Category Archives: General News

Investor Spotlight: Bonnie Sussman-Versace

Today we are going to look at one of the investors of GREP, Bonnie Sussman-Versace, recent endeavors.  Bonnie recently released a cookbook titled Recipes for Thoughtful Leadership and Healthy Culture.  To put this cookbook in context, Bonnie is currently the CEO of Focused LLC, an executive coaching and leadership training. Background Bonnie has over thirty  Continue Reading »

New IAMC Board of Directors Member

Our very own Deb Heffner was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Industrial Assets Management Council, or IAMC for short. Share

Highlights of Greater Reading: The Orchard Roundup

Fall in Pennsylvania is a magical time. The leaves transform into a starburst of the deepest reds and the brightest golds. The air is crisp and the smell of smoke from fire pits is enchanting. But all Berks Countians know Fall is never complete without a trip to the local orchard.  We happen to have  Continue Reading »

Manufacturing Day Highlight: SOLO Labs

By JENNIFER HETRICK SOLO Laboratories Inc. in Kutztown is not only about healthy and corrective options for feet, it also has a parallel approach with the environment. The custom orthotics manufacturer opened in 1983, with SOLO an acronym for “Serve Others, Love Others.” In recent years, this has translated not only to people’s well-being while  Continue Reading »

Greater Berks Development Fund receives state investment funds

The Greater Berks Development Fund, an affiliate of the Greater Reading Chamber & Economic Development Corp., was recently awarded a $250,000 Pennsylvania Community Development Bank investment for minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, disabled-owned and LGBT-owned businesses to grow. The loans come from the Diverse Business Financing Initiative, which was recently approved by the state Department of Community  Continue Reading »

Women in Manufacturing

Women play a key role in manufacturing. This week we celebrate the diversity in our labor force by looking at the special skills women bring to the table. Share

Made in Berks: Pure Wild Tea

Pure Wild Tea, Upper Bern Township, is all about continuing a healthy family tradition for owner Sherry Fuhrmann. “This is a drink my mother made when we were kids,” she said of the tea served in her family for six generations. “It’s a Pennsylvania Dutch beverage.” Fuhrmann and her husband, Kurt, live in Upper Tulpehocken  Continue Reading »


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