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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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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Celebrate Business Annual Dinner Event 2017
Chamber News
Friday, August 04 2017 14:22

Thompson-Miller Funeral Home and Merril Moses, Moses Jewelers to Be Honored On September 13 at Annual Dinner & Leadership Butler County Class of 2017 Graduation

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors invites you to ‘celebrate business’ on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 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 Merril Moses, Moses Jewelers, has been selected as the William A. Morgan, Jr. Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. In 1945, Merril Moses graduated from high school in the midst of World War II and immediately joined the Navy. After serving, he returned to his hometown to decide on a career. Using funds provided by the GI Bill, he attended West Penn Horological School of Watchmaking in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1948. In 1949, in a small store no larger than 12 X 15 feet, Merril began in the jewelry business as a watchmaker in Lyndora, Pennsylvania. With the commitment to provide customers with quality, value, personal service and trust, a strong foundation was laid; and Merril’s business prospered. In 1968, after 19 years in such a cramped space, Merril made the decision to move Moses Jewelers to downtown Butler at 115 West Cunningham Street. After that relocation, the business really exploded with locations at the Clearview Mall and Seven Fields. Merril’s wife, Jane, and all of their six children worked in the business at one time or another. Tim Moses served as Chair of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2003.

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 Lisa Guard, Nadine Tripodi, John Giles, Joe Gray, Bob McCafferty, Tom Graham, David Lloyd, Richard Musko, William McCarrier, N. Lee Ligo and Matthew Diehl.

Each year, the Butler County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Past Presidents/Board Chairs, selects a business in Butler County to receive the Award of “Business Champion” which is presented at our annual dinner. Selection is based on the following criteria: Unique Initiatives, Investment in Butler County, Innovative Approaches, People Philosophy/Employee Commitment, Recognition/Awards and Future Plans.

This year, we have selected Thompson-Miller Funeral Home as the 2017 Butler County Chamber of Commerce “Business Champion”. The Thompson Funeral Home was founded by the Thompson brothers, R. Glenn Thompson and Dean D. Thompson in 1927. The original location was on West Jefferson Street. In 1933, the brothers purchased the Koch Family residence at the corner of McKean and North Street. Following necessary renovation to accommodate a home for funerals, it was dedicated to the “Glory of God” and given to the Butler community to provide comfort and warmth at their time of the loss of a loved one. In 1947, Glenn became the sole owner of the Thompson Funeral Home. In 1963 Mr. Thompson invited his son-in-law, Richard J. Miller to become a partner in the business. The name then became Thompson-Miller Funeral Home. In 1973 the funeral home became incorporated, which permanently entitled the business to be known as the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home. Since 1975 many changes and renovations have occurred to update the interior and exterior of the funeral home.

As a family owned and operated funeral home, their entire focus is to help families celebrate a life and mourn the loss of someone loved. They continue to have a longstanding membership since 1931 with the Selected Independent Funeral Homes (SIFH), an international association of independent funeral directors who have met and continue to maintain exacting standards of funeral service. Congratulations to Thompson-Miller Funeral Home as the 2017 Chamber Business Champion.

Past “champions” include Slippery Rock University, Concordia Lutheran Ministries, C. W. Howard Insurance Agency, 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. Thank you to our event sponsors, Minuteman Press, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, XTO Energy, Ligo Architects, Premier Power Solutions, Butler Eagle, Butler Health System, NexTier Bank, Highmark, Farmers National Bank and North Country Brewing Company.

In addition, we will be presenting the Leadership Butler County Graduating Class of 2017 at their graduation sponsored by C.W. Howard Insurance Agency and Thompson-Miller Funeral Home. The Leadership Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following graduates: Sara Artzberger, Butler County Community College; Kelly Bailey, Slippery Rock University; Kenneth Bonus, Bonus Accounting; Karen Brackett, NexTier Bank; Amber B. Davis, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources; Amanda Fleming, Butler County Community College; Jason Grew, ARMSTRONG; Eric Griffiths, Penreco/ Calumet Specialty; William A. Hildebrandt, Butler Health System; Deborah Hopper, Mars Bank; Ave Jack, Ellen O’ Brian Gaiser Center; Dayna Kabay, Butler Health System; Debra Monteleone, Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Kelly Robinson, Maher Duessel CPA’s; Mark Shenker, NexTier Bank; Amy Stewart, VA Butler Healthcare; Roy Stull, Northwest Bank; Maria Thomas, County of Butler and Philip White, Stantec. Congratulations to the Leadership Butler County Class of 2017. If you have not received your invitations, please call the Chamber at 724.283.2222 or email Jennifer@ButlerCountyChamber.com. Cost is $50.00 per person and tables of 8 may be reserved.

 
Friday Morning Coffee Club gets a “Facelift”
Chamber News
Friday, August 04 2017 14:18

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce Friday Morning Coffee Club will begin meeting once a month every last Friday of the month starting September 29, 2017. The 2017/2018 Friday morning Coffee Club will begin meeting at various business locations throughout Butler County. The first location on September 29, 2017 will be held at Dittman Eyecare at 156 North Main Street in downtown Butler.

If your business would like to be included as a location for subsequent Friday Morning Coffee Club meetings, please contact Butler County Chamber President, Stan Kosciuszko at 724-283-2222 or jennifer@ butlercountychamber.com. Friday Morning Coffee Club will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. for networking and sharing of referrals and leads. Businesses hosting coffee club will provide a continental breakfast and tour of the business for attendees. Non-chamber member guests can attend up to two times before they are asked to join. Members of area chambers of commerce and business organizations are invited. Friday Morning Coffee Club is sponsored by Butler County Business Matters.

 
President’s Message
Stan Kosciuszko, President
Friday, August 04 2017 14:40

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

In the heat of the summer I know many of us think that meetings, appointments, retreats and workshops just do not spark the same interest that they do in the fall. We get bogged down in wanting to be outdoors, or be on vacation -- and that is understandable. But this is definitely not the case in Butler County.

It is said that at some rare periods in time, the stars align and good things happen. I feel that we are fortunate to have all the players on the Butler County Team on board with one purpose – mutual success. Our Chamber’s own “Community and Business Leadership Group” represents businesses and organizations from Slippery Rock to Cranberry Township and through their efforts and the cooperation of local, state and federal legislators we have been able to combine resources and develop strategies to advance our mutual causes. We are blessed to have the right “stars” in planning, economic development, community development, government, education and health care, willing to align and willing to shine together.

We will soon be moving into what I call the “Back to School” frame of mind, as September is around the corner and we are anxious to get down to business. Let’s not forget that the numerous alternative possibilities for doing business amongst our Chamber Members will constantly exist. Just read through this newsletter to see the many opportunities we are presenting.

But August is still summertime, and we will begin the month enthusiastically with our Annual Ladies’ Golf Outing at Conley Resort. Our mixer in Grove City sponsored by Farmers National Bank and the Slippery Rock Business Association, will offer you the opportunity to meet and network with members from the Grove City Area, Mercer Area, Ellwood City Area and Shenango Valley Chambers of Commerce along with the Grove City Area and Butler County Young Professionals at this “expand your business base” joint event. We have also partnered with the Beaver County and Ellwood City Area Chambers of Commerce to present a unique symposium “Doing Business in the Era of Shell” designed to educate regional businesses on the positive opportunities presented by the Shell Cracker Facility in Beaver County.

September will be the time to recognize business achievements at our “Celebrate Business Dinner” where the William A. Morgan Jr. Entrepreneur of the Year and Chamber Business Champion Awards will be presented. A new Leadership Butler County Class will begin and 20 area professionals will learn the intricacies of our county and become more aware of what we have to offer. 30 High School Juniors from six County school districts will embark on the inaugural Butler County Youth Leadership Program journey, and learn from our area leaders how to develop and utilize their talents to benefit our community. Together we continue to advance the causes of business and community in Butler County while providing our membership maximum exposure to regional efforts, legislation and networking opportunities. We are doing business the best way possible, with enthusiasm, achieving great results and having fun.

 
Ghouls for Good
Leadership Butler County
Friday, August 04 2017 14:33

Please join the Butler County Young Professionals at their second annual Ghouls for Good Paint Night which will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Brushes and Barstools. Dinner and drinks will be available at 6:00 PM and painting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Attendees will be painting Snow White’s poison apple and have the opportunity to win door prizes. Special thanks to Brushes and Barstools and Fairground Market for being event sponsors. $35 per attendee aged 21 and older. To reserve your spot, please contact Brushes and Barstools at info@brushesandbarstools.com or 724-256-9220. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ghouls for Good. Last year’s event raised over $300.

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