Committees are the life force of the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp. and where the benefits of membership truly pay off. The more you become involved, the greater impact you will see in your business! If you have ideas about a committee you don’t see, please contact Marlyn Kissner to discuss starting one! Committee chair terms are two years. Chairs are expected to conduct meetings on a regular basis and work closely with the Executive Director, Assistant Vice President, and CCEDC staff to conduct meetings and coordinate projects. CCEDC staff provides support to Committees via meeting room scheduling, meeting scheduling, and the taking of minutes.
The strength of our Chamber comes from the hard work, time and dedication of our Committee members. Learn more about our Committees below, and if you would like to participate in one or more of these Committees, please contact its chair. (To be eligible to participate, you must be a member of our Chamber.)
Women in Business:
Chair: Shelley J. Hunt, Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio
This committee conducts monthly lunch meetings that provide a venue for the business women of Carbon County to come together for support and networking. All are welcome, including men!
Attendees are also encouraged to participate in the Carbon County Women in Business Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/carboncountywomeninbusiness) to obtain further learning, resources and support.
Carbon County Women in Business "In Style For Your Success" Workwear Program
The Women in Business Committee of the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp. (CCEDC) has established the In Style for Success Workwear Program of Carbon County.
This initiative is administrated by the Women in Business Committee in conjunction with other area organizations including Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton, Wear It Again in Jim Thorpe and our sponsors - Lehighton Kia, Andreas Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning and The Times News.
The CCEDC Women in Business In Style for Success is now able to provide business attire to professionals in the area. The program will begin providing women (and men) in need with professional attire for job interviews and specific clothing necessary for employment or training in the near future. Accessories, shoes, ties and additional services may be available as well. The goal is to help empower these individuals to enter the workforce in style with confidence!
Applications are available for download below, at the CCEDC office, and at area churches including the Trinity Lutheran Church Thrift Store in Lehighton.
A portion of the proceeds from the Carbon County Women in Business 2019 Luncheons and other events are benefiting the new program and may be expanded in the future. Please contact Alice Wanamaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-274-2080 for more information.
Event Ambassador Committee:
Chair: Marlyn Kissner
This committee is responsible for planning and implementing the three largest events that the Chamber undertakes; the Annual Dinner Event, the Golf Outing, and the Administrative Professionals celebration. Each event has sub-committees that focus on successful outcomes for the community outreach of the Chamber. Committee members also assist with sponsorships for events. This committee is also focused on the development of networking events. Members brainstorm ways to create unique networking events with the goal of three per month (breakfast, lunch and after hours). Events are used to highlight and promote Chamber members’ business establishments and promote and support member to member commerce. Members also attend events as “Ambassadors” of the Chamber, assisting members in making connections and networking with one another.
(Interim) Chair: Marshall Walters, Architectural Polymers
This group began as a non-profit organization and has become a committee of the CCEDC as of May 2013. The group works to facilitate a conversation between the educators and the businesses that are in Carbon County. Businesses provide realistic feedback on the issues and concerns facing them in the workplace. Educators try to understand how to incorporate that feedback into their curriculum so that employers can hire a skilled and ready workforce.
Future Leaders of Carbon County Council (Formerly Carbon Young Professionals):
Chair: Jared McEvoy, Equinox
The Future Leadership of Carbon County (FLOCC) is a group of young business owners, entrepreneurs and serious, active, civic-minded professionals within the CCEDC, who have a deep appreciation of the county’s leadership legacy and a clear vision of the area’s future as a great place to live, play and do business. FLOCC members seek to create intergenerational connections; to understand the values, characteristics and experiences of the CCEDC’s veteran professionals, while sharing their own unique perspective and skills, in order to create their own vision and empower the county’s business community, promote economic success, and build their businesses or advance their careers. This intergenerational connection creates a bridge to the new knowledge- driven economy and aligns their web of relationships.
Chair: Linda Rex, CCEDC- 610-379-5000
It has been said that leadership is a prime force that makes positive things happen in a community. The Leadership Carbon Program is designed to develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed, and action-oriented community leaders. Leadership Carbon brings together participants once a month September through May. Participants typically come from diverse backgrounds and varying perspectives to learn more about themselves and their communities. In the Leadership Carbon Program, people share their ideas and experiences with each other, gain new skills and knowledge about leadership, and develop plans and strategies for implementing community betterment projects.
Marketing – Tourism & Accommodations Committee:
Chair: Dina Tulli Davis, JumpSpark Creative Group
This committee provides leadership and strategic direction to initiatives and projects that will have an impact at the County level. This group interfaces with County level agencies, multi-county regional partners, and State level legislative resources, associations and groups. This committee plans and implements Carbon County Restaurant Week/Month in conjunction with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. This committee also provides a forum to discuss opportunities and design initiatives that will fill small lodgings in Carbon County. It offers access to group advertising opportunities that would otherwise be unaffordable to lodgings with only a few rooms.
Health & Wellness Committee:
Chair: Alice Wanamaker, CCEDC
New in 2019! This committee is in it’s infancy, developing a roadmap to improve the overall health of the residents and visitors in Carbon County.