PACP November 2023


The mission of PACP is to enhance the quality and relevance of chamber management in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To achieve this mission, PACP is dedicated to providing direct professional assistance and quality education to its members.

PACP Announces 2024 Conference Dates

Be sure to save the dates for our 2024 PACP events:

2024 Chamber Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Capitol & PA Chamber Offices

Harrisburg PA


2024 PACP Chamber Professionals & Leadership Conference

Monday - Wednesday, October 28 - 30, 2024

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

Lancaster, PA

PACP Webinar

Wednesday, December 6 - 10:00am

Grant Writing 101

Anissa Starnes, YGM Total Resource Campaigns

In this webinar, Anissa will provide you with the basic knowledge and understanding of how to find potential grants to apply for, how to reach out to build relationships with Grantmakers, and ultimately craft a grant application that will be successful in securing funding. We will walk through the basic best practices of these three steps in the grant life cycle: research, relationships, and writing. We hope this will help you feel more confident as you seek grant revenue for your chamber. During this webinar you will learn:

  • The key elements of the grant life cycle;
  • Why some grants do not receive funding;
  • How to determine which Grantmakers are a strong fit for your organization;
  • How to best tell “your story” on why you need the funding; and
  • How to use your research and relationship efforts to customize your grant applications.


CLICK HERE to register for this hour-long session. The meeting will be recorded and shared with the full membership after the session if you aren't able to join us that day.

PA Chamber Update

PA Needs More Health Care Workers, Not Mandates

Below is a link to a joint op-ed that was written by PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein and Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania President and CEO Nicole Stallings, and originally printed in the Central Penn Business Journal. The op-ed outlines the current shortage of health care workers and encourages policymakers to prioritize workforce solutions over state-imposed mandates. Click here for the full article.

Child Care Survey for Your Members

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission are exploring cross-sector, innovative opportunities to improve business outcomes while enhancing solutions for parents and their children. To that end, we would greatly appreciate your and your members’ participation in this brief survey, which will collect information about how your organization and employees may be affected by childcare-related challenges. The questions are designed to be answered by senior leaders responsible for addressing employee challenges in any kind of business, organization, and agency in PA. We greatly appreciate the 12-15 minutes that you and your members will take to complete the “Employing and Engaging Parents” survey by November 10, 2023. As an added incentive, five, $50 Amazon gift cards will be randomly selected as tokens of our appreciation. 

PACP Vendor Updates

Long Consulting Group

PACP is pleased to welcome a new Vendor Member:

Long Consulting Group 

West Long, Managing Member



Long Consulting Group is a health and wellness solutions provider. We will be scheduling a Zoom meeting soon so that our members can learn more about their services. For more information, please see their website below:

Thank you for joining us in October for our introductory webinar on how to get started with advocacy at your chamber. If you missed the training, click here to watch the recording. We are honored to be an associate member of PACP and look forward to providing you valuable tools and education to help you build and grow your advocacy program.

PACP Member Updates

Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County

The Chamber is pleased to welcome Melissa Brown as their new Director of Public Relations and Branding.

Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

The Alliance is now accepting resumes for the position of CEO & President. Please see the PACP Careers page for more information.

Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber

The Chamber held the 18th Annual Women's Leadership Symposium with nearly 200 women in October, and the Chamber's Young Professionals hosted their annual Family Night Out last month. Click here for more details on both programs.

Huntingdon County Chamber

Yvonne Martin announced her retirement as the President/CEO of the Chamber effective the end of October. MacKenzie Huntsman is returning to the Chamber to take the President/CEO role. Please click here for a note from Yvonne to our PACP members.

Selinsgrove Area Chamber

PACP is pleased to welcome Helen Walter, President, and the Selinsgrove Area Chamber as a new PACP member!

TriCounty Area Chamber

In honor of Chamber of Commerce month, the Chamber celebrated with a full calendar of events – some of which being brand new! New events included: Net-Walking, a Membership Expo, a pumpkin decorating social with our Women’s group, Fall Festival with our Young Professionals group, and Cigars in the Lounge. We also began the first in a series of satellite popups at office locations within our tri-county region, to meet up with Members in their ‘backyard’.

Other Updates of Interest


Did you know ACCE has a Non-Dues Revenue resource section on their website? They also have a Revenue Models Resource Guide, which is a white paper showcasing chamber of commerce dues structures and non-dues revenue streams, highlighting the latest trends, sharing relevant case studies and providing practical tools to help you explore revenue opportunities at your chamber. Click here for more information!

IOM Webinar Wrap-Up

The Power of Storytelling

Joseph B. Henning, IOM, ACE, CAE - President & CEO, Henry County (GA) Chamber

Before podcasts and TikTok, before newspapers and broadcast media, storytelling was key to sharing information and passing down history. Stories celebrate achievements, share insights, and create meaningful connections. Unlock the storytelling potential of your membership organization. This webinar will touch on sharing compelling stories to highlight your organization’s strengths and benefits. Click here to watch the webinar.