PostNet Grand Opening

The Chamber helped celebrate the grand opening of PostNet in Scranton’s West Side.

Kumon Grand Opening

The Chamber helped celebrate the grand opening of Kumon Math and Reading Center in Clarks Summit.

8th District Congressional Forums

The Chamber hosted two candidate forums for Pennsylvania’s 8th U.S. Congressional District, featuring Matt Cartwright and John Chrin.

Member Milestones

Penn State Scranton: 50 years

Studio m Architecture + Design: 5 years

The Small Business Spotlight Is On… Sho Technology Solutions


The Small Business Spotlight Is On…
Sho Technology Solutions
Scranton, PA
Member since 2016

Applying technology to your business will inevitably lead to success—that’s the guiding principle for Scranton-based Sho Technology Solutions, which specializes in software development, consulting and maintenance. Boasting the ability to create custom web, desktop and mobile apps for businesses, Sho Technology solutions helps bring new technology to long-standing institutions and helps them bring their services to the future. Meet owner and founder Jason Washo in this month’s Small Business Spotlight…

What inspired you to start your business?

I’ve always had the desire to start my own business. I started to create websites for local companies when I was in high school. I quickly realized that I didn’t have the necessary skills to start a business, so I went to college and entered the workforce as fast as I possibly could. I spent the first 15 years of my career working for Diversified Information Technologies (now EDM Group), where I had the opportunity to learn about running a technology business: business operations, finance, sales, information technology, and just plain, good old work ethic. Having that solid training allowed me to fulfill my dream of running my own business and have it succeed.

What is the number one request clients make of your company and why?

Software development is not an inexpensive purchase. Just like building a house, you want to know that your builder has great knowledge and quality, fair pricing, and can actually finish the job. Software development is a very easy type of project to leave incomplete, so the number one request my clients have and trust my company with is the drive to completion.

Why should businesses start using a cloud service?

Running a server room is expensive and, frankly, a pain. We wouldn’t be in business if we had to sell thousands of dollars’ worth of computer hardware to support the software we build. Using cloud computing allows our clients to have private and secure environments on geographically-distributed and “always on” hardware to ensure the software is always running. Also, the cost scales nicely with the software usage.

What are other services you provide?

Where software development is the prime focus of my business, we also offer consulting, maintenance of existing software and retail. My goal is to perfect the outsourced-CTO (Chief Technology Officer) model.

How has the Chamber helped your business?

The Chamber has helped my business in many ways. First is the newly-branded and remodeled IGNITE Program at the Scranton Enterprise Center. The program is designed to start the small business ignition for companies just like mine by offering affordable rent, great business advice, collaborative workspaces, and access to basically any asset. I also serve on the Skills in Scranton board at the Chamber, offering my services to help enrich the workforce in the area. I’m literally surrounded by people who want my company to succeed, which is a great feeling.

Fresh Faces: Kumon Math and Reading Center of Clarks Summit


Fresh Faces
Rati Kanani
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Clarks Summit
Member since 2018

  1. What inspired you to start your business?

I have wanted to open a Kumon center for a long time now. I started out as a Kumon student when I was in 7th grade and stuck with it for four years. When I took geometry and higher math courses in high school, I realized I had a huge advantage over my peers.  Understanding new concepts came easy to me, and I was able to calculate solutions to problems mentally. When my classmates had to use their calculators to find the square root of a number, I could blurt the answer right out. The work skills and confidence I gained from the Kumon method also made studying for the SAT, and eventually the GMAT, significantly easier as well. Additionally, the Kumon program taught me essential life skills, including time management and the importance of consistency. Just as becoming a star athlete requires daily practice, learning new academic material also requires continuous practice. Because of my positive experience with the Kumon math and reading programs, I decided the next best step for me would be to share it with members of my new community.

  1. What do you like about doing business locally?

The children of our community are our future. I believe that being able to help develop and cultivate the future of the greater Scranton region is inspiring and worthy. It’s an honor to watch my students grow and become independent individuals who will contribute to the greater good of the place we all call home.

  1. Why did you decide to join the Chamber?

I joined the Chamber for several reasons. First off, I’m not only new to the Scranton area, but I’m also new to Pennsylvania.  Joining the Chamber seemed like a great way to network and get to know people and businesses in my new neighborhood. Also, I honestly believe that I can be valuable to the Chamber both as a resource and as a volunteer. It brings me great joy to participate in community service initiatives, and I also have job opportunities available at my center. Working at a Kumon center is an excellent experience for anyone interested in teaching or working with children. It’s quite rewarding to be able to help students become successful, no matter where they are in their academic journey.

Commonwealth Health EMS Unveils ‘Fallen Hero’ Ambulance


Lives Lost Live On

A special tribute honoring those whose lives were lost in the line of service to others is now making the rounds on the region’s roadways.

Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recently unveiled its “Fallen Hero” ambulance, which pays tribute to members of the emergency services and military communities who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The ambulance’s passenger side contains the names of members of the emergency services, law enforcement, fire service and towing communities who were lost, while the driver’s side pays tribute to those who lost their lives while serving in the military.

Designed by Jason Saar, the ambulance’s graphics represent all branches of the armed service, while the hood pays tribute to all those lost during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The rear of the ambulance pays tribute to two emergency medical technicians who lost their battle to depression after suffering from mental illness.

“We have always had a great sense of honor for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for others,” said Joseph Moran, director of operations, Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services. “We felt that this type of memorial would honor all personnel from these different service lines. Even though we perform different tasks and take different risks, we all have the same purpose in the end.”

“We understand the pain and grief that comes with a tragic loss,” he continued. “We wanted to change that feeling into something that can be positive and bring awareness for these fallen heroes. We want to keep their legacy alive.”

Mr. Moran explained that painstaking research was undertaken to be sure that spelling and details were correct for all names listed on the ambulance, and that it honored as many lives as possible. In fact, several names were added to the ambulance after the unveiling.

“Not everyone is cut out for the work that these heroes perform every day,” Mr. Moran said. “It takes a strong person that is willing to give their life to help others in their time of need. It is all too often that we forget these heroes will someday need someone to help them along and return that favor. They forfeit a lot to ensure they can help others. We can’t ignore what they have done for us and need to embrace the effect these heroes have had on our society.”

Commonwealth Health EMS is now working on another vehicle that will focus on one of its various facilities and there are future plans for additional special ambulances celebrating the community.

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