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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 susan@brandtsfarmsupply.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 svcc@parivertowns.com.

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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.

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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.

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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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