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  • Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber Blog

    2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Christopher Borton

    2018 President’s Milestone Achievement Award: Martz Group

    2018 Emerging Business of the Year Award: Building at 900 Rutter

    2018 Healthy Workplace Award: Peoples Security Bank & Trust

    2018 Charitable Organization of the Year Award: The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA

    2018 Legacy Business of the Year Award: Times Leader Media Group

    AJ Consultants is a leading executive search firm with the data, experience, and a proven success rate to achieve and sustain success by aligning themselves with the top talent in the industry. AJ Consultants was started in 2009 by co-founders and co-owners Adam Eckels and John Morris, who had years of prior experience in recruiting, specifically in the banking and finance sectors. The company grew quickly and organically, and, within the past five years, AJ Consultants has grown to a staff of ten people

    Martz Group is a fifth generation, family owned and run company that began in 1908 as the White Transit company and was made up of just one flatbed truck with four rows of bench seats, driven by founder Frank Martz Sr.

    Since its start as a one office, eight agent company, Lewith & Freeman Real Estate, Inc. has since grown into a market leader with 100 team members at six different offices located in Clarks Summit, Kingston, Mountain Top, Hazle Township, Wilkes-Barre and the Back Mountain.

    The apartments at Lexington Commons were “built to bring a new style of apartments to the Wyoming Valley. Our focus is to offer luxury living with all the conveniences of a home,” says Community Manager Jane Mainolfi.

    Wilkes University has recently become the only school within a two-hour range to offer both a major and a minor in Hospitality Leadership, a program that was developed to support the vibrant hospitality industry in our region.

    While Tech42 has been providing high quality IT services to the NEPA region for the past eight years, their recent shift away from a break/fix model of business to focus on managed IT services has allowed them to better assist in the growth and development of their clients and their businesses.

    Scent-Sations, Inc., also known as Mia Bella’s Candles, has a growing international footprint in the production and sales of all natural, specialty candles at their headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

    Brighter Journeys is a local nonprofit organization with a mission to help over 1,000 children in Luzerne County with special needs, providing resources and support to these individuals and their families. “We really want to be a support and a resource for the parents of special needs children. We want to be a go-to for parents who need help,” says co-founder Lisa Platko Urbanski.

    For nearly five years, El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant has brought authentic Mexican food to Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square. Owner Paola Mendez says that the restaurant contributes to the variety of different culinary options along the square, giving local residents, workers, students, and visitors more options for lunch and dinner dining. “We want you to feel at home. We try to make it as fresh as possible by making smaller batches throughout the day. It’s more work but it feels homier, as opposed to mass

    Greg Collins, a 25-year company veteran at Wells Fargo, has led more than 300 team members and oversaw the operations of 37 Wells Fargo branch banking offices across nine counties. Previously, he served the bank in leadership roles in northeast Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

    Seven years ago, Hannah Burgess revamped her family's legacy honey production and distribution business, creating The Beekeeper's Daughter. "Beekeeping has been in my family for quite a few generations now. My grandfather made us commercial in the early 50’s and now my father runs it, so we’ve been keeping bees for a long time. At the time, we only sold our honey to bigger companies and we only did private labels. We would keep a little bit of honey on the farm for people to purchase, but it wasn’t much,"

    From original techniques and trademark classes to goat yoga, the Zen Barre® studio in Dallas offers innovative fitness instruction to the NEPA region and beyond. “Zen Barre® is my own method. I created it and I trademarked it, which is something that’s unique about this studio. Zen Barre® is a registered trademark class and is a mixture of Barre, Pilates, yoga, and strength training,” says owner and instructor Jonelle Dickson. “I certify people online and in live trainings all over the world to become

    Since the premiere of Sabatini’s Bottleshop and Beer Bar in June of 2015, the shop has since become a “destination for beer people,” says owner Lindo Sabatini.

    For over thirteen years, Avenue Restaurant and Catering has welcomed locals and celebrities alike into its Wyoming home. In 2008, Avenue Restaurant and Catering made national news for hosting then President-elect Barack Obama on his campaign trail. In 2016, they had a visit from Diane Sawyer during the filming of an ABC-TV news special.

    From the EnhanceFitness Program to benefit older adults, LIVESTRONG classes for those tackling cancer treatments, the Power Scholars Academy to educate and engage young students, the Food and Fun Program to keep underprivileged youth active and healthy, and the Diabetes Prevention Program to assist those at risk, the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA has provided essential programs and services to community members of all ages and backgrounds since 1863.

    What began as a picture framing hobby in a basement in Dallas, PA has since grown to become a creative hub of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Arts District. Marquis Art and Frame has been serving the Greater Wyoming Valley for all of their custom framing and art needs since 1974. In addition to their high quality supplies and services, their creative picture frames can be found in many finer homes and businesses throughout Greater Wilkes-Barre.

    Kurlancheek Home Furnishings has crafted a personalized, constantly evolving shopping and design experience throughout its 111 year history of offering "fine furniture at a fair price."

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