West Shore Chamber Announces Annual Meeting & Luncheon

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West Shore Chamber Announces Annual Meeting & Luncheon

2Business NewsThe bolded businesses in Business Newsare Chamber members.Sign-A-Rama in Camp Hillannounces a new website, www.shopsignarama.com. You can orderfrom thousands of items includingbanner stands, sidewalk displays, DOTsigns and more. You can design yourown signs, banners, vehicle graphics &decals choosing from our templates oryou can start from scratch. Call 724-2221for more info.A partnership between Graphcom,Inc. and Celebrate Gettysburg magazinehas been formed. Both Gettysburgbasedbusinesses have joined togetherin order to meet the growing demandof the magazine and to expand itsdistribution, marketing and internetpresence. For more info, visit www.graphcom.com.Ha Ha Helen of LAFOLOT remindsmembers to boost your spirits thisseason with Laughter Yoga andmotivation-inspiration one-on-one,or to unlimited numbers. Corporateto in-home events, flexible rates andprograms. Call 717 542 6127 or visit www.lafolot.com for more info.Fulton Bank is proud to announcethat Jennifer Kirk has received FultonFinancial Corporation’s Quarterly“Recognizing the Promise” Award.This award was given to Kirk for heroutstanding customer service efforts inthe third quarter.Joe Murtiff, Reclamere’s ShippingManager, has recently celebrated fiveyears of service with the organizationbecoming the first non-foundingemployee to reach this milestone.Orrstown Bank is pleased toannounce the following employeepromotions: Bridget Burnhisel has beenpromoted to Management ReportingOfficer; Wendy Stewart has beenpromoted to Financial Reporting Officer;Stephanie Peffer has been promoted toInvestment Officer I; and Holly Mitchellhas been promoted to Compensation &Benefits Officer.(Continued on next page)New Chamber President Elect & CEOKathleen M. ManganFollowing a regional and national search, Kathleen M. Mangan wasconfirmed by the Board of Directors as President Elect on November16, 2009. Kathleen said that her decision to move to this area andthe posting for this position happened almost simultaneously. Anewcomer to the area, her non-profit management experiencepaired with her history of membership in multiple chambers ofcommerce ensures that Kathleen will bring many new and excitingchanges to the West Shore Chamber.Kathleen comes to the Chamber with 25 years of experiencefrom a variety of organizations. She was a member of five differentchambers in northeastern Pennsylvania and has served on a numberof chamber committees. Kathleen believes that “chamber memberships brought so muchvalue to me and my employers through networking and educational opportunities.”The comprehensive strategic plan in place for the next three years will provideKathleen with a roadmap for the new changes and developments that members mayexpect during the next year. What can members expect to see? “Specifically, we anticipatea revision to our dues structure and will be conducting a survey of the membership todetermine what programs and offerings of the Chamber are of the most interest andbenefit to our members.” Kathleen also wants to address attracting new employers andindustries to the West Shore and make sure that the Chamber serves as the catalyst topromote growth in the area.Chamber Introduces New EducationalLand Development SeminarThe Chamber’s Economic Development Committee announces the Chamber’s firstLand Development Seminar, “Getting to Shovel Ready”, on Wednesday, February10, from 7:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg West. This seminar willbe of interest to anyone involved in going from an empty lot to a building ready foroccupancy including commercial realtors, engineers, attorneys, construction agents,architects, environmental consultants, municipality and township managers, and othergovernment entities.The laws are changing in 2010, so take advantage of this opportunity to be one of thefirst in the know. Panelists Tiffany M. Cartwright, Esq., Smith Cartwright LLP; RobertFisher, R.J. Fisher & Associates; Dave Resswig, Groundwater Sciences Corporation; andBrian Shunk, TransAssociates, will tackle such topics as:• The difficulties and timing of a land development project• The Municipal approvals process.• The Department of EnvironmentalProtection regulatory maze• Obtaining the HOP and other accessissuesTickets are $40/member and $50/non-member and include a full executivekbreakfast buffet and an in-depth printedbooklet with all seminar materials. Attorneysmmay receive Continuing Legal Educationcredits for an additional $25.Sponsorship packages are now availablecfor this seminar. Please contact SandyAllison at 761-0702, no later than January 8for pricing and benefits tailored to fit yourcompany.&Konhaus Marketing& CommunicationsPersonalized Marketing SolutionsYou’l lLove UsKonhausMarketing.com


3Chamber Position UpdateIn 2009, the Chamber has continued to actively advocate for business. The following arethe positions adopted and issues still under consideration.• Opposed HB 80, amending the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act furtherproviding for definitions and for alternative energy portfolio standards; and providingfor a carbon dioxide sequestration network.• Supported HB 1149, amending the Keystone Opportunity Zone, Keystone OpportunityExpansion Zone and Keystone Opportunity Improvement Zone Act by adding that thePennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act would not apply to a project in a Keystone OpportunityZone for construction, reconstruction or alteration.• Supported the Crescent Corridor, I-81 Coalition Endorsement, as advised by theTransportation Committee.• The Board of Directors of the West Shore Chamber voted unanimously to supportthe US Department of Transportation’s positive consideration of the Southern GatewayProject’s application. This reaffirms the Chamber’s position of March 2005 unanimouslysupporting the Southern Gateway project in Harrisburg.• Opposed any increase, temporary or otherwise, in the State Personal Income Tax.• Supported HB 112, establishing a Nutrient Reduction Tax Credit Training Program, theNutrient Reduction Credit Training Program Board & Chesapeake Bay Advisory Council.• Opposed HB 1682, authorizing counties to impose sales, use and occupancy taxes;& providing for the levying, assessment and collection of taxes and for the powers andduties of the Department of Community and Economic development or any successoragency, the Department of Revenue and the State Treasurer.Other bills and issues still being followed by the Chamber committees include:• Right to Work Legislation, Bills HB 50, 51, 52, 53• HR 557 calling for a Bi-partisan Speaker’s Commission on Budgetary Reform• HB 2134 Elimination of PA Turnpike Commission• Tolling of I-80Joint Chamber Legislative Forum IJoin members from both the West Shore and Harrisburg Regional Chambers for aLegislators’ breakfast on January 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Harrisburg Hilton. Hearfrom state government officials regarding the issues that affect the business communitywhile networking with members of both Chambers and local elected officials. Thisbreakfast will feature members from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives fromCumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties. The legislators will have the opportunity tooffer remarks and answer questions provided by the membership. The cost to attend is$35 for members and $40 for prospective members. To register for the event visit www.wschamber.org.A breakfast with members of the State Senate is scheduled for February 16.Ed’s Goodbye WishesAfter 41 years, all I can say is “thank you” toall who have supported me and this Chamberthrough both good times and tough times. You,the members, are the Chamber and it is you whohave been the reason for its successes. My bestwishes to all of you for growth and prosperity inthe future.Sincerely,Edward M. MessnerPresident & CEO, 1968-2009President & CEO Ed Messner wishesPresident Elect Kathleen M. Mangan luck asshe takes the helm in January 2010.The Salvation Army is looking for thosewho want to make a difference. Pleasecontact Kirt Barden 717-557-5299 kirt.barden@use.salvationarmy.org.Visit www.acnbbusiness.com, AdamsCounty National Bank’s web sitecreated especially for businesses. You’llfind useful calculators, stock quotes,business news, tips on applying for aloan or opening an account with us, andmore.On-Line Publishers Inc. wasrecognized by the North American MaturePublishers Association with six MediaAwards. B Magazine earned first place inGeneral Excellence and in Overall Design.50plus Senior News took first place inFeature Writing and Personal Essay andsecond place in the overall Best of Showand Profile categories.Pyramid Construction Services,Inc., a Quandel Enterprise Company,announces the hiring of Brian S.Enterline as a Project Manager.Enterline has over 25 years experiencein the construction industry and will beresponsible for Pyramid’s small projectdivision.Smith Custom Framing can preserveyour memories or upgrade your image!Smith Custom Framing extends a 20%discount for Chamber members. ContactTrudy Comarnitsky at 713-4101 for moreinfo.F&M Trust was named the #11 BestPlace to Work in PA large-sized companyat an awards ceremony on December1. The company was also the recipientof 2009 recipient of “The Wally AmosCommunity Service Award”, presentedby the American Literacy Corporation onDecember 3.George Canonizado, production managerfor integra Print & Image, recentlyattended a rigorous four day productionmanager’s conference in Jacksonville, FL.hosted by CPrint International.Cordier Antiques invites members tovisit www.CordierAntiques.com/html/current_events.html for information onupcoming auctions and events.(Continued on next page)


4At SECCO, Inc, the world of solarenergy started in 1985. The 30% FederalTax Credit, the PA Sunshine GrantProgram and the impending 30%electricity rate increase have placed newsolar energy systems in the forefrontof astute Homeowners and BusinessOwners. For more info on how SECCOcan meet your solar energy needs.Contact Barry Kindt at 737-2142 x101for more info.(Continued on next page)Business NewsHerbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.has hired David Scott to be a right-ofwayspecialist in its Harrisburg office.As such, he will help public and privatesector entities acquire right-of-wayfrom landowners for the developmentof pipelines, utilities, roadways,bridges, railroad infrastructure, andtelecommunications facilities.Employees at RETTEW, a firmproviding engineering, transportation,environmental consulting, planning andsurveying services, recently donatedmore than 900 canned food items toseveral charities across Pennsylvania forThanksgiving.Capital Area Pregnancy Center/Life Choices Clinic-has speakersavailable for Sanctity of Human LifeSunday, January 24th. No fee is charged.Contact Executive Director, John Schafferat 761-4410. Speakers are also availablefor group or civic events.Visit the Shippensburg SmallBusiness Development Center’swebsite at http://www.ship.edu/sbdc/for more information on news andupcoming seminars.NAI CIR announces the followingtransactions: Jason Sourbeerrepresented lease of 1,200 sq. ft. of officespace in Lower Allen Twp. and 1,550sq. ft. at 4400 Lewis Rd; Craig RahnandJason Sourbeer handled the leaseof 10,000 sq. ft. in Carlisle; Eric Swidlerand Harold Leibenson representedthe owner in the sale of a 5,800 sq. ft.investment property in Carlisle; The BillGladstone Group handled the leasetransaction of 8,274 sq. ft. of warehousein Upper Allen Twp., 19,970 sq. ft. ofwarehouse space at Alricks St., the leasetransaction of 2,386 sq. ft. at in FairviewTwp.; Joe Bedard assisted in leasenegotiations of 87,000 sq. ft. for a newoffice in Mechanicsburg.Partnerships in Motion ProgramYour Personal Board of DirectorsBy Chris Frampton, Economic Development Committee Chair“Hey, I have a great new marketing idea. Let me tell you aboutit. Hello? Anybody there?”Have you ever felt this way as a small business owner?Wouldn’t it be great to have someone, or even a small group ofpeople, off which you could bounce ideas? Well, the West ShoreChamber has an answer for that. The newly created Partnershipsin Motion Program provides members the opportunity to meetwith other business members on a regular basis. The groups,consisting of 5-6 members, meet on a monthly basis for anhour and a half, at a time and location of their choice. Topics ofdiscussion are up to each group and can range from marketingideas and employee concerns, to business processes. The purpose is to create your ownmanagement team, not just another referral group. Because the Chamber is creatingan opportunity for members to “open up” and share detailed information about theirbusiness, there is a confidentiality agreement so that, “what goes on in these meetings,stays in these meetings.”The Chamber has already formed two groups from the responses received thus far.As more members enroll, the Chamber will continue match companies. Applicantsmust be Chamber members to participate in this program. If you are interestedin joining or forming a group, please contact Sandy Allison at 761-0702 for moreinformation.COG Annual MeetingThe Capital Region Council of Governments would like to invite you to attend its AnnualMeeting and Dinner, hosted by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, to be held at theRadisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center on Monday, January 18, 2010. The costto attend is $35 per person. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner will be servedat 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to network with your local elected officials.Dr. Terry Madonna will be returning as the dinner’s Keynote Speaker. He will besharing his insights into both the state and federal political scene. It will be interesting tohear what he has to say regarding the state budget saga as well as the recent elections.This dinner meeting is made possible by sponsorship support from Pennoni AssociatesInc. with additional support from Cumberland County Economic Development and theGreater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS. Additional sponsorships are available.Please call Tammy McCrae at 761-0702 for more information.We look forward to celebrating another year of success and growth for the Council andwe hope you are able to join us. You can register for the event online at www.wschamber.org.Monthly Tech TipDo online advertisements work? Your website is the ‘virtual front door’ to your company.Users choose to go to your website over your competitors based solely on what they seein your advertisements and home page. If your advertisements do not distinguish youfrom your competitors, or really sell your message, then you could be missing out onvaluable sales. You have 3-5 seconds to capture your visitor. Does your website landthe hook?Do you need more information on this subject, have a question about your officetechnology, or just want to learn more, contact a member of the Chamber TechnologyCommittee or sign up to attend the next Committee meeting by emailing Sandy Allison,sandy@wschamber.org.


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5U P C O M I N G E V E N T SMembers can register to attend Chamber events through the online events calendarat www.wschamber.org. 1/14 West Shore Chamber Annual Meeting & Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Road, Camp Hill - The Chamber AnnualMeeting & Luncheon brings together both the leadership and membership of theChamber to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and commence newinitiatives. The cost to attend is $40/member. See article on page 1 for details. 1/15 ChamberPAK Reservation Deadline, Send your promotions, discounts,coupons, sales, products and services, new locations, grand openings and specialevents to hundreds of Chamber members without the extra work for just $300 permailing. 1/18 Capital Region Council of Governments Annual Meeting, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.,Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, CampHill - Network with the area’s local elected officials at this annual event hosted by theChamber. The cost to attend is $35/person. 1/19 Joint Legislative Forum I, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., Harrisburg Hilton, 1 N. 2nd Street,Harrisburg - Join members from the West Shore and Harrisubrg Regional Chambersfor a Legislator’s Forum and hear from state government officials regarding the issuesthat affect the business community. See article on page 3 for details. 1/20 Electricity Program Information Session, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., WestShore Chamber of Commerce, 4211 Trindle Road, Camp Hill - Learn more about howthe Chamber can help save you money on electricity by attending this informationsession. 1/27 Olympic Festival, 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception / 6:15 Dinner, LibertyForge, 3804 Lisburn Road, Mechanicsburg - Join the Altland House at Liberty Forge foran Olympic Festival capturing the excitement of the 2010 Winter Olympics scheduledto being in Vancouver on February 12. See article on page one for details. Save the Date: 2/10 Land Development Seminar: Getting to “Shovel Ready”- Getting to “Shovel Ready,” an upcoming program will cover everything you needto know about getting past the difficulties of land development projects. If you area developer, land holder, attorney, or realtor this program is for you. The cost toattend is $40/member and $50/non-member. Attorneys are able to receive 3 hoursof Continuing Education Credits for an additional $25.Join PNC Bank at Silver Spring Squarefrom 12 - 6 p.m. to experience “SpeedBanking” and a chance to win tractors,toys and a battery-powered riding tractor!Keystone Human Services widelyacclaimed program Capital Area HeadStart has been selected to receive$1,920,078 over the next two years innew grant monies to expand its EarlyHead Start programming throughout theGreater Harrisburg region.United Concordia Dental introducesiDental - a new individual dental productoffered to individuals and families withthe same quality and service that groupclients enjoy. Visit www.unitedconcordia.com for more information or contact JeffErnst at 877-299-4594.On December 7 more than 30 BethanyVillage residential living residents madetheir 14th annual pilgrimage to singChristmas carols to their neighbors andfriends residing in MapleWood AssistedLiving and The Oaks Skilled Nursing.Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz,for the second year in a row, has beennationally recognized as one of the BestAccounting Firms to Work for. This yearBSSF ranked number 60 in the mediumsized category. BSSF was also recentlyranked the 36th Best Place to Work in PAfor 2009 in the medium sized categoryin the Central Penn BusinessJournal.The American Cancer SocietyDaffodil Days Kick-Off Breakfast willbe held January 7 at the RadissonPenn Harris Hotel & ConventionCenter. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.with presentations beginning at 8 a.m.Valerie Pritchett, honorary co-chair willbe the emcee along with an inspirationalspeaker from the PA Voices of Hopegroup. RSVP by December 28 by calling909-9747.The West Shore Chamber of Commercerecognizes and congratulates AmeriChoiceFederal Credit Union upon the grand openingof its new Cumberland Valley Student Branchon December 4, 2009.Edwin L. Heim Company hangs a historicalbronze plaque commemorating past donorson the exterior of Chamber office.Boyer & Ritter, CPAs was ranked#11 as one of the 2009 Best AccountingFirms to Work for. Boyer & Ritter was inthe medium-sized firm category. Theannual list of “Best Accounting Firms”was created to identify, recognize, andhonor the best places of employment inthe profession, which are credited with(Continued on next page)


6benefiting the nation’s economy, itsworkforce, and businesses.The Whitaker Center for Scienceand the Arts hours of operationare from Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 5p.m. IMAX ® movies and live theaterperformances will be held on Mondaysas scheduled. Tickets for MondayIMAX movies may be purchased atthe Concession Stand. The Box Officeopens 1 hour prior to live theaterperformances.New Hope Ministries received a $1million matching grant from the DonaldB. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation.After raising more than $630,000 infinancial and in-kind gifts from thecommunity, including stimulus fundingto create jobs for renovation projects atthe newly acquired building located at5228 E. Trindle Road in Mechanicsburg,which was purchased on November 24and renovations are underway.BELCO Community Credit Unionannounced it is collecting memorialcontributions for Jim Hoffman, aBELCO employee who recently passedaway, with donations going towardeducational expenses for his daughter,Katharine. He served as a financialconsultant with BELCO for 12 years.BELCO employees have alreadycontributed $305 to the fund. Anyonewishing to make a donation may do soat any BELCO branch. Please includethe following in the check’s memo line:‘To benefit K. Hoffman.’Landmark Commercial Realty,Inc. handled the sale of 3 propertiesand the lease of 7 properties. For moreinformation contact Dell Kohr at 731-1990 or visit www.landmarkcr.com.Konhaus Marketing &Communications celebrates its 2ndAnniversary operating under their newname. Formerly TransAmerica Printingfor more than 17 years, they provide afull range of marketing, graphic design,printing and mailing services. For moreinfo. on how Konhaus Marketing canhelp with your marketing obstacles, visitwww.KonhausMarketing.com.New MembersThe following new members were approved by the Chamber’s Board of Directors attheir November meeting.AllBetterCare Urgent Care CenterMarlys Pike2706 Chestnut Run RoadYork, PA 17402796-9355Health Carewww.allbetteronline.comCenter for Pain ControlPeter Graf1235 Penn Avenue, Suite 302Wyomissing, PA 19610374-2927Health Carewww.centerforpaincontrol.netMember RenewalsThank you to the following members who continued their support of the businesscommunity by recently renewing their annual membership investment.30-39 YearsDairy Queen of Mechanicsburg20-29 YearsHarrisburg Auto AuctionAqua Specialists Inc.The Patriot NewsWolf’s Bus Lines Inc.Rileighs, IncAnchor Financial Group LLCJ. Michael Brill & Associates Inc.West Shore EMS10-19 YearsSeifert Woodcrafts Inc.Clauser Real Estate AppraisalsConsumers Insurance Agency Inc.William D. Wierman InsuranceWoodrich Enterprises Inc.Fagan Accounting & ManagementOmex-Office Maintenance ExpertsCrystal Springs Water CompanyJoseph James JewelersNorthern York County School DistrictLouis F. Grammes, CLU, CFBS / MassMutual5-9 YearsGates, Halbruner, Hatch & Guise PCOn-Line Publishers Inc.Tarantin Tank & Equipment Co.Silver Spring Golf CourseArmesto Eye AssociatesCornerstone Coffeehouse & CulinaryKitchenDr. Sarah M. Lynch, DMDShearer AdvertisingCountry Club of HarrisburgL.L. Brown Inc.Brett Novosat348 Sample Bridge RoadEnola, PA 17025766-1885Machine Shopswww.llbrown.comRGS AssociatesJohn Snyder110 N. George StreetYork, PA 17401854-3910Civil Engineeringwww.rgsassociates.com1-4 YearsSullivan Funeral HomeIntegrated PropertiesFrampton Kimmel GroupPennLive .comDonald L. DeMuth Professional Mgmnt.Con.Urology of Central PennsylvaniaLawyers Realty LLCMcCafferty Ford - KIASpecial Event Emergency Medical ServicesInc.Gift & Associates CPA’sCarrabba’s Italian GrillBangkok Wok Inc.Bright Sign and MaintenanceKeystone Human Services


7Business Achievement AwardPhotos courtesty of The Camera BoxBoard Chairman Chick Zoll, Ed Messner andDan Sunderland pose with 2009 BusinessAchievement Award Winner Klare Sunderland,Sun Motor Cars, after an acceptance speech fromboth Klare and Dan.Dan Sunderland, Klare’s son,spoke about his father’s historicalbackground.Reverend Ken Arthur gave another beautifulinvocation to the membership before thebeginning of the luncheon.Inspiring BusinessMembers flock to Klare to thank him for his service to the area and congratulatehim on winning the Business Achievement Award.Gary Nalbandian, President/CEO & Chairman of the Boardfor sponsor Metro Bank, presentsKlare with the Waterford Crystalaward.C H A M B E R S H O R T Sn The Technology Committee will be hosting its annual Microsoft Tips and TricksProgram in early March. The focus this year will include an overview of Windows 7,and tips on Outlook and Word. Visit www.wschamber.org for further informationon this and other technology programs that the Committee is planning for 2010.n The Chamber will be accepting bids for janitorial services for the 2010 calendaryear. Please visit www.wschamber.org/rfp.shtml for more information.


Inspiring BusinessWest Shore Chamber of Commerce4211 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011www.wschamber.orgPresortedStandardU.S. PostageP A I DPermit No. 762Harrisburg, PAConnections is published monthly by the West ShoreChamber of Commerce, 4211 Trindle Road, Camp Hill,PA 17011. The Chamber reserves the right to edit andevaluate all materials submitted for publication.Phone: (717) 761-0702 ⏐ Fax: (717) 761-4315Email: wschamber@wschamber.orgWebsite: www.wschamber.orgIMPACT?Chick Zoll, Chairman of the BoardBill DeVore, Vice Chair of AdministrationBob Saline, Vice Chair of Community& Economic DevelopmentTammy Shearer, Vice Chair of Governmental AffairsJennifer Buehler, Vice Chair of Member ServicesAaron Grumbling, TreasurerKerwin Stetler, Immediate Past ChairD I R E C T O R SLarry BashoreCrystal Clark, Esq.Donna DavidsonChris FramptonRhonda HebbardRobert Lauriello, PERick LaVantureAutumn LangGeir MagnussonRobert ManbeckJeian RauchutDiann RoffeGary ScicchitanoPhil ShenkKipp StecherLynn SticklerMarilyn ZywiecKathleen M. Mangan, President-ElectEdward M. Messner, President & CEOTammy McCrae, Executive Vice President &Program DirectorCo-Editors: Sandy Allison and Mary Clayton

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