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Thursday, February 12, 2015

February Monthly Meeting
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Lewisburg Hotel, 136 Market St., Lewisburg
Members: 17.50 per person
Future Members: $20 per person
Join us as we hear from our Business and Education Committee and the Young Americans Committee as they report on their projects for 2015.
Our Main Presentation will be given by Dr. Vincent Matteo representing Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW). The subject of Dr. Matteo's talk is: "The American Free Enterprise System - Do Our Kids 'Get It' - Does Anyone?!"
The foundation for Free Enterprise Educataion annually presents PFEW to qualified high school sophomores and juniors throughout the state. PFEW was founded by the Pennsylvania business community specifically to teach our state's youth about the wonders of the private enterprise system and also about the issues that face all U.S. companies.
Reservations Requested by Monday, February 9, 2015
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Contact: Renee Gerringer, Director of Programs and Development - 570-743-4100 or

Friday, February 20, 2015

Small Business Suppport Group
Chamber Business Center, Shamokin Dam
Focus Seminar: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Join other small business employees every third Friday of the month for support in taking your organization to the next level of success. This is an informal discussion group that will spotlight specific issues and topics pertinent to small businesses.
The discussion will be on: "Time Management & Preventing Burnout."

Friday, February 20, 2015

February Joint Legislative Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Country Cupboard, Lewisburg
Members: $15 per person
Non-members $18 per person
Join us for our first Joint Legislative Breakfast Meeting of the New Year. Topics of discussion will include Federal Issues.
Thank you to our Premier Sponsor: Evangelical Community Hospital

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Winter Wine Fest
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Silver Moon Banquet & Catering Complex
137 Silver Moon Lane, Lewisburg, PA
$30 Ticket PRice Includes:
Wine Tasting, Hors D'oeuvres, Desserts, Live Entertainment, Complimentary Wine Glass
$10 Designated Driver's Ticket Also Available
(No children allowed - Must be 21 to attend)
*Everyone must show Photo ID at the door*
For ticket information, visit
Or contact Renee Gerringer at 570-743-4100
Tickets are limited.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Susquehanna University - Evert Dining Room
Join us as we celebrate another great year at the Chamber and help us recognize outgoing and incoming Chamber Officers and Directors, celebrate the work of Committee Chairs and Volunteers and help us honor the Chamber's Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Dan Foss Heritage Award recipient and the ATHENA® Award recipient.


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Sunbury Motors
The History of a Family and Their Progression in the Automotive Industry Sunbury Motor Company - Front row: Dick Mertz and Bob Mertz. Back row: Kyle Mertz and Tom Mertz.

It was in 1915 that an automobile business was born. J.O. Mertz started selling Model “T” Fords in Northumberland as a sub-dealer for the Ford Motor Company. Ten years later, Mertz purchased the Ford dealership in Sunbury, establishing Sunbury Motor Company at Fifth and Arch Streets. His sons, Wilson and Charles, operated the company until their sons, Bob and Dick Mertz, became active in 1961.

By 1968, they had outgrown the location and purchased property on North Fourth Street occupied by Boyer Chevrolet. This facility would be used for new Ford and used-vehicle sales.

The next expansion occurred during the early 1980s. Land was purchased behind the Fourth Street sales department and a state-of-the-art service complex was built to house both the parts and service departments of Sunbury Motors.

In 1988, Dick’s son Tom joined his father and second cousin Bob to continue the succession of the Mertz family as a fourth generation in the family-run business.

Sunbury Motors added a KIA franchise in 1998. KIAs were sold out of the North Fourth Street showroom until 2001, when land was purchased on Routes 11/15 in Hummels Wharf and a new KIA showroom was built.

In August 2002, the Lincoln Mercury franchises were added to the Ford lineup in Sunbury, and in early 2003 the Mertz family purchased the former BiLo Supermarket and parking lot.

By the end of 2003, the sales department was totally renovated. After completion of the renovation, the BiLo building was renovated as well, and Lincoln/Mercury, along with Western Star heavy trucks now are sold from this location.

In 2007, Sunbury Motors acquired the Hyundai Franchise. Hyundai’s are sold out of the Lincoln Showroom. Sunbury Motors currently employs 135 people. 44 employees have been with the company for 20 years or longer and 20 have been employed at SMC for over 30 years.

The Mertz family is proud of their growth and family heritage. They are also grateful to all employees who have been dedicated to the company for the past 100 years, along with the continued support.

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2859 North Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876
570.743.4100 / 800.410.2880 / Fax: 570.743.1221
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