‘The business of tourism makes a difference in Franklin County’

Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The 11/30 Visitors Center is packed with brochures, pamphlets, signs, maps and other items about events, attractions and matters of interest to tourists who visit Franklin County, Pa. Amidst it all sits a new plaque from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. It honors the Franklin County Visitors Bureau for repurposing an 1865 bank building into the new visitors center. The building sits at 15 S. Main St., in the heart of downtown Chambersburg. Janet Pollard, the bureau’s executive director, said the historic […]

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A place to $TAY

Hotels take different routes to serve travelers By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Travelers translate into dollars, and some organizations in the Crossroads Business Journal area are taking different routes to earn that business. Among the highlights: • The Ramada Plaza Hotel near Hagerstown received the annual “Best of Ramada” award, which recognizes the brand’s top performing hotels and their staffs. • Bowman Hospitality, which owns the Ramada and other hotels, will soon open its fourth, a Home2 Suites by Hilton. • The Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., has added Bavarian Brothers Brewing to its resort operations. • The University System of […]

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3 medical cannabis firms sprouting in Western Md.

By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Three medical marijuana businesses are looking to grow in Washington County, Md. Kind Therapeutics is expanding its operating space to its growing and processing plant in Hagerstown. Company President David W. Kloos told a chamber of commerce gathering recently that the company employs about 64 people and will add 15 to 20 more because of the expansion. Harvest Health and Recreation, which has a growing operation in Hancock, has received a processor license from the state and plans to start that operation in another building in Hancock. Company CEO Steve White said Harvest employs more than […]

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‘The world’s always changing’

Kristian Adams Johnson of Chambersburg Waste Paper talks about what she sees, from being an executive, a wife and mom. By Mike Lewis mlewis@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Kristian Adams Johnson knows a thing or two about balancing her work and family responsibilities. She’s vice president of the family-owned Chambersburg Waste Paper business in Chambersburg, Pa. She’s married to Rob Johnson. She’s mother of 3-year-old Cambrey. And in the time since this interview was conducted and photograph was taken, she’s given birth to a second daughter, Charleigh. Johnson said it’s important to be resilient and flexible at home and at work. “The […]

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Bike shops try to stay ahead of the competition

In era of online shopping, the focus has shifted to service, specialty markets By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Bicycle shops are pedaling against some of the same business winds that buffet other retailers, according to two people in the business. Like other retailers, those two bike store owners said they’re relying on service as well as some new retail approaches to compete with big box stores and internet resellers. The competition has been stiff. The National Bicycle Dealers Association recorded a 42 percent drop in the number of bicycle shops from the industry’s peak in 2001 to 2016. “A lot have […]

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‘My job is not to play but to manage the business’

Dave Beegle, head golf pro at Penn National Golf Club By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Dave Beegle, head golf pro at Penn National Golf Club, had a goal in life and got started early. The native of Gettysburg, Pa., attended classes at Cawtaba College then at East Carolina University, both in North Carolina. But he soon left. “I knew what I wanted to do,” he said, “and I knew I didn’t need a college degree.” What he did need was an apprenticeship, and he served that with the 36-hole Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Fla. “At that time there were […]

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Minor league teams’ seasons on deck

Hope springs eternal every time the words “pitchers and catchers report” is uttered in February. While the closest Major League team to the Crossroads area is at least an hour’s drive, there are two Minor League teams in the region. The Frederick Keys and the Hagerstown Suns are affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, respectively. Each team has a long history and has featured players who have made names for themselves in the big leagues. There’s big business potential in these teams. Here’s a look at how they line up. Hagerstown Suns Class A affiliate of the Washington […]

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Courses shooting for par

Golf clubs are eyeing new revenue streams to improve their lie. By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com The past few years have been tough for the nation’s golf industry, and different establishments are taking different approaches to hack out of the financial rough. In the Crossroads area, for example, some golf clubs have invested in event venues to broaden their revenue stream. Some are sponsoring leagues, reducing rates and offering events that target a younger generation. One golf pro reported that the business “is the best it’s been in a long time.” Another reported that small clubs, in particular, are in “survival […]

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Expert: Take a military mindset to cybersecurity

By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The basics of cybersecurity are simple if you have the right mindset, according to Sean O’Brien. “Everything that is happening in cybersecurity has happened in standard (military) practice since the beginning of time. … What am I trying to defend, and what is the territory it sits on? … It’s simple. … fundamental, simple things,” O’Brien said. The problem, he said, is that companies, organizations and IT professions are so busy with day-to-day tasks that they skip over the fundamentals. “Only about 15 percent of companies know what they own,” O’Brien said. And […]

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‘The American Dream is still very achievable’

Amos McCoy, president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Amos McCoy has had a hand in building a lot of things, including himself. “All of my experience is work experience,” he said. McCoy is the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter. The organization represents companies and other organizations related to the construction industry. It also offers training classes in the building trades. McCoy, a graduate of James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., said his training has come while working. He spent some […]

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