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issue 2 February a guide to Butler County business information

The official newsletter of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce

"We Mean Business"


Butler County & Allegheny Valley Chambers Host 5th Annual Spring Networking Luncheon

Presidents Message Page 2 Member News Pages 3 - 4 Premium Members Page 4 Calendar Pages 5 - 6 Marcellus Shale Page 7 Butler Downtown Page 8 New Members Page 9

Sponsored By Concordia & Consolidated Communications

oin members from the Butler County and Allegheny Valley Chambers of Commerce for a unique, Spring Networking Luncheon at Concordia Lutheran Ministries on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The luncheon, back by popular demand, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is sponsored by Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Consolidated Communications. Concordia Lutheran Ministries will host the event at their facility Haven 1, 112 Marwood Road, Entrance 2, in Cabot. Parking will be available adjacent to the building or across the street. Enjoy a delicious lunch and progressive networking with not one, but two area chambers in the popular Meet-N-Move format! Last year, this event attracted close to 100 chamber members from both areas involved and serves as a perfect event to promote your business and expand your networking circle! Chamber members can register for $20.00 per person. Prospective members are welcome at $30.00 per person. Unfortunately, walk-ins cannot be accommodated, so please register early for this event. For more information or to register, see the insert featured in this newsletter, download the flyer from our website at, or contact the Butler County Chamber at 724.283.2222 or via e-mail at today spaces fill quickly, so dont delay!

Spring Garden Market & Home Show moves to Alameda Park

Saturday, May 19, 2012

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he Butler County Chamber and the Butler County Master Gardeners are joining forces once again to host the 2012 Spring Garden Market & Home Show on Saturday, May 19, 2012. The committee is relocating the show to Alameda Park this year, to provide additional space for vendors and attendees. The facility will be transformed into a showcase of exhibitors geared to helping you welcome spring! Area businesses and organizations will be on hand to offer solutions and ideas for your home and business including home improvement and landscaping, financial planning, personal care, and more. Sponsored by Eisler Landscapes and Kenmac Rentals & Sales (additional sponsors are welcome), the event is from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with specialty food items, crafts, landscaping materials, live plants and more available for purchase throughout the day. And, we encourage businesses participating to sell items. A variety of space options will be available to vendors. Registration forms are available at Last years event welcomed a large crowd of visitors throughout the day so dont delay, register early! Get ready to kick off spring with the Butler County Chamber and the Master Gardeners and mark your calendars for Saturday, May 19! 1

Printing provided by: Minuteman Press in the Pullman Commerce Center (724) 283-7403
February 2012

Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE BOARD Joe Taylor Armstrong Tammy Schuey Butler Eagle Brian McCafferty KENMAC Rental & Sales Aubrey Hulings Farmers National Bank Board Chair 1st Vice Chair 2


Vice Chair Treasurer

Dr. Nicholas Neupauer Past Chair Butler County Community College BOARD OF DIRECTORS Karen Brackett NexTier Bank Dr. Edward Bucha Slippery Rock University Cecelia Buechele Foster Community Health Clinic of Butler County Dino Capestrani Concordia Visiting Nurses Elisabeth Howard Sommers C.W. Howard Insurance Agency Brett Ligo Ligo Architects Robi Lombardo First Energy Corporation Janice Pakozdi-Luffy Bear Metallurgical Co. Ken Raybuck CDC of Butler County Stephanie Roskovski Butler Health System Lyric Schnur Hefron-Tillotson, Inc. Daniel Swartz ESB Bank Dean Weiland Friedmans Freshmarkets Jen Whitmoyer Slippery Rock Business Assoc. Affilate Organizations: Butler County Young Professionals Mike Lysakowski Butler Downtown Butler Human Resources Association Friday Morning Coffee Club Leadership Butler County New Visions for Butler Slippery Rock Business Association

aving been in Chamber of Commerce Management since 1987, I often ask myself Why a business does NOT belong to a Chamber of Commerce. Is it because they are NOT interested in increasing their bottom line through exposure to other businesses? Is it because they do NOT realize that in slim as well as heavy economic times, human nature is to do business with someone you know and trust? Do these businesses NOT realize that through networking and sponsorships and advertising, they will build upon this level of trust and therefore increase their business? Last year was a banner year for our Chamber in terms of attendance at events and in terms of new members that joined during 2011. We ended the year with 42 new businesses confirming their confidence in our organization and in the economic future of our area. Our Board of Directors has once again set forth an aggressive goal for new members for 2012, one that with your help, we can easily achieve before the first quarter of the year. No, I dont want you to call and solicit memberships for us (although anyone who wants to assist can and will be welcomed). What I would like you to do is spread the news about our Butler County Chamber of Commerce. The benefits you have received, both direct and indirect. The feeling of belonging that you are comfortable with and most importantly, the sense of making a REAL difference in Butler County in a multitude of ways. The place where we LIVE. As you read through this publication, I am sure you are proud of our cooperative events and activities. Leadership Butler County is the premier professional development training program in our area having the largest class ever in 2011, 23 currently in the program, and 21 registered for the Class of 2013. Butler County Young Professionals is 200 members strong, conducting a series of educational and social programs geared to the leaders of tomorrow. Our Friday Morning Coffee Club at the Fairfield Inn has proven that a free networking association can be just as effective as other similar pay-for-service brands. We have fine-tuned our educational efforts to include Sandler Sales workshops and a finely tuned Marcellus Shale Seminar Series. The place where we WORK. Our series of social networking and business activities has expanded with our current schedule. The best part and testimony to our success, aside from the business sponsorships, are the multitudes of business and community organizations that want to partner with us. They include the Community Development Corporation of Butler County, Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, Zelienople / Harmony Area, Allegheny Valley, Armstrong County, Mercer County, Venango County, Clarion Area, Grove City, Pittsburgh Airport Area and Franklin Chambers of Commerce, Butler Human Resources Association, Slippery Rock Business Association, United Way of Butler County and Rotary Clubs of Butler. The place where we PLAY. So when you notice that the client, store or office next to yours does not display their Proud to be a Member - Butler County Chamber of Commerce sticker, ask yourself why. Invite them to join you at the chamber office on April 4 for the Member-Guest Orientation, breakfast and a large dose of information on our organization. And at the same time, look at your sticker and congratulate yourself on your continuing commitment to our business community. Without doubt, we have established ourselves as the hub of all business social activity, training and awareness in Butler County. With this as our continuing mission, success is assured.

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Member News
2012 Beaver Butler Counties Heart Ball
he Butler County Symphony Association is hosting a Meet the Artist Wine & Cheese Reception Thursday, February 9, 2012, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at 114 Aubrey Drive, Butler, PA 16001. Special guest is tenor Michael Forest who is performing with the Orchestra at the February 11th concert. Mr. Forest is in his 17th season with The Metropolitan Opera of New York where he has sung over 250 performances in 19 roles. The Butler County Symphony Orchestra resumes the 63rd season at 7:30 pm on February 11th at the Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium, 551 Fairground Hill Road in Butler. The theme for the season is A Night Of, and this concert is focused on A Night of Song. Guest conductor is Bruce Lauffer. The featured soloist is Michael Forest who will enchant the audience with his beautiful vocal interpretations. The concert will open with an overture, Portsmouth Point, by William Walton. The composition depicts the animated life of the Portsmouth seaside, a piece full of energy and good humor that doesnt let up for a second. Bruce Lauffer is one of three guest conductors in this season. He is Music Director and Conductor of the McKeesport Symphony. In addition, Mr.Lauffer is the conductor of the Latshaw Pops Orchestra in Latshaw Productions - Fabulous Fifties, As Time Goes By, Puttin On The Ritz, American Journey, Steppin Out On Broadway, The Crooners and Their Music, Octoberfest, and The Christmas Spectacular. Maestro Lauffer has conducted for Latshaw Productions for the past six years and has conducted tours throughout the Eastern United States with these outstanding shows. Reserved seat tickets can be purchased at the Butler County Symphony Association office, 259 S. Main Street, Butler. For more information, call 724.283.1402 or visit the website at www.

he American Heart Association, Beaver and Butler division is excited to announce, Richard Begg, MD FACC, Heart & Vascular Center of Heritage Valley Health System and Dean Wolz, MD FACC, chief of Heart & Vascular Services, Butler Health System, will cochair the 2012 Beaver Butler Counties Heart Ball. These physicians have prescribed an outstanding Executive Leadership Committee tasked with helping them organize and raise more than $215,000 to support heart and stroke medical research, as well as public and professional education programs. Dr. Begg and I are honored to collaboratively serve as chairs for the 2012 Heart Ball, which is one of the areas most prestigious events that offer the opportunity to raise critical funds for groundbreaking research, Wolz said. Heart disease is the number one killer in this country and our Executive Leadership Team, Dr. Wolz and I are strongly committed to the efforts of the American Heart Association. We look forward to a great evening of fun and fundraising, added Begg. The theme, Dancing with the Docs sets the tone of this years Heart Ball with six local physicians competing in a choreographed ballroom-style dance contest. The black-tie affair is scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Pittsburgh Marriot North in Cranberry Township. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, lavish dinner, a silent and live auction, and dancing to the sounds of the Groove Doctors. Master of Ceremonies will be Bob Bruce, Integrity Wealth Consulting, LLC and former WPXI Anchor. The 2012 Beaver Butler Counties Heart Ball signature sponsors are Butler Health System and Heritage Valley Health System. Advanced reservations are required and table sponsorships are obtainable based upon availability. For reservations or more information about the Beaver Butler Counties Heart Ball, visit www. or call 724.453.1004.
February 2012

Butler Health System Receives APEX Award

utler Health System has been awarded the VHA Pennsylvania 2011 APEX (Achieving Patient Care Excellence) Award. The APEX award honors hospitals that demonstrate extraordinary levels of clinical performance. Butler Health System received the award for its performance in achieving top quartile ranking in key measures of patient care. BHS was cited for excellence in the care of Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care Improvement. BHS strives to achieve excellence every day for all of our patients. We are honored to be recognized by VHA for our continued dedication to improving the quality of care for our patients. Said Ken DeFurio BHS President & CEO. We are thankful for the dedication of our excellent medical staff and employees who have made this award possible, but more importantly for the care they provide our patients every day. VHA serves more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and 24,000+ nonacute care facilities in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Member News

Caring Tree Project

ommunity Care Connections, Inc. has announced the results from their annual Caring Tree project. Community Care Connections, Inc. provides programs and services for infants, children and adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Each year agency staff, Board members and community volunteers gather toys and other gifts, clothing and food to provide gifts and meals for their consumer families who are experiencing financial difficulty. Through Caring Tree donations, Christmas gifts were given to 54 children. Gifts of cookies and candy were provided for 8 individuals with disabilities, with 7 individuals also receiving food baskets as well. Penn United Technologies donated food baskets that were given to 5 families and 6 families received gifts for their children in addition to their food baskets. Community Care Connections, Inc. staff and Board members donated milk, cereal, eggs and butter that were given to 16 different families along with their gifts. New toys and food were donated by the Butler Armco Employees Association and distributed among the families. Marburger Dairy donated milk as well. The Board members and staff of Community Care Connections, Inc. wish to thank all who donated food, clothing toys and other gifts, wrapping paper, time and financial resources to make the Caring Tree project a success again in 2011.

ontrary to popular belief, we are not in a 100% electronic environment, and Chamber Members have asked that we once again print an official membership directory for 2012. Richland Marketing a long-standing chamber member and coordinator of the Butler County Map Project will coordinate this advertising based directory. Using three forms of cross-referenced listings, Company Name, Company Category and Name of Principal Contact, Chamber members will be easily referenced and found. In addition, we are adding a special Premium Member section for those members who chose this membership option. All active Chamber Members as of March 1, 2012 will be listed. Revenue raised from this publication will be used to further the Butler County Chamber of Commerces wide array of services and programs. For additional information contact the Chamber at 724.283.2222 or e-mail us at Media@

New Membership Directory

Premium Members

Nominate Your Employee Of The Year

Award Sponsored By Butler Memorial Hospital

he Board of Directors would like to thank the following businesses that have selected to become Premium members this year. We appreciate their confidence in and financial support of our Chamber of Commerce. They have received featured placement on our website as well as special listing in the upcoming membership directory. To learn how you can become a Premium member, contact the Chamber office today at 724.283.2222 or Media@
ARMSTRONG, Bear Metallurgical Company, Butler Memorial Hospital, Butler Technologies, Inc., C.W. Howard Insurance Agency, CID Associates Inc., Eisler Landscapes, Inc., Minuteman Press, Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., The Atrium, Thompson-Miller Funeral Home Inc., United Way of Butler County.

ominations are now being accepted for the 8th Annual Employee of the Year Award. Nominate an outstanding employee or business colleague from your business or organization someone that goes beyond the call of duty to get the job done! Sponsored by Butler Memorial Hospital, the Annual Employee of the Year Award is presented each year during the Butler County Chambers Employee Appreciation Day Luncheon and Mini Expo. This years luncheon and award presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at The Atrium. Nominees for the Employee of the Year Award must be a current employee of a Butler County business. The recipient will be chosen by a panel of judges consisting of past recipients. Nomination forms for the Employee of the Year Award are featured in this issue of the newsletter or can be obtained by contacting the Chamber office at 724.283.2222 or online at www.ButlerCountyChamber. com.
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Butler County and Marcellus Shale

A Natural Gas Trio of Seminars - Three Events for Three Different Audiences

n March 5, 6 and 7, 2012, the Butler County Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Butler County Community College and Penn State Extension to offer a series of seminars designed to educate, inform and connect. We hope to answer many of the questions surrounding Marcellus Shale issues and connect resources, which will provide opportunities in Butler County. All three seminars will be held at Founders Hall on the campus of Butler County Community College. On Monday, March 5, 2012, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., we invite landowners to join us for Marcellus Shale updated overview and information session. The evening will begin with a summary (Marcellus Shale 201). Penn State University experts will then provide legal, environmental and financial information. The formal program will conclude with property law and leasing. Attendees will have the opportunity to present their questions and concerns to the panel, and will receive helpful information including a reference guide. The cost is $10.00 per person and required reservations must be made through Penn State Extension at 724.287.4761. This seminar is sponsored in part by Northwest Savings Bank and others listed.

representatives. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Butler County Chamber of Commerce at 724.283.2222. This second seminar is sponsored in part by Northwest Savings Bank and others listed. On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, we invite businesses, suppliers, training entities, contractors, and industry representatives to participate in an informative lunch and mini business expo. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., area businesses will be educated on Marcellus Shale 201, procedures and opportunities. Businesses including industry representatives are encouraged to interface and network with industry representatives. They are encouraged to set up a display table with information on their operations and services. There will be time to network and visit the variety of businesses prior to and following the formal program. Cost is $10.00 lunch only or $100.00, which includes two lunches and one 6-ft. exhibitor table. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Butler County Chamber of Commerce at 724.283.2222. This third seminar is sponsored in part by Northwest Savings Bank and others listed. Premier sponsors in addition to the ones listed above include Butler County Community College, Penn State Extension, Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, Butler County Chamber of Commerce, Butler County Council of Governments and the Butler County Association of Township Officials. The seminar trio is being coordinated in cooperation with the Zelienople-Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, is designed for municipal officials. The dinner meeting will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will touch upon Marcellus Shale updated current information as well as issues pertinent to government officials. Beginning with legality including ordinances, this evening session will touch upon the specifics that municipal officials are concerned with. In addition, infrastructure and public safety issues will be addressed. Cost is $15.00 per person for non-sponsored municipal

Leadership Butler County Class of 2011 has once again scheduled their second annual 2012 Groundhog Plunge for Saturday, February 11th! At Moraine State Park South Shore. Registration will be from 9 am 11 am and the actual plunge will be at 11:30. Last year close to 50 plungers entered the icy waters and 200 spectators attended the event, which was held to raise funds for the Butler County Children and Youth Services Duffle Bag project. Special thanks are extended once again to Moraine State Park. The minimum donation this year is $30.00 per plunger and additional activities will take place during the event. To sign up to plunge, volunteer or donate, please contact chair Louella A. McKee at 724.285.2778 Office or 724.968.6398 VA Cell.
February 2012

Sandler Training 2012

Uniquely designed for Chamber Members

am honored to be the new Main Street Manager for Butler Downtown. As many of you know, Becky Smith was a dear friend of mine. We worked closely together over the past few years on Promotions for Butler Downtown. It is now my privilege to take on the challenge of Main Street Manager and to continue the many projects that Becky started. I still have much to learn, but I am eager to do so. I am optimistic about the future of Butler Downtown. I have a lot of confidence in our Executive Committee. President Jonathan Dreher, 1st Vice President Tom Panei, and 2nd Vice President Bob Dandoy are charismatic individuals, full of wonderful ideas. Our committee chairs, board members, and volunteers are stellar, upstanding people. Finally, the Special Gifts Campaign is off to a great start, but we have only just begun to ask for financial support. (I hope you will consider pledging in the future.) I am also incredibly excited! All four of the Butler Downtown committees have very clear and achievable goals for 2012. We have developed some great partnerships with other organizations and businesses both in and around the City. I have had numerous people reach out to me about wanting to help our organization in a variety of ways. Thank you for making me feel so welcomed into my new role. If we have not yet met, I am sure we will soon. See you downtown!


Baglier hosts Business Mixer

ark Wednesday, March 7, 2012 on your calendar. Join members of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce for a Business Mixer hosted by the All-New Baglier Mazda at their location at 630 Evans City Road, Butler, Pa 16001. From 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. You will be treated to hors doeuvres, refreshments, door prizes and cocktails. There is no fee to attend however reservations are encouraged by calling the chamber at 724.283.2222 Or email us Dont miss this great networking opportunity.
Butler County Chamber of Commerce

he Butler County Chamber of Commerce and Sandler Partner, Jen Whitmoyer, are pleased to bring you a new series of informative workshops in 2012 covering communication, management, sales, first impressions, accountability, body language and much more, thanks to the sponsorship of NexTier Bank and C. W. Howard Insurance. The Butler Chamber recognizes the importance of providing ongoing resources for members to not only sharpen their skill sets, but provide training that is motivating, giving the boost needed to grow and increase business. Together we have created workshops around topics that owners, managers, sole proprietors, directors, sales professionals, and customer service specialists have requested. The first workshop on First Impressions builds on the 3 elements of communication: small talk, how to gain trust, and personal presence. Another workshop covers how to effectively communicate with different personalities. Participants learn about their specific characteristics and personalities, and learn how to recognize specific personality traits in others. This information helps tremendously when managing a team, selling to a new prospect, understanding clients, and hiring the right person. The focus of the workshops then shifts to techniques of creating systems to close more business, control the sales call without looking salesy or pushy, stop the unpaid consulting and price cutting, and getting in front of the right prospects. Jen also created a workshop geared toward the CEO, President and Owners that deal with managing their people, hiring the right people, on boarding them into the company, creating systems for accountability, motivation, and finally a system for replacing themselves. What if as an Owner, CEO or President of a company, you had to take a month off, would the company run smoothly? Do you have systems in place to ensure people would know what to do without asking? Watch for the information on these upcoming workshops. Our first February 29 workshop flyer is in this newsletter. Seats are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early. The Butler Chamber encourages companies to not only send their employees to the workshops, but senior level executive and owners as well. Contact us at 724.283.2222 or

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Welcome New Members

We welcome the following new members to the Butler County Chamber of Commerce. The Pittsburgh Social Exchange Multiscope Document Solutions, Inc.
Contact: Ethan Nicholas, President 1627 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 P: 412.603.1929 F: 412.684.9695 Contact: Tony Fudoli, Senior Account Manager 135 Technology Drive, Suite 402 Canonsburg, PA 15317 P: 412.999.7555 F: 888.515.7120
Printing solutions, copier sales, facilities management; document workflow and scanning solutions. Expertise in medium to large account management.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western PA Chapter

Contact: Lauren DiMaria, Development Manager 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 105 Pittsburgh, PA 15233 P: 412.261.6347 F: 412.232.1461

Lou Negleys Bottled Water Inc.

Contact: John L. Negley, Manager 106 Corks Lane Butler, PA 16001 P: 724.282.6160, ext. 225 F: 724.282.6178
Sale of Bottled Water & Water Cooler and RainSoft water treatment system for homes and business. Also, office coffee deliveries.

Provide quality programs and services to an estimated 7,500 Western Pennsylvanians affected by MS and raise money to fund research for a cure.

Contact: Josh DAgostino, Director New Business Development 2999 Circle 75 Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339 P: 770.843.9205

NAPA Auto Parts

SCORE Counselors to Americas Small Businesses

CORE is a nationwide, non-profit organization founded in 1964. Its membership consists primarily of retired executives and business owners and its primary objectives are to provide free mentoring and basic training to start-up and small businesses. The Pittsburgh Chapter of SCORE was founded in 1967 as Chapter number 7. SCORE Pittsburgh covers Armstrong, Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties. In Butler, a SCORE counselor meets with clients once a month, usually on the 3rd Monday of the month. Additionally, SCORE conducts basic business workshops in Pittsburgh for a nominal fee. SCORE counselors work with Chambers of Commerce, libraries, associations and other organizations to provide specialized workshops and round table discussions on various business topics. SCORE is also constantly recruiting new members with appropriate business experience and an interest in helping start-up and small businesses. Any Chamber members interested in learning more about SCORE, whether your interest might be in volunteering or scheduling a free mentoring session, may contact Ron Cox at 724.612.0099 or go on the website,

Leadership Butler County Class of 2012 visits Marburger Dairy and has a class on the history of Cranberry Township from Joey Hamilton, Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, in the one room schoolhouse.
February 2012

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Ensemble to Barrow From ButlerEspanol Spanish Dance Theater at the Succop Theater Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 8:00 PM The Feb. 4, 2012 Sat.,Glass Menagerie The Walnut Street Theatre 8:00 PM Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 8:00 PM
SINGLE poetry, storytelling Folk music,SHOW PRICING Pre-Sale $18 and an old fashioned jam session Door $22 Student $10 is what this program is all about.
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