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GRCA, Schuylkill Chamber, and NFIB to Host Small Business Policy Forum

by Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Sep 29, 2023

Join the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA), the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) for a member-exclusive Small Business Policy Forum on Thursday, Nov. 2.

This breakfast event will focus on state policies and legislation that affect the ability of small businesses to open and grow and will feature a moderated panel of state legislators from Berks and Schuylkill Counties. Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the country for starting a small business due to access to funding and resources for entrepreneurs, yet it ranks in the bottom tier of states for small-business, tax climate on top of issues with permitting, workforce, housing, and childcare. Attendees will be allowed to ask legislators questions.

The following state legislators have been invited:

  • Rep. Jamie Barton (Berks/Schuylkill)
  • Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz (Berks)
  • Rep. Mark Gillen (Berks)
  • Rep. Bary Jozwiak (Berks)
  • Rep. David Maloney (Berks)
  • Rep. JoAnn Stehr (Northumberland/Schuylkill)
  • Rep. Tim Twardzik (Schuylkill)
  • Rep. Dane Watro (Luzerne/Schuylkill)
  • Rep. David Zimmerman (Berks/ Lancaster)
  • Sen. David Argall (Carbon/Schuylkill/Luzerne)
  • Sen. Chris Gebhard (Berks/Lancaster/Lebanon)
  • Sen. Scott Martin (Berks/Lancaster)
  • Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (Berks/Montgomery)
  • Sen. Judy Schwank (Berks)

Who: Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, and National Federation of Independent Businesses

What: Small Business Policy Forum

When: Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Where: The Wherehouse, 215 Pine St., Hamburg, PA 19526

Registration required: Member-exclusive event for GRCA, Schuylkill Chamber, and NFIB members. $40 per attendee. GRCA members should register at greaterreading.org. Schuylkill Chamber members should register at schuylkillchamber.com. NFIB members will receive a registration link via email soon.

The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance’s mission is with excellent and committed leadership and coordination, we: attract new businesses to our community, support the businesses that are already here, nurture local start-ups, develop the workforce for today and the future, and advocate on behalf of the business community.

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