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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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Board Welcomes New Members June 22, 2017

As part of its recent annual dinner, Lancaster City and County Medical Society (LCCMS) welcomed the following physician leaders as new resident representatives to its board: Dr. Chelsea L. Cambria, from Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Jenna L. Fox and Dr. Kristina M. Zimmerman, both from Lancaster General Hospital. The new members represent residency programs.

For a complete list of Lancaster City and County Medical Society's board of directors members, readers may visit www.lancastermedicalsociety.org or call 717-393-9588.

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ABWA Chapter Slates Meeting June 22, 2017

The Penn Square Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) will host a meeting on Thursday, July 6, at 11:45 a.m. at Trout, Ebersole and Groff, 1705 Oregon Pike, Lancaster.

The speaker will be Laura Schanz from Laura Schanz Consulting Associates. She will share on the topic "Developing Change Readiness for Leaders/Managers."

To register, readers may search for "ABWA Penn Square Monthly Chapter Meeting" on www.eventbrite.com. For more information, readers may email ABWAPennSquare@gmail.com or visit www.abwapennsquare.org.

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LSHRM Given Excel Award June 15, 2017

The Lancaster Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM), a chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), has been awarded the 2016 Platinum Excel Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to members. The SHRM Excel Award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities that enhance the human resources profession, with Platinum being the highest level awarded to SHRM affiliates.

Some of these programs beyond the monthly educational breakfast meetings included employment law and professional development conferences. In 2016, one of the organization's initiatives was to advance the human resources (HR) profession by promoting HR as a career. LSHRM member volunteers worked with students from local colleges and a business school.

LSHRM serves nearly 400 members in Lancaster County and offers a formal opportunity for professionals in the human resource field to meet and exchange information of mutual interest. LSHRM provides opportunities to be proactive in workplace-related issues, enhances the professionalism of its members, and increases recognition of the significant roles and responsibilities of human resource professionals.

For more information about LSHRM, readers may visit www.lancastershrm.org or contact Leslie Wireback at 717-735-0172 or lwireback@lcswma.org.

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PR Society Plans Meeting June 14, 2017

The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society will meet on Thursday, June 29, at the Fire House Restaurant, 606 N. Second St., Harrisburg. Three panelists will share their journeys into consulting and how companies can benefit from the help of consultants. Registration and networking will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:15 p.m.

There is a cost to attend. For more information and to register, readers may visit www.pprs-hbg.org. For more details, readers may also contact B. Derek Shaw at 717-843-3050 or bdshaw73@gmail.com or Joelle Shea at 717-763-7211 or joelle.santolla@gmail.com.

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ABWA Chapter Plans Meeting June 8, 2017

The Blue Mountain Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA), will present Business Associate Night on Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at Dodge City Restaurant, Paxton and Cameron streets, Harrisburg. The guest speaker will be Gloria Martin-Roberts.

For more information, call 717-233-3250.

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ABWA Chapter Slates Meeting May 25, 2017

The Penn Square Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) will host a meeting on Thursday, June 1, at 11:45 a.m. at the Hamilton Club of Lancaster, 106 E. Orange St., Lancaster.

The speaker will be Samantha Shoop, an intelligence analyst at Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) under the Bureau of Criminal Investigations for the Pennsylvania State Police. The presentation will focus on the public/private sector outreach of Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) and trending Internet of Things (IoT) devices and vulnerabilities associated with them.

At the PaCIC, Shoop is responsible for numerous critical infrastructure sectors, including cyber security, finance, agriculture, and the defense industrial base. She graduated summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University with a degree in history and political science. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) specializing in security and intelligence.

To register, readers may search for "ABWA Penn Square Monthly Chapter Meeting" on www.eventbrite.com. For more information, readers may email ABWAPennSquare@gmail.com or visit www.abwapennsquare.org.

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ABWA Chapter Plans Meeting May 17, 2017

ABWA Wheatland Conestoga Chapter will meet on Tuesday, June 6, at Heritage Hotel, 500 Centerville Road, Lancaster. Maria Kapsak, community outreach coordinator for Aaron's Acres, will be the guest speaker. Networking will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Readers interested in attending are asked to call Linda Landis at 880-6074.

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MAHS Team Wins Business Challenge May 11, 2017

Four different teams from three local high schools advanced to and participated in the second round of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC's ninth annual Chamber High School Business Challenge at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology on April 26.

Team 2, from Middletown Area High School (MAHS), took the first-place prize, with its business called "Polarus Systems." Each team member received a $400 scholarship. Blades Skating Rink and Cafe from Harrisburg High School came in second place, and third place went to The Syndicate from Hershey High School. The fourth-place finisher was LightBite from Hershey High School.

The winning team members consisted of Mai Dang, Aaron Fischer, John Hursh, Shannon Reese and Jessaca Rusnov. Sean Burke and David Martin were the team advisers, and Brian Groff served as mentor.

To win first place, the team created a business, Polarus Systems, that would manufacture high-quality, transparent photovoltaic cells to replace the windows of cars. The windows would be made from photovoltaic cells that are efficient and manufactured to be long-lasting and eco-friendly. Polarus Systems would be looking at installing its product in hybrid cars to test out the new technology.

When asked about her experience participating in this year's competition, Dang stated, "Participating in the Business Challenge gives us a more realistic sense of what's going on in the business world. It was a great opportunity to learn first-hand on what putting together a business plan is all about."

Cash scholarship prizes, which were made possible by sponsorships from the regional business community, were provided to each student who participated in the event.

School districts interested in participating in the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC's 2018 Chamber High School Business Challenge may contact Larissa Bailey, government relations manager, at 213-5041 or lbailey@hbgrc.org.

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PPRS Slates Meeting May 11, 2017

The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society (PPRS) will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 25, at Fenicci's of Hershey, 102 W. Chocolate Ave. Registration and a time of networking will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 7:15 p.m.

Rob Rutz, senior vice president of strategic sponsorships for the PNC Financial Services Group, and Maria Royce, chief strategy officer of WellSpan Health, will speak on the topic "Gaining C-Suite Access: Joining a Senior Leadership Team." They will share thoughts to consider, stories of highs and lows, and advice about how to gain the trust of senior leadership.

There is a fee to attend, with a discount for members and students. For more information and to register, readers may visit www.pprs-hbg.org.

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