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Checking In with the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber Councils – October 2021

We’re teaming up with community partners all over Northeastern Pennsylvania to bring you a closer look at what makes our amazing counties, cities, towns and villages so unique. Keep your eye on this space for regular contributions from local organizations, visitors’ bureaus, tourism boards, chambers and so much more.

Check Out What's Going On With Our Chamber Volunteer Councils

Be on the lookout for great Chamber Council events this October.

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 some great community events and initiatives that you can join!



The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

The DEI Council has completed a great first month of its inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mentorship Program. In October, the Council will also be partnering with the Rainbow Alliance to host a Community Safe Zone Training on October 21st from 9AM – 12PM at Wilkes-Barre’s THINK Center at 7 S. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18701. This event is sponsored by Geisinger and is free and open to the community. Seating is limited, so register today!



The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Women’s Council

The Women’s Council just collaborated with Wilkes-Barre Connect to host a Spotlight Series Video Premiere on the topic of Women in Workforce. The spotlight included featured speaker Zubeen Saeed, Chief Executive Officer/ President of Building Blocks Learning Center, and spotlight speakers Dr. Christine E. Kiesinger, Founder and Lead Facilitator at CEK Communication; Tracey Selingo, Founder and Chair of Fork Over Love; and Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Click here to watch the full recording!



The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Young Professionals Council

The Young Professional’s Council is hosting its next Council meeting on Wednesday, November 10th at 5PM. At this meeting, they will be discussing upcoming activities for the winter months, including a volunteering opportunity with Valley Santa and a potential YP Ugly Sweater Holiday Party in early December.

Email [email protected] if you would like to attend the meeting to help with planning!



The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Government Affairs Council

The Government Affairs Council hosted our Legislative Forum last Friday, featuring our state and local elected officials discussing timely and pertinent legislation that impacts our business community.



The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Nonprofit Council and Ambassadors Council

The Nonprofit Council and Ambassadors Council would love to welcome new members at their next meetings. If you would like to join any of the councils mentioned above, or sign up to stay updated on their news and events, click here.


Spotlighting Our Amazing Chamber Members

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: Ryan Buchanan, Development Director at Keystone Mission!

Keystone Mission is a local faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless men and women through relationships by the hope of the Gospel. The organization has two locations, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The structured programming provides an atmosphere for men and women experiencing homelessness who desires to change their lives, to become productive members of society, the proper help, and hope in partnership with churches, businesses, and community agencies.

Visit them online, or find them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Their hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Keystone Mission suggests the following ways to partner and support them: pray for the community as they build relationships with the homeless and give them opportunities to change their lives. Volunteer with them during the week at Scranton or Wilkes-Barre. Become a meal provider on the weekends. Make a commitment and become a monthly financial partner. Donate needed clothes, food, and household items by visiting their website, or give them a call to set up a partnership to expand the mission of Keystone Mission in NEPA at (570) 871-4795.



Meet this month’s Women’s Network Small Business Highlight: Denise Ogurkis, Owner and Founder of The Hatchet Factory!

Denise describes The Hatchet Factory as: “the hottest, largest and first axe throwing venue to come to NEPA!” Their mission is to bring excitement, comradery, and a sport that is not only loved locally but internationally. They are WATL approved (World Axe Throwing League) and they can host everything from leagues, private parties in their private party room, which is called Deep in the Woods @The Factory, team building events, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, baby and wedding showers, and have even hosted an “Axe your Ex” night. If you want different, you want fun, then you want The Hatchet Factory!

You can connect with The Hatchet Factory online, on Facebook, or Instagram, or by phone at 570-763-7400. Better yet, stop by during their business hours (Thursday 5-9, Friday 5-midnight, Saturday 3 – midnight, and Sunday 12-8). On Wednesdays they are also open for league night only.



Meet this month’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Highlight: Justin M. Correll, Co-Founder/Co-Chair, NEPA Pride Project; Principal, Solomon–Plains Elementary School WBASD; Mayor of Laurel Run Borough, Luzerne County; and Vice Chair, Rainbow Alliance.

The NEPA Pride Project is home to the NEPA Pride Scholarship Program and NEPA GAYLA event. The purpose of the NEPA Pride Project is to bring people together in the spirit of open celebration and create opportunities for people to connect with new and old friends and allies. In addition, the purpose is to support the NEPA Pride Project’s Scholarship Program and the NEPA Pride Project’s mission to celebrate, educate and demonstrate the power of local arts.

The organization’s efforts are on-going daily and throughout the entire year. As a volunteer-based organization, they work hard to ensure that everything they focus on is for the betterment of the community, supporting the power of local arts and raising funds for the scholarship program. The NEPA Pride Project is expanding efforts and looking for volunteers to serve on various committees and assist with events. If you are interested in learning more about the scholarship program, partnering for an upcoming event or to become involved, connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, or by e-mail: [email protected]

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