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Mon Yough Chamber honors members, new businesses

| Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce director Maury Burgwin and vice president Ray Schon present a $2,000 donation to LaTasha Wilson-Batch of the Best of the Batch Foundation.
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Pittsburgh sports author Jim O'Brien shares stores with Bob Haramia of Harwil Enterprises and Rob Hammond of Trib Total Media/The Daily News.
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Having fun at the registration table, from left, are Mary Brushaber of Mon Valley School, Kathy Tachoir of Tachoir Auto Body and Candy Barker of the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Marc Black of Black Mountain Spirit School of Chinese Kung Fu presents a membership award to Gary Lane of Lane Plastering & Stucco.
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Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey and attorney Phil Scolieri thumb through one of Jim O'Brien's books.
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Otis DiCerbo of West Mifflin Area School District and Scott Green of the George I. Green Funeral Home in Munhall browse a selection of appetizers including fresh vegetables and stuffed mushrooms.
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Patrick Fisher and Jim Spindler of UPMC McKeesport talk with Donna Little of the Homestead-based Rainbow Kitchen.
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Darleen Vila, foreground, of Motorist Mutual Insurance Group and Lara Ravida of Klein Insurance enjoy conversation with members of the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Christine and Robert Furlong of Lane Plastering and Stucco are proud of the comany's new membership to the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Exchanging business cards, from left, are Kathleen Cunningham of Northwood Realty, Marti Gastel of Dorothy's Candies, Richard Darr of Freedom Search & Settlement, Andrea L Zober of Tupperware and Stephanie Scanlon of Decorating Den Interiors.

The Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a VIP reception to highlight the accomplishments of its members and to welcome new businesses.

“We are a unique, dynamic organization very dedicated to helping you grow your business,” director Maury Burgwin told guests at Westwood Golf Club on Thursday evening. “We encourage all of the non-members here today to join our chamber, because we are doing some great things for business and for the community.”

Burgwin highlighted the success of the Prosperity Fair at West Mifflin Area High School and the Tour de Mon along the Great Allegheny Passage, and other networking and legislative sessions. He noted the Regional Chamber Alliance Foundation's role in transferring grant funds from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to Clairton Police Department for a second K-9.

The chamber presented a $2,000 check to representatives of the Best of the Batch Foundation, formed by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch to give back to the Steel Valley community where he was raised. The foundation supports children in low-income districts across the Mon Valley.

“I just want to thank everyone from the chamber for choosing Best of the Batch as the foundation of choice,” LaTasha Wilson-Batch said.

Pittsburgh sports author and historian Jim O'Brien encouraged business owners to go the extra mile to keep customers happy. He said some people get so caught up in sporting events that they forget there are more important things in life.

“Get your own game plan. Get your own strategy,” he said. “What are you doing to make sure you win?”

Burgwin said the chamber does its part to set members on the right track and to connect them with a network of businesses that can build off each other.

Information about the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce is available online at

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1956, or

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