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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff 11/30 Network to celebrate 2nd birthday Support businesses, sponsor Sip & Savor Member Orientation on Feb. 23 Leadercast early bird registration February Lunch & Learns LFC Community explores government LFC Youth enable others to act LFC Youth recruiting Class of 2018 Alumni of the Year nominations Explore downtown with historic tours Partner with downtown Upcycled furniture store Downtown advertising opportunities February Chamber Mixer Economic Forecast Summit Business program for local students Dale Carnegie Training Mar. 16 Around town with the Chamber Member spotlights PA Chamber update Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Members in the news and giving back February calendar of events
SAVE THE DATE
EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPO
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chambersburg Recreation Center Providing information for families about early childhood development.
CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT Whitetail Golf Resort If you’re interested in sponsoring contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202. Visit www.chambersburg.org/events for details about these events and more. February events are listed on the back of the newsletter.
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Nominations sought for annual awards The Chamber is seeking nominations for the Annual Awards Breakfast, to be held on Thursday, April 6 at the Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Road. Nominations are being accepted for the following awards: ATHENA Leadership Award, Environmental Sustainability Award, Innovator of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year and Property Improvement Awards (multiple categories), in addition to two new awards this year: Young Professional of the Year and Spirit of the Community Award. For more information about the criteria and to request nomination forms, contact Amy Weibley, communications director, at [email protected]
or 717-264-7101 ext. 204. Nomination forms are also available online at www.chambersburg.org/events. Nominations are due no later than February 27. Interested in sponsoring the Annual Awards Breakfast? Sponsorships are available for $300 (table sponsor includes eight seats) and $75 (patron sponsor includes two seats). Contact Weibley for more information and a sponsorship form.
Sip & Savor early bird tickets now on sale Wine, entertainment and delectable cuisine...what more could you ask for? Join the Chamber for a formal affair at Sip & Savor on Satuday, April 22 at the Chambersburg Country Club beginning at 6 p.m. The signature fundraiser will feature a delicious four-course dinner paired with local wines from Adams County Winery, Jan Zell Wines & Ciders and Tuscarora Mountain Winery. In addition, attendees will experience a spectacular evening filled with live and silent auctions, entertainment, networking and more. Following the main event, the celebration will move to the Sip & Savor After Party featuring a DJ, photo booth and cash bar. The After Party is sponsored by the 11/30 Network. Tickets are on sale now! Early bird tickets, available through February 28, are $80 per person for the ball and $90 per person for the ball and after party; Regular tickets are $90 per person for the ball and $100 per person for the ball and after party. Deadline to purchase your tickets is April 7. To purchase your tickets, visit www.chambersburg.org/ events or call 717-264-7101. See sponsorship information on page 3.
THE OUTLOOK NEWSLETTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair Eric Foreman, BB&T - Immediate Past Chair Kim Crider, Take Shape for Life - Chair-elect Noel Purdy - Chamber President Jim Zimmerman, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. - Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Lance Kegerreis, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Inc. - CADC Vice President Michelle Paulnock, ACNB Bank Foundation President Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting 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 Mark Story, Franklin County Library System Chris Patterson, Manitowoc Cranes Jeff Truhan, The Shook Home Mark Durniak, Fuddruckers Brad Evans, Bartlett Tree Expert Company Angela Lynch, Chambersburg Area School District Foundation Michael J. Connor, Walker, Connor & Spang, LLC
CHAMBER STAFF Noel Purdy - President [email protected]
David G. Sciamanna - Vice President [email protected]
Amy Weibley - 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 Manager [email protected]
Scott Fish - Events Manager [email protected]
Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected]
Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist [email protected]
A resolution you can keep We are one month into 2017, so that means most of us have probably abandoned or failed our New Year’s resolutions. Personally, I have never been much on New Year’s resolutions simply because of their history of not being followed. Of course the word resolution derives from the word resolve. Dictionary.com defines resolve as: to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something). Although I may not be a fan of resolutions, there is nothing wrong with setting a goal. With that in mind here are suggestions of things you could resolve to do through your local Chamber of Commerce in 2017: 1. Attend a Chamber Mixer - Going to mixers is an excellent way to make new connections and reconnect with fellow members. Networking at mixers can generate leads, because you never know who is looking for a house, needs IT help or is searching for a caterer. 2. Host a Lunch & Learn - Get your business in front of members for an hour by hosting a Lunch & Learn seminar providing valuable information about important business topics. This can launch you as a thought-leader in the community and put you top of mind for those who attend. 3. Join a Chamber Committee - If you’ve resolved to get more involved in the community, there’s no better place to start than with the Chamber. Joining a committee for the Chamber or an affiliate opens the door to build relationships with other civicminded people while making an impact on the success and growth of our community. 4. Attend the Annual Awards Breakfast - More than 200 Chamber members will be at the breakfast, offering a great networking opportunity. You’ll also get to celebrate the success of local businesses and individuals, which gives warm fuzzies all around! 5. Go to a Ribbon Cutting - What better way to support fellow members and local businesses than celebrating significant milestones with them? 6. Recruit a New Member - Increasing the Chamber network only adds more value to everyone’s membership. By referring one of your clients, vendors or partners to join the Chamber, you’re showing them you care about their business success. I think my favorite part of the definition of resolve is “to do something.” The first rule when setting a goal is to make sure it is obtainable. If we keep that in mind and simply do something, that certainly is better than doing nothing. Troy Garman, Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Agency Board Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
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11/30 Network to celebrate 2 year anniversary The 11/30 Network, Franklin County’s young professionals group, turns two this month. After launching in February 2015 with an event at Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. attended by more than 160 people, the group has continued hosting a variety of civic, social and professional development events. Membership rolled out for the first time in July 2015, ending it’s first year with more than 150 members. Currently in it’s second membership year, the Network is over 100 members. To celebrate it’s second birthday, the 11/30 Network will host a Birthday Bash on Friday, February 24 at GearHouse Brewing Co. from 5 to 8 p.m. The night includes door prizes, trivia beginning at 6 p.m., free cupcakes and more. Members get in free and will receive a $5 gift, however anyone interested is welcome to attend. Entry for non-members is $5. For more information about the Birthday Bash and more upcoming events, visit www.1130network.com.
Support local businesses, sponsor Sip & Savor The Chamber is seeking sponsorship support for Sip & Savor on April 22. Your support allows us to host an elegant fundraiser to celebrate area businesses while keeping ticket prices affordable. All proceeds from the event are used for the Chamber’s operating budget. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on event fundraisers to support our mission as we serve Chambersburg area businesses and the greater community. Available sponsorships include: • Grand Sponsor - $3,000 one available (includes table for 8) • Wine Sponsor - $2,000 one available (includes table for 8) • Silent Auction Sponsor - $1,000 one available (includes table for 8) • Premier Sponsor - $775 (includes seats for 6) • Benefactor Sponsor - $550 (includes seats for 4) • Patron Sponsor - $225 (includes seats for 2) Secure your sponsorship for Sip & Savor by contacting Scott Fish at 717-264-7101 ext. 212 or [email protected]
Advertise Your Business! Gain exposure for your business at affordable rates through Chamber advertising - exclusive for Chamber members! Learn more today by contacting Amy Weibley: 717-264-7101 ext. 204.
Member Orientation on Feb. 23 Whether you’re a new member, a new employee or simply need a Chamber refresher, the Member Orientation on Thursday, February 23 will help you get the most from your membership. Join us from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Olive Garden, 990 Norland Ave., as we cover a variety of topics from networking opportunities to referral benefits. The event is free to attend for two representatives per business. Refreshments are included. To register, call 717-264-7101 or visit www.chambersburg.org/events. Special thanks to our event sponsors, Corning Credit Union, Penn National Insurance/Strickler Agency and VerStandig Broadcasting. If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
Leadercast early bird registration Leadership Franklin County is excited to be a host site for Leadercast 2017: Powered by Purpose on Friday, May 5. Don’t miss the largest leadership event in the world featuring a variety of speakers including Daniel Pink, Dr. Henry Cloud, Molly Fletcher and more. Early bird price is $99 through April 1 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Visit www.chambersburg.org/events for more information and to register. Continuing Education Credits and sponsorships are also available. Contact Robin Harmon at 717-2647101 ext. 205 or [email protected]
for more information.
February Lunch & Learns Do you have nagging, reoccuring business problems that won’t go away? Go Lean Six is hosting a free Lunch & Learn seminar about “Lean Problem Solving” to help you correct these issues on Thursday, February 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber office, 100 Lincoln Way East. A light lunch will be provided. Another Lunch & Learn will be held on Thursday, February 16 presented by ChamberChoice on Affordable Care Act Compliance. The seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber office, 100 Lincoln Way East. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Fuddruckers. Lunch & Learns are free to attend with limited seating available. Be sure to register in advance at www.chambersburg.org/events or by calling 717-264-7101. Any cancellation less than 24 hours prior to the event or no shows will be billed $10.
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LFC Community explores government, criminal justice Government was the topic of the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community’s morning session in January. The day began with Judy Chambers of Penn State Extension who gave an overview of the Pennsylvania system of government. Next, the class heard from a panel of elected officials including Pennsylvania State Senator Richard Alloway II, Franklin County Commissioner Robert Ziobrowski, Chambersburg Borough Councilperson Samantha Bietsch, Tuscarora School District Board Member Cliff Smith and Antrim Township Supervisor Fred Young III. The officials spoke about how Pennsylvania government is organized, the responsibilities of each municipality and how they work together. The class then broke up in a round robin format to have more small group discussions with the officials. In the afternoon session, students learned about criminal justice with Lieutenant Gary Carter and Corporal Bradley Ford of the Pennsylvania State Police who spoke about their responsibilities. They were followed by Josh Curry and Tyler Hamilton, who spoke about the leadership development program for ABRAXAS South Mountain Programs, and Franklin County Sherriff James W. Brown who described about the functions of the Sheriff’s Department. The day ended with a presentation from Dr. Kim Eaton, director of the Day Reporting Center, Franklin County Government, who informed the group about the work of Franklin Together, the Franklin County Reentry Coalition. LFC Community is sponsored by CenturyLink Business.
LFC Youth enable others to act Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth explored how leaders enable others to act in January. The day began with a welcome from Linda Boeckman of Wilson College who gave the sophomore students tips on planning their future. Jason Crider of Orrstown Bank then led the students in a discussion on why you must be able to enable others to be a leader. The importance of trust, teamwork, listening and delegation were main topics. Dick and Rick Hoyt’s story, otherwise known as Team Hoyt, was shared with the class as an example of enabling others to act. Dick has spent his life enabling is disabled son Rick participate in triathalons, Ironman competitions and more than 30 Boston Marathons. Together they have completed in 1,130 events. The students then worked on created their own branding statement as a foundation for how they can enable others. After a lunch from Mim’s Mighty Meaty Hoagies, the students began preparations for their final presentation in May with a practice in front of their classmates.
LFC Youth recruiting Class of 2018 Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth is currently seeking students for the class of 2017-2018. Eligible students are current ninth grade students attending any Franklin County school (public, private or home school) that will be sophomores during the 2017-2018 school year. Thanks to a sponsorship from Wilson College, the program is offered at no cost to the students. The LFC Youth program invests in promising Franklin County sophomores by providing them with the tools to emerge as leaders in their personal lives, schools and communities. Kassandra Wright, LFC Youth alumni, said, “The program helped me realize my full potential and passion for learning and teaching leadership skills. The great role models I met and motivated peers have been instrumental in my initial choice of major and school and are greatly responsible for my success at Temple University.” For more information or to apply, contact your school’s guidance department or visit www.franklincountyworks.com and click on the Leadership tab. You may also email [email protected]
or call 717-264-7101. The application deadline is February 20.
Alumni of the Year nominations The Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Alumni Committee is accepting nominations for the 2016 Alumni of the Year. The criteria are exceptional achievement and significant contributions to professional and community service in Franklin County: • The candidate must be a graduate of the LFC program for at least three years (visit www.chambersburg.org and click on Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation for list of alumni). • Write an essay up to 300 words on why you are nominating the person. You may submit newspaper articles, photos and additional materials. • It is important for nominators to stress the noteworthy facts, positions, awards and accomplishments of the nominees. • Self-nominations are permitted. • Nominations must be received by Robin Harmon, Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, 100 Lincoln Way East, by February 28. This award will be presented during the LFC Community Class of 2017 Graduation on May 11, 2017. For more information, contact Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected]
LFC Youth students are able to participate in for free thanks to Wilson College.
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Upcycled furniture store in the works
Explore downtown with new Historic Walking Tour Guides You can explore nearly 50 sites of historical merit, all right in downtown Chambersburg! Two brochures lead you through self-guided walking tours of downtown historic sites, from churches to monuments and more. Well-known sites like the Old Jail and Capitol Theatre are included, as well as some lesser-known spots like the former site of Dr. Senseney’s Smallpox Vaccine Building and Henninger Field. Each tour is a little over 1.5 miles and takes approximately one hour to complete. The tours were put together by the Leadership Franklin County Community group whose service project is to work with Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) on creating new brochures and promoting them to the community during May’s First Friday. This project is one piece of many that contribute to downtown revitalization efforts outlined in the Downtown Master Plan. By creating self-guided walking tours, DCI is promoting an appreciation for history, walkable communities and preserving our heritage for generations to come. By increasing foot traffic downtown, DCI hopes to boost sales at our locally-owned small businesses. Pick up your tour brochures at the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way East, or visit www.downtowncburg.com.
Partner with downtown Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) continues to market downtown Chambersburg locally and regionally. In addition to coordinating events and promotions, DCI works to drive big picture planning for the downtown area. This includes leading branding efforts like the street pole banners, managing downtown communications like the website and social media, connecting entreprenuers with property owners and more. We are very fortunate to have a strong group of marketing professionals and business owners at the table to support our mission. We need your financial support to continue the progress that has been made in the promotion of downtown Chambersburg. Please consider becoming a Downtown Partner and contributing to our marketing and promotion efforts. For more information and to become a partner, visit our website at www.downtowncburg.com, contact Noel Purdy at 717-264-7101 ext. 207 or email [email protected]
Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) is working with the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter (CVAS) Thrift Store on expanding their inventory to sell upcycled products. Upcycling is a creative way to repurpose old things and give them a new life. “We approached CVAS with a co-op concept because there is a demand for from consumers for upcycled products, and there are many people locally who create them but don’t have the resources or time to run a full-time business,” said Noel Purdy, president of DCI. Purdy says it will be a nice addition to the mix on Main St. The thrift store, located at 66 S. Main St., recently completed store renovations and is excited to expand into the upcycled market to bring more people downtown – and into their store. Stay tuned for more about this project!
Downtown advertising opportunities This year, Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) is offering digital advertising opportunities for area businesses to utilize a robust, fully-integrated communications platform that has been carefully crafted over the last several years to promote downtown events, businesses and revitalization efforts. Both annual digital packages and individuals ads are available for businesses that live within the four points of the downtown area (see map for boundaries). Ads in the weekly e-newsletter are $35 for Chamber members and Downtown Partners, or $50 for non-members. A banner ad on the downtown website is $100 per month for ads on two interior pages of the website. Annual digital packages are: • Grand Package: $2,000 (one available) - Includes homepage slider on website (exclusive to this sponsor) for six months, ads on five interior pages of website, logo featured on the Downtown Partners webpage, six ads in downtown e-newsletter on the dates of your choice (based on availability), annual google ad to sponsor landing page on downtown website, four posts on social media, and feature story in downtown e-newsletter about how sponsor supports downtown revitalization efforts. • Premier Package: $1,000 - Ads on five interior pages of website (can pick up to two pages for exclusive ad based on availability), four ads in downtown e-newsletter on dates of your choice (based on availability), annual google ad to sponsor landing page on downtown website, and two posts on social media. • Benefactor Package: $500 - Ads on two interior pages of website, two ads in downtown e-newsletter on dates of your choice (based on availability), and two posts on social media. For more information or to secure your advertising package, contact Amy Weibley at [email protected]
or 717-264-7101 ext. 204. Visit www.downtowncburg.com to view the website and recent e-newsletters.
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February Chamber Mixer
Business program for local students
Network with fellow Chamber members at the February mixer hosted by ULTA Beauty Distribution Center, 95 Kriner Rd., from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21. Enjoy food, entertainment, refreshments and door prizes at this networking mixer.
An award-winning program for high school students, Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), will be marking its 39th year this summer. PFEW was founded specifically to teach rising high school juniors and seniors about the American private enterprise system and what it means to our country. PFEW now annually holds five sessions in July and August, serving nearly 2,200 students, four on the campus of Lycoming College and a fifth on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, both located in Williamsport, Pa.
The Chambersburg ULTA Beauty warehouse is one of the company’s five distribution centers which serve more than 900 retail stores and salons. As a high-growth, fast-paced retailer, ULTA has established itself as a premier beauty destination. In Chambersburg, the distribution center employs approximately 350 people, making it one of the top logistics, warehousing and distribution employers in Franklin County. To register for the mixer or other events, call the Chamber at 717264-7101 or visit www.chambersburg.org/events.
Economic Forecast Summit Every company needs to not only understand today’s financial picture, but have some type of barometer with which to help forecast what may happen on both the national and international economic fronts. Knowing the trends and probable outcomes helps companies plan for hiring, save for reserves, anticipate new products and services, develop marketing strategies and communicate with customers.
The focus of each session is to group the participants into management teams of junior executives who have inherited imaginary companies. These teams, under the guiding hands of volunteer “executives-onloan” called Company Advisors, operate their firms for a computer simulated three-year period of time. They work with balance sheets, statements of income, market share surveys, etc., and must react to a variety of external factors as well. The Chamber is proud to support PFEW and encourages our local companies and organizations to provide sponsorship for our students and, if possible, volunteers for the sessions. Every student attends PFEW on a fully tax-deductible $575 scholarship (the actual value of the scholarship is about $1,500) which is provided by a local firm. Each student wears the name of their sponsor throughout the week and writes them after graduation to report on what they have learned.
Because of the importance of these topics to the growth and success of businesses in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association will host an Economic Forecast Summit on Tuesday, February 28 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at The Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey, 4650 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg. The event brings together some of the nation’s most respected economic forecasters, crisis management strategists and innovation leaders to provide insights that will help executives understand the details of today’s economy and prepare for what is expected in the future, featuring: • Gov. Tom Wolf will discuss the economic challenges facing Pennsylvania businesses following his proposed state budget. • Top national economist Dr. J.D. Foster, deputy chief economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will present the national economic perspective and its impact on business. • Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.), former commander of the USS Cole, reveals the vital lessons learned while leading the crew aboard the USS Cole following a devastating terrorist attack. Business leaders will learn the key steps necessary to lead through crisis and maintain the effectiveness of their team or organization. • Keynote speaker, Michelle Stacy, corporate leader on growth, innovation and culture and former president of Green Mountain’s Keurig Division, describes the results-oriented leadership and forward-thinking strategies she has used to generate substantial growth at some of today’s most prestigious consumer brands.
If you would like to learn more about this award-winning program and how you can help, contact Scott Lee, vice president of marketing & development for the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education at 814833-9576 ext. 101 or [email protected]
Cost is attend is $195 per person. For more information or to register, visit www.pachamber.org or call 877-866-8965.
For more information, contact Jeff Davis at 814-931-1963 or visit www.centralpa.dalecarnegie.com.
Dale Carnegie Training Mar. 16 The Dale Carnegie Course® has transformed the careers of over seven million graduates. Join the ranks of the world’s most successful people by starting the next eight-week training course beginning Thursday, March 16. Sessions are held once a week from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Chambersburg area (location TBA). This effective communication training course will help you master the human relation skills, increase communication effectiveness, strengthen interpersonal relationships, manage stress and handle fast-changing workplace conditions. You’ll develop more effective communication skills and be better equipped to perform as a persuasive communicator, problem-solver and focused leader. What’s more, you develop a take-charge attitude to initiate with confidence and enthusiasm.
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AROUND TOWN WITH THE CHAMBER
11/30 Network Ugly Sweater Party The 11/30 Network, Franklin County’s young professionals group, hosted an Ugly Sweater and Holiday Trivia Party at Jan Zell Wines & Ciders in December to celebrate the holiday season. About 40 people were in attendance to enjoy fun holiday trivia along with some delicious snacks and wine. Prizes were awarded for ugliest sweater in various categories, as well as for the first, second and third place trivia teams.
The Chambersburg Christmas Tree in Memorial Square
Christmas in Chambersburg 11/30 Network members decked out for the Ugly Sweater Party
Buffalo Wild Wings opens Buffalo Wild Wings celebrated their Grand Opening in December at 540 Walker Road in Chambersburg. They offer delicious wings, drinks and tons of TVs/screens showing sports for all to enjoy. The company was started in 1982 and is the ultimate place to watch the game, have a cold beer and eat some great food. Stop in and see what it’s all about. They’re open daily at 11 a.m.
There’s nothing more magical than being in downton Chambersburg over the holidays. Starting at the Annual Christmas Parade when Santa visits town to light the town’s tree, Main Street turns into a glittering winter wonderland at night. Thank you to everyone who shopped small during the holidays to support our locallyowned businesses and boost the local economy. When you shop at Chambersburg businesses, your money stays in Chambersburg - that’s what we call getting in the holiday spirit!
Young professionals gather to learn more about the 11/30 Network
11/30 Network Membership Meeting Buffalo Wild Wings officially opens on Walker Road with a ribbon cutting
The 11/30 Network hosted a Membership Meeting in early January for current and potential members to learn more about the young professionals group. Guests heard information about the organization’s structure, learned about upcoming events and participated in an icebreaker to get to know each other.
Share Your Membership Experience The Chamber is seeking feedback from our members. It only takes a few minutes to complete the 2016 Membership Survey, which helps us identify the programs and services that are most valuable to you and gains insight on what you want most from your membership. To take the five-minute survey and provide your input, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/CburgChamber17 or contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 202, [email protected]
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Chambersburg Area Civitan Club 717-304-5535 │ www.civitan.org │ [email protected]
The Chambersburg Area Civitan Club’s goal is to help people with developmental disabilities. We provide volunteer hours and funds to support local organizations such as Occupational Services, Inc. (OSI), The Arc and the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center. Each year, we organize OSI’s golf tournament and help to raise over $10,000 for them. We also do various fundraisers, including candy boxes at local restaurants and businesses as well as a pancake breakfast. Funds generated from these efforts have gone to help purchase a van for The Arc and provide scholarships for riders at the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center. Along with our sister club in Waynesboro, we assist with socials for clients at The Arc, host a breakfast for local clergy and host various service projects at the Therapeutic Riding Center. Our club is a chapter of Civitan International. On an international level, Civitan, in conjunction with the University of Alabama, has a Research Center dedicated to providing research on disorders such as autism, Down syndrome, epilepsy and more. We would love to have you join us! We meet the first and third Monday of every month at 11:45 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 1324 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg.
Harrisburg Area Community College, Gettysburg Campus 731 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325 │ 717-337-3855 www.hacc.edu │ [email protected]
HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, established in 1990, is located at 731 Old Harrisburg Road, close to downtown Gettysburg. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled in credit courses. In addition, a selection of workforce development courses and customized employee training programs for business and industry are offered.
Students experience small class sizes, individual attention from faculty, active Student Government Association and Student Programming Board, as well as a full array of student services. The Office for Academic Success offers free tutoring services, academic skills workshops and writing instruction. Students can opt for full- or part-time study, day or evening classes and online courses for 49 associate degree, certificate and diploma programs including such popular programs as allied health and nursing, biology, business, criminal justice, education, psychology and social sciences. For more information, please email Shannon Harvey, vice president of HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, at [email protected]
Power Train Sports and Fitness 1007 Wayne Avenue, Chambersburg, PA, 17201 │ 717-504-8010 www.powertrainsports.com │ [email protected]
Power Train was developed with one goal in mind: deliver results! More than a decade ago, Power Train founder, Steve Saunders, developed strength and sports conditioning principles and techniques that consistently produced results for some of the top players in the NFL. Word spread, and Power Train Sports attracted hundreds of top professional athletes from such major sports leagues including the NFL, NHL, MLB and the NBA. Power Train’s reputation for achieving consistent positive strength and conditioning results went global. Soon, the Russian hockey team was traveling 5,000 miles to train with Power Train in Pennsylvania. When Power Train made its proven, results-oriented performance training program accessible to high school and collegiate athletes, demand skyrocketed. Power Train opened 15 dedicated training facilities in six states to start meeting the demand. In 2013, Power Train launched a new line of services for our clients with the debut of the Power Train Fitness program. Using techniques previously available only to collegiate and professional athletes, Power Train Fitness enables ambitious, results-oriented adults of all ability levels to achieve their fitness, conditioning and weight-loss goals. Power Train is here to help goal-oriented individuals improve their speed, strength and performance, and to lead happier, healthier and more successful lives.
HACC’s Gettysburg Campus is a modern college campus. The Welcome Center brings admissions, registrations, student accounts and financial aid services together in one location. Its innovative Learning Commons incorporates library information resources, instructional technology, career services, academic support services and comfortable study areas. A spacious and colorful student commons, known as The HUB, includes a fireplace lounge, Subway restaurant, Ragged Edge coffee bar and a full-service bookstore.
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PA CHAMBER UPDATE
State lawmakers sworn in for 2017-18 session, priorities take shape
The start of 2017 ushered in a new state legislative session, as House and Senate lawmakers convened in Harrisburg on January 3 for swearing-in day. At 121-81, Republicans have an even stronger majority in the state House than last session, with that caucus having picked up a net of three seats in the November General Election. Meanwhile, the Senate now holds a 34-16 veto-proof Republican majority, giving them the ability to override a veto by Gov. Tom Wolf if all Republicans unite to do so (though the House must also vote to override). This interesting dynamic is taking shape at the same time that the state faces a more than $600 million budgetary shortfall, although administration officials have said in recent weeks that it would look to government cuts and efficiencies before calling for broadbased tax increases in the coming fiscal year. More details will come out when Gov. Wolf presents his 2017-18 state budget proposal to the General Assembly on February 7. A recent Capitolwire story recounts some of the out-of-the-gate initiatives being pursued by lawmakers as the first days of session approach. One of the most notable measures being proposed by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, is a gaming expansion package that would generate an estimated $137 million in revenue. The 201617 budget was enacted with the expectation that gaming expansion would be included in the current year’s revenue. Other lawmakers are pushing to further expand options for the private sector to sell alcohol in Pennsylvania, with proposed legislation that would permit businesses that hold a valid restaurant liquor license or hotel license to apply for a permit to sell spirits. The license would cost $2,000 and require an annual renewal fee. This article was written by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. For more information, visit www.pachamber.org.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Johanna Aplicano 151 S. Main St. Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 404-4864 [email protected]
Axiom Staffing Group
Christy Gladhill 528 N. Antrim Way Greencastle, PA 17225 (717) 643-1086 www.axiomstaffing.com [email protected]
Buffalo Wild Wings
Matt Booz 540 Walker Rd. Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 261-0632 www.buffalowildwings.com [email protected]
Valeria’s Beauty Store
Office Supplies, Equipment & Furniture
Dan Chamberlin 9420 Gerwig Lane Columbia, MD 21046 (717) 660-2249 www.wbmason.com [email protected]
CORE Design Group
Vicki Nelson 141 Broadway, Suite 220 Hanover, PA 17331 (717) 637-6720 www.core-designgroup.com [email protected]
Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School Lavinia Reid PO Box 793 Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 709-1800 www.innernet.net/cbts
IT Management & Data Recovery
DDC IT Services, LLC
Conrad Celestial 1445 Sheffler Dr. Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 262-9750 [email protected]
IT Management & Data Recovery
Diné Development Corporation Conrad Celestial 1445 Sheffler Dr. Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 262-9724 [email protected]
GearHouse Brewing Co.
Erin Miskell 253 Grant St. Chambersburg, PA 17201 (803) 422-6145 www.gearhousebrewingco.com [email protected]
MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES 20 Years Boswell’s Pipe and Tobacco Dependable Roofing Inc RE/MAX Realty Agency - Marva Purvis 10 Years ACNB Bank Building Our Pride in Chambersburg (BOPIC) Fast Ink Screen Printing & Embroidery Co. First Lutheran Church Franklin Clothing Outlet Hays Development Center NAC Divisions- Alarm, Communication & Telephone 5 Years Barrows Sollenberger Group, PC i360 Property Management McCleary Heating & Cooling LLC Tech One Computer Solutions, LLC 1 Year Bloom Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Chick-fil-A Chambersburg Commercial Roofing Solutions The Foundry Garner Quality Management Consulting Giant Food Stores, Inc. – Wayne Avenue Giant Food Stores, Inc. – Norland Avenue Oasis Float Co. Soundproof Cow-A Division of American Micro Industries Triple Force Online Consignments Washington County Maryland Department of Business Development
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THE OUTLOOK NEWSLETTER MEMBERS IN THE NEWS SunnyHill Properties would like to thank the following commercial tenants for more than 20 years of professional relationships and mutual growth: Welton J. Fischer Law Offices, Dr. John Beall, D.D.S., Department of Health and Xerox Corporation. These commercial tenants are all located at The Avenues Professional Center located at 550 Cleveland Ave. in Chambersburg. Learn more about SunnyHill Properties by calling 717-264-4312 or visit sunnyhillproperties.com. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, is offering Innovative Technology Challenge Grants to educators in all six school districts. Grants to teachers in Franklin County public schools will be awarded to encourage the innovative use of technology in the classroom for grades K-12. Applicants will be evaluated based on three key criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics. Visit www.chambersburg.org/ChamberFoundation for applications, which are due by March 31. For more information about the grants, contact Robin Harmon, executive director of the Foundation, at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected]
. Shalom Christian Academy is proud to welcome the following new staff members to the school for 2017. Caryn Bowser has accepted the position of admissions secretary. She is a graduate of Cedarville University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Suzanne Poe has accepted the position of business and events coordinator. She is a graduate of Marywood University with a bachelor’s degree in business. Jen Lehman has accepted the position of athletics secretary. She is an alumna of Shalom Christian Academy with more than 17 years of experience as an administrative assistant. Tyler Moody has accepted the position of boys’ varsity baseball coach. He is a graduate of Messiah College with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. Shalom Christian Academy is a fully accredited Christian Pre-K through 12th grade school serving 500 students on its 35 acre campus. Shalom Christian Academy also partners with several local churches to provide the Growing Tree Preschool program to an additional 180 students in the Chambersburg, Greencastle and Waynesboro areas. The Shook Home recently welcomed a new assistant director of nursing, Stephanie Hammel. Hammel is from the central Pennsylvania area. She and her husband have raised four children and now have three grandchildren. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Pennsylvania State University in Altoona. Hammel comes to The Shook Home with a wealth of experience including vascular and transplant step down unit, hospice care, substance abuse, orthopedics, nursing facility and working with long-term care insurance companies. The Franklin County Historical Society will host its monthly meeting at Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Road, on February 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. Ted Larew will speak about Moss Spring Cemetery in Greencastle. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit franklinhistorical.org or call 717264-1667.
SpiriTrust Lutheran® recently announced it has entered into an agreement with Friends Life Care of Plymouth Meeting to co-brand a Continuing Care at Home (CCAH) program. This arrangement will allow both agencies to expand their missions through innovative and exceptional senior services and care. The program, launching in early 2017, will give older adults another option to remain living at home longer. SpiriTrust Lutheran and Friends Life Care will begin holding informational seminars in February. These seminars will provide more detailed information regarding membership in the continuing care at home program. Annually, SpiriTrust Lutheran serves more than 21,000 individuals in a region encompassing 20 counties in Pennsylvania and three counties in northern Maryland. Friends Life Care is nationally recognized for its continuing care at home program. More information about SpiriTrust Lutheran and Friends Life Care can be found at www.SpiriTrustLutheran.org and www. FriendsLifeCare.org, respectively. Building on its master’s degree program in education, Wilson College has partnered with Eduspire, an innovative provider of continuing education courses for teachers, to add a Master of Educational Technology (M.E.T.) degree to its growing list of graduate programs. Classes are set to begin in the spring 2017 semester. The M.E.T. program, which will consist of 10 courses, is geared toward education professionals who want to strengthen their skills and knowledge about how to incorporate technology effectively into all aspects of education. In addition to the M.E.T., the college has master’s programs in education, nursing, management, fine arts, the humanities, accountancy and healthcare management. Wilson is currently registering students for spring M.E.T. classes. Prospective students can get more information or register by calling 717-262-3109 or at www.wilson.edu/master-educational-technology. Enjoy Mountain Music & Moonshine with The Plate Scrapers & Mountain Ride on February 17 at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by the Capitol Theatre; all tickets are $14 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thecapitoltheatre.org or by calling 717-2630202. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will feature iLuminate, Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band and The Doo Wop Project during the month of February. Don’t miss this great entertainment coming to Shippensburg! Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717-477-7469 or online at www.luhrscenter.com. BD Wong will give a lecture on February 23 at the Luhrs Center called: All the World’s a Stage: From Exclusion to Inclusion. Wong is an actor and activist known for his roles in Jurassic World, Jurassic Park, Father of the Bride and others. Order tickets at the box office by calling 717-477-7469 or online at www.luhrscenter.com. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University has released its three new performances coming to the stage in early 2017. ZZ Top “The Tonnage Tour” will take place on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m.; The Zombies “Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary Tour” will perform on Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m.; and Foreigner will take place on Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717-477-7469 or online at www.luhrscenter.com.
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GIVING BACK Being a huge supporter of United States Veterans, Gail Cox of Lehman’s Carpet Cleaning, LLC and member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church found herself focused on a mission to remember fallen veterans at Christmas time. She fixated on the graves of veterans in her church’s cemetery at 44 East Main St. in Fayetteville as well as the old Covenenter cemetery across the street. With the approval of the church’s council and help from members, 65 wreaths with bows and flags were placed on the fallen veterans’ graves by members of the congregation. A Wreath Blessing Ceremony was held to remember these veterans for the freedoms we have, and Pastor Louise Shanley blessed the wreaths with a prayer at the close of the ceremony. Cox has now issued a challenge to other area churches and organizations to do the same at their cemeteries or to adopt one. For more information about the challenge, or to accept, please call the church at 717-352-2543. SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice recently presented its 2016 Karen A. Rohaly Award to Joyce Wizda, MSW, social worker for the agency’s northeast Pennsylvania service area. Wizda has been with the agency for four years and was nominated because of how well she reflects the core values and mission of this organization. She finds creative ways of helping clients through community groups, churches and other volunteer services. Wizda also coordinates care with coworkers in both home health and hospice and is always willing to teach and/or provide information to staff as well as clients.The Karen A. Rohaly Award was established after the death of the agency’s first administrator. Leading the agency from its inception in 1978 until her untimely death in 1987, Rohaly was a visionary who defined the organization’s mission. This award is presented annually to the employee who best upholds the ideals set by the work of Rohaly. Franklin County Government employees recently used a creative contest to help support local cancer patients. About 40 workers donated cash to participate in a “No Shave November” contest, where they were awarded prizes for best, worst and most creative facial hair. The contest followed other national efforts to spread awareness about men’s health issues by encouraging men to grow their facial hair during the month to start conversations regarding prevention and awareness. It was the first time the county hosted a contest of this sort, and it donated $185 to the Summit Health Oncology Bridge Fund. The check was presented to Janet Daniels, director of Oncology, at the County Commissioner’s meeting. Do something good? Have news to share? Submit an item for Giving Back and Members in the News! Email your press release or a one paragraph write-up to Lark Plessinger at [email protected]
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REFER A BUSINESS
Lunch & Learn: Lean Problem Solving, presented by Go Lean Six
11/30 Network: SMART Goals Seminar
Share with your customers or clients the value of membership and how their business could benefit. Doing so creates loyalty and shows you truly care aboutt heir business success! You don’t need to do all the selling, just refer a warm lead to Membership Director Doug Harmon and he’ll follow up with the business letting them know you want to see them succeed.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East, light lunch provided 6-7 p.m., Avenues Professional Center, 550 Cleveland Ave., free 11/30 members, $10 non
14 Modern Home Grand Re-Opening Noon, 301 S. Main St.
16 Lunch & Learn: Affordable Care Act Compliance, presented by ChamberChoice 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East, lunch by Fuddruckers
16 11/30 Network 3rd Thursday Happy Hour 5-7 p.m., location TBA
18 11/30 Network: Dodgeball Tournament
To refer a member, contact Harmon at 717-2647101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
9 a.m., Chambersburg Memorial YMCA, 570 E. McKinley, register a team at www.chbgy.org
21 February Chamber Mixer
5-7 p.m., ULTA Beauty Distribution Center, 95 Kriner Rd.
23 Member Orientation
8:30-9:30 a.m., Olive Garden, 990 Norland Ave., free for two representatives per business
24 11/30 Network 2nd Birthday Bash!
5-8 p.m., GearHouse Brewing Co., 253 Grant St., free for 11/30 members, $5 non-members To register for these events and more, visit www.chambersburg.org/events.
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