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MDBA Plans Meeting January 10, 2018

Mason Dixon Business Association (MDBA) will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Twin Silos Restaurant at Geneva Farm, 217 Davis Road, Street, Md. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon.

The guest speaker will be Janet Gomes, certified public accountant, of Weyrich, Cronin and Sorra. Registration is encouraged, and guests are welcome to attend. There is a cost to attend.

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


Chamber Plans Trip To China January 9, 2018

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) will offer a trip to China from Monday, Oct. 8, to Tuesday, Oct. 16. Travelers will tour Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou and explore various attractions, such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Ming tombs. They will also attend a business conference with Chinese business leaders. There will be a discount on the fee for Chamber investors.

A complimentary informational session will take place on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at 115 E. King St., Lancaster. For more information, readers may call 717-397-3531.


Coalition Donates To Lifepath January 3, 2018


ABC Chapter Names Staub To Position December 22, 2017

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the addition of Todd Staub as director of workforce development. Staub will be instrumental in continuing ABC Keystone's construction workforce development efforts and introducing students to career opportunities in the merit shop construction industry. In this role, he will also connect ABC members with future craft professionals to help fill the current skilled worker shortage by providing a continued source of quality and well-trained employees.

As director of workforce development, Staub will serve as a resource to link community organizations with ABC employers who offer a variety of career opportunities in the construction industry. He has returned to ABC Keystone, formerly director of school of craft training, after also serving previously as director of workforce development for ABC National, a national trade association of over 70 chapters and 20,000 members nationwide.

Most recently, Staub was employed with the Lampeter-Strasburg School District as a substitute teacher and as a sixth to eighth grade health and physical education teacher. He has also been self-employed in the home improvement industry.

Staub earned a bachelor's degree in education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has completed master's coursework in educational methods, technology education, nutrition, and coaching at Millersville University and currently holds Pennsylvania teaching certifications for health and physical education and technology education K-12. He currently resides in Strasburg.


Batdorf Receives ATHENA Award December 20, 2017

Cheryl Batdorf was chosen by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce's ATHENA selection committee as the 2017 ATHENA Award recipient. The award was presented by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce at its annual breakfast in December.

Presented by the Chamber each year since 1990, the award is designed to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through their professional accomplishments and community service and who have assisted women in advancing their leadership skills and reaching their full potential. The 2017 ATHENA Award and recognition pin were sponsored by a business and the past ATHENA Award recipients, respectively.

ATHENA recipients must demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the Lebanon Valley, and assist women in reaching their full potential. Kim Kreider Umble nominated Batdorf.

Batdorf is a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Lebanon. Batdorf has held many positions in higher education, including positions at Lebanon Valley College (LVC); HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College; and Millersville University. She holds an MBA from LVC and a doctorate in management from Argosy University. Batdorf has received many awards, including the 2008 Leadership Award from HACC, 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award from Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania, and 2014 Community Builder Award from the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Batdorf serves the community in many ways, volunteering her time and support to many local organizations, including the Lebanon County Commission for Women; Community of Lebanon Association where she has served as president; Central Pennsylvania Supports the Troops; and Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania, as a board member, Young Women's Futures Symposium steering committee member, and volunteer.

For more information about the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, readers may visit


Dental Society Plans Poster Contest December 19, 2017

In honor of Children's Dental Health Month in February, the Alliance to the Lancaster County Dental Society (LCDS) will sponsor a children's poster contest.

Posters must be 8-and-a-half by 11 inches, and it is OK to fold posters for mailing. Posters should use the American Dental Association's Children's Dental Health Month 2018 theme: "Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile." No computer-generated artwork will be allowed.

Entrants should put their name, age, phone number and dentist's name on the back of their entries. Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, and mailed to Alliance Poster Contest, c/o Dr. Grambau, 1891 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first- through third-place winners in the following age categories: ages 5 to 7, 8 to 10, and 11 to 13. Winners will be notified the first week of February. Posters will be displayed during February in the offices of the winners' dentists. If winners have not designated a dentist, their posters will be distributed among LCDS dentists.


YCEA Seeks Nominations December 18, 2017

York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is seeking nominations for two leadership awards, which will be given during the annual dinner on Friday, March 9.

The event will highlight YCEA's accomplishments and lay the groundwork for the coming year. The event will feature a reception, dinner, entertainment and the awards ceremony honoring recipients of awards, including the Small Business of the Year and Ignite Young Professional awards.

The Small Business of the Year Award honors a business that demonstrates aid to the community through use of personnel or financial resources, including leadership and achievements in community affairs and staff community involvment.

The Ignite Young Professional Award recognizes and supports young business leaders in the York community. The recipient is chosen for his or her current career success and participation in professional development activities, community involvment and young professional groups and for the influence he or she has had on other young business leaders.

Nominations must be received by Sunday, Dec. 31. Nomination forms are available at For more information, readers may contact Mary Walker at


Survey To Target Business Needs December 11, 2017

The Urban Entrepreneur Initiative (UEI) has begun a survey of York city residents' neighborhood business needs. Co-sponsored by Susquehanna SCORE and Crispus Attucks, the UEI and its survey are funded by a grant from the York County Community Foundation.

The result of the survey will be a list of new small businesses preferred by residents of city neighborhoods. The UEI will then train, select, and support urban core entrepreneurs to open a sustainable business selected from the list.

Using the survey data, Crispus Attucks and SCORE will encourage York city neighborhood associations, churches, and community organizations to invite individuals and groups to submit applications for training to open businesses identified as in demand by the survey.

More information about the UEI is available by contacting Mike Barba, Crispus Attucks, at 717-465-8438 or Greg Bachman, Susquehanna SCORE, at 717-793-1767.


Business Group Slates Meeting December 6, 2017

The Greater Downingtown Business and Professional Women (BPW) will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at The Thorndale Inn, 430 Bondsville Road, Downingtown. Attendees will wrap Christmas presents for the women veterans who reside at the Mary Walker House in Coatesville, as well as collect donations for the homeless women served by the Community, Youth and Women's Alliance of Coatesville (CYWA).

Networking will begin at 6 p.m, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. All women are welcome to attend. For more information, call Cindy Markley at 610-363-1404 or visit


Chapter Hires Corbisello December 1, 2017

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently announced the addition of Angela Corbisello as education coordinator. In this role, Corbisello will support the education and safety departments of ABC Keystone by managing class registrations, assisting instructors with class preparation, and coordinating schedules and materials.

Corbisello is originally from Florida and has a strong background in construction. She most recently served as office manager for Shenandoah Construction and has worked in the industry since 1999. She previously served as field superintendent for Southwest Builders and as both a project manager and a contract/project manager assistant for Tesoro Corporation. She currently resides in York.

For more information, readers may visit


40th Leadership Training Program Begins November 28, 2017

Forty-two individuals representing a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout York County kicked off Leadership York's 40th Leadership Training Program (LTP) class this fall with a weekend retreat.

LTP is a nine-month, experiential leadership development program that prepares participants to get involved in the community and make a difference. Throughout the year, the class learns about York County history, services and systems, and community issues. Participants discover their individual learning styles and learn to work effectively with others by fine-tuning their leadership skills, enhancing their knowledge, and receiving guidance in choosing and applying for a board, elected, or appointed position. LTP provides access to additional opportunities for partnerships and new business relationships.

Leadership York's mission is to train, connect, and inspire individuals to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts more than 3,500 graduates from its six programs. These graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. For more information, readers may visit


Group Honors Richter November 24, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (Central PA PRSA) recently honored Julian A. Richter with the 2017 Frederick E. Leuschner Award during an annual ceremony held this year on Nov. 14 at What If ... West restaurant at The Coliseum in Camp Hill. Milton Hershey School's Lisa Scullin gave the keynote presentation on "The Balancing Act of PR." Central PA PRSA president and Select Medical's Greg Swartzlander served as the event's master of ceremonies.

The Frederick E. Leuschner Award is Central PA PRSA's highest individual honor. Richter received the award for his outstanding leadership to the chapter, the community, and the profession.

Richter has served the public relations profession for more than 30 years and has spent countless hours giving back through volunteer and missionary work, both within Central PA PRSA and in many other organizations.

Richter currently serves as a missionary working in the communications department of TeachBeyond, an organization that connects teachers with schools around the world. He works as part of the communications team on strategic planning and helps to tell the stories of TeachBeyond's impact around the world by way of social media, video, email, and annual report.

Richter also has served as the communications director for the Evangelical Free Church of Hershey, communications director for Black Forest Academy in Germany, and account executive and copywriter for Godfrey Advertising. He has also worked in the corporate communications division of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.

Central PA PRSA was formed in 1959 and represents a diverse group of professionals at all stages of their careers, including practitioners in corporate, government, nonprofit, education, health care, and association industries with a common desire for professional public relations practice. The organization also seeks to continue education and the advancement of the profession. For more information, readers may visit


Parade Of Homes Winners Posted November 14, 2017

The York Builders Association recently announced the 2017 People's Choice Award winners from its annual Parade of Homes event that showcased a combination of 22 new construction and remodeled projects. Over 4,000 people attended the September event, doubling last year's numbers. Visitors cast their ballots in three distinct categories, Favorite New Home, Favorite Remodel, and Favorite Outdoor Living.

2017 People Choice Award winners are Favorite New Home - Zimmerman Homes, Favorite Remodel - Home Remedies Design, and Favorite Outdoor Living - Stonewall Design and Construction. Readers may view tours of all Parade of Homes participants at

For more information, readers may contact the York Builders Association at 717-767-2444 or visit


MDBA Plans Meeting November 1, 2017

Mason-Dixon Business Association will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Delta Pizza and D.P. Lounge, 533 Main St., Delta. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon.

The guest speaker will be Cindy Abbott of Mason-Dixon Community Services. Registration is encouraged, and guests are welcome to attend. There is a cost to attend. Donations of canned food items will be accepted.

For more information, readers may visit or search for "Mason-Dixon Business Association" on Facebook.


EACC Plans November Mixer October 19, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce (EACC) will hold its November Mixer on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabethtown College Mineral Gallery in the Masters Center for Science, Mathematics and Engineering. The college is located at 1 Alpha Drive. The Mineral Gallery collection consists of numerous specimens from sites around the world, from quarries in Pennsylvania to the Andamooka Ranges of South Australia.

EACC members and prospective members are invited to attend. To make reservations, visit


BPW Group Receives Award October 18, 2017

The Greater Downingtown Business and Professional Women (BPW) received the Joyce Bresee Award at the fall Pennsylvania BPW District 10 meeting, held on Oct. 14 at the Concord Country Club in West Chester. The award, presented by the district executive board, recognized the Greater Downingtown group for membership achievement.

The keynote speaker at the event was entrepreneur Sue Neff, whose presentation was titled "Journey to Success." The meeting was hosted by Chesmont BPW and chaired by district director Keny Holman. District 10 includes members from Chester and Delaware counties. The group of women aims to help women.

For more information about the Greater Downingtown BPW, readers may visit


Area Chamber Earns Award September 21, 2017

The Lancaster Chamber has received a Gateways for Growth Challenge Award from New American Economy and Welcoming America to provide technical assistance for the chamber and local partners for the development of a multi-sector plan for welcoming and integrating immigrants into the Lancaster County workforce and broader community. The award was presented to 25 communities across the United States.

In November 2016, the chamber partnered with New American Economy and the Lancaster County Refugee and Immigrant Coalition to release the "New American Economy Immigration Report," which outlined the significant contributions of Lancaster County's foreign-born residents to the local economy and community. In addition, the chamber hosted an issue conversation in April, where business professionals learned more about the findings in the report and discussed how companies can successfully support and integrate immigrants into their workforces.

New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. Welcoming America is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is leading a movement of inclusive communities across the nation that are becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong.

For more information, readers may contact Heather Valudes at 717-397-3531.


ABWA Chapter Plans Meeting September 15, 2017

The Wheatland Conestoga Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Loxley's, 500 Centerville Road, Lancaster. Networking will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Amy J. Malay, chief change leader at Join Me on the Journey. She is a certified coach, trainer and speaker. Malay helps individuals and businesses identify and change areas of the organization where they think growth is needed.

To make reservations, readers may contact Kim Warner at or 717-475-0677.


ABWA Chapter Plans Mixer September 13, 2017

ABWA Penn Square Chapter will hold a social mixer on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at Annie Bailey's, 28 E. King Street, No. 30, Lancaster. Refreshments will be available.

ABWA Penn Square Chapter has extended event invitations to women from all over the country who are flying in to attend the National Convention.

Tickets are limited, and registration and payment are due in advance by visiting and scrolling down to the Upcoming Events section. Registrations will be available until Monday, Oct. 2, or until all tickets are sold.


Organization Hires Program Director September 6, 2017

Leadership Lancaster, a program of the Foundation of the Lancaster Chamber, has hired Erin Long as the organization's new program director. Long was scheduled to take on her new role in September. She replaces Kate Zimmerman, who has been promoted to executive director.

Long most recently served as a community school director through Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania at the School District of Lancaster, scaling up the district's community school model through community partnerships. Long is also a Core Class of 2016 graduate of Leadership Lancaster.

Leadership Lancaster administers various educational programs, including Core Class, Executive Series, Leadership Advantage, and Board Leadership Academy. Its courses cater to everyone from established executives to emerging leaders. As program director, Long will provide leadership and direction in executing all aspects of Leadership Lancaster's programs and initiatives.

Long lives in Lancaster city and is active in several other Lancaster community groups, including Arch Street Center, Girls on the Run, and The Common Wheel.

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