Impact and Advocacy

Words That Activate Change: Featuring Heidi Castillo and Olé Hongvanthong

The Lancaster Chamber strives to provide opportunity for local business and community leaders to share their insight and perspective on a variety of current topics. This Words That Activate Change series is focused on uplifting voices in our community that encourage dialogue, cultivate transformation, offer thought-provoking ideas, and challenge all of us to be better, be stronger, …

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2021 Lancaster Chamber Annual Business Meetings

Our Annual Business Meeting is a presentation of all we plan to do in 2021, and how we want to best serve you, our customer and community, throughout the year. It is your chance to keep us accountable in engaging with you, your business, and/or your organization as we navigate the challenging landscape ahead of …

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The Role Of Business In Strengthening Democracy

Below is a statement from the Lancaster Chamber on 01-08-2021. American democracy came under assault this week.  And the Lancaster Chamber condemns the behavior of the rioters and perpetuators of untruths in the strongest of terms.  It bent –but, most importantly, didn’t break- all that we hold true about our democracy and way-of-life in the …

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$900 Billion Stimulus Bill Approved

Late Monday, Congress approved a $900 billion stimulus package to provide money for small businesses, schools and child-care, and vaccine distribution, as well as extending enhanced federal unemployment benefits and providing stimulus checks. You can find the full bill (5,593 pages) here. Below is a summary of key components: Relief for Businesses Paycheck Protection Program …

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Lancaster Chamber Statement Regarding New Mitigation Efforts – 12/10/2020

Following the December 10th announcement from Governor Wolf on extended mitigation efforts, the Lancaster Chamber has issued the following statement: With his actions today, the Governor has made a devastating public health situation even more devastating for business. While it is incumbent upon all of us to do all we can to follow safety protocols …

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PPP Expense Deductions For Small Businesses – Urgent Update

Many small businesses may be hit with a surprise tax bill related to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans unless Congress acts soon. As outlined by the American Institute of CPAs, in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress clearly intended for recipients of forgiven PPP loans to be able to deduct otherwise-deductible expenses …

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Update from Tom Baldrige – 12/02/2020

First and foremost, I hope this email finds you all well. It’s safe to say there is a tsunami of challenges you are dealing with and I am hopeful that the Lancaster Chamber has helped smooth the way wherever possible.  We remain committed to helping every business get through these times and we welcome your …

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Words That Activate Change: Featuring Alexandra Jorgensen

The Lancaster Chamber strives to provide opportunity for local business and community leaders to share their insight and perspective on a variety of current topics. This Words That Activate Change series is focused on uplifting voices in our community that encourage dialogue, cultivate transformation, offer thought-provoking ideas, and challenge all of us to be better, …

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Q&A: How Business Can Cultivate Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and change in ways that create uncertainty and without a historical reference or a definitive ending point, heightened stress is sure to follow.   The Lancaster Chamber is offering two mental health sessions for businesses to learn how to impact positive mental health in the workplace. The first session, Understanding …

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Letter Regarding House Bill 1737/Temporary Liability Protections

This letter was sent on November 11, 2020 to Pennsylvania’s Honorable State Lawmakers regarding the House Bill 1737/Temporary Liability Protections. Those who have signed and endorsed this letter are at the end of the letter. To Pennsylvania’s Honorable State Lawmakers: On behalf of our chambers of commerce, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania employers, we …

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