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Ag Council Appoints Board Members January 16, 2019

The Chester County Agricultural Development Council (Ag Council) has announced the appointment of three new board members: Aimee Bowers, Dr. Barbara Dallap-Schaer, and Bill Shick.

Bowers is a business attorney and an ally to the agriculture industry. Her experience growing up on a large family farm in Ohio has inspired her work with agribusiness clients on matters related to business, real estate, and land use as well as business succession. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Agricultural Law Committee and is an active Rotarian. Bowers also served in a volunteer capacity with the London Grove Planning Commission, with the Economic Development Council's AgConnect, and as an agriculture stakeholder for the Chester County Planning Commission's comprehensive plan update.

Dallap-Schaer is the medical director at New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where she specializes in emergency medicine and critical care of large animals. She and her husband, Tom, own and operate Meadowset Farm and Apiary in Landenberg. At Meadowset they focus on their bee yard, where the honeybees produce honey, pollen, propolis, and beeswax. The Schaers were the recipients of the Ag Council's Farmer of the Year Award in 2013.

Shick has 12 years of vegetable growing experience in both for-profit and nonprofit environments. As agriculture program manager at the Chester County Food Bank, he oversees all aspects of greenhouse production, field production, and produce handling. Each year, Shick and his team of staff and volunteers grow between 150,000 and 200,000 pounds of vegetables, which are distributed free of charge to those in need throughout Chester County. Recognition of Shick's work includes eight years of consecutive blue ribbon awards from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for SHARE Food Program's Urban Farm and the Chester County Food Bank's Springton Manor Demonstration Garden.

For more information about the Ag Council's board members and work program, readers may visit


Chamber Plans Luncheon January 16, 2019

Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce will host its February luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nordstrom East Coast Fulfillment Center, 30 Distribution Drive, Elizabethtown. The guest speaker will be Charlier Cook, production designer for Atomic Design at Rock Lititz.

Spaces are limited. To make reservations, visit and click on Membership and Events.


BIA Of Lancaster Installs Board January 16, 2019

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County officially installed its 2019 board of directors on Jan. 10. The newly installed officers are Keith Petrisek, president; Matt Grosh, vice president; Steve Cook, secretary; Jason Herr, treasurer; Lori Bentley, associate vice president; and Shawn Garman, immediate past president.

The presidential advisers include Bruce Gingrich, Mark Stanley, and Jeff Stauffer. Builder directors are Randy Blank, Jared Erb, Louie Hurst, Jordan Metzler, and Andy Toms. Associate directors include John Bear, Shannon Smith, Tom Keller, and Frank Vargish.


Group Names Award Winners January 16, 2019

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County announced several award winners at its annual installation banquet on Jan. 10. The Building - Industry - Association Awards, the Young Professional Award, and the President's Award were chosen by association peers and staff.

The Building Award, recognizing a member who contributes to the creation of quality homes, thus strengthening relationships in the local community and providing business opportunities for those that support the industry, was presented to Shawn Garman, Garman Builders Inc.

The Industry Award, recognizing a member who has strongly advocated for the industry position on issues that influence members' ability to do business, was presented to John Bear, Stevens and Lee/Griffin.

The Association Award, recognizing a member who has represented the association as an ambassador, volunteer, and leader, promoting the association and its member companies, was presented to Barb Schopf, Integrity Pools and Spas Inc.

The Young Professional Award, recognizing a young professional who has represented the association as an ambassador, volunteer, and leader, promoting the association and its member companies, was presented to Jordan Metzler, Metzler Home Builders Inc.

The President's Award, recognizing a member who stood out during Shawn Garman's term as the 2018 BIA president, was presented to Bruce Gingrich, Glenn H. Gingrich Inc.


Group Announces Board Leadership January 15, 2019

The Central Penn Business Group on Health has announced its board leadership.

Joan Enoch has been elected as board chairperson. Enoch is the director of human resources for Lift-All Company Inc. in Landisville. Enoch is joined by vice chairman Regina Deel, benefits manager, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation; secretary Jason Dennis, regional vice president of sales, CoreSource Inc.; treasurer Maureen Putnam, director of human resources, OSS Health; and immediate past chair James Maurer, vice president of finance, Sauder's Eggs.

New board members for 2019 include Eric Athey, co-chair, labor and employment, McNees Wallace & Nurick; Robert Glus, partner and consulting actuary, Conrad Siegel; and Jenna Roenne, human resources operations supervisor, Herr Foods Inc.

The Central Penn Business Group on Health is a nonprofit employer coalition that provides a forum and a voice for the business community on health care through collaboration among stakeholders. For more information, readers may contact Diane Hess, executive director, at 717-239-6954 or

The full CPBGH board roster is available by visiting and clicking on About and Board of Directors.


PAFP Announces Resource Center January 14, 2019

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) has launched a Pain Management and Opioid Misuse Resource Center as it continues to address the opioid crisis through information and education for its more than 5,000 member physicians, residents, and students. This resource center contains everything from overviews on various therapies to educational webcasts to help family physicians combat opioid use disorder.

The Pain Management and Opioid Misuse Resource Center builds on prior in-person education the PAFP has provided on these topics. The center will serve as a resource to ensure individuals struggling with chronic pain or opioid use disorder can rely on their family physicians to deliver quality individual and population health care.

To learn more, readers may visit


Area ABC Chapter Posts Board News January 9, 2019

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently announced that Douglas M. Dvorchak, A.R.M., assistant vice president at Murray Securus, Lancaster, has been named 2019 chair of the board.

Dvorchak has been with Murray Securus for 24 years, serving in his current position for the last 15 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in public relations from Penn State University. Dvorchak has served on the ABC National Safety Committee (2002 to 2003), the ABC Keystone Safety Committee, and the ABC Keystone Construction Rodeo Committee. Elsewhere, Dvorchak has served on the St. Leo School board (2010 to 2014) and the North Museum board of directors (2008 to 2018). Currently, he resides in Lancaster with his family.

A new addition to the 2019 executive committee, Steve Conway, Benchmark Construction Company Inc., Brownstown, will serve as secretary to the board. He has been with Benchmark Construction for 17 years and has served as vice president of senior living for the past three years. Conway earned a bachelor's degree in construction engineering technology from Montana State University. He currently lives in Elizabethtown with his family.

ABC Keystone also welcomed several new additions to its leadership for 2019. They include Steven Kearns, vice president, James Craft and Son Inc., York Haven, and Michael Monaco, director of safety, Mowery, Mechanicsburg. In addition, John H. Hykes II, B & B Integrations, Lancaster, will return for a three-year term.

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors is a construction trade association based in Manheim, representing nearly 600 construction-related firms. For more information, including a complete list of board members, readers may visit


Economic Group Sets Luncheon January 9, 2019

The York County Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 100, York, will host its next Leadership Luncheon, themed "Security Awareness From the Top Down," on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. Attendees will learn how to be prepared before, during and after an attack.

Food and beverages will be provided free of charge, and space is limited. For more information and to register, readers may visit


MDBA Sets Monthly Luncheon January 3, 2019

Mason-Dixon Business Association (MDBA) will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Geneva Farm's Twin Silos Restaurant, 217 Davis Road, Street, Md. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon. The guest speaker will be Julianna Simmons from the Boys and Girls Club Camp Hidden Valley.

Preregistration is encouraged, and guests are welcome. There is a cost.

In the case of inclement weather, if schools in either Harford County or York County are closed, the meeting will be canceled. For more information, readers may visit or Mason-Dixon Business Association's Facebook page.


SCORE Plans Workshops, Events January 2, 2019

Susquehanna SCORE has scheduled several workshops and networking events.

The CAEDC January Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Midway Bowling, 1561 Holly Pike, Carlisle. Participants will learn how to get help with their funding and financing needs. The free event will include a light breakfast and coffee.

Local Challenges Facing the Agriculture Community will be presented on Jan. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Utz Arena, 334 Carlisle Ave., York. The free seminar will take place during the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

A legislators' forum will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. Second St., Harrisburg. Members of the state House of Representatives serving Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties will discuss their personal legislative priorities as well as offer insight on how the upcoming session may impact the regional business community. The cost will vary.

Government Contracting Express will be presented by SEDA-Council of Governments on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in York. The one-on-one meetings are free.

Business Planning in a Nutshell Coaching will be presented by Kutztown University SBDC on Friday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dixon University Center, 2986 N. Second St., Harrisburg. This free coaching session will help participants create their business pitch by using the business model canvas to update their value proposition for different customer segments. Slides, tools and resources will be emailed upon registration.

Security Awareness From the Top Down will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA), 144 Roosevelt Ave., York. The Leadership Luncheon will provide owners and principals the necessary information to be prepared before an attack, during an attack and after an attack.

Brandfully Yours: Four-Week Meetup Series for Entrepreneurs by Layla Pomper will offered from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 31 to Feb. 21, at I-ron-ic, 256 W. Philadelphia St., York. The free series is for a small group of entrepreneurs interested in thinking intentionally about the experience their business creates for clients. This series will use facilitated conversations and creativity exercises to challenge participants to think differently.

Roundtable discussions and networking opportunities are offered on the first Wednesday of each month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both meetups are held at the YCEA.

For more information, readers may contact Tammi at or 717-845-8830.


Business Networking Group Sets Meetings January 2, 2019

BNI York I Chapter holds business networking meetings every Tuesday at Meadow Hill Restaurant, 2935 E. Prospect Road, York, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. People who are looking to grow their businesses are invited to experience referral-based marketing.

For more information or to register to attend, readers may call or text Pam O'Keefe at 717-968-8600 or visit and click Find and Visit a Chapter.


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Business Networking Meetings Set December 12, 2018

BNI York I Chapter holds business networking meetings every Tuesday at Meadow Hill Restaurant, 2935 E. Prospect Road, York, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. People who are looking to grow their businesses are invited to experience referral-based marketing.

For more information or to register to attend, readers may call or text Pam O'Keefe at 717-968-8600 or visit and click Find and Visit a Chapter.


Chamber Board Members Posted December 7, 2018

The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) recently announced the addition of a new director. Beginning in January, Trevor Williams will join the board of directors for a three-year term. Warren Wohlfahrt joined the board in August to fill a vacancy. Glenn Meck will return for his first full term after filling a previous vacancy.

In addition to the new directors, several individuals have agreed to serve a second three-year term, including Jeffrey Allar, Anthony Miller, Kenny Montijo, and Julie Osborne. The slate of officers for 2019 includes Osborne, chair; Brett Holland, chair elect; Christine Horn, first vice-chair; William Bering, secretary/corporate treasurer; Jeff Allar, member-at-large; and Chris Gebhard, immediate past chair.


RLABA Holds Scavenger Hunt December 5, 2018


AMPRA To Hold Christmas Lunch December 5, 2018

All former employees of AMP Incorporated and/or its successors, including Tyco Electronics and TE Connectivity, and their spouses or other adult guests, whether the employee's separation was due to retirement, layoff, or resignation, are invited to attend the annual Christmas party luncheon sponsored by the AMP Retirees Association (AMPRA). The party will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill.

Registration and a greeting reception will begin at 10 a.m., and the meal, including a 5-ounce filet and crab cake for each attendee, will be served at 12:15 p.m. The deadline for reservations, with payment of the set fee per person, is Wednesday, Nov. 28. Attendees are requested to bring a new, unwrapped toy or book for donation to Toys for Tots.

Paid membership in AMPRA is not required to attend the party. More information about AMPRA, including a membership application and a reservation/payment form for the Christmas party, is available at by clicking on Events.


Chamber Will Hold Luncheon November 30, 2018

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas/holiday luncheon at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. A cost per person has been set. Those who preregister and prepay by Thursday, Dec. 6, will be entered into a drawing to win a prize. The Chamber will also be collecting donations of gift cards and/or cash to be donated to homeless students and their families in the Donegal School District.

For more information, visit


SCORE Announces Grant, Posts Luncheon November 28, 2018

Susquehanna SCORE has announced it is accepting applications for a Next Step Grant. It has also posted a WBCO luncheon.

York County small businesses of up to 10 employees that are current or former Susquehanna SCORE clients are invited to apply to Susquehanna SCORE for a $2,500 Next Step Grant. The applicant will use the grant to increase sales and attract new customers. The York County Chamber Foundation is sponsoring the grant, which will be administered by Susquehanna SCORE.

A panel of business organizations and entrepreneurs will evaluate Next Step Grant applications on the basis of the applicants' potential for success when implementing the plan they propose.

Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. Complete application guidance is available at or by calling SCORE at 717-845-8830. The York County Chamber Foundation will award the grant to the winning small business on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

The WBCO luncheon will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Mount Rose Ave., York. Sarah Doyle and Victoria Krotzer, along with Jean Treuthart of YWCA York, will present on sexual harassment in the workplace.

The luncheon is free for WBCO members. There is a fee for guests.


Commission Posts Interview Dates November 26, 2018

The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Judicial Evaluation Commission, the body responsible for evaluating the qualifications of appellate court candidates in Pennsylvania, will be holding interviews on Monday, Jan. 21, and Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, for any individuals considering filing as judicial candidates for the open seat on the Pennsylvania Superior Court in the May 2019 primary election. If needed, interviews will also be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Jan. 24.

All interviews will be held at PBA headquarters, 100 South St., Harrisburg. There will be no additional interviews beyond the stated dates.

In order to be considered for an interview, candidates should obtain a copy of the judicial evaluation questionnaire and a copy of the commission's guidelines and bylaws. To receive these materials, readers may contact Louann Bell at the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission at 800-932-0311, ext. 2276, or

In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire should be returned by Friday, Dec. 14.

Ratings will be announced after the evaluation sessions have been completed. Under the commission's guidelines, any candidate who does not participate in the evaluation process will receive a "Not Recommended" rating.


Chamber Will Hold Mixer November 21, 2018

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center invites businesses and nonprofit organizations to its monthly mixer hosted by the Mayfly, 8 S. Third St., Columbia. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. Guests are welcome to mingle with local business owners and community members while enjoying appetizers.

Interested attendees are asked to call Ashley Beshore at 717-684-5249 at the chamber or email

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