The Chamber Connection

Habitat for Humanity a community staple

Next year will mark the 30th anniversary for The Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity affiliate.While its gone through many changes over the past 30 years, originating as the Williamsport Habitat for Humanity and becoming the Lycoming County Habitat for Humanity before reaching its current ...

Kost Tires combines growth with care

Kost Tires, and its 52 locations in New York and Pennsylvania, recently became part of the Mr. Tire Auto Service Centers network but still offers small-town care its customers trust.Mr. Tire is part of the nation's largest company-operated automotive chain, with more than 1,000 locations in 25 ...

R.E. Smith Company keeps area warm

When Dan Strailey and his son, Butch Erb, and son-in-law Curtis Michael, took ownership of R.E. Smith Company, 607 Cemetery St., a little over a year ago, they wanted to continue service the business offers as a family business.The company is a provider of stoves, fireplaces, grills and ...

Footprint Orthotics feels at home in area

Footprint Orthotics has been serving the Williamsport area for a mere five months, but Adam Mitchell, who operates the business with his twin brother Jon, already feels at home."It's been a slow and steady process but we've had a great response from the area residents, doctors and referral ...

Blessing Insurance: Success from humble start

Though Blessing Insurance boasts 12 employees and operates out of its John Brady Drive location today, it had humble beginnings when Kenneth W. Blessing Sr. met clients at the family's strawberry farm in the 60s."I've still met people who tell me they bought insurance from my father at his ...

Keystone Mobile Shredding: A solution

Twelve years ago, Rick Metz and his wife Karen saw a need among businesses in the community for safe, mobile document shredding to combat things like identity theft.Every business has information that should be kept confidential, whether it would potentially be of interest to a competitor or is ...

Roan’s Storage: An 80-year family affair

Roan's Transfer & Storage, 2100 Whitney St., has made business a family affair for over 80 years, and the Roans say they plan to keep truckin'.In 1932 Frank L. Roan bought two trucks and began to haul used furniture.Today that business has grown into a full service moving company acting ...

Vein Center provides needed treatment

In 2013, Dr. Suzan McGary returned to the area after leaving nearly 10 years prior with a desire to serve her former patients.She started the Susquehanna Valley Vein Center, 457 River Ave., and ever since, things have been going well for the practice."We've been well received by the community," ...

Rose Valley Wood Products: The personal touch

Putting not only hard work but also personal care into its projects, Rose Valley Wood Products offers a kind of service that can't be matched by large corporations.The wood manufacturing business does both commercial and private projects, according to business founder Mike Raker, and ...

Water agency community staple for three decades

Like every other product or service, our tap water comes from somewhere, but we may not always consider the source.The Jersey Shore Water Authority works hard to provide service for its customers so they don't have to think too hard about where their water is coming from.The authority has been ...

Bastress winery staying in the family

After running a successful winery for 14 years, Shawn Zimmerman is handing the keys to Bastress Mountain over to his 21-year-old son, Toby.In 2001, Shawn, unhappy with his job as a prison guard, came home and started chopping down trees to make room for his dream.The entrepreneur had been ...

Downtown restaurant has family feel

When dining, there are certain aspects everyone looks for in a restaurant: Great food, good service and the right environment.Ozzie and Mae's Hacienda is proud to offer all three as they prepare to celebrate their 10 year anniversary this October."We love being in Williamsport in the downtown ...

Passion for new creations fuels sign company

A love of color and layout, and a passion for creating new things is what led Eric Anderson to open Anderson Signs 25 years ago.Anderson's work can be seen throughout the area, whether it's on the front of city hall or next door at Bullfrog Brewery.The entrepreneur has been busy designing, ...

North Central Sight Services: A community leader

North Central Sight Services, 2121 Reach Road, has been a valuable part of the local community for nearly 60 years.The non-profit organization offers services to the visually impaired, provides education for sight-loss prevention and offers employment opportunities to the blind and visually ...

Old Corner Hotel: Where old friends meet

Kate Myers, manager of Old Corner Hotel, found the phrase "where old friends meet" on the back of an old photo hanging in the restaurant and realized it fits the atmosphere of the iconic Williamsport establishment perfectly."That's what makes Old Corner special. Friends have been meeting here ...

World Travel helps clients see the world

Julie McManus travels the world every day and never leaves her desk.The travel agent is one of five on staff at World Travel International, a full service travel agency that operates out of the Williamsport Regional Airport."We do all-inclusive vacations, cruises, group trips, honeymoons, ...

National Sporting Goods provides products, knowledge

National Sporting Goods has sat at the corner of Allegheny and Oliver streets since 1960, providing Jersey Shore with products and, more importantly, knowledge that stems from years of experience.In 2009 Adam Kourdes bought the store that serves central Pennsylvania's hunters and outdoor ...

Getgen Excavating serves community for 40 years

Since 1975, one family-run excavating business has continuously served the area, providing excellent service to its clients.Getgen Excavating was started 40 years ago by current owner and operator Don Getgen after he had spent time working with his uncle doing work with his back hoe.In 1974, ...

Williamsport Electric: Everything electrical

Williamsport Electric has been providing electrical contracting to Williamsport and its surrounding area for over 25 years, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down.Williamsport Electric has been serving the area since 1989. Originally located in the city the company gets its namesake from, the ...

Five Star Equipment: Ensuring customer satisfaction

What customers today know as Five Star Equipment began its history in 1980, with the purchase of Drake Diesel, a certified General Motors dealership, by Bill Bochicchio and Frank Gallo.Drake Diesel also sold and serviced various brands of commercial diesel engines, including Detroit Diesel, ...