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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff 20th Annual Golf Tournament Boost your online presence Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer Fiesta Spring Into History 11/30 Network recruits volunteers Live. Learn. Work. at Central Save the date for summer events Around town with the Chamber Committee Corner PA Chamber update National Small Business Week The importance of consistent branding Community Market Day Members in the news Giving back Member spotlights Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Leadership Franklin County update Foundation seeks grant applications Business Women’s Forum April ribbon cuttings April Lunch and Learn, other events


MAY 4-8

SMALL BUSINESS WEEK The Chamber is hosting a variety of seminars and networking opportunities to celebrate small businesses. View more information on page 8.


CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT 11 a.m. Registration, 1 p.m. Shotgun start Penn National Golf Course 3720 Clubhouse Dr., Fayetteville Enjoy a day on the greens with fellow members. Details on page 3. Visit for more information about these events and more. April events are listed on the back of the newsletter.

APRIL 2015


Sign up today for Chamber breakfast The Chamber will honor several of its members for their accomplishments in 2014 at the Annual Awards Breakfast on Thursday, April 9 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Road. This year’s breakfast will recognize ten Chamber members for their leadership, community engagement, innovation and more.


The featured speaker at the breakfast will be John R. Rodgers Jr., franchise owner for JR Rodgers & Associates Inc., the Dale Carnegie Training® franchise in Pittsburgh. He has been recognized by Dale Carnegie & Associates Inc. as one of the top marketing associates and instructors in the world.

Individuals may purchase tickets at $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Register at or call the Chamber at 717-264-7101 before noon on Monday, April 6. No shows will be billed.

Leadership seminar on organizational change Unrelenting change is becoming the Leadership Franklin County Advanced presents norm in today’s organizations. Leaders have no choice but to adapt and DEVELOPING help others adapt when dealing with both structural and human dynamic YOUR TOOLKIT transitions. Join Leadership Franklin for Leading Organizational Change County Advanced for a half-day session on Tuesday, April 28 from Tuesday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to noon 8 a.m. to noon featuring Dr. Robert Whitmore, The Growth Coach. This session at Green Grove Gardens will provide you with a toolkit to lead your team through organizational change, and is based on the model “Leading in Times of Change and Transition” from the Center for Creative Leadership. Dr. Whitmore is an experienced organizational leader and business coach. He is the owner of a Growth Coach Franchise, Entrepreneur Magazine’s No. 1 franchise in Business Coaching and Consulting. He has provided leadership programs, strategic planning, team building and coaching services for various organizations, including: Target Distribution Centers, Sears Holding Company Distribution Centers, Volvo Construction Equipment, PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations and many more.

Dr. Robert Whitmore

The cost to attend is $125 per person or a table of five for $500. Registration includes breakfast. To register, visit or call 717-264-7101.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eric Foreman, Susquehanna Bank - Chair Suzanne Miller-Trinh, Zullinger-Davis Law Firm - Past Chair Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair-elect David G. Sciamanna - Chamber President Lance Kegerreis, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Inc. - CADC Vice President Michelle Paulnock, ACNB Bank Foundation President Jim Zimmerman, Valley Quarries Inc. Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Derrick Donnell, PA CareerLink Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting Terry Guberman, Comfort Keepers Brian Speer, Wilson College Rod Hocker, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Carlos Perez, Chambersburg Wireless Melanie Furlong, SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Alice Hawbaker, LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. Luke Martin, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Kim Crider, Kim Crider/Take Shape for Life Mark Story, Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County Chris Patterson, Manitowoc Cranes Jeff Truhan, The Shook Home Mark Durniak, Fuddruckers


New coalition focuses on workforce development As a result of the Prosperity Report that was published in December of 2012 by the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, FCADC, Summit Health, Franklin County Government and the United Way of Franklin County, a tremendous amount of work has occurred over the past three years. The Franklin County Prosperity Taskforce has brought community stakeholders together, performed community benchmarking through the report, identified areas of improvement for the County and started new initiatives to help move the needle on those defined areas. Through the Prosperity Taskforce’s efforts, they’ve identified a community need to develop a Community Education Coalition to drive effective and sustainable workforce initiatives throughout Franklin County because there is a direct correlation between education, workforce preparedness, economic development and the impact to the quality of life of a community. The Chamber of Commerce along with the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation organized a workshop held on February 20 and invited key stakeholders in the community to help create the framework for the proposed Community Education Coalition. During the half-day retreat, more than 70 community leaders and legislators from a wide spectrum of industry had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Cindy Bennett, Executive Director of the Strategic Twin-Counties Educational Partnership (STEP) in North Carolina. The workshop began with an overview of STEP, including the interworking of the organization, how it was started, why it was needed, type of industries involved and the benefits to the community. This helped to provide a comparison to our community here in Franklin County and the foundation that needs to be built to organize and sustain a successful workforce development program.

CHAMBER STAFF David G. Sciamanna - President [email protected] Noel Purdy - Executive Vice President [email protected] Amy Fisher - Communications Director [email protected] Doug Harmon - Membership Director [email protected] Maryliz Toohig - Financial Director [email protected] Robin Harmon - Executive Director of the Chamber Foundation [email protected] Angie Schaeffer - Exec. Assistant/Office Manager [email protected] Lark Plessinger - Marketing Assistant [email protected] Kimberly Clapper - Special Events Coordinator/Admin. Assistant [email protected] Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected] Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist [email protected]

Following the overview of STEP, Dr. Bennett led the group through a variety of exercises to begin analyzing Franklin County to help inform the planning of the Community Education Coalition. A few of the topics discussed during the day, were: • How do we make the invisible, visible? (i.e. What work force development programs does our community have today that need to be better publicized?) • How can the educational system make the teachings relevant to local business and industry? • What are our priorities as a community? • How can we as business and industry, educators and local government collaborate together to tackle the issue of workforce readiness? • How do we “retain” our community to show the importance of workforce readiness? The next steps of the Community Education Coalition are to help answer some of these questions while building the foundation of a systematic workforce development program. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank those who participated in the February event; your participation was priceless. To learn more about the efforts of coalition, feel free to contact Robin Harmon (ext. 205) or Noel Purdy (ext. 207) at the Chamber. Eric Foreman Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, Susquehanna Bank Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors


It’s All About Community!

20th Annual Golf Tournament

Boost your online presence

Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 11 and enjoy some friendly competition on the greens with fellow members for one of the Chamber’s chief fundraising events. The Chamber’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. that day at Penn National Golf Club – Founders Course, 3720 Clubhouse Drive, Fayetteville. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with dinner following the tournament. Spherion is the Title Sponsor.

The Chamber offers targeted online advertising opportunities for member businesses interested in increasing their online presence in the community. Last month, the Chamber website received more than 20,000 pageviews and more than 70 percent of its online visitors were new. The Chamber’s website sponsorships have three levels: enhanced, premium and gold starting at just $25 per month. Banner and tile advertising receive up to 180,000 impressions per year based on the package level. All website sponsorships include enhanced business page options, priority business placement in the online business directory, free banner designs and more. The Chamber’s goal is to maintain your online advertising with up-to-date information and quality graphics that will reach your local audience.

There will be a hole-in-one contest sponsored by several local auto dealers including Shively Motors and Keystone Ford. Other contests include Beat the Pro par 3, Pot-o-Gold par 3, Birdie Ball (sponsored by Phantom Shadow), women’s and men’s closest to the pin and women’s and men’s long drive. New this year, there will also be group photos taken during the tournament by LA Cameras. Each foursome will be provided a complimentary framed photo. The cost is $95 per golfer and includes greens fees, range balls, lunch, dinner, drinks, networking and door prizes. A variety of sponsorships are available, including Gold THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS ($1,000), Silver ($500) and Green (one for $100 or three for Title Sponsor $250). New this year are Tent Sponsors, of which there are two available for $500 each. If you would like to become a sponsor or donate a door prize, contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected] To register for the event, visit Registration at the tournament begins at 11 a.m. Look for more information in the Golf Tournament flyer in this newsletter. Thanks again to our Title Sponsor, Spherion. For more information about Spherion, which provides staffing and recruiting services, visit or call the Chambersburg office at 717-262-2430.

Gold Sponsor

ChamberChoice/OnDemand Energy Silver Sponsors ACNB Bank Aerotek Keystone Ford Shively Motors Smith Elliot Kearns & Co. Valley Agency Insurance Beverage Sponsor ACE Distributing Hole-in-One Contest Sponsors Keystone Ford Shively Motors

Birdie Ball Sponsor Phantom Shadow

Goody Bags Sponsor Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Inc.

Chamber website advertising also includes regular management of your account by the Chamber staff to monitor and update your information. Businesses interested in learning more about our online advertising options should contact Doug Harmon at [email protected] or call 717-264-7101 ext. 202. More information also can be found at

Multi-chamber Cinco de Mayo mixer is one of the year’s largest Don’t miss one of the largest Chamber mixers of the year at the Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer Fiesta on Tuesday, May 5. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Conference Center at Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg Road. More than 500 business people are expected to attend from throughout the region. Host sponsors are Shippensburg University and the Conference Center at Shippensburg University. Several chambers from throughout the region participate in this popular mixer each May, which includes beverages and Mexicanthemed appetizers. To register, contact the Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce at 717-532-5509 or [email protected] To become a sponsor or donate a door prize, contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202. There are opportunities to be a Platinum Sponsor ($2,500), Gold Sponsor ($1,000), Silver Sponsor ($500) or Bronze Sponsor ($250). All levels allow the sponsoring business to set up a display table at the venue.



Explore Franklin County’s rich history on April 18 The Chambersburg Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East, will participate in a countywide event in April that will encourage people to see museums and history sites throughout Franklin County. Spring Into History on Saturday, April 18 is coordinated by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. Visit more than 20 participating historical sites and explore the trails of Franklin County; trek back to early settlements of the Germans and Scots Irish, discover secret hiding places of the Underground Railroad, explore Civil War sites and much more. Participants will enjoy free admission to all of the historical sites so they can enjoy them at no charge on this day. The Heritage Center doesn’t charge admission, but it normally would be closed on Saturday in April. The Heritage Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 18 to participate in the event and promote local history. Beginning May 2, the Heritage Center will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours on Old Market Day in July and AppleFest in October. To view a list of all the participating sites or for more information, visit New this year as part of Spring Into History is a chance to win awesome prizes by taking a picture with your very own Flat Ben. Print off and color your Flat Ben, then bring him along to at least four participating sites on the trail. Photograph him and be entered to win a basket of Franklin County goodies. The adult basket includes wine, chocolate, hand-crafted pottery, local cheeses and more. The kid basket includes a Ben Franklin action figure, passes to Cluggy’s, Glow Zone mini-golf and more. Download your Flat Ben using the website URL listed above.

11/30 Network recruits volunteers The 11/30 Network continues to host a variety of events each month. Initiated by the Chamber of Commerce and created by a core group of young professionals, the 11/30 Network provides opportunities for those under 40 to develop professionally, network with others and give back to the community. In March, the Steering Committee began recruiting young professionals who want to be more deeply involved in the 11/30 Network by joining a committee. Committees to be formed include Community Action, Marketing, Membership, Social/Family Events, Professional Development Events and Sports Events. Anyone interested in learning more or joining a committee should contact Amy Fisher at 717-2647101 ext. 204 or [email protected] Make sure you mark your calendar for upcoming 11/30 Network events, including: • Volunteer for Pub Run Registration - Friday, April 17 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at John Allison Public House, Greencastle. To volunteer, email [email protected] or call 717-264-7101 ext. 204. • Happy Hour & “Spring Into Wellness” Panel - Wednesday, April 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Roy-Pitz with a Health & Wellness Panel from 6 to 7 p.m. R.S.V.P. at Sponsored by Summit Health. • Entrepreneur Night - Wednesday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (co-sponsored by the 11/30 Network, Chambersburg Chamber, Franklin County Area Development Corp. and the Shippensburg Small Business Development Center). More details to come. • Stream Clean-up - Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m. to noon. Join us as we serve the community by cleaning up the area around the Conococheague Creek the weekend after the popular Trout Derby. To volunteer, email [email protected] • Happy Hour & Will Info Session - Wednesday, May 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Roy-Pitz with a Will Info Session from 6 to 7 p.m. R.S.V.P. at www.chambersburg. org/events. Visit for updates, and stay tuned for more great things to come from this group of vibrant young professionals!

Advertise in The Outlook Gain maximum exposure for your business to our 1,750+ contacts through affordable advertising in the newsletter. For details, contact Amy Fisher, communications director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected]


It’s All About Community!

Save the date! Downtown events planned for summer


Live. Learn. Work. at Central The building at 285 East Queen Street in downtown Chambersburg, commonly known as Central Junior High, has a long and storied history. The land, reserved by Benjamin Chambers for educational purposes, was initially established as the private Chambersburg Academy in 1797. As the community and education of Chambersburg grew and changed, the need for a public high school led the school district to acquire the site and open Chambersburg Area High School in 1910. The building underwent huge growth in 1929 when additions were made to increase the size. But as years passed, even additions to the building could not accommodate the growing number of high school students, and by 1957 a new high school had been built and the building was reclassified as Central Junior High School. The junior high remained open until 1986 when the building was closed. Though the doors of Central have been closed for nearly 30 years, Franklin County Area Development Corp. recently purchased the property and is working with McKissick Associates on a vision to bring life back to this once vibrant location. Through adaptive reuse, this former school building will be restored and reconfigured to become loft-style apartments (Live), educational facilities (Learn) and modern office spaces (Work). Live. Part of the redevelopment of Central is the Rose Rent Lofts, housed in the original Chambersburg High School along South Third Street whose exterior has been excavated from within the larger building. Rose Rent will consist of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom loft-style apartments with modern and eco-friendly interiors. Amenities in this historic building will include water, sewer, trash collection, washer/dryer in-unit and free on-site parking. Plans for this phase of redevelopment are currently slated to be completed by summer 2016. Learn. Education is etched into the structure, and it is the commitment of McKissick Associates to return learning to Central. As part of the mixed-use redevelopment, the site facing Queen Street will include roughly 16,000 square feet of classroom and seminar space including a 2,000-square-foot indoor play area. Learn at Central will provide new and much needed classroom space to local educational institutions. Work. In addition to Living and Learning, Central will bring modern office space into the heart of Chambersburg. The mixed-use redevelopment will include over 9,000 square feet of office suites designed for productivity. The Learn and Work plans will be initiated during the second phase of redevelopment, which is currently slated to begin in 2016. For more information or to view photos/site plans, please visit McKissick Associates’ website at

Dreaming of warmth, sun, barbeques and vacations? Get through the spring showers by planning your summer fun! Downtown Chambersburg Inc. will host a variety of great events all summer long that you won’t want to miss. So, pull that calendar up on your phone and start saving the dates for these hot events to come. Second Saturdays Second Saturday Concerts in the Park are back this summer at Chambers Fort Park. The free event features live music the second Saturdays from June through September (June 13, July 11, August 8 and September 12) from 5-8 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy listening to local musicians perform their own music as well as cover popular hits. Downtown Summer Movie Series This free series features family-friendly movies screened outdoors at Chambers Fort Park on Second Saturdays from June through September. Bring the family and grab your chairs, blankets and picnics. Downtown Chambersburg Inc. is currently seeking movie sponsors! For more information, contact Kimberly Clapper, special events coordinator, at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 212. ChambersFest Thousands of people enjoy this community celebration every year that salutes the spirit of the Chambersburg townspeople throughout the month of July. A variety of events will be held again this year, including the 12th Annual Tim & Susan Cook Memorial Race on July 11, Scoop-a-Palooza Ice Cream for Education on July 11 and the popular Old Market Day on July 18. Stay tuned for more details! CrabFeast Everyone’s favorite all-youcan-eat crab festival returns on August 22 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the AMVETS Picnic Pavillion. The 20th Annual CrabFeast will feature small games of chance and a live auction in addition to, of course, the delicious food! Attendees will enjoy barbeque chicken with all the fixin’s and fresh hard shell crabs. Proceeds are used for downtown revitalization efforts. For up-to-date information about these downtown events and more, visit




11/30 Network launch draws 160+ Roy-Pitz Brewing Company was packed on February 25 with more than 160 people at the launch event for the 11/30 Network, the Chamber’s new young professionals group. Attendees enjoyed an icebreaker activity that encouraged them to meet 11 new people. The 11/30 Network connects young professionals who live and/or work in Franklin County to social, civic and professional development opportunities. More events are planned for coming months as this group continues to grow. Summer Franzoni and Lisa Hogue, co-chairs of the Ambassador Committee, greet guests as they arrive at the February Mardi Gras Mixer

Mardi Gras Mixer at ACNB Bank It was standing room only at the Mardi Gras Chamber Mixer in February at ACNB Bank. Attendees enjoyed refreshments provided by The Orchards, as well as networking to music performed by jazz pianist Caleb Nei. In addition, the evening proved a charitable one when ACNB Bank donated $5 per attendee to the Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg. Young professionals at the 11/30 Network launch event at Roy-Pitz

Expressions Music opens downtown Expressions Music & Art Center LLC held its Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening in early March. Many well-wishers from the community attended including friends, family, staff, representatives from the Chamber, Mayor Darren Brown, representatives from Congressman Bill Shuster’s office and others. Expressions Music & Art is located at 115 North Main Street across from the Coyle Free Library in downtown Chambersburg. They specialize in musical instrument sales, repairs, music lessons, art supplies, art workshops and a skateboard shop.

BCM Payroll employees and community leaders cut the ribbon

BCM Payroll celebrates new office BCM Payroll Services, Inc. celebrated its Ribbon Cutting and Open House in late February at their new office location, 403 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. Their services include all Federal, State and Local payroll tax deposits, quarterly payroll tax returns, year-end reconciliations, new hire reporting, W-2’s and 1099’s, child support payments, customized retirement plan reports, direct deposit of employee’s checks and more.

Community members help cut the ribbon for Expressions Music & Art Center

ZooZoo’s and Maxine’s open Zoo Zoo’s Animaland and Maxine’s Treasure Chest Boutique opened in early March with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening celebration. The stores are located at 2005 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. Zoo Zoo’s Animaland offers stuffed animal creations along with candy and more. Maxine’s Treasure Chest is a boutique offering upscale items like custom jewelry, fashion bags and more.

Employees of ZooZoo’s Animaland and Maxine’s Treasure Chest


It’s All About Community! COMMITTEE CORNER


Why not join a committee?

State House Passes Liquor Privatization Bill

If you want to be more involved in the community, look no further than Chamber committees. By joining a committee, you’ll be exposed to a new aspect of the community you may not have access to otherwise. You’ll meet new people and develop meaningful relationships that can impact your business. Check out the committees listed below to explore what might be the right fit for you. 11/30 Network – Various committees support the mission of this young professionals group, which is to connect young professionals in Franklin County through social, civic and professional opportunities. Members assume leadership roles within the group and plan/implement events, programs and services to group members. Ambassador Committee – Works to actively support the Chamber by reaching out and engaging with Chamber members to ensure the most effective way to enhance the Chamber and serve the community. This is accomplished through assisting with Chamber networking events, reaching out to new members, thanking current members when they reach milestone anniversaries and other creative outreach methods. B2B Networking Expo Committee – Works to plan, organize, promote and execute the Business-to-Business Networking Expo. The Expo is an opportunity for participating businesses to network, attend hot topic business related seminars and generate leads in a professional trade show environment. Golf Committee – Works to plan and implement the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament. Members assist in planning and creation of on-course activities, coordination with the chamber member golf course, selling and implementation of sponsorships, and execution of other activities in relation to the tournament. Government Affairs Committee – Countywide committee consisting of members from all five county chambers that works to review, recommend, and promote positions on legislation that will impact the business community. Membership Committee – Works to develop and monitor effective membership retention and recruitment strategies, programs and services. Sip & Savor Soirée – Works to plan and implement the Chamber’s annual social event. This event provides members with an evening of networking and entertainment. Committee members assist in developing sponsorships and theme, decorating at the event and other duties related to implementation. If you are interested in any of these committees or learning about Chamber affiliate committees, contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]

Sponsored by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, House Bill 466 would gradually move Pennsylvania from the current, state-run alcohol sales system to a privately run system by phasing out the state’s retail and wholesale operations. Additional reforms in the bill include allowing beer distributors to purchase licenses for selling wine and spirits; permitting grocery stores to purchase wine and beer licenses and authorizing package reform licenses so that businesses can sell various quantities of product. The House voted 114-87 on final passage of the measure at the end of an extended session week in February which was scheduled for the express purpose of getting the bill passed through that chamber. It now heads to the Senate for further consideration. In a previous session, the House approved liquor privatization legislation only to see the bill stall in the Senate. Following the House vote, the PA Chamber issued a press release urging the Senate to quickly pass H.B. 466. PA Chamber President Gene Barr stressed that the majority of Pennsylvania consumers have voiced support for more choice and convenience in wine and spirits sales, and that reforming the more than 80 year old system will make the Commonwealth more competitive in this area and keep sales revenue within our state’s borders.

PA Chamber Advocates for Federal Transportation Funding Solution Understanding that a reliable transportation infrastructure is necessary to efficiently and safely move products, people and services across the country, the PA Chamber recently participated in several activities advocating for a long-term federal transportation funding plan. In late February, PA Chamber Government Affairs Manager Kevin Sunday joined state chamber representatives from across the country in Washington, D.C. to advocate for a long-term funding solution. As part of the Council of State Chambers “Rebuilding American Infrastructure” fly-in event, chamber representatives spent a day on the hill meeting with members of Congress and their staff. As part of the Council’s advocacy efforts, the PA Chamber joined 42 other state chambers in sending a letter urging Congress to pass a long-term transportation funding bill. If Congress does not act swiftly to implement a long-term funding solution, the Federal Highway Trust Fund will face a $14 billion funding gap at the end of May. This funding problem will directly impact Pennsylvania as approximately 40 percent of the state’s transportation infrastructure investments are funded by the federal government. These articles were written by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. For more information, visit



Chamber plans seminars and events CHAMBER BLOG The identity crisis: The importance for National Small Business Week of consistency in your branding This year, the Chamber is coordinating a variety of events during National Small Business Week from May 4-8 to recognize the critical contributions of our local entrepreneurs and business owners. Our Chamber membership is comprised of mostly small businesses, and more than 60 percent of our members have 10 or fewer employees. Nationwide, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Small businesses have a huge impact on our economy, which is why the Chamber is excited to offer a variety of events and seminars to celebrate National Small Business Week 2015. Events include: Monday, May 4 • HUBZone Certification and Selling to the Federal Government 9 a.m. to noon at the Chamber of Commerce The first half of this detailed session will provide an overview of two of the certification programs within Federal contracting, with a specific focus on the HUBZone program. For the second half of the session, Selling to the Federal Government, you’ll learn how to identify potential opportunities, strategies for pursuing those opportunities and how to market for the opportunities. • Access to Capital - 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce In this valuable workshop, we will discuss how to access capital for your business. Tuesday, May 5 • Women-owned Business Workshop - 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Alyssa Proctor of uFinancial Chambersburg will present on what financial tools are accessible to you and how to better prepare your business for the future. • Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer Fiesta - 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg Road What better way to celebrate Small Business Week than by networking with over 500 individuals from more than 350 companies? Wednesday, May 6 • Entrepreneur Night - 5 to 7 p.m. at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, 511 South Sixth Street Considering starting your own business? Be sure to join us for information and resources. Networking begins at 5 p.m., followed by a panel discussion featuring top area business leaders. Thursday, May 7 • Chamber Lunch and Learn - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, lunch provided by Fuddruckers Presented by Chambersburg Hearing Center Friday, May 8 • Shop Chambersburg - Show your love for small businesses and shop local. Hit up your favorite shops and make an effort to visit at least one business you’ve never been to before! For more information, visit

By Laura Shale, marketing director, ProArts Media; Originally posted on the Chamber blog. Visit the blog at

Have you ever met someone who, at first glance, seemed as though they were the real deal? They dressed well and appeared to have everything together. But, upon meeting and speaking with this individual, you were disappointed to learn their persona didn’t match up with their appearance. Although they had sharp style, they had poor business etiquette and couldn’t hold a conversation. Talk about a disappointment! So, what does that have to do with consistent branding for your business? Well, let’s pretend this individual is a business. A nice office building and logo, but a disappointing customer experience across the board. Branding isn’t just about a logo and color scheme. It’s developing an identity for your business that expresses the principles by which your company operates. Every business needs a clear, consistent brand identity. My business partner and I are currently rebranding our business, ProArts Media. We’ve spent hours on our new look. We’ve chosen colors, designed a new logo, are producing customized videos, and are in the process of creating a new website. And yet, with all of this, the most important thing that we continue to come back to is questions like, “Who are we as a company? What do we stand for? What are the principles that we want to be our foundation as we grow?” Questions like these are sometimes overlooked and too much emphasis is placed on the outward appearance, when in reality, the identity of a company goes much deeper than that. Think about that person I referenced in the beginning – how great is it when you meet someone who is the real deal and not just wearing the fancy suit? If customers are going to trust your business, they need something in which to trust. Take inventory of your customer service and standard of business. Develop the principles that you want to be the underlying foundation of your company; the principles that will be consistent, no matter what may change or develop as your company grows. We want our clients to recognize our logo and our colors, but more importantly, we want our clients to recognize our standard of business. We should always be learning to be better communicators, how to better understand our client’s needs, and how to respond to them. Your brand identity sets you apart from the countless other companies that offer similar services. That’s why it needs to be consistent. It builds trust with your customers. They should be able to know they are going to receive the same standard of service at any of your stores, with any of your employees, and with all services they purchase from you. The Rand Group suggests asking your employees these two questions in order to gauge your brand consistency: 1. What does our company stand for? 2. What does our company mean to you? Don’t have an identity crisis with your business; take the time to develop your brand beyond the logo. When you make a conscious effort to elevate and uphold the standard of your business, it will show and your customers will recognize and remember you above the competition.


It’s All About Community!

Community Market Day gets “Frozen”


Community Market Day had a great turnout at the Chambersburg Mall on March 7 with more than 25 local businesses displaying their products and services. In its seventh year, the event is designed to serve as a tradeshow for businesses to connect with customers and build their networks. Businesses offered gift cards, samples and memorabilia for people to learn more about the local business community.

Totem Pole Playhouse has announced its 65th summer season featuring a slate of two large cast Broadway musicals, an acclaimed one-man show from PBS, the return of a beloved farce and the world premiere of a tribute concert featuring the music of Hank Williams, Sr. and Patsy Cline. The Franklin County Visitor’s Bureau is the season’s sponsor for the third year in a row. Totem Pole will feature “The Nerd,” “Shenandoah,” “The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln,” “Grease” and “Lovesick Blues.” For more information or tickets, visit The Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg welcomed L. Marie Allen as their new program director recently. Allen has an extensive background in schools, community-based organizations and college bringing a wealth of experience planning and implementing academic activities focused on youth. A previous board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown, Allen is pleased to use her skills and talents to work with the organization and community. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is offering Ballroom Dance Lessons this month in the inspirational setting of the Grove Theatre inside the Luhrs Center. Three different classes taught by Frank Hancock are offered based on experience levels. The cost is $35 per person for the entire six session course. For more information or to register for the classes, contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717-4777469. Advanced registration is requested.

Hosted by the Chamber and sponsored by Thrivent Financial, Marlin Maclay, this year’s market day featured a “Frozen” theme, based on the popular Disney film. Students from Cumberland Valley School of Music performed songs from the hit movie, and kids enjoyed a Frozen Bounce House provided by Phantom Shadow Entertainment throughout the day. The first 75 kids also received a light-up snowflake wand to keep with the spirit of “Frozen.”

JFC Staffing Companies, a local family-owned enterprise, was recently named one of Inavero’s 2015 Best of Staffing (Client Satisfaction) winners. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the Best of Staffing Award provides service quality benchmarks for the industry to determine which staffing agencies deliver the highest quality of service to their clients. Judy Myers, Sam Smith, Melissa Snyder and Jessica Walter joined Orrstown Bank recently. Myers is the vice president and mortgage officer. She was recently a retail mortgage banker for Susquehanna Bank and has more than 30 years of banking experience. Smith is now the vice president and regional loan officer for the Lancaster location. Snyder joined the team as the vice president and relationship manager at the Lancaster office. Walker is the senior vice president of marketing and previously served as the director of marketing and public relations for Summit Health. She is the vice chair of the board for Downtown Chambersburg Inc. and is the co-chair for the organization’s Economic Development Committee. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. For more information or tickets visit or call 717-477-7469.



MEMBERS IN THE NEWS (CONTINUED) Orrstown Bank recently hired Andrew Linn, Mike Miller and Joanna Mullendore. Linn is the senior vice president and chief information security officer and is a certified information security professional. Miller joined the bank as vice president and financial advisor based in the bank’s Lancaster office. Mullendore is the vice president of compliance and Community reinvestment act officer. She has extensive experience in the identification and management of regulatory and enterprise risk. Baseball cards depicting some of the game’s earliest stars including Ty Cobb and Cy Young, will be sold at an April 4 auction at Gateway Gallery Auction located at 643 Kriner Road in Chambersburg. The auction begins at 10 a.m. and will be the first of several featuring cards and other sports memorabilia from an outstanding collection. To see the full list or to bid online visit Noelker and Hull Associates recently announced notable health care industry architect, Bruce Brooks, joined the firm as a senior principal. With his leadership, Noelker and Hull will expand from the Northern Virginia area to the Mid-Atlantic and southeast, increase market share, establish new client relationships and redefine healthcare architecture delivery and the architect-owner client experience. Chambersburg, Pa. based Noelker and Hull Associates is a full-service firm with offices in Frederick, Md. and Richmond, Va., servicing senior living, health care, education and religious clients. Shalom Christian Academy’s annual Dutchfest is a family-friendly activity that begins on Friday, May 1. Children and adults will find many fun activities to enjoy with lots of delicious foods available. Auctions, silent auctions and other events will also be taking place on Friday, May 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit Ludwick Eye Center is now offering oculoplastics with Dr. Mark Kropinak. As an oculoplastics surgeon, Dr. Kropinak strives to provide patients with the most advanced and least invasive treatments to achieve the ideal reconstruction and cosmetic rejuvenation of the eyelids and face. His distinguished education, experience and attention to detail gives peace of mind to all patients when looking for an oculoplastics surgeon. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will host Shippensburg University’s Concert Band 2015 Spring Concert on Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information visit or call 717-477-7469. The 2015 Mommy & Me Creative Drama and Art Sessions, as part of the Capitol Theatre Center’s Creative Kids @the Capitol program, started last month. The classes will take place in the Wood Center and pre-registration is accepted for one, two or all three sessions. The cost is $15 per child per session. The accompanying adult is free; Mommy, Daddy or Grandparent is welcome! An occasional small supplies fee may be requested. To register, call 717-263-0202 ext. 201.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will present “Pilobolus” on April 16 at 8 p.m. “Pilobolus” shows the human body as an expressive, universal and magical type of media with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations. For more information or tickets visit or call 717-477-7469. Tricia Lacy and Greg Duffey have been appointed to the board of directors for F&M Trust of Chambersburg. Lacy currently serves as president and director of the Beistle Company, headquartered in Shippensburg. She resides in Mechanicsburg and is an active member of the community, having served in various leadership capacities with local organizations including the LIFE Lutheran Services Home Care and PA Early Learning Investment Commission. Duffey is a partner with the Craig, Friedly, Potter & Moore Insurance Agency. He is heavily involved with the community and has served on a number of local boards such as the United Way of Franklin County, Waynesboro Area YMCA, Waynesboro Country Club and Franklin County Area Development Corporation. Mark Bayer was promoted to Orrstown Bank’s senior vice president for strategic corporate initiatives. He previously served as the bank’s director of marketing and project management for seven years. Before joining Orrstown Bank, Bayer was the director of marketing for Community Bank NA in Harrisburg. Bayer has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with a bachelor’s degree in business from Lehigh University with a concentration in marketing. He is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania Banking Association’s Advanced School of Banking. “The Hit Men” featuring former members of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on April 18 at 8 p.m. For more information, call 717-477-7469 or visit Chambersburg Country Club hired Ashley Long as their new special events coordinator and bar manager. Her experience includes more than fifteen years in the food and beverage industry. In her new position, Long will oversee all member and non-member special events as well as the daily food and beverage service across all club facilities. She will also be responsible for coordinating wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal parties, golf tournaments, charity fundraisers, business meetings and other events hosted each year at the Club. A native of Chambersburg, Long currently resides in Gettysburg with her husband and four children. “Jackie Evancho, the Awakening Tour” will be featured at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on April 23 at 8 p.m. Evancho, known from her time on “America’s Got Talent” will be touring with an orchestra supporting her third studio album, “Awakening.” For more information or tickets visit or call 717-477-7469.


It’s All About Community! Wilson College has named internationally renowned choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin as director of a new, low-residency Master of Fine Arts program that begins this summer, offering concentrations in visual arts and choreography. Spradlin, who has worked in New York City since 1982, has been called one of the most influential experimental choreographers in New York. Wilson’s Master of Fine Arts program is only the fifth low-residency M.F.A. program in the country with a concentration in choreography. Designed for experienced artists and working professionals with busy lives, the program offers a mentoring component to the curriculum that differentiates it from other lowresidency M.F.A. programs. Applications for summer 2015 are now being accepted. For more details, email [email protected] Christina Dudley, Eric Fischer and Brent Liner recently joined Orrstown Bank’s team. Dudley joined the bank as branch executive officer overseeing two of the bank’s locations in Perry County. Fischer is now the vice president of small business lending and will develop a new program tailored to the needs of small businesses. Liner is the vice president and trust officer with a background as a trust officer at Security National Trust Company and in law. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will host Shippensburg University’s Community Orchestra Spring Concert on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information visit or call 717-477-7469. The Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club will host the 18th Annual Trout Derby on May 2 and May 3. Two days of fishing and fun, the derby features over $25,000 in regular prize money and 600 money fish with payouts ranging from $25 to $2,000. Enjoy contests and raffles, like the $30,000 Pre-Owned Vehicle Contest sponsored by Forrester Lincoln, BIG TROUT Contest, 50/50 Raffle and more. For more information and to register, visit Check-in and day-of registrations will be held at CVS Pharmacy, 125 W. Washington Street on Friday, May 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, May 2 from 4 to 6 a.m.

GIVING BACK F&M Trust recently donated $6,000 to support the needs of adult students in Franklin County. The F&M Trust Literacy Center was established in January as a satellite office of the Franklin County Literacy Council, a division of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit (LIU). The Center, which is located at 256 South Main Street in Chambersburg, offers free services for Adult Basic Education as well as English as a Second Language (ESL). For more information about the F&M Trust Literacy Center or if you are interested in becoming a tutor, please contact Sue Michalski, ESL Program Assistant, at 717-504-4455. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment. Patriot Federal Credit Union recently donated funds to the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education that will help students attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2015. With the donation, the organization will be able to award three scholarships to local high school sophomores or juniors. The program aims to teach future leaders to celebrate and understand the private enterprise system in the U.S. Strickler Agency, Inc. donated funds to support the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week’s 2015 Scholarship “Pool.” With this gift, the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education will expand the number of scholarships that the “pool” awards to local high school sophomores or juniors wanting to attend the 2015 program. Have news to share? Submit an item for the Member in the News section! Email your press release or a one paragraph write-up to Lark Plessinger, marketing assistant, at [email protected]

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Adamson Family Dentistry provides a broad spectrum of dentistry including preventive and cosmetic dentistry. Along with performing general dental procedures, they provide services such as veneers, whitening, implants and Invisalign orthodontics. Drs. Timothy and Erin Adamson acquired the dental practice of Thomas Good, DDS in June 2014 and renamed the practice Adamson Family Dentistry. They continue to serve the Chambersburg area with the same passion as Dr. Good and maintain the same staff. Their office is located at 1962 Scotland Avenue in Chambersburg. With two dentists, they offer easier scheduling with more appointment times and flexibility. New patients and walk-ins are always accepted. Drs. Adamson and staff provide a “down-to-earth” approach to dentistry, focusing on patients’ individual needs and situations to ensure everyone is able to receive the dental care they need and desire. They strive to make everyone who visits our office feel right at home and believe no one should be afraid of visiting the dentist with today’s enhancements in dentistry. They guarantee you will never be afraid again after one appointment with them! Adamson Family Dentistry’s focus for the future and growth of the practice is to embrace the entire family, from young children to grandparents and great-grandparents. Drs. Tim and Erin have great experience working with children and would love to grow the pediatric population in the office. We welcome you to call us at 717-263-8288 or just stop in to meet the doctors and staff and join our dental family!

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Horace Mann Insurance specializes in helping educators and their families with auto, home and life insurance along with retirement savings. Their friendly and professional team is available to meet with you at your school, home or at our office. Horace Mann Insurance is fully licensed to provide you with your insurance needs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Florida. Horace Mann Insurance is proud to have been selected as one of Forbes Most Trustworthy Companies for 2013 and 2014. Although their primary market is educators, Horace Mann Insurance also offers competitive rates for families outside the education field. They also strive to give back to the community by partnering with local schools by donating and volunteering time in schools to help support great programs and projects for the youth. Their experienced staff is available to meet with you. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment only on weekends. They’re located on the corner of McKinley Street and Cleveland Avenue near the Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Occupational Services, Inc. 17 Redwood Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 │ 717-263-9293 │ [email protected]

Occupational Services, Inc. (OSI) has provided employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities since 1957, in large part due to partnerships with local businesses. OSI services include value added services such as packaging and kitting, a full range of print shop services, recycling and secure document destruction. OSI clients also produce wood products such as surveyor stakes and shipping blocks. What makes OSI unique is their flexibility to meet your diverse needs. They offer competitive pricing and a reliable quality control process.

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What is new at OSI? Due to increasing space constraints at OSI’s main facility at 17 Redwood Street in Chambersburg, they will be expanding services into a new space at 49 Industrial Drive. This new space will allow OSI to expand our secure document destruction processes, which not only provides work to individuals with disabilities, but provides a needed service to the community. Much of the local document shredding is currently done by companies outside of Franklin County. OSI offers the same service within the county with an equivalent or higher level of security as they are not only a member of National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), but have also achieved NAID certification. OSI is proud to be the only company within Franklin County that carries this distinction. For more information regarding secure document destruction or any other services or products, please contact OSI at 717-263-9293. Stay tuned for the new facility Open House and Ribbon Cutting this spring!


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GMH Mortgage Services LLC Health Care Centers & Hospitals

Advanced Wound Healing Center of Shippensburg Suzanne Ream 361 Alexander Spring Road Carlisle, PA 17015 (717) 530-1145 [email protected] Business Consultants

Alta Vista Advisor Group, LLC Robert Stein 312 Martina Drive Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 744-2505 [email protected] Real Estate

Coldwell Banker –Tina Gonzales 3901 Sportsmans Road Greencastle, PA 17225 (717) 360-2300 [email protected] Logistic Services

DB Schenker David McMichael 9300 Olde Scotland Road Shippensburg, PA 17257 (717) 477-3049 [email protected] Real Estate

Drawbaugh Development Chris Drawbaugh PO Box 625 Greencastle, PA 17225 (301) 991-4393 [email protected]

Michelle Rebok 144 S Eighth Street Suite 108 Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 729-1415 [email protected] Health & Fitness

Gold’s Gym Chambersburg Joseph Vasco 3055 Black Gap Road Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 263-2570 [email protected] Employment Services

JFC Staffing Associates Howard Hiester 634 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 709-9675 Uniform Rentals

Expressions Music & Arts Center LLC Mark Thomas 115 North Main Street Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 977-0032 [email protected] Mortgage Company

George Mason Mortgage, LLC Vanessa Moxley 5235 Westview Drive Suite 102 Frederick, MD 21703 (240) 385-5065 [email protected]

15 YEARS Franklin Real Estate Services and Abstracting Company, Inc. 10 YEARS Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Help-U-Sell Keystone Realty Pictures Plus 5 YEARS Good-ta-go Premier Events, LLC 1 YEAR Associated Products Little Vince’s Pizza Lizzie’s Ink LLC. Ryder Supply Scotland Family Medicine / Direct Primary Care State Farm Insurance/Steve Smeltz

UniFirst Corporation Charlie Fisher 325-3 Lenoic Drive Winchester, VA 22603 (540) 662-0202 [email protected] Warehousing

The Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC Sean Hale 9300 Olde Scotland Road Shippensburg, PA 17257 (717) 477-3101 [email protected] Distributors

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25 YEARS Hirschmann Automation and Control, Inc., A Belden Brand

Quality Associates Ron Stitely 9300 Olde Scotland Road Shippensburg, PA 17257 (513) 265-9380

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LFC Youth discuss choices Leadership Franklin County Youth were given the unique experience of touring the Franklin County Jail on Opportunity Avenue in March. The group of 10th Students hear from Deputy Warden of Inmate grade students Security James Sullen began the day with talking with Maria Banks of Chambersburg Area School District as she asked the students what they expected to see on the tour. The group then headed out to the secure area of the jail lead by Deputy Warden of Inmate Security James Sullen and Captain Doug Burget. The students were able to see various areas of the jail and learn about their operation. The tour of the facility led them to the chapel area where they were able to talk with a panel of inmates. The inmates spoke about the choices they made that got them where they are, what they could have done different, what they learned and what they are going to do when they have completed their sentence. The inmates also spoke about the impact their crime had on their lives and families’ lives. After the panel, the students reconvened to talk about their experience while enjoying lunch from Kathy’s Deli. The students analyzed how the experience compared with their expectations. They also talked about what they learned from the inmate discussion. The students expressed how they gained a new understanding of their parents’ expectations of them and why their parents have the rules they do. Leadership Franklin County Youth is a program of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation. Students are able to attend for free thanks to the generous sponsorship of 1st Ed Credit Union.

Health and history topics for March LFC Community session Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community spent the morning portion of their March session at Chambersburg Hospital learning about healthcare in Franklin County. Ann Spottswood of Summit Health spoke about the Community Needs Assessment completed by Summit Health in 2012 and initiatives derived from the study to address issues such as diabetes and obesity. She encouraged the LFC participants to get involved, stating, “You have the power to do a lot of incredible things every day to impact health in the community.” Dr. Tom Anderson continued with a presentation of Summit Health as an organization, such as how it came to be, and how it operates. The class was then treated to a tour of the infectious disease unit by Vickie Negley, director of safety, emergency preparedness and security for Chambersburg Hospital. Negley discussed how the hospital deals with threats such as Ebola, TB and measles. Following the tour, Jan Lewis of Keystone Health explained the history of the organization and how it serves the healthcare needs of the community. Vanessa McDowell of Keystone Health then presented facts about HIV in Franklin County. The morning wrapped up with Dr. Sanjay Dhar of Summit Health talking about telehealth technology and its effect on healthcare. After a lunch from Fuddruckers, the class spent the afternoon visiting historic sites in Franklin County with Janet Pollard of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. The class learned about frontier history, civil war history and many other interesting facts of Franklin County. They talked about John Brown and the Old Jail in Chambersburg and then headed to Fort Loudon to see the frontier fort where the British lost their first battle to colonists before the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Andy Newman, living history interpreter and volunteer with the Fort Loudon Historical Society, described the Native American as well as frontier history that occurred at the fort. Andy Newman with Rachel Bowers, Jake Naugle, Nate Ruccio and Jackie Fisher at Fort Loudon The next stop on the tour was Cove Gap where they learned about James Buchanan and Harriett Lane Johnston and the impact they had beyond the Civil War. Class member Carrie Gray of Franklin County Government described how Harriet Lane Johnston invented the role of First Lady and later turned her personal tragedy into a movement to save thousands of children’s lives.

After driving through Mercersburg, the class stopped at the AllisonAntrim Museum to hear about families from the Greencastle area and their participation in the Underground Railroad. Finally, the tour traveled through Waynesboro and Mont Alto to view the 9/11 Memorial before ending back in Chambersburg. LFC Community is a program of the Chamber Foundation and is sponsored by CenturyLink Business.


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Leadership program to host mixer

Business Women’s Forum returns to Central Pa.

Interested in building your leadership skills while learning more about the community? Join current students and alumni for an information mixer to discover how the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community program can help you achieve these goals. The mixer will be held Wednesday, April 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East.

The Business Women’s Forum (BWF) is the largest one day professional development conference for women in the Central Pennsylvania region. This day-long annual conference will be held on Wednesday, June 3.

The mixer is free and includes wine, beer and light appetizers. Register by contacting Robin Harmon, program coordinator, at 717-264-7107 ext. 205 or [email protected]

BWF provides business women of all professional levels with opportunities to network, create new business contacts, and develop additional leadership skills in a motivational and supportive environment. The 2014 event marked Business Women’s Forum’s 20th year. BWF is a product of the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber and the West Shore Chamber.


Since 1986, LFC has graduated more than 600 area residents from its Community program, developed to produce well-informed, motivated leaders who are willing and capable of working together for the betterment of Franklin County. This program is a tuition-based nine-month program. The class makeup is a mix of emerging and seasoned professionals with diverse backgrounds. Recruitment begins in the spring. A limited number of scholarships are available. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation offers the Leadership program. The Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Foundation seeks technology grant applications from teachers Grants will be awarded to teachers in Franklin County public schools to encourage the innovative use Teacher technology grant recipients in 2014 of technology in grades K-12. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Chamber, is offering the Innovative Technology Challenge Grants to educators in all six school districts. Applications are available online at The deadline for applications is June 30. Applicants will be evaluated based on three key criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics. Grants totaling $17,200, each between $2,000 and $5,000, are available as a result of contributions from area businesses, including Orrstown Bank, Susquehanna Bank and M&T Bank. Contributing businesses are eligible for Educational Improvement Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. For more information about the grants, call Robin Harmon, executive director of the Chamber Foundation, at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected] Grant recipients will be recognized at an awards luncheon in October.

Women who attend BWF have the opportunity to network with other women from a variety of backgrounds and organizations. They get the chance to develop their professional skills as well as gain personal growth in a variety of other areas, such as work/life balance, health and wellness, and business. Because the event allows women to rejuvenate and reinvent themselves professionally, socially and personally, attendees consider this event a “must” and return year after year. To register for the event or find out more information, visit BWF’s website at Pre-registration is available through May 20.

Support local businesses at ribbon cutting ceremonies The Chamber hosts ribbon cutting ceremonies as a member benefit to celebrate openings and anniversaries. In April, four Chamber members are celebrating special occasions. We would love to see Chamber businesses there supporting fellow members, so save the date for these April ribbon cuttings. The Norwegian Codfather celebrates their three year anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 2 at noon. The Norwegian Codfather, a European food market, is located at 81 North Main Street in downtown Chambersburg. V&F Multi-Service, located downtown, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. Their office is located at 67 North Main Street. Innovative Kitchen & Flooring Supply invites the community to join them for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 25 beginning at noon. They are located at 460 B Wayne Avenue. Gold’s Gym of Chambersburg will celebrate the opening of their new location at the Chambersburg Mall on Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m.


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Did you know that 49 percent of people are concerned about managing their retirement income to meet their retirement expenses? Join uFinancial for a free Lunch and Learn seminar titled “Income for What’s Next” on Thursday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber office, 100 Lincoln Way East.

The Norwegian Codfather Ribbon Cutting 12-1 p.m., 81 N. Main St.


Annual Awards Breakfast, $20 members / $25 non-members, register by April 6 7-9 a.m., Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Rd., with Grand Sponsor M&T Bank

17 11/30 Network Volunteers for Pub Run, email [email protected] to volunteer 5:30-9 p.m., John Allison Public House, 104 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle

21 V&F Multi-Service Ribbon Cutting 5-6 p.m., 67 N. Main St.

23 “Income for What’s Next” Lunch and Learn, presented by uFinancial 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber Board Room, 100 Lincoln Way East, lunch provided by Fuddruckers

25 Innovative Kitchen & Flooring Supply Ribbon Cutting 12-1 p.m., 460 B Wayne Ave.

28 Developing Your Toolkit for Leading Organizational Change, $125/person 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Green Grove Gardens, 1032 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle

29 Gold’s Gym Chambersburg Ribbon Cutting 5-6 p.m., Chambersburg Mall, 3055 Black Gap Rd.

At this seminar, you’ll learn more about how retirement is changing, potential retirement income sources, developing your retirement income strategy and more. Attendance for Lunch and Learns is limited, so registration is required. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Fuddruckers.

29 11/30 Network Happy Hour and “Spring Into Wellness” Panel 5-7 p.m. happy hour, 6-7 p.m. panel, Roy-Pitz Brewing Company, 140 N. Third St. To register for these events or view details about more upcoming events, visit

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