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22 issue 6 a guide to Butler County business information

The official newsletter of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce

"We Mean Business"



We really do mean business... in Butler & Armstrong Counties

Member News Page 3 BHR Forum Page 4 Calendar Pages 5 - 6 Chamber Golf Outing Page 7 Spring Garden Market Page 8 New Members Page 9
n an effort to showcase and promote business in Butler & Armstrong Counties, the Butler County, Armstrong County and Zelienople-Harmony Area Chambers of Commerce are combining efforts to offer our combined memberships the chance to participate in the areas premiere business event. We Mean Business in Butler & Armstrong Counties Business to Business Showcase 2012 Representing nearly 1,200 businesses in Butler & Armstrong Counties, the Chambers are proud of whom we represent. From family-owned businesses, professional concerns, educational and health-related organizations - spanning sole proprietorships and the largest employers, we have a lot to be proud of. We encourage you to become involved in this effort to combine assets and collectively show the area what we offer. Participating businesses must be a member of one of the three sponsoring Chambers of Commerce. So join this exclusive Business Showcase by registering now. Space is limited. Exhibitors will gain admission to a private Exhibitors Only cocktail party and business mixer following the close of the show. For more information complete the registration form in this newsletter or contact one of the participating Chambers of Commerce: Butler County (724.283.2222), Armstrong County (724.543.1305), ZelienopleHarmony Area (724.452.5232).

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Leadership Butler County Honors 20th Graduating Class 724.283.2222

"Serving the Butler County business community since 1896"

wenty-four Leadership Butler County (LBC) graduating business professionals will be honored in Founders Hall at Butler County Community College on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and is held in cooperation with the United Way of Butler Countys Annual Meeting and the Armstrong Red Apple Award in Education. Leadership Butler County works in partnership with Butler County Community College, Slippery Rock University, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau and the United Way of Butler County. LBC is an affiliate program of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce. The Butler County Chamber of Commerce congratulates the following class of 2012 Leadership Butler County graduates: Robert Azarcon, ARMSTRONG; Brittany Basham, NexTier Bank; Kris Bowser, Butler Health System Foundation; Kelly Conger, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources; Jennifer Dunaway, Butler Health System; John Garing, Calumet Penreco; Lisa Gill, Butler First United Methodist Church; Frank Girardi, Northwest Savings Bank; Keith Graham, Eagle Printing Company; Jamie Goehring, New York Life Insurance; continued on page 2

Printing provided by: Minuteman Press in the Pullman Commerce Center (724) 283-7403
June 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 2nd Vice Chair Treasurer

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Leadership Butler County ...

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 Hefren-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

Debbie Goehring, ESB Bank; Linda Graham-Greek, Hudson Business Services; Steven Green, Mars Home for Youth; Julie Hayes, C. W. Howard Insurance Agency; Ed Keller, BASF; Deb Lindewirth, Masterpiece Kitchens; Shawn Maley, Stantec, Inc.; Sally Mills, VA Butler Healthcare; Tina Moser, Slippery Rock University; Jeff Roberts, Seneca Valley School District; Suzie Rockburn, ARMSTRONG; Rick Shaffer, Butler County Jail; Kim Smith, Butler County Community College and Tracie Williams, Mars National Bank. Special thanks are extended to C.W. Howard Insurance Agency and Butler County Community College for serving as our LBC Graduation Sponsors, the Red Apple Award in Education sponsor Armstrong, printing sponsor Minuteman Press and additional event sponsors Mars National Bank, Geneva College and Bear Metallurgical Company. For more information on the graduation breakfast or Leadership Butler County program, contact the Chamber at 724.283.2222 or via e-mail at

Membership Mixer and Sneak Peak of Is He Dead

eadership Class of 2012 spent their final program session day touring Butler County beginning with the history and tour of Lernerville Raceway. Lunch was hosted at Buffalo Golf Course, where Tracie Williams of Mars National Bank earned the best putt title and was awarded a trophy by owner Ken Waldron. Chris Zeigler bicycled in the rain to give the class the history and current projects of the Butler Freeport Trail. It was off to Saxonburg to visit the Arts Center and Museum before arriving at Armstrong Farms where owner and Leadership Alumna Kathy Allen did a presentation on ecotourism and the diversity of her own business. The director of the Audubon Society at the Succop Conservancy, Mike Bonner, provided a tour and background of their facility and organization. A fitting end to a full day was a cocktail party for close to 90 Chamber Members and Leadership Alumni at the Butler Little Theatre. The special treat was an advance performance of the hilarious comedy Is He Dead by Mark Twain. A special thanks to R.P. Musko & Associates for sponsoring the event and to the Butler Little Theatre Board of Directors for their hospitality.

professional staff
Stan Kosciuszko ..............................Ext. 23

Butler Downtown and Butler County Young Professionals invite you to a joint

Save the Date

Happy Hour Thursday, June 21, 2012 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Jennifer Monaco..............................Ext. 21
Administrative Assistant

The Club House at the Townhouse Apartments 530 North Main Street, Butler, PA 16001 Hosted by Newbury Realty Group Appetizers provided by Newbury Realty Group BYOB Reservations

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Think Golf!

he 2012 Butler Rotary Golf Outing will be hosted on Monday, July 30th at the Butler Country Club. Registration is $500 per foursome ($125per golfer), and includes lunch, Unlimited Driving Range Balls, Greens Fees, Cart, Beverages, Refreshments, Dinner, Prizes, Give-A-Ways and more! All proceeds benefit local programs and service projects in the Butler community. For more details, or to register, please contact Benjamin Holland at 724.789.9003. Additional information is available at

he Butler County Symphony Associations announces its first Garden Tour on Saturday, June 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a self-guided tour. A reception will be held at Meridian Gift Shop Gazebo, 298 Meridian Road, Butler, 16001. The Garden Tour is a fund-raising event for the Symphony Association. Tickets are $15 pre-sale, and $20 on the day of the tour. They are available after May 1st at: Symphony office, 259 S. Main Street (M-F, 9-2), Butler; Meridian Gift Shop, 298 Meridian Road, Butler; Smiths Florist, 136 N. Main Street, Butler. Also, the Butler County Symphony Association announces its summer Concerts to Munch By series beginning Wednesday, June 6, and continuing until August 22, each Wednesday except for July 4. Each week a musician or group of musicians will perform free half-hour concerts in the Symphony office building, 259 S. Main Street, Butler, 16001, from 12:15 until 12:45. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lunch or purchase one on site courtesy Caf Main. Cookies and cold drinks are free. Questions on any of the above? Please call the Symphony office at 724.283.1402, or visit their website at www.

Country Showdown Competition

he 31st Annual Texaco Country Showdown is coming to Butler! WBUT 1050AM will host Americas largest country music talent search featuring local artists on Saturday, June 9 at Friedmans Freshmarket at their Point Plaza Shopping Center location. A Party in the Parking Lot of Friedmans will kick off the event at 1:00 p.m. featuring fun for the whole family, including concessions, contests, raffles, prizes and giveaways. The Country Showdown will follow at 2:00 p.m. This years contestants are competing for various prizes, including a recording session with Meatlocker Productions and advancement onto the state competition in the fall. Contestants include: Greg Burk III from Slippery Rock; Augusta Campoli from Ontario; Isaac Cole from Emlenton; Hunter Cook from Franklin; Jenna Downton from Chicora; Amanda Lynn from Butler; MiKayla Lynn from Emlenton; Chad Ruggles from Butler; Bonnie Sarver from West Sunbury; Greta Schaltenbrand from Allison Park and Linda Wampler from Butler. We consider Texaco Country Showdown one of the most anticipated events in country music each year, said General Manager of The Butler Media Group, Vicki Hinterberger. Its an exciting community event that provides aspiring artists in our area an opportunity for state, regional and national exposure while promoting a greater appreciation of country music. We are pleased to host the 31st annual show-down! Grab your family and friends and come enjoy great entertainment and activities at Friedmans Freshmarkets in the Point Plaza shopping center Saturday, June 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www. or call 724.283.1500.

enn State New Ken & Lenape Tech have partnered to offer a one-day Social Networking Workshop sponsored by Tri-County Technology Consortium, Tri-County Workforce Invesmtment Board and the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry. The class will be offered on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Armstrong Educational Trust. The cost of the workshop is $170 per person. Please contact Jeanne Glauser to register at

Social Networking Workshop

The Board of Directors of Center for Community Resources will host a luncheon

Save the Date!

Celebrating 10 Years of Connecting People to Services

Thursday, June 21st 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Butler Days Inn
Carmine Scotece, Butler County Human Services Director, will be presented with the Founders Award at the event. Please call 724.431.3723 or 724.431.3708 for more information.
June 2012

BHRA & Butler County Chamber Host Another Successful Forum

The Butler Human Resources Association (BHRA) and the Butler County Chamber of Commerce hosted another successful forum, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at the Succop Theater, on the campus of Butler County Community College. Close to 100 Human Resource professionals attended the forum which included breakfast and a vendor expo featuring 12 exhibitors, keynote speakers and two breakout sessions. Building a Strategy Capable Organization by Michael Couch, outlined an approach to Strategic Talent Management that describes how business strategy can be translated into talent demands and how to create a strategy-capable organization. Leadership in Your Organization: How are you Doing? by Annamarie Lang, Sr. Consultant and James Court, Project Associate for Development Dimensions International, Inc. engaged participants in an interactive group quiz to see if their organizations talent matches

trategic Patterns: How to Maximize Organizational Success through Human Resources

Global Leadership Forecast findings. Participants left the session with information that can help fuel their talent management strategies. From Linkedin to Linked Together: Using Social Media for the betterment of our HR world was by Ron Kubitz of Brayman Construction, began by defining the term social media. He then focused on the social media tools best utilized by the HR profession showing that social media allows the HR community to recruit, engage, train and communicate their future, current, and past employees in a fresh and cost effective manner. Special thanks are extended to our forum sponsors, Specialized Staffing & Industry Recruiters, Highmark and Butler County Community College, who helped make this event successful. We also want to thank the exhibitors who joined us, Adecco, Discover Wellness Center, Furman and Associates, Geneva College, McCort, Martin & Baker Ameriprise Financial, Pittsburgh Business Times and R.P. Musko & Associates.

Chair Butler Human Resource Association, Anita Orozco, James Court (Presenter from Development Dimensions International, Inc. DDI), Rob Kubitz (Presenter from Brayman Construction), Annamarie Lang (Presenter from DDI), Michael Couch, (Keynote Speaker from Michael Couch & Associates.)

Nominate Your 2012 Chamber Champion

ominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Chamber Champion Business Award. The annual award is presented to an outstanding area business that shows a mixture of vision, ingenuity, commitment and determination. The award is given solely based on a nominees business accomplishments and initiatives. The awards will be presented at the Annual Celebrate Business Dinner on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at the Butler Country Club. Thank you to our event sponsors, Ligo Architects & Highmark; cocktail party sponsors, C.W. Howard Insurance Agency & Butler Country Club; printing sponsor, Minuteman Press, dessert sponsor, Pentony Capital and additional sponsor Shaffer Financial Services. All nominees must be a current member of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce to be considered. Self4
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nominations are accepted, and businesses that were previously nominated, but not selected, may be renominated. Past award winners include: Friedmans Freshmarkets, ARMSTRONG, Baglier Buick GMC Mazda, Butler Health System, Penn United Technology, Randy & Bobs CARSTAR, Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann (Stantec, Inc.), VNA of Western PA, United Plate Glass, Quality Life Services, CDC of Butler County, Butler Eagle, Butler County Ford and Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau. For a nomination form or more information, contact the Butler County Chamber of Commerce at 724.283.2222 or via e-mail at A nomination form is included in this newsletter or can also be downloaded from our website at ButlerCountyChamber. com. The application deadline is Friday, July 27, 2012.

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Join us for Annual Chamber Golf Outing on June 14!

armer weather is right around the corner and so is the Annual Chamber Golf Outing! The 56th Annual Outing is Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Lake Arthur Country Club. Take advantage of the four-person scramble with foursomes for only $500.00 or single golfers for only $135.00. Price includes greens and cart fees, continental breakfast, lunch, steak or chicken dinner and all-day beverage service (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) plus the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. Registration/breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., with a Shotgun Start at 10:00 a.m. and Happy Hour, Dinner, Prizes and Fun immediately following golf. There will be Team Awards & Skill Prizes, Beat the Pro, Putting Contest, Hole-In-One contest, numerous individual contests and a Cigar Bar courtesy of Smoker Friendly/Cigar Express. Sponsors for this years outing include:

Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Butler Health System, Corporate Sponsors; Frames & Pixels Productions, Breakfast Sponsor; NexTier Bank, Cocktail Hour Sponsor; Friedmans Fresh Markets, Dinner Sponsor; ESB Bank, Cart Sponsor; Lake Arthur Country Club, Beverage Sponsor; Butler Eagle, Putting Contest Sponsor; Honda North, Hole-In-One Sponsor; Conley Resort, Prize Sponsor; Highmark, Lunch Sponsor. Be sure to register early, this event is a sell out every year! Tee sponsorships are available for only $150.00 for both outings, and contributions for auctions and prizes are always welcome. Contributors will be thanked in program booklets, website and newsletter. For more information or to register, or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Butler County Chamber of Commerce at 724.283.2222, via e-mail at or visit the website at

18th Annual Ladies Golf Outing Scheduled For August 1

he 18th Annual Ladies Golf Outing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 1, 2012, so dont miss your chance to come out and have a good time! The outing, held at Conley Resort in Butler, includes a round of golf, lunch, beverages, contests, cocktail hour, dinner, prizes and team awards.

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce congratulates the 2011 Distinguished Service Award Winners, David Tack Sr. and Tom Panei.

The cost to golf is $90.00 per person or $340.00 per foursome. A gold foursome can also be purchased for $425.00 (includes tee sponsorship). Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. with an 11:00 a.m. shotgun start. Golfers will be treated to a cocktail hour and a delicious dinner immediately following golf. Skill prizes, skins game, hole-in-one, other popular golf contests and door prizes will be available to those who stay for dinner. The first place team will be awarded special prizes compliments of Moses Jewelers; second place team will receive awards compliments of Unicorn Gifts. The Chamber would like to thank and recognize Farmers National Bank, our Official Event Sponsor. A special thank you is also extended to Diehl Automotive, our Hole-In-One Sponsor; Highmark, our Beverage Sponsor; Minuteman Press of Butler, our Dinner Sponsor; Pentony Capital Management, our Lunch Sponsor; and ESB Bank, our Golf Cart Sponsor. Additional options are still available for the 2012 Ladies Golf Outing, including tee sponsors. To register, contact the Chamber at 724.283.2222 or download a registration form online at The registration deadline is Friday, July 20, 2012, so dont delay!

Join us for the

Annual Community Champion Award Luncheon Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Noon
at the Butler Little Theatre One Howard Street, Butler, PA 16001 Honoring Butler Little Theatre Event sponsored by ARMSTRONG Award sponsored by 4-Most Group, Inc. Architects
Hosted by the Butler County Chamber of Commerce & the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau To make a reservation call 724.283.2222 or

June 2012

10th Anniversary tops 100 Exhibitors Annual Spring Garden Market Welcomed Over 4,000 Visitors!
Leadership Butler County Stuff the Bus and Fashion Show Successes

e discovered the perfect way to ring in spring. The Annual Spring Garden Market & Home Show welcomed an overwhelming crowd of visitors on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at our new location, Alameda Park. Hosted by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Butler County, Butler County Chamber of Commerce and Butler County Parks and Recreation, the event transported guests to a delightful outdoor garden and business expo customized to help them welcome spring! Over 4,000 visitors attended. With just over 100 vendors featuring a wide variety of food, childrens activities, plant sales, landscaping materials, crafts, books, business information and more, this proved to be the largest Garden Market yet. Visitors enjoyed a variety of delicious foods including baked goods, gourmet coffees, biscotti, Friedmans walking tacos, grilled hot dogs & hamburgers and the famous Butler Garden Clubs homemade soups, pies and Mushroom Sandwiches. Master gardeners Julie Dandoy and Justine Brown presented Every Drop Counts, information on using rain barrels, and The Garden Hoe Laura Deeter, PhD, presented how to Garden Smarter, Not Harder. Special thanks are extended to all businesses and organizations

that made this event possible. Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors, Eisler Landscapes and Kenmac Rentals & Sales, along with additional sponsors, Armstrong, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Butler Eagle, Butler Health System, Butler Media Group, Friedmans FreshMarkets, C.W. Howard Insurance Agency, Newhaven Court at Clearview, Alliance for Non Profit Resources, Baglier Mazda, Wedding Solutions, Inc., Valley Bus Lines, Butler Beauty School, VNA and Butler County Childrens Center. Leadership Butler County Class of 2012 managed to stuff not one but three busloads full of clothes and shoes for their chosen charity, First Impressions and has decided to make this project an annual event during the Garden Market. The following day, a fashion show and luncheon was held at the Atrium. A wine auction and Chinese auction of numerous gift baskets was held also. Was it the beautiful weather, or the months of hard work on the part of the committee chairs and class participants that propelled their final numbers way beyond their projected estimates. Congratulations to all involved. The Spring Garden Market & Home Show will be back next year watch your calendars for our May 2013 date.

Take me out to the Ball Game Are you Blueor are you Green? Joint Summer Mixer Is July 13

oin members from not one, but five, area business organizations for a night of delicious food, drinks, door prizes and great networking opportunities at a Joint Summer Mixer on Friday, July 13, 2012. Festivities will begin with a great ballpark dinner by Luigis Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. accompanied by ballpark appropriate beverages sponsored by and provided by North Country Brewing Company. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. and guests can either watch from the bleachers or bring a chair and sit on the lawn at the pavilion at Jack Critchfield Park. You will not want to miss the beautiful fireworks display that evening. In addition, it will be Christmas in July with a special appearance by Santa for the children. Special thanks to our fireworks sponsor ARMSTRONG and 8
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event sponsors C. W. Howard Insurance Agency, Slippery Rock University and Country Market. The mixer is co-hosted by the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, Slippery Rock Business Association and the Young Professionals from each chamber. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a beautiful evening of fun and baseball. Cost is only $12 per person, which includes all food, beverages and game ticket. Bring your lawn chairs and watch from the outfield, or watch from the stands. Guests must make reservations in advance, sorry no walk-ins! For reservations please complete the invitation in this newsletter or contact the Butler County Chamber of Commerce at 724.283.2222 or via e-mail at

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BCYP Mixer

Young Engineers in Nuclear

Close to 80 young professionals from the Butler County Area joined forces for a wonderful springtime networking event at Cranberry Highlands on Monday, April 30, 2012. Members from the sponsoring organizations are already making plans for future cooperative events. Anyone interested in joining the Butler County Young Professionals can contact the Butler County Chamber at

Welcome New Members

We welcome the following new members to the Butler County Chamber of Commerce. Tri-County Technology Consortium
Contact: Lori S. Harris, Treasurer 66 Glade Drive Armstrong Educ. Trust Bldg. Kittanning, PA 16201 P: 724.541.8246

Tri-County Technology Consortium is a consortium of technology and communications businesses in Armstrong, Butler and Indiana Counties, PA.

Chatham University
Contact: Jenna Templeton, Acting Dean / CGS & CCPS Woodland Road Pittsburgh, PA 15227 P: 412.365.1417 F: 412.365.1720

TREC, Inc.
Contact: Kenneth E. Savko, Regional Manager PO Box 1745 Cranberry Township, PA 16066 P: 724.584.0321

Providing engineering and environmental management services to the mining and oil & gas industries.

A Special Thank You

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce along with the Community Development Corporation of Butler, Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau and Cranberry Township would like to thank Butler County Commissioners William McCarrier and Dale Pinkerton (Commissioner Jim Eckstein was unable to attend) for joining close to 70 businesses on April 30, 2012, for an informal Meet-NGreet. The continental breakfast and casual meeting was hosted at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building by the above organizations. As a special surprise, State Senator Mary Jo White was also present to speak to our guests. Legislative Action Committee Chair, Rob Lombardo from First Energy, commented that it is our intent to bring the County Courthouse to Cranberry Township. An informal Meet-N-Greet is being planned for the fall with other Butler County elected officials.
June 2012

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