including a legislative update, upcoming events, and more!

CCCBI Youth Leadership Program Committee


CCCBI's Youth Leadership Program Committee held their Sixth Program Day at Main Line Health's Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, PA. The twenty students were hosted by Rosadale Plumari, Executive Director of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, as she shared her story and introduced several additional staff members to offer their experience and advice. 


The Youth Leadership Program has been active for over 20 years and aims to create exceptional opportunities for Chester County high school students of all academic and income levels. By pursuing local connections, students are able to develop leadership skills, learn about Chester County based career paths, and interact with leaders of major industries countywide.


After a successful first year back post-pandemic, the Youth Leadership Program Committee has opened registration for this upcoming year's membership. 


Contact or call 610-725-9100 for applications. 


Chellie Cameron Speaks at Board of Directors Meeting 


David Hackett, Laura Manion, Chellie Cameron, and Susan Overton

On April 13th, The Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry held its monthly Board of Directors Meeting. Chellie Cameron, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, spoke to the Board about the current climate of Greater Philadelphia, the current initiatives being championed by the Chamber, and the informational advocacy work as the Mayoral Race intensifies.


Cameron stressed the importance of collaboration between chambers to address regional issues that affect both Philadelphia, Chester County, and other surrounding counties. CCCBI looks forward to working with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to advance regional growth. 

Business After Hours


On April 13th, CCCBI held a Business After Hours Event at The Jeweled Warrior in Chester Springs. The lovely evening was a free opportunity for members to check out the gallery, as well as network with other members, and non-members to connect with a $10 registration fee. 


Complimentary refreshments included wine from Le Garage, and a curated cheese selection from Birch Run Hills Farm. 


The Jeweled Warrior is a gallery and gathering space that features art and sustainable jewelry from local artists. No two pieces were alike, making it the perfect destination for a statement piece or unique gift.


An important initiative of the Jeweled Warrior is to raise both funds and awareness for endometriosis. 1% of all proceeds are donated to the Endo What?, a nonprofit committed to raising awareness about endometriosis.


CCCBI is happy to have partnered with and supported the positive impact made by Kristin Costin, owner of The Jeweled Warrior and champion for women suffering from endometriosis. 


Legislative Update

US Chamber Study: Public Policy Risks Soar Amid Growing Trend to Regulate Rather than Legislate and Partisan Approach to Lawmaking


Public companies’ concerns about policy risks—like changes in taxes, regulations, and enforcement—have increased by 27% over the last decade, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


“The data show what business leaders tell us every day—rising public policy risks threaten business growth and innovation and our country’s global competitiveness,” said Suzanne P. Clark, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “In Washington, the polarization, gridlock, regulatory overreach, and inability to act smartly and strategically for our future are making it harder for businesses to do their jobs and move this country forward.”


The study analyzed how many times S&P 500 companies referenced terms commonly associated with public policy risk in their 10-K filings with the SEC from 2011 to 2021, finding that policy risk mentions dramatically increased over the last decade as compared with other risks, which were relatively flat. The terms that saw the greatest percent increase in mentions were: “data privacy,” “immigration issues,” “labor” and “intellectual property.” The healthcare and utilities sectors saw the biggest increase in concerns about public policy risk over the last decade.


The most prominent drivers behind this significant jump in public policy risks are constant shifts in power in Washington, an increasingly partisan approach to lawmaking, and a growing willingness by both parties to pursue aggressive policy changes through regulation rather than Congressional legislation.


“Companies of all sizes face increasing headwinds from Washington and those risks are diversifying and intensifying,” said U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley. “This report confirms what we have been hearing from our member companies about the growing threat of government overreach and the risk it poses to their businesses.”


Like other risks, companies must anticipate, monitor, manage, and, when necessary, mitigate risks posed from changes in public policy. This includes closely monitoring public policy developments, engaging with policymakers, and—as we saw for example in response to trade restrictions—adjusting their business operations. 


Against the backdrop of this unprecedented increase in public policy risks impacting businesses of all sizes, the U.S. Chamber has stepped up its efforts to help companies navigate legislative and regulatory risks, hold agency heads and regulators accountable, and challenge overreach at every turn. 


Member Spotlight

A Haven


A Haven  is a non-profit located in Exton that provides grief support to children (3-25 years) and their families after someone has died. Their drive is to be and create a refuge for all grieving children & families. 


A Haven's teen night, offered twice a month, is one of the most popular groups and accessible groups. All teens who have experienced the death of someone they know are welcomed to attend. Snacks are provided, games are available, and intentional time to talk about the hard stuff is allotted too.


For any young individual experiencing grief, school challenges while grieving, death-a-versaries, or even navigating the dumb stuff people say thinking that its helpful, A Haven is here to support you and your journey through grief. 


CCCBI is grateful for the meaningful impact A Haven is having on the youth of the Chester County Community. 


Member Events

West Chester Film Festival


The West Chester International Short Film Festival is returning for its 17th Fest on April 28th, 29th, and 30th at the Knauer Performing Arts Center. The weekend-long celebration of films from both near and far features 49 different films from 17 different countries. 


“The Mushroom Man" is a short documentary about West Chester’s own Raymond Rettew, the first person to discover the process of mass-producing penicillin. Here, Rettew and thousands of local residents employed in this effort, saving countless lives during World War II.  


While several local films like The Mushroom Man, Grump in the Night, Unlucky Charms, and Memories, are in the lineup, there are also numerous Oscar nominated films from around the world being shown throughout the weekend. 


Between films, audiences can experience parties, workshops, Pop-up Blocks, and more across the Downtown area in addition to the already bustling hub of the borough. Film lovers can also get tickets to the Opening Night Party, the Filmmakers Meet & Greet, or the Closing Night Chester Awards Party. 


CCCBI is proud to have the West Chester Film Festival as a member of the Chamber and support their outreach to local filmmakers, businesses, and community members.

Join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in the fight to cure blood cancers by participating in Big Climb. Challenge yourself to climb the stairs of Lincoln Financial Field and raise critical funds in support of blood cancer research and patient support.


Big Climb is more than a stair climb it's an inspiring, fun & motivating experience. At the event, you will hear from survivors and fellow participants to get you pumped to conquer your climb. A local honored hero will send you off on your climb, motivating you to reach the top.


Registration is $40 until April 5, 2023, and $50 from April 6 until the event day.

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