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#What'sInYourBackyard
Check out our new video series "What's In Your Backyard" that highlights the many interesting people who work here in Chester County! We’ve interviewed business owners, entrepreneurs, employees, and volunteers to find out what personal experiences, personality traits, interests, unique abilities, training, and education have led them into their current careers. 
These 17 videos + a bloopers reel were created to specifically target Chester County students. We want our talented young people to know they can have successful and exciting life-long careers right here at home in Chester County.
 
What’s in your backyard?  Let's find out together! CLICK HERE

*Thanks to everyone who volunteered (or who answered the call) to be part of this special project!
The Chamber was proud to host our first Women's Leadership Workshop on the beautiful campus of York Technical College's Chester Center. Dr. Robyn Agnew, a certified life coach, led the interactive seminar for the fifteen women. Dr. Agnew encouraged participants to evaluate their lives professionally and personally and look for ways to "live authentically" by setting goals that match each individual's values and personal priorities. A special thank you to these leaders and their companies for supporting this event: LaTanya Williams and Anna Pierce, Battered But Not Broken; Mellanie Jinnette and Dena Dunlap, Chester County School District; Becky Moon, Chester Metropolitan District; Autumn Castles, TruVista Communications; Albertha Woodard, Chester Regional Medical Center; Lisa Hall, Ring Container Technologies; Gina Jordan, Horizons Christian Academy; Devon Beatty, Chester Wastewater Recovery; Laurel Sharp, Chester County Library; Lindy Blanks, Adult Education; Valencia Bolden, Boise Cascade; Ann Elliott, Junior Achievement; Sonia Young, York Technical College. Thank you also to Stacy Scott and his staff at the Chester Center for hosting the workshop in such a nice space!
Congratulations to our partner member Founders Federal Credit Union and their President & CEO Bruce Brumfield for being awarded the prestigious Colonel Elliott Springs Legacy Award during the Springs Close Foundation's "Fabric of the Community" luncheon. This service award recognizes "extraordinary leadership in service in a way that leverages the commitment and resources of others and delivers an impact that is exponentially larger than on person or organization could deliver on its own." We appreciate the hard work of Founders and are proud to have them as our title sponsor for the 2017 Chamber Classic Golf Tournament. Thank you Founders Federal Credit Union! Congratulations also to our Chester County "Fabric of the Community" winner Brown's Corner, and finalists GRASP and Loaves & Fishes Community Soup Kitchen. These not-for-profit organizations better our county and are much appreciated for their dedication to the communities they serve.
HR Roundtable
HR Roundtable meets monthly to discuss Human Resources issues and concerns for industry within the county. To learn more about this group, contact Chair Chris Winters.

Thanks to Ring Container Technologies for treating the group to lunch this month. Pictured at left are several of the participants. It's a great group!
Upcoming Events
Founders Federal Credit Union Presents the Chamber Classic
October 12th
Register now for our annual golf tournament and help us raise funds for our three college scholarships.


*You must register your business even if you receive a "free" team through your membership. We need to know you're coming! Thanks...
Career Expo--October 20th
Join Chamber partners the Chester County School District and Chester County Economic Development as they host the Career Expo at the Gateway Center on October 20th. This day is divided into two parts--one for high school students and one for business networking. The day concludes with lunch by J. Scott Catering, provided by the Chester Healthcare Foundation and Multi Items Exim Limited. We are honored to have as our guest speaker Hank Eisenga with Giti Tire.

Registration is free but you must RSVP by October 14. Click here for the form.
Pictured above: High school students visit with reps from Sun Fiber and learn more about STEM careers in Chester County during the 2016 Career Expo
SAVE THE DATE
November 7th
Lunch & Learn on Market Research
The Gateway

In partnership with the
Small Business Development Center & Chester County Economic Development

Registration details to follow soon!
Reminders from our members
Small Business Development Center's Schedule of Workshops/Events
Contact Eduardo Venegas for more information.

October 11--Creativing Marketing & Start Your Own Business Workshops, Union, SC

October 16--IRS Tax Workshop for Existing Businesses, Winthrop

October 31--A Women's Business, Winthrop


Arts Council Dates
October 5th--Pumpkin Painting Party

October 12th--Essential Oils "Make and Take Class"

JINGLE BELL BAZAAR
Holiday Art Market 
Saturday, November 18 from 10-3
Chester War Memorial Building
 
Join the Arts Council of Chester County as we host our 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Bazaar, an Indoor Holiday Art Market featuring lots of artists and vendors! 
 
Kick off the holiday season with this opportunity to buy your unique,
 handmade Christmas gifts. 
 
In addition to many different artists with handmade jewelry, ornaments, Christmas pillows, paintings, wreaths, and pottery, we will also have a Coffee Bar, Lunch Cafe, and Bake Sale.

 
Raffle and Door Prizes too!
 
Want to be a vendor at this event? 
Contact the Arts Council at  803-581-2030  or email  artschester@truvista.net  for information.
SAVE THE DATE:

Chester Christmas Parade: November 27th @ 4:00 p.m.
Lowrys Christmas Parade: December 16th @ 1:00 p.m.