Annually from September through May, the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce presents nine Member Breakfast Programs with engaging keynote speakers and panel discussions hosted at various venues throughout the region.
The Board’s Program Committee and the Executive Director build the program schedule to meet the needs and interests of business and nonprofit members.
The Annual Meeting held every January is usually an economic forecast presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Program sponsorship is $300 for the Annual Meeting but $175 for other breakfast programs.
Another component is student recognition. The Chamber’s Business & Education Committee hosts a Student Recognition Program four times a year for students from Brandywine Heights Area SD, Fleetwood Area SD, Hamburg Area SD, Kutztown Area SD, and Oley Valley SD. Each year, 20 students are recognized for various achievements. Thanks to our 2016-2017 Sponsors, Kutztown University, Kutztown University Foundation, and the Hamburg Rotary, each student and up to three guests receive complimentary breakfasts and $20 gift cards for the Kutztown University Bookstore.
Eligibility is based on established criteria, as follows:
The award for October is intended to honor an at-risk student from each member district who has overcome a problem to be successful in school and life. The problem he/she has overcome does not result from poor choices, but rather from a problem that put him/her in the position of being a victim of circumstance. The Chamber identifies a student who has worked through an illness or disability, triumphed over abuse or injury, etc. Any grade level is appropriate for award eligibility.
The purpose of the November student selection is recognition of a junior from each member district that has excelled in business courses at BCTC, business courses within the school district, or in a leadership position in FBLA.
The award for February is recognition of a 7th or 8th grade student who has excelled in Technology Education. In April, a sophomore from each district who has excelled in business courses at BCTC, business courses in the school district, or leadership in FBLA is honored.
The Kutztown University Foundation, a Chamber member, sponsors gift cards from the University Bookstore as awards for a total of 20 students recognized each year. Kutztown University, which underwrites several Chamber memberships, sponsors breakfast for every student and an invited parent or guest at each of the four annual programs.
Three times each year, in November, March, and May, a 501c3 nonprofit member will be invited to share its mission, promote awareness of a cause or fundraiser, and distribute marketing materials to attendees.