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An Important Legislative Update


Governor Shapiro joins CCCBI to Celebrate Expansion of Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Tax Credit


Laura Manion, President of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry (CCCBI) was joined today by Governor Josh Shapiro, Rep Melissa Shusterman, Senator Carolyn Comitta, House Leader Matt Bradford, over 10 other members of the PA General Assembly, Commissioner Josh Maxwell, Chamber Board Members, business & community leaders, working parents and children in the Upper Main Line YMCA daycare center to celebrate the passage of the Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Tax Credit (ACT 34). 


During the event, Laura Manion, President of the Chester County Chamber (CCCBI) described the importance of the tax credit to both working parents such as herself and employers represented by the Chamber of Commerce. “A recent statistic from states that in more than half the states in this country, childcare costs more than in-state public college tuition. The cost of care is becoming unattainable for families across every tax bracket, with the average cost of infant care in Chester County toppling over $17,000 annually.” Laura explained. Manion continued, “This is of no fault to the providers; who themselves are dealing with rising costs of rent, utilities, food, and other necessary overhead that continues to be plagued by inflation. As a soon to be mom-of-two, and as Chamber President representing 500 employers and thousands of employees in Chester County, I am proud to stand with the PA Legislature and Governor Shapiro in celebration of the expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. This is a monumental win for employees and employers across Pennsylvania.”

Governor Josh Shapiro stated, “As a mom and as the President of the Chester County Chamber, Laura and her team at the Chamber have been unbelievably strong advocates for this childcare tax credit. And you might wonder, why is a Chamber of Commerce leader involving themselves in a childcare issue? Because it makes sense. You see, if we can address the childcare issue, that strengthens our businesses, that strengthens our workforce and Laura understands that incredibly well. When families can afford reliable childcare, parents get back to work, businesses don't lose out on great employees and kids get early learning opportunities.”


We’d like to thank Bertram L. Lawson II, President & CEO of YMCA of Greater Brandywine and his team for hosting the event.

Thank you again to our CCCBI Board Members who joined the event today, as well as all of our CCCBI members for feedback and direction on business and workforce issues! We look forward to continuing to advocate for issues that will strengthen not just Chester County, but our region and the Commonwealth.


CCCBI Hosts First Installment of Speaker Series


Yesterday, CCCBI held it's first installment of the new 2024 Speaker Series. 


Guest panelists Ryan McGinn of McGinn Financial Services and Malcolm Weaver of Mid Penn Bank discussed a variety of topics related to personal finance, retirement, and resources available and considerations for small business lending.


Both speakers covered economic outlooks for 2024 with rate predictions, an extensive discussion of retirement savings and market volatility, and for the millennials in the crowd, that time is your greatest asset as an investor. 

Did you know?

  • 1 in 6 retirees return to the workforce
  • Since the Great Depression, the expansion to recession ratio is 84/16
  • The total return for the S&P 500 from 1993 to 2023 has been +10.3%
  • About half of all SBA loan applications are approved

You’ll learn these facts and more at our monthly Speaker Series in 2024!


We’ll see you next month at CCCBI Headquarters for Help! I Don't Have an HR Department: HR for Small Business on Thursday, February 1st. 



CCCBI to Host First Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of 2024


The Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry (CCCBI) is proud to support our members with ribbon cutting ceremonies to mark the opening of a brand-new business, newly renovated business, relocation, groundbreaking, anniversary, or other major milestones for a business.

Ethan Allen Design Centers across North America are hosting Grand Reopening events to showcase their reinvention as the Interior Design Destination.  Join us on Tuesday, January 9th, from 5:00 - 6:00pm at Old Ridge Village, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 for a celebration!


Member Spotlight


Bowers R&D Associates

Bowers R&D Associates CEO David Bowers believes in empowering American innovation to fuel an exciting future. That's why he and his team have dedicated themselves to saving innovative companies money on taxes since 2016. Bowers R&D Associates is powered by specialists who take pride in finding every opportunity they can to get their clients' the resources they deserve.
Since joining CCCBI, the firm has been greatly appreciative of the Chamber's community and political efforts.
"The strength of community forged by CCCBI and the Chamber's dedication to lobbying for individual and business needs in Harrisburg was a major selling point for us when we joined. Becoming a member of the Chamber has been a wonderful step for our firm professionally as well," said Client Relationship Manager Laura Berry.
Located in Exton, the Bowers R&D Associates team enables innovative companies across the nation to potentially recoup over 10% of new product development costs via Federal and State R&D tax credits. 
Companies in the brewing, life science, manufacturing, agriculture, and software development industries could all be eligible for these amazing resources.
Bowers R&D Associates is thrilled to announce that BBTC Life Sciences will be held on January 19th. This exclusive event has been curated to showcase resources that improve the financial health of life science companies.
Speakers will include Ryan Udell of Ballard Spahr, Chris Sarlo of Life Science Wealth, and David Bowers of Bowers R&D Associates.

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