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CCCBI Announces Honorees for 2024 Small Business Awards Breakfast


Small Business of the Year

Nonprofit of the Year

Community Partner of the Year

We are thrilled to announce the honorees for CCCBI's 2024 Small Business Awards Breakfast!


Please join us in congratulating Penn Oaks Golf Club as the Small Business of the Year, Bournelyf Special Camp as the Nonprofit of the Year, and VISTA Today as the Community Partner of the Year!


We look forward to celebrating these fantastic organizations on Wednesday, February 14th, from 8:00am to 10:00am at the Desmond Hotel. 


Tickets are $50 for CCCBI Members and $65 for Non-Members. 


Sponsorship opportunities are now available! Please contact Julie Varga for more information!


Legislative Update


General Assembly & Governor Shapiro Outline Goals for 2024


Governor Josh Shapiro and leaders of the General Assembly have outlined some of their goals for 2024. While many of them have yet to align as the nation’s only divided state legislature, there are some similar goals.


Education looks to be a main priority with an impetus to address a ruling from the Commonwealth Court that the Commonwealth’s current funding system is unconstitutional. However, a school voucher program, which was part of the recently resolved budget impasse last year, will likely be tied to any efforts to increase education funding.  Both the Governor and leaders of the Senate Republicans have indicated permitting reform will be part of the legislative agenda, along with increasing the minimum wage, updating the election code and a constitutional amendment that would open a window for survivors of child sexual abuse to sue.


Speaker Joanna McClinton announced that the House will not return to voting session until mid-March. This is due in part to the recently discovered leak in the House Chamber roof and an upcoming special election in Bucks County with State Representative John Galloway (D-Bucks) resigning from the House on December 15th. Galloway’s resignation will bring the House balance back to a dead even 101-101 until his seat is filled by the voters by a special election, which House Speaker Joanna McClinton has called for February 13, 2024.


Typically, the first few months of the year are not busy voting months, with the Governor’s budget address on February 6 followed by several weeks of recess for House and Senate Appropriations Committee hearings to address the budget asks of various agencies, so this is not really a vast departure from precedent, especially in election years, when ample time is usually granted for the legislators to be home circulating nominating petitions for their re-elections next fall. Expect things to pick up precipitously in the following months leading up to the June 30 end of the fiscal year.


CCCBI kicked off the year with its first Government Affairs Committee (GAC) meeting on Friday January 12th, with over 50 Members representing local government, small, medium, and large businesses, and the non-profit community. Senator Carolyn Comitta and Representative Christina Sappey were in attendance to give a legislative update, hear directly from members, and to talk about their focuses for 2024. Government Affairs Committee Chair Charles Boruchowitz moderated Q&A, while CCCBI Government Affairs Consultant, Alex Rahn, provided other general assembly updates.

We look forward to our next meeting on Friday, February 9th, which will be held virtually with Senator Ryan P. Aument from Lancaster County! 


Member Spotlight




Since its launch in 2014, VISTA Today has become Chester County’s go-to source for business, community, and cultural news. With a blend of original and curated content, VISTA Today gives its readers a comprehensive view of what’s happening locally.


Owned by American Community Journals, VISTA Today has sister publications in Montgomery County (MONTCO Today), Delaware County (DELCO Today), Bucks County (BUCKSCO Today), and Philadelphia (PHILADELPHIA Today). Together, they boast more than a quarter-million subscribers and followers and garner approximately 15 million pageviews annually.


VISTA Today’s dedicated readership reach is a testament to its approach — aggregating hard-to-find stories, delivering them through a concise newsletter each morning, and maintaining a steadfast commitment to positive news. It’s a refreshing departure from the often-grim narrative of mainstream media, focusing instead on the good news that strengthens the fabric of Chester County.


Beyond just reporting, VISTA Today also offers a platform for businesses to get their message out through its Affiliate Partnership program. This initiative lets companies share their stories, highlight their expertise, and reach a targeted audience of influential residents and decision-makers. It’s a smart move for businesses looking to boost their profile and credibility without breaking the bank.


With such an expansive digital reach, VISTA Today’s Affiliate Partnership program is a valuable tool for any business. It’s changing the game in local advertising by helping businesses connect with their audience in a more direct and meaningful way.


VISTA Today is more than just a news source. It’s a community hub for businesses and readers alike, offering a fresh take on local news and a platform for companies to grow their brand. Subscribe to VISTA Today or reach out to Steve Knickerbocker, Senior Vice President of Development at American Community Journals, at or 484-437-2826 to learn more about its Affiliate Partnership program.


CCCBI is honored to present VISTA Today with our Community Partner of the Year award, and we look forward to celebrating their success and positive impact on Chester County throughout the year!


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