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BMC Insurance
295-B Bucheimer Rd.
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-698-5425
Inman Kaminow P.C.
410 West Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-315-9400
OpSmart
39-A N. Mulberry St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-337-7164
Tele-Plus Corporation
916 Eldridge Dr.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-797-9500
WDVM-TV
13 E. Washington St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301.797.4400
John H. Gundling
23 W. Wilson Blvd.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 304-279-1013
Resources
SBDC Invites You to Join Their Free December Small Business Webinar Trainings
    Presented by: 
Jeremiah Braunlin, Business Development, Betterfin

December 1, 2020; 1:00-1:30pm
Presenter, Marc Willson, Retail Expert

December 2, 2020; 1:00-1:30pm
    Presented by: Dave Barnhart, CDMC,
Digital Marketing Manager/Senior Account Executive; Manning Media Marketing Solutions

December 2, 2020; 10:30-11:45am 
Presented by: Pieter Bickford, Marketing Executive, HighRock Studios

 December 8, 2020; 1:00-2:00pm 
Presenter, Marc Willson, Retail Expert

December 9, 2020; 9:00-10:15am 
Presented by Dennis Ottey, Dott Digital Marketing

December 10, 2020; 10:00-11:30am
Presented by Ali Paskun, ABIL Solutions LLC

December 10, 2020; 1:00-2:30pm
Presented by Bev Stitely, Tax Strategist, Enrolled Agent (EA),
Profit First Professional
Owner, Saunders Tax and Accounting

December 16, 2020; 10:00-11:30am  
Presenter, Melody Belotte, Marketing Expert

  December 16, 2020; 1:00-2:30pm
Members Making News
Morgan-Keller Welcomes Christine Esch as Human Resources Generalist
Christine Esch has recently joined Morgan-Keller as Human Resources Generalist. Within this role, Christine’s key functions will include recruitment, retention, performance management and training, and administering our benefits programs.
Christine comes to Morgan-Keller with 25 years of human resources experience, the last 12 of which have been within the construction industry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in Clarion, PA.
“We are pleased to have Christine join us here at Morgan-Keller,” said Joy Watt, Morgan-Keller’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.“ She will be a tremendous asset in helping to further strengthen the teamwork culture we have in place here at Morgan-Keller.”
Established in 1955, Morgan-Keller Construction is a privately held general contracting and construction management firm headquartered in Frederick, MD. By providing exceptional construction services for over six decades, the firm has become one of the region’s most respected commercial builders. To learn more, visit www.morgankeller.com.
The Humane Society of Washington County's 18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge
The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) will be holding its 18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Greenbrier State Park on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Registration is now open and excitement is rising for the unique event.
The year’s top event sponsors are radio stations 101.5 Bob Rocks, 104.7 WAYZ, 92.1 The GOAT, and 100.9 The Line. A complete, up-to-date list of sponsors is available on the Polar Bear Plunge registration site. If your business would like to be a part of this fun event, opportunities are still available. Please reach out to Anna Somers at 301-733-2060 ext. 242 or  asomers@hswcmd.org.
Day of registration and check-in begins at 10:30 am, and the plunge is at noon. Costume judging will be held onsite from 10:30 to 11:45 am.
Celebrity plungers include radio personalities Sugar Ray from 92.1 The GOAT and Nasty Bob from 101.5 Bob Rocks.
Interested participants can pre-register online at www.hswcmd.org and create their own personal fundraising page. The registration fee is $25 prior to the event and $30 the day of the event.  Register by December 21st to receive a custom Polar Bear Plunge long-sleeved shirt. Additional incentives will be awarded to plungers reaching various levels of fundraising tiers.
Anyone who would like to sponsor a participant can go to  https://hswcmd.networkforgood.com/projects/112778-18th-annual-polar-bear-plunge to search for their favorite “polar bear” and make a donation on their personal fundraising page.  All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.
COVID-19 precautions including masks, social distancing, and gathering limitations will be adhered to at the event.
Community Foundation Honors Four Individuals During 21st Annual People's Choice Awards
The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. has awarded four individuals during their 21st Annual People’s Choice Awards, held virtually on Zoom the evening of Thursday, November 12th. Three individuals were honored from a safe distance with Volunteer Awards and another was awarded the Rising Star Award as local celebrity Ryan Smetzer served as Master of Ceremonies.
The prestigious Volunteer Award honors individuals from the community who give generously of their time and talents to make Washington County a better place to live. In addition, the Community Foundation will establish $5,000 endowment funds in each winner’s name for the local nonprofit of their choice.
The Rising Star award honors an individual from the community who demonstrates a commitment to volunteer service. In their honor, a $1,000 contribution is made to the Community Foundation’s Young Philanthropists Fund.
This year’s three Volunteer Award recipients are:
Jamie Blackwood:  A retired firefighter, Mr. Blackwood is the first to tell you that service is in his blood, and continues to serve through various ways as a volunteer firefighter with the Long Meadow Fire Company (since 2000) and was integral in forming the Washington County Northstars Hockey Team in 2007. Since then, he’s continued his passion for hockey and mentorship, working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jamie is currently employed at Brook Lane in leadership with campus police and their safety office.
Brent Feight: The contributions to Washington County made by Brent Feight seem endless. Mason-Dixon Scout Council, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hospice of Washington County, Doey’s House, Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Brooke’s House, and countless others cite Feight’s support through his pro-bono work often supported by his beloved colleagues at Hagerstown-based firm Bushey Feight Morin Architects.
Carrol Lourie: Carrol Lourie has over two decades of Washington County service under her belt and organizations like Community Free Clinic, REACH of Washington County can attest to it. Stewardship is paramount with her through her work with her local synagogue and a bulk of her current efforts support the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition and her work with Together With Families, a newly-created nonprofit that supports the work of the Washington County Family Center and the Sunshine Center Family Visitation Program.
This year’s Rising Star Award winner is:
Stephanie Nalley: Stephanie Nalley is the founder of nonprofit Hope Through Birth. This organization focuses on supporting parents who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death since 2012. She maintains a Bereavement Education Fund to provide training for local birth workers to receive bereavement training. She’s spent numerous years volunteering with unimaginably-difficult work with Hospice of Washington County and assists in bereavement counseling with Dove Tale’s camp – a camp where children can navigate the loss of a loved one.
A full recording of the 21st Annual People’s Choice Awards can be found on the Community Foundation of Washington County MD., Inc.’s homepage www.cfwcmd.org
Conagra Wins RMI's Manufacturing People's Choice Awards
Conagra was selected as a People's Choice Awards winner for their community engagement efforts out of numerous companies within the manufacturing industry. The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland's inaugural Champions of Maryland Manufacturing People's Choice Awards is the competition Conagra was nominated for. Conagra has a "Nourish our Community" grant program that awards funds to nonprofits that allow them to address issues like hunger and healthy eating. Conagra also collaborates with HCC on leadership courses to provide workforce development in the community. Conagra workers visit middle and high schools to speak about manufacturing careers.
Tootie's Token Memorial Fund in Memory of Ty'kerria Dawson is Established at the Community Foundation
Family and friends of the late Ty’kerria Dawson recently established the “Tootie’s Token” Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. to memorialize her, following the tragedy that claimed her life in June 2020. Fondly bearing a childhood nickname, “Tootie’s Token” will support the educational, physical and emotional needs of students of Antietam Academy, where Dawson had recently graduated.
Ty’kerria was a Hagerstown native who enjoyed time with family and friends, was a familiar face within her community, and loved to dance. Loved ones feel that she would have appreciated funds collected in her name going towards helping students at the same place that played such a large part in her life.
Donations may be made in Ty’kerria’s memory to the Community Foundation at 37 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or on the Foundation’s website at www.cfwcmd.org. Simply click “Donate Now” at the top of the homepage and select “Tootie’s Token” to make a donation. For more information on the Community Foundation, please call 301-745-5210.  
Sterling Financial Management Hires a New Marketing Director, Ally Sirbaugh
Sterling Financial Management, Inc. announces Ally Sirbaugh as its new marketing director. In this role, she will manage their social media, create various marketing materials, update the company’s website, write press releases and assist with events.
Prior to joining Sterling Financial Management, Ally served as the communications director for the Community Foundation of Washington County MD for more than six years. She helped increase brand awareness for them through newsletters; their annual report, Impact; advertising pieces and press releases. Ally also managed two web sites, their social media accounts and the 24-hour giving day, Washington County Gives, for over 90 nonprofits. She has almost 20 years of experience in marketing and communications having previously worked for The Plamondon Companies’ Roy Rogers Restaurants, where she handled their marketing budget, developed and coordinated all restaurant promotions, point-of-purchase materials and new menu items.
Ally graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelor of Science in Communications, majoring in advertising.
“Ally brings a lot of marketing experience and knowledge to Sterling Financial Management,” said Dave Neterer, founder and president of Sterling Financial Management. “We think having a marketing director in-house will help us promote our business in order to assist more clients with their financial planning needs.”
Know Someone Looking for Employment?
Visit our job bank to find more employment opportunities!
Horizon Goodwill Industries in Hagerstown, MD is searching for a qualified Director of Development and Community Engagement. This position will be responsible for planning, organization, and execution of Horizon Goodwill Industries’ fundraising initiatives including annual giving, major gifts, endowment, special events, capital campaigns and grant writing. The Director of Development and Community Engagement will also serve as an ambassador to external community partners and shares responsibility for developing strategic partnerships.
Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley is looking to hire a Community Liaison. The Community Liaison (CL) works under the general direction of the Executive Director and is responsible for and oversees all community outreach activities for Breast Cancer Awareness—Cumberland Valley.
Candidates for the position of CL should have a minimum educations experience of not less than a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business Development, Strategic Communications or substantial additional work experience. Such experience is preferred to have been in a non-profit organization, but is not necessarily required to this role. Strong interpersonal skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as the knowledge of Windows based office computer programs and any graphic design software. 
Email resumes and cover letters to admin@bcacv.org
Member Referrals

If you know someone that would enjoy Chamber membership or benefit from it and you are a current member, refer them - we will give you $50. To communicate information on the membership accurately, click below for details on the Chamber's vision.
For information on this promotion, or to discuss membership referrals, please call Paul Frey at 301-739-2015 ext. 102 or email him at paul@hagerstown.org. You may also call Donna Mitchell at 301-739-2015 ext. 101 or email her at donna@hagerstown.org.
GenNext Reboot
We are going to reboot the GenNext young professionals networking group. We want to get everyone engaged again and we would love to hear your ideas! For information or questions about this group, please email brianna@hagerstown.org.
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Hope you're having a wonderful fall.

Paul Frey, Donna Mitchell, Brianna Scott & Kim Tagg
We can't wait for our next opportunity to work with you, and for you!
(301) 739-2015
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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.