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The Chamber Connection

Highmark retail store gives human touch

More than just selling health insurance, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield seeks to help people not just make educated decisions for their coverage, but for their everyday living, said an administrator. Maintaining the insurance company’s only brick and mortar store in the region is Kevin ...

Customers and community are top priorities for local bank

When you step into the lobby of Susquehanna Community Bank at 2409 E. Third St., you find yourself surrounded by some of Williamsport’s most iconic landmarks. Large murals decorate the walls of the bank’s newest branch office that opened in September 2019. The Hiawatha Paddlewheel ...

Petro’s Jewelers works with over 100 years combined experience

Basin Street Plaza holds a special place for those looking for jewelry for their loved ones. Petro’s Jewelers, at which the staff holds a combined 106 years of experience, offers customizable jewelry for celebratory occasions as well as jewelry repair. Mike Petro, owner, started his own ...

First Commonwealth Bank emphasizes community

Newcomers to the area since Sept. 2019, First Commonwealth Bank administrators said they’re looking to network with the area’s small business and give back to the community. With 14 locations now open between Williamsport and State College, each one is attempting to help individuals ...

Ultimate Express saves your undercarriage

Ultimate Express Car and Pet Wash, at 1112 Washington Blvd., offers a three-minute scrub positioned to protect vehicles though the harsh winter conditions. “Clean, shiny and fast,” is their motto, said Butch Heim, director of management and business development. In 1999, the ultimate ...

Northwest Bank: A big bank with a bigger heart

Though a part of a large corporation, officials at Northwest Bank on Washington Boulevard said their hometown mentality and customer service sets themselves apart in a bank-laden area. “We are committed to our customers and community. We try to make customers’ lives just better, all the ...

Asian market provides authentic experience

If you ask Randy Stroup and Tess Neidig what they love most about operating R & T Asian Market, they will tell you it is the pride they feel about providing something to the community that is not available anywhere else. Stroup and Neidig opened the market at 314 Government Place, ...

T-mobile offers free giveaways and 5G coverage

T-Mobile, located on East Third Street next to Moe’s, is the Chamber of Commerce’s newest member and they are working to leave their mark on the area with great phone services. Richard Garnhart, store manager, and Bruce Campbell, mobile expert, spoke about everything that the business has ...

Local bank focuses on community engagement

Woodlands Bank, located on East Third Street, has been working for nearly 30 years to bring a community aspect to banking in the Williamsport and surrounding areas according to Jon Conklin, president and CEO. The bank’s doors opened on Oct. 10 of 1990 after a group of locals got together to ...

Plankenhorn Stationery celebrates 120th anniversary

Plankenhorn Stationery is celebrating its 120th anniversary on Dec. 10 after starting the business in 1899 and being the first chamber member of the Board of Trade in 1900. Locals can celebrate with Christopher M. “Chris” Plankenhorn, president, Charles C. “Chip” Plankenhorn, ...

South Side restaurant expands clientele

Aiming to keep a family-friendly atmosphere while attracting area professionals looking for an adult beverage, the owner of South Side Restaurant & Pizzeria, at 324 W Southern Ave., opened a tavern adjacent to the current location. Brian Haller, owner, said since opening the South Side ...

Street sweeping helps businesses go green

Going green is on the mind of Sweep a Lot LLC, a local professional street sweeping service and maintenance company. “There’s a lot of good locations out there, not just for aesthetics but also the environmental impact,” said owner Robert K. Vlacich, of Montoursville. “We’re so ...

All Round Tire Co. works to save customers money

Since 1983, All Round Tire Co. has been working with rubber to deliver the best and longest lasting solutions to tire maintenance. Denise Alexander, David “Cork” Bower and Doug Bower, all siblings, have been through the good times and bad with each other, they said, through which ...

The Hemlock Uncut: Easy digital marketing for local businesses

Angela Barletta, owner, is an experienced marketing and graphic designer who has started her consulting, social media and email marketing business, The Hemlock Uncut, straight from her home. After freelancing for larger companies across the country for almost a decade, Barletta decided last ...

Schoonover Plumbing and Heating has successful transition

Since branching out into Williamsport, an owner of Schoonover Plumbing and Heating said the transition has opened the door to opportunities. “We’re into it and we’re feeling good about so far,” said Tom Schoonover. “It’s been great.” Founded in Canton in 1948 by ...

Rainbow Carpet serving area for over 20 years

The Rainbow Carpet, owned by Mary Mussare and her family, started as a typical carpet cleaning store in 1987. Soon after, the store expanded its capabilities to taking care of fire and water damage and replacing flooring in homes in the Williamsport and surrounding areas. “The business ...

Scouting is alive and well in the region

Boy Scouts of America Susquehanna Council provides area youth with programs and activities that help build character and instill in them values for becoming good citizens. The organization serves Lycoming, Northumberland, Clinton, Union and Snyder counties and is supported by numerous ...

West Branch Human Resource Society networks professionals

Though a business’ culture is certainly important, a common failing of a human resource worker in the areas of hiring, firing, and maintaining a company’s workforce is becoming insular and outdated. West Branch Human Resource Society works to correct this by connecting HR professionals ...

Park Pizza serving generation after generation

Williamsport’s very own Park Pizza has been open for business since the 60s. After Scott Robinson, owner, had been working there for years, he decided to buy it in the 90s at just 19 years old. Watching generation after generation come into the shop to get pizzas and wings—shows Park Pizza ...

Lemur Tree Care is on the cutting edge

Those at Lemur Tree Care aren’t lumberjacks, they’re who the lumberjacks call when they need an arborist. By bringing in new technology and cutting edge techniques, Austin Fiedler, owner and operator said his company’s goal is to maintain high standards of tree maintenance and removal ...