2020 Chamber News

March 2020

A Message from the President

Over my years in business and in the community served by the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce (MLCC), I have observed members of both groups at odds with each other over incidents and conflicting needs and goals best resolved by compromise and accommodation from all involved. Compromise and accommodation, either with the aid of state agency intervention or by the parties involved, has been and will be needed to find a common ground in all disputes to capture benefits and minimize costs to both community and business in each matter.

As we saw in the last MLCC Job Fair held at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Mill Run, to be held again this year at The Celebration Place located at the Donegal Days Inn, the hundreds of open local jobs in the MLCC business community are drawing applicants into the area from surrounding towns and counties. The local community has more jobs, paying competitive wages, that encourage families, particularly teens and young adults, to focus their training and education to meet the requirements of local jobs and remain in the area served by the MLCC.

These same jobs come with periods of disruption to the community, some temporary and some permanent. Over the past six years we have experienced, in the area served by the MLCC, traffic congestion, road debris, noise, inconvenience and disruption to all dependent upon ease of access, including tourists, particularly around the turnpike and through Ohiopyle that will continue into the foreseeable future.

The MLCC is committed to fostering cooperation and accommodation with businesses through our membership focused events and informational platforms, both paper and digital, in order to ease the transition to the increase of local business and to maximize the number of new permanent employment opportunities that preserve our local labor pool, discourage population decline and provide predictable income for all regardless of skills and age.

I encourage all businesses and applicants to attend the MLCC Job Fair slated for Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 10am-2pm at The Celebration Place located at the Donegal Days Inn. The job fair is the ideal way to reach the needs of both employers and potential employees. It offers an event where businesses looking to hire quality employees and individuals seeking to broaden their employment opportunities can meet and engage in conversation. In addition, business representatives in attendance will have the opportunity to network with fellow business leaders in the community.

Robert W. King
MLCC President
King Legal Group, LLC.

February 2020

A Message from the President

This past year we had the excitement of new businesses opening in the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce (MLCC) community, new members and new jobs, being a result. We were pleased to lend our flyer and our social media platforms in the support of several holiday events within the communities. The Melcroft Tree Light-up and the Springfield Township Light Up Night allowed community members to celebrate the “true meaning of Christmas” and a real sense of community by sponsoring events that brought them together.

The MLCC is anxious and committed to continuing efforts, to partner local businesses with the public, that will increase jobs in the area and hopefully preserve the integrity of families which could have suffered by the lack of available local employment matching skills and experience of residents. We invite all businesses and job seekers to attend our 2nd Annual Job Fair. This FREE event is on March 14th, 2020 from 10am-2pm at The Celebration Place at Days Inn in Donegal. Please see page 4 for more information.

The MLCC is devoted to more than the area along the Route 31 Corridor and we will find ways to encourage and promote employers to locate new and expand existing business in all areas of the chamber’s reach. We look forward to contribution of new thinking and projects that you believe helpful to grow and support business locally. We encourage all businesses to contact our office with thoughts and/or concerns and we invite all to join and grow with us

In the coming months, look for MLCC spotlights of business member services and business enhancing projects, including updates related to highway and utility infrastructure improvements, both ongoing and projected for the near future.

On behalf of the entire community, thank you to fellow member Excela Frick Hospital and our community’s First Responders for their professional competence and compassion during the turnpike tragedy on January 5. We are most fortunate to have these incredible resources and volunteers right in our back yards.

Please partner with the MLCC this year in enhancing business and the opportunities it will create for all.


Robert W. King
MLCC President
King Legal Group, LLC.

January 2020

A Message from Kris

I have one wish for you as you embark on 2020: Be EXCITED!

Growth is coming: Donegal is the access point of many premier recreational and cultural destination in the regions including Hidden Valley & Severn Springs Ski Resorts, 8 state parks, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the Duncan House and Kentuck Knob, Idlewild & Soak Zone Amusement Park and the many historical amenities found in Ligoiner. A part of our mission is to bring awareness to the Donegal Interchange Exit 91 and the Route 31 Corridor which directs traffic to all local businesses in our tri-county area. Through the hard work and perseverance of both current and past leaders of the MLCC, Donegal is now largely recognized as “The Gateway to the Laurel Highlands” which is the chamber’s official service mark.

The Route 31 Expansion Project is nearly complete. Businesses along the corridor understood the need for the inconvenience and praised Plum Construction for their hard work and kindness. Thanks for your patience, for the reward will be great for us all!

The LCT Energy/Rustic Ridge Mine is under operation and is bringing revenue and people to the area to support our local businesses. Events held at Seven Springs & Hidden Valley Resorts bring a diversity of family fun and the need for constant employment to the mountain. Development efforts like these help our economy grow stronger with every passing year.

The MLCC promises even bigger events this year for our members and our entire community to be excited about! The Build A Snowman Challenge was such a hit last year; we’ve started it even earlier in December. Our 2nd Annual Job Fair, to be held at Celebration Place at Days Inn in Donegal, is a perfect way for our business owners to find local talent. This year’s Golf Outing will be held at Seven Springs with even more golfers and more prizes. Everyone had a great time at last year’s Kids’ Day, we’re having TWICE the fun with TWO Kids’ Days in 2020. Always the most-awaited event of the year, 2020’s Ladies’ Day Bash will be bigger and better than ever!

The MLCC promises to make 2020 a year of hands-on involvement and support. We will be reaching out to both our members and our community to learn more about what YOU want and need, and what we can do for YOU!

I am EXCITED to announce the MLCC Executive Committee and Board of Directors, who will focus on helping you to make 2020 your best year ever.

Rob King – King Legal Group LLC

Vice President
Deanna Richter – LHTC Broadband

Mark Hughes – Hughes Physical Therapy

Tammy Shawley – Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Juliann Brown – Alpine Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Jamie Stilley – Amerikohl Mining Inc.
Abe Wagner – BHHS the Preferred Realty
Josh Crowe – BHHS the Preferred Realty
Rich Naugle – Champion Lumber Company
Barb Skinner – Christian Family & Children’s Center
Ken Firestone – Firestone Insurance Agency LLC
Tom Guiher – Living Treasures Wild Animal Park
Joe Sarnelli – Sarnelli’s Corner
Shari Bukovac – Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

I am equally EXCITED to announce our awesome team:

Stefanie Cramer – Administrative Assistant
Boss Bear Creative, LLC – Marketing & Social Media Manager
William Culver – Satellite Assistant
Cami DiBattista – Freelance Writer
Lori Shepler – Facebook Coordinator
Mindy Faidley – Ad Coordinator

Special thanks to Shari Bukovac for her past service as president of the board. Her faith and dedication brought growth to the organization. Events developed under Shari’s leadership also brought and will continue to bring a sense of fun to our communities, we are and will be forever thankful.

Be EXCITED, for this is where we choose to live and work and good things are happening!

Here’s to a Happy and EXCITING New Year!

Kris Enberg
Executive Director