About the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce


Established in 1989, the chamber serves the general economic trading region encompassing Northeast Berks County.

The area includes the school districts of Brandywine Heights, Fleetwood, and Kutztown. Also included are the boroughs of Fleetwood, Kempton, Kutztown, Lenhartsville, Lyon Station, and Topton and all or part of the townships of Albany, District, Greenwich, Longswamp, Maidencreek, Maxatawny, Richmond, Rockland, Ruscombmanor, and Windsor.

Boardroom @ NBCC


Open for Members

Located in our Office, the Boardroom has a capacity to seat 14 comfortably. It can be used for most needs ranging from Career Fairs to Workshops.

Email admin@northeastberkschamber.com to book now!

OPERATIONS:

The Chamber office, located in the National Penn Bank building at 110 West Main Street in Kutztown.  Chamber operations and program administration are the responsibility of the Executive Director and the Asst. to the Executive Director.

ORGANIZATION:

The Chamber's leadership consists of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee, headed by the Chamber President, establishes policy and procedure and is comprised of the Executive Director and the Chamber's officers which include the president, the vice-presidents, the secretary and the treasurer. The Board is responsible for adopting all policy and procedures and has oversight accountability for the solicitation and expenditure of all funds.

MEMBERSHIP:

The Chamber consists of large and small business owners, institutions of learning, financial institutions, doctors, dentists, attorneys, engineers, retailer, wholesalers, telecommunications companies, individuals, social service organizations, and civic organizations. Click here for more information about membership.

MONTHLY BUSINESS MEETINGS:

Monthly chamber business meetings are held on the third Friday of the month beginning at 7:45 AM. (Place of Venue and speakers are announced approx. 1 month prior to the event.) Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 610-683-8860; fax 610-683-8544 or by online registration.

OUR MISSION

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce advocates economic and cultural development with the goals of promoting business and community growth, supporting stakeholders through services, education and strategic alliances.

 

OUR VISION

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce shall be the primary business resource within the communities served.

 

OUR GOALS

The primary goal of the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce is membership growth and retention.

1. Achieve 140 members 12/31/2022

2. Achieve 150 members 12/31/2023

3. Achieve 160 members 12/31/2024

Objectives:

  • 1. Conduct breakfast meetings September-May, annually
    • A. Attendance of 20 members Monthly 2022
    • B. Schedule 2023 Annual Meeting/Economic Forecasting Breakfast for 50 members January 2023
    • C. Increase monthly attendance by 10 2023
    • RESPONSIBILITY: Program Committee, Executive Director
  • 2. One with a new memberDevelop a plan for Chamber programs
    • A. Identify 5 networking events Annually
      • One with another organization
  • 3. Ribbon cuttings, member spotlights, fundraising and member benefits
    • A. Ribbon Cutting -for new members, members relocating a business. Alternative to networking events, sharing the same goals
    • B. Member Spotlights - offered in addition to the newsletter in a stand alone format. Each member will be spotlighted, following the same format which will include business photos, logo, standard questions (an "anything else to add" question) and size limit. Feature each new member
      • RESPONSIBILITY: Template: Jim Reese 9/30/22 Spotlight: Exec. Dir 3/31/23
    • C. Fundraising includes the Reading Phillies Game, NYC trip, annual dinner and perhaps a gala. The first two are scheduled; the latter may be part of 2023-2025 programming.
    • D. Member benefits package is still at a formative stage. Possibilities include member renewal benefits, banking benefits, member discounts offered to members by members, mentoring, first breakfast free, member spotlights, networking events, ribbon cuttings, recognition of significant business anniversaries and expansions, etc.

The strategic plan shall be monitored periodically, at a minimum of quarterly with regular status reports to the Board.

 

Our History

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce celebrated a milestone in September 2019—its 30th Anniversary of incorporation. An original listing of 114 Founding Members published in 1989, from what was then a newly formed Kutztown Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of many "artifacts" that represents the first chapter in the evolving story of our regional nonprofit business association. Carl Ziegler, the first chamber president; Paul Lilienthal, the first chamber executive director, and Robert J. Hobaugh, Jr., Esq., chamber solicitor for 30 years, are among the Founders of the organization. Other founding officers were Patti Snyder, first vice president, and Archie Follweiler; Dr. Richard J. Karr; and Reno C. Unger, all vice presidents. Karl W. Zinn served as treasurer, and Ronald R. Delp was secretary.

Originally, the Kutztown Area Chamber of Commerce established its service area as the East Penn Valley, including five Boroughs--Fleetwood, Kutztown, Lenhartsville, Lyons, and Topton, and eight Townships, including Albany, District, Greenwich, Longswamp, Maidencreek, Maxatawny, Richmond, and Rockland. Early members were businesses, civic and fraternal organizations, community groups, and Kutztown University. Businesses located in Western Lehigh County were and are also members. Years later, in September 2007, the Kutztown Area Chamber of Commerce re-incorporated as the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce when the service area expanded.

Today, members represent areas within Northeast Berks County, Western Lehigh County, and other parts of Berks County, including the western suburbs. Our 30th Anniversary is significant, as it causes us to reflect upon the Founders' early mission—and to consider the ways in which we actively balance the traditions and culture rooted in our organization with inevitable transformation in the form of new partners, new approaches, and new ideas. The 30th Anniversary represents a time to recognize and thank our Founders, Founding Members, Members, Board, and Staff; a time to inform our audience about organizational history and accomplishments; and a time to re-Vision for the future. We hope to continue serving our community for years to come!

businesspeople gathered around and toasting with wine glasses

Board of Directors


 

Barbara Coffin
President
Hope Pearson
Vice President
Sue Bernhard
Secretary
John Scott
Treasurer

Past President
Finance Committee Chair

Treva Florence
Executive Director

Sherry Christman
2nd Vice President
James Sher
Board Member

Governance Committee Chair

Mark Crossley
Board Member
Edward Richmond
Board Member
Barry Endy
Board Member
Merra Lee Moffitt
Board Member
Sean Wyandt
Board Member

Special Events/Fundraising Committee Chair

Andy Marker
Board Member

Program Chair

Alyse Mitten
Board Member

Website Management
Marketing Team Leader

Interlace CommunicationsAlyse Mitten
Carrie Whitmoyer
Board Member

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