Friday, May 27, 2016

Corey's Floors Suggest 5 Renovations to Make Your Home Look Brand-New #FiveFriday


In the midst of the spring season and summer quickly approaching, people love to begin work on the exterior of their home. Whether it be gardening, lawn maintenance, or outdoor furniture it becomes a necessity for the outdoor appearance. But everyone can admit there’s nothing like taking care of the interior of your home. An interior renovation can breathe new life and make it feel brand new. Of course we care about the outer appearance of our home, but when you step inside this is where it can truly make a difference with just some subtle changes. Corey’s Floors owner, Jeff Corey, has offered five go-to renovations to really rejuvenate your nest.

1.      Flooring

The first renovation that can really make an impact, would have to be changing your flooring. Of course some people have a preference for carpet, but Jeff suggests that if this is your “forever home” then hardwood is the way to go. Throughout home renovations, there is a popularity growing with hardwood that can make all the difference. Though hardwood is more expensive than carpet, the investment is worth it since hardwood can last a lifetime with proper care. Carpet might only last about five to ten years, however, if you are on a smaller budget then refinishing or cleaning could be a simpler step and still have an impact.


2.       Bathroom

Did you know that in a lifetime you will spend over 92 days in the bathroom? So obviously with so much time spent there, the next renovation should be the bathroom. Jeff has seen a push recently for people modernizing their commode. One nice feature to really modernize the room would be the shower. People are now moving away from the classic tub and shower head, and have begun a trend for the walk-in shower with multiple jets. Forget about just soaking in the tub after a stressful day, and enjoy a pulsating shower head that can massage all your worries away.

3.       Kitchen

People have said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so why not pump some new life into that heart with just a few changes. You don’t need to strip out the whole kitchen to have it look brand new. Besides just updating appliances, Jeff offers that installing new cabinets can make all the difference. Replace those old cabinets you’ve had since you moved in, with a modern wood grain look that can quickly draw attention. Cabinets are not what they used to be, so you know longer have to yell at the kids, “stop slamming the cabinet doors” since new cabinets have a self-closing feature.

4.       Stairs

Stairs may not be an obvious renovation for most people, and has never even crossed their mind, but a brand-new set of stairs is the perfect way to change the look of a home. Wouldn’t you love to tell people that you installed a custom stair case with oak hardwood? Jeff is very excited to announce that custom staircases are becoming a major focus for his company and have really helped his customers’ homes shine. Another major benefit with having new stairs, is that it actually increases the value of your home.

5.       Moldings


Painting is usually the first step when people think about renovation, but to set your room apart even more would be to install beautiful moldings in whichever room you prefer. Jeff states that many people are going to crown moldings, especially as an added decorative piece for custom living rooms. Also adding chair rails can add depth to the room and allow you to even go with two colors on the wall to have a nice contrast.


Now these five renovations are guaranteed to make you feel like you just moved in to a new home. Also if you’re not the "do it yourself" type then Jeff Corey is only a phone call away to handle all of these renovations and more. Corey’s Floors prides itself on being a family owned company that has been around for thirty-seven years. With that much experience you can’t get any better service. Jeff states that unlike the big-box stores, he cares about his customers and treats every home like it’s his own. Every aspect of the company is family oriented having had all four of his sons work with him and still has the two youngest, Danny and Steve, help run the company. Also his wife, Carol Corey, is the Vice President running operations. So give Jeff Corey (610-368-8477) a call and see what sets them apart, and enjoy the luxury of the “Shop at Home” service with free estimates.

Corey’s Floors
Jeff Corey (owner)



About the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce:

 Founded in 1887, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce represents businesses' interests and issues affecting the community. We help Chamber members succeed through proactive outreach and partnering with all levels of government and community organizations through education, networking and collaboration to achieve a healthy economy to drive business forward. For more information on membership and how you can get involved, visit

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Study: Pipelines Can Help Fuel Manufacturing Revival
HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 18, 2016) – The Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA) today issued the following statements in response to a new study by IHS Economics and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Center for Manufacturing Research that reveals how domestic natural gas strengthens manufacturing and encourages U.S. manufacturing growth and employment.


The study, “Energizing Manufacturing: Natural Gas and Economic Growth,” notes that even as natural gas production reshapes the U.S. economy and redefines America’s competitive advantages, there is still room to grow, as there is a mismatch, geographically, in natural gas supply and demand. New pipeline and processing infrastructure will be keys to connecting new supply sources with new and growing sources of demand, especially in manufacturing sectors.


May 16-23 is national Infrastructure Week.


Trish McFarland, President of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of PEIA: “Pipelines connect gas fields in the western part of the state to processing facilities in eastern Pennsylvania. In other words, we’re all in this together. Pipelines are helping to fuel an economic and manufacturing revival in Pennsylvania. Nowhere is that more evident than in Delaware County, where developments in and around Marcus Hook are driving investments and creating jobs.”


Jeff Kotula, President of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of PEIA: “Manufacturing used to be the bedrock of southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy and that sector is resurging today. We are witnessing a renaissance as new businesses and industries try to take advantage of the affordable, abundant energy supplies we have to offer. And this is only the beginning. Pipelines will provide increased opportunities for sustained economic growth for those interested in doing business in Pennsylvania.”


David E. Black, President & CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC and a member of PEIA: “Area businesses and manufacturers have benefited from the cheaper energy prices made possible by Pennsylvania’s oil and gas reserves. We support the development of the safe and reliable energy infrastructure needed to ensure that economic growth in our region continues and that local businesses maintain their competitive advantage.”


Linda Thomson, President of JARI and a member of PEIA: “Pennsylvania’s shale plays are leading the revitalization of the commonwealth’s economy by boosting domestic energy production, lowering energy costs for consumers and creating family sustaining careers for residents. Manufacturing is a big part of our state’s economy and we must take the necessary steps to ensure its long-term vitality. It is time for Pennsylvania to take its place as a global energy leader and invest in modern energy infrastructure that helps grow our manufacturing industries, contributes to a strong economy and enhances the quality of life we enjoy.”


Stan LaFuria, Executive Director of the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership and a member of PEIA: “Our region of central Pennsylvania has not capitalized on the tremendous growth of the natural gas industry because the region lacks the infrastructure needed by that industry. There are wells that have been drilled but they remain capped/non-producing because there is no infrastructure to capture the gas. We need natural gas line infrastructure that pipe natural gas reserves to markets. The development of energy infrastructure is pivotal to unlocking Pennsylvania’s economic potential and essential to ensuring our manufacturers and businesses remain competitive in their respective markets.”


The Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure developments, was launched June 8 by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, along with the Laborers International Union of North America and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66. There are more than two dozen PEIA members today. Visit for more information, or go to Twitter @PAllies4Energy.
About the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce:
Founded in 1887, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce represents businesses' interests and issues affecting the community. We help Chamber members succeed through proactive outreach and partnering with all levels of government and community organizations through education, networking and collaboration to achieve a healthy economy to drive business forward. For more information on membership and how you can get involved, visit

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Delaware County Partnership for Public Safety Holds Program about Planning and Preparing for an Active Shooter


Delaware County Council, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, and Neumann University discuss strategies on protecting business and employees from an active shooter situation

DELAWARE COUNTY- The Delaware County Partnership for Public Safety will hold a special public program about planning and preparing for an active shooter on Thursday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Neumann University.

The program will provide public safety leaders, business owners and executives, and the general public with current information on the potential threat of an active shooter in the workplace and other public venues. Representatives from the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, Haverford and Radnor Township Police Department, and Allied Barton will be speaking during the program. The speakers will explain how to define a problem, preparation and prevention, situational awareness, and response.

“This new program will provide an opportunity to share the experience, expertise, resources and talents of our County’s public safety agencies, our business community, workforce, government and academia in a forum that can be used by the public and larger community to promote safety and security,” said Mario Civera, Jr., Chairman of Delaware County Council. 


Public safety leaders from the public and private sector-those that are tasked with preventing, preparing for, and responding to incidents involving an active shooter-will share how they mitigate risk and the importance of maintaining situational awareness during events. Participants will also learn about the resources available from local, county, state and federal public safety partners.


“Neumann University and our Center for Leadership Development are thrilled to play the role of administering and coordinating the efforts of the Delaware County Partnership for Public Safety,” said Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda, President of Neumann University.  “We look forward to hosting this upcoming program, along with a number of future educational summits for the public and community leaders that will identify threats, promote best practices, educate the community, and improve collaboration.”


Registration is free and open to the public, however space is limited to the first 300 registrants. There is no charge to attend the event and a light breakfast will be provided during check-in from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Advanced registration is required and can be completed online on the Partnership for Public Safety website at

About the Delaware County Partnership for Public Safety
The partnership is a new collaboration between Neumann University, Delaware County Council, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce to promote, support and sustain a culture of safety and security in Delaware County for businesses, institutions and community organizations. Over the course of the next year, the Delaware County Partnership for Public Safety envisions hosting four public educational summits to identify threats, promote best practices and improve collaboration among interested partners to educate the community on a variety of issues related to the safety of Delaware County residents.
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Delaware County Chamber Hosts its 8th Annual Youth Leadership Academy

[Springfield, PA]— On Monday, May 9th the Foundation of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and the Workforce Development Board, Youth Council held its 8th annual Youth Leadership Academy at the Penn State-Brandywine Campus. The Youth Leadership Academy is a three day program that celebrates student achievements, supported by, Comcast, Delaware County Women's Commission, United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, Exelon Generation, Thunderbird Pizza, and Delaware County Office of Behavior Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol. Delaware County high school sophomores learn the power of leadership and are encouraged to become better prepared to take on future leadership opportunities. The program provided an outstanding opportunity for these 27 area 10th graders:

·         Olivia Andrisani (Academy of Notre Dame de Namur)

·         Suzanne Carpenter (Archbishop Carroll High School)

·         James Dougherty (Archbishop Carroll High School)

·         Stephen Swanick (Cardinal O'Hara High School)

·         Aliyah Brodie (Chester High School)

·         Jannelle Hartshorn (Chester High School)

·         Jasmine Hartshorn (Chester High School)

·         Melanie Hull-Dempsey (Chichester High School)

·         Adam P. Klein (Episcopal Academy)

·         Graham McAllister (Delaware County Technical High School)

·         Sindy Palma (Delaware County Technical High School)

·         Elena Taylor (Garnet Valley High School)

·         Emma Davies (Haverford High School)

·         Wyatt McDevitt (Interboro High School)

·         Katie Nunan (Marple-Newtown High School)

·         Savanna Urban (Merion Mercy Academy)

·         Maura Fee (Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast)

·         Neve Spellman (Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast)

·         Erica Williams (Sun Valley High School)

·         Francisca Mukova (Penn Wood High School)

·         Natalie Mantegna (Penncrest High School)

·         Dan Bullock (Radnor High School)

·         Ryan Kennedy (Ridley High School)

·         Rachel Gould (Springfield High School)

·         Sarah Jordan (Upper Darby High School)

·         Nicole Strasinski (Upper Darby High School)

·         Tommy Ricci (Upper Darby High School)

Throughout the Academy, interactive sessions were addressed with a variety of topics, including Business Leadership, Working with the Media, Government/Political, and Non-Profit Leadership. During the three days students also were able to meet and work with four different leadership panels. Panels were arranged with local area leaders in these four categories:


·         Colleen P. Morrone (Delaware County Councilwoman)

·         Caitlin Ganley (District Director, Congressman Patrick Meehan)

·         Thomas J. Judge, Jr. (Chief Administrative Officer, Upper Darby Township)

·         Ed Kelly (Springfield Township Commissioner)


·         Laura Kasper (President/CEO, Monarch Staffing)

·         Michael Simpson (CPA, CVA, Partner- Brinker, Simpson and Co. LLC)

·         Steve Landers (Owner, Thunderbird Pizza)

·         Lisa Luke (Axalta)

·         Jacqueline Gardner (Tomorrow Utilities)


·         Doreen Storey (Executive Director, Delaware County United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey)

·         Mike Ranck (President and CEO, Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County)

·         Clayton Fitch (Senior Grant Writer, Pathways PA)

·         Kelly Colvin (Associate Director, Center on Regional Politics, Temple University)


·         Phil Heron (Editor, Delaware County Daily Times)

·         Jen Boyett (Government Affairs Manager, Comcast)

·         Bill Tyson (Penn State and Chair of Press Club)

·         Kathleen Carey (Business Writer, Delaware County Daily Times)

·         JB Braun (Publisher, Main Line Today)

Finally to cap off the program, a celebration was held the third night for the students and their families, along with an array of Delaware County leaders. The night allowed everyone to share in the success of the students and to recap the topics covered in the program. Also the students were divided into groups to give their own “Ignite Presentation” on the theme of leadership.

Overall the program was a major success helping promote leadership in Delaware County, and preparing the next generation of future leaders. Chamber president, Trish McFarland stated “Our future depends so much on the next generation of individuals who are willing to accept the challenge, that we must help nurture and support our young area leaders. The Delaware County Chamber is committed to recognizing the leaders of tomorrow, and promoting the success of our students.”

About the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce:
Founded in 1887, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce represents businesses' interests and issues affecting the community. We help Chamber members succeed through proactive outreach and partnering with all levels of government and community organizations through education, networking and collaboration to achieve a healthy economy to drive business forward. For more information on membership and how you can get involved, visit

Friday, May 13, 2016

5 Must Have Burgers in Delco #FiveFriday


“At the base level, a burger is a piece of meat and a bun with something on it. It’s simple but it seems to make a lot of people happy.”- Danny Meyer (NYC restaurateur and CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group)

The hamburger has to be considered one of the most popular foods in the United States. It is actually so popular that the sandwich is sometimes referred to as the “Liberty Sandwich”. But don’t let this name fool you. The hamburger is so popular throughout the world, that 60% of sandwiches sold globally are actually burgers. In America alone, 50 billion burgers are eaten in one single year. Many experimented with the idea of the classic hamburger and have attempted some very bold choices for toppings on this popular sandwich. So if you’re asking yourself “Where’s the beef?” or tired of grabbing a quick drive-thru burger then let the Chamber suggest these five amazing burgers in Delaware County.

Now if you have a Texas-size appetite that doesn’t seem to be satisfied right here in Delco, this may be the one that finally puts your “Lone Star” yearning to rest. This ½ lb. burger served on a toasted, texas-sized bun can remind you how a burger is supposed to be. If you argue that best condiment for a burger is barbeque sauce and not ketchup, then Texas Roadhouse agrees having this burger topped with sweet, smoky goodness. Since Texas Roadhouse has such an incredible sense of pride in everything they do to ensure a legendary experience for all their guests, this handcrafted burger will not disappoint.

Ingredients include: A ½ lb. of fresh ground chuck topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions and BBQ sauce over American and jack cheeses. Served on a toasted, Texas-sized bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion, along with steak fries and a pickle spear on the side.




When you bite into a burger, instead of asking “Where’s the meat?” but exclaim “Where’s the heat?” Firebird’s has answered your call. Now you can’t think bold without thinking of the fire-grilled Durango Burger, and these bold flavors will sure give you the right kick. Also with so much heat, why not cool off with happy hour happening Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Their $2 off draft beers and $5 well drinks can be a great combination with this feisty burger. Come enjoy upscale dining at a modest price with this polished-casual atmosphere. With Firebird’s being so popular it is recommended to make reservations.

Ingredients include: Chile spiced, pepper jack cheese, pickles, fried onions, roasted garlic ranch dressing, brioche bun



If you’re tired of the same ground beef in a burger and looking for a leaner meat, than Iron Hill has the solution. And for you burger-lovers out there that are stuck in their ways claiming a turkey-burger isn’t a real burger, then you have never had this one. The Santa Fe burger will change the way you think about burgers and open you up to a whole new world with this creative collaboration. With the pursuit of happiness in mind when originally forming Iron Hill Brewery, this burger can sure get you a lot closer. The inspired, yet informal new American cuisine with comfortable casual atmosphere makes Iron Hill the perfect place to be on a night out.

Ingredients include: guacamole, tomato, bacon, pepper jack and ancho-honey mayonnaise on a brioche bun



Who doesn’t enjoy the classic cheeseburger? This 100% grass-fed burger does not stray away with any drastic toppings, but lets the simplicity of a classic cheeseburger speak for itself. With Outback providing generous portions at moderate prices, this burger could even tame an Australian Outback appetite. Come enjoy this savory burger and see why you can never go wrong with a classic.

Ingredients include: 100% Grass-Fed, sustainably raised premium beef patty topped with aged Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and a garlic aioli.




The bold and vegetarian-esque type of toppings make this burger stand out from the crowd opposed to its carnivorous counterparts. The portabella and shitake mushrooms, and horseradish make the burger have a complex yet satisfying texture and flavor. But if that’s not enough and you’re feeling adventurous, you can add a fried egg for only $2 extra. With the best staff creating the best atmosphere, Duffers can hold its own against the numerous chain competitors in the area.

Ingredients include: Topped w/ thinly sliced herb roasted, marinated Portabella & Shitake mushrooms & horseradish cheddar. Served with house made potato chips.


Savor these burgers, and who knows, these five may eventually find themselves in the Burger Hall of Fame in Seymour, Wisconsin. No matter your preference I’m sure you’ll find a favorite among them, and remember what actress Erica Durance said, “We all need to make time for a burger once in a while.”





About the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce:




Founded in 1887, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce represents businesses' interests and issues affecting the community. We help Chamber members succeed through proactive outreach and partnering with all levels of government and community organizations through education, networking and collaboration to achieve a healthy economy to drive business forward. For more information on membership and how you can get involved, visit