BIG IDEA Contest Deadline Posted May 9, 2018
Ben Franklin's BIG IDEA Contest is open to entrepreneurs in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The prize money will offer a great way to put some cash into a startup. However, the business mentoring, networking opportunities, and feedback from experts may be just as valuable as the cash.
Individuals who have been thinking about developing or commercializing an innovative product, process, or new software application, are encouraged to enter the contest. The contest is seeking budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers, or even small existing businesses.
Winners can win up to $50,000 in cash, a six-month membership/working space in the BF TechCelerator at TheCandyFactory, a one-year pass to seminars offered by Ben Franklin's eMarketing Learning Center valued at $3,000, and a free consult (and proposal prep) valued at $3,000 on how to access federal research and development grant money from the Innovation Partnership.
Applicants are eligible if they are located in either Lancaster or Lebanon County; they are developing/commercializing a new, innovative tech-based product/process; they have not previously received an investment from Ben Franklin; and their business is either pre-revenue or has not had sales that exceeded $500,000 to date. For more details, readers may contact email@example.com or 717-948-6625.
To complete an application, readers may visit http://bigidea.benfranklin.org. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 18, at 5 p.m.
Students Learn About Construction Careers April 10, 2018
Over the course of three days, March 13 to 15, 206 students and educators participated in Construction Wars, a career exploration event offering hands-on activities designed to introduce students to the careers available in the field of construction. Students from 14 schools representing local school districts attended.
The following schools participated: CHASE Homeschool Co-op in Lancaster, Cocalico Middle School from Cocalico School District, Eastern York Middle School from Eastern York School District, The Janus School in Lancaster, Lampeter-Strasburg High School and Martin Meylin Middle School from Lampeter-Strasburg School District, Lower Dauphin Middle School from Lower Dauphin School District, Manheim Township High School from Manheim Township School District, Middletown Area Middle School from Middletown Area School District, New Cumberland Middle School from West Shore School District, Northeastern Middle School from Northeastern School District, Salisbury Elementary from Pequea Valley School District, and Smith Middle School and Swift Middle School from Solanco School District.
During the event, students explored a variety of construction trades by building several take-home items, including a wooden bench and a metal tool box. They also participated in plumbing projects and tool identification stations.
Students were assisted by 66 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone member construction professionals who shared their knowledge of the industry. Current ABC Keystone apprentices were also on hand to answer questions, and they shared first-hand experiences of the chapter's apprenticeship training program. Dr. Ben Stiles from Lancaster County Career and Technical Center shared additional educational programs with the students.
Construction Wars, hosted by ABC Keystone Chapter in Manheim, is part of the many workforce development initiatives developed by the Keystone Chapter. For more information regarding the event, readers may contact Todd K. Staub, director of workforce development for ABC Keystone, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-653-8106.
Businesses Invite Shoppers To Discover Quarryville March 22, 2018
"We thought it might be fun to get together to have an event to encourage people to come in and have a good time," said Ferguson & Hassler Supermarket (Fergie's) co-owner Chip Hassler, explaining the reasoning behind Discover Quarryville, a celebration that will run from Thursday, April 12, through Saturday, April 14.
"Quarryville has a lot to offer that even people close by don't know about," added Glendon Strite of Good's Store.
In order to entice folks to visit the borough and patronize the businesses located there, Fergie's, Good's Store, C.R. Lapp's Family Restaurant, Martin Appliance, and Stoner-Wade Ford have collaborated on Discover Quarryville. Each business will host special offers and attractions throughout the three days. In addition, each business has contributed five $100 gift cards, and five individuals will win a gift card from all five companies. To enter, folks must receive a stamp at each participating venue. Entry forms may be picked up at the businesses or found inside an upcoming edition of this paper. No purchase is required to win.
"We are hoping that this inaugural event is such a success that we can offer a couple each year and grow from there," commented Diana Wade, who is the third generation of her family to be involved with Stoner-Wade Ford. "(Quarryville) is a great community with wholesome people. It's neat to see the families evolve over the years, and I get to be a part of that."
Fergie's, located in the Towns Edge Shopping Center, 100 TownsEdge Drive, will offer a first-ever spring meat sale from April 12 to 14. Whoopie pies and cakes made by Shady Maple's bakery will be on sale on April 12 and Friday, April 13. Free samples of the baked goods and other items will be available during those days as well. Additionally, the Kunzler hot dog wagon will be on-site on April 12, and shoppers may enjoy a hot dog, chips, and a beverage free of charge. To learn more about the supermarket, readers may visit www.fergusonhassler.com or call 717-786-7301.
The hot dog wagon will be located at Stoner-Wade Ford, 415 W. Fourth St., Quarryville, on April 13 and will offer free refreshments. On April 12 and 13, the automotive dealership will host a Ride and Drive event. Folks may test drive a new Ford Escape or EcoSport, driving the vehicles to the businesses participating in Discover Quarryville. Spots are limited, and reservations must be made by calling Wade at 717-806-6236.
In addition, Stoner-Wade Ford will host a birthday party for the Ford Mustang on April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests are invited to drop in at any time with their Mustangs or to chat with other muscle car enthusiasts. Cupcakes and other treats will be served, and door prize drawings will be held. Readers planning to attend are asked to contact Wade by Monday, April 9. To learn more about the dealership, readers may visit www.stonerwade.com.
The hot dog wagon's final location will be Good's Store, 333 W. Fourth St., Quarryville. Free hot dogs, chips, and beverages will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 14. According to https://goodsstores.com, the department store offers a genuine Pennsylvania Dutch shopping experience complete with friendly service, low prices, and unique merchandise. Good's Store opened in Peach Bottom in 1985 and moved to its current location, where Fergie's previously operated, in 1988.
Strite pointed out that Good's is an independent Ace Hardware, and along with paint, tools, hard goods, and sporting goods, it also sells clothing, housewares, fabric, and craft supplies. A special sale on select items will be held during Discover Quarryville. To learn more, readers may visit the website or call 717-786-9028.
While Martin Appliance, 2318 Beaver Valley Pike, New Providence, will not host the hot dog wagon, it will not be without food. A demonstration of a wood smoker will be held during the three-day event, and folks may sample food that comes off the grill. There will also be storewide specials, and shoppers may look at the latest in residential appliances and household furnishings and learn about water treatment solutions. The showroom will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 12 and 13 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 14. For more information, readers may visit www.martinsappliance.com or call 717-786-7373.
For a full meal or only dessert, folks may visit C.R. Lapp's Family Restaurant, 101 Fite Way, Quarryville. The breakfast buffet will be available from 6 to 11 a.m. each day of the event, and the price will be discounted. Folks may enjoy a free breakfast buffet when they purchase a gift card with a minimum value of $30. Additionally, diners may take 50 percent off the cost of a second meal when they buy one at the regular price from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lapp's is owned by the husband-and-wife team of Christy and Robin Lapp. The couple opened the restaurant in February 2005 and offer homestyle Pennsylvania Dutch food. "It feels like a family (here)," said staff member Chrissy Martinez. "A lot of people come in for three meals a day. You really get to know them on a personal level." For a list of current specials and to view menus, readers may visit www.crlappsfamilyrestaurant.com. Takeout orders may be placed by calling 717-786-1768.
For more information about Discover Quarryville, readers may find the event page on Facebook or call or visit any of the participating businesses.
Family Hairloom Announces New Services, Welcomes Staff December 19, 2017
Family Hairloom, 131 E. State St., Quarryville, is celebrating 31 years in business and has welcomed three additional professionals to the staff.
The salon currently features six stylists and one nail technician. The two new stylists are Kelsey Deutschlander, formerly of Hair Express with five years of experience, and Melissa McHugh, who was a Sebastian Educator with more than 10 years of experience. Deutschlander and McHugh specialize in all hair care services, along with bridal hair and makeup.
Family Hairloom has also welcomed Maureen Boyer as its new nail technician. Boyer previously worked at Tran Nailery and brings more than 25 years of nail care experience to the salon. She recently added the SNS System to her line of artificial nail enhancements, and the salon uses and carries OPI and CND nail products. A variety of nail artistry is available.
Family Hairloom owner Beth Marsh has been a stylist for 39 years and has been in operation in Quarryville for 31 years. She was previously employed at New Image Salon in Philadelphia; Town & Country Salon in Newark, Del.; and Shear Creations in Oxford.
Marsh noted that Family Hairloom strives to be a friendly, family-oriented hometown salon, and the stylists have experience with customers of all ages. Two stylists, Pat Herr and Glenda Findly, have been with the business for 30 years.
Family Hairloom features color specialists, along with haircuts and perm services. The long-term, experienced stylists offer updated styles and participate in yearly continuing education.
The salon recently added HALOCOUTURE to its services in order to enhance its bridal and special occasion hair offerings. In addition, the salon uses and carries Matrix, Redken, and Paul Mitchell hair care products.
Coming in 2018, the salon plans to add sunless tanning system services. The all-natural spray tanning is designed to last seven to 10 days and is perfect for a special trip, wedding, or prom. It can be applied from head to toe or in targeted areas of the client's choice.
To celebrate the new professionals joining the Family Hairloom team, the salon will offer holiday discounts of $5 off haircuts; $10 off color, foil, or perms done by Deutschlander or McHugh; and $10 off gel manicures and pedicures done by Boyer. The offers will be available through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, but cannot be combined with any other discount offers.
Family Hairloom can be reached at 717-786-8958. The salon is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.
Citadel Seeks Nominations October 4, 2017
Citadel has announced that the nomination period for the 2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award is now open. Nominations for the 17th annual Citadel Heart of Learning Awards program will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 31. Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit created the Citadel Heart of Learning Award in 2001. Teachers who receive the award show excellence both inside and outside the classroom and make a difference in the lives of their students.
Fifteen finalists, comprised of one finalist from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one from the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and one from a Chester County non-public school, which includes charter and home schools, will be chosen from the nominations. Each finalist will receive $500 to use in their classroom.
From these 15 finalists, three winners, including one high school, one middle school, and one elementary school teacher, will receive an additional $1,500 to use in their classrooms.
In addition, the "Schools with Heart" contest will award the top three schools that submitted the most nominations. Schools with Heart awards three cash prizes, including $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place. The prizezs may be used for support assemblies or events.
For more information, nomination rules, and to submit teacher nominations, readers may visit www.CitadelHeartofLearning.com.
10th Annual Designathon Event Announced September 21, 2017
Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit their needs for professional quality design materials for Pennsylvania College of Art and Design's (PCA&D) 10th annual Designathon. Every year, PCA&D students create brochures, logos, T-shirts, posters, websites, and more for area nonprofits with the help of faculty.
The 10th annual Designathon will take place on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24. Interested nonprofits should download an application at http://pcad.edu/10th-annual-designathon/ and return it by Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Chinese Youths Visit Chester County July 26, 2017
Chester County recently welcomed 40 young Chinese representatives. The China Blue Junior Journalist group, consisting of students ages 9 to 14 from the Zhenjiang Province, met with county government, business, education and tourism representatives at the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau in the morning on July 21 before touring Longwood Gardens. The students, selected to travel to North America by the Zhejiang Television Station Children's Channel, presented handmade gifts and interviewed Chester County representatives for news productions that were slated to be edited and aired on their return to China.
Welcoming the young delegation were Mike Grigalonis, chief operating officer of the Chester County Economic Development Council; Paul B. Redman, president and CEO of Longwood Gardens; Susan Hamley, executive director of the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau; and Tiffany Lawson, executive director of the Governor's Commission on Asian American Affairs. Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell, who has spearheaded the Chester County China Initiative, prepared a specially taped welcome for the group. During the formal presentation, Lawson presented the group with a letter of welcome from Gov. Tom Wolf.
The 40 China Blue Junior Journalist delegates were selected from hundreds of candidates in the Zhenjiang region. Prior to taking part in the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau, the youths had interviewed attendees during the National People's Congress in Beijing and increased their interview skills in Philadelphia and Chester County. During their visit to the U.S., the students also planned to visit the Chinese Consulate General and tour the XinHua news agency and Bloomberg media in New York City.
Final Friday Activities Scheduled July 19, 2017
Parkesburg Action Committee invites the community to attend Final Friday on July 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the 200 block of Main Street. The event will feature local businesses, vendors, community groups, food trucks and live music. The road will be closed to traffic.
Final Fridays celebrate everything that Parkesburg and the immediate area has to offer. The Parkesburg Action Committee plans and organizes each event in conjunction with the borough of Parkesburg. The first event took place in May, and Final Fridays are set to take place on the last Friday of each month through November.
The Parkesburg Action Committee was formed in March to support and revitalize the town. It is a group of local residents and business owners who are committed to bringing new businesses to town and highlighting what is already available to residents. The Parkesburg Action Committee participated in Spring Clean Up at Minch Park and created a children's garden at the park. The organization hosted the borough council candidate meet-and-greet event before the primary elections and intends to work more within the community to promote growth and opportunity.
For more information about Final Friday, readers may search for "Parkesburg Action Committee" on Facebook.
Girls In Medicine Program Posted July 5, 2017
The Division of Nursing at Immaculata University, 1145 King Road, Immaculata, will offer a daylong learning experience on Tuesday, July 18, to high school females who aspire to enter the health care industry. The event is part of the Girls in Medicine program, sponsored by The Clinic in Phoenixville.
The Girls in Medicine program is a one-year enrichment program for high school girls interested in premedicine and health care careers. As part of the upcoming event, Immaculata faculty, as well as professionals from outside the Immaculata community, will showcase various health care fields such as nursing, nutrition, allied health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training.
For more information, readers may contact Sharon Barnes at 484-323-3683.
Transportation Partnership Formed June 27, 2017
Mason-Dixon Community Services has announced its new partnership with rabbittransit. In an attempt to increase ridership in the Delta region, the organizations will increase the Paratransit service, also called Shared Ride. Paratransit is a door-to-door public transportation service available in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Paratransit connects people to doctor's offices, grocery stores, senior centers, and other destinations across each county.
The Shared Ride service will now include an earlier morning pickup time of 9 a.m. The goal of the program is to help Delta area residents increase their access to health care and employment opportunities, which are traditionally found in the greater York area. For non-life-sustaining or employment trips, the service provides a 9 and 11 a.m. average arrival time in York, with an average return time back to Delta at noon and 3:30 p.m.
To learn more about Shared Ride, readers may watch a 90-second video about the service, available on YouTube by searching for "rabbittransit shared ride." The video is the product of discussions between rabbittransit and Access to Care, a committee that helps explore the barriers between healthcare and transportation. Information and applications are available at www.rabbittransit.org/sharedride.
Founded in 1983 in Delta, Mason-Dixon Community Services is a human services agency with the goal of providing a safety net in the community for struggling individuals and families.
Well Workplace Awards Presented June 21, 2017
Lighten Up Lancaster County, LiveWell Lancaster County, and Central Penn Business Group on Health recently presented the 2017 Well Workplace Awards to local businesses at the Lancaster County Health Summit. The Well Workplace Awards are given at four levels and were awarded to 26 companies in Lancaster County this year.
Lancaster General Health received the Impact Award for achieving measurable results and meaningful outcomes with its comprehensive workplace wellness program. Masonic Villages of Elizabethtown received the Innovation Award for its unique efforts to create a culture of complete wellness that incorporates physical, mental, and social well-being.
Franklin & Marshall College and Electron Energy Corporation were given special recognition for earning a Platinum Well Workplace Award for the first time. These companies have developed gold-standard programs to support health and well-being for their employees. The resources that are offered, including on-site fitness classes, tobacco cessation programs, healthful dining options, health coaching, and health screenings, empower employees to reach their personal health goals. Platinum Well Workplace Awards were also given to Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine, Masonic Villages of Elizabethtown, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, Ecore International, Herr Foods, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, Dutchland Inc., LCSWMA, ITT Engineered Valves, and Murray Insurance Associates Inc.
Gold Well Workplace Awards were given to Engle Printing & Publishing Co. Inc., Ephrata Area School District, Preferred Health Care, and Nxtbook Media.
Silver Well Workplace Awards were given to Fulton Financial Corporation, Donegal Mutual Insurance Company, Hospice and Community Care, the County of Lancaster, CoreSource Inc., INGROUP Associates, Longenecker's Hatchery Inc., East Lampeter Township, and StoudtAdvisors.
To receive a Well Workplace Award, companies complete the Worksite Health Scorecard created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Worksite Health Scorecard is a comprehensive tool that employers can use to evaluate whether they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions or strategies in their worksites. Many of the Well Workplace Award winners have used the scorecard for years to set goals for improving their workplace wellness offerings.
The Well Workplace Awards were first given in 2010. Applications are available in February of each year, and the awards are distributed at the Health Summit in May.
Fourth Friday Planned May 17, 2017
The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold Fourth Friday in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville on May 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. A number of area businesses will offer a variety of special sales and exhibits.
Columbia Crossing, 41 Walnut St., Columbia, will be open for extended hours on Fourth Fridays during the summer. On May 26, Jefery Woodall will provide live music.
The Fourth Friday Passport program will continue. Individuals may purchase passports and receive discounts and giveaways at the participating locations during Fourth Friday and the businesses' regular hours. The program will continue until Fourth Friday, Aug. 25. Passports may be purchased at the Visitor Center and the participating businesses. Participants may enter their passports in a gift basket giveaway at the end of the summer. For more details, call 684-5249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors' Expo Held May 11, 2017
The Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging co-hosted the 18th annual Dauphin County 50plus Expo on May 9 at the Hershey Lodge. The free, one-day event provided information and resources for the area's community of people age 50 and up and their caregivers. Guests could speak face-to-face with exhibitors about products and services on display in travel, housing, medical services, nutrition, home improvements, finances, healthcare and more.
Attendees were eligible to win door prizes and took advantage of free health screenings for glucose, hearing, lower back and sciatica pain, bone density, ear health and others. The Expo also included ongoing entertainment, including two vocalists from Gretna Theatre performing songs from the educational musical "Amelia Earhart: Lost Hero."
Physical therapist Chad Madden from Madden Physical Therapy shared his method for relieving back pain and sciatica, and Kim Eichinger with Mohler Senior Center conducted a SilverSneakers fitness demonstration. The mostly seated exercise program included rhythmic movements in which participants stretched and twisted while pounding out the beat on drumsticks.
Staff from the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society shared the area's local history, including the life and community works of chocolate titan Milton Hershey. Jerry Mitchell, education and outreach specialist with the Office of Attorney General, educated visitors on how to protect themselves against fraud and financial exploitation.
For more information, readers may call 285-1350 or visit www.50plusExpoPA.com.
Downtown Oxford Nominated For Award May 10, 2017
Downtown Oxford was named a quarterfinalist in Independent We Stand's 2017 America's Main Streets contest. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite quarterfinalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000. Independent We Stand believes that, as the lifeblood of cities and towns, main streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place.
Downtown Oxford is home to boutique shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Oxford Mainstreet Inc. (OMI) nominated downtown Oxford for the America's Main Street award. OMI sponsors various activities, including the monthly First Friday street fairs, 3rd on Third, which highlight local artists.
Quarterfinalist voting began on May 1 at www.MainStreetContest.com and will continue through Sunday, May 28.
The top 10 semifinalists will be announced on Monday, May 29, and the winner of the contest will be announced on Monday, June 5. During a Main Streets Make Us Better celebration on Tuesday, July 4, the winner will announce how the prize money will be used.
In addition to the grand prize, additional prizes will be awarded, including shopping sprees, outdoor power equipment, a subscription to an online marketing service, public relations and social media recognition, an alignable small business social media neighborhood online, and a plaque.
For more information on downtown Oxford, readers may visit www.DowntownOxfordPA.org or call 610-998-9494.
Oxford Mainstreet Inc. aims to serve as the catalyst to unify and collaborate with supporting organizations to promote and foster economic growth and stability within the business improvement district and surrounding areas, while preserving downtown Oxford's rich historic and cultural identity. Oxford Mainstreet Inc. is committed to improving the quality of life for residents and visitors alike by making downtown Oxford a more attractive and enjoyable place to live, work, play and shop.
Independent We Stand is a nationwide movement of independent small business owners whose mission is to inspire other small business owners to better understand and celebrate their locally owned status while educating consumers about the importance and strong economic benefits of supporting these businesses. More information is available at www.IndependentWeStand.org.
Business Showcase Announced March 22, 2017
The fourth annual Chanceford Township Business Showcase will take place on Saturday, April 1. Local businesses and organizations will be showcased from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chanceford Township Community Building, 51 Muddy Creeks Fork Road, Brogue.
Information from more than 70 Chanceford Township businesses and organizations will be included in a directory to be handed out to all attendees. The event will include a free giveaway drawing featuring prizes provided by local businesses.
SonLight Chapel will collect new and gently used clothing for local clothing banks. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
The event, sponsored by SonLight Chapel, is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may contact the church office at 927-6261.
Fourth Friday Announced January 17, 2017
The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold Fourth Friday in Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville on Jan. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. Area businesses will offer a variety of special sales and activities.
A full list of venues is available at http://parivertowns.com/m/events/view/Fourth-Friday.