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Plum Chamber Celebrates 100 Members, First Ribbon Cutting

The chamber of commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at the borough's newest business, Uncle Buckles Bar & Grill.

The Plum Chamber of Commerce has been growing in the community since it was formed two years ago.

In April, the chamber brought its 100th member on board, and since then, that number has grown to 114.

"We've been bringing in about three or four new members a week," said Christopher Zozula, chamber president. "We've been able to make a donation to the library, we adopted a highway and we're going to be participating in this year's community days."

The chamber also held its first-ever ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday at , one of the borough's newest businesses. The restaurant—located at the Unity Center Road and Saltsburg Road intersection—opened in March.

Owner Steve Cioppa and his family were on hand to cut the ribbon. Tanya Brown, restaurant manager, said she was very happy with the ceremony.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the Plum community, and we want to be involved as much as possible," Brown said.

Zozula said the chamber plans to offer the ribbon-cutting opportunity to borough businesses that are six months or newer.

"I am happy with the growth and the culture of the chamber," Zozula said. "It's a very friendly atmosphere. Getting volunteers isn't difficult anymore because our members really pitch in and do a lot.

"We had to go through a phase to gain credibility within the community, and I think we've done that."

Zozula said the chamber also plans to get involved with local officials to discuss economic development and other things that would benefit the borough's business community.

"When you have the community and government officials reaching out, it's really neat," he said.

For more information

For more information about the Plum Chamber of Commerce or to see a calendar of upcoming events, call 412-798-2300. You also can visit www.plumchamber.com or the chamber's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PlumChamber.

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