Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce has busy agenda
Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce president Maury Burgwin sees great things to come in a busy 2013.
“There are some great stories happening here in this valley, and we are here to promote them,” Burgwin told a networking event Thursday at West Mifflin's Hampton Inn.
Burgwin hopes to double the number of vendors who came to the first Mon Yough Area Prosperity Fair at West Mifflin Area High School.
That would mean 100 presenters of business and career information to students and families attending the second fair on April 11 from 5-8 p.m.
Burgwin also is preparing a poster about the fair for “a huge community evening” at West Mifflin's middle school.
“Connecting with the Community,” slated Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m., will feature breakout sessions about curriculum-related matters.
There will be health screenings, prizes, fireworks and chances to meet WQED's Rick Sebak, the Pirate Parrot and Kenny Kangaroo.
Burgwin's comment about “great stories” also was applied to local businesses.
Burgwin noted U.S. Steel's commissioning of a new coke battery after a half-billion-dollar investment in Clairton.
He also followed up on comments made by breakfast speaker Charles Starrett, particularly about businesses aided by enterprise zones.
With 100 employees, Burgwin said, Book Country Clearing House LLC in McKeesport “is the fifth largest book distributor in the country.”
The chamber's promotion also plays in to what Starrett tries to do in zones covering the Steel Valley, Braddock and Mon-Yough areas.
“We don't have a lot of money for marketing,” Starrett told one chamber member.
A 2013 events calendar details multiple events each month, including a “Lunch and Learn” series at the Holiday Inn Express in West Mifflin that will begin on March 6 at noon with a look at Marcellus shale opportunities with David Marks, a gas industry marketer from Duquesne also known for his nighttime “Laugh and Learn” seminars.
“Networking in the Morning” breakfast sessions will move to the Waterfront. Sessions will rotate on the third Thursday of each month between the Hampton Inn on the West Homestead end of the Waterfront, the Holiday Inn Express in the Munhall portion and the Courtyard-by-Marriott, also in West Homestead.
Business After Hours sessions will take place on March 15 at Brunswick Playmor Lanes in Lincoln Place, May 16 at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, July 11 at The Daily News, Sept. 12 at Allegheny County Airport, and Nov. 14 at the West Homestead Hampton Inn.
Other events include a legislative breakfast on May 15 at Westwood Golf Club and the second annual golf outing Aug. 2 at Butler's Golf Course. Burgwin said he is working with Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch's foundation on that golf outing.
More details about chamber activity is available at www.monyoughchamber.com or by calling 412-678-2450.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Legos, computers draw students to Elizabeth Forward tech camp
- Elizabeth Forward board OKs cost to move trailer
- 4-D Theater debuts at Kennywood
- Irwin woman waives sex charges to court
- Homeville Viaduct project should extend life of span
- Elizabeth Township business forum draws a crowd
- Daytime gunfire damages vehicle in McKeesport
- Details emerge in North Versailles drive-by shooting
- New state regulations are taxing for some
- Volunteers give new life to Clairton veterans memorial