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CCCBI Announces Cherelle Parker as Annual WIB Awards Keynote Speaker


The Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry (CCCBI) is pleased to announce that Cherelle Parker will serve as the Keynote Speaker for the Women Influencing Business (WIB) Committee’s Annual Dinner set to take place on Wednesday, September 13th at White Manor Country Club. Andrea Youndt, CEO of the Chester County Food Bank, will be honored as the Female Business Leader of the Year and Alaina Kearney of Barsz Gowie Amon & Fultz as the Rising Star of the Year. Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline will also be recognized in appreciation of her nine years of service to Chester County. 

Ms. Parker is the Democratic nominee in the 2023 Philadelphia mayoral election. If elected, she will be the first woman to hold the position. Parker previously served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and was the youngest African-American woman to be elected to the state legislature. In that position, she was elected by her colleagues to chair the Philadelphia Delegation. Later, she was elected to represent the ninth district on the Philadelphia City Council in 2015 and re-elected in 2019, serving as majority leader from 2020 to 2022. Parker is a lifelong Philadelphia resident, a graduate of Lincoln University, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 


The Annual Women Influencing Business Awards Dinner will take place on Wednesday, September 13th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the White Manor Country Club.


All are welcome! Space is limited, register today!


Comcast & ACP Provide Affordable Internet Services


Two million people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are eligible for discounted internet and aren’t taking advantage of it. The federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), when combined with Comcast’s Internet Essentials, provides service for low-income households can be free! 


CCCBI Secretary and Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, Caitlin Ganley, was part of a Comcast team visiting Esperanza College of Eastern University featured on NBC10 yesterday. 


Legislative Update


Laura Manion Writes Letter to the Editor on Housing, Public Transportation, and Workforce Issues


CCCBI President & CEO, Laura Manion, wrote a new opinion piece urging business leaders to weigh in on the housing crisis.

To afford the current, average list price, first-time buyers in Chester County must now earn an annual salary of $130,000 so that the cost of housing does not exceed 30% of their income.

You read that right.

When your employees cannot afford to buy their first home or their next, larger home as they expand their family, they may resort to moving to neighboring Delaware, Montgomery, or Lancaster counties.

When they grow tired of sitting in endless traffic on 202, Route 30 and 422, they may begin to look for a new job, with a more flexible work-from-home policy.


Member Spotlight


Bournelyf Special Camp


Bournelyf Special Camp is the true hidden gem of Chester County. Founded in 1980, the camp provides quality programs and educational opportunities to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


Children and young adults are able to build confidence, improve social and communication skills, and enjoy fun physical fitness challenges among other activities throughout the summer. 


CCCBI's Laura Manion was recently able to visit Bournelyf Special Camp, saying, "You can feel the deep-rooted community ties within minutes of entering the 7-acre property. The long-term commitment that campers and volunteer staff show makes this such a special place to be."


This fall, on October 28th, Bournelyf Special Camp will host their Annual Dick Vermeil Wine Tasting, one of their most anticipated fundraising events of the year! Mark your calendars and visit their website for updates!

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