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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Thank you from Sciamanna What’s on the menu for Sip & Savor 11/30 Network fall events and new website September Chamber mixer Chamber Lunch & Learn Murals to be revealed Sept. 4 Free concert and movie Oktoberfest comes to Chambersburg Around town with the Chamber Member Referral Incentive Program PA Chamber update Customer service workshop Sept. 24 Visitors from Sister City Gotemba, Japan Town one of top places to start business Small Business Advantage grants Civil War Seminars & Tours Members in the News Giving back Member spotlights Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Leadership Franklin County update Workshop on unemployment compensation Legislation to reduce business regulations Buy Local Bingo to return in Nov. September calendar of events



B2B DIGITAL EXPO 1 - 6 p.m. Green Grove Gardens See page 3 for details.


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Throughout the day on November 28 featuring giveaways, Buy Local Bingo, a hot beverage bar, music and more! Visit for details about these events and more. September events are listed on the back of the newsletter.



Heritage Center office complex named the “David G. Sciamanna Building” In honor of David G. Sciamanna’s 32 years of service to the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate organizations, the boards of directors of the Chamber and the Chambersburg Area Development Corp. (CADC) named the office complex adjoined to the Chambersburg Heritage Center the “David G. Sciamanna Building.”

Boozer and Wagner distract Sciamanna with a rendering of the building as Purdy and Foreman unveil the new lettering

“One of the things I love about Dave Sciamanna is when he catches a vision he drives that vision home,” said John Boozer, former chair of the Chamber’s board of directors, during the dedication ceremony. “He’s done that with many of you, and certainly I’ve had the opportunity to be part of a couple of those with him. This building is the result of one of Dave’s visions.” The naming was revealed by Boozer, Ann Wagner, former chair of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s board of directors, Eric Foreman, current chair of the Chamber board, and Noel Purdy, president of the Chamber, during a ceremony on August 7 as part of a reception recognizing Sciamanna for his contributions to the community following his retirement. The naming was a surprise to Sciamanna. Story continued on page 3.

B2B Expo to feature six seminars What is your business’s digital footprint? Learn strategies to increase your digital outreach through six different seminars at the B2B Digital Expo on Thursday, October 8 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Green Grove Gardens. The Expo is designed to promote business-to-business relationships while providing professional development opportunities. The seminars to be featured at the expo include: • IT Security for Business by GDC IT Solutions • Mobile Marketing by MediaOnePA Gannett Company • Safety, Security & Profit Loss Prevention by ACNB Bank • Secrets of Facebook Advertising by Cross & Crown • Video Marketing by ProArts Media • Website Design Strategies by Cross & Crown


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Gold Sponsors 25 Penn Marketing Cross & Crown The Franklin Shopper Kegerreis Outdoor Advertising

In addition to the seminars, the expo will provide businesses the opportunity to sponsor booths to promote their goods and services. Businesses interested in an exhibitor booth can reserve one for $250. Limited exhibit spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to reserve your booth, view the newsletter insert or contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 202.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eric Foreman, Susquehanna Bank - Chair Suzanne Miller-Trinh, Zullinger-Davis Law Firm - Past Chair Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair-elect Noel Purdy - Chamber President Lance Kegerreis, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Inc. - CADC Vice President Michelle Paulnock, ACNB Bank Foundation President Jim Zimmerman, Valley Quarries Inc. Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Derrick Donnell, PA CareerLink Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting Terry Guberman, Comfort Keepers Brian Speer, Wilson College Rod Hocker, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Carlos Perez, Chambersburg Wireless Melanie Furlong, SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Alice Hawbaker, LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. Luke Martin, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Kim Crider, Kim Crider/Take Shape for Life Mark Story, Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County Chris Patterson, Manitowoc Cranes Jeff Truhan, The Shook Home Mark Durniak, Fuddruckers Brad Evans, Bartlett Tree Expert Company


Thank you, Dave On August 7, I had the distinct honor of being emcee for a celebration to recognize David G. Sciamanna for his dedication to the Chambersburg community, local businesses and role as president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce for the past 32 years. The event was an opportunity for friends, family and community leaders to come together to thank Dave for his impact on the area. The staff and countless volunteers did a tremendous job planning and hosting the celebration. Through the assistance of John Boozer and Ann Wagner, the highlight of the evening was being able to honor Dave through the gift of dedicating the Chambersburg Heritage Center office complex to him by naming it the “David G. Sciamanna Building.” Dave’s leadership over the past three decades has led the Chamber in a direction of strength and stability through growing programs, membership and staff. The Chambersburg Chamber has been a model other chambers have strived to follow through the growth of our six affiliated organizations focusing on downtown revitalization, leadership, education and citizenship, as well as economic development. And, as a result of his leadership, the Chamber recently earned a 5-star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ranking among the top one percent of chambers in the nation. Eric kicks-off the ceremony which will later reveal the naming of the office building

CHAMBER STAFF Noel Purdy - President [email protected] David G. Sciamanna - Vice President [email protected] Amy Fisher - Communications Director [email protected] Doug Harmon - Membership Director [email protected] Maryliz Toohig - Financial Director [email protected] Robin Harmon - Executive Director of the Chamber Foundation [email protected] Angie Schaeffer - Exec. Assistant/Office Manager [email protected] Lark Plessinger - Marketing Assistant [email protected] Kimberly Clapper - Special Events Coordinator/Admin. Assistant [email protected] Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected] Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist [email protected]

On behalf of the board of directors, we would like to thank you, David G. Sciamanna, for a job well done and welcome you to your new part-time role as president of CADC. Eric Foreman Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, Susquehanna Bank Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors


Sciamanna: “Thank you, members”

(CONTINUED FROM COVER) The Chambersburg Heritage Center, which is housed in the iconic Valley National Bank building on the corner of Memorial Square, and adjoining office building are the result of Sciamanna’s vision. The former bank structure was built in 1915 and designed by Frank Furness. The original building was altered when the bank closed, after which it sat vacant for years. CADC purchased the property in 1999 and began plans for the five-year Heritage Center and office complex project. The Heritage Center and new office complex, located at 100 Lincoln Way East, opened in July 2004. “Words can’t really express our appreciation to Dave as a community, as a Chamber, as volunteers, as mentorees,” Eric Foreman, chair of the Chamber’s board of directors, stated at the ceremony, “but hopefully some words on a building can show some of that.” Sciamanna was hired as president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce in 1983, which at the time consisted of two employees and less than 300 members. Today, the Chamber serves more than 880 members with a team of 11 employees and six affiliate organizations. Effective August 1, Sciamanna stepped down from his role as Chamber President. Purdy succeeds Sciamanna as president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Sciamanna will continue working with Chamber affiliates CADC, Cumberland Valley Regional Development Corp. and the Franklin County Industrial Development Authority, which focus on economic development in the area.

Sciamanna and Purdy pose with a life-size cardboard cut-out of a younger Sciamanna during the special recognition reception

After the building dedication was revealed, Sciamanna thanked all of the Chamber’s supporters, staff and volunteers for making his 32 years at the Chamber memorable. Sciamanna’s parting words of nostalgia and advice at the dedication: “Many days were very long, but the decades went by very quickly. So, what have I learned in 32 years as Chamber president? Enjoy life. Be kind and generous to people. Work hard and use the God-given talents you have to make a difference. And have no regrets.”

I want to thank the Chamber members for the kind notes and well wishes over the past month. The special reception in August and the Dave addresses the crowd after the naming reveal naming of the Chamber office building in my honor was an unforgettable thrill. It has been a great honor to have served the Chambersburg business community over the past 32 years. Your support and participation is what makes us a 5-star Chamber! - David G. Sciamanna

What’s on the menu for Sip & Savor The Chamber’s signature fundraiser, Sip & Savor the Roaring Twenties, will be held this month on Saturday, September 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Chambersburg Country Club. An after party follows the main event and will last from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The evening will be a true culinary experience featuring an amazing four-course dinner paired with the perfect wines. The menu includes: • First Course: Turkey Tetrazzini - Rolled pasta with turkey, spinach, mushrooms and almonds; Paired with Seminary Ridge Red from Reid’s Orchard & Winery. • Second Course: Tomato Salad - Roma tomato stuffed with poached shrimp, red onion, egg, celery and crème fraiche; Paired with Appalachian Moon chardonnay from Adams County Winery. • Third Course: Blackcurrant Canard - Marinated duck breast with blackcurrant-merlot syrup, roasted mushrooms and potato croquettes; Paired with 1864 the Burning of Chambersburg from Tuscarora Mt. Winery. • Fourth Course: Dessert Trio - Spiced chocolate crème brûlée paired with Cherese Masquerade from Adams County Winery; Peaches and cream paired with Peach Cobbler from Tuscarora Mt. Winery; Coconut meringue paired with Sharpshooter from Reid’s Orchard & Winery. The evening will be an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss! Be sure to purchase your tickets by September 2; seating is limited. Tickets are $90 per person or $130 per person to also attend the Speakeasy After Party. Call 717264-7101 ext. 212 for tickets or more information.


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Entertainment Sponsors Phantom Shadow, All Sound Pro

Media Sponsor NEWSTALK103.7FM

Benefactor Sponsors LCSi Lehman Construction Services Inc., Spherion Patron Sponsors Central PA Wireless - Boost Mobile; Franklin County Historical Society; Gomez Law Office; Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc.; Manpower; Penn State Mont Alto; The Shook Home






















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Fall events and a new website The 11/30 Network launched a new, mobilefriendly website in August to help promote the group, feature event information and provide memberexclusive resources. Check out the website for yourself at We also have a number of fall events planned, so mark your calendar! Upcoming events include: • Sip & Savor Speakeasy After Party - Saturday, September 12 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the MEMBERS ONLY Chambersburg Country Club. The Chamber invites 11/30 Network members to attend the Speakeasy After Party - an exclusive opportunity for young professionals in the group to make connections with business decision-makers in a fun atmosphere. Ticket includes appetizers, open bar, live DJ and dancing, as well as networking and an unforgettable experience! Tickets are $50; register by September 2. • ¡Fiesta! Happy Hour - Wednesday, September 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Relax Lounge and Grille. Enjoy Taco Night at Relax with extended happy hour specials including $2.50 Coronas, $3 Margaritas, 50 cent tacos and a complimentary nacho bar. • Member Orientation - Tuesday, September 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy networking followed by a brief orientation to learn about the benefits of 11/30 Network membership and how to best utilize 11/30 Network resources for your professional and personal gain. • Wine Tour - Saturday, October 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Experience the flavors of delicious wines made MEMBERS ONLY* right here in south central Pennsylvania! Our tour will begin in downtown Chambersburg with a check-in at Chambers Fort Park followed by tastings at Tuscarora Mt. Winery, Adams County Winery and Reid’s Orchard & Winery. Tickets are $25 for 11/30 Network members. Members are allowed to bring a non-member guest for a non-member rate of $35. Price includes transportation, tastings, dinner and a souvenir wine glass. Limited seats available on a first come, first served basis. • Costumes and Cocktails Halloween Test-Run Party - Thursday, October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at John Allison Public House’s new location in Greencastle. Test out your costume for all those upcoming Halloween parties at the 11/30 Network’s October happy hour! Come dressed in your costume and enjoy festive activities.

September Chamber mixer You won’t want to miss this month’s opportunity for networking at the mixer on Tuesday, September 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at BJ’s Wholesale Club, 540 Gateway Avenue. The mixer will include food, beverages, door prizes and the Chamber Chance 50/50 Raffle sponsored by Patriot Federal Credit Union. BJ’s in Chambersburg opened last year and has been providing membership-only retail options for the regional market. Their store offers bulk groceries, electronics and more in a warehouse-like space. To register for the mixer, visit the Chamber’s online events calendar at, or call the Chamber at 717-264-7101. Interested in hosting a mixer for 2016? Check available dates by contacting Doug Harmon at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 202.

To register for events, visit the website at Not Yet a Member? Membership is $30 and is effective through June 30, 2016. Anyone who lives and/ or works in Franklin County age 21 to 39 years old as of July 1, 2015 is eligible. For more information or to complete the membership form, visit


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Oktoberfest comes to Chambersburg


Murals to be revealed Sept. 4 The Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) Design Committee has been coordinating a mural project that will add color and creativity to the public spaces of downtown Chambersburg. Area artists of all ages and skill levels were encouraged to participate.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in downtown Chambersburg! Now in its second year, Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 3 will be a fun-filled day packed with events featuring a 5k, German food and music, craft beer and a Duck Derby. The day will begin with the John H. Harmon Memorial 5k Run/Walk at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Wilson College, the 7th annual 5k will start at King and Main Streets and head north through the historic North End of Chambersburg. The race then returns ending on the Rail Trail near King Street.

The murals will be unveiled during First Friday on September 4, then will be judged and awarded at AppleFest on October 17. Photos of the murals will be posted on DCI’s Facebook page later this month. Thanks to the mural project presenting sponsor, Corey L. Alleman, LMFT. Supply sponsors include Carter’s Lumber, Gateway Auction, John H. Myers & Sons, Lowe’s of Chambersburg, Nitterhouse Masonry & Hardware Supply and Pathway’s Counselor’s.

Free concert and movie this month Enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring local band Jerry Rigged at Chambers Fort Park on September 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. This will be the last Second Saturday concert in 2015. Concerts are free thanks to sponsor Volvo Construction Equipment. In addition to the concert, enjoy the final movie of this year’s Downtown Summer Movie Series at Chambers Fort Park during Second Saturday. This month’s free movie is “Cinderella” (1950), which is out of the Disney vault for a limited time! Come dressed as your favorite princess or prince and partake in the Princess/Prince parade right before the movie. Films are free and open to the public thanks to presenting sponsor Summit Health and premier sponsor Falling Spring Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. For more information, call 717-264-7101 or visit the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. In case of inclement weather, check the Facebook event for information about event THANKS TO SPONSORS cancellation or rescheduling. Concert Sponsor

Movie Sponsors Presenting Sponsor

Premier Sponsor Falling Spring Nursing & Rehabilitation

After the race is the Duckie Dash Kid’s Fun Run at 11:30 a.m. Kids get a chance to run down the Rail Trail and through the finish line chute! All proceeds from the race go to fund lung research at Hershey Medical Center. Visit for fees and entry forms. The day continues with German food, beer, hard cider and German music at Oktoberfest. Held at the corner of Hood and West King Streets in New Texas Lunch Family Restaurant’s parking lot, the celebration will run from noon until 5 p.m. Created by Downtown Chambersburg, Inc. (DCI) with presenting sponsor First Community Bank of Mercersburg, the festival will THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS include beer and hard cider from the craft brewery as well Mug Sponsor as Ace Distributing, music from The Happy Wonderers and German food from EJ’s Grill and Nathan Miller Chocolate. Entertainment Sponsor Roy-Pitz Brewing Company

DCI will also host a Duck Kids’ Area Sponsors Dick’s Cabinetry & Flooring Derby at 2:30 p.m. Purchase Michael A. Starr Insurance rubber ducks and watch Golden Egg Sponsors them race from the Park of LCSi Lehman Construction Services Inc. the Valiant on North Second Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club Street to the finish line under Tent Sponsor Susquehanna Bank the bridge between the Rail Table Sponsors Trail and Chambers Fort Park. Absolute Document Destruction Those with the fastest ducks Fat Tommy’s Sauce will receive cash prizes. The Exchange Club of Chambersburg, Rotary Club of Chambersbrug and Chambersburg Noontime Lions are assisting with the ticket sales. Tickets for Oktoberfest are $10 in advance and include a souvenir mug, or $15 at the door. Duck Derby tickets are $5 per duck or $25 for a quack pack of six ducks. To purchase tickets, visit the Chamber website at, call 717-264-7101 or visit the Chambersburg Heritage Center at 100 Lincoln Way East. Oktoberfest and Duck Derby proceeds benefit economic revitalization in downtown Chambersburg.




Patriot celebrates 50 years at mixer Congratulations to Patriot Federal Credit Union for 50 years serving our community! They celebrated by hosting our July mixer with delicious appetizers from Fabio’s Events Catering. There was a great crowd that came out to support Patriot and enjoy networking. The 11/30 Network Steering Committee at College Night

11/30 Network College Night

Attendees mingle at the Chamber mixer at Patriot

Shook Home remodeled therapy gym

The 11/30 Network hosted a happy hour in August with a college theme at Good-Ta-Go. Attendees were encouraged to wear gear from their Alma mater. At the event they mingled with icebreaker questions ranging from “what was your college mascot?” to “what’s your most embarrassing college story?” The event also collected school supplies for United Way of Franklin County’s Stuff the Bus program. Donations that night filled up an entire Stuff the Buss donation box!

The Shook Home celebrated the renovation of their therapy gym with a ribbon cutting ceremony during an open house in July. Guests and Shook Home residents enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch during the celebration. The renovation of the therapy gym included an expansion that will provide more room for treatment, as well as cosmetic upgrades such as the addition of dry wall, new flooring, new furniture, etc.

LFC Class of 2015 alumni enjoy painting during the fundraiser

Paint Nite raises money for LFC Shook Home staff and supporters cut the ribbon to the new therapy gym

New owners for Inn at Ragged Edge

Leadership Franklin County (LFC) hosted a Paint Nite in July at John Allison Public House to raise money for the LFC Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship helps LFC Community participants cover all or part of the tuition to enroll in the program, which totals $1,200. The ninemonth program provides rising community leaders the opportunity to refine their leadership skills while learning more about Franklin County.

Congratulations to the new owners of The Inn at Ragged Edge, Ken and Barb Kipe! They celebrated the opening of their boutique bed & breakfast with community members at a ribbon cutting ceremony in July. The Inn was originally opened in the fall of 2010 by Lew and Fran Martin. In April of 2015, the Kipes were handed the keys to the iconic Chambersburg landmark. The ribbon is cut to celebrate the opening of Premier Employee Solutions

Premier Employee Solutions opens

New owners of the Inn at Ragged Edge celebrate its opening

Premier Employee Solutions celebrated the opening of their new Chambersburg location with a ribbon cutting ceremony in August. Their new office at 1108 Sheller Avenue will enable Premier to better serve local employers while finding new talent for their businesses. Premier makes it easy and cost-effective to customize your own Employee Solutions Program, regardless the business or industry.


Member Referral Incentive Program In 2014, the Chamber ended the year at 924 members. With a long-term goal to reach a membership of more than 1,000 businesses, the Chamber is seeking help from our members. You can help us reach our goal while gaining benefits for yourself or your business through our New Member Referral Incentive Program. To participate in the New Member Referral Incentive Program, the individual or his/her company must be a current member of the Chamber with dues paid in full. Referrals will be credited to the referring individual and not his/her company. Those who refer an individual or company that are not current members of the Chamber will be eligible for the following after the referred entity has been approved by the board of directors and their membership is paid in full. For the first one to three referrals, choose one of the following for each new member sign-up: • $25 discount of 2016 dues (discount on member dues cannot exceed the total dues amount per year) • $25 Chamber Dollar Gift Certificate • $50 Credit toward selected Chamber advertising For the next four to six referrals, choose one of the following for each new member sign-up: • $50 discount of 2016 dues (discount on member dues cannot exceed the total dues amount per year) • $50 Chamber Dollar Gift Certificate • $100 Credit toward selected Chamber advertising For seven or more referrals, choose one of the following for each new member sign-up: • $100 discount of 2016 dues (discount on member dues cannot exceed the total dues amount per year) • $100 Chamber Dollar Gift Certificate • $200 Credit toward selected Chamber advertising Top referrers will be recognized at the Annual Business Breakfast in December. For more information or to make a referral, contact Doug Harmon at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 202.


Labor bulletin: New overtime eligibility rules A proposal supported by the Obama administration would redefine overtime eligibility for “white collar” employees, potentially forcing many businesses to curtail work hours and limit job growth. Under the proposed rule, the eligibility threshold of overtime pay for full-time salaried workers would double from the current cutoff of $455 a week to $970 a week in an effort to extend it to five million more Americans. The move has drawn ire from employers and business groups, including the U.S. Chamber. In an official statement, Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits Vice President Randy Johnson warned that severely restricting overtime exemptions will have a negative impact on employment. “This change is another example of the administration being completely divorced from reality and adding more burdens to employers and expecting them to just absorb the impact,” he said. A recent Wall Street Journal article echoes these concerns by stating that the mandate will cause employers to cut hours to avoid spending more on labor, result in less hiring and increase the cost of doing business. The issue was also written about last year by U.S. Chamber Deputy Chief Economist J.D. Foster, who said, “The most obvious effect [of new overtime regulations] is employers will be forced to hold back growth in all other forms of compensation including non-overtime pay scales for the affected employees.” The PA Chamber shares the concern that this misguided public policy initiative could result in unintended consequences that will hurt workers who could end up being reclassified to nonexempt status or having their salaries adjusted. Worse still, the current proposal also indicates that employers will only be allotted 60 days to comply with annual changes, which is an insufficient time period to evaluate the change and communicate it to employees. The U.S. Department of Labor is soliciting comments about the plan until Friday, September 4, after which it will proceed to final rulemaking. If you wish to offer your feedback on this labor policy, you may do so online at This article was written by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry. For more information, visit

Advertise in the Newsletter Want to gain exposure to more than 2,400 Chambersburg-area professionals? Advertise in the Chamber monthly newsletter! Contact Amy Fisher, communications director, for details at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected].



Customer service workshop Sept. 24 Chambersburg ranked among top best places to start a business in Pa. On Thursday, September 24, the Chamber will host two, half-day workshops led by customer service expert Bill Drury entitled, “A Passion for Service (How to Win Customers and Reduce Lost Sales).” The workshops will be held at the Chambersburg Country Club with a session from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and another from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

At the workshop, you’ll acquire skills to attract and retain customers. Some disturbing realities: • FACT: 96 percent of unhappy customers never complain about discourtesy, but 91 percent of them will not buy again from a business that offended them. • FACT: Customers who encounter poor service tell an average of 11 other people about their bad experience. • FACT: Courting new business can cost up to five times more than strengthening relationships with current clients. Drury will help you battle these challenges, with topics to be covered including: Staying motivated, making a great first impression, creating a vision for service, personalizing your service, handling the irate customer, overcoming stress and burnout, and more. Cost is $109 per person or $99 per person for five or more by September 17. For more information, view the insert or contact Doug Harmon at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 202. Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Alpha Media, Gold Sponsor Summit Health and Silver Sponsor NEWSTALK103.7FM.

Chambersburg welcomed guests from Japan in July This July, Chambersburg welcomed 29 guests from the town’s Sister City, Gotemba, Japan. Visitors from each city visit their sister city every five years alternating who hosts and who visits. On years ending in five Gotemba residents visit Chambersburg, and on years ending in zero Chambersburg representatives visit Gotemba. “We all returned safely home...We were all impressed [with] your beautiful town and your tender-heartedness. We had a wonderful time in Chambersburg. I sincerely appreciate your efforts, Gotemba visitors at the Heritage Center friendship, hospitality and everything you did for us. Please convey my gratitude to all of your sister city committee members. I hope I will see you again.” - Mitsuko Ozasa Farewell to our visitors from our Sister City, Gotemba, Japan. Thank you for visiting our town, and we look forward to visiting in 2020!

Chambersburg was ranked 21 out of 145 locations as one of the best places to start a business in Pennsylvania by NerdWallet. Gettysburg ranked 22, Waynesboro 48, Carlisle 51 and Harrisburg 67. Below is an excerpt from the NerdWallet article: The entrepreneurial spirit thrives in Pennsylvania, a state that several hundred thousand small businesses call home. Nearly half of all private-sector jobs in the state fall under the small-business umbrella. Pennsylvania bounced back after the recession - its unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regionally, the Pittsburgh area saw economic recovery sooner than most U.S. metro areas. Pennsylvania’s key industries include energy, technology, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, film and aviation, according to the state’s community and economic development department. The state has its challenges. The corporate income tax is higher than in most states, and businesses must navigate a difficult permitting and regulatory system to get up and running. But Pennsylvania works to encourage entrepreneurs through state-funded resources such as regional outposts for Small Business Development Centers and Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance as well as programs made available through Ben Franklin Technology Partners. NerdWallet’s analysis We looked at 145 places in Pennsylvania, each with a population of at least 5,000, then calculated the overall score for each location based on the business climate and economic health using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. We excluded communities with fewer than 500 businesses, regardless of the population. Business climate, 65 percent of the overall score, is based on three metrics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners. Average revenue of businesses is 20 percent of the score. A higher average contributed to a higher score. Percentage of businesses with paid employees is 25 percent of the score. A higher percentage contributed to a higher score. Businesses per 100 people is 20 percent of the score. A higher number contributed to a higher score. Local economic health, 35 percent of the overall score, is based on three metrics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Median annual income is 10 percent of the score. A higher median income contributed to a higher score. Median annual housing costs are 10 percent of the score. Lower median costs contributed to a higher score. Unemployment rate for residents over age 16 is 15 percent of the score. A lower rate contributed to a higher score. For the full NerdWallet story and list of rankings for the 145 places analyzed, visit


DEP accepting applications for Small CHAMBERSBURG CIVIL WAR SEMINARS & TOURS $1,500 donated for Antietam Business Advantage grants National Battlefield land acquisition The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is inviting manufacturers, retailers, service providers, agricultural businesses and other small businesses to apply for a Small Business Advantage Grant to finance pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects.

The grants provide funding to projects that include auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems and waste recycling systems. Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania and be owned by the applicant. Eligible projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 28, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, recently donated $1,500 to the Civil War Trust as part of its campaign to acquire land for Antietam National Battlefield. This battlefield preservation contribution was presented on July 28 by David G. Sciamanna, then president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, to Tracey McIntyre of the Civil War Trust. The donation will go toward the purchase of the 44-acre farm on the north end of the Antietam National Battlefield. “The Chambersburg Civil War Seminars raises funds during our seminars that are used to support important Civil War preservation efforts,” Sciamanna said. “This donation is our fifth contribution we have made to support one of the most important Civil War sites in America. Our support has helped the Civil War Trust raise the necessary funds to acquire a parcel where a critical part of the conflict occurred; we are grateful for the opportunity.”

Last year, DEP awarded 139 grants totaling more than $980,000 to Pennsylvania businesses to support pollution prevention and energy efficient upgrades, spurring more than $2.5 million in private investment. The grant program is funded by the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, which is primarily financed by the PA Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and Act 13 Impact Fee. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted until fiscal year 15-16 funds are exhausted or April 15, 2016, whichever occurs first. Applications are available by visiting and clicking on the “Small Business Advantage Grant” button. Applicants are advised to carefully review the guidance document, which has been updated and is also available on the website. Applications must be mailed to DEP’s Grants Center, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776 or hand delivered to the center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Faxed or electronic submissions will not be accepted. To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office at 717-772-5160 or [email protected].

The total cost of the land by the Civil War Trust was $575,000. This parcel is known as one of the bloodiest parts of the field and is where the Texas Brigade made their famous charge. Units such as the 11th Mississippi bled on this field. The famous Pennsylvania Reserves also traversed this ground. In 2015, Civil War Seminars plans to donate more than $5,000 to Civil War battlefield preservation with over $185,000 contributed to preservation since 1989. These funds are raised during its Civil War tours held throughout the year. For more information about preservation or upcoming tours, please visit or call 717264-7101.


Leadership Franklin County Advanced presents


Tuesday, November 3 8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Program Blue Heron Events, Greencastle Being a leader that embraces and inspires change within an organization is a prerequisite for adapting to the rapid movement and turbulence of today’s work environment. During this session, we will explore what it means to be an authentic leader that builds trust within the work team and inspires others. To be an effective game changer we must be self-aware of our own limiting beliefs and fears, aware and understand our team members’ resistance to change, and pro-active in communicating and building commitment to the change initiative. The session will integrate the presentation of ideas and development of tools that will be useful in managing yourself and others.

Featuring Dr. Robert Whitmore Dr. Robert Whitmore, is an experienced organizational leader and business coach. He is the owner of a Growth Coach Franchise, Entrepreneur Magazine’s #1 franchise in Business Coaching and Consulting. He has provided leadership programs, strategic planning, teambuilding and coaching services for various organizations, including: Target Distribution Centers, Sears Holding Company Distribution Centers, Volvo Construction Equipment, PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations and many more.

Registration is $125 per person or a table of 5 for $500. To register, visit or contact Robin Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 205.

Leading Across Generations

Generational differences can result in productivity-killing conflict or seamless collaboration – it’s up to you! AT THIS WORKSHOP YOU WILL :  Learn what makes different generations tick  Practice a tool to build positive relationships  Challenge your preconceptions  Develop cross-generational relationships  Give feedback that resonates with all generations  Apply 9 ways to change behavior without creating resentment WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Managers or team leads responsible for the day to day performance of a multi-generational group. This professional is guiding their team towards its goals and oversees that all members of the team are productive and are able to resolve problems as they arise.

$99 per person Registration includes continental breakfast 8am-8:30am.

Thursday, October 1, 8am-12:00pm The Conference Center at Shippensburg University 500 Newburg Road, Shippensburg, PA

Facilitated by Rich Scott of Dale Carnegie Training. Rich is a Corporate Projects Manager, Executive Coach and Certified Trainer.

Make Checks Payable to: Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation 100 Lincoln Way East, Ste. A Chambersburg, PA 17201

Register by September 21st!

Online registration available at


MEMBERS IN THE NEWS The law offices of Zullinger-Davis, P.C. is pleased to announce exciting new changes at the firm. Suzanne M. Trinh is now managing shareholder, and the firm name has changed to Zullinger-DavisTrinh, P.C. The firm has also moved to 74 North Second Street in Chambersburg. Rachel C. Schreck (pictured right) recently joined the firm as an associate and will continue to practice in the areas of family law, estate planning and administration and real estate. New fun-filled events are slated for the fall season at Adams County Winery (ACW). This year ACW will celebrate fall with new events: Pizza on the Terrace, Annual Harvest Festival, Halloween-Wine & Swine Event and more. Most of the events are free or have a nominal charge. As always, ACW offers complimentary tastings and is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ACW first began operations in 1975. The winery and vineyard, located just eight miles west of Gettysburg, Pa., is in a picturesque 19th century bank barn and enjoys an ideal climate for growing grapes that, in turn, results in quality wines. More information can be found on the website at or call 717-334-4631. Rotz & Stonesifer, P.C., recently hired Adam C. Cosden to serve as audit manager and Erica M. Thornton as manager. Cosden’s duties will include managing and assisting the firm’s audit staff with audit and assurance services, management advisory services, financial accounting and tax planning and compliance to a variety of industries. He is a graduate of Salisbury University, Maryland, with a BS in accounting and has practiced public accounting in the local area for a number of years. As manager, Thornton will be responsible for accounting, auditing and financial statement preparation, as well as business and personal tax preparation. She is a graduate of Wilson College with a BS in accounting and brings a high level of expertise to the firm. She is a member of both the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.

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Strategic Program Partners

WPS Office Solutions’ (WPS) service department had outstanding results in a recent national vendor testing. Ricoh’s RFG Circle of Excellence program is designed for all Ricoh trained engineers and tests individual service engineer’s competencies on Ricoh equipment. The test was offered to 184 Ricoh Family Group (Ricoh, Savin and Lanier) Dealerships nationally, and over 2,000 engineers were tested. Eleven WPS field service engineers trained on Ricoh equipment earned a score high enough to progress to level two and four; scoring in the top five percent in the nation. On a national level, less than 50 percent of those taking the level one exam achieve scores high enough to progress to level two. WPS is very proud to announce that three of their Ricoh trained service engineers taking the level two exam placed in the top nine percent. Learn more about WPS at Chambersburg Hospital recently received two 5-star ratings for the quality of its C-section deliveries in 2015 and Urogynecologic surgeries and procedures in 2015 from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in Labor and Delivery and Gynecologic Surgeries and Procedures, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for all patients (all-payer data) provided by 13 individual states for years 2011 through 2013. A 5-star rating indicates that Chambersburg Hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated. Orrstown Bank recently announced promotions at the bank. Barbara Brobst was promoted to executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Previously, she was the senior vice president for human resources and training since 2011 and the senior vice president overseeing the bank’s financial advising group, Orrstown Financial Advisors, since 1997. Timothy Holder was promoted to vice president, group operations manager. He joined Orrstown in 2006 and has served as a teller, project manager and vice president of lending operations. Casara Kieffer was promoted to assistant vice president, asset liability management. Since joining the bank in 2009 as an intern, she has held the positions of staff accountant and asset liability management officer. Diane Secor was promoted to vice president, employee relations and benefits. She joined the bank in 2013 as human resources generalist and benefits administration officer. Paul Spotts was promoted to senior vice president and chief credit officer. He joined Orrstown in 2014 as senior vice president, chief underwriting and administration officer. Jason Thomas was promoted to vice president, electronic and commercial services manager. He joined the bank in 2013 as cash management operations manager. In addition, Kelly Magee joined Orrstown Bank as vice president, branch operations manager. Previously, she was a vice president and branch manager for PNC Bank, vice president of community banking for Santander, and vice president and market manager for F&M Trust. Magee holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wingate University. She serves as vice president of the Dillsburg Girls Softball Association and coaches the kids’ under eight fast pitch program.




The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will feature Vince Gill on September 10 at 8 p.m. Gill has been one of the most accomplished artists in country music history and is known for many hits like “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and “I Still Believe In You.” For more information or tickets visit www. or call 717-477-7469.

The 5th Annual Franklin County Century Ride held by the Franklin County Cyclists on June 20th raised more than $10,000 to support and educate women facing breast cancer. More than 227 bicyclists from as far away as Canada and Utah participated in the event. Riders of all skill levels could choose from routes varying in length from 13 to 101 miles. The event was fully supported with five rest areas, medical aid, and tracking vehicles ready to help riders if needed.

Ludwick Eye Center is excited to announce they are now offering eyelid plastic surgery with the addition of ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Kropinak, to the practice. Ludwick Eye Center provides the most advanced, yet least invasive treatments to achieve ideal reconstruction and cosmetic rejuvenation of the eyelids and face. Dr. Kropinak’s distinguished reputation, education and experience gives peace of mind when looking for an oculoplastic surgeon. To schedule an appointment or learn more, please call our office at 717-262-9700 or visit Performing at the Capitol Theatre on September 18 will be Rich Little “Little by Little” at 7 p.m. Rich Little is a master mimic of more than 200 voices. Infamous for his skewering of political figures, Little has charmed, amused, intrigued and gotten the best of politicians from here to his native Canada. He entertained at both of Reagan’s presidential inaugurations and got to know the Reagans very well during that time. President Reagan used to tell Little, “You do me better than I do.” Tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors 60 and up, and $18 for students. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 717-263-0202 or visit

On July 28, members of the Franklin County Cyclists donated the proceeds at a check presentation held at the shade pavilion at Grove Cancer Center’s Healing Garden. The shade pavilion was made possible with the proceeds of last year’s Franklin County Century Ride.

Laura Umbrell of the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center and Sharon Brosious of the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance were each presented with $5,000 checks. The money will go towards educating and supporting local women fighting breast cancer. More information is available on

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will present The Orchestra starring Electric Light Orchestra and Electric Light Orchestra Part 2 on September 26 at 8 p.m. Many recall the original Electric Light Orchestra as a powerhouse stadium and arena band who toured between 1971 and 1986. Part 2 toured from 1990 through 2000. For more information or tickets visit or call 717-477-7469. The Capitol Theatre will host Mutts Gone Nuts on Saturday, October 3 at noon. Mutts Gone Nuts’ Canine Cabaret unleashes havoc and hilarity as the mischievous mutts match wits with their human companions. This family-friendly performance features a dozen amazing rescued dogs and is leaving audiences howling for more! Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for students. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 717-263-0202 or visit Have news to share? Submit an item for the Member in the News section! Email your press release or a one paragraph write-up to Lark Plessinger, marketing assistant, at [email protected].




Caltech Surveillance

PO Box 1, Chambersburg, PA 17201 │888-765-4751 │[email protected]

Caltech Surveillance was recently started in December of 2014 in Chambersburg by a team of professionals with more than 15 combined years in the IT industry. Caltech Surveillance is designed to deliver a very upfront, low-cost, high quality solution to the CCTV world that is filled with hidden and confusing pricing models. After examining hundreds of options from multiple manufactures of CCTV equipment, Caltech Surveillance found Hikivision, a global leader in the IP camera world. Only offering one high quality brand allows Caltech Surveillance to keep prices low while offering extremely high quality. Caltech Surveillance has a local Hikvision distributor to ensure quick access to additional hardware and replacement parts, if the need arises. Since partnering with a leader in the equipment leasing and financing world, Caltech Surveillance is able to offer low interest, no hassle financing solutions to business owners even if they’ve been denied financing in the past from previous vendors in order to keep upfront costs low and cash flow moving. Since they are based in Chambersburg, Caltech Surveillance offers 24 hour, 365 day a year on-site support. Within 4 hours of calling our local support team, Caltech Surveillance will have someone on-site for any support need. As a small business, Caltech Surveillance understands the needs of other small business owners and specializes in ensuring small business owners’ protection for their businesses. While no one wants to need CCTV equipment for their business, Caltech Surveillance is there to fill the need.

Thursday, September 10

Want to spotlight your business? Contact Lark Plessinger, marketing assistant, at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 206 to inquire about available Member Spotlight opportunities.

8:30am - 5:00pm

Holiday Inn Martinsburg 301 Foxcroft Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25401 RSVP / Contact to Judy York Please RSVP by September 3, 2015

Register at email [email protected] or call 301.991.0035

Gaia Kosha Yogic Spa

3815 Main Street, Scotland, PA 17254 │ 717-753-2115 │ [email protected]

Meet Gaia Kosha Yogic Spa the area’s newest, hottest (and only) yogic spa! Located in the cozy town of Scotland, Pa., this tranquil retreat offers a variety of health and wellness services. This includes but is not limited to mat yoga, aerial yoga, meditation and massage. Be greeted by friendly staff as you relax in the lounge with complimentary warm tea and snacks prior to or after your wellness experience. You can also visit Gaia Kosha’s boutique; a collection of consumer conscious, cruelty-free products along with the latest yoga apparel and accessories. Feel safe knowing you’re in good hands as Gaia Kosha’s instructors are trained and certified to teach yoga for a variety of body types and physical health. Yoga is known for its health benefits. Consult with your doctor and let us find your yogic path: free consultations and 50 percent off your first mat class. Call Gaia Kosha at 717-753-2115.

Vistage International

[email protected] │ 301-991-0035

Vistage International is an executive coaching organization that provides leadership training and business coaching to CEOs and Executives to help them grow their success. The goal of the Vistage Advisory Board is to bring together like-minded CEOs and business owners who are serious about professional and personal growth. Through trust and confidentiality, we are able to challenge each other’s assumptions in a non-judgmental manner while understanding the value of sharing difficult issues and learning from the collective wisdom of other leaders.

Wish you could tap into today’s brightest business minds? The local Vistage group is chaired by Judy York, a long-time Vistage member and former CEO of NETCONN Solutions in Hagerstown. They are holding an open house on September 10 in Martinsburg, W.Va. Guest speaker, Hunter Lott, will present “Hire the Best, Fire the Rest and Stay Out of Court,” with valuable Hosted by Vistage Judy areinto invited to join ideasChair to help youYork, turn you attitude behavior, hold peopleand accountable, to keep “A”exclusive other CEOs, executives, business learn owners for an players, and develop strategies for letting people meeting to learn how a Vistage Private Advisory Board can go. Participants will also experience an issue help you evaluate opportunities, gain processing session, led by new York,perspectives and learn howand a C-level peerofadvisory group can help your discover a renewed sense direction. business. For more information, or to register visit

Expert speaker Hunter Lott will also present “Hire the Best, Fire the Rest and Stay Out of Court” in this one-time-only presentation to the Vistage Community. This presentation will help you turn attitude into behavior, how to hold people accountable, learn to keep “A” players, and strategies for 12 GREATER CHAMBERSBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


Entertainment Services


Chiropractic Care

Doug Harmon 308 Wellslee Drive Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 264-9987 [email protected]

Congratulations to the PathStone Corporation for celebrating their 30th member anniversary this month! Thanks for your continued contributions to the Chamber and the greater community.

Lawn Maintenance

30 YEARS PathStone Corporation

Brady Chiropractic

Joe Brady 1011 Wayne Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 264-8149 [email protected] IT Management & Data Recovery

Cinteot Inc.

Christina Hunt 37 South Main Street, Suites 202-206 Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 496-9262 [email protected] Financial Services

Cool Hollow Financial

Hannah Richards 417 Phoenix Drive Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 496-4609 [email protected] Nursing Homes/Retirement/Assisted Living

Falling Spring Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Kyle Adelmeyer 201 Franklin Farm Lane Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 264-2715 [email protected] Arts & Artists/Artistic Instruction

The Garage Studios

Jennifer Davis 2540 Falling Spring Road Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 262-5434 [email protected]

Harmon’s Entertainment MC

Lawnmaster’s Inc.

Viola Johnson 2427 Guilford Station Road Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 352-2054 [email protected] Photography & Photography Supplies

T.Flo Photography

Tina Flohr 230 Ramsey Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 414-0185 [email protected] Interior Decorators & Designers

Vineyard Designs LLC

207 Norland Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 264-0308 [email protected]

20 YEARS Impact Office Products 10 YEARS Interfaith Housing Alliance, Inc. R E Jewelers Watch & Clock Repair 1 YEAR All Sound Pro Alpha Fitness Axiom Staffing Group Cowans Gap State Park Home Instead Senior Care Human Resources by Design Institute for Caregiver Education, Inc. Kelly Services Mim’s Mighty Meaty Hoagies


Business Consultants

Vistage International

Judy York 86 Pine Knoll Road Shepherdstown, WV 25443 (301) 991-0035 [email protected]

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Share with your customers the value of membership and how their business could benefit. Doing so creates loyalty and shows you truly care about their business success!

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25 YEARS Beecher’s Auto Salvage, Inc.

Did you know that as a Chamber member you can promote your upcoming events by posting them on the Chamber’s online events calendar? This free benefit allows your events to be viewed by our many website visitors, as well as be placed in our e-newsletter the week of your event. To add your events, simply visit the Chamber website and click “Member Login” in the top right corner. After you’ve logged in, click the “Events” button at the top, then click “Add an Event.”

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Leading Across Generations seminar on Oct. 1 The workplace is a melting pot of generations. You’re probably managing four different generations, all of whom have ingrained differences. Join Leadership Franklin County Advanced for “Leading Across Generations” presented by Rich Scott of Dale Carnegie® Training on Thursday, October 1 from 8 a.m. to noon at The Conference Center at Shippensburg University

Foundation to award technology grants to teachers The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation will award grants totaling $17,200 to teachers in Franklin County, for using technology in an innovative way in their classrooms. Teachers will receive the grants at the Foundation’s annual luncheon tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 8. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Orchards, 1580 Orchard Drive. To attend, call the Chamber at 717-264-7101, or email your reservation to [email protected]. Cost of the luncheon is $20 per person.

Stay tuned for more information about the follow-up session to this past spring’s session on Building your Toolkit for Organizational Chamber with Dr. Robert Whitmore of The Growth Coach. Now that you have your toolkit – how do you engage your employees? Join LFC Advanced on Tuesday, November 3 to learn more on this subject. Call Robin Harmon, executive director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, for more information at 717-264-7101 ext. 205.

LFC Community kicks-off 30th class The Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community Class of 2016 will begin in September with a fall retreat at Manito, Inc. During the retreat, students will participate in a range of team building activities and hear proposals for their community service projects. The LFC Community class of 2016 is sponsored by CenturyLink Business. Debbie Keyser, market development manager for CenturyLink, stated that they are pleased to support Leadership Franklin County as a way to build a stronger community. The class of 2016 will meet monthly for the next nine months. At the October session, students will learn more about leadership styles and project planning.

Educational Improvement Tax Credit contributors include M&T Bank, Orrstown Bank, Susquehanna Bank and Waste Management. To find out how your business can help support the work of the Foundation, contact Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 205. The Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Buy Local and Save with the Chamber Card The Chamber Card offers discounts and special offers at over 60 businesses in Chambersburg and surrounding areas. The cards are FREE and can be picked up at the Chamber on 100 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. This is a great local savings program, but don’t take our word for it!

My Chamber Card sees the most action at The Butcher Shoppe. I’ve also used it at Belle Jewelers to get a free battery replaced in my watch! I prefer shopping local and am anxious to visit the other businesses that accept the Chamber Card, especially Snavely’s and Main Street Deli! - Lindsay Bryant, Letterkenny Army Depot

I use my card every week at The Butcher Shoppe. I’ve already used mine this year at Allegany Optical, Chambersburg Massage Therapy and Subway...There are a lot of discounts, and I like to support local businesses and their employees. - Michelle Kobus, Letterkenny Army Depot

Tickets are $99 per person and include continental breakfast. For more information or to register, visit

“We would not be able to provide these grants if it weren’t for our generous business partners and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program,” said Robin Harmon, executive director of the Chamber Foundation. “As an Educational Improvement Organization, the Chamber Foundation can accept contributions from businesses and in return those businesses can receive significant tax credits.”

At this half-day seminar, you’ll learn why one generation is team oriented while the other is fiercely independent; and why one works for rewards and another works only if the work is perceived as interesting. Learn how to then take this knowledge and get the most out of each group by using the appropriate motivational strategies.

For a list of deals, visit


Workshop on unemployment compensation for employers

Shuster helps pass legislation to reduce regulations on Pa. businesses

Understanding unemployment compensation and the application of its laws can be tricky. If you are a new employer or have an employee responsible for handling unemployment compensation’s requests for information, you won’t want to miss the seminar on Friday, October 9 at PA CareerLink. There are two repeat sessions available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

One of Congressman Shuster’s top priorities continues to be reducing the size of the federal government, and as a former small business owner he understands firsthand how burdensome and unnecessary regulations can be for businesses looking to grow and expand.

Topics to be discussed during the free seminars include: • Overview of the claims filing process, the determination process and appeal rights • Review of forms an employer may receive when a claim is opened • How information provided by the employer is used to determine the claimant’s eligibility and to protect the employer’s liability • Timeframe and importance of a timely response to complete forms • Q&A session will be included at the conclusion of the seminar A PA Department of Labor & Industry, Office of Unemployment Compensation Benefits representative will be presenting the workshop. Register for one of the sessions with the Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center at or contact 717-477-1935 or [email protected].

Recently, with Congressman Shuster’s support the House passed H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS). The REINS Act requires congressional approval of any federal government regulations that have an economic impact of $100 million or more. “The last thing Central and Southwestern Pennsylvanians need are unelected bureaucrats in the Obama Administration creating and enforcing costly mandates onto our businesses,” said Congressman Shuster. “The REINS Act will hold the Executive Branch accountable for their damaging regulations and will ensure that these major rules and regulations cannot be implemented without the approval of Congress.” In 2014 federal regulations had an estimated burden on the economy of nearly $2 trillion. Not only are these regulations costing jobs, but they are increasing the federal government and specifically the Executive Branch’s growth and role in the lives of the American people. The REINS Act will stop this costly overreach. This legislation is simpleany federal government regulation that will have an impact of $100 million or more will need to first be approved by Congress before it can go into effect. Under this legislation Congress is required to hold up or down votes on these major regulations within 70 legislative days. On average, the Obama Administration has issued 81 regulations per year that would meet the standards for congressional approval under the REINS Act.

Buy Local Bingo to return in Nov. To celebrate local businesses during the holidays, the Chamber will once again organize Buy Local Bingo. Shop local this holiday season with your Buy Local Bingo card, then turn in your completed card with a Bingo and you’ll be entered to win awesome prizes! The Bingo prize drawing is promoted in coordination with Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s Small Business Saturday events and giveaways. First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. November 27, 2010 was the first ever Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. This year’s Small Business Saturday lands on November 28. Stay tuned for more information about Buy Local Bingo and Small Business Saturday!


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The Chamber has openings for member businesses to host Lunch & Learn seminars in the coming months. If you would like to host a seminar, your business will gain exposure to the Chamber membership and have an opportunity to address a small group on topics relevant to your business.

Labor Day

The Chamber office is closed in observance of Labor Day

12 Sip & Savor the Roaring Twenties, Cost to attend, Registration deadline Sept. 2

6-9:30 p.m. Reception, dinner, auctions and raffles; 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Speakeasy After Party

15 September Chamber Mixer 5-7 p.m., BJ’s Wholesale Club, 540 Gateway Ave.

16 11/30 Network Fiesta Happy Hour 5-7 p.m., Relax Lounge and Grill, 1580 Orchard Dr.

17 Lunch & Learn: Thrivent Financial, Lunch provided courtesy of Fuddruckers 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East

22 11/30 Network Member Orientation 5-7 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East

The rate to host a Lunch and Learn is only $75. For more information or to secure your date, contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected].

24 A Passion for Service Seminar, $109 per person or $99 each for 5 or more employees Two sessions: 8:30-11:30 a.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m., Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Rd. A Look Ahead... OCTOBER EVENTS


Leading Across Generations Seminar, $99 per person, includes continental breakfast


Oktoberfest, with mug sponsor First Community Bank of Mercersburg

8 a.m.-noon, Conference Center at Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg Rd., Shippensburg Noon-5 p.m., downtown Chambersburg, $10 in advance (includes souvenir mug), $7 DD To register for these events and more, visit

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