Butler Co. Chamber of Commerce

101 East Diamond Street
Lower Level Suite 116
Post Office Box 1082
Butler, PA 16003-1082
Phone: 724.283.2222

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We have surveyed you - local businesses - to see what you want from Chamber membership. Our benefits include Networking, Program Discounts, Advertising Opportunities, Educational Workshops, Premiere Business Events and Business Resources.

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From the January 4, 2010, edition of The Butler Eagle...

Many Butler County residents hear the name Butler County Chamber of Commerce but don't fully understand what the organization is all about. Most people probably know that it has something to do with businesses, but beyond that their knowledge about the actual workings of the organization is not extensive.

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ARMSTRONG and Butler Downtown have announced the newest addition to the City of Butler: Free Wi-Fi in Diamond Park! Community members can now enjoy the outdoors while checking e-mail, working on school projects or conducting online business. Diamond Park is located directly across from the Butler County Courthouse and is easily accessible to businesses, restaurants and retailers. For more information, visit ButlerDowntown.org.
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Annual Dinner & LBC Graduation on September 10
Chamber News
Thursday, August 14 2014 15:18

Future POS and C. W. Howard Insurance to Be Honored at Annual Dinner & Leadership Butler County Class of 2014 Graduation

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors invites you to ‘celebrate business’ on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the Chamber’s ‘Celebrate Business’ Annual Dinner at the Robert M. Smith Student Center on the campus of Slippery Rock University. The event will recognize the accomplishments of local businesses and highlight the activities of the Chamber, our programs and our volunteers. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres cocktail party (microbrews courtesy of North Country Brewing Company) and continues with dinner and award presentations. The culinary staff at Slippery Rock Dining Services (AVI Food Systems) has promised a wonderful display of gourmet delicacies.

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce board of Directors is pleased to announce that Future POS has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 William A. Morgan, Jr. Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Headquartered in Butler, PA, they have developed the award winning Future POS point-of-sale package, and started selling it in 1998. They are recognized as a well-known industry leader with one of the most innovative and award winning POS companies in the market. Last year marked the company’s 15 Year Anniversary with sales up over 22%. Future POS has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings and can be seen regularly on SPIKE TV’s “Bar Rescue”. You will also find Future POS Software at some of the finest restaurants around the world.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding local business owner and is recommended by the Chamber’s Past President’s Advisory Council along with past award recipients. Past recipients include Joe Gray, Bob McCafferty, Tom Graham, John and Tom Buckner, David Lloyd, Richard Musko, William McCarrier, N. Lee Ligo and Matthew Diehl.

During the dinner we also honor the Annual Chamber Business Champion Award, presented to outstanding businesses that display vision, ingenuity, commitment and determination. Congratulations to C. W. Howard Insurance Agency as the 2014 Chamber Business Champion. C.W. Howard Insurance Agency was founded as a Life Insurance Agency by Clarence “C.W.” Howard in 1951 and expanded to include Personal Insurance (home, auto, umbrella, motorcycle) and Commercial Insurance (Business, Manufactures, Farms, Municipalities, and Fire Departments). In 1977, C.W.’s son, David Howard joined the operation and then shortly thereafter by his brother Gene and sister Jocelyn. David became President in the early 1990’s and continued in this role until his untimely death in 2003.

The C.W. Howard Insurance Agency opened their second location in Seven Fields underneath SiBA in 2009. Today, the Agency is operated by the 2nd and 3rd generations eager to meet the needs of the local community. Currently Jocelyn serves as President, David’s son, Jeffrey Howard, serves as Vice President, and David’s daughter, Elisabeth Howard Sommers is the office manager. The C.W. Howard Insurance Agency has never forgotten their humble beginnings and the community who has supported them over the past sixty-three years. The officers and staff give back by volunteering, donating money, and attending local charitable events.

Past “champions” include Eisler Landscapes / the Atrium, Butler County Ford, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Butler Eagle, Butler Health System, ARMSTRONG, Quality Life Services, United Plate Glass, CDC of Butler County, VNA of Western PA, NexTier Bank, Friedman’s Freshmarkets, Randy & Bob’s CARSTAR and Baglier Buick GMC Mazda.

The awards will be presented at the Annual ‘Celebrate Business’ Dinner on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the Robert M. Smith Student Center on the campus of Slippery Rock University. Thank you to our event sponsors, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Butler Eagle, NexTier Bank, Butler Health System, Minuteman Press, Premier Power Solutions, North Country Brewing, Pentoney Capital Management, Highmark and Bear Metallurgical.

Featured: You, Too, Can Have A Retirement Plan
Member News
Tuesday, July 24 2012 00:00

In a new series of "unique to the web" articles, the Butler County Chamber of Commerce website will feature stories highlighting issues of interest to the local businesses community.

By Howie Pentony, Pentony Capital Management

Today there are incredible Retirement Account choices for not only individuals but institutions and corporations. If you want to have a retirement plan you can have one. It is wonderful if your company or institution sponsors a plan. If they don’t you can still, under most circumstances, contribute up to $6000 a year pre-tax to your plan. If you have a small business retirement plans are most likely available that have no administration obligations. What that means is that most of these small plans have no filing fees or costs. You are going to pay someone to funnel the money into the plans but other than that you, as the business owner, will not be paying huge plan costs. This is good.

Let’s talk a little about these plans as of the 2011 tax year. Most of us know about conventional Individual Retirement Accounts commonly known as IRAs. Most people can contribute $5000 per year pre-tax. If you are 50 years of age or older the number is $6000. A non working spouse also qualifies so the two of you could, if you are 50 or older, contribute $12,000 a year. Not a small sum. If you do not want to pay taxes on withdrawals down the road you can, under most circumstances, contribute the same $12,000 to Roth IRAs which allow tax-free withdrawals later but there are no deductions or pre-tax contributions to benefit you now. So, even if you are young and your company has no plan, you and your non-working spouse can put $10,000 a year into a retirement account. It is not one account; it is $5000 in each account. If you can afford it, key words “can afford”, you do have choices. There are Modified Adjusted Gross Income limits but most of us do not fall into that category.

Two plans favored by small businesses include SEP IRAs and Simple IRAs. Simple IRAs require some matching from the Employer. SEP IRAs are for any employer and SIMPLE IRAs are for companies with 100 or less employees. The advantage of these plans is that the maximum contributions are thousands of dollars higher, up to $49,000 or 25% of compensation. And again, there are no administrative costs for the companies except some small internal costs. If you are a one or two person company, you can possibly put away a lot of money.

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University Partnership
Chamber News
Wednesday, June 27 2012 11:11

The Board of Directors of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a newly approved partnership with the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) and their new CWE Connect program.

CWE Connect is an online, members-only community for busy women business owners and managers.

This program takes the knowledge that CWE has put together over the years and delivers it online through recorded workshops and virtual question-and-answer sessions. In addition, members can access an online library that contains both video recordings of events offered at Chatham University and helpful links, articles, presentations, documents, and templates on many subjects such as small business finances, legal issues, marketing, growth, development, and resources.

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce feels that this program has great value for our members, and highly recommends that you join! As an additional incentive, Chamber members will receive a discount of $25.00 (for one year) from their annual Chamber Dues when they enroll in CWE Connect, and CWE Connect members who join the Butler County Chamber of Commerce will receive the same one time discount.

CWE Connect is currently accepting registrations for a one-year membership costing $150.00, and you can either contact CWE at 412-365-1253 or womens-entrepreneurship@chatham.edu or simply visit the CWE Connect website to learn more about this great program.

Featured: Seven Timeless Tips To Build Successful Working Relationships
Member News
Tuesday, June 12 2012 00:00

In a new series of "unique to the web" articles, the Butler County Chamber of Commerce website will feature stories highlighting issues of interest to the local businesses community.

By Specialized Staffing & Industry Recruiters

Here are some great foundations for creating lasting relationships in any area of business, no matter what your position is:

1. Never criticize, complain, or condemn. Be as positive and cheerful as possible. Never share negative things about your personal life in a business setting, and never criticize anything political or religious in your workplace. Appear open and easygoing.

2. Aim for acceptance. Respectfully accept others' viewpoints and opinions. People crave acceptance, and those who feel accepted by you personally will want to do business with you.

3. Offer approval. Give praise and approval to people for practically anything they do. Coworkers will gravitate toward you and you'll be welcome wherever you go.

4. Show your appreciation. Make others feel more valuable and important by acknowledging their actions and presence graciously.

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101 East Diamond Street | Lower Level Suite 116 | Post Office Box 1082 | Butler, PA 16003-1082 | Phone: 724.283.2222