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Mr. John Bellistri
1844 Chloe Cir.,
Greencastle, PA 17225

22 N. Mulberry St., Ste. 312
Hagerstown, MD 21740
49 Summit Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
60 W. Washington St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Saunder's Tax & Accounting Learn to Earn Tax Course
Are you….
A DIYer that wants to make sure you are taking EVERY TAX BREAK you deserve?
Seeking a part-time, seasonal SIDE HUSTLE?
An Accounting Graduate or Banker looking to EXPAND YOUR SKILL SET?
A Stay-at-Home Mom/Dad or a Retiree wanting to STAY BUSY DURING THE WINTER?
Saunders Tax & Accounting invites you to the Learn To Earn Tax Course.
During this 10-week course, you will learn to prepare individual and small business tax returns. Plus learn all the new rules resulting from COVID tax changes. This not only aids with your own tax return planning and preparation, but also successful completion affords you with a marketable skill leading to potential employment as a professional tax preparer.
Whether you prefer an in-person classroom setting or the flexibility of on-line instruction, both options are available. This course begins on October 5, 2021, so get all of the details here:  https://www.saunderstax.com/taxcourse.php
5 Benefits to Taking Imperfection Action

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Browse through news from some of our members.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund Awards $1,800 to Two Non-profit Organizations
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, presented its sixth annual grant to two local nonprofits the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, and San Mar Family and Community Services, Inc. alongside fund founder Carrol Lourie. Each grant will support educational programming that addresses teen pregnancy and unsafe sex practices amongst teens.
Community Foundation Announces 2022 Responsive Grant Applications
The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. announces the availability of grant applications for its 2022 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, safety and security, and basic needs; youth development with a focus on mentoring, school readiness, and advocacy; arts, recreation and educational opportunities for our youth and the underserved.
Applications Being Accepted for the Legacy Award for Black Excellence
A newly-created fund within the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc, the Legacy Award for Black Excellence, is now seeking applications for funding between now and the deadline of October 31st at 11:59pm. 

This award is intended to provide funding to support educational costs and programming for African-American Washington County MD residents who demonstrate leadership qualities and are currently enrolled in a college or technical program, having graduated from high school.

Leadership qualities can vary from volunteer work within the community, leading a group of peers or family/community members through a particular period of time, academic leadership, or more!

Applications can be made by October 31st from our website www.cfwcmd.org.
Meritus Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Opens Boosters for FDA-Approved Groups
COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available at the Meritus vaccine clinic for people age 65 and older, as well as two additional groups of vulnerable individuals following new authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Meritus Health Nurse Leader Nationally Recognized
Carol Grove, M.S.N., RN, NEA-BC, associate chief nursing officer (ACNO) at Meritus Health, has been selected as a runner-up for the 2021 Richard Hader Visionary Leader Award. This recognition for excellence in nursing leadership is named in honor of the long-standing editor-in-chief of Nursing Management® - The Journal of Excellence in Nursing Leadership®.
Daisy Nurses Named During Spring/Summer Months at Meritus Health
Meritus Health continues to award Daisy Nurse recognition to staff as team members work tirelessly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recent winners include:

The public is welcome to nominate extraordinary nurses for the Daisy award here: https://www.meritushealth.com/careers/nursing-at-meritus/daisy-award/daisy-award-nomination/

Sydney Fritz, of the float pool

Dani Florence, of the interventional radiology team

Sarah Willett, RN, of the critical and intermediate care area

Joy Moler, an administrative nursing supervisor

Emma Worthington of the emergency department
First United Promotes Jaime L. Shelton to
Director of Retail

Alan D. Mullendore, Managing Director, is proud to announce the promotion of Jaime L. Shelton to Director of Retail for Washington and Frederick Counties, MD and Berkeley County, WV.   

Improving Our
Community Together

Hagerstown Community College and Western Maryland Workforce Partners have been asked to develop a project to assist Hagerstown residents to move into gainful employment. This group is looking for input from local employers in regards to their hiring needs and identifying any potential roadblocks for prospective employees.
To accomplish this goal, we are asking local employers to take the brief survey by clicking the link below and provide the partners the feedback that is necessary to develop a plan to serve Hagerstown City and its residents. This information will also be helpful for future projects where we are serving the residents of Hagerstown and the surrounding communities. 
APPI Energy
This month, we will focus on the value-add components that APPI Energy provides our clients as it relates to energy supply contracts. We’ve found that as with most contracts, these can be cumbersome. In an effort to make this content more digestible, we often provide a terminology “cheat sheet” so our clients (and your members) know key areas to focus on as they review contracts, either from us or from other brokers and suppliers.
Attached are the abridged and full versions of these term sheets, as well as a link to an article on the topic HERE.
Also – the September edition of The Advisor is attached and also can be found here: September APPI Advisor (appienergy.com)
Lastly, if you have not yet done so, please make sure to check out our new website. Your Energy Consultant | APPI Energy
Women's Club 100th Anniversary
Thursday, September 9

The Women’s Club at Hagerstown, MD, Inc. promotes the welfare and education of women in Hagerstown and Washington County by establishing a broad acquaintance base among women in the area. The Corporation is organized and administered to promote various philanthropic projects including a scholarship fund and affordable room rentals for women as well as to provide a club house where members may meet and hold activities.

They celebrated their 100th year this September by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Emily Keller, followed by tours of their facility and refreshments.
Prohibition Hub 1st Anniversary
Thursday, September 9

Prohibition Hub is a Speakeasy bar known for their "Perfect Old Fashioned" and wide variety of bourbon and whiskey. Prohibition Hub is proud of their bourbon selection, cigars, and cocktails that are embodied by the Prohibition Era, as well as our exceptional customer service.
As you walk through the front door, they want you to feel like you're in a 1920’s speakeasy. When you travel past their 1900’s humidor, handwritten menu, VIP room, and 22 ft. shuffleboard table, you reach our cozy patio. This cozy outdoor space has its own signature bar to complete the perfect atmosphere to enjoy everything Prohibition Hub encompasses.
Congratulations to the owners!
Watch a video of the ribbon cutting ceremony here: https://fb.watch/80nhZTb5B-/
The Ice Cream Shop Grand Opening
Monday, September 20

Using local vendors for their products, The Ice Cream Shop will give citizens a sweet escape by offering hand-dipped ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, floats and coffee.
The Ice Cream Shop proudly serves South Mountain Creamery ice cream.
The owners also own The Yarn Shop (right next door) and Noel’s Fire Protection LLC.
Charlie & Sam's Bakeshop & Cafe Grand Opening
Friday, October 1

Charlie and Sam’s started as a home bakery and has now fully expanded into a bakeshop and café at Mulberry Lofts. Charlie and Sam’s offers up cupcakes, cookies, and more for such events as weddings, birthdays, and baby showers.
Horizon Goodwill Industries - Grand Opening of a New Location!
Tuesday, October 26
12:00 - 12:30 pm
Location: 1101 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740

Join us as we celebrate the newly remodeled Horizon Goodwill South End store.
Horizon Goodwill currently provides or is developing services in 17 counties through parts of MD, PA, WV, and VA. Their mission is to remove barriers to employment and create opportunities for individuals who struggle with employment.
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.
The Women's Club 2021 Fall Bargain Sale is This Weekend!
Lots of bargains including gently used clothing & accessories, housewares, collectibles, vintage jewelry, and small furniture.

31 South Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD, 21740

Saturday, Oct. 2: 9 am – 1 pm
College Planning 102: College Bound Webinar
Sterling Financial Management, Inc. will hold the second live webinar in a two-part series on college planning on Monday, October 4 at 5:30 PM called “College Planning 102: College Bound.” The webinar will cover how to calculate your expected family contribution, the FAFSA application and ways to determine financial aid. Private wealth managers Dave Neterer and Evan Vink from the Sterling Financial Management advisor team will present this topic online. Register today!
Join us for our HIRING EVENTS! Start IMMEDIATELY. All Shifts. All Positions. No Experience Needed. Earn up to $20.25 Take advantage of our $500 referral bonus, NO LIMIT!
Macy's Logistics & Operations Hiring Events
October 5
October 12
October 19
October 26

All hiring events are 9 am - 9 pm

Location: 333 Caperton Blvd.
Martinsburg, WV 25403
SEK's Business Leaders' Summit
October 6
8 am - 12 pm
Location: Wyndham Gettysburg
95 Presidential Circle
Gettysburg, PA 17325

SEK is excited to announce their first-ever Business Leaders' Summit! This half-day event will provide attendees the opportunity to learn vital information to set their business up for success and ignite strategic growth. Free to attend. 4 hours of CPE credit provided. Business owners and leaders, management group, CFOs and other C-Suite employees, controllers, financial officers, HR directors, etc. are encouraged to attend.
Breaking The Cycle: The 6th Annual Community Training Sponsored by San Mar

San Mar hosts an annual speaker event around issues of social service and mental health, and this year, the lineup is amazing! 

October 7, 2021
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: The Maryland Theatre
27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hear from three featured speakers:

Temple Grandin, Ph.D - A professor, best-selling author, animal behaviorist, and autism self-advocate in top demand as an international speaker.

Rev. Nontombi Tutu - The guiding principle of her Nozizwe Consulting is to bring different groups together to learn from and celebrate their differences and acknowledge their shared humanity.

Sue Klebold - A passionate advocate, dedicated to the advancement of mental health awareness and intervention. She is the mother of Dylan Kebold, one of the two gunmen responsible for the Columbine High School shootings.

You can register today! Tickets are only $39 per person and there are group rates available for 10 or more.

For questions, please call Kerry Fair at 240-513-6370 or email kfair@sanmarhome.org
WCCOA's Murder Mystery Masquerade
The Washington County Commission on Aging is hosting a Murder Mystery Masquerade in celebration of their 50th Anniversary!

October 23, 2021
Cocktail Hour 6 pm
Dinner 7 pm
Location: St. James School

This once-in-a-lifetime Black-Tie event will be held at the renowned St. James School and will feature fine dining, live music, and an auction. Tickets are just $150 each.

Please RSVP by October 8, 2021 by calling Sue at 301-790-0275 ext. 210 or click here.
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
The 2021 Business Summit
We are hosting a 2021 Business Summit on November 4th at HCC! Start, grow and strengthen your business with advice from professionals in the Marketing, HR, and Financial industries. Be sure to add it to your calendar today. Register today!
The 19th Annual Economic Summit
Featuring Dr. Anirban Basu, expert on the international, national, state, regional, and local economy. Join us to learn about the direction of the economy and the impact on Washington County. The event will take place on November 18th, starting at 5 pm.

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.