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Initiative Builds The Business Buzz

For businesses based in Sanatoga, almost everything is nearby.

For Sanatoga businesses, prospects are nearby.

Kitty Papp at the Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce in Pottstown began making calls this week to schedule site tours of regional properties available now for commercial and industrial uses. The tours are part of the chamber’s Economic Development Initiative Day, to be held Oct. 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Sanatoga.

The chamber’s job is to promote business in all its many forms within western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and northern Chester counties. Economic Development Initiative Day offers something for almost every business owner, or those who yearn to be one.

A continental breakfast kicks off the morning, at which Steven Wray, executive director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, has been invited to speak. Site tours follow from 9 to 11:30 a.m., giving business leaders at close look at buildings or land that might be suitable for their start-ups or expansions. The list of properties to be seen won’t be finalized for a couple of weeks, Papp said Monday (Sept. 22, 2008); call her at 610-326-2900 to get tickets for the day’s events, or for more information.

Why locate a business here? The Montgomery County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC) offers one answer: it pays to be where customers are. “Montgomery County offers business the most concentrated consumer population in the United States,” its website says. “Nearly one-half of the nation’s population, and a disproportionately large percentage of America’s buying power, are located within a 500-mile radius of the county.”

The chamber’s annual Economic Development Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., during which state Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Yablonsky is the scheduled speaker. A local business expo will be held at Sunnybrook throughout the day, ending at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Co-sponsoring the day with the chamber are Pottstown Area Industrial Development (PAID) Inc., the Berks Economic Partnership, the Chester County Economic Development Council, MCIDC, and Greater Valley Forge Transportation.

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