including a legislative update, upcoming events, and more!

A Look Back at the WIB Awards Dinner


CCCBI is excited to share this fantastic recap video of the 2023 Women Influencing  Business Awards Dinner, all thanks to Valley Creek Productions!


Thank you to our honorees, Andrea Youndt and Alaina Kearney, our attendees, and our special guests for the evening, Commissioner Michelle Kichline and Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Philadelphia, Cherelle Parker, who served as our Keynote Speaker. 


Our awards ceremony would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. 




Hankin Group

Meridian Bank

Pennsylvania American Water


Abel Brothers Towing


Buckley Brion

Fulton Bank


Kreischer Miller

Lamb McErlane PC

M&T Bank


Stephano Slack LLC

S&T Bank



Barsz, Gowie, Amon & Fultz

Brumbaugh Wealth Management




Gawthrop Greenwood

Merrythought Gardeners


West Chester University


Legislative Update


CCCBI Hosts 2023 State Legislative Forum


On Friday, September 29th, the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry (CCCBI) held its 2023 State Legislative Forum at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern. The mission of the Chamber is to be a member-driven advocate for pro-business and pro-growth policies, with one of the most influential advocacy tools being access to elected officials. This opportunity to gather legislators from across the aisle led to a productive discussion on what is happening in Chester County, and what is being done to address these problems.


CCCBI President & CEO, Laura Manion, was joined by its Government Affairs Committee (GAC) Chair, Caitlin Ganley, and six State Representatives. Republican State Representatives John Lawrence and Craig Williams were joined by Democrat State Representatives Paul Friel, Chris Pielli, Christina Sappey, and Melissa Shusterman to discuss several issues identified by CCCBI and its membership including workforce, tax, economic investment and growth, regulations, energy, tourism and infrastructure policies. 


Each panelist was given the opportunity to address what is happening in their perspective districts across Chester County. Two common threads between the Republican and Democratic legislators were the issues of Housing and Transportation, both of which have been of interest to the Chamber. The current housing climate is preventing both residents nearing the retirement age and residents entering the workforce from finding affordable living accommodations. If the younger generations of workers are not able to live in Chester County, they will inevitably move farther away, leading to the issue of reliable and accessible transportation.


There is currently a lack of reliable public transportation in and around Chester County, despite rejuvenated efforts to reform bus routes and rail lines. If the workforce is unable to reside in Chester County, they still need transportation to and from work without waiting hours for a delayed bus or train. If the housing and transportation challenges are not addressed, it may cause residents to find jobs outside of the county, further burdening the business economy.


As questions were opened up to the floor, it became clear that Chamber members had many pressing issues, and the Chamber looks forward to facilitating these discussions at future events. Food insecurity, housing, access to healthcare, and more topics were brought up as the legislators took turns addressing each question.


Manion rounded out the productive conversation by reiterating CCCBI’s advocacy history, and plans for the future. “For the last year and a half, we have intentionally focused on building bipartisan bridges. Today’s packed room of attendees and the participation of a majority of our state house members proves that we are on the right track to building a brighter future for Chester County, together.


Member Spotlight


The CCCBI Membership!


On October 1st, Governor Josh Shapiro and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce supported the proclamation of October as Local Chamber of Commerce Month in PA!


We are sincerely grateful to our loyal members for supporting us throughout the years. During Local Chamber of Commerce Month, we want to show our appreciation by reintroducing the multitude of programs and services we offer that are included in your membership, like our growing committees, Member-to-Member Discount Program, Ribbon Cutting Packages and Newsletter Spotlights!


Without businesses and individuals like you, we would not be where we are today. 

Thank you to our Members!

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