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The Chamber of the Northern Poconos

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: No


The Chamber of the Northern Poconos
Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania 18431

County (ARC Region) Wayne
State (ARC Region) Pennsylvania


Q1. Mission:

Our mission is to promote business, enhance economic and community development, and serve as a catalyst for improving the overall quality of life in the Northern Pocono Mountains.


Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Goal 1: Each year The Chamber recognizes a Young Entrepreneur of the Year at our annual membership meeting.  We also work with the Small Business Development Center to assist entrepreneurs and business owners to start or expand their companies.

Goal 2: The Chamber is constantly seeking educational opportunities for its members.  We promote a healthy workplace and give useful tips for the wellness of our community.  Through social media and our website, we post articles and useful tips to help businesses grow and promote local resources.  We also collaborate with the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance and Wayne Economic Development Corporation to increase the skills of our workforce.  The Chamber also oversees two leadership programs – Junior Leadership Northern Poconos (high school juniors from 4 area school districts) and Leadership Northern Poconos (adult leadership training).


Goal 4: Honesdale, the Wayne County seat, is the birthplace of the American Railroad.  The first locomotive to run on tracks was the Stourbridge Lion on August 8, 1829. We have a county rich in history with the railroad, D & H Canal, and Dorflinger Glass just to name a few.  Our natural assets include the Northern Pocono Mountains, Upper Delaware River, Lackawaxen River, and many lakes.  Tourism is one of our primary industries, and The Chamber promotes our outdoor recreation, historical assets, and our exceptional quality of life to those looking to relocate their families and businesses to our area. The opportunity for rail freight exists to increase economic development, as well as a state-of-the-art business and technology park in Sterling Township.  The Chamber collaborated with county officials, WEDCO, and the Workforce Alliance to create the Stourbridge Project, our first business incubator and co-working space.   New 10-mile rails and trails walking path is in our near future to benefit both community and economic development.


Goal 5: Our leadership programs consist of full-day sessions each month on the following topics: leadership, an overview of Wayne County, Local & County Government, Public Education, Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice System, Healthcare and environment/Recreation/Tourism. Leadership Northern Poconos rotates each year to educate adults and high school juniors from 4 area school districts.   The Chamber has also been part of the Wayne Tomorrow initiative with over 50 partners to collaborate and advance Wayne County for community and economic development.



Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(6)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 4/1 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 3/3 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $289,237.76/$266.838.00

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $328,275.66 / $319.725.76

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $289,237.76 / $266.838.00

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($51,695.00)
Received From: Wayne and Pike Counties   Date Received: pending
For What Purpose(s): PPE, COVID-related payroll, COVID related expenses

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

We had to cancel all events since March.   These events bring in non-dues revenue to support our budget.  The Chamber became an invaluable resource for residents and businesses to provide resources for funding, unemployment assistance and to answer questions regarding closures.  We are a membership-based organization.  We are losing membership due to businesses permanently closing or loss of income due to the COVID impact.

We maintain two offices, each with meeting room spaces that are used by many local businesses and non-profit organizations.  These rooms must be cleaned and sanitized after every use, which adds a financial burden that was not in our budget.  We also purchased automatic hand sanitizer stands and dispensers and other PPE equipment to protect our staff and visitors.

Our staff has been working from home as much as possible.  We had to purchase new laptops, VOIP phones, and upgrade our network to become cloud-based in order to have access from anywhere.  These expenses were not in our budget.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Loss of membership dues income.
Loss of events that generate revenue and support local businesses.
The number of businesses that lost growth potential or closed permanently.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

Participation in this program will help us evaluate our strategic plan and goals. We need long-range financial planning that stabilizes our income without holding labor-intensive events. This program will give us the tools and knowledge to help our community!


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? Yes

List of Organizations in Proposed Cohort:
Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO)
Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? No


Our Executive Director is out on medical leave, with no anticipated date to return.

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Long-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Mission & Operations

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Debbie Gillette, Chief Operating Officer

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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