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.
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.
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.
The online directory of Butler County Chamber of Commerce membership is online! It includes some great new features such as direct links to member's websites, email addresses, and even a mapping tool to help you find our member's locations. Searching for someone or a particular business? Just type the info into the search box and get the answers you're looking for immediately.
The Leadership Butler County Class of 2017 has selected to establish a community legacy through a “Youth Leadership Butler County” program in partnership with the Butler Family YMCA. Participating youth will be given the tools to become effective leaders with potential to provide positive, lasting effects on our community. This program will be available to all students, high school juniors, who are interested and follow the necessary application requirements.
Youth Leadership Butler County will provide students exposure to issues, resources and opportunities for service in the Butler County area. It will educate students on the concept of “community leadership” and train them in the skills required of an effective community leader. It will also ensure that graduates become enlightened and contributing members of their schools and community.
The curriculum will be similar to the Leadership Butler County Program, and will include five sessions. They will begin with Leadership Skills, which will enable the students to work on mastering leadership by helping them understand who they are and what they have to offer; explore strengths and talents while helping to unleash their natural leadership abilities. Human Services Day will expose participants to agencies and resources in Butler County that offer solutions to human services issues and will include case studies and simulations, as well as an understanding of “giving” in our area. Government Day will provide exposure to the varied aspects of County government and responsibilities of our elected officials. Education Day is designed to expose participants to the numerous educational resources in our area while allowing them to gain insight on the many career opportunities available to them. Health Care Day rounds out the program focus with exposure to the complexities of resources available to Butler County residents.
Leadership Butler County will be developing sponsorship options and organizing fund raising events so that the program can be offered free to qualifying students. Additional information will be forthcoming, and interested businesses can contact the Butler County Chamber for details.
Wow! What an exciting 2016 we had in Butler County. From Meet-N-Moves, Employee Appreciation, and Community Champion Award Luncheon to the Celebrate Business Annual Dinner. All fantastic events provided to you by our chamber. I thank Elisabeth Howard-Sommers for her support, generosity and most importantly her leadership as our Board Chair 2016, and look forward to working with 1st Vice Chair Karen Brackett, 2nd Vice Chair Thomas Genevro and Treasurer Dan Swartz.
I am extremely excited and honored to have been elected to be your 2017 Chair of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. We have an awesome group of individuals on the board representing a wide spectrum of Butler County businesses, and it is a privilege to work closely with them as we move the chamber forward in 2017.
This year we have another full schedule of events (you can see the brochure here in this newsletter). Please make it a priority to attend as many as possible and perhaps even sign up to sponsor an event. I am sure you will find them packed with information and networking opportunities, and well worth attending.
I am blessed to have this opportunity to represent the Butler County Chamber Board and look forward to serving you.
The Butler County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Lisa Guard, Specialized Staffing and Industry Recruiters, has been selected as the William A. Morgan, Jr. Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. Lisa is determined in all she does to make Butler a thriving city, vibrant and active. Lisa and her husband Tim lived in Butler County for over 20 years, and the business is currently located in the building she purchased and renovated on Main Street in 2002. 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 Nadine Tripodi, John Giles, Joe Gray, Bob McCafferty, Tom Graham, David Lloyd, Richard Musko, William McCarrier and N. Lee Ligo.
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: Unique Initiatives, Investment in Butler County, Innovative Approaches, People Philosophy/Employee Commitment, Recognition/Awards and Future Plans. This year, we have selected Slippery Rock University (SRU) as the 2016 Butler County Chamber of Commerce “Business Champion”. Ongoing unique initiatives have been numerous including the Regional Learning Alliance as well as new academic programs to keep pace with a changing world such as homeland security and natural gas engineering. With the motto “We believe. So we achieve” as their guiding mantra, SRU encourages staff and faculty to become involved in the community.