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NEW MEMBERS
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1400 Proline Pl., Ste. 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717.334.5451
Champion Mentoring, Inc.
20236 Capital Ln.
Hagerstown, MD 21742
240.682.5263
Groh Enterprises
603 Oak Hill Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301.739.1690
grohenterprises.com
1301 South Antrim Way, Ste. 5
Greencastle, PA 17225
717.657.3302
423 Links View Dr.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Moving Soon!
240.850.0160

Vocal Expressions

915.740.7670
www.vocalexpressions.biz


32 W. Baltimore St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
240.347.4924
1313 Orchard Way
Frederick, MD 21703
301.668.1440
Resources
Please join Amanda Haddaway, Managing Director of HR Answerbox, as she shares the results from the company's recent client research on workplace culture and engagement.

During the session, you will hear about the key takeaways (including a few things that surprised them!) on topics, such as:

- Mission, vision and values: who has them and who is using them?
- Training and development, including shocking data on new manager training
- Performance management and feedback: how often feedback is being used both formally and informally
- Strategic planning and succession planning: do companies have these types of plans internally?
- Rewards and recognition: common types of programs
- Turnover and retention: what turnover has looked like in the past 12 months
- Coaching: where coaches are being used internally, plus an introduction to a new coaching program that HR Answerbox is launching later this summer.

We look forward to seeing you!

Attendees are eligible for 1 SHRM PDC.

MEMBER NEWS
Browse through news from some of our members, some may even be able to help you during this critical time.
Meritus Health President & CEO Maulik Joshi Appointed to HSCRC by Maryland Governor
 
Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H., president and chief executive officer of Meritus Health, was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC).
Joshi will be one of seven commissioners in the group. HSCRC is the rate-setting authority to more than 50 hospitals in Maryland, with regulated revenue in excess of $16 billion annually. Maryland is the only state to utilize an all-payer, total cost of care model to set rates for hospital services.
Joshi has more than 29 years of health care executive experience. He has a doctorate in public health, is adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and has co-authored books and journal articles on various topics including health care quality, equity, policy and transformation.
COVID-19 Vaccination for Meritus Health Employees - Setting the Example as Leaders in Community Health

In alignment with the other hospitals and health systems in the state, through the Maryland Hospital Association, Meritus Health has created a policy regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, medical staff and volunteers, effective Sept. 1, 2021. 
After-Hours Pediatrics Joins the Meritus Health Family


Beginning July 1, 2021, After-Hours Pediatrics joins the Meritus Health family as a practice partner.
 
“This partnership will allow for more cohesiveness in health care for our community’s youngest residents,” says Anand Budi, M.D., medical director of After-Hours Pediatrics and associate chief medical officer for Meritus Health. “Patients who come to the practice can be assured that the physicians, nurses and other staff members will continue to offer safe, quality, urgent and emergent health care services, as we have since our opening a few years ago.”
ADVISORY: Meritus Health Welcomes Visitors Back 24/7 July 1; Some Exceptions Remain in Place

Meritus Medical Center’s full 24/7 visitor policy begins again Thursday, July 1, 2021.
 
Visitor restrictions remain in place for patients diagnosed with or under investigation for COVID-19 as a continuing precaution for families, staff and providers. In the cases of compassionate care, support or disability needs, one visitor older than age 12 may be allowed with the patient with consent from the health care team prior to the visit.
 
Applications Available for Gene Wiles Memorial Grant 

  
The Gene Wiles Memorial Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc., has applications available for its annual grant that provides financial support through a qualifying organization to a young adult from Washington County, Maryland, or the surrounding area, pursuing an agricultural endeavor. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and have an affiliation with 4-H programs, the FFA or the Washington County Agriculture Board. Projects must relate directly to agricultural interests. Recipients will have to provide appropriate documentation of expenditures.
The Wiles family created the Gene Wiles Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation to memorialize their son who passed away in 2011. Gene participated in Washington County 4-H Dairy and Swine Clubs as well as the youth group and archery club at Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church.
Applications are due by July 8th at 11:59pm. Visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfwcmd.org to apply.  
Applications Available for Kevin Barkdoll Livestock Memorial Fund
Applications are currently being accepted for the Kevin Barkdoll Livestock Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County MD. Created by his family to memorialize Kevin who passed away in 2016, this fund provides financial support through a qualifying organization to a 4-H member between the ages of 9-17 to purchase an animal to show at the following year’s Washington County Ag Expo & Fair. 
Applicants must live in Washington County, Maryland or the surrounding area. Applicants should be affiliated with 4-H programs, the FFA, or the Washington County Agriculture Board. Projects must be directly related to agricultural interests. Recipients will be required to provide appropriate documentation of expenditures.
Kevin was born in Hagerstown and graduated from Boonsboro High School. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Hagerstown Community College and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Salisbury University. Kevin worked at Trans Ova Genetics as an embryologist for several years. This fund was created to honor Kevin’s love for agriculture and showing livestock. He started showing dairy and pigs at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair while in middle school and then showed beef as well in high school.
Applications are due by July 8th at 11:59pm. Visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfwcmd.org to apply.  


Adam R. Barnhart Inclusive Athlete Fund Created at Foundation
The Adam R. Barnhart Inclusive Athlete Fund has been created with the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. by family members. Its mission is to provide support and opportunities to individuals with intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) who live in Washington County, Maryland and who seek to participate in inclusive, competitive athletics.
There's a strong movement whereby athletes with IDD are included, respected, and equal to able-bodied athletes and it's the vision of this fund to support that.
Born in 1995, Adam R. Barnhart grew up in Washington County, Maryland, with two brothers, Michael and Andrew. At the age of 3, he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and a developmental disability. Leg braces and wheelchairs quickly became a familiar and necessary part of his life. Machines to assist with breathing stood by his bed and eventually his body gave way to a deteriorating muscular system. He passed away at the age of 25 last year.
"With his teammates and his coaches, the unified athlete experience created the space and place for Adam and other disabled athletes to be out of the stands and in the game. This fund in Adam’s memory will act as a catalyst for building more bonds between abled and disabled individuals in non-segregated athletic activities," says his proud mother JoEllen Barnhart, Ph.D. 
To make a contribution to this fund, donors can visit our website cfwcmd.org and click "DONATE NOW" at the top of our page, then specifying (or selecting from the drop down menu) the Adam R. Barnhart Inclusive Athlete Fund. Checks with the fund name written in the memo section may also be mailed to:
Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc.
37 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
50/50 Women on Boards™ Recognizes First United Corporation
as a “3+” Company with Three or More Women Directors
 50/50 Women on Boards™ (50/50WOB), the leading global education and advocacy campaign driving the movement toward gender balance and diversity on corporate boards, commends First United Corporation as a “3+” company, for having three or more women on its corporate board of directors.
With five women directors, representing 50% of its corporate board seats, First United has made a business decision aligning with independent research that demonstrates when three or more women serve on a board, profitability, productivity, and workplace engagement increase.
"We are proud of having a gender diverse board and are honored by the recognition from the 2021 Women on Boards," said Carissa Rodeheaver, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of First United. "We believe that empowering women and ensuring representation throughout our Company creates meaningful value and is a natural part of our culture."
“Investors, legislative mandates, and enlightened leaders continue to make institutional decisions that reinforce the business advantages of gender balance,” said Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of 50/50 Women on Boards. “We are pleased to recognize First United Corporation for prioritizing this business imperative that benefits stakeholders and shareholders.” 

Expansion of Volvo Group's Powertrain Research and Development Site
During a ground-breaking ceremony on June 9, the Volvo Group announced a $33 million expansion of its powertrain research and development site in Hagerstown, Maryland for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Vehicle Propulsion Lab.
Commissioner President Jeff Cline, along with state and local representatives, and county staff members were present for the groundbreaking ceremony this morning.

HSWC CLOSED ON JULY 5TH
The Humane Society of Washington County will be closed to the public on Monday, July 5th in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
Anyone experiencing an animal emergency regarding a sick, injured or aggressive animal on that day may call our emergency number at 301-790-7577. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, July 6th.

d’Vinci Named a Top Content Development Company by Training Industry
Training Industry has named d’Vinci Interactive to its 2021 Content Development Watch List in recognition of the best providers of training services and technologies.
d’Vinci develops learning experiences, educational websites and web and mobile applications for corporate, government, medical and K-12 educational content clients.
“It's great to be recognized for developing custom learning solutions. It's what we love to do – create learning experiences that deliver extraordinary outcomes for our partners and clients,” said d’Vinci CEO Luke Kempski.
“This year’s Custom Content Development Watch List Companies have demonstrated unique capabilities that create engaging and comprehensive solutions for a variety of industries,” said Danielle Draewell, market research analyst at Training Industry, Inc. “Through virtual training, eLearning, simulations and games, these companies are prepared to create immersive content that aligns with businesses’ training objectives.”
The Content Development Watch List includes two dozen companies that demonstrate excellence in innovation, impact and industry visibility, capability to develop and deliver multiple types of content, depth and breadth of subject matter expertise, company size and growth potential, quality of clients and geographic reach.
Sterling Financial Management Welcomes New Financial Advisor Assistant
Sterling Financial Management, Inc. announces Robert Ni as its newest financial advisor assistant. Robert recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh having majored in finance, minoring in economics and receiving a certification in data analytics.
Robert previously interned with Sterling Financial Management last summer, where he helped the advisors evaluate client portfolios and different 401(k) plans. 
Robert is an entrepreneur having started his own business in 2015 buying and reselling hard to find items, such as tennis shoes and electronics. Owning his own business has taught him supply chain management, negotiation and financial management. Robert’s other work experience includes real estate, restaurant management and commercial roof contracting.   
“We are so glad to have Robert join us full-time after his internship with us last year,” said Dave Neterer, founder and president of Sterling Financial Management. “He is a hard worker, proactive and very technologically savvy.”
Meredith Wilson-DiCristofaro Named
Retail Branch Manager of
Middletown Valley Bank’s
Eastern Boulevard Branch 
Meredith Wilson-DiCristofaro has been named Banking Officer - Retail Branch Manager of Middletown Valley Bank’s (“MVB” or “the Bank”) Eastern Boulevard Branch in Hagerstown, MD. Wilson-DiCristofaro comes to MVB with several years of financial services
experience, most recently in retail branch management at M&T Bank.
Meredith said, “I am proud to join MVB because they realize the importance of investing in the communities they serve. I believe representing an organization that uses their time and resources to support the tri-state area presents an excellent opportunity for me.”
Meredith is local to Washington County and enjoys attempting adventurous recipes with her fiancé in her free time. She is most proud of her recently perfected beef bourguignon recipe.
“We are happy to welcome Meredith to the MVB family. Her banking experience and exceptional customer service skills will be a great asset to our team at the Eastern Boulevard Branch,” said Kathy Stevens, VP – Market Relationship Officer.
Michael Pallansch, Banking Officer - Retail Branch Manager, formerly at the Eastern Boulevard Branch, will now be leading MVB’s two Middletown locations. Additionally, Shannon Phillips, former AVP - Retail Branch Manager of MVB’s Middletown branches, will now be serving as AVP – Regional Branch Operations Manager.
“I am very proud of our team here at Middletown Valley Bank, and I am always happy to see employees progress in their careers. I want to congratulate Shannon and Michael on their new roles with MVB, and also welcome Meredith to the team,” said BJ Goetz, MVB’s President and CEO. 
Paul Frey Visits With Rae Ricker, General Manager of Plane Care 
Paul Frey visits with Rae Ricker, General Manager of Plane Care. Located at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, Plane Care is a FAA Certified Part 145 repair station. They are a full service, one stop shop for general aviation repair, restoration, modifications and maintenance. (www.planecarellc.com)
Contact Paul at paul@hagerstown.org if you would like him to visit your business or nonprofit.
Ribbon Cutting Recaps
Hagerstown Housing Authority's Ribbon Cutting on June 2nd was wonderful!
The ribbon cutting was for Phase 1 of the McCleary Hill initiative!
This initiative is a partnership between the Hagerstown Housing Authority and Delaware Valley Development Company.
Using Gateway Crossing as a model, HHA is creating a new mixed income community on a newly acquired site in a Community of Opportunity in the City of Hagerstown.
More information on the initiative can be found here: https://www.hagerstownha.com/mccleary-hill/



Here are some photos from the Scott Powell State Farm Insurance Grand Opening on June 4th!
The Bowman Development Corporation Masonic Temple Phase 1 Completion Ribbon Cutting on June 25th was a hit.
Bowman Development is converting a historic landmark that was formerly used as a Masonic Temple into class A office space.
The basement features a large stage and banquet hall. The first floor and two upper floors will be transformed into class A office space or possibly retail or restaurant space. Much of the design will depend on the prospective tenants need.
MEMBER EVENTS
Attend some upcoming events hosted by our members! Add your events to our Member Events Calendar here to get your event posted in the next newsletter, or email the event details to brianna@hagerstown.org.
Ship Simply's Ribbon Cutting!
Wednesday, July 7
9 am - 10 am
Location:
18450 Showalter Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21742

Ship Simply is a brand new Chamber member, holding a ribbon cutting to announce the public release of their cloud-based shipping software solution, aimed at providing functionality to level the playing field against large-scale operations! 

After the ribbon cutting, tours will be given and refreshments will be available.
ACT Black Box Studio's Grand Opening!

Saturday, July 10 
5 - 7 pm

Location: 43 S. Potomac St.,
Hagerstown, MD 21740

After the ribbon cutting, there will be refreshments, tours, and entertainment until 7 pm.
Come out to the studio to help celebrate the opening of this new venue to hold theatrical performances for our community!

This event is open to the general public.
B.A.S.H. (Business and Social Hour) at Heavy Metal Playground and Horizon Goodwill Industries!
Thursday, July 15

5 - 7 pm

14515 Pennsylvania Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21742
You'll be able to use some heavy machinery, eat some good food and play games at this Backyard BBQ themed B.A.S.H.!

You'll also be able to win a free Heavy Metal Playground session valued at $800!
 
Get ready to meet an array of fellow members at our popular monthly networking B.A.S.H. (bring those business cards!) It's all the networking you've come to expect from a great Chamber event, along with great prizes.

Don't miss your chance to win our Chamber Prize Drawing, which has climbed to $5,500!  Sponsored by Bank of Charles Town (BCT). 
Members in good standing, be sure to register by NOON the day of the event and be in attendance by 6 pm to be eligible to win.

Cost:
$5 for Chamber members
$15 for non-members
Chambray & Champagne Event Hosted by Meritus Health
Saturday, August 28
6 - 10 pm

Green Hill Farm
5329 Mondell Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Your ticket purchase(s) include:
  • Food Trucks
  • Beverage Stations: Brewery Row, Wine & Bubbly Bar, Bourbon Barrel
  • Photo Booth
  • Cornhole
  • Raffle
  • Music by The Reagan Years
  • Opportunities to network with your colleagues...and knowing that YOUR participation and support serves the patients and programs of Meritus Health

(Event capacity: 250 people - so, register early)

Casual attire

To register, learn more about sponsoring, or to sign up to sponsor, please visit the following site: https://one.bidpal.net/candc21/welcome
Hangarfest - Presented by several Chamber members: Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley, Inc., Discovery Station, and Middletown Valley Bank
Saturday, September 25
6 - 11 pm

Rider Jet Center
18421 Henson Boulevard
Hagerstown, MD 21742
PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT LINK WILL GO TOWARDS THE PROGRAMS OFFERED BY BREAST CANCER AWARENESS - CUMBERLAND VALLEY. Thank you for your support!

Discovery Station, Breast Cancer Awareness–Cumberland Valley, Inc., Middletown Valley Bank and Henson & Son , Inc. present the 2021 Hangarfest at the Rider Jet Center!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for this benefit fundraiser event! There will be a Pre-Show Band premiering on an outside stage: Jill Fulton Band.

Afterwards, starting at around 7:30pm there will be live music by The Reagan Years – the East Coast’s Original 80’s Tribute Band!
Dancing, great food, a cash bar, and 50/50’s too! Get your tickets now - they're $20 in advance, $25 at the door!

A Special Thanks to all of our sponsors - Middletown Valley Bank, Henson & Son, Tom Riford, Emerald Pointe by Paul Crampton Contractors, AC&T, Valley Storage, JD Holdings, Ellsworth Electric, Wish Kitchens and Baths, and River City Dental.

All proceeds raised from the night of the event will benefit both Discovery Station and Breast Cancer Awareness--Cumberland Valley, Inc.!
Tickets are non-refundable and IDs will be checked at the door.
A Helpful Article From The BEP Committee
Our Business and Education Partnership Committee has an interesting article to share with you this month:
Many of us routinely have the need to communicate effectively whether opening or closing a seminar, delivering a sales pitch, requesting funding, participating in performance evaluations, etc. Compelling conversations such as these require having a great impact in a short time frame. In a leadership seminar held by Impact® International, the speaker shared the “2 x 3 Technique” for effective communication.
This simple technique focuses on identifying 2 points you want to make as the speaker and using 3 actions to effectively deliver those 2 points. It works like this:
1.      Identify 2 points you want to get across to your audience, and
2.      Use the following 3 actions to deliver those points.
a.      Open by headlining the 2 points you’ve decided on,
b.      Make each point a bucket, and fill the each bucket with facts, information and justification (what, how and why) to support those two points.
c.      Recap the 2 points you started with.
This technique works very well to ensure you stay focused on your topic at hand, leave your audience with something memorable, and will allow you to do so in a very short time frame.
Give it a try!


This article was submitted to us by Wayne Rummel, General Manager and Reg. Operations Services of Potomac Edison - A FirstEnergy Company
Save the Date
Our annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Conference is coming up on August 12th. Register today!
GenNext
Join Today
GenNext is our young professionals group here at the Chamber. If you're interested in meeting a group of like-minded young professionals who want to network, volunteer, and grow professionally, you should join GenNext.
This group is open to anyone between the ages of 21-39. If interested, fill out an application form here and send it to brianna@hagerstown.org.
Become a Guest Speaker!
We're looking for individuals who are interested in speaking at a GenNext event. Is there something you wish you had known as a young professional? Come share your wisdom with us!

Take a moment to fill out the form below to let us know what you'd like to share with our group.
A Friendly Tip
Chamber Members: You can post discounts or coupons on our website, and make them available for Chamber members only OR for the public.

Here's how to post them:
  • Log in to your Hagerstown.org portal
  • Select “upload a coupon”
  • Set to “public” or “members only”
  • Set your expiration terms
  • Submit for free
Check out the current discounts and coupons here: https://web.hagerstown.org/coupons
Visit our website with COVID-19 economic resources and health information at https://www.hagerstown.org/ and go to the Strong Together tab on our menu in the right-hand corner.
Do you have something to share with fellow Chamber members? Simply email Director of Member Services Brianna Scott at brianna@hagerstown.org to get started on this free opportunity.
Washington County Chamber of Commerce members include more than 575 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.