The Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to emphasize the importance of becoming a member. When a local business shows they are involved in their local chamber, it not only shows their support and community involvement, but it helps with their own success as well.

In a web-based survey completed by 2,000 adults nationwide, results show that most consumers value a business that is active within their local chamber of commerce. According to the survey, 19 percent of consumers are more likely to think favorably of a business if it is a member of its local chamber. If a company shows they are actively involved with their chamber (for example, the business owner sits on the chamber board), consumers are 12 percent more likely to think that its products stack up better against the competition.

To prove this point, the survey reveals that consumers who know that an insurance company is a chamber member are 43 percent more likely to consider buying insurance from them. The same applies for restaurants. When consumers know that a restaurant is a member, they are 50 percent more likely to eat at that franchise more often.

In other news

- Thank you to everyone who assisted with the 2014 annual Duck Drop. The event once again was a successful fundraiser for the chamber, raising more than $1,600 toward chamber efforts. Thank you to all of the community members who purchased tickets, the Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance for its volunteers and use of nets, and thank you to our 2014 sponsors - Family Home Medical, Housing Authority of Northumberland County, Leanne Bjorklund, M&T Bank, Olvany Insurance Agency, Pam Burns and VNA Health System.

- The TV show "American Pickers," is coming to Pennsylvania in August and they are looking for leads. They only pick private collections. Anyone interested in being on the show or referring someone, contact the producer, Jodi Friedman, at or by calling 646-873-6528.

For information regarding chamber events, visit or contact me at 570-648-4675.

(Whitney Fetterman

is the executive

director of the Brush

Valley Regional

Chamber of Commerce.

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