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12:40 PM

Change It Up When the Seasons Change

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It seems the seasons change quick these days … where in the world did summer go? We are so busy with everyday life; keeping up with family, work and technology… can we fit in much else?

I thought I’d break it down for you with the beautiful seasons we experience in our area; try a new activity and take a new approach to business:

Fall ~ The crisp cool air is upon us, time to pull out the sweaters and fleece jackets. This is a time to take in the beautiful colors that nature brings us without a doubt, every year.  Get up an hour early and take a walk or bike ride on the D & L trail before work. Enjoy the pristine lakes throughout the county by taking a stroll on the beach, kayaking or simply sit on the water’s edge and take it all in. Let your mind wonder and think about creating a brand new 30 second commercial – to promote yourself and your business. Once you’ve created a script, practice.  Get excited when you begin to use it! For help creating your commercial visit: prosperitycoaching.biz/a_6-steps-to-an-awesome-elevator-speech.html
Winter ~ Get ready for the chill in the air, winter coats and snow! Try cross country skiing, snow shoeing or tubing. If you’re not that adventurous, bundle up and take an easy walk after a snowfall and enjoy the beauty and peaceful experience of Mother Nature.  When you get back inside, make yourself a hot cup of tea or cocoa and write a press release on something about your business – it can be as little at 50 words, and then send it our way. This is a free way to get your word out – let us do the work by sending to businesses and the media! Need help, contact our office and we will help you write it up.
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3:51 PM

Meet John Stoj, Carbon County Photographer


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You may have seen his beautiful photos of Pocono wildlife, landscapes and elements of nature displayed at a local area business or art exhibit, in a community magazine or even in CCEDC's new "Find Your Fun in Carbon County, PA" Tourism Brochure. Or, you may even own one of his prints and have wondered how he can get such perfect, close up shots of magnificent animals in their natural habitats while going about their normal daily routines. Well, wonder no more! Meet Albrightsville resident and Carbon County photographer, John Stoj.

John has graciously permitted the use of his gorgeous nature and Carbon County photos for CCEDC's Tourism Marketing. And, we were lucky enough to recently spend some time with him to discuss his photography career, what inspires him and why he loves Carbon County so much. We are so very excited to share our interview, his talent and imagery with all of you.


Q. John, how long have you been a photographer and how did you get started? 

A. I have been taking photographs since the late 1950’s. My interest in photography began when my dad shared his 35 mm camera with me when we vacationed at the mountain river and ski slopes. 

Q.  Do you do photography full-time or part-time?

A. Currently, I do photography part-time at Pocono Whitewater River Rafters on the Lehigh River. Previously, I served as President-elect of the Carbon County Art Association. On weekends, I work at a local meat and groceries market. More than 30 of my best locally acquired images are on display at Hazle Park Meats & Groceries in Pine Point Plaza, Albrightsville, PA.
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9:48 AM

Explore, Discover & Support Small Town America


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The next time you head outside, take a minute to look around, take a deep breath of fresh air and be grateful for your surroundings. Carbon County has amazing things to offer. Have you explored, discovered and supported your local area?

When you walk outside, look up at the trees and remind yourself that you live in a beautiful area with stunning backdrops filled with outdoor activities to enjoy throughout the seasons. Whether it is biking, hiking, skiing, rafting, kayaking, hunting or fishing, just to name a few, enjoy the many activities we have to offer and spread the word to family and friends.  If outdoor activities aren't your thing, take in the arts and culture in the area. Visit all of our small towns and explore what each hast to offer. The Number 9 Mine in Lansford, the Harry Packer Mansion and Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe, Historical Society in Palmerton or the Butterfly Sanctuary as you head to Albrightsville.  Want to explore the talent of our local artists? Stop by the CCEDC office in Lehighton and enjoy original pieces displayed on every wall, purchase a piece you love!

Remember to take pride in your community and speak about it often and in a positive manner. When the opportunity surfaces and you have the chance to speak about your hometown, do so with excitement and pride; be a great ambassador! Take the time to volunteer for you community in some way, even if it's only an hour you can give. We have a number of non profit organizations in the area helping many local initiatives, explore your way to discovering an organization that peaks your passion, then give your support.

Hungry or thirsty? The talent that lies in our area is quite impressive when you take the time to explore. Patronize our local eateries offering outstanding bar food to upscale cuisine. Explore, discover and support our local restaurants and next time you eat out, thank the owner for setting up shop in our area. 

Let's not forget to shop local. You've heard this time and time again as we promote our small local businesses in the area. If you need a gift or something for yourself, think local, think small business. Once again, explore and discover all that we have to offer to cover your shopping and service needs... and then support our local businesses to help strengthen and sustain the industry in our area.

With spring in the air and summer right around the corner, I challenge you to explore and discover five new places or activities in your own backyard; give your support and pass along your experience. As you do, please visit our facebook page @discovercarbonpa and share your experiences with us.
In closing, I'd like to thank all of our business owners, local residents and public officials for making our area a great place to live, work and play! It is an absolute honor to serve you.

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2:07 PM

A New Year Means a New Start

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Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine,
Regional Affairs Director, Southeast Region
PPL Corporation


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Do you want to lose 15 pounds in 2017? Read 25 books? Clean your basement and keep it clean? Anything is possible if you stick to it, take it one step at a time and keep your eyes on the goal.

Saving energy and money is something worth adding to your 2017 to-do list. It doesn't take a major investment or a big life change to make improvements in this area.

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9:41 AM

The Three Gifts



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 From the Desk of Marlyn Kissner, CCEDC Executive Director


  The holidays seem to remind us of the great people in our lives. We take special time to celebrate with family and friends, co-workers and colleagues. I love giving gifts and hand written cards with a big heartfelt "thank you"... to remind our members, sponsors, volunteers and partners of how grateful we are to have their support throughout the year. For many non-profits and not-for-profits, it is the board members, committee members and volunteers who are the incredible support system we all depend upon.

The following are three wonderful gifts that we receive throughout the year from the many people, who volunteer and support our efforts, for this, we thank you:

First, the gift of Time: Thank you to our many volunteers who give us countless hours of time assisting at our events, planning our programs, strategizing on future goals and attending committee meetings.

Second, the gift of Treasure: As a not for profit organization, we depend on sponsorships, memberships and partnerships to fund our programs, initiatives and the organization. Many thanks to our partners who continue to support our efforts that in turn support our businesses and communities throughout the county.Read More

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10:42 AM

Shop Small, Shop Often!




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by Alice Wanamaker – Member Relations Director, CCEDC

According to a blog post published last November by Emmelia De La Cruz , 54% of US sales happen at a small business. That’s a great percentage but wouldn’t it be great if it were 64% or 75% or even 90%? On average, 48 cents from every dollar you spend locally, stays local, compared to only 14 cents spent at big box stores. So as we raise our percentage of sales happening at small businesses locally, we also raise our percentage of dollars that stay locally!

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov. 26 and The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation is encouraging everyone to take action for our greater good. Whether you are a small business owner or a consumer thinking about the holidays, we encourage you to shop small and find unique items for your family and friends.
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9:56 AM

Do You Know Your Business Like You Know Your BFF?


Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Jeanine Villano-George, Co-Owner A&A Plumbing and Heating, LLC



Let me ask you this question…  and it might sound a little silly but …
 

Do you know your business like you know your BFF (Best Friend Forever)?  How well do you know your best friend?  Think about this for a moment; do you know your BFF’s favorite color, favorite drink, favorite restaurant … can you rattle that off pretty quickly?  How about if I asked you the same style of questions about your business, could you rattle off the answers with confidence and composure?  For example:  What are your quarterly gross sales?  What percentage of your business do you allow for community outreach?  How do you bring value to your customer base … What are you really good at?    
 

Do you know your business like a BFF?  Business relationships are like best friend relationships because they take time, work and investment to develop them and make them stronger.  When you meet a new person they are not your ‘best friend’ immediately, it takes time to foster that relationship and build trust before you can call him/her your BFF!  It takes time for you to trust each other.
 
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3:21 PM

Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance? The CCEDC Can Help!

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Guest Blogger: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, Carbon County, PA

Starting a new business certainly has its challenges.  You come up with an idea you do the research even find a great location.  Now how are you going to bankroll it?

Remember that usually the first dollars into your business are yours.  Perhaps you dipped into savings or cashed in your 401k or maxed out your credit cards.  You may even have worked your regular job and moonlighted at your business to get it off the ground but now you’re ready for the next step; actually going out on your own.

At the startup stage, angel investors are hard to find and asking for help to find grants, or ‘free money,’ is a common request that my office handles all the time. While there may be some small grants, these are not common. 

New businesses have a hard time getting funding from a bank because they don’t have the financial history of actually being in business.  There is really nothing concrete to show a lender that your business is successful much less be able to pay back a loan.Read More

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4:18 PM

Energy Efficient Improvements for Businesses


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Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine,
Regional Affairs Director, Southeast Region
PPL Corporation


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Summer has faded. Cooler, more comfortable temperatures are here. It's time to get out those flannel shirts and hoodies.

Autumn - before the snow flies and the weather grows cold -- is a great time to improve the energy efficiency of your business or home. Put in some time and investment now, and you can get the work done before really cold weather sets in. Then, save energy and money all winter.

Over the past six years, PPL Electric Utilities customers have saved more than 2 billion kilowatt-hours a year by taking advantage of our energy efficiency programs - the equivalent of taking more than 206,600 homes off the grid for a year.
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