Have you been to a Chamber event lately? For many, as the year begins to wind down, it's a great chance to reconnect with a great networking event or with one of our ChamberConnects groups. Be sure to squeeze in some Chamber time as 2019 nears an end!

It's also the home stretch to take advantage of some advertising opportunities in our 2020 Chamber Directory. This publication is shaping up to be a great one, and you'll want to be sure some of your marketing budget goes towards an ad! We have lots of options that our rep Brittney Hamilton is anxious to tell you about! Contact her at bhamilton@herald-mail.com or 301-791-7177 to get started!

Lastly, be sure to get those tickets to our 17th Annual Economic Summit on November 13th! This event reaches capacity nearly every year and we're getting close once again this time. Keynote speaker Anirban Basu never disappoints. This will be an enjoyable night with lots of great information!

We hope you've had a great month!
Your Chamber staff,
Paul, Donna, Tim, Rod, Ashley
Give a warm welcome to our October additions!
Antietam Firearms
35 W. Baltimore St.,
Funkstown, MD

Black Rock Bar & Grill
17301 Valley Mall Dr.
Hagerstown, MD

C I Destinations
1665 W. Warner Ave.
Fresno, CA

Designing Leadership
Greencastle, PA

Edward Jones Investments (Benito Vattelana)
12814-F Shank Farm Way
Hagerstown, MD

New Heights Industrial Park
18450 Showalter Rd.
Hagerstown, MD

255 Eastern Blvd. N.
Hagerstown, MD

Transource Energy
700 Morrison Rd.
Gahanna, OH

Two Men and a Truck
10228 Governor Lane Blvd., Suite 3011
Williamsport, MD

The Wursta Corporation
2614 South 5th St.
Allentown, PA
Learning Lunch Hour
"Is That Really Sexual Harassment?"
Tuesday, November 5th, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Applause Caterers - 58 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD
Join us for this important presentation that you and your colleagues may find invaluable. We'll be joined by Nicole Orisme, PHR, SHRM-CP, President & CEO of NLH Contracting, LLC. You'll learn the definition of sexual harassment in a modern work place, how to identify and report harassment, understand common behaviors that should not be accepted, and more! While this is a free presentation, lunch is available for purchase. No outside food permitted.

AT&T Presents the 2019 Pre-Legislative Forum
Wednesday, November 6th, 7:30 - 9:00am
Hagerstown Community College, Career Programs Building, Room 211
11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD
Here's your chance to sit with the Washington County Delegation over breakfast and ask the questions that matter to you and your business! We want our Chamber members to be well-informed on the issues our Delegates & Senators plan to tackle in Annapolis this upcoming legislative session. This event is the perfect chance to do just that!

17th Annual Economic Summit
Wednesday, November 13th, 5:00 - 9:00pm
Fountain Head Country Club, 13316 Fountain Head Rd., Hagerstown, MD
Join us as we welcome back acclaimed Economist Anirban Basu of Sage Policy Group! This lively presentation forecasts economic trends, presents a snapshot of the year, and is a fantastic way to discuss how economics on a global, national and state level relate to you... and much more! This event is a dinner event, with registration beginning at 5pm. Be sure to purchase tickets early, as this event historically reaches capacity! 

Thursday Chamber Connects Group Visitors Day
Thursday, November 14th, 11:30 - 1:00pm
Benny's Pub, 49 Eastern Blvd., Hagerstown, MD
Have you ever felt overwhelmed at a typical networking event? Free with your Chamber membership, we offer Chamber Connects Groups - a small group (of no more than 20) that meets twice a month. Industries are represented by one representative ONLY, with emphasis put on referrals and slow-cultivated networking. Join us for this Visitors Day to learn whether or not this group may be a good commitment for you!

Maximize Your Membership
Thursday, November 21st, 9:00 - 10:00am
Chamber Office, 1 South Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD
Are you a new member of the Chamber? Simply need a refresher on just how you can use your membership while taking full advantage of the available benefits? Look no further than this great morning presentation here at the Chamber's office. Director of Member Services Tim Luipersbeck leads this presentation, joined by Membership Development Specialist Rod Irish.

B.A.S.H. (Business and Social Hour) at CNB Bank Dual Highway
Thursday, November 21st, 5:00 - 7:00pm
1625 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD
This event is what most Chambers, ours included, are known for! Our business card exchange and networking after-hours event is easily our most popular monthly gathering. Join us for food, beverage, door prizes, and more for just $5 as a Member! Plus, by registering by Noon the day of the event, you'll be eligible to win our Chamber Prize Drawing ($3,250) if you're in attendance at 6pm. For our Centennial year, we'll also be giving away $100 to one attendee!
Check out what's new with some of our members!
Twenty students were recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to support their higher education tuition needs by the Meritus Medical Center Auxiliary .

Scholarship recipients include:
·        Jensen Bachtell, Kalee Boor and Helen Summerfelt, all attending Hagerstown Community College
·        Marilyn Fisher and Ashley Williams, both attending the University of Maryland
·        Ally Frushour and Kaylee Molina, both attending Shepherd University
·        Dylan Gordon and Lauren Moore, both attending St. Francis University
·        Cooper Grove attending Shippensburg University;
·        Samantha Kreps, Dajohnna Lyles and Kelsi Mentzer, all attending Stevenson University
·        Collin Miller attending Shenandoah University
·        Emmaleigh Morris attending Furman University
·        Hanna Moser attending James Madison University
·        John L. Saunders attending Alvernia University
·        Graycen Scott attending Lebanon Valley College
·        Charlotte Strite attending Duquesne University; and
·        Grace Weber attending Morehead State University.

The scholarships will support the students during the fall semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Current students or those entering a college-level, health-related field of study may apply for assistance at the auxiliary’s office on the hospital campus at 11116 Medical Campus Road. New applicants should submit criteria by Feb. 15, 2020, to be considered for scholarships equaling up to $2,000 annually for the 2020-2021 academic year. Awards are renewable each semester. 
The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. a nnounces the availability of grant applications for its 2020 Responsive Grants. This year’s grants focus on the development of a stronger community through high impact programs and initiatives within the following areas: family stability, including all stages of life, financial literacy, employment, mental health, and basic needs; youth development with a focus on mentoring, school readiness, and advocacy; arts, recreation and educational opportunities for our youth and the under-served.

The Foundation does not fund endowment growth or capital campaigns. The grants committee may consider requests for operating funds on a case by case basis provided the applicant organization makes a compelling argument for such funding. Nonprofit organizations may apply for more than one program; however, each program requires a separate grant application.

Nonprofit organizations must be based in and primarily serving Washington County, Maryland, and have a current 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS. Online applications for the 2020 responsive grants are due November 14 at midnight. Visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfwcmd.org to apply.

About Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc.: Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. has a five-year annualized investment return that makes it one of the top performing community foundations in the country. The Foundation has over $40 million in assets and has distributed more than $22 million in grants and scholarships since 1997. Donors can support any of its 340 funds or create a charitable fund of their own. To learn how to create a fund at the Community Foundation, please visit www.cfwcmd.org , or call (301) 745-5210.
Pictured, from left, are Andrew Kramer, HCC assistant professor of administration of justice; Sydney Gose; and DFC Charles Enders.
Sydney Gose of Greencastle, Pa., has been named the first female recipient of the Sgt. Richard H. Good Scholarship at Hagerstown Community College . Gose, who is studying administration of justice, is receiving $2,000 to cover tuition expenses for the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office DFC Charles Enders and his wife, Tina Enders, of Hagerstown, established the scholarship last year, with a $50,000 donation to the Hagerstown Community College Foundation, in memory of Charles’s brother, Sgt. Richard H. Good.
“Rick was loyal and dedicated to his job and friends,” said Charles Enders. “We wanted to establish this scholarship at HCC to pay permanent tribute to his career as an outstanding officer.”
Good retired from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 with the rank of sergeant. After that, he worked as an investigator for the State of Maryland and most recently as a Circuit Court bailiff for The Honorable Judge Mark Boyer of Washington County Maryland. Both Sgt. Good and his brother, DFC Enders, earned associate degrees in administration of justice from HCC. Good was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

The Good Scholarship is awarded each year to one or two HCC administration of justice majors who aim to be police officers, attend full time, and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

A named endowed scholarship given to HCC is held in trust by the HCC Foundation, Inc., and the interest from that gift is awarded annually to HCC students to help cover their tuition needs. The Richard H. Good Scholarship will remain in trust for perpetuity and will be a living legacy to Sgt. Good that will benefit generations of future HCC students.
For more information on HCC scholarships, contact the HCC College Advancement Office at 240-500-2348 or visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/hcc-foundation
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents their first show of their 2020 season: Bonnie & Clyde! This thrilling & sexy musical will open January 17 at The Playhouse which is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District and City Center

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde, from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country.

The show is preceded by dinner featuring a salad bar, buffet, and dessert. There is a full cash bar available. Beverages and gratuity are not included. Children under age 5 not admitted.

Bonnie & Clyde plays January 17 - February 23 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6PM with matinees on January 26 & February 23 at 1PM.

Tickets cost $53.50 (includes dinner and show) and can be purchased at www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com or by calling 301-739-7469.

Do you have something to share with fellow Chamber members? Simply email Director of Member Services Tim Luipersbeck at tim@hagerstown.org to get started on this free opportunity.
We've partnered with Herald-Mail Media for our upcoming 2020 Chamber Business Directory and Community Profile. This 170+ page annual publication is THE go-to resource for Washington County citizens to learn about offerings here in our community.

Consisting of three sections (Alphabetical, Who's Who, and Buyer's Guide), this publication finds its way into nearly ever waiting room and lobby and is distributed to members and office walk-ins alike, throughout the calendar year.

To get started and to learn more about available rates, please contact Brittney Hamilton at BrittneyH@herald-mail.com or 301-791-7177
It's no mystery. Branding should be one of your revolving goals when it comes to your annual marketing plan! Get seen throughout every single indoor Chamber event from January through December 2020.

Premium spaces: $500
Non-Premium spaces: $375

Interested? Simply email Director of Member Services Tim Luipersbeck to get started at tim@hagerstown.org
B.E.P. Corner
A contribution from our Business and Education Partnership Committee

The Business and Education Partnership committee of the Chamber works to improve educational opportunities in Washington County. Throughout the year this committee identifies and coordinates monthly learning lunch programs and sponsors the Teacher of the Year program. Learning lunch programs have focused on topics such as Small Business Solutions, Being a Great Presenter, Passion for Service, Creating a Coaching Culture and Tax Law Updates. If you missed any of these offerings, you missed a lot!

The BEP Committee is committed to providing quality educational experiences for Chamber members. We encourage you to submit your training ideas to this committee for inclusion in the 2020 round up of programs. What better way to support your employees than to offer an opportunity to increase capacity through education. And if you would like to present a program let us know that as well. We look forward to hearing from you!  Contact Committee Chair Kathleen O'Connell of the Washington County Free Library at ko01@washcolibrary.org
Washington County Chamber of Commerce members include more than 650 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.