Greetings!

Are you enjoying some productive summer months? We certainly hope so! Thanks to everyone who helped make this year another successful Commerce Cup golf tournament at Fountain Head! We lucked out, once again, and had great weather! 

Next up? We're putting the finishing touches on our Minority & Women-Owned Business Conference, slated for Thursday, August 8th! Get all of the information, and register for just $10 HERE

Hope you've had a wonderful month,

PAUL FREY, DONNA MITCHELL, TIM LUIPERSBECK
ROD IRISH  & ASHLEY PALMER
In This Issue
Welcome Our New Members
Give a warm welcome to our new June members
 
Alpha Media, LLC
1250 Maryland Ave.
Hagerstown, MD
717.263.0813

20823 San Mar Rd.
Boonsboro, MD
301.797.4800

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
18045 Garland Groh Blvd.
Hagerstown, MD
240.329.2021

Hartshorn CPA, LLC
12921 Bikle Rd.
Smithsburg, MD
301.824.2537

The Jackson Clinics
17301 Valley Mall Rd. (Inside One Life Fitness)
Hagerstown, MD
240.850.2002

Liberty Mutual Insurance (Frederick)
5283 Corporate Dr., Suite 302
Frederick, MD
301.620.1061

PeopleShare
1710 Underpass Way, Suite 204
Hagerstown, MD
301.969.2800

Women's Club Foundation, Inc.
31 S. Prospect St.
Hagerstown, MD
301.739.0870


A Centennial Event Not to be Missed

100th Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 26th, 5pm
Fountain Head Country Club, 13316 Fountain Head Rd., Hagerstown, MD

A members-only dinner event celebrating not just the accomplishments made by our Chamber (and membership) throughout fiscal year 2019, but also honoring the past 100 years of this important institution. We'll also celebrate the beginning of fiscal year 2020 with the passing of the gavel from current Board Chair Keith Grunow to Incoming Chair Gary Hayes. 
 

Members Making News
Find Out What's New with Some of Our Members! 
Have some news to share? Email Director of Member Services Tim Luipersbeck at tim@hagerstown.org to be included in an upcoming newsletter.


Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation Receives Generous Gift to Meet Match

The Jone L. Bowman Family Foundation has made a $25,000 gift to The Barbara Ingram Foundation to benefit the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. Prompted by the family dedication to downtown Hagerstown, Mr. Bowman has generously given to the Foundation. This gift enabled the Foundation to meet a $50,000 match given by Mrs. Susan Wood, Foundation President, and her husband, Mr. Steve Haines.

With Mr. Bowman's gift, the Foundation's 10th Anniversary year funds now stand at $174,000 which is halfway to the goal of $300,000.

Donald Bowman believes in supporting the community and developing the Downtown. His $25,000 donation exemplifies his dedication and commitment to the continued growth and expansion at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. "It is exciting to be at 10 years, and very exciting to see the new construction that will expand the footprint of the school, and enhance the downtown area," said Donald Bowman. Mr. Bowman also said, "I believe in the school and the work the Foundation does to support the school. I'm delighted to contribute in a meaningful way."

The 10th Anniversary campaign will run until the end of 2019 with an invitation event on December 3, 2019 at The Maryland Theatre.

For more information about the Barbara Ingram Foundation or upcoming events, please contact Mimi Dickinson at 240-347-4934.


HCC Middle College to Hold Info Sessions

Program information sessions for the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, medical) Technical Middle College at Hagerstown Community College will be held on Wednesdays, July 24 and August 21, at 4 p.m., in the Learning Resource Center, room 254.

HCC, working in partnership with Washington County Public Schools, developed the middle college to allow college-ready high school students the opportunity to earn at least 30 college credits and credentials such as certificates and associate degrees, while completing their high school diplomas. Juniors and seniors in the middle college attend school on the HCC campus. Students in ninth and 10th grades are enrolled in the STMC as recruits, and must take significant math and science coursework at their "home" high schools to prepare them for their junior and senior years at HCC.

All students and parents who are interested in learning more about the HCC STEMM Technical Middle College are encouraged to attend one of these free information sessions. Seating is limited, so please call 240-500-2483 or email tlthorn@hagerstowncc.edu to reserve seats.


U.S. Cellular Relocates/ Updates State-of-the-Art Store in Hagerstown


U.S. Cellular has relocated its store from Cole Road to 17301 Valley Mall Rd Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740, next to Mission BBQ to better serve the community.

Customers can now shop for the latest technology from Apple, Samsung, LG, Google and Amazon in a high-engagement layout. The new store also features innovative connected smart home devices.

To celebrate the opening, the store held an official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce on July 22 and a Grand Opening Celebration on July 26-28 with special offers and incentives including a Food Truck on Friday July 28 and accessory coupons that can be used from July 22 through the Grand Opening weekend.

"We are excited to have the community visit our new location and speak with our tech experts about finding the right plan and devices for their needs," said Bryce Besaw, Store Manager at U.S. Cellular. "Our customers are always at the forefront of our decisions, and this new store was designed with them in mind. We will continue to invest in the latest technology to make sure our customers have access to the best devices and plans to stay connected wherever they are."

The new store was built with modern features and allows customers to personally interact with the technology and devices on display featuring multiple areas where customers can have hands-on access to the newest devices, smart home solutions and consumer electronics from popular national brands.

U.S. Cellular is open from 10 am - 8 pm, Monday through Friday, 10 am - 7 pm Saturday and 12 pm - 5 pm Sunday. For more information, contact the store at 301-582-3418.



Meritus Medical Center Awards 2019 Trauma Safety Art Winners

Meritus Medical Center's trauma and emergency services area held its annual Play it Safe safety art contest event recently where students from Washington County public elementary schools were awarded for their drawings focused on "safety." First, second and third place winners were selected from among entries for each grade, pre-K through fifth. 

hogan tifWinning artists included: Ariella Bolinger from Greenbrier Elementary; Avalyn Cave from Salem Avenue Elementary; Riyanshi Das and Leila Rodriquez, both from Pangborn Elementary; Emma Garrett and Claire Jackson, both from Pleasant Valley Elementary; Ashlee Glattes from Boonsboro Elementary; Avni Gupta from Old Forge Elementary; Cate Hensley, Olivia Mathew and Whitney Njogu, all from Maugansville Elementary School; Anya Johnson and Emelia Nori, both from Lincolnshire Elementary; Janessa Morgan and Kaylee Smith, both from Hickory Elementary; Nai-Nitsua McCaw from Eastern Elementary; Chloe Reid from Emma K Doub Elementary; Lillian Ross from Jonathan Hager Elementary; Aubriana Socks from Hancock Elementary; Rielle Wade from Clear Spring Elementary; and Baylei Wilson from Ruth Anne Monroe Primary. Pictured are the student artists present at the event, along with many of their teachers who came out in support and representatives of the hospital.


Hogan Selects Deputy Chief Robinson for Cabinet Post


Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Tiffany Robinson will be Maryland's next Secretary of Labor. Robinson currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor, where she advises on labor, housing, education, human services, and health matters.

"Tiffany Robinson has dedicated her career to empowering people and expanding opportunities," said Governor Hogan. "Tiffany's experience as an advocate for Maryland's workers and small businesses, and her commitment to public service, make her an outstanding choice to be our next Labor Secretary. Tiffany is sure to continue and build on our record of creating jobs, growing the economy, and making our state a great place to live, work, start and grow a business."

Prior to her appointment in 2016 as Deputy Chief of Staff, Robinson served as Assistant Secretary in Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development, and was Director of the Community Development Administration, the designated housing finance agency for the state and the largest division within the department. In that role, Robinson was responsible for nearly $1.5 billion in annual program production, including management of the operations, administration, and financing of the state's mortgage, residential energy, small business and local infrastructure programs, as well as affordable rental housing development and asset management.
Previously, Robinson served as the administrator of the Harford County Department of Housing and Community Development from 2010 to 2015, and prior to that position, she was in private practice at The Robinson Law Firm, also based in Harford County. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from UMBC and a juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

"I am beyond excited for this opportunity to build on the incredible progress we have made in growing our state's workforce and supporting Maryland's small businesses," said Robinson. "I thank the Governor for putting his faith in me to lead this vitally important state agency, and also for allowing me to serve as his Deputy Chief of Staff for the past three years. It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of this administration, and I look forward to changing Maryland for the better in my new role as Secretary of Labor."

Robinson succeeds Acting Secretary James E. Rzepkowski, who will continue to serve as assistant secretary for the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning.

"I want to thank Acting Secretary Rzepkowski for his steadfast leadership of the department, particularly his efforts to help the workers affected by the closure of the Luke paper mill," said Hogan.

Robinson's appointment will take effect at the end of this month and is subject to Senate confirmation.



"Bewitched: De-Witched", an Interactive Experience Slated to Open at Washington County Playhouse

If you're ready for an evening of laughs, hijinks, and nostalgia, make plans for The  Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater for Bewitched: De-witched - An Interactive Playhouse Murder Mystery.

All "people of magic" have lost their powers, and Samantha Stephens has called a special Witches' Council. Aunt Clara still has a few spells left, and she summons a detective to help. Unfortunately, the detective she summons is the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, of Pink Panther fame. Understandably, the inspector has difficulty coping with witchcraft and murder, but perhaps he can solve the mystery-with the guests' help.

Bewitched: Dewitched plays Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th at 6:00pm. Tickets cost $49.50 and include the show as well as salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, and coffee, tea and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

For tickets visit washingtoncountyplayhouse.com or call 301-739-7469 for more information.

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents Bewitched: Dewitched as a Playhouse Studio production. The theater's 35th Mainstage Season continues with Sweeny Todd Sept 13th - October 27th and The Wizard of Oz November 15th - December 22nd.
The Playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.



Keller Stonebraker Welcomes Hairsine as Newest Executive



Keller Stonebraker Insurance  is pleased to introduce Katherine Hairsine as the newest Commercial Lines Account Executive. Katherine is a 2017 graduate of Salisbury University with a double major in Marketing and International Business. 

She spent her junior year studying social media marketing in Southern France and is the former Digital Marketing Manager of the Pohanka Automotive Group located on the Eastern Shore. Katherine is currently studying for her MBA and is excited for all the sales and learning opportunities Keller Stonebraker has to offer.

United Way Announces Director of Community Impact & Involvement Van Voorhees

United Way of Washington County, MD welcomes Dr. Courte Van Voorhees, Pd.D. to their staff, as their new Director of Community Impact & Investment. Providing a breadth of experience in Community Impact research, program development and implementation, grant review and program evaluation, in the nonprofit and fore-profit sectors alike. 

"I am extremely pleased to join the talented people at United Way of Washington County and the various community teams that partner with us to improve community well-being," says Van Voorhees.




Upcoming Chamber Events
Register for one of these upcoming Chamber functions!




Learning Lunch Hour: Small Business Solutions (Mobile Friendly Business Solutions) with Sprint- Maugans Ave.
Tuesday, August 6th, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Applause Caterers - 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD



Meritus Health Presents:
Eggs & Issues with Washington Goes Purple
Wednesday, August 7th, 7:30-9:00am
Applause Caterers - 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD



Minority & Women-Owned Business Conference
Thursday, August 8th, 7:30am - 12 Noon
Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown, MD




Maximize Your Membership
Thursday, August 15th, 9:00 - 10:00am
Chamber of Commerce, 1 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD




B.A.S.H. (Business and Social Hour) at Hearty Pet
19918 Jefferson Blvd., Hagerstown, MD


Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
Join Us a We Support Our Members on Their Big Day!
 
 



Wertman Photography
59 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD
Thursday, July 25th, 5:00pm
Celebrated local photographer Monika Wertman has moved her Wertman Photography studios further down Potomac Street, just across from City Hall, and is celebrating with a City-hosted Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting & reception. Don't miss it! 


Interested in having a ribbon cutting/open house for your organization? Contact Director of Member Services Tim Luipersbeck today to get started, at tim@hagerstown.org. It's a FREE perk of your membership!
About Us
Washington County Chamber of Commerce members include more than 600 organizations, representing over 40,000 local jobs in a wide variety of industries:  Retail, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Skilled Trades, Service and Hospitality, Technology, Government, Nonprofit, and Education. 

We can't wait for our next opportunity to work with you, and for you! 

 

Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating 100 Years!
1 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
Washington County Chamber of Commerce
(301) 739-2015

 

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