The Chamber Connection

Le Jeune Chef: A unique experience

An international dining experience can be found tucked away on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus as Le Jeune Chef Restaurant offers a unique experience both for students and dining guests alike in Williamsport.Le Jeune Chef, translated from French as "the young chef," has students ...

Data Papers: Serving the East Coast for four decades

For over 40 years, Data Papers, Inc has been serving the East Coast with their printing services from their printing plant in Muncy and their sales distribution center in Williamsport. Though many companies in this business have struggled to stay in the game during the computer age, Data Papers ...

Blooming Grove Society keeps history alive

Keeping a piece of local history in tact for generations to come, Blooming Grove Historical Society has a museum free and open to the public off the beaten path in Cogan Station.The museum is open Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. but also by appointment other days by calling Greg Thomas, board ...

The Madd Potter: Work that stands out

Being in the local art scene for over 30 years, Laura Roan needed to create work that could stand out among the rest. She started out creating Mardi Gras masks in the early 90s, but as her career developed she needed to continue to grow as an artist.In 2011, she was able to open up her own ...

Compu-Gen expands investment in area

For about 20 years, Compu-Gen, a local technology company, has been invested in Williamsport and its upcoming expansion isn't going to change that."We started in Williamsport and we like the growth we're seeing here. We want to be a part of that positive growth," said Vic Borgess, Compu-Gen ...

SPCA: Dedicated to improving the lives of animals

Vicky Stryker reads off a long list of services the Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) provides while Elsa, her Dotson/German Shepard mix, rests in the executive director's lap.Stryker and her staff spend their days improving the lives of animals throughout ...

West Branch: Different style of learning

In West Branch School's classrooms, grades don't exist and students learn through personal assessment with their teachers.Stacie Lakatos' math class, filled with two eleven year olds a ten year old and a nine year old, learn to use a geometric compass and make acute, obtuse and right ...

A new arena brings new fun to area

A new business to the community, Liberty Arena came in with a bang.The opening weekend on Nov. 14 hosted about 1,000 people and on any given day the arena can bring in between 70 and 125 patrons, according to Abe Badmus, arena general manager."It was a very very successful opening," Badmus ...

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 ...