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Youth Leadership Program Day at nth Solutions

nth Solutions hosted the CCCBI Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program last Friday. Thank you, Eric Canfield, president and co-founder, and the entire nth Solutions team, for providing such a valuable experience for our program participants.

Eric knows how to make learning fun! The day included a behind- the- scenes tour of nth Solutions and their latest inventions, hearing first-hand experiences about the rewarding benefits of internships from interns, and learning about the key factors that make an outstanding leader! The day concluded with a creative activity titled "How to Save the World."


To view more photos of the day at nth Solutions click here.

To learn more about the impressive work nth Solutions does and their internship program, click here.


Small Business Awards Breakfast- February 23, 2023

Join us on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at Penn Oaks Golf Club to honor AEONRG, Home of the Sparrow, and SCORE- Chester and Delaware Counties. Each honoree is a pillar of the community, through their commitment and dedication to the Chester County.


Small Business of the Year AEONRG LLC is an Award-Winning Facility Renovation organization providing MEP and MRO Services to support the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and the National Cemetery Administration with effective and efficient facility solutions. AEONRG defines success through their value added, high quality, on time work delivered for customers and by giving back to veterans and the community.


Nonprofit of the Year Home of the Sparrow partners with women facing homelessness to secure housing, achieve long-term stability, and chart new paths for their futures. As a trusted service provider, they provide a safety net for single women, mothers, and their children in Chester County. Home of the Sparrow brings organizations and people together to solve the problem of homelessness and to create better futures for women and children. 


Community Partner of the Year SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties is dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and encouraging the formation, growth and success of small businesses in our community through FREE counseling and no-cost or low-cost educational workshops and webinars.

Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator of U.S Small Business Administration will be our keynote speaker. 

Sponsorships Opportunities Are Available!

Click here to view the sponsorship opportunities available. This event is a great opportunity to showcase your business while also supporting other local businesses in our community! Email Julie, at for more information on sponsorships and questions about the event.


Calling All Middle School Students for the Civics Bee!

Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry is partnering with the Pennsylvania Chamber and Chester County Intermediate Unit to host a regional Civics Bee, as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s National Civics Bee competition. 

The National Civics Bee is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. In the first round of the contest, local 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will participate in an essay competition. Judges will then select 20 finalists to participate in our local competition on Saturday April 15, 2023 at 10:00AM at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU).

This Civics Bee will feature special guest judges including, PA State Representative John Lawrence, Michael Hartman, Chief of Staff for Senator Carolyn Comitta, and Chester County Commissioners Josh Maxwell, Michelle Kichline, and Marian Moskowitz, with more “celebrity” judges being added daily.

After the regional event at CCIU, the top 3 students from each local competition will then advance to the state competition. First place winner will receive $1,000 cash prize in both the local and state competition.


Students are to submit a 500-word essay to demonstrate their best understanding of civics. The essay topic is: Identify a problem, challenge, or opportunity in your local community. What can you do to contribute to its improvement based on Founding principles and civic virtues? Deadline for essay submissions is February 24, 2023. Click here to view the online submission form.


If you would like to support your students, click here for resources including contest details, a flyer, a student and parent guide, and more.


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Legislative Update


Josh Shapiro Sworn in as 48th Governor of Pennsylvania


On January 17th, Josh Shapiro was sworn in as the 48th Governor of Pennsylvania by Judge Debra Todd, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. During his inaugural address Shapiro took time to recognize his wife and new First Lady, Lori, as well as his 4 children, Sophia, Jonah, Max and Reuben.  Shapiro was joined by Lieutenant Governor, Austin Davis, the Commonwealth’s first African American to hold this position.  


Along with the Shapiro and Davis families, the stage included several guests, who the new Governor referenced to highlight several topics during his speech.  These include the fight against the opioid crisis, investing in job training and apprentice programs, leveling the playing field for small businesses, changes to allow family businesses to be passed on to the next generation, retaining access to abortion services, combatting gun violence, addressing mental health struggles for students, and the overall goal to reject extremism. 


“Now is the time to join together behind the unifying strength of three simple truths that have sustained our nation over the past two-and-a-half centuries – that above all else, beyond any momentary political differences – we value our freedom, we cherish our democracy, and we love this country,” stated Governor Shapiro.


Leading up to the inauguration, Shapiro has named most of his cabinet and senior staff (list below). Several people have also served under Governor Wolf since Shapiro's election is one of the first instances in Pennsylvania’s history that the Governor’s office has transitioned within the same political party.  


The Governor must now focus on several items, namely preparing a state budget proposal which newly elected Governors are allowed to present the first week of March instead of February. This is where many of the broad themes the Governor highlighted in his address will be likely de detailed further. 


Staff – 


Dana Fritz - Chief of Staff
Tori Shriver, Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Workforce Development
Larry Hailsham Jr - Executive Deputy Chief of Staff-
Joseph Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and Opportunity
Lindsey Mauldin, Deputy Chief of Staff for Health and Human Services
Danielle Okai, Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Development
Michael Pipe, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety
Sam Robinson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Consumers and the Environment
Jennifer Selber - General Counsel 
Manuel Bonder - Press Secretary

Cabinet – 


Rick Siger - Secretary of Community and Economic Development
Nancy Walker - Secretary of Labor and Industry
Uri Monson - Secretary of the Budget
Michael Carroll - Secretary of Transportation
Sarah Hammer - Secretary of Banking and Securities
Pat Browne - Secretary of Revenue
Dr. Khalid Mumin - Secretary of Education
Neil Weaver - Secretary of Administration
Dr. Val Arkoosh - Secretary of the Department of Human Services
Dr. Debra L. Bogen - Secretary of Health
Dr. Latika Davis-Jones - Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Jason Kavulich - Secretary of Aging
Mike Humphreys - Insurance Commissioner
Rich Negrin - Secretary of Environmental Protection
Cindy Adams Dunn - Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources
Russell Redding - Secretary of Agriculture
Al Schmidt – Secretary of Department of State
Akbar Hossain - Secretary of Policy and Planning 
Mike Vereb - Secretary of Legislative Affairs


Member Spotlight


Sycamore International

Located in the Philadelphia metro area in West Grove, PA, Sycamore International is a technology company celebrating more than 12 years in operation. Sycamore International is an Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD) company with a focus on data security. The company refurbishes and recycles secondary technology to enable a transition to a global circular economy. 


Sycamore began by specializing in servicing both K-12 and higher education institutions. They have subsequently expanded to service the healthcare sector, legal sector, data centers and enterprise clients in general.


Operating out of a newly renovated and expanded processing facility Sycamore International utilizes a highly customized system to efficiently process a wide array of used technology.


Sycamore International actively supports the communities that help them grow. Their corporate giving is directed toward local agencies and non-profit organizations that provide needed services to those communities.


Over the years they have donated refurbished technology to various community groups, special education programs and local high school programs.


Learn more about Sycamore International:

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