Welcome Our New Chamber Members
CSR Consulting
17504 Matric Ct.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
OLAOGHAIRE Enterprises Inc.
DBA Restoration 1 of PennMar
11720 Kendallwood Cir.
Waynesboro, PA 17268
JDog Junk Removal and Hauling Hagerstown
11315 Quailbridge Cir.
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Toys for Tots
495 Premium Outlets Blvd., Ste. 855
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Early Voting

The Maryland Board of Elections voted to conduct early voting from Monday, Oct. 26 to Monday, Nov. 2 (including Saturday and Sunday) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with early voting centers also open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. On early voting days, approximately 80 vote centers will open statewide. On Election Day, approximately 350 vote centers will be open statewide. Voters can cast their vote at any vote center in their county of residence. The Board also plans to make at least 127 ballot drop boxes available statewide.

As previously announced, Maryland residents are encouraged to cast a mail-in ballot in this year’s election as a public health precaution during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Board will mail applications for mail-in ballots to all Maryland voters at the end of August, or residents may request a mail-in ballot online by visiting elections.maryland.gov. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 20th.
Election Forums
Our Election Forums are to take place each Wednesday in October from 6:30 - 9:00 am at The Maryland Theatre. (21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740). Hear from candidates running for positions in each of the races below to make an informed decision.

Don't forget to register today with the links below!

SBDC Invites You to Join Their Free October Small Business Webinar Trainings

In Honor of Maryland Economic Development Week: October 25-31, 2020

Presented by Maria Auselimen, AMA Consulting

October 1, 2020

Presented by Pieter Bickford, Marketing Executive, HighRock Studios

October 13, 2020
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Presented by Ali Paskun, ABIL Solutions LLC

October 14, 2020

Presented by Melody Belotte, Marketing Expert

October 28, 2020

Presented by Bev Stitely, Tax Strategist, Enrolled Agent (EA), Profit First Professional
Owner, Saunders Tax and Accounting

October 7, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Dennis Ottey, Dott Digital Marketing

October 14, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by Matt Johnston, Esquire

October 15, 2020

Presenter, Janice Walker-Emeogo
Small Business State Outreach Director
Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance
Department of Labor

October 15, 2020
Economic Relief From the Western Maryland Consortium
301-791-3076 ext. 105
Final Wave of COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund
Applications will be accepted from now through October 18th at midnight for the final round of funding from the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, a campaign organized by the Community Foundation and United Way of Washington County, MD.
Join us as we Work to Meet the Go For Bold Community Challenge!
Meritus, Washington County, and the Greater Hagerstown Committee along with the Chamber are pledging to join in the challenge to lose a million pounds as a community by 2030! We want you, either as an individual or a business, to take the pledge with us. Find the pledge and additional information about the goal below.
Members Making News
First Annual Grandma Gatewood Legacy Hike!
Join Prime Time for Women and Girls Who Hike, MD for a hike on the Weverton Heights section of the Appalachian Trail, which Grandma Gatewood first hiked 65 years ago!

On Sunday, October 25th, Prime Time for Women and Girls Who Hike, MD will host the First Annual Grandma Gatewood Legacy Hike. This hike celebrates the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, accomplishing this feat at 67 years of age! She was not limited by the perceptions of others. When she was discouraged from hiking the 2,091 miles trail, she did it anyway! Grandma Gatewood embraced challenges as adventures, and pursued possibilities rather than probabilities. 

To learn more about this exciting event click here. Do you have questions? If so, email Bernadette Wagner at Bernadette@PrimeTime4Women.com or call 240-313-5985.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 2020 Treasure Sale Online Auction
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is hosting an online auction! They are looking for donations to be auctioned off and you can also participate in the auction itself. Call 301-739-5727 from Tuesday through Friday 10 am to noon to get information about donating or participating.

The auction item "Preview Party" will be November 1 - 5.
Bidding will occur November 6 - 16.
Buyers will pick up their winnings November 17 - 21.
See what you can and cannot donate below!
Conagra's Grant Program: Nourish Our Community
Conagra Brands Foundation Awards Grants to Three Local Nonprofits Through "Nourish Our Community" Program
Conagra Brands Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual "Nourish Our Community" grant program, awarding a one-year grant to three nonprofits in Washington County. The grants underscore Conagra’s involvement in Hunger Action Month – when people across the United States mobilize to take action on the issue of hunger – and will help create positive social impact in the communities where its employees live and work. 

For more than 25 years, Conagra has invited employees to nominate nonprofit organizations in their local communities to be considered for grants in areas addressing domestic hunger and food insecurity, cooking skills, nutrition education, healthy and active lifestyles or urban agriculture. Conagra employees also play a part in the selection process with grants being awarded by a cross-functional committee of employees. 

The grant recipients include: Children in Need, Girls Inc. of Washington County, and the YMCA of Hagerstown. Congratulations!
U.S. Cellular Names LeShae Myers Store Manager For Hagerstown Location
U.S. Cellular has promoted LeShae Myers to Store Manager at the Hagerstown location at 17301 Valley Mall Road. In this role, LeShae is responsible for leading a team of wireless technology experts to help customers select the devices, plans and consumer electronics to best meet their needs.

“At U.S. Cellular we work hard to ensure our associates are equipped with the knowledge needed to help customers make informed decisions about their wireless service,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. “I am excited for LeShae to lead our Hagerstown store, and I’m confident that her leadership skills will guide our team to help customers in the area with their technology needs.”

LeShae has been with U.S. Cellular for eight years in several channels and brings a range of experience to her new role.  
APPI Energy Can Help You Understand Your Energy Contract
Understanding Your Energy Contract
Why It Matters and How APPI Energy Can Shed Valuable Light on Your Current (& Future) Contract 
Last month, we launched the first in a 2-part series on Understanding Your Energy Contract, taking a closer look at the nuts and bolts of your energy contract, but also diving into the common questions and drilldowns that companies can expect in an assessment of their contract terms.
We continue down that path this month, highlighting a few of the key areas to take note of when evaluating your contract.

First Things First, Why You Should Assess Your Current Contract
One of the first steps you’ll take with your dedicated consultant is taking an educated, unbiased look at your current contract. Selecting the best energy supplier price and contract is a complex process, and the critical goal is to ensure that each supplier’s quote includes the same price components and contract clauses. There are a variety of terms and conditions that can result in higher rates or pass-through fees than originally negotiated in a “fixed rate” contract. Contract price AND terms need to be considered when comparing suppliers. 
Meritus Medical Center Nationally Recognized for Third Time in U.S. Best Hospitals Ratings
Meritus Medical Center is now a three-time, nationally recognized, high-performing hospital in two patient care areas according to U.S. News & World Report.

The hospital received national recognition as part of the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2020-2021 rankings and ratings for two chronic conditions – heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult medical specialties, 10 adult procedures or conditions and 10 pediatric specialties.

Details on the U.S. News & World Report rankings are available online at https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/md/meritus-medical-center-6320580.
Humane Society of Washington County's Annual Fundraiser Goes Virtual
After postponing its 15th Annual LuHowl Fundraising event from June to September and rebranding it as "LuHowl at the Moon," the Humane Society of Washington County has made the decision to cancel its in-person event due to COVID-19 public health precautions. Instead, the popular auction fundraising event will be held virtually.
Beginning August 31 and continuing throughout the fall, HSWC will host weekly raffleson its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hswcmd). Now anyone will be able to make a donation through Facebook for their chance to win items like a Char-Griller, a designer handbag, a deluxe wine basket, jewelry and more. All donations raised will benefit spay/neuter programs for animals at HSWC.
HSWC would like to thank Don and Mary Bowman for hosting LuHowl at their home each year and they will miss spending that evening with their friends and supporters. They would also like to thank Sheehy Subaru of Hagerstown and Younger Toyota for their generous sponsorships of this event.
Applications Open for 2020 Bill Dorsey Scholarship for Barbara Ingram School for the Arts 
The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Bill Dorsey Scholarship for Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.      

This fund was established by Reverend Janice Dorsey in 2008 when she was named a People's Choice Award winner. Reverend Dorsey named the endowment in honor of her late husband, Bill Dorsey. The scholarship is designed for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts to offset the cost of materials, supplies, and other elements directly related to their arts discipline.

One recipient will be awarded $550. Applicants must live in Washington County, Maryland and be enrolled at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts as a sophomore, junior, or senior. Preference is given to students with a concentration in dance or vocal performance.

To apply, students must visit: http://app.smarterselect.com/programs/68400-Community-Foundation-Of-Washington-County-Md-Inc and complete their application by November 15th at midnight. 
San Mar's Initiative Bester Community of Hope Presents "The Interfaith Amigos"
This free virtual event is October 27, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

The Interfaith Amigos present a crucial message in their unique humorous style, helping participants appreciate the promise and the problems of the interfaith experience. With their willingness to openly address the usual taboos of interfaith dialogue, they create a more authentic conversation between themselves and their audiences, giving people an opportunity to step more fully into the rich promise of the interfaith experience.

Register at: besterhope.org or connect with Kerry Fair at 240-513-6370. Her email is kfair@sanmarhome.org.
Neikirk is Celebrating 75 Years of Business!
The Neikirk Company has two exciting announcements to make. They have moved to their new location at 17143 Virginia Ave, Hagerstown, MD and they are celebrating 75 years of continuous business involving three generations of Neikirks. They now specialize in window treatments and closet systems. They continue to pride themselves in quality products and excellent service, as they have since 1945.

To celebrate their move and their 75 years in business they are holding a private ribbon cutting ceremony on October 22nd at 4 pm. Over the following two days, October 23rd and 24th, they will have an open house for people to see their new facility. During the open house, they will have a huge amount of surplus inventory of window treatments and closet organization accessories for sale at yard-sale bargain prices.

Neikirk plans to have the sale items organized on tables ranging from $5 tables and up! The sale runs from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on and they will have the tables spaced accordingly for COVID regulations. The net proceeds of the sale will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.
HCC Recognizes Instructor as Outstanding Adjunct Faculty
Hagerstown Community College recently recognized Robert Ball, adjunct instructor in cybersecurity, as the 2019 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty member of the year.

Ball’s commitment to curriculum and student success makes him a valuable team member for the Technology and Computer Studies Division and for the Learning Support Center, where he tutors students. His students benefit from the experience he brings to their courses from his work as special agent in digital forensics for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Ball earned a bachelor’s degree from Fairmount State University and a master’s degree in information security from James Madison University.
Know Someone Looking for Employment?
The Arc of Washington County is looking to fill their Senior Director of Operations position, which is responsible for the growth, development, strategic planning and day-to-day functioning of the Maintenance, Information Technology and Transportation Departments ensuring internal organization processes and infrastructure to promote growth of The Arc. The Arc is a non-profit devoted to improving quality of life for all persons with developmental disabilities. To apply, visit their website www.arcwc-md.org and click on Join Our Team.
Caldwell Manufacturing has been recognized as the premier supplier of window counter balances more than 130 years, providing window balance and hardware products to some of the best window manufacturers.
Caldwell Manufacturing Company is looking to fill their Shift Superintendent position, which is responsible for supervising and coordinates all resources and activities of the production areas for the 2nd shift team. Please submit your cover letter and resume to btaylor@caldwellmfgco.com
Caldwell has another job opening for their Plant Manufacturing Engineer position as well. This position is responsible for supporting automation equipment runoff and ensure successful transfer of plant automation from engineering commissioning to operational ownership. Please submit your cover letter and resume to btaylor@caldwellmfgco.com.
The non-profit Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc., an Area Agency on Aging, serves the Washington County community by helping seniors, those with a disability regardless of age and caregivers with ongoing services and programs such as nutrition and wellness services, congregate nutrition sites, a senior center, guardianship, small-group home housing subsidies, Medicaid waiver, a senior health insurance program, benefits screening, ombudsman services, as well as various other programs. 
The Washington County Commission on Aging is looking to hire an Older Americans Act Programs Manager. This position will manage the OAAP to include the Nutrition Programs, IIIE, and IIIB Programs, and support our Chief Operating Officer with grant management and reporting. This includes client and vendor interaction, and community partner engagement. Social Worker license required. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service or related field required. Please submit your resume and cover letter to Human Resource Manager at hr@wccoaging.org or stop by Monday - Friday between 9 am – 4 pm to complete an employment application at 535 East Franklin Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
The Washington County Commission on Aging is also looking to fill a Custodial Maintenance position. They are looking for an individual with experience in maintenance, preventative maintenance, custodial services, HVAC and heating units, generators, and routine maintenance activities. Computer experience is required. Certifications in maintenance areas preferred. Please submit your resume and cover letter to Human Resource Manager at hr@wccoaging.org or stop by Monday - Friday between 9 am – 4 pm to complete an employment application at 535 East Franklin Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
Beacon House
Thursday, October 15th
1:00 PM
382 S. Cleveland Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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.
Helpful Tips

  • Going forward, communications from our COVID-19 JIC (Joint Information Center) meetings will be posted on our social media pages and important segments will go onto our website under our Strong Together pages.
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Hope you've had a wonderful summer.

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