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Peiffer Wins Service Award March 22, 2019

Scott Peiffer, of the Quarryville Borough Maintenance Department, is the recipient of the second annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, chairman of the Chamber's Community Service Award committee, presented Peiffer with a plaque during the Chamber's annual banquet at Drumore Estates in Pequea. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Peiffer's name will be awarded to a student in Solanco School District or Lampeter-Strasburg School District who plans to major in a business-related field at a college or technical school or who plans to operate their own business following their graduation from high school.

While presenting Peiffer with the award, Keeler noted Peiffer's support for the community and involvement in many activities, including the Hometown Heroes banners in Quarryville; the handicapped-accessible facilities at Huffnagle Park; the Solanco Fair Association; the Quarryville Teen Club, including the Miss Solanco Pageant; and the Quarryville Lions Club.

Nominees for the 2020 Community Service Award are now being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit or email Keith Kaufman at


CYWA Receives Donation From BPW March 18, 2019


Chamber Announces Officers, Board March 14, 2019

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center has announced its 2019 officers and board of directors.

The officers are president Brian McCowan, M&T Bank, Wrightsville; first vice president Kim Mable-Dolly, Turkey Hill Experience; second vice president Patty McKonly, Kleen-Rite Corporation; past president Kelly Kline, River Valley Disposal; treasurer Mike Reiner, Sager Swisher & Co; assistant treasurer Bill Kloidt, BB&T; and secretary Jeanne Cooper, Cooper's Comics.

Several officers are also board members. They are Mable-Dolly, whose term will expire in 2019; Kline and McCowan, whose terms will expire in 2020; and Cooper and McKonly, who will serve until 2021.

Other board members with terms expiring in 2019 are Linda Gallucci, Homewood Suites; Anita Martin, St. John's Herr Estate; Jim Switzenberg, John Wright Restaurant; and Steve Ulrich, My Digital Conversion, First National Escape. Mike Sivri, Black Olive Restaurant, will serve until 2020. Additional board members with terms expiring in 2021 are Scott Barrows, Lancaster Recumbent, Marietta; Stephen Jarvis, A Natural Approach, Basic Earth Essentials, and Natural Living Expo; Tammy Loughlin, Columbia Animal Shelter; and Leland Manuel, Pest Rite.

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening the Susquehanna Valley's business and tourism environment by providing programs and services that promote civic, cultural, business and economic growth and development.


Chamber Forms New Council March 13, 2019

The Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the formation of a new Business and Education Council.

Made up of Chamber business leaders and educators from the Downingtown and Coatesville school districts and the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Technical College High School, the Business and Education Council recently held its first meeting to address its program of work.

A preliminary outline of the council's work includes the following: connect students with employment, internship, job shadow, and other work-to-learn opportunities in the region; create at least one annual event incorporating the above, open to all students in the region; educate employers about the benefits and state requirements for these opportunities; and gain input from the business community regarding needed workforce development efforts in schools.

The Chamber will introduce the new council to the business community at its networking luncheon on Tuesday, May 21, at the Technical College High School, Brandywine Campus, located in Downingtown.

To learn more about the Chamber, readers may contact executive director Steven Plaugher at 610-269-1523 or or visit


Chamber Offers Scholarships March 8, 2019

The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will award a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior in both the Solanco and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts. The scholarships are awarded annually to one student in each district who will pursue a business-related major in college or technical school, or who plans to operate his or her own business following high school graduation.

Applications for Solanco School District students are available at Readers may call the guidance office at 717-786-2151, ext. 8160, for more details. Lampeter-Strasburg students can get an application by contacting the guidance office at 717-464-3311.

For more information, readers may call Keith Kaufman, secretary of the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, at 717-786-5617.


Business After Hours Event Set March 5, 2019

The Mason-Dixon Business Association will hold a Business After Hours gathering on Wednesday, March 20. The gathering will take place at Falling Branch Brewery, 825 Highland Road, Street, Md., from 4 to 6 p.m. Pizza and wings will be provided.

Registration is encouraged, and guests are welcome. There is a cost to attend. In the case of inclement weather, if Harford County schools are closed or dismiss early, the meeting will be canceled. For more information, readers may visit


SCORE To Offer Business Events March 4, 2019

Susquehanna SCORE supports business development through free mentoring and low-cost workshops. A variety of learning opportunities will be available in March. For more details, readers may contact

Free entrepreneur classes will be hosted by Susquehanna SCORE and Career Link. Classes will be held on the second Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. Classes will be held at Dauphin County Career Link, 100 N. Cameron St., Suite 101, Harrisburg. Readers may call 717-783-3270 to register.

The annual Employment Law Update will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road, York. There is a cost to attend. To register, readers may visit

Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners will take place on Wednesday, March 20, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The free program will be held at the York College Center for Community Engagement, 59 E. Market St., York. The program is free. For details and registration, readers may contact 717-849-2331 or

A seminar on budgeting will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York. The free program will cover how to set up a spending plan, track spending, save money, and create short-and long-term financial goals. To register and learn more, readers may visit

A Veterans' Expo and Job Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, York. The free event will connect active and retired military members of all ages and their families with the benefits and resources available to them through local community service providers, health care professionals, VA benefits counselors, VFWs, and American Legion groups, plus businesses covering everything from home improvement, legal services, and finance to retirement living and insurance. For more information, readers may visit

In addition, SCORE offers free and casual meetups on the first Monday of every month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday of every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All meetups take place at York County Economic Alliance, Roosevelt Avenue, York.

Small business owners are invited to take part in meet-ups at the York County Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 100, York. A lunchtime brown bag roundtable will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Additional meet-ups will be held on the first Wednesday of every month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday of every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more details, readers may contact Tammi at or 717-845-8830.


RLABA Seeks Scholarship Applicants February 26, 2019

The Red Lion Area Business Association (RLABA) awards $2,000 in scholarships annually. Students from Red Lion Area, Dallastown, and York County School of Technology are encouraged to apply throughout the year.

To apply, readers should complete the RLABA scholarship application available at For more information, readers may contact Lisa Roemer at


Bar Association Receives Awards February 25, 2019

The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) presented County Bar recognition awards to the Chester County Bar Association during the 53rd annual seminar of the conference of county bar leaders in February at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College. Recognized for its bar foundation drawing and Law Explorers program, the Chester County Bar Association is one of 22 local bar associations in Pennsylvania honored this year for sponsoring projects that improve the legal profession, justice system, or community.

The Chester County Bar Foundation conducts a $20,000 drawing where no more than 200 tickets are sold at a per-ticket fee. If all tickets are sold, $10,000 is raised and one winner receives $10,000. The foundation uses the funds for grants awarded in the community each year.

In partnership with the Boys Scouts of America, the association established a Law Explorers Post. Six students participated in the first two sessions that were conducted by a president judge and a senior judge. Sessions will continue in the spring to provide the students with a greater knowledge of and introduction to the legal profession as a possible career choice.

For more information, readers may contact 800-932-0311 or


ABC Keystone Receives Grant February 25, 2019

Associated Builders and Contractors - Keystone Chapter (ABC Keystone) was recently awarded a $67,182 PASmart Pre-Apprenticeship Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to create the Lancaster-Berks Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Connection (P-A Connection). P-A Connection is a partnership between the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, Berks Connections/Pretrial Services (BCPS), and ABC Keystone.

Through the P-A Connection partnership, PASmart Grant funds will help promote pre-apprenticeship in the construction trades, provide no-cost education for 20 individuals, and certify additional instructors at partnering organizations. P-A Connection seeks to increase the number of youths, returning citizens, and underemployed individuals in pre-apprenticeship programs in the two-county area and to provide the skilled trade and employability skills necessary to build the workforce pipeline needed to meet the increasing demand in the commercial/industrial construction trades.

A portion of the grant funds will provide opportunities to promote the pre-apprenticeship program through open houses and awareness efforts, and funds will also be used to support Berks Connections/Pretrial Services. Berks Connections/Pretrial Services is an organization focused on improving employment participation of returning citizens through the development of a career pathway in the construction trades and other similar organizations; expanding the number of secondary and postsecondary partnerships; and raising the number of youth pre-apprentices in the construction trades. Increased articulation agreements with area schools, made possible by this grant, will allow additional area youths to more easily access the pre-apprenticeship programs.

ABC Keystone will serve as the registered apprenticeship sponsor and is a registered pre-apprenticeship consortium. The Keystone Apprenticeship and Training Trust oversees the ABC Keystone apprenticeship programs in seven member-determined trades. Trades currently offered include carpentry, construction craft laborer, electrical, heavy equipment operator, plumbing, HVAC, and sheet metal.

Pre-apprenticeship application details for the 20 students to be served by this grant will be finalized in mid-March. To learn more, readers may visit or contact


2019 Mock Trial Competition Set February 25, 2019

Almost 300 teams from 242 high schools across Pennsylvania will compete in district and regional levels of the Statewide Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Pennsylvania's mock trial program, now in its 36th year, is recognized as one of the largest in the nation.

During the competition, eight-member student teams are given the opportunity to argue both sides of the case in an actual courtroom before a judge. The students, who play the roles of lawyers, witnesses, plaintiffs, and defendants, are assisted by teacher coaches and lawyer advisers in preparing for competition. Lawyers and community leaders serve as jurors for the mock trials. The juries determine the winners in each trial based on the teams' abilities to prepare their cases, present arguments, and follow court rules.

The district and regional levels of the competition took place in February and will continue throughout March. At the conclusion of the local competitions, 14 high school mock trial teams will advance to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide Mock Trial Championships, scheduled on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, in Harrisburg. The winning team of the state championship will represent Pennsylvania in the national mock trial finals to be held from Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18, in Athens, Ga.

This year's hypothetical case is a criminal jury trial in which the defendant, a local pain management doctor, is accused of prescribing opiate painkillers outside the realm of normal medical practice, resulting in the overdose death of his patient. The case was written by Jonathan A. Grode of Philadelphia, Paul W. Kaufman of Philadelphia, Jonathan D. Koltash of Harrisburg, and Talia Charme-Zane, an alumna of the Pennsylvania mock trial program and former captain of the Central High School team in Philadelphia.

For more information about the 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide Mock Trial Championships and to read this year's case, readers may visit Interested volunteers should contact Maria Engles of the Pennsylvania Bar Association at 800-932-0311, ext. 2223.


Chamber Seeks Nomination For Civic Awards February 25, 2019

Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 2019 Civic Awards, including Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Nonprofit/Community Organization of the Year. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 22.

Award guidelines and nomination forms are available at or by contacting the Chamber office at 610-269-1523. The awards will be presented at the Chamber's annual dinner and awards night on Thursday, April 25, at the Downingtown Country Club.


Entrepreneurs Invited To Attend Meetup February 20, 2019

KeystoneMerge has announce that the next KeystoneMerge Meetup will be held on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 a.m., hosted by Ben Franklin Technology Partners at The Candy Factory in Lancaster.

KeystoneMerge is a convergence of regional thinkers and doers, with the aim of connecting ideas with action. KeystoneMerge is an opportunity for those involved in the local entrepreneurial community to network, receive feedback, and gain actionable next steps for taking their idea to the next level.

On the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., a local entrepreneur shares a 10-minute presentation about his or her business idea, followed by a feedback session and networking. Monthly meetups rotate between Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster. There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is requested.

For the March program, the presenting entrepreneurs will be Mustafa Nuur from Bridge, an internet platform where families, businesses, and neighbors can book cultural experiences with refugee families, and Keith Landis from Quvits, an application using quantitative predictive analytics to provide users with a picture of their financial future and help them evaluate certain common decisions.

To register, readers may search for "KeystoneMerge Meetup" on


SCORE Offers Opportunities February 20, 2019

Susquehanna SCORE will offer several opportunities to the local business community. Preregistration is required. There is no cost to participate in the upcoming events, unless noted otherwise. For more information about SCORE, readers may visit

Legislators' Forum II - Senate will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. Second St., Harrisburg. During this formal breakfast, members of the Pennsylvania Senate serving Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties will discuss their personal legislative priorities and offer insight on how the upcoming session may impact the regional business community. There is a cost to attend, with a discount extended to members. For more details and registration, readers may visit

Business Planning in a Nutshell Coaching will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dixon University Center, 2986 N. Second St., Harrisburg. The program will be offered by Kutztown University SBDC. This coaching session will help participants create a business pitch by using the business model canvas to update their value proposition for different customer segments. To participate, individuals must first register to be clients for no-cost, confidential consulting. The business planning slide deck, along with tools and resources, will be emailed to participants once they register to become clients and register for the webinar. Space is limited to eight participants to maximize the interactivity during the session. Readers may visit to begin filling out the consulting request form. For more information, readers may contact 877-472-7232 or

Free Entrepreneur Classes by Susquehanna SCORE and Career Link will be held on the second Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. The classes will be held at Dauphin County Career Link, 100 N. Cameron St., Suite 101, Harrisburg. To register, readers may call 717-783-3270.


Explorer Announced As Keynote Speaker February 18, 2019

Robert Ballard, founder and president of the Ocean Exploration Trust and explorer in residence at the National Geographic Society, will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 annual event hosted by The Manufacturers' Association. The event will take place on Thursday, April 25, at The Pullo Center at Penn State York, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York.

Doors for the event will open at 4 p.m., with a general reception and networking time for the public beginning at 4:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with opening ceremonies and remarks. Ballard's keynote address will be followed by a brief meet-and-greet and book-signing opportunity.

Ballard discovered the RMS Titanic in 1985 and has since succeeded in locating numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown, and John F. Kennedy's boat, the PT-109. The author of numerous books, scientific papers, and articles, he has been featured in several television programs, including "Secrets of the Titanic" and a five-part mini-series, "Alien Deep With Bob Ballard."

He served in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years and continues to work with the Office of Naval Research. A pioneer in the development of deep-sea submersibles and remotely operated vehicle systems, he has taken part in more than 155 deep-sea expeditions.

The association's annual gathering traditionally brings together upwards of 800 business and community leaders for an evening of business networking, cuisine, and recognition of outstanding manufacturers from throughout the region for their contributions to business and the community during the previous year.

To order tickets, readers may email the association at or call the office at 717-843-3891. For information about sponsorships, readers may contact Tom Palisin or Todd Willman at


Collaboration To Help Train Students February 13, 2019

Insight PA Cyber Charter School (ISPA) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone Chapter will provide high school students with a pre-apprenticeship in the construction trades. Trades include electrical, HVAC, carpentry, construction craft laborer, heavy equipment, sheet metal, and plumbing.

ISPA students will receive instruction from ABC Keystone apprenticeship instructors in the areas of basic safety, construction math, hand tools, power tools, blueprint reading, basic communications, employability skills, material handling, and basic rigging. ABC Keystone will use curriculum from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) that aligns to the ABC Keystone U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program.

Students who complete the pre-apprenticeship will be eligible for a work-based learning experience with one of ABC Keystone's 550 members during the summer or during the school year. Students will receive credit for both the pre-apprenticeship and work-based learning experience, and those who attain permanent employment may be enrolled in ABC apprenticeship program which provides more extensive training in earn-while-you-learn programs.

Employers, parents, and students interested in this program may contact Barry King at or Stephanie Larkin at for more information.


Chamber Sets Meeting February 13, 2019

The Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will meet on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Spring Grove VFW at 199 W. First Ave., Spring Grove. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 8 a.m.

Kate Kohler of Staub & Associates will be the featured speaker. She will share about "Creating and Executing Plans for Sales Success."

Kohler, co-owner of a York business, specializes in sales, leadership, and customer service training in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Kohler and her team members offer weekly public training programs, as well as customizable in-house training programs focused on areas such as team building, communication effectiveness, and goal setting.

Over the last 16 years, Kohler has volunteered her time for various organizations, including Downtown Rotary Club of York, the York County Economic Alliance, and local youth sports programs.

The Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce meets monthly at the Spring VFW Post 5265. There is an annual fee for membership, which includes a monthly breakfast at no additional charge to members.


Hat Contest Winners Announced February 8, 2019


Chamber Posts Events February 8, 2019

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce has posted two upcoming events.

"Turning Junk Into Gems" will take place at Urban Debris, 87 E. Main St., Mount Joy, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at noon, with a ribbon cutting set for 12:10 p.m. Registration is due by Friday, Feb. 15, by calling 717-653-0773 or emailing

The Chamber will hold a mixer on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lancaster Barnstormers' stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster. The event will include time in the stadium game room and a behind-the-scenes tour. Registration is due by Thursday, Feb. 14, by contacting Samantha Biastre at 717-358-9859 or or the Chamber office at or 717-653-0773.


Chamber Sets Networking Mixer February 6, 2019

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center invites businesses and nonprofit organizations to its February networking mixer hosted by Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (SVNR), 745 Old Chickies Hill Road, Columbia, from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. Guests are welcome to mingle with local business owners and community members while enjoying breakfast prepared by SVNR and served in the center's newly renovated dining area. Attendees will also be able to visit the renovated lobby and therapy area.

Interested attendees are asked to preregister by contacting Ashley Beshore at 717-684-5249 at the Chamber or by Monday, Feb. 18.

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