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3:20 PM

A Few of My Favorite Things



By: Alice Wanamaker, CCEDC Member Relations Director


I applaud those of you who have or are in the process of establishing a business in Carbon County and for not only taking a positive step toward growing your business but also investing in yourself and the community. There are so many things to think about when starting a new business, each one as important as the next.
As Member Relations Director, I talk to many people about joining the Chamber of Commerce as an essential part of their growth plan, and what they get from their investment. There are so many benefits to joining; listing one or two benefits barley scratches the surface.  There are, however, a few benefits that I like to hone in on because they are usually the most valuable for our members - both new and established! These benefits are a few of my favorite things; Marketing, networking and referrals!
The Carbon Chamber & Economic Development (CCEDC) is an amazing resource for you and your business. We have the ability to partner you with invaluable resources, potential clients, customers, other businesses and the overall community. Our focus is on YOU, the business owner and our job is to make doing business in Carbon County a successful venture. Whether you are looking for a local supplier, or a list of folks who are interested in growing the community, we can help connect you with referrals or personal introductions.
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8:02 AM

Building a Climate of Trust


By Marlyn Kissner, Executive V.P. of the GLVCC and Executive Director of the CCEDC


It's enjoyable and relaxing for many of us to meet up and hang out with friends after work or on the weekends. We find comfort in sharing stories, laughing and joking or discussing serious and sensitive matters among friends and family. There is a climate of trust that we have built over time that continues to grow throughout the years.
Just the same, it is important to build a climate of trust in your professional environment. I've seen and experience this first hand throughout my professional career path. People like to do businesses with people they know and trust; building relationships is the key to connecting with new clients. Be a good listener and ask a lot of questions as you get to know new acquaintances and be sure to follow up; do what you say your are gong to do! Most people love to share information about themselves and this will allow you to get to know them on a personal level. As you network with others, keep this in mind and use best practices to build trusting business relationships. Having this foundation of trust is where the referral plan comes in to play. As you get to know someone and trust their business practices, you will most likely refer future clients their way.
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4:05 PM

October Is Energy Awareness Month- Six Great Ways to Manage Your Energy Use & Save Money


By Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL

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If we could harness the energy of little kids excited to trick-or-treat – or the energy of kids after a few pieces of Halloween candy – we could probably light the entire state of Pennsylvania. 

Unfortunately, that seemingly boundless source of free seasonal energy hasn’t been tapped. 

The good news is this: While there are no magic solutions for free energy, there are steps you can take to manage your energy use and reduce your electric bill as temperatures get colder and sunlight gets scarcer. 

October is Energy Awareness Month. In some places, it’s also called Energy Action Month. That might be the better name: Awareness is a good first step, but action is needed to save. 

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2:17 PM

Mindful Moments



Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Shelley Jaye Hunt, Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio





the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

“Mindfulness Moments,” is a monthly addition to The Jim Thorpe Current. Shared here you will find tips on short practices moving you toward a more energetic and mindfulness way of life. Learn to maximize your energy by experiencing living in the present moment. These are intended as practices, not lessons.

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1:13 PM

What's Your Secret to Staying Cool This Summer?


CCEDC Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL Corporation


It might be a cold washcloth, or an ice cube against the wrist, or a tall glass of iced tea to drink in front of a floor fan. 

Whatever it is, I hope you’re putting it to good use. Another hot summer is here, and it’s important for everyone to take care of themselves to avoid heat-related illness. 

At PPL, we take heat-related illness very seriously. Our linemen and other employees work in the heat every day to keep your service strong. We share safety tips with them, tell them to look out for each other, and urge them to be careful. 

We care about you, our customers, too. And we hope you’ll be safe and know the risks, just like our linemen do. Read More

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11:52 AM

Support Your Local Farmer

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC


When you think of small businesses, you may think of many different types.  The local bakery, a restaurant or that cute shop that sells handmade soaps and lotions or even a nail salon or accountant.  

Here in Carbon County, we have lots of those businesses.  Some of them cater to tourists, others mostly to locals, but have you ever stopped to think about the local farmers that we are blessed to have in the county.  They are a small business too and probably the hardest small business to operate because a huge part of their success depends on something very unpredictable; Mother Nature.   

Just like the commercial used to say, “You can’t fool Mother Nature”, almost every farmer I know will also say sometimes there’s no working with her either.  She can be very hormonal, having severe hot flashes one day, and downpours and thunderstorms the next. Just when you think you’re ready to plant your crops or bale hay, here she comes again with her next tantrum. Read More

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9:38 AM

Peregrine Falcons Return to PPL's Tower Building After 10 Years



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2018 June RAD column-FalconFeeding

This spring we've had some pretty impressive and unusual house guests. For one thing, they can average a speed of 60 miles per hour, with top speeds of 200 mph - all without a car.
They're peregrine falcons. And they came back to PPL's Tower Building in Allentown this spring, the first time in 10 years that a nest box on the top of the 23-story tower has hosted a pair of falcons. The initial pair laid eggs there, and we were able to watch several hatchlings join the falcon family.
We were thrilled to see them, as PPL has been involved for quite a while with efforts to restore the peregrine falcon population in Pennsylvania. In 1995, we began supporting the Lehigh Valley Peregrine Project, a community effort to release young peregrine falcons from the top of our headquarters building in the hopes that the falcons would come back to the area.
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12:19 PM

Why Brick & Mortar Stores Are Still Important

By: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development (CCEDC)


These days all you need sometimes to start a new business is a laptop a smartphone and a space to work such as a kitchen table.  You can create an ecommerce site and your customers can begin purchasing your products or services without you having a huge expense.  No lease agreements to sign nor monthly rents to pay. Just you and your laptop…right? 

Maybe not.  Depending on the type of products you are selling, a brick and mortar store is still a huge benefit for your business to be successful.  Especially if the products you are selling are something that your customers want to be able to try out first. Read More

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6:11 AM

7 Tips for Electrical Safety in Your Home




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The PPL Electric Utilities crews working to help restore power in Puerto Rico deal with some unique safety challenges they don’t usually see in Pennsylvania – like steep, jungle-like hillsides and extremely narrow roads. 

That’s why one of our top safety leaders is in Puerto Rico alongside the work crews. He’s visiting job sites, leading discussions of work conditions and making sure everyone is focused on doing the job safely. 

Safety is the most important part of our daily work in Pennsylvania, too. Our crews meet before the job starts to talk through the work plan, discussing what could go wrong and how to prevent it. And they’re encouraged to call a timeout during the work if something doesn’t look right. 

We want our customers to take a safety-first attitude toward electricity too. Even at household voltage levels, electricity can be dangerous if electrical equipment is damaged or used improperly. 

You don’t have to wear heavy rubber gloves, hard hats or safety vests, like our line workers do. Just keep these tips in mind around your home: 

Extension cords: Check them regularly, and replace them if they develop cracks or wear in the insulation. Use them in places where people won’t step on them or drive over them. And don’t string more than one together. 

Home and kitchen appliances: Replace them if they develop loose or unreliable switches or frayed power cords, because frayed wires cause fires.

 Your home electrical system: Overloaded electrical circuits can cause fires. Some signs that circuits are overloaded include flickering or dimming lights; frequent blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers; warm wall plates; or crackling, sizzling, buzzing, or a burning odor coming from outlets or switches. Don’t ignore these warning signs.

 Also, unless you’re a trained electrician, it’s probably a good idea to hire one to do any kind of rewiring or other electrical upgrade in your home. The risk of electrical shock, fire or other hazards is not worth the money saved by trying to do the job yourself.

 Yard projects: If you’re planning a project that involves digging, call Pennsylvania 811 at least three business days in advance of the work. Someone will come to your home and mark the location of underground utility lines. Digging into utility lines could shock you, not to mention disrupting service to your property. 

Also, stay at least 10 feet clear of power lines on your property. If you’re carrying a ladder, be sure it doesn’t touch a line. 

Downed lines: We invest to keep our delivery system strong, so you’re unlikely to see a downed electrical line, unless there’s an ice storm or someone drives into a pole. If you see one, report it to us immediately at 1-800-DIAL-PPL (342-5775). Stay well clear of it, and keep kids and pets away as well. Always assume a fallen line is still carrying power. 

PPL’s field employees train hard and stay focused so the high voltages they work with don’t cause injury or property damage. A little attention on your part can do the same for you at home. 

Some of these tips were provided by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (esfi.org).

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6:07 AM

What's So Cool About Manufacturing


By: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC


Tell me what you think is so cool about manufacturing. There are a number of students in Carbon County’s middle schools that can answer that question and then some!

Created by the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in Allentown, PA in 2013, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? contests draw entries from nearly 200 teams across Pennsylvania. The teams of students and their teacher coaches receive camera equipment, software, and professional guidance as they learn to script, record, and edit their video stories. The contest’s objective is to change students’ and their parents’ perceptions about manufacturing careers. 

The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? contests are supported regionally by their sponsors and partners. Production support is provided for several of the contests by PBS39 Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, PA. There are 12 contests held in Pennsylvania during the 2017-2018 school year. These contests involve students from 39 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties – a combined area that represents more than 9 million of the state’s 12.7 million residents. The contest format also has been adopted by groups in 11 additional states. 

Locally, students from Lehighton, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley Middle Schools visited manufacturers in Carbon County to see what they could find out about how these companies operate and exactly what does make them so cool?  In the process, the students and their coaches learned how to conduct interviews, shoot video using GoPro cameras supplied by MRC. From there, the students had help from PBS39 on learning how to edit the videos for presentation to the public.  The completed videos were then posted on MRC’s website where voting took place for the people’s choice award. 

The awards ceremony was held at Arts Quest in Bethlehem on February 27th with over 900 in attendance.  

I am proud to say that Palmerton Area Junior High’s team and their video from KME tied for first place in the Outstanding Educational Value category with Broughal Middle School.

In addition, Carbon Career and Technical Institute competed in Cupcake Wars with the other technical schools from the Lehigh Valley.  The cupcakes were presented on a ferris wheel and entries were judged by the Cake Boss staff.

We can be very proud of our students and teachers here in Carbon County.  They worked hard to compete against some much larger schools and did themselves and the whole county proud!