Member Spotlight: Boulder Landscape, LLC

“Being a member of the Chamber has been a great benefit. It allows us to engage directly, one-on-one, with other professionals in the business community, and also provides simple, yet effective advertising opportunities to others in our service area.” – Harry Woytko, Owner, Boulder Landscape, LLC

Founded in 1988 by Harry Woytko, Boulder Landscape, LLC has evolved from a wholesale tree nursery and grown into a full service landscape design and building company as of 2006. The company has experienced a significant growth in recent years, allowing it to expand its capabilities into the outdoor living market.

Boulder Landscape offers professional landscape and hardscape design and construction services, with a specialty focus on outdoor living and professional property maintenance. Boulder’s honest and trustworthy approach to client needs, along with its attention to detail with an unmatched focus on customer service, partnered with a team of hardworking and educated professionals dedicated to the industry, allows it to continually provide creative outdoor solutions to both new and longtime customers. 

Over the year, Boulder has assisted in several Eagle Scout projects, and has also donated labor and materials to the Berwick Community Pool at Ber-Vaughn, as well as more recently, the Berwick Community Dog Park. Boulder is proud to be a part of the business community in the Columbia/Montour region and is excited to continue its growth and success in the coming years. 

Member spotlights are chosen via a random drawing from members that submit their business cards at a Business After Hours event. The next Business After Hours is scheduled for Aug. 29 at AGAPE.

Flood Recovery Information

Updated 10:00 a.m. 8/17/18

As flood waters are receding and cleanup and repair efforts are underway across the area, local officials are assessing the scope of damage in applying for federal disaster declarations. With such a declaration, federal assistance programs would become available for businesses and homeowners. Columbia County officials anticipate that the scope of damage to local infrastructure will be sufficient to receive disaster declarations. Therefore, it is not critical that businesses there report damage at this time. Montour County is urging all businesses and residents to document damage and report the information to their local municipality.

Impacted businesses are advised to keep track of time and resources being used for recovery. A Disaster Survey Sheet from the U.S. Small Business Administration is attached to help document appropriate information. Details on assistance programs will be provided as they become available.

In the mean time, members are encouraged to contact the Chamber with any recovery related needs at 570-784-2522 or fgaffney@columbiamontourchamber.com.

The Columbia County Emergency Management Agency will be opening a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for any individual/family or business affected by the recent flooding event. The location will be the Benton High School in Benton Borough on Friday, August 17th and Saturday, August 18th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Columbia County EMA has confirmed that Rt. 487 between Bloomsburg and Benton is open. The following agencies will have a representative present for questions, concerns, and to provide information:
     The American Red Cross
     CMSU
     Columbia County Agriculture Department
     Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
     Columbia County Emergency Management Agency
     Tri County COG Inspection Services
     Other State Agencies

Residents are encouraged to attend and bring their completed Damage Assessment Forms with them.

Member News – August 15, 2018

Member News

 

  • There are currently a few opportunities for local businesses to connect with students at Bucknell University through the Bucknell SBDC, and possibly receive free consulting services in a variety of areas.

    – Students in a Markets, Innovation and Design 300 class will make websites free of charge for local businesses and organizations. If interested, please submit this application by Aug. 29.

    – Students in a 400-level computer science design course will work with local organizations to identify and specify a solution to a real-world, software-related problem in your business and deliver a working prototype by the end of the academic year, which will provide students with a realistic design experience where they can apply their software engineering knowledge. If interested, please submit an application by Aug. 15. Here are a few examples of previous projects.- The Electrical and Computer Engineering department is looking for electrical and computer engineering projects that include an element of both hardware and software development, through which students will learn design practices and gain experience in engineering design and project management. Projects at various technical stages are welcome, including proof-of-concept, prototype and deployment ready. To propose a project, contact Prof. Stu Thompson via email by Aug. 27.

    – Finally, the Freeman College of Management is seeking local businesses to work with management students and faculty on projects of mutual interest. Projects may range from extensive interaction with students throughout a 14-week project to as simple as providing data, or may develop into a collaboration with a faculty member with analysis expertise. Topics may involve operations management, supply chain, or data-driven projects in any area of your business such as pricing, human resources, finance and more. If interested in exploring a way to collaborate in this broad and open-ended area, contact Missy Gutkowski via email

 

  • The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will open its 2018-19 season with a free outdoor concert on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. on the Weis Center Plaza featuring Banda Magda and its unique style of French pop, Latin and jazz music.

    Banda Magda (photo by Shervin Lainez)

    The family-friendly performance is free and tickets are not required, and patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic. Drawing on the band’s global background, which includes Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia and the United States, the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world chansons sung in six languages. 

 

  • Wild For Salmon will host its annual Fishtival on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at its retail location at 521 Montour Blvd. (Rt. 11), Bloomsburg. This annual celebration of the return of the fishermen after another successful fishing season will feature samplings as well as several other vendors, including Turkey Hill Brewing

 

  • The ninth annual AGAPE Palooza will take place in Bloomsburg Town Park, located at Catherine St. and Fort McLure Blvd., from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. also on Saturday, Aug. 25. This event, which is organized by AGAPE, Love From Above To Our Community will feature over 100 craft and small business vendors as well as nonprofits and lots of “fair food” vendors, free music and family activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. There is free admission, free parking and a free shuttle from Bloomsburg High School, which will also shuttle attendees to and from ArtFest. 

 

  • The Exchange will hold the 11th annual ArtFest from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Aug. 25 in downtown Bloomsburg, surround the fountain on Bloomsburg’s Square. It will showcase more than 35 regional artists’ original work and be accompanied by live music, local food and activities for the whole family. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page

 

  • Community Options, Inc., a provider of residential and employment support to people with disabilities, is seeking individuals interested in serving on a new business advisory committee for Community Options’ Bloomsburg office. Community Options’ mission is to promote the integration of persons with disabilities within the communities in which they reside, enabling them to become viable and contributing neighbors, employees and citizens of the community. The purpose of this committee is to discuss and implement ways to help the organization better integrate into the community and bridge the gap between the community and the individuals it serves. If you may be interested in serving on this committee, or for questions, contact associate executive director David McConaghy at 570-638-6007 or email. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Aug. 30 at noon at Community Options’ Bloomsburg office, located at 1117 Old Berwick Rd.

 

  • In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Camp Victory will hold a special free family fun day for the community on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 12-3 p.m. Its swimming pool, climbing wall and zip line will be open and there will be hot dogs, ice cream, drinks, an arts and crafts project, a moon bounce, wagon rides and live music. For more information, visit the Facebook event page

 

  • The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation will hold a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 12-1:30 p.m. at Monty’s on the Bloomsburg University campus to celebrate the grants made to community organizations through the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation. Local nonprofit organizations will be presented with the 2018 grant awards. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is requested. RSVP online or by emailing or calling Karri Harter at 570-752-3930 ext. 6. 

 

  • MePush will be hosting a series of study sessions throughout the fall at its conference room at 130 Buffalo Rd., Lewisburg, for information technology professionals that are taking and interested in getting together to study for the Cisco CCNA exam. This major certification in the IT industry is a big undertaking for some, so MePush would like to offer a forum to help other IT pros in the area improve their skills and certifications. If interested, please email Art so MePush can have a headcount. 

Welcome MaxWorx

More than 400 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and our region. Increased membership allows us to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. The Chamber welcomes its newest member, MaxWorx, to help us fulfill our mission.

MaxWorx is the employment services arm of Hope Enterprises, Inc., which also just joined the Columbia Montour Chamber. MaxWorx provides solutions previously provided by Hope for business and industry. Services provided include custodial services, vendor managed inventory services, mobile car wash services and industrial solutions, which includes such tasks as shrink wrapping, light manufacturing, packaging, bulk mailings, fulfillment and others. MaxWorx is located at 2401 Reach Rd., Williamsport, and serves the entire surrounding areas. It can be reached at 272-202-4435, by email, or visit its website

Welcome Hope Enterprises, Inc.

More than 400 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and our region. Increased membership allows us to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. The Chamber welcomes its newest member, Hope Enterprises, Inc., to help us fulfill our mission.

Hope Enterprises’ mission is to enhance the lives of people with developmental disABILITIES by providing them with caring supports and responsive programs and services. Founded in 1952 in Williamsport, where its headquarters remain, Hope is a leading organization in Pennsylvania in providing community services to people with development disABILITIES. Its services are focused in four main areas: 

– Children – providing early intervention and therapies for young children that have been identified as having a developmental disABILITY

– Residential – providing an array of programs that allow adults with developmental disABILITIES to live on their own

– Employment – putting adults with developmental disABILITIES in ideal places to work based on their strengths and interests

– Home and Community Support – this includes companion services, home support, building life and work skills, and engaging adults in community participation

For over 10 years now, since 2007, Hope has had a presence in Columbia and Montour counties ever since it merged with the former CMSU Service System. It has an office in Danville located at 351 Church St., and also provides several residential homes for adults that it serves in this two-county area. Its Danville office can be reached at 570-275-8691, or visit its website or Facebook page