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Chamber Plans Networking Event August 17, 2017

Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that The Vineyard at Grandview, 1489 Grandview Road, Mount Joy, and Union Community Bank will present the next mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the vineyard. The event will include refreshments and networking.

Reservations are due by Tuesday, Sept. 5. To register, contact the Chamber office at 717-361-7188 or info@elizabethtowncoc.com or contact Meshelle Pinzon at 717-492-2203 or mpinzon@unioncommunitybank.com.

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Student Group To Visit Business District August 17, 2017

First-year Elizabethtown College students will make a trek into the downtown area at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. The annual walk, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce, allows students to learn what the business district has to offer. This year, the students' final destination will be Rita's Italian Ice, where a disc jockey and entertainment will be provided.

Any business along Market Street may offer giveaways, coupons and more outside its establishment. For businesses not located along Market Street, a table will be available for giveaways and more at Rita's. To participate, contact Susan Zeager at susan@brandtsfarmsupply.com.

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SCORE Seeks Volunteers August 15, 2017

Susquehanna SCORE, which offers new business mentoring and education in southcentral Pennsylvania, is looking for volunteers. Every year, SCORE volunteers across the United States help entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

Susquehanna SCORE is in need of a volunteer to assist the office manager. Tasks include copying documents, collating brochures and handouts, mail-merging letters, using Word and Excel, preparing the conference room for mentoring sessions, and updating the publications library and handout inventory. Three to four hours per week are needed, and hours are flexible as the volunteer's schedule permits.

Susquehanna SCORE is also seeking additional business mentors in York, Adams, Cumberland, Perry, and Dauphin counties. Volunteers connect with fellow business owners and pass on their knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs in the community. SCORE volunteers provide confidential business mentoring services, both in person and online. They lead seminars and workshops to help small business owners meet their goals and achieve success. They help expand outreach of SCORE through marketing and alliance building in local communities.

For more information or to volunteer, readers may contact Tammi Dawson at 717-845-8830 or susquehanna@scorevolunteer.org. To learn more, readers may visit www.susquehanna.score.org.

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Chamber Sets Events August 9, 2017

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry has scheduled its events for September. The public is invited to attend, and there is a cost unless noted otherwise. All events will take place at the Chamber, 115 E. King St., Lancaster, unless noted otherwise. To register or for more information, readers may visit www.lancasterchamber.com/events or call 717-397-3531.

Lean Lunch and Learn will take place on Friday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mike Roth will discuss the "Eight Wastes" and customer-focused key performance indicators that can help attendees understand what customers are looking for, what they consider to be value-added, how to quickly reduce order to delivery lead times, and more.

At Get Connected on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., attendees will meet and build new relationships with dozens of local business professionals. Get Connected is a facilitated networking session for anyone looking to elevate his or her company brand, products, services, and/or events to local business professionals.

Sales Growth Academy will be offered on Sept. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. Instructor Greg Orth will discuss ways to improve sales effectiveness and more productive business relationships during this six-session course.

Presentation and Voice Academy will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. During the six-week course, instructors Diane Dayton and Joanne Bender will discuss how to build an awareness of self-limiting thoughts and behaviors and minimize the impact they can have on the ability to effectively present in a variety of personal and professional situations, as well as how to develop greater presentation skills.

Unemployment Compensation Seminar: UC Separation Issues will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Chet McCullough, a workforce development coordinator, will discuss how the unemployment compensation service center discovers that a person quit or was discharged from a job, the fact-finding process, burden of proof, the factors that are considered when making an unemployment compensation determination, and appeal rights.

Project Management Academy will be offered on Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Instructor Emily Iem will discuss an integrated approach to project strategy and implementation using industry standards from the Project Management Institute and the International Institute of Business Analysis during this course, which will combine both web-based and instructor-led training sessions.

A free mixer will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at First National Bank, 1650 Crooked Oak Drive, Suite 320, Lancaster. Attendees will network with fellow local business professionals while enjoying light refreshments and appetizers and touring the bank's regional lending office location.

Critical Etiquette in the Professional World is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Business etiquette expert Mary Renner will discuss the critical skills to present one's organization with confidence and authority in any venue and at any level to help distinguish oneself.

A YPN Skills Accelerator Workshop - Conflict to Creativity will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 8 to 10 a.m. Young professionals will learn how to transform conflict into creativity in the workplace and beyond during this professional development program.

A Professional Women's Forum will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Willow Valley Cultural Center, 450 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street. Featuring keynote speaker Jen Groover, attendees will learn the purpose and importance of emotional intelligence and how it can be applied to every aspect of life.

Professional Development Friday - Replacing Traditional Leadership Development With Social Scaffolding is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend. Gary Johnson and Kristina Connell will discuss how to recognize the impact engaged employees have on key performance metrics and the advantages of social scaffolding versus traditional leadership development programs.

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Rise Of The Rest Competition Set August 9, 2017

Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL, will bring his Rise of the Rest pitch competition bus tour to a site yet to be determined in the York-Harrisburg-Lancaster area on Tuesday, Oct. 10. In the meantime, small businesses wanting to prepare their pitch can contact the all-free volunteer business start-up service of SCORE.

Experienced business executives and owners serve as SCORE mentors, helping businesses begin and grow. Susquehanna SCORE serves a five-county area, including Dauphin, Perry, Cumberland, Adams, and York.

Eligible businesses will have a live product/service or be in active beta; have measurable performance indicators such as revenue, customers, successful beta results; and will currently be raising - or have near-term plans to raise - an early stage round. The grant encourages startups in all industries to apply. Companies will be judged on several criteria.

The grant application deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 15. Complete details about the grant are available at www.riseofrest.com. Readers may contact Tammi at 717-845-8830.

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CCEDC Announces Promotion August 2, 2017

Leslie Rylke has been named marketing and creative services manager for the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC). CCEDC, headquartered in Exton, is a private economic development organization promoting smart growth.

Since joining the CCEDC in August 2013, Rylke has been charged with communicating the value, benefit and impact of the organization, as well as its numerous industry partnerships and initiatives, and launching the CCEDC's Weekend Edition e-newsletter in partnership with VISTA.Today.

Rylke's experience includes marketing, communications, special events, social media engagement, community outreach and strategic planning for various organizations, including the Lionville Community YMCA, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her previous experiences living and traveling abroad, in addition to studying multiple languages, have been an asset for her work with the Chester County International Business Council. She also draws on her work in the film and television industry to produce CCEDC video segments and the "Discover Chester County" video series.

Rylke lives in Downingtown with her family, where she enjoys kayaking in Chester County's scenic waterways. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Penn State University.

To learn more about the CCEDC, readers may visit https://ccedcpa.com/.

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YCABC Seeks Award Nominations August 1, 2017

The York County Agriculture Business Council (YCABC) will host the 32nd annual Agricultural Recognition Banquet on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, in Old Main Hall. The purpose of the banquet is to recognize the accomplishments of the agricultural community in York County.

Nominations are sought for the Farm Family Award and the Ag Industry Award, which have been presented annually since 1988. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, Sept. 4. Readers may contact Gabrielle Wentworth at 717-887-6465 or ycagbizc@gmail.com for a nomination form.

The criteria for the selection of the Farm Family Award are as follows: excellence in farming, excellence in production quality, dedication to agriculture, community involvement, participation in agriculture-related organizations and activities, and positive lifestyle example.

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Organization Seeks Program Partners July 27, 2017

The Capital Region Partnership for Career Development is looking for program partners and engaged advisory council members to help align kindergarten through 12th-grade school efforts with workforce needs. The deadline to be included in the brochure is Friday, Aug. 11.

For more information, readers may contact Lynda Morris, executive director, at Lynda@crpcd.org or 717-732-8480, or visit www.crpcd.org.

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ABWA Chapter Slates Meeting July 26, 2017

The Penn Square Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) will host a meeting on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 11:45 a.m. at The Hamilton Club, 106 E. Orange St., Lancaster. Following a general business meeting, Deborah Brandt, owner and creative director of Fig Industries, will share about intentional living.

For more information and to register, readers may visit http://www.abwapennsquare.org/event/abwa-august-2017-chapter-meeting. Information is also available by emailing ABWAPennSquare@gmail.com.

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Chamber Posts Business Surveys July 24, 2017

Recruiting and retaining a qualified and engaged workforce ranks as one of the top concerns of most businesses today. To provide local businesses comprehensive local salary and policies and benefits information that will help them evaluate the competitiveness of their employee wages and benefits, the Lancaster Chamber exclusively publishes "Wage Surveys" and a "Policies and Benefits Survey." The Lancaster Chamber is currently seeking businesses to be part of these surveys to get the most accurate, comprehensive wage and benefits data.

The "Wage Survey" is the only resource available of its kind that offers salary information from local businesses for a wide variety of positions - from executive to administrative. The survey will assist companies with gaining insight into how their salaries and wages stack up among others in the local business community. And, new this year, the Chamber added an intern section to capture information and best practices on the utilization of interns. Participating companies will receive a free customized report containing detailed results for each position for which data was provided and have the opportunity to purchase the entire survey set of four publications for a significant savings.

The "Policies and Benefits Survey" quantifies local companies' practices on wage administration, part-time workers, insurance, vacation, collective bargaining, and many other employment issues. The survey will assist companies in gaining insight into how their benefits packages stack up among others in the local business community, how others are dealing with changes to healthcare insurance and other benefits, employment policy trends to help them evaluate their competitiveness in the job market, and ability to analyze their current benefits situation prior to their renewal period. Participants have the opportunity to purchase the survey for a significant savings.

The "Wage Surveys" and "Policies and Benefits Survey" have been updated to comply with changing trends and job functions. Participation is free, and the information submitted is only used in the aggregate, and companies do not need to be a member of the chamber to participate. The surveys are available exclusively through the chamber's website, and no advance registration is necessary.

Contributing companies can simply visit www.lancasterchamber.com/surveys and submit their information electronically before the deadline on Monday, July 31. For more information, readers may contact The Chamber at 717-397-3531.

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Rosengrant-Stein Wins Award July 24, 2017

Betsy Rosengrant-Stein of York has been awarded the Mack Smith Award from the York Builders Association (YBA). The award is part of the PEAK Awards, presented annually by YBA. The Mack Smith Award recognizes an individual's commitment to the goals and objectives of the YBA and his or her contribution to the YBA, the profession, and the individual's community. Rosengrant-Stein received the award at the 2017 PEAK Achievement Awards Banquet on May 11 at the Out Door Country Club in York.

Rosengrant-Stein is the owner and president of K D Rosengrant Building and Remodeling. She has been active in the progress and continued success of YBA and is committed to the building industry by serving as a board member and past president at the local group. Rosengrant-Stein was recognized for being involved, devoted and compassionate. She has been involved in community service projects, including the YBA's fundraiser for Leg Up Farm and renovation of Matthew's Town, an installation at Leg Up Farm that aims to help children with special needs navigate therapy in everyday settings. Rosengrant-Stein has also participated in community projects at Children's Home of York, Habitat for Humanity, the YWCA, and other organizations.

Rosengrant-Stein has served on numerous YBA committees throughout her companies' more than 40 years as a member, and she was the first woman president of the YBA in 2007. In receiving the award, she was also recognized for her role as director of the Pennsylvania Builders Association and National Association of Home Builders. She is a second-term board member of Children's Home of York and the chairperson of the buildings and grounds committee.

The full list of award-winning projects from the PEAK Achievement Awards is available at www.YorkBuilders.com. Other award winners included categories like Best Kitchen, Best New Home, and Best Landscaping Projects.

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Chamber To Hold Consortium July 14, 2017

The Lancaster Chamber will hold a Conestoga Valley/Elanco/Pequea Valley Consortium on Wednesday, July 26, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Harvest Table at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland.

The complimentary event will offer an opportunity for attendees to join with fellow business professionals to learn more about issues impacting their geographic region. Readers may visit lancasterchamber.com/events or call 717-397-3531 to register.

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SVCC Plans Networking Event July 11, 2017

Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) and Visitors Center will host a networking and mixer experience on Tuesday, July 25, at the First National Escape, 100 W. Market St., Marietta, in the main lobby entrance from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Steve Ulrich will be the host. The event will include food, beverages and entertainment. The property's 1940s bank vault has been refurbished and is now part of an escape room-style game. To make reservations, contact the SVCC at 717-684-5249 no later than Friday, July 21.

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Chamber Posts Consortium July 7, 2017

The Lancaster Chamber will hold a Columbia/Donegal/Elizabethtown/Hempfield Consortium on Thursday, July 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ironstone Ranch, 1 Hollinger Lane, Elizabethtown.

The complimentary event will offer an opportunity for attendees to join with fellow business professionals to learn more about issues impacting their geographic region. Visit lancasterchamber.com/events or call 717-397-3531 to register.

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Community Picnic Planned July 7, 2017

The Downtown Hershey Association will hold the second annual community Townie Family Picnic on Wednesday, July 19, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The event will take place at the Meadows, located at the corner of Homestead Road and East Granada Avenue.

Food and beverages from area eateries will be available for purchase. Attendees may bring their own picnic baskets and blankets. Organizers will also offer yard games, face painting, and a bounce house for children.

The Hershey Townies group is comprised of volunteers who live or work in the Hershey area and are interested in promoting downtown Hershey. Townies help spread the word about downtown happenings, volunteer at events, and patronize local businesses. New members are welcome. Volunteers are sought for the Townie Family Picnic.

For more information, readers may search for "Townie Family Picnic" on Facebook.

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Women's Club Inducts New Members July 3, 2017

The Greater Downingtown Business and Professional Women inducted new members during its June 14 meeting. New members include Ferlin Charles, Denise Dunn-Kesterson, Lizzette Grecia, Melissa Maani, Jennifer Markley, Kate Medaglia, and Kim Kennedy Skinner.

The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September to June at the Thorndale Inn in Downingtown. The group's next meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13. For more information, readers may call Cindy Markley at 610-363-1404.

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Local Officials Graduate From Program June 27, 2017

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL), a professional development program for county officials, recently graduated eight county officials from its intensive training program.

The 2017 graduates are Kevin Boozel, Butler County commissioner; Cynthia Cook, Beaver County chief clerk; Kathi Cozzone, Chester County commissioner and CCAP second vice president; Samuel DeMarco III, Allegheny County council member at-large; Amanda Holt, Lehigh County commissioner; Christian Leinbach, Berks County commissioner and CCAP past president and National Association of Counties representative; Glenn Smith, York County solicitor; and Jeff Snyder, Clinton County commissioner and CCAP chair of the Committee on Criminal Justice System Best Practices for the 21st Century.

CEL training focuses on fostering individual growth through interactive and high-level classroom training aimed at enhancing communication, management and leadership skills. CEL includes classes in styles of leadership, managerial versatility, interpersonal dynamics, crisis communication, media management, daily communication problem solving, decision making and other areas.

Participation is available to one eligible person per county each year, with a maximum of 16 participants annually. An application is required for admittance to the program, with final selection made by a standing CCAP committee. The program is open to county commissioners or council members, chief clerks, county administrators and solicitors of all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

For more information about CCAP and counties in Pennsylvania, readers may visit www.pacounties.org and follow @PACountiesGR on Twitter.

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Educators Attend Convention June 27, 2017

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ABWA Chapter Plans Meeting June 26, 2017

ABWA Wheatland Conestoga Chapter will meet on Tuesday, July 11, at Loxley's, 500 Centerville Road, Lancaster. Stephany Molenko-Baughman, owner of a nutrition and weight loss center in Lancaster, will be the guest speaker. Networking will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

To make reservations, contact Kim Warner at kwarner@murryins.com or 717-475-0677.

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Chamber Announces Events June 22, 2017

The Lancaster Chamber has posted several upcoming events. For more information or to register, readers may visit lancasterchamber.com/events or call 717-397-3531.

Get Connected! will take place on Tuesday, July 11, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Chamber, 115 E. King St., Lancaster. There is a cost to attend. The facilitated networking session will provide attendees with opportunities build new relationships with dozens of local business professionals. Individuals looking to elevate their company brand, products, services, and/or events to local business professionals are encouraged to attend.

A mixer will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, at Rhoads Energy Corporation's Training Center, 205 Hazel St., Lancaster. During the complimentary event, attendees may join with fellow local business professionals to network, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, and celebrate the centennial anniversary of the host business.

The Chamber has also posted several complimentary consortiums, during which there will be an opportunity for attendees to join with fellow business professionals to learn more about issues impacting their geographic region. The Lancaster City/Lancaster Township Consortium will be held on July 11 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Millersville University - The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. The Cocalico/Ephrata Consortium will take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a location to be determined. The Solanco/Lampeter-Strasburg/Penn Manor Consortium has been set for Tuesday, July 25, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at a location to be determined.

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