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Chamber’s Grow Lycoming project offers hope

Congratulations to this year’s class of business award winners

Congratulations to three businesses that were honored recently by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

Each year, the chamber honors member businesses for the good work they do and the contributions they make to the local economy.

This year was no exception with awards given in the category of small, large and emerging businesses.

Hilsher Graphics Commercial Printing in South Williamsport, which values customer service, was honored with the Phillips/Plankenhorn Small Business Award, named for two legacy businesses in Williamsport. Members of the business community and some of Hilsher’s customers said, in turn, that they value the business owners’ commitment to local philanthropy.

ClearView Asset Protection of Hughesville received the Emerging Business Award. It has shown growth in the six years since it began and intends to expand its workforce beyond its 30 employees. The technology company began by providing security systems for the gas industry and helps businesses by reducing theft, burglaries and preventing terrorism in places here and as far away as Saudi Arabia.

Savoy Contract Furniture of Montoursville, which dates to the 1940s and began as a wood carving shop, received the Large Business Award. In a 300,000-square-foot plant today, it manufactures high-quality furniture with a workforce that gives back to their communities.

These businesses have demonstrated their commitment to their local communities not only with honest work but often also through philanthropy that improves life in the area.

And these businesses, like other chamber members, live up to the chamber motto, “to preserve, protect and defend the free enterprise system.” Clearly they are not in it just for themselves.

To that end, our region is fortunate to have the chamber working for the local business community and much more.

We are quite interested in the Grow Lycoming program, a partnership of the chamber, UPMC Susquehanna, Lycoming College and Pennsylvania College of Technology, plus the Williamsport Area School District, aimed at keeping local talent here for employment after graduation.

This is important to stemming the brain-drain phenomenon that has seen too many young people leave the region over the years. Our region has developed in fabulous ways in recent times, but we still struggle to keep the young here — to keep our children nearby — and this program provides an avenue of hope.

We wish the chamber much success with Grow Lycoming, just as we wish more success ahead for the local business community.

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