With roots running deep in Ambridge, Janet Rosenberger Duzicky is committed to giving back to the Beaver County community in which she’s lived, learned and served.
“It’s a great little town,” she said. “There are a lot of really good people and business owners that believe in it and want to see it thrive.”
Ms. Duzicky is the new vice president of the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce, which represents Ambridge, Baden, Bell Acres, Economy, Fair Oaks, Harmony Township, Leet and Leetsdale. Organized in 1923, it's one of the few community-based chambers left in the state.
Born and raised in Ambridge and a graduate of Quigley Catholic High School, Ms. Duzicky comes from a family of six. Her father and brother were Ambridge business owners and community leaders.
A long-time member of the chamber, she was the owner/operator of the former Mane Attraction Beauty Salon in Ambridge and now is a part-time stylist at Unique Choices Salon, also in Ambridge.
She also has worked as a Realtor in Howard Hanna's Sewickley office for 22 years, specializing in the Ambridge, Baden, and Economy and Harmony areas.
Ms. Duzicky described her hometown as neighborly and very community-oriented and said she enjoys selling homes there because it’s a great community in which to live and raise children.
Her own community involvement includes being a board member of the Laughlin Memorial Free Library in Ambridge, a member of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, an active parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge and a volunteer at Villa St. Joseph in Baden.
She also volunteers with the nonprofit organization Team Tassy, which helps Haitian families pull themselves out of poverty and be self-sustainable by helping them secure health care, education, employment and general family accompaniment services.
The organization was founded by her nephew, Ian Rosenberger, and was inspired by a Haitian man, Tassy, who survived a life-threatening tumor and is now working with Haitian families to help them achieve healthy and happy futures.
Ms. Duzicky was one of Tassy’s hospital advocates when he had his surgery and said he is like an adopted child. She frequently travels to Haiti to work first-hand with the families to help them by helping them secure employment and establish a budget, which she said makes them responsible and helps them learn to live once they have an income.
“I’ve been to Haiti, and I’ve seen it personally work,” she said. “They have to learn and they do and they’re hungry for it.”
Back home, Ms. Duzicky continues to draw on her strong belief in community and through her new position is working closely with the Ambridge council to re-establish a relationship, which she said has already been beneficial and is a step in the right direction.
Future plans also include a membership drive, increased marketing and advertising of member merchants and holding various events such their annual Wine and Chocolate Walk.
She said she has a lot of connections within the community and hopes to get more people involved, especially those businesses in the area that have never been involved with the chamber.
A few new businesses have to come to the area in the last few years and Ms. Duzicky said they are reaching out to them. New members bring new ideas, which she said is what keeps everything going and helps them stay current.
“We need to all work together for the good of the town and the good of the businesses,” she said. “There’s a lot here to offer and the more people to get involved and want to make it go in the right direction, that’s going to make the flow of it go.”
Shannon M. Nass, freelance writer, firstname.lastname@example.org.