Manheim Chamber focuses on emergency preparedness

Originally Published Mar 09, 2012 11:30
By ROCHELLE A. SHENK
Correspondent

Disaster can strike at any time, wreaking havoc on communities.

Such was the case last fall when remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped an incredible amount of rain on the area.

Many communities experienced flooding, and Manheim was one of the hardest hit. Among the residents that were forced to evacuate their homes, some business owners also found themselves in deep water.

Later this month, three local business owners will share stories about how the flood affected them and share tips about preparing for and handling an emergency.

The discussion is part of the Manheim Chamber of Commerce’s March Jump Start program, “Mayhem in Manheim,” to be held at 7:30 a.m. March 22.

“In the past year, the chamber has refocused and is committed to being more relevant to our members by focusing on local issues and local resources,” explained Maureen Halat, a chamber director and member of the program team. “What could be more relevant to our community than information about dealing with an emergency such as the flooding in September?”

The panel discussion is meant to educate business owners about how to prepare for and manage emergencies to minimize disruption to business. Panelists include Mountain View Heating & Cooling co-owner Karen Shreiner, a victim of storm flooding; Aaron Schwartz, an agent with Ruhl Insurance; and Chris Tankalavage of ServPro, a consultant for disaster cleanup.

“(The flooding) was an overwhelming and stressful time, but I learned a lot through it,” Shreiner said. “You don’t think that something like this can happen to you, and you think you’re prepared, but you’re never prepared enough.”

Jump Start programs, short seminars that include networking opportunities, are held every other month at Enck’s Banquet and Conference Center.

Halat said that the goal for these programs is to hear the information in the morning and use it in the afternoon.

Registration and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by a breakfast buffet at 8. The presentation will begin promptly at 8:30.

The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Registration deadline is March 20.
To register, call 665-6330 or visit www.manheimchamber.com.

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New administrative coordinator at Chamber

By CORRESPONDENT

 

Kelly Lauver joined the Manheim Chamber of Commerce on March 5 as administrative coordinator. In that role she will be providing administrative duties, attending board meetings and Chamber events as well as participating in task force meetings. She will also be speaking with clients and prospective clients about chamber membership, coordinating events and representing the chamber.

Prior to  joining the chamber team, Kelly, who is a Manheim resident, served as assistant to the Main Street Manager in Mount Joy. She also served as executive director of the 600-member Milford, Conn., Chamber of Commerce; and for six years she was a staff member of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.

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Manheim W.E.B. meeting March 7

Originally Published Feb 29, 2012 10:14
By CORRESPONDENT

 

The Manheim Chamber of Commerce’s Women Engaged in Business will meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Stiegel Dining Room at Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim.

Randy Brandt, of Brandt Accounting will provide information about how being prepared for a meeting with your CPA can save both time and money.

Cost of the meeting is $10. Women interested in attending the meeting may register online at www.manheimchamber.com or contact interim administrative assistant Jody Kulp at 665-6330.

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Manheim Chamber W.E.B. meeting Feb. 1

Originally Published Jan 30, 2012 10:56
By CORRESPONDENT

The Manheim Chamber of Commerce’s W.E.B. (Women Engaged in Business) will meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Stiegel Dining Room at Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim.

Since February is National Heart Health month, Lori Kirkham of Natural Alliance will present a program on “Heart Health.” Anyone attending this meeting is encouraged to wear red. Cost of the meeting is $10.

Women interested in attending the meeting may register online at www.manheimchamber.com or contact interim administrative assistant Jody Kulp at 665-6330.

Manheim’s chamber jump starts year with local speaker

By ROCHELLE A. SHENK
Correspondent

Quintin Frey, president of Turkey Hill Dairy, will share how his company was able to manage the challenges of business growth while maintaining a local brand at the Manheim Chamber of Commerce’s January Jump Start program Jan. 19.

Frey’s discussion will focus on how Turkey Hill Dairy has grown in size but continues to keep its small-business identity.

Pam Haines, chamber vice president, said that since the Manheim chapter has a large number of small business members, Frey’s message will really resonate with the crowd.

Jump Start programs, short seminars that include networking opportunities, are held every other month.

“The Jump Start series is part of the chamber’s strategic plan,” Haines explained. “Our goal for these programs is that you hear (information) in the morning and use it in the afternoon.”

The January program has traditionally featured more of a high profile speaker, but still keeping with the local focus.

“January is the beginning of a new year, so we like to have someone who can also be a motivational or inspirational speaker to kick off the new year,” she said.

Frey will speak at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at Enck’s Banquet and Conference Center, 1461 Lancaster Road, Manheim. Jump Start programs are breakfast meetings.

The January program is sponsored by Susquehanna Bank. Networking and registration begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by a breakfast buffet. The program will begin at 8:30, and a question and answer session will follow.

The cost of the program is $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. The registration deadline is Jan. 16. For more information, contact the chamber at 665-6330. To register, visit www.manheimchamber.com.

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