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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.

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Students Visit Credit Union March 1, 2017

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Students Learn About Financial Literacy March 1, 2017

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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.

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Partnership News Posted January 10, 2017

Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (VROCP) will partner with Keystone Correctional Services Inc. in a new business endeavor that promises to support the mission of both organizations and the individuals they serve. The two organizations will act as the manufacturers of ceramic tile products for an established business, Inglenook Tiles. The plan is to have the production venture underway by the end of 2016.

For VROCP, a nonprofit that generates approximately 80 percent of its revenue from its businesses, this opportunity represents another source of income to pay for its programs and services to the blind and visually impaired. The business will provide hands-on business training for parolee residents of the state correctional system at Keystone Correctional Services. Understanding the aspects of how a business operates, developing transferable skills, and building steps to success are all intended to prevent as many parolees as possible from becoming repeat offenders in the future.

For more details, readers may call 238-2531.

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Fourth Friday Events Slated November 16, 2016

Main Street Mount Joy will sponsor Fourth Friday events on Nov. 25. Fourth Friday, held from 5 to 8 p.m., aims to showcase Mount Joy's dining, shopping and entertainment venues. This month's theme will be a Ladies' Night.

Free parking will be available on Main Street. For more information, readers may visit www.mainstreetmountjoy.com or call 653-4227.

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Small Businesses, Big Impact November 4, 2016

Downtown Mount Joy will celebrate Small Business Appreciation Month throughout November, thanks to a proclamation given by Mount Joy mayor Tim Bradley, the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Mount Joy.

Area residents are encouraged to shop local and support the small businesses in Mount Joy that help to create jobs, boost economic growth, and contribute to the vibrancy of the community.

"The intent is that we want to show support for small businesses," Bradley said. "It's difficult for small businesses to compete with large national advertising campaigns, and we want to remind our citizens that small businesses are an option."

In addition to shopping locally throughout the month, community members and business owners are encouraged to participate in Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 26.

According to www.sba.gov, Small Business Saturday is an annual day set aside nationwide to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

Bradley noted that small businesses include not only shop owners, but service and industry providers and restaurants. "Some of our most vibrant businesses have always been small businesses, and Mount Joy obviously has a thriving restaurant industry," he said. "We're trying to make sure people are going to be using local options whenever possible."

Bradley would like to see even more investment properties revitalized in the downtown area. He added that the Donegal School Board passed a resolution in early October for a program that, if passed by the county, would give tax breaks to individuals and businesses who make improvements to buildings and properties along Main Street.

As another incentive for residents to shop locally in the coming months, the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce will offer Mount Joy Money gift certificates. The gift certificates are available in several denominations and can be purchased from the Chamber, located at 62 E. Main St., Suite #1, Mount Joy. More than 40 Mount Joy Chamber members participate in the program, including gift shops, grocery stores, dentists, plumbers, restaurants, and others. A full list of participants is included with each gift certificate purchased.

Additionally, shoppers and businesses can take part in a "Keep Your Money Home for the Holidays" initiative. Patrons will be issued a frequent shoppers card and receive a stamp every time they spend a set minimum amount at any of the participating businesses, which will be listed on the card. When a card is completed with a stamp in each box, patrons can return their card to Main Street Mount Joy, 55 E. Main St., Mount Joy, to be entered for a chance to win Mount Joy Money gift certificates.

For more details, interested individuals can go to www.mountjoychamber.com or www.mainstreetmountjoy.com.

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Fourth Friday Events Slated October 24, 2016

Main Street Mount Joy will sponsor Fourth Friday events on Oct. 28. Fourth Friday, held from 5 to 8 p.m., aims to showcase Mount Joy's dining, shopping and entertainment venues. This month's theme will be a downtown Halloween party.

Free parking will be available on Main Street. For more information, readers may visit www.mainstreetmountjoy.com or call 653-4227.

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EACC Plans Luncheon September 29, 2016

The Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce (EACC) will hold a membership luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at noon at Lucky Ducks Bar and Grille, 45 N. Market St., Elizabethtown.

Speaking will be Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, on the current American presidential campaign and the findings of his recent polls. The set fee will cover the meal, iced tea or lemonade, tax, and gratuity. Those planning to attend are asked to register at http://www.elizabethtowncoc.com by Friday, Oct. 7.

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Annual Business Expo To Include Job Fair September 26, 2016

More than 40 local businesses and organizations will be part of the Manheim Area Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Business Expo on Thursday, Oct. 6. The community is invited to attend the expo between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. in the Manheim Central High School gymnasium, located at 400 Adele Ave. Admission is free.

New at this year's expo will be a presenter "show-and-tell," a job fair, and the inclusion of several home-based businesses among the vendors. The "show-and-tell" portion of the expo will give attendees the chance to join informational sessions throughout the day led by speakers from a local self-storage business, financial agency, chiropractic office, and more. The job fair will feature several businesses that currently have openings available for new employees.

"The expo is the perfect place to come to see the Manheim community businesses offering a wide variety of services," said Chamber administrative coordinator Kelly Lauver. She noted that the number of booths and vendors at the expo continues to increase each year.

Several giveaways will be offered at the expo, including a brand-name electronic tablet. "There is a terrific variety of door prizes," Lauver said. "Trivia questions are asked, and the first person to come to the Chamber booth with the correct answer wins a door prize."

Expo attendees will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations by Manheim Borough Police K9 officer Bayne and his handler, Sgt. Aaron Szulborski, again this year. A new display will be Fiore Boys Racing's sprint car. In addition to professional sprint car racing, the team has participated in formula racing, as well as motocross, stock car, street bike, street rod, and karting races. Cylo, the Barnstormers' mascot, will make rounds at the expo to greet and entertain guests of all ages.

Families are also invited to a story time with the Manheim Community Library at the expo at 1 p.m. "Story time at the Business Expo is a great introduction to Preschool Time and Toddler Time at the library," said Lisa Weissend, youth services coordinator at Manheim Community Library. "Although Preschool Time and Toddler Time are more in-depth programs that help to develop early literacy and motor skills, story time at the Business Expo can give children and their caregivers a taste of how much fun learning can be."

The library, located at 15 E. High St., offers Preschool Time for children ages 3 to 5 and a parent or caregiver at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Penn Township building and on Wednesdays at the library. Toddler Time is open to children ages 1 to 2 with a parent or caregiver on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at the library.

Some of the other nonprofit organizations that will be set up at the expo include Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment (MCFEE), Teen Central, Manheim Ministerial Association, and the Manheim Historical Society. Expo attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to the event to donate to the Manheim Central Food Pantry.

The Manheim Area Chamber of Commerce was established in 1960 and currently has 150 members, Lauver said.

For more information, readers may contact the Chamber at 665-6330, visit www.manheimchamber.com or search for "Manheim Chamber" on Facebook.

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