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Check Out What’s Going On With Our Chamber Volunteer Councils
Keep an eye out for awesome chamber events this April.
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce wants to keep you updated each month with everything that their volunteer councils have planned this year, including featured upcoming events, community programs, and business community features!
Upcoming Council Event Spotlight – 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference
Join us for our third annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Forum, presented by the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and in partnership with our regional chambers and sponsored by PNC!
This year, we will be taking what used to be our webinar series and offering a full day of DEI-focused sessions. We will have a wide range of diverse-owned business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals who have dedicated themselves to building diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in their workplaces and in the communities as our 2022 session speakers. Expect to hear about topics covering safe space creation, inclusive leadership development, how to talk about race, microaggressions in the workplace, implicit bias in healthcare, affirming language in the workplace, and improving a LGBTQ+ affirming and inclusive culture for your business. Visit our event page for more information on our speakers and to register to attend with us!
Community Opportunities – Celebrate Diversity Month!
Throughout the month of April for Diversity Month, along with our regional chamber partners, our Chamber’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is highlighting some amazing individuals in our community that are spearheading diversity, equity, and inclusion causes and initiatives, as well as business leaders and owners with diverse backgrounds. The highlights began on April 4th and will run Monday-Friday until April 29th. You can follow along on our organization’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages.
Get Involved in Community Initiatives and Volunteer for Community Reading Day!
Our Chamber’s Young Professionals Council is partnering with the United Way of Wyoming Valley and the Pittston Chamber of Commerce to host our Community Reading Day on April 27th . Community Reading Day is a way to encourage our youth and foster reading and imagination for the next generation. The future of Northeastern Pennsylvania is in the hands of the children in our schools today. As a business community, we have the opportunity to get involved in helping to share their creativity and potential.
As a volunteer, you can donate an hour of your time to a pre-assigned school to share the joys of reading with local 2nd grade students. You will be provided with an approved book to read prior to the event. Reading times vary from school to school, however, they all fall within the 9 AM to 10 AM window. This event is sponsored by Vector Security. Want to volunteer? Click here to sign up!
Spotlighting Our Amazing Chamber Members, Nonprofits & Small Businesses
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber councils have also started to highlight some of the amazing small businesses and nonprofits in our community that make our area unique. The Young Professionals Council, Women’s Council, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council have three amazing organizations and their leaders spotlighted below!
Meet this month’s Young Professionals Network Small Business Highlight: Tyler Ryan, Executive Assistant to the Mayor of the Wilkes-Barre City Government!
Wilkes-Barre was settled in 1769 and was incorporated as a city in 1871. The city serves over 40,000 residents and provides both full time Police and Fire/EMS Departments, the Department of Public Work provides weekly garbage, recycling, and yard waste curbside collection, and City Hall serves as the administrative branch of the city. As the Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Tyler assists the mayor with the implementation and promotion of the numerous programs in the City of Wilkes-Barre, including COVID-19 prevention, response, and economic revitalization programs, recycling programs, upgrades to public parks, and so many more initiatives to come!
She also serves as the Public Information Officer, which is a liaison between the media and the city. She also manages the city’s website and Facebook page and has the opportunity to use her creativity to design the city’s event posters and program advertisements. Tyler says that she enjoys working with their community partners—businesses and nonprofits—to promote Wilkes-Barre through business development and community events.
Want to learn more? Follow Wilkes-Barre on social media to learn about upcoming events and get alerts. Visit the City’s website for the City Calendar, public meeting dates, current programs, and information about their different departments.
Meet this month’s Women’s Network Small Business Highlight: Lisa Zavada-Rizzo, Owner of Lisa Zavada-Rizzo – State Farm Agent!
Lisa started her State Farm Agency in the Back Mountain 32 years ago as a scratch agent serving all of our local communities in the Wyoming Valley and all of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Wyoming Area High School and is a proud Penn State Graduate. She has lived in Exeter, PA her entire life and actually resides in her parents’ homestead. She is truly your local good neighbor!
Advice Lisa has to a new business owner is: “To be passionate about your field, and be willing to put in the hours to be successful and meet your customer’s needs. Treat everyone as you would like to be treated, and just be yourself!”
The community can come into the office or call them M-F 9am-5pm at 570-675-3530. You can also fax them at 570-674-7054. Email them at [email protected] or [email protected] Follow them on Facebook, or visit their website.
Meet this month’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Network Small Business Highlight: Dan Pittman, Artistic Director/owner of Act Out Theatre Group LLC!
Act Out Theatre Group is primarily a workshop-based theatre group working with children and teens ages 4 to senior in High School. Act Out Theatre Group is an organization focusing on performance and education of the art of musical theatre. Their goal is to not only produce fine art but to facilitate an educational and fun social climate where students ages 4 to seniors in high school can be free to express themselves without judgment, to learn about music and theatre, and to share a common passion among peers.