptional work done by BCHS. This year, BCHS will be spotlighting ARMSTRONG for their production of Critter Corner each month. Critter Corner has proved to be an important matchmaking tool for the dogs and cats at BCHS and has helped place many animals in their fur-ever homes. Guests will start their evening with a Yappy Hour followed by exceptional food, delightful desserts, and exciting auction items along with the company of the adorable, adoptable animals from BCHS. Ron Vodenichar will host a live auction with an incredible array of prizes and trips. The 6th Annual Fur Ball will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Butler Country Club, 310 Country Club Road, Butler, PA 16002. Tickets are on sale now, go to to order. The event usually sells out, so reserve your tickets now. 4
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his year’s Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Butler County Symphony Association at Swope Hall on the campus of Slippery Rock University on January 22 resulted in two winners. They are16year old pianist Hannah Che of Beaver and 17-year old violinist Andrew Percy of Lyndora. These two musicians will perform with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra on March 10, 2012, “A Night of Beginnings”. The competition was open to any high school age musician within a 25-mile radius of Butler or any high school age musician in a PMEA District 5 school. Peggy McGuirk, Chairperson of the competition committee, said, “the judges had a difficult time picking only one winner because all of the musicians who competed were extremely talented.” Tickets for this concert are available at the Butler County Symphony office, 259 S. Main St., Butler. Prices are $15 adult pre-sale, and $5 for students. Adult prices at the door are $20. For more information, call 724.283.1402 or visit the website at



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Butler County and Marcellus Shale
A Natural Gas Trio of Seminars - Three Events for Three Different Audiences


n March 5, 6 and 7, 2012, the Butler County Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Butler County Community College and Penn State Extension to offer a series of seminars designed to educate, inform and connect. We hope to answer many of the questions surrounding Marcellus Shale issues and connect resources, which will provide opportunities in Butler County. All three seminars will be held at Founders Hall on the campus of Butler County Community College. On Monday, March 5, 2012, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., we invite landowners to join us for Marcellus Shale updated overview and information session. The evening will begin with a summary by Jon Laughner from Penn State Extension (Marcellus Shale 201) and update, followed by a discussion of Water Quality studies by Mark Madden of Penn State University. Attorney William White will discuss leasing. The final presenter will be Bud Shuffstall from Northwest Savings Bank who will discuss estate planning. Attendees will have the opportunity to present their questions and concerns to the panel, and will receive helpful information including a reference guide. The cost is $10.00 per person and required reservations must be made through Penn State Extension at 724.287.4761. This seminar is sponsored in part by Northwest Savings Bank. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, is designed for municipal officials. The dinner meeting will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will touch upon Marcellus Shale updated current information as well as issues pertinent to government officials. Mel Bliss, Coordinator of the Public Safety Training Facility at BC3 will begin the evening. Attorney William White will present leasing issues followed by Water Quality study reports presented by Mark Madden from Penn State Extension. A representative of Governor Corbett will present impact fee legislation. Cost is $15.00 per person for non-sponsored municipal representatives. Reservations are required and can be made

by contacting the Butler County Chamber of Commerce at 724.283.2222. This second seminar is sponsored in part by Northwest Savings Bank. “Marcellus Opportunities for Products & Services: How?’ On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, we invite businesses, suppliers, training entities, contractors, and industry representatives to participate in an informative lunch and mini business expo. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., area businesses will be updated by Jon Laughner from Penn State Extension on Marcellus Shale. Bob Garland; Senior Technical Advisor at Universal Well Services will present procedures. Financial Planning Options will be presented by Bob Shuffstall from Northwest Savings Bank and workforce development opportunities and Dr. Stephen Catt, Executive Director of Workforce Development at BC3, will discuss challenges. Businesses including industry representatives are encouraged to interface and network with industry representatives. They are encouraged to set up a display table with information on their operations and services. There will be time to network and visit the variety of businesses prior to and following the formal program. Cost is $10.00 lunch only or $100.00, which includes two lunches and one 6-ft. exhibitor table. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Butler County Chamber of Commerce at 724.283.2222. This third seminar is sponsored in part by Northwest Savings Bank. Premier sponsors in addition to the ones listed above include Butler County Community College, Penn State Extension, Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, Butler County Chamber of Commerce, Butler County Council of Governments and the Butler County Association of Township Officials. The seminar “trio” is being coordinated in cooperation with the Zelienople-Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce.


“Premium” Members

he Board of Directors would like to thank the following businesses that have selected to become “Premium” members this year. We appreciate their confidence in and financial support of our Chamber of Commerce. They have received “featured” placement on our website as well as special listing in the upcoming membership directory. To learn how you can become a “Premium” member, contact the Chamber office today at 724.283.2222 or Alliance for Non Profit Resources, Butler County Community College, Consolidated Communications, ESB Bank, Farmers National Bank Alliance for Non Profit Resources


BHS Foundation Plans for Annual Crystal Ball, Seat Reservations Being Accepted
elebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Butler Health System Foundation at its annual black tie fundraiser, the Crystal Ball. The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, March 17 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Township beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will include a cocktail hour, a silent auction where participants can bid on a wide variety of items – from entertainment to sports memorabilia, a specialty basket auction, a wine paired sit-down dinner and specialty drinks, casino games and dancing. “Given how quickly these tickets go, we really encourage those who want to attend to secure their tickets now,” says Kris Bowser, Development Specialist. Tickets are $140 and can be obtained by contacting the BHS Foundation before March 9 at 724-284-4716 or by email at kab.bhf@butlerhealthsystem. org . Proceeds will be directed toward vehicles and staffing to create access to health care services for those in our community who have little or no transportation.
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10th Annual Health, Wealth, Wellness & More Expo at the Clearview Mall Clearly a success.

Another full house of vendors enjoyed the large mall traffic during the annual February Expo at the Mall. We thank our sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers who helped to make this once again a success.


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he Butler Human Resources Association (BHRA) is an affiliated chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management; the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 200,000 individual members, the Society’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive resources available. As an influential voice, the Society’s mission is to advance the human resource profession to ensure that HR is recognized as an essential partner in developing and executing organizational strategy. Founded in 1948, SHRM currently has more than 500 affiliated chapters within the United States and members in more than 100 countries. The Butler Human Resources Association is more than 100 members strong. They meet the second Tuesday of every month for lunch meetings from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Meetings are comprised of networking opportunities with other local HR professionals. In addition, we provide speakers on HR topics such as legal issues, organizational and individual performance management, strategic management, HR Best Practices and other areas relevant to the practice of Human Resources. There is something for every business large and small because they all have one thing in common – their people. The Butler County Chamber of Commerce encourages you to participate in this active affiliate. Membership information can be found on line at You are also welcome to contact Regina Zajac, PHR, HR Generalist, BHRA Secretary at 724-556-9859 (cell), 412-364-3000 x233 (work) or email


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CareerLink & Chamber Host April Job & Career Fair


A CareerLink Butler County and the Butler County Chamber of Commerce present the spring Job & Careers Fair on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Butler Days Inn. This is a great opportunity if you are looking for good employees or would like to showcase your company to the public and other area businesses. CareerLink job fairs in Butler County draw between 500-600 job seekers from six counties. Job seekers range from those with GEDs to Master’s level training. Cost to participate in the fair is $130.00 and includes a table, two chairs, tablecloth, breakfast buffet for two representatives, refreshments throughout the morning and marketing costs. Additional breakfasts are available for $10.00 each. Various sponsorship packages including program advertising are also available. For more information, contact PA CareerLink Butler County at 724.431.4004 or via e-mail at

An impressive panel of experts hosts and educates Leadership Butler County Class of 2012 during Health Care Day. Janice Rodgers, LIFE Butler County; Glenn and Robin Miller Thompson Miller Crematorium; Keith Frndak, President & CEO Concordia Lutheran Ministries; Dino Capestrani, Concordia Visiting Nurses; Butler Memorial Hospital President & CEO Ken DeFurio; Community Health Clinic of Butler County, Cecelia Buchele Foster; VA Butler Healthcare Chief of Human Resources Teneal Caw.

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