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Chamber News


CCCBI Celebrates Women's History Month


March is designated as Women's History Month, and CCCBI is taking this opportunity to celebrate our women-led Chamber staff!


This week, we're recognizing our Director of Membership, Laura Ellis. 

CCCBI is THRILLED to have Laura Ellis as the primary resource for all things Membership! While the position remained vacant after Covid-19, Laura's arrival last June has helped the Membership come alive and truly thrive. Whether you're looking to join the Chamber or get more involved, she knows how to help you maximize this investment in your business and get set up for success!

In honor of Women's History Month, we asked Laura how the women in her life have played a role in her professional development. Here's what she had to say:

Please join us in giving Laura a well-deserved round of applause! 


CCCBI Hosts State of the County 


On Friday, March 22, 2024, the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry held their Annual State of the County discussion at Penn Oaks Golf Club with Chester County Commissioners, Josh Maxwell, Marian Moskowitz and Eric Roe. This renowned event, presented by Aqua America and Lamb McErlane PC, also honored Bobby Kagel with the prestigious J. Larry Boling Excellence in Local Government Award. 

Residents of Chester County and neighbors throughout the region joined CCCBI to recognize the efforts of Bobby Kagel’s 22 years of public service. Ganley and Kichline presented Kagel with the award, which was established by the Chamber in cooperation with former State Senator Earl M. Baker to honor the legacy of Larry Boling, a person who typified the meaning of a dedicated public servant who excelled in his accomplishments on behalf of the public. 

With the J. Larry Boling Award, Kagel received citations from Senator Carolyn Comitta and Chester County Commissioners Josh Maxwell, Marian Moskowitz and Eric Roe for his excellence in local government. 


Audience questions ranged from America 250, housing for the next generations of Chester County workers and residents, open space, hospital updates and healthcare, including resources and programs for first responders, all of which were fielded by the commissioners and their staff members. 

CCCBI was thrilled to once again host this dynamic discussion for its Membership and Chester County’s business community. 


Deadline Extended to Nominate a Woman Influencing Business


The nomination deadline for CCCBI's Women Influencing Business Awards Dinner honorees has been extended to Monday, April 1st!


We're looking for our 2024 Female Business Leader of the Year


Female Rising Star of the Year


Nominate a friend, colleague, mentor, or even yourself to be honored at our Annual WIB Awards Dinner on March 25th!


Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to WCU President Christopher M. Fiorentino


A heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Christopher Fiorentino, President of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, for receiving the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award! 

It was a privilege for CCCBI to join the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and Downtown West Chester in this celebration of Dr. Fiorentino's lasting impact on both the university and the Chester County community.

Thank you to our Board Members, Stephen Aichele of Saul Ewing LLP, Joel Frank of Lamb McErlane PC - Attorneys at Law, and Zeb Davenport of WCU for representing CCCBI at this unforgettable evening.


Use the link below to view West Chester University's full story about Dr. Fiorentino and this prestigious award. 


Legislative Update


Bridge Collapse in Baltimore Results in Tragic Loss of Life and Trade Disruption


Early Tuesday morning, the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore was struck by a cargo ship departing the port. The impact of the ship caused the bridge to collapse, tragically leading to the loss of several lives.


All shipping traffic has been suspended until further notice. The port of Baltimore is an integral shipping center in our nation. Ships already docked in the port will be unable to depart and ships needing to enter the port are either being held back or re-directed. 


This tragedy will have a major bearing on the supply chain and potentially the economy. As that is being determined, the Chamber mourns the loss of the two construction workers whose bodies have been recovered and the four workers still missing. We offer our condolences to the friends and families of all who who have been impacted due to the collapse.


Membership Spotlight


Piqued PR


Patricia Mae Olson is the founder of Piqued PR, a public relations firm representing lifestyle brands and talent.


Passionate about entrepreneurship, she helps businesses grow and achieve their dreams through traditional PR, influencer marketing, event planning, social media marketing, consulting and talent management services.

Her clients have been featured in Southern Living, Town & Country, Oprah’s Favorite Things, InStyle and on shows including The Today Show, Bravo’s Real Housewives & Southern Charm.
CCCBI is proud to feature women-owned and operated businesses in our Membership Spotlights during Women's History Month. When we asked Patricia what being a women in business means to her, she said, 
"Starting in 2012, I worked at an agency in Philadelphia after college and freelanced on the side with lifestyle brand clients and then had enough to go off on my own. 
Many of the clients that I work with are female founded. I love helping other entrepreneurs in their journey to success by helping them get the word out about their businesses."

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