The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber is having a successful year

WILKES-BARRE — It’s been another busy but productive year for the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce.

From various awards presentations, ribbon cuttings and conferences that bring people together from all walks of life, the calendar remains packed with the Chamber’s signature events.

Most recently, the Chamber hosted the Wilkes-Barre Connect conference at the Think Center near Public Square.

The agenda included a welcome and Wilkes-Barre Connect Spotlight hosted by Anthony Melf. The Spotlight segment featured a conversation sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre with Donna Bigoski Caruso of Eleventh Element Spa (which recently opened), Bob Borwick of Performance High Fidelity, and Reb Wayne of Upper Echelon.

This was followed by four separate sessions with breaks including a lunch break. The sessions were marked; Innovate!, Create!, Attract to Grow!, and Forward!

Sessions included presentations from various organizations and community leaders with titles such as Fostering an Entrepreneurial Culture, Creativity – Ask Boldly, Listen Actively, 10 Tips for Marketing and Expanding Your Brand Online, and The Power of Positivity : Choosing Optimism’.

Each headline offered an inspiring, unifying message, while also addressing very real issues facing entrepreneurs, creatives, and people in general.

The final event of the day was a presentation hosted by Ken Akrepki of Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Presentations were offered by Aimloxy and the All Belgium Food Truck, which was founded by Wilkes University students.

The Chamber’s Director of Economic Development Shani Mohammed said of the event, “We are thrilled to be able to bring back the Wilkes-Barre Connect Conference this year. Having entrepreneurs, students and community members learning and creating dialogue is exactly the connection we were hoping for.”

But that’s the name of the game for the dedicated, driven group that makes up the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce. The success of any group is the sum of its parts, and as each part of the Chamber is successful, it is only natural that they strive to create a community of winners.

Mohammed continued, “Everything we’re working on with Connect – economic development, workforce training, entrepreneurial growth – is built on an engaged, inspired and creative community, and I feel so energized knowing that all of these participants now see that the center of innovation this area can really be. We look forward to their participation in the promotion of this region!”

Of course, at the end of the year, the Chamber still has some questions. And, of course, what’s important to the Chamber is what’s important to the community.

The annual dinner is scheduled for November 15 at the newly named Mohegan Pennsylvania Casino. The annual event celebrates community champions and brings them all together under one roof to enjoy a night, chat, reflect on the good things happening in the region, as well as a year of hard work and gear up for the holidays.

This year the awards will be presented:

•Brighter Journeys – Charity of the Year

•Coal Creative – New Business of the Year

•Tobyhanna Army Depot – Obsolete Business of the Year

•Benco Dental – the best business of the year in diversity

•Borton-Lawson – Healthy Workplace

•Lisa Bryan-Smith – Lifetime Achievement

•Community Bank & McCarthy Tire – pride of place

There are also several other businesses that will be celebrating various anniversary milestones and milestones. Register now by visiting, then go to the Chamber’s events calendar from the drop-down menu and click “register” next to the event.

And be sure to follow this calendar, as well as social media, for more Chamber events, as well as those held in conjunction with other organizations that promote NEPA, all that it contains, and all of its people.

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