Erie Chamber Blog
Tuesday November 19, 2019 

Thanks to our November BAH Host, Brevillier Village

Our November Business After Hours took us to Harborcreek and our hosts' facility, Brevillier Village on East Lake Road.

The facility stands on 20+ acres overlooking Lake Erie. Members and guests were treated to a lovely view during quality networking time. The size of the campus is very deceiving from the road for certain, and we learned about the programs, housing options for seniors, the varying levels of care, and more.

Thank you once again to the team at Brevillier Village for hosting our event, you made us feel very welcome!

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  • networking
  • business building
  • connections
Friday November 15, 2019 

Athena Speaks: On the Gender Gap

Navigating a career as a young professional is challenging. Now add in the fact that gender gap is at an all-time high, further emphasizing the severe lack of women in STEM fields. We can change that. Join us and from women who are bridging the Gender Gap and learn how to steer your career in the right direction to break up this cycle of exclusion.

We need to challenge workplaces to work collaboratively towards a single mission to emphasize inclusion. With this simple refocus, we can create opportunities for women in the workplace to fill gender gaps. By working together we can achieve ever greater professional success.

Next steps are to build out a collaborative workforce. Really focus on who is actually doing the work, how it is getting done, and where we need to insert inclusion. We want women to speak up and be heard, and men to help create opportunities for equality. Specifically, with STEM, the roles are fast-paced, tough and require high levels of intelligence – all things that women can excel in but need the opportunity. We need to work together to break through the barriers that we all/women today face.

You, as a young professional, have so much to offer, we want to help you navigate and rise up together to solidify your place in this industry.

  • We strive for commonality among our diversity.
  • Inclusive with a focus on opportunity and an equal playing field.
  • The male-dominated STEM industry is ready to be overturned.
  • We want to own our power and make room to give ladies the chance to succeed

Cost: $25 for members; $30 for non-members - No Cancellations or Refunds Accepted


Keynote Speaker/Moderator:

Sweetie Browne, Program Manager, Americas Sales Strategy & Planning, Cisco Systems, Inc. 

Sweetie believes in the motto, “good things come to those who go after it” and this has been her approach to her professional and personal growth. Sweetie has always found ways to combine her strengths and values to make an impact not only in her work but also in her community. It is no accident that she leads the Early-in-Career Internship Program for Americas Sales at Cisco Systems.

Sweetie’s passions lie in helping women of all ages feel empowered to accomplish their goals. Being the oldest of four sisters, she knows firsthand the importance of creating a strong foundation for young women to succeed. Sweetie volunteers with several local non-profit organizations and is the lead for WISE (Women In Science & Engineering) RTP, an Inclusion & Collaboration employee resource organization at Cisco. She also served on the Board of Directors for Professional Development for Connected Women of North Carolina, where she managed career professional development programs for women in the RTP area.

Sweetie resides in Cary, North Carolina, with her beloved dog, PrissyRose. She enjoys connecting with women and young girls across RTP and helping them understand the importance of building a strong network.


Geri-Lyn Hoffman, Quality Director, Dynamic Systems, LORD Corporation

Dr. Andrea Jeffress, MD, FACOG, Ob/Gyn Associates of Erie

Cathy Von Birgelen, Executive Director, eMarketing Learning Center @ BF


  • athena
  • gender gap
  • inclusion
Friday November 15, 2019 
  • reflection
  • motivation
  • inspiration
Thursday November 14, 2019 

Join us Thursday, December 12th 

Join the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership team for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 12th at the Erie Art Museum as we unveil our vision for the future of Erie County's business community. 

For the first time, Chamber members will learn the details of the robust regional economic and community development strategy -- a strategic initiative that will be the catalyst to community-wide change.

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership is leading Erie's economic evolution and our team is eager to share how our members will be an integral part of Erie County's ongoing success. We have expanded our capacity to bring awareness to key issues, advocate on behalf of smart business initiatives, and provide access at multiple levels for businesses of all sizes that operate within Erie County. Members will have a chance to meet the team and learn about our services -- particularly those related to capital formation and government affairs. 

Will you join us for an inspiring morning about Erie's future and our commitment to its economic vibrancy?  Register Today!

Breakfast will be served by Make It Fabulous Catering at 7:30 a.m. with the business meeting starting promptly at 8 a.m.  


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  • membership
  • updates
  • organization
Wednesday November 13, 2019 

Wm. T. Spaeder is proud to be the mechanical contractor on a number of large hospital projects, including a patient care tower in downtown Erie, PA.  In this video, we follow foreman Eric Bowman as he talks about the practical aspects of construction, such as where and how we hang our pipes as well as how we use Trimble's Total Station to lay down accurately measured points.  While this video highlights the plumbing aspects of the job, we also are responsible for the fire protection.  Please stay tuned for future videos!

Wm. T. Spaeder offers HVAC and plumbing for commercial, industrial, and residential applications throughout northern Pennsylvania, including the areas of Pittsburgh and Buffalo NY.  We also have a comprehensive fire protection department that serves the tri-state area.

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Learn more about our services at or by calling us at 814-456-7014

1602 East 18th Street, Erie, PA 16510

141 Rochester Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15229

350 Orchard Park Road, Suite #2, West Seneca, NY 14224

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  • made in america
  • hvac

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