New chamber office opens in Mt. Pleasant
Boasting a new manager and a new location, the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce Laurel Highlands Chapter officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication.
The chamber's new home is adjacent to the Shop Demo Depot in Mt. Pleasant. Manager Deborah Salopek said that even before the official opening, the site proved to be a winner. She was welcoming visitors while they were getting settled.
“This is proving to be a great site for us already,” Salopek said. “People who were shopping here just walked in to see the offices and to see what we were about.”
In 2012, the original Laurel Highlands Chamber of Commerce, which covered businesses in Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding areas, merged with the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, coming under the larger group's umbrella of networking and opportunities.
Since that merger, the groups have been working to improve the outreach of all businesses and members of the chamber.
“We are really excited about this. We really couldn't be more excited,” said Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce President Chad Amond of the move and new offices. “This is going to be a great location for us, and it will only enhance the ties that we have here in the community and in Mt. Pleasant.”
The ribbon-cutting was performed last week by Westmoreland County Commissioner Tyler Courtney, who heads the Westmoreland Chamber board. He addressed a crowd that included local businessmen, borough officials and area representatives.
“This is a very exciting day for the chamber, and this will only improve the relations here in Mt. Pleasant and in the community,” Courtney said. “It is our responsibility to help them grow. Chambers have challenges, but we felt that we could come here with something to bring to the table to help Mt. Pleasant.”
The former offices of the Laurel Highlands Chamber were on Church Street, but the site proved less than ideal, with virtually no parking available and low visibility.
Mt. Pleasant borough officials said the new offices will help increase the opportunities for the town and the township, and the location near the busy Shop Demo Depot will be an asset to both.
“It's great to see both the chamber and Shop Demo Depot working together, and through that working relationship, they will help each other,” Mt. Pleasant Borough Manager Jeff Landy said.
Salopek said she looks forward to serving the people of the area and that her vast experience will be put to good use.
“My duties as the manager for Laurel Highlands Chapter of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce vary from day to day,” Salopek said. “It's something fun and different every day. I am responsible for membership development, community relations and coordinating events.”
She explained that membership development is twofold.
“It entails me being the heels on the ground here in the Mt. Pleasant area, meeting current chamber members and working with them to help grow their businesses. The second part of this is encouraging non-members to take advantage of all the great benefits the chamber offers, in addition to assisting them to grow their business by working smarter, not harder.
“As for community relations, it is my goal to build and develop strong, trusting relationships with business owners in Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding area even if they are not currently chamber members,” she said.
The offices are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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.
- The real Captain Phillips brings story of piracy to St. Vincent College
- Flight 93 memorial fire hints at struggle to safeguard historic artifacts
- Route 217 bridge across Loyalhanna Creek reopens early
- DEP orders cleanup of former Jeannette Glass property to resume
- Southwest Greensburg man died of injuries in accident in Bell
- Greater Latrobe teachers, school board approve 5-year contract