As the Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce begins its 8th year, I would like to take a minute to reflect on where we are now as compared to our humble beginnings. Our Chamber is quite different than most. We are not just a group of businesses in a community; we have become a valuable and contributing part of the community.

Our alliance with the School District through mutual hard work and commitment has allowed us to create a Career Expo for Juniors and Seniors. Each year 90 outside businesses come in and provide an inside look at the careers available in our area. Additionally, the students are educated in how to speak, dress and conduct themselves in a job interview environment. Gubernatorial candidate and Former PA Senator Scott Wagner called it “priceless” when he visited the event. Our goal is to create a community with an environment and career opportunities that our youth want to be part of in their adult life.

The relationship we have forged with the Spring Grove Borough is extraordinary to say the least. Together, we have brought ‘Smoke in the Grove” a Pennsylvania KCBS State Championship event to our town. Thanks to Kennies Market we will enjoy that event for at least 3 more years, and intend for many after. The Tree lighting by the Borough and Parks and Rec has become another Spring Grove signature event that the Chamber takes an active role in. A few years ago we had one of our own, Hali Flickinger make the United States Olympic team and the Olympic finals. Working with the Borough and through the generosity of our members we were able to purchase an outdoor theater system, and the community watched her achieve her dream. With a little luck we will get to do it again in 2020. Did I mention we do this while growing our own businesses and servicing our customers?

No matter how complicated the world gets, small town America is alive and well…at least in Spring Grove. So when you are at your next community event, look around. Many of those volunteers will be your local business owners and staff, giving back to the community. Please patronize them. We have many more collective goals, like downtown revitalization. They all will take time but together we can achieve anything.

President Bill Bowker