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Business Start-Up Support Group To Meet September 13, 2018

Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce, 3 N. Market St., Suite 101, Elizabethtown, will host the monthly meeting of the Business Start-Up Support Group on Monday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Business owners are invited to share their trials and successes with a supportive group of like-minded entrepreneurs.


ABWA Chapter Plans Meeting September 12, 2018

ABWA Lancaster Area Express Network Chapter will hold a breakfast meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike Lancaster.

Guest speaker Jen Strobel will present "Are You Getting in Your Own Way? Identifying Roadblocks to Effective Leadership" and how having the right mindset is more than just having a positive attitude. Strobel is vice president of human resources at a local company.

There is a cost to attend, and members will receive a discount. Registration is required by noon on Monday, Sept. 17, by visiting For more information, readers may contact Sam Biastre at 908-938-4135 or email


Spirit of YoCo Awards Announced September 10, 2018

The 2018 Spirit of YoCo Awards breakfast will honor community volunteers, elected and appointed officials, and community organizations and individuals for their service to York County. The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, York.

The Nonprofit Community Impact Award will be presented to Give Local York. Michael D. Jefferson will be honored with the Community Service Award, and the Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year will go to James Sterner. The Appointed Official of the Year award will go to Nadine Huber, and the Elected Official of the Year honor will be presented to Sandie Walker. Volunteer of the Year honors will go to Amy Reinert and the Nonprofit/Government Employee of the Year award will honor Holly Metzger-Brown.

For more information or to register, readers may contact Tristalyn Bixler-Kint at


RLABA Awards Scholarships September 10, 2018


SMPS Members Win Awards September 6, 2018

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Central Pennsylvania Chapter, recently announced its Horizon Award and Keystone Award winners from the 2017-18 program year.

SMPS Central PA recogized Leah Williams from Stahl Sheaffer Engineering LLC with The Horizon Award. This award is presented to a person new to the AEC industry whose early success and commitment to the industry shows outstanding potential for business stardom as an AEC marketer.

The Keystone Award was presented to Eric Arcudi from Stewart and Tate Construction. This award honors a more senior professional in the AEC industry whose career accomplishments and service to the Central PA Chapter are especially noteworthy.

In addition, the Central PA Chapter recognized the following member anniversaries: Kelly Fry, Barton Associates Inc., five years; Loren McClosky, Buchart Horn Inc., five years; Thomas Donley, Butz Family of Companies, five years; Janet Helsel, The EADS Group, 10 years; Jeffery Lynch, Poole Anderson Construction, 15 years; and Jacque Foster, Skelly and Loy Inc., 15 years.

SMPS represents a network of nearly 7,000 marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, construction, and specialty consulting firms located throughout the U.S. and Canada. The society and its chapters benefit from the support of more than 3,700 design and building firms, encompassing 80 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and Top 400 Contractors.

For more information, readers may visit


Health Care Forecast Event Posted September 6, 2018

The Central Penn Business Group on Health (CPBGH) will host its 19th annual Healthcare Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster.

Attendees will hear from key figures responsible for affecting change in the health care delivery system. Participants will also hear about the results of the 2018 Healthcare Survey, which includes information about how area employers are handling the rising costs of health care.

The breakfast will focus on how to use artificial intelligence to cost-effectively assist one's workforce in making better buying decisions; ensuring one's workforce has access to the tools and resources being developed to assist them when they need care; the role that plan design may play in assisting employees to make better decisions about care; the role of data in creating effective plan design; and facilitating and understanding the care process for people in need of significant care.

Separate costs have been set for CPBGH members and for nonmembers. Registration includes breakfast. To register, readers may visit


MDBA Sets Monthly Luncheon September 5, 2018

The Mason-Dixon Business Association (MDBA) will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Steelefish Grille, 660 Boulton Street, Bel Air, Md. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at 11:45 a.m. Guest speaker Teresa Walters, chief of police of the Havre de Grace Police Department, will share an educational presentation on active shooters.

Preregistration is encouraged, and guests are welcome. There is a cost. For more information, readers may find the association on Facebook or visit


Leadership York Elects Board Members August 29, 2018

Leadership York has elected four new members to its board of directors. Their terms began in July. Each new member was carefully selected because of their commitment to servant leadership and unique expertise professionally and within the York community.

Joining the board are Aaron Kveragas, Leadership Training Program Class of 2016, vice president, business banking officer at PeoplesBank; Adam Marsh, Future Leaders of York Class of 2002, president of Ledge Inc.; Chad Myers, Leadership Training Program Class of 2006, Mentorship York Class of 2011, director of development at Pinnacle Health Foundation/UPMC Pinnacle Memorial; and Robert Stone, Executive Connections Class of 2011, president of Covenant Insurance Group.

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 just under a total of 3,700 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government.


Chamber Seeks Volunteers For Mentoring Programs August 22, 2018

The Lancaster Chamber is searching for mentors for its Women in Business Mentoring Program and Young Men's Mentoring Program for the 2018-19 school year. Both programs provide opportunities for local business professionals to provide guidance, wisdom and encouragement to high school juniors through one-on-one mentoring relationships. Activities include job shadowing and special learning and professional growth opportunities. The registration deadline is Saturday, Sept. 1.

There is a fee to participate. An additional fee may be required for criminal background checks. To learn more or to register to be a mentor, readers may contact Sandi Thompson at or 717-239-6963.


PSBA Safety Grants Posted August 6, 2018

Winners of the Keystone/Pennsylvania School Bus Association (PSBA) Safety Grant were announced at the PSBA's Annual Conference on June 24. Winners included John Polli with Reliance Student Transportation of York, Lea Newcomer with F&S Transportation of York, and Fred and LeeAnn Kline with Allegheny Transportation of Aetna.

Keystone and the PSBA partnered in 2018 to offer the first annual Safety Grant as an opportunity to improve safety of fleet operations or services provided to employees or students. The grant offers up to $30,000 for winners to implement proposed safety initiatives throughout the course of a year, with the opportunity to showcase their efforts during the next year's annual conference.

Reliance Transportation proposed the installation of electronic "child check" units in their passenger vans to minimize the chances of a child being left in a van. F&S Transportation proposed creating an eco-friendly driver simulator for new and seasoned drivers to test skills in real-world environments while saving on fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Allegheny Transportation proposed a mascot, Gus the Goose, to minimize injuries by helping students remember safety rules in videos, school appearances, and signs on the bus.

For more information, readers may visit


Stankovich Named Vice President July 26, 2018

The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) has announced that longtime employee Jessica Stankovich has been promoted to vice president of the LVCC.

Stankovich graduated from Millersville University with a major in environmental geography. She began her career with the Chamber in 2013 as an administrative assistant. In 2015, Stankovich was promoted to director of leadership and education. In August, she is slated to complete her fourth year of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management and graduate with an IOM designation.

Stankovich will continue to manage the Excellence in Education Banquet, Farm City Committee and Banquet, Leadership Lebanon Valley Program, and the Chamber's travel tours. Last year, Stankovich created the first Charity Softball Tournament for the Chamber, with the net proceeds donated to the Chamber's Nonprofit of the Year. In her new role, Stankovich will work on collaboration and development of programs and member benefits and community initiatives, and she will assist with outreach to Chamber members and community partners.

The position of vice president has been previously held at the Chamber but has not been filled in recent years.

Stankovich can be reached at 717-273-3727 or


City Merchants Hit Milestones July 25, 2018

The Lancaster City Alliance, in partnership with the Downtown Investment District, recently recognized 28 city merchants in business from one to 30 years. Those receiving the awards represent the eclectic restaurant, retail, and cultural experience that has garnered Lancaster several recent national recognitions.

The recognition occurred at a recent Lancaster City Alliance monthly merchant meeting. During the meetings, the community comes together to network, learn, and participate in engagement strategies. The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. All are welcome to attend.

City merchants presented with Milestone Awards at the July merchant meeting are one-year anniversary honorees: Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen, Catalina's on Orange, Copper Cup Coffee, Diamonds Nail Salon, Foltz Pretzels, Just Scrubz, Lancaster Art Studios, Meduseld Meadery, My Aunt Debbie, Penny's Creamery, Perkup and Company, Rohrer Family Farm Flowers, Steel Peel Pennsylvania Pizza Company, and The Cellar at Market.

Five-year anniversary honorees include Fresh Farms Cafe, The Trust Performing Arts Center, Petals With Style, Sophie Stargazer Boutique LLC, The Black Comb, The Pink Lady Salon, Twice Found, and Zoetropolis. Ten-year anniversary honorees are Dreams Collide, La Costena Restaurant/Cafe, and Pat's Pizza. In addition, businesses earning recognition include The Pottery Works, 15 years; The Belvedere Inn, 20 years; and Mulberry Art Studios, 30 years.


Spirit Of YoCo Awards Posted July 23, 2018

The Spirit of YoCo Awards 2018 will accept nominations in several categories. The awards breakfast will honor community volunteers, elected and appointed officials, and community organizations and individuals for their service to York County. The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, York.

The categories include Appointed Official of the Year, Elected Official of the Year, Community Service Award, Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Non-Profit Community Impact Award. For additional details and to submit a nominee, readers may visit and search the Events Calendar under Member Benefits for the Spirit of YoCo Awards breakfast on Sept. 26.

For more information, readers may also contact Mary Walker at 717-771-4575 or


Tourism Grant Program Seeks Applicants July 23, 2018

The York County Tourism Grant Program supports projects that grow the local tourism industry and draw more visitors to York County. Funded by the local room tax, tourism grants can help enhance existing programs, create a new event, improve marketing efforts, and more.

The application period for 2018 Round Two grant awards is open with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Local businesses may apply to grow their business, reach new customers, and make York County an even better place to live, work and play. Creative ideas could be a perfect fit if they enhance the visitor experience, create a positive economic impact through overnight stays, strengthen an existing attraction, and attract visitors beyond a 50-mile radius of York.

To apply for the grant, readers may visit Grant applications must be submitted online. For questions, readers may contact


YoCo Bloom Micro-Grant Available July 10, 2018

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) has announced the launch of YoCo Bloom. YoCo Bloom is a new micro-grant program available to YCEA members with initiatives benefiting the York County community.

Two grants in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded to YCEA members based in York County with fewer than 100 employees. This growth opportunity will allow for smaller organizations to increase their impact in the county. In addition, this gives organizations a chance to gain exposure throughout the county.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13. For details and an application, readers may visit and search for "YoCo Bloom."


Chamber Seeks Event Sponsors June 27, 2018

The Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce will hold its July Block Party on Friday, July 13. The event will feature the Lego Crawl, where children and adults may visit participating businesses to collect Lego pieces and have their bingo-style cards stamped.

Any Elizabethtown area business can be a sponsor, which will help cover the cost of the Lego pieces for this year's event. To register a sponsorship, readers may visit or email


Carlisle Property Showcase Slated June 12, 2018

The Downtown Carlisle Association will host a Downtown Carlisle Property Showcase on Wednesday, June 20, at 3 p.m. The event will highlight available properties and offer an opportunity to learn the steps to open a business in Carlisle.

The showcase tour will start at 6 S. Hanover St. (next to the Comfort Suites), where visitors will be welcomed and taken on a walking tour of available downtown properties. After the tour, attendees will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with key people who can guide them through the process of opening their own business and making downtown Carlisle their business address.

Readers may register for the showcase by contacting


López Completes Term As President June 5, 2018

Sharon López, partner in a Lancaster law firm, became immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) at the end of the PBA annual meeting on May 11. She completed her term as the 123rd president and the first Latina, the first ex-legal services attorney, and the first mother to serve as president in the history of the association, which was founded in 1895.

López holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite College and a juris doctorate degree from the Widener University School of Law (now known as Widener Law Commonwealth). The law school honored her in 2014 for her efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession. She also received the Widener University School of Law Alumni Outstanding Service Award in 2008.

For more information, readers may visit


Leadership York To Host Annual Event May 31, 2018

Leadership York will host SPARK, its annual social and networking event, on Wednesday, June 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Warehaus, 320 N. George St., York. The signature annual event is an opportunity for Leadership York alumni to reunite and network, as well as a way to introduce non-alumni to the organization's leadership development programs.

This year, the annual event will also be a special celebration of Leadership York's 40th anniversary. The brief program will include stories and reflections from alumni throughout Leadership York's history, the vision for the future of the organization, and an announcement of the total funds raised for the special 40 Days of Giving Challenge. Refreshments will be served, and prospective participants may speak one-on-one with alumni about what they gained from their participation in the programs.

There is no charge to attend SPARK. Registration is not required, but those who wish to register may email

Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts just under 3,700 graduates from its six programs. Those 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


2018 CSA Shares Still Available May 22, 2018

The Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op (LFFC) will offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares to members of the community. This year, farms will offer a full range of foodstuffs, from fruit and vegetables to flour, eggs, cheese, and dairy to chicken and red meat as well as flowers and Community Supported Medicines shares and more.

Prorated shares will be available throughout the summer. Readers may check out all LFFC has to offer by visiting or by calling the CSA department at 717-656-3533, ext. 2.

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