Campus hosting 2014 BM Chamber, Business & Community Expo and Historical Association's spring meeting

Misericordia University is hosting the 2014 Back Mountain Chamber, Business & Community Expo and the spring meeting of the Back Mountain Historical Association on Thursday, April 10 beginning at 4 p.m. The expo is being held in Dudrick, Muth, Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 216-29 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall from 4-7 p.m. The historical association’s presentation in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall begins at 7 p.m. The events are open free to the public and business community.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the diverse business community in the Back Mountain and to bring people together for the betterment of our region,’’ said Sean W. Gibson, co-chair of the Back Mountain Chamber Expo Planning Committee and manager of National Penn, Shavertown, Pa. “Our event also works as an introduction to business owners who are considering opening or relocating their businesses here.’’

The expo is being held from 4-7 p.m. It will offer more than 60 Back Mountain businesses and entrepreneurs that are considering establishing or relocating their businesses to the region an opportunity to showcase their wares and services with prospective clients and fellow business owners. The expo also provides businesses a platform to outline how they contribute to the economic, social and cultural well-being of the Back Mountain.

“Our Back Mountain region has so much to offer to our neighbors and friends,’’ said Alison Zurawski, co-chair of the Back Mountain Chamber Planning Committee and Community Bank N.A. “The expo is a community effort to highlight our businesses and the beautiful regional communities, as well as the many unique retail shops, restaurants, and recreational and cultural opportunities that everyone can enjoy and participate in.’’

Student volunteers in Misericordia University’s Business Professional Association, as well as students in Penn State-Wilkes-Barre’s Ambassador’s Club are assisting with organizing and running the event.

“Misericordia University takes its role as a good and responsible neighbor very seriously,’’ said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. “We are host to many events throughout the year, but few offer such an array of possibilities as this one. Our residents and business owners at the expo get to collaborate and illustrate to regional visitors about the quality of life issues that make our region special for families and business owners, alike.’’

The public is invited to attend the Back Mountain Expo starting at 4 p.m. An array of fabulous door prizes will be awarded to attendees and an incredible display of refreshments will be provided by two very community-focused businesses, Gerrity’s Supermarkets and Fire and Ice Restaurant. The Beaumont Inn will provide delicacies from their fine menu along with wine tastings from Bartolai Winery and ice cream from The Lands at Hillside Farms. Businesses can register for exhibit space by logging on to Exhibit space is limited.

At the spring meeting of the Back Mountain Historical Association, Kathleen Smith, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will make the presentation, “The Daughters of the American Revolution and Patriots of the Wyoming Valley,’’ beginning at 7 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. She will cover the early days of the organization, its evolution over time, and its connections to the patriots of the greater Wyoming Valley.

Light refreshments will be served in the lobby of Insalaco Hall following the meeting. The Back Mountain Historical Association offers local history presentations every April and October. The presentations are free and open to the public. For more information about the bi-annual meetings, please call Misericordia University at (570) 674-8036.