Calendar for January 2018

MARYLAND

Hub City REIA meeting

Thursday, Jan. 4 — Come join the tri-state area’s Real Estate Investment Association if you’re looking for a local real estate club to gain knowledge, network with the area’s most successful investors and other like-minded individuals and ultimately build your wealth and financial freedom. 6 to 9 p.m. Courtyard Marriott, 17270 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown. Free for Hub City REIA members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 240-310-2792, email organizer@hubcityreia.com or go to www.hubcityreia.com.

Learning Lunch Hour

Tuesday, Jan. 9 — Join the Washington County Chamber of Commerce members for lunch, discussion and networking. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Free for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members; $10 for nonmembers. Call 301-739-2015 ext. 100; email info@hagerstown.org; or go to www.hagerstown.org.

Lunch Exchange

Tuesday, Jan. 9 — This is an opportunity for business professionals to gather to enjoy food, atmosphere, and speed networking. Bring your business cards. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, Md. $25 for Frederick County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce members; $35 for nonmembers. Register in advance. Call 301-662-4164 ext. 207, email cbutler@frederickchamber.org or go to www.frederickchamber.org.

Easy Tax Planning and Organizing for Small Businesses live webinar

Tuesday, Jan. 9 — Martha O’Gorman, CMO of Liberty Tax, will talk about the simple tools and tricks that make filing your small business taxes a breeze. This session will help you: analyze the past year, and see what tax related processes can be improved; understand what you need and don’t need for filing; and learn new tips and tools to help you stay organized throughout the year. 1 to 2 p.m. SCORE webinar. Registration is required. Call 301-766-2043, email help@score.org or go to www.hagerstown.score.org.

Eggs and Issues

Wednesday, Jan. 10 — Join the Washington County Chamber of Commerce members for breakfast, discussion and networking. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Applause Caterers, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. $15 for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members; $25 for nonmembers. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email info@hagerstown.org or go to www.hagerstown.org.

How to Get High-Paying Clients live webinar

Thursday, Jan. 11 — USA Today’s small business columnist Steve Strauss will show you how and where to find bigger, better and higher-paying clients and customers. You will learn how to pitch to high-paying clients; convince them to say yes; and leverage them into even more high-paying clients. 1 to 2 p.m. SCORE webinar. Registration is required. Call 301-766-2043, email help@score.org or go to www.hagerstown.score.org.

Maximize Your Membership

Thursday, Jan. 18 — Get the most out of your Washington County Chamber of Commerce membership. Pick up tricks to maximize the return on your chamber investment. Whether you are new to the chamber or a longtime supporter, this event highlights ways to engage your staff and see the value of your membership. Topics that will be covered include: mastering marketing within the chamber, navigating your online profile, networking nuggets, and tracking your return on your investment. 9 to 10 a.m. Washington County Chamber of Commerce, 28 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email info@hagerstown.org or go to www.hagerstown.org.

USDA value-added producer grant workshop

Thursday, Jan. 18 — Applying for grants can be a difficult process. To help create, prepare and submit your application for USDA grants, the Department of Business Development is providing a one-on-one coaching opportunity. By appointment only between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Call 301-432-4782, email lhart@hagerstownedc.org or go to www.hagerstownedc.org/agricultural-marketing.

Is Your Workplace Safe? Live webinar

Thursday, Jan. 18 — Learn how to create and implement a safe workplace culture compliant with the Department of Labor and Occupational Safety Health (OSHA) standards. Brenda Craig, CEO and founder of Craig Safety Technologies Inc., will talk about OSHA requirements and how to meet them; how to set up a safety committee or appoint a safety coach; how to manage accident investigations; available technology options; and where to find free resources. 1 to 2 p.m. SCORE webinar. Registration is required. Call 301-766-2043, email help@score.org or go to www.hagerstown.score.org.

Business After Hours

Thursday, Jan. 18 — Join the Washington County Chamber of Commerce members for socializing and networking. 5 to 7 p.m. University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, 32 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. $5 for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members; $15 for nonmembers. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email info@hagerstown.org or go to www.hagerstown.org.

Digital Marketing Trends in 2018 live webinar

Tuesday, Jan. 23 — Explore digital marketing trends that small businesses should be paying attention to and some simple ideas for incorporating them into your overall marketing strategy. Jenna Shaffer, digital marketing public speaker, will explain marketing automation; content marketing; video; and mobile. 1 to 2 p.m. SCORE webinar. Registration is required. Call 301-766-2043, email help@score.org or go to www.hagerstown.score.org.

PENNSYLVANIA

Personal Finance Workshop

Saturday, Jan. 6 — Whether you struggle with your finances or want to improve on what you are already doing, this workshop is for you. Jen Ward from Family and Finance Success will be the guest speaker. She will teach you how to take control of your money. She combines life experience with basic money management and biblical principles. Come prepared to take notes and have a knowledge of your current income and expenses. Coffee will be provided. Hosted by The Connection, a local women’s ministry. 9 a.m. to noon. Knights of Columbus, 45 W. Second St., Waynesboro, Pa. Admission is $10, payable at the door. RSVP. Call 717-387-2403, email connectingwomenwithGod@gmail.com or go to www.connectingwomenwithGod.com.

QuickBooks seminar

Wednesday, Jan. 17 — Stop hurting your cash flow and put an end to your bookkeeping nightmares with this easy and informative training course presented by Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors. 9 a.m. to noon. Schultheiss and Associates, 720 Norland Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. $129. Call 717-267-2100, email jds@schultheisscpa.com or go to www.schultheisscpa.com.

Chamber Mixer

Thursday, Jan. 18 — Join the Greater Chambersburg (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce members for socializing and networking at the renovated and expanded Coyle Free Library. Bring your business cards. There will be wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, catering and live music. In the case of inclement weather, the mixer will be rescheduled for Jan. 25. 5 to 7 p.m. Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main, Chambersburg, Pa. Free. Call 717-264-7101, email receptionist@chambersburg.org or go to www.chambersburg.org.

Leadership seminar

Tuesday, Jan. 23 — Join the Greencastle-Antrim (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce members for this workshop and learn new skills for managing and supervising. 8 a.m. Call 717-597-4610, email info@greencastlepachamber.org or go to www.greencastlepachamber.org.

VIRGINIA

Valley Business Today radio show

Wednesday, Jan. 3 — This radio show features interviews with Front Royal/Warren County (Va.) Chamber of Commerce members and gives an update on chamber happenings. 12:30 to 1 p.m. The River 95.3 FM radio. Call 540-635-3185, email info@frontroyalchamber.com or go to www.frontroyalchamber.com.

Business After Hours

Tuesday, Jan. 9 — Meet and build relationships with business people from small, mid-size and large companies and organizations representing a variety of industries. Network in an informal atmosphere, complemented by food and beverages. Bring your business cards. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free for Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce members; nonmembers may attend two networking events to “test-drive” the chamber. Call 540-662-4118, email droble@regionalchamber.biz or go to www.regionalchamber.biz/events.

Business and Breakfast

Tuesday, Jan. 16 — Meet for breakfast with Top of Virginia Regional Chamber members to exchange business cards and make valuable contacts. Network in an informal atmosphere, complemented by food and beverages. Bring your business cards. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Free for Top of Virginia Regional Chamber members; nonmembers are allowed to attend two networking events to “test-drive” the chamber. Call 540-662-4118, email droble@regionalchamber.biz or go to www.regionalchamber.biz.

Awards Party and Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 16 — Save the date for Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards party and membership meeting. The 2017 Businesses of the Year will be recognized and honored. There will be heavy hors d’ ouevres, dessert bar, wine, beer and entertainment. Black tie optional. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Community Theatre, 136 N. Main St., Woodstock, Va. $45 for Shenandoah County Chamber members; $55 for nonmembers. Seating is limited. Advance registration required. No walk-ins. Call 540-459-2542, email director@shenandoahcountychamber.com or go to www.shenandoahcountychamber.com.

Young Professionals Group

Thursday, Jan. 18 — Join other professionals, who are in their 20’s and 30’s, for networking and a professional development program. Bring your business cards. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free for Top of Virginia Regional Chamber members; nonmembers are allowed to attend two networking events to “test-drive” the chamber. Call 540-662-4118 ext. 17, email ebuhl@regionalchamber.biz or go to www.regionalchamber.biz/events.

Greater Good Awards and Membership Meeting 2018

Friday, Jan. 26 — Join the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber members at the annual Greater Good Awards event to kick off the new year for the business community. Highlights of the evening include a networking cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, membership update and presentation of the Greater Good Awards. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Clarion Inn and Conference Center, 711 Millwood Ave., Winchester, Va. $65 before Jan. 15, after $75 for Top of Virginia Regional Chamber members; $75 before Jan. 15, after $85 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. Call 540-662-4118 ext. 16, email jwall@regionalchamber.biz or go to www.regionalchamber.biz.

WEST VIRGINIA

OSHA 30-hour Training Program

Monday, Jan. 8, through Friday, Jan. 12 — The OSHA Outreach Training Program is providing training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint. Students will receive an OSHA 30 compliance card at the conclusion of the course. The course will be lead by Paul Emanuel, an OSHA authorized trainer. The class is appropriate for supervisors and workers with safety responsibility. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Technology Center, Room 143, 5550 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. $149. Call 304-260-4380 ext. 2405 or 2411 or go to www.blueridgectc.edu.

OSHA Forklift Operator Safety Training

Tuesday, Jan. 9, or Wednesday, Jan. 10 — This course offers students hands-on training in Power Industrial Class levels 1/2/3/4/5. The course is taught by Gregory Poole Lift Systems. Students learn on state-of-the-art equipment, including a Reach Truck and Pallet Jack. Students must be 18 years old, hold a valid driver’s license, and by physically able to operate the equipment. All classes require hands-on participation as well as successful completion of any written evaluations, and hands on vehicle operation testing. Participants must wear personal protective equipment. The Standard Operator Certification is valid for three years per OSHA regulation. Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Technology Center, Electrical Distribution Pole Park Training Center, 5550 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. $499. Early registration recommended. Call 304-260-4380 ext. 2405 or 2411 or go to www.blueridgectc.edu.

Chamber Mixer

Tuesday, Jan. 9 — Socialize and network with Jefferson County (W.Va.) Chamber of Commerce members. Enjoy food and drinks. Bring your business cards. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the business community. Anytime Fitness, 136 Patrick Henry Way, Charles Town, W.Va. Call 304-725-2055, email chamber@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or go to www.jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.

Maximize Your Investment Membership Orientation

Thursday, Jan. 11 — Join the Jefferson County (W.Va.) Chamber of Commerce members for orientation. New and current members are invited. 8 to 9 a.m. Tate House, 201 E. Washington St., Charles Town, W.Va. Call 304-725-2055, email chamber@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or go to www.jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Course

Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Wednesday, Jan. 17 — This program will be delivered by Diana Neill an OSHA-authorized trainer. The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Jan. 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Main Campus, Room HQ1101, 13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, W.Va. $149. Call 304-260-4380 ext. 2405 or 2411 or go to www.blueridgectc.edu.