The Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association was formed in 2004 with the focus on economic stability and growth for businesses and residents.

 The objectives of the organization are: 

• Promote the general welfare of the residents of the greater Schuylkill Haven area by providing a high quality of businesses and services.

• Support local, county, state and federal organizations and initiatives that will improve the quality of life for residents.

• Encourage local residents and organizations to participate in activities that will further increase the quality of life.

• Support member businesses in the development and/or fulfillment of their business plan of operation. 

The Association has a rich history of community events since its inception:

• Provides an annual Young Entrepreneur Academy Scholarship

• Walk, Wine & Wander

• Merry First Saturday 

• Annual Children’s Christmas Party

• Crab Fest

• Small Business Saturday

GSHABA also works closely with the following:

• Borough of Schuylkill Haven

• Schuylkill Haven Island Park Committee

• Walk in Art Center

• Our Haven Foundation

• Penn State Schuylkill

• Schuylkill County Visitors’ Bureau

• Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce

• Schuylkill Haven Recreation Department

• Schuylkill River Heritage Area

2019 Highlights: 

• Increased our social media on Facebook with 524 followers, an 18% increase and continue to get support for an internet page on the Burroughs’s website.

• April 6th GSHABA and the local boy scouts held a “Spring Sweep “through town to clean away winter’s trash preparing for spring.

• Increased media coverage with articles, pictures and updates through South Schuylkill News, Republican Herald, Schuylkill Plus and Haven Highlights.

• Sponsored a Young Entrepreneur Scholarship for a Haven student through the Schuylkill County Chamber.

• We welcomed Emily Gordon with an open house for The Bridal Studio in May 2019.

• Held our Third Annual “Sold Out” Crabfest with a successful 50/50 raffle, at Island Park.

• Members participated in the VRAJ Walk-a-Thon in October.

• GSHABA has been an active participant in the Schuylkill Haven Revitalization Plan.

• The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce made Schuylkill Haven its meeting point for “Walk for Progress” on October 1st.

• GSHABA as part of the WIAC’s Safe Trick or Treat evening , distributing candy and plush toy animals.

• Many GSHABA members participated in Senator Argall’s Municipal RoundTable held at the Reading & Northern Historic Railroad Station. The meeting concluded with a tour of some of the new businesses on Main St, and then a lunch hosted by Evan Delivery at the WIAC.

• Hosted over 40 children plus guardians for our Annual Children’s Christmas Party with our co-hosts Schuylkill Haven Recreational Center at Brush Strokes DIY Workshop.

• With support from American Express, participated in our Third Small Business Saturday, fourteen local businesses participating. 

• Held our “Second” Merry First Saturday following the Children’s Christmas Party and hired the Miss Molly Trolley with Trolley Historians.

• Check out , our membership is sponsored by Lori’s Angels and Alchemist’s Cove Games & Comics.

• Finally ended the year with our Evening of Giving and Thanks, with donations presented to several special Schuylkill Haven service organizations.

Our Annual Events:

  1. Student Art & Essay Contest
  2. Wine, Walk & Wander
  3. Community Yard Sale
  4. Children's Christmas Party
  5. Crab Fest
  6. First Saturday Downtown