ParenteBeard announced today the formation of the Central PA Business Network, a group dedicated to connecting and advancing the businesses and local economies of its Central Pennsylvania Region. To foster regional business collaboration, the firm will host a series of “Community Connections” open to the business community. ParenteBeard’s offices in Lancaster, Reading, York, Lehigh Valley and Harrisburg will spearhead this initiative conducting and discussing research, insights, challenges and opportunities as well as creating an online community for conversation and partnerships.
“Separately, these regions are economically stable and have made strong recoveries on the backs of rebounding local manufacturing, healthcare and business services sectors,” said Partner Michael Burkholder of ParenteBeard’s Lancaster office. “Together, if they combine their key assets, they have the ability to advance the regional economy as a whole.”
The group’s inaugural Community Connection will kick-off on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (networking reception to follow) at Eden Resort & Suites, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA. Guests may register at www.ParenteBeard/Connections.
The first Connection will focus on healthcare reform and the implications for business owners, featuring experts from the local communities. Leading the Connection will be Ruth Sonke, a senior employee benefits consultant with Glatfelter Insurance (York), Michael Burkholder, partner with ParenteBeard (Lancaster) and Merle Dunkelberger, partner with ParenteBeard (Reading). The event will feature a Q&A session for local business owners to have their individual concerns addressed.
Additionally, four new firm partners will be in attendance. James Cassel (Lancaster), Jason Claudfelter (Reading), Mike Malinoski (Reading) and Jeffrey Skumin (Lehigh Valley) will discuss the Central Pennsylvania region and the value the Community Connections can add going forward.
ParenteBeard is ranked among the top 25 accounting firms in the U.S. A leader in providing CPA and business advisory services to small businesses, middle market companies, nonprofits and SEC registrants, ParenteBeard has 1,100 professionals located throughout the Mid Atlantic region. As an independent member of Baker Tilly International, ParenteBeard is proud to provide the highest level of service to clients nationally and internationally.