December business calendar

MARYLAND

Coffee and Contacts

Friday, Dec. 1 — This morning networking event gives you the opportunity to make business connections. Sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, 118 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. Free for Frederick County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce members; $15 for nonmembers. Call 301-662-4164; email info@frederickchamber.org; or go to www.frederickchamber.org.

Silica Competent Person training

Tuesday, Dec. 5 — This class will allow attendees to act as the company’s designated competent person as required by OSHA’s new silica standard. Upon completion of the class the employee will be able to conduct an annual review and evaluation of your company’s written exposure control plan, update the plan as necessary, and re-train managers, supervisors and employees on updates. 8 a.m. to noon. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), 530 N. Locust St., Hagerstown. $150. Registration required. Call 301-739-1190, email lindsay@abccvc.com or go to www.abccvc.org.

Learning Lunch Hour

Tuesday, Dec. 5 — 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.

Sharing Your Business Story Through Video webinar

Tuesday, Dec. 5 — Corissa Saint Laurent, a speaker for Google’s Get Your Business Online team, will explain how to get the most out of your small business’ story and share it through video. You will learn: How to identify your audience; the golden rules of content creation; and how to conceptualize, script and produce a video. 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, Dec. 6 — 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., Hagers- town. $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.

Construction Quality Management training

Wednesday, Dec. 6 — This course offers prospective Quality Construction (QC) Managers/Administrators the opportunity to satisfy the CQM-C training requirements specified in most USACE and NAVFAC construction contracts. This course must be taken and the final test must be passed by any person aspiring to be the QC Manager/Administrator or alternate. The course must be taken within 45 calendar days of the award of a construction contract. The Contractors Quality Control (CQC) requirements and the Governments Quality Assurance (QA) roles are reviewed. A course certificate will be awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the training and pass the final exam. The certificate is valid for a five-year period from the date of the class. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), 530 N. Locust St., Hagerstown. $250. Registration required. Call 301-739-1190, email lindsay@abccvc.com or go to www.abccvc.org.

CPR Training

Wednesday, Dec. 6 — This training will be led by Doug Walker, a retired fire/EMS captain with more than 30 years combined military/D.C. area experience. You will be issued an American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) card upon completion. This course meets all MOSH and COMAR regulations. 8 a.m. to noon. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), 530 N. Locust St., Hagerstown. $70 for ABC members; $100 for nonmembers. Registration required. Call 301-739-1190, email lindsay@abccvc.com or go to www.abccvc.org.

Entrepreneur Council Lunch and Learn

Thursday, Dec. 7 — Local tech companies, KTL Solutions and MainSpring, are hosting this bootcamp for business owners. As part of the Entrepreneur Council Brown Bag Lunch and Learn series, this tri-series targets small-to-medium-sized business owners looking to protect their data and expand both internally and externally. Learn how to protect your data and become mobile-friendly. Lunch will be provided. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, 118 N. Market St., Second Floor, Frederick, Md. Free. Call 301-662-4164; email kredmond@gomainspring.com; or go to www.frederickchamber.org.

Advocate for Your Business webinar

Thursday, Dec. 7 — Joy Lutes, vice president of External Affairs at NAWBO National (the first advocacy organization founded to represent all women business owners), will discuss: How decisions made at all levels of government can affect how you conduct business; how to assess advocacy opportunities that exist for your business and integrate them into your plans; and how to communicate with your employees, customers and other stakeholders about the actions you take in the advocacy arena. 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.

ABC Holiday Extravaganza

Thursday, Dec. 7 — Plan to attend this holiday party hosted by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Cumberland Valley Chapter. An exciting evening is planned. There will be a social hour, great food, entertainment, recognition of 2017 achievements, and installation of leaders for 2018. Earl David Reed from 105.7 The X will perform. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. 5:30 to 9 p.m. The Press Room, The Herald-Mail Co., 100 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. $90 per person; $150 per couple. Registration required. Call 301-739-1190, email lindsay@abccvc.com or go to www.abccvc.org.

Hub City REIA meeting

Thursday, Dec. 7 — Come join the tri-state area’s Real Estate Investment Association if you’re looking for a local real estate club to gain massive 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.

Business Health Series

Tuesday, Dec. 12 — Join the Frederick County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce and businesses across Frederick County in making the commitment to be a healthy business. A healthy business depends on healthy employees and programs designed to support wellness. Learn about less risky, drug-free health solutions that keep employees more efficient and engaged while at work. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, 118 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. Call 301-662-4164; email info@frederickchamber.org; or go to www.frederickchamber.org.

USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Workshop

Thursday, Dec. 14 — 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.

Are You Paying Your Employees Correctly webinar

Thursday, Dec. 14 — Is your small business compliant with employee payment laws? In this webinar, Jessica Hubbard-Davis and Julia Darcy of Paychex will cover the most critical aspects of paying your employees, including: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employee classification, regular and overtime rates, tax deposits and returns, and more. 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.

Simplifying Social Media for Solopreneurs webinar

Tuesday, Dec. 19 — Social media might be the last thing on the minds of time-strapped solopreneurs or freelancers. But, with a well-planned strategy, even the self-employed can make the most of these powerful, and free, marketing tools. In this webinar, Donna Amos, founder of Solopreneur Solutions, will share what she has learned while working with hundreds of clients. This webinar can help businesses of all sizes who need time-saving social media tips. You will learn: What social media platforms to use if you are crunched for time, how to get the most out of your social media activities, and how to align your social goals to business goals. 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 Card Exchange

Wednesday, Dec. 20 — Celebrate with an evening of cheerful networking, food, drinks and prizes with Frederick County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce members. Bring your business cards. The City of Frederick asks that you team up with them in supporting the Frederick Rescue Mission to ensure every child has a gift for the holidays. Bring an unwrapped, new toy, game or book to this event to be passed out among local children in need. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The City of Frederick, 101 N. Court St., Frederick, Md. Free for Frederick County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce members; Complimentary for nonmembers, but you may only attend two chamber events per year. Register in advance. Call 301-662-4164, email info@frederickchamber.org or go to www.frederickchamber.org.

Maximize Your Membership

Thursday, Dec. 21 — 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, Hag- erstown. Free. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email info@hagerstown.org or go to www.hagerstown.org.

Business After Hours

Thursday, Dec. 21 — Join the Washington County Chamber of Commerce members for socializing and networking. 5 to 7 p.m. Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro. $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.

20 Things No One Tells Millennials About Entrepreneurship webinar

Thursday, Dec. 28 — With the successes of Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel, it’s easy for millennials to become enchanted by the idea of becoming an entrepreneur. Their dreams are becoming reality — according to recent studies, millennials are starting businesses at younger ages than previous generations. However, millennials should know the harsh truths about entrepreneurship before starting a company. In this webinar, Ashley Williams, CEO and founder of RIZZARR, will share eye-opening truths that she learned as a millennial entrepreneur in hopes to empower millennials looking to start a company. You will learn how to create a plan of action to move forward with your idea, surround yourself with the best possible team, test your idea in the market, and development the perseverance for success. 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

Annual Business Breakfast

Thursday, Dec. 7 — Join the Greater Chambersburg (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce for a celebration of 2017 and the future that lies ahead. The breakfast features highlights of the Chamber’s accomplishments from the past year and recognizes the 2017 Business Person of the Year. This year’s breakfast also features a keynote about local employment issues and the criminal justice system presented by Kimberly Eaton, Day Reporting Center Program Director for Franklin County, Pa. Eaton will be joined by Ali Washabaugh, a formerly incarcerated local resident who now owns her own business. 7 to 9 a.m. Wilson College’s Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. $20 for Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce members; $25 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 717-264-7101, email aweibley@chambersburg.org or go to www.chambersburg.org.

December Chamber Breakfast

Tuesday, Dec. 12 — Join the Greencastle-Antrim (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce members for breakfast and networking. 7:30 to 9 a.m. $12 for Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce members; $15 for nonmembers. RSVP. For location, call 717-597-4610, email info@greencastlepachamber.org or go to www.greencastlepachamber.org.

Holiday Mixer

Tuesday, Dec. 12 — Join the Greater Chambersburg (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce members for socializing and networking. 5 to 7 p.m. Wilson College’s Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-264-4141 ext. 3260, email conferences@wilson.edu or go to www.chambersburg.org.

QuickBooks Seminar

Wednesday, Dec. 20 — 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.

Personal finance workshop

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

VIRGINIA

QuickBooks Class for Small Business

Monday, Dec. 4, through Wednesday, Dec. 6 — Rutherford and Johnson P.C. is currently offering QuickBooks desktop and online class sessions taught by QuickBooks ProAdvisor staff. Students will receive a book and training materials to complete the course. You are welcome to bring your QuickBooks questions and receive personalized responses tailored to your business. 8 a.m. to noon each day. Rutherford and Johnson P.C., 116 Medical Circle, Winchester, Va. $325. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 540-662-7070, email angela@rjpccpa.com or go to www.rjpccpa.com.

Pre-Session Legislative Briefing 2017

Tuesday, Dec. 5 — Meet state level legislators to find out what issues will be addressed during the 2018 General Assembly. There will be a facilitated panel discussion format. Delegate Chris Collins, Delegate Dave LaRock and Delegate Randy Minchew have been invited to discuss issues that affect the Top of Virginia Business community. A full breakfast will be served. 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. The George Washington Hotel, 103 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester, Va. $25 for Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce members; $35 for nonmembers. Registration required. Call 540-662-4118, email jwall@regionalchamber.biz or go to www.regionalchamber.biz.

LeadShare Group: Winchester B2B

Wednesday, Dec. 6 — Lead Share is a proactive approach for supplementing your business growth through the process of giving and receiving business leads within a structured environment. Come to the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce’s newest lead share group: Winchester B2B. This group will meet the first Wednesday of the month. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Free for Top of Virginia Regional Chamber members. For location, call 540-662-4118, email gvossler@paychex.com or go to www.regionalchamber.biz.

LeadShare Group: Wealth Builders

Wednesday, Dec. 6 — Lead Share is a proactive approach for supplementing your business growth through the process of giving and receiving business leads within a structured environment. The Wealth Builders Lead Share group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. 10 to 11 a.m. Aloft Winchester, La Quinta, 1055 Millwood Pike, Winchester, Va. Call 540-662-4118, email bryan.biddle@proforma.com or go to www.regionalchamber.biz.

LeadShare Group: NW Works

Thursday, Dec. 7 — Lead Share is a proactive approach for supplementing your business growth through the process of giving and receiving business leads within a structured environment. The NW Works Lead Share group meets the first and third Thursday of each month. 9:45 to 11 a.m. NW Works, 3085 Shawnee Drive, Winchester, Va. Call 540-662-4118, email timshamblin@premiermove.com or go to www.regionalchamber.biz.

Business and breakfast

Tuesday, Dec. 19 — Meet for breakfast with Top of Virginia Regional Chamber members to exchange business cards and make valuable contacts. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Nibblins, 229 Market St., Winchester, Va. 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.

December Business After Hours

Tuesday, Dec. 19 — Network and build relationships with business people representing a variety of industries. Enjoy food and beverages. Bring your business cards. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Belgravia Manor, 1466 Belgravia Road, Edinburg, Va. Call 540-459-2542, email director@shenandoahcount or go to www.shenandoahcountychamber.com.

LeadShare Group: Wealth Builders

Wednesday, Dec. 20 — Lead Share is a proactive approach for supplementing your business growth through the process of giving and receiving business leads within a structured environment. The Wealth Builders Lead Share group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. 10 to 11 a.m. Aloft Winchester, La Quinta, 1055 Millwood Pike, Winchester, Va. Call 540-662-4118, email bryan.biddle@proforma.com or go to www.regionalchamber.biz.

LeadShare Group: NW Works

Thursday, Dec. 21 — Lead Share is a proactive approach for supplementing your business growth through the process of giving and receiving business leads within a structured environment. The NW Works Lead Share group meets the first and third Thursday of each month. 9:45 to 11 a.m. NW Works, 3085 Shawnee Drive, Winchester, Va. Call 540-662-4118, email timshamblin@premiermove.com or go to www.regionalchamber.biz.

Young Professionals Group

Thursday, Dec. 21 — 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. For location, call 540-662-4118 ext. 17, email ebuhl@regionalchamber.biz or go to www.regionalchamber.biz.

WEST VIRGINIA

Rise and Shine

Friday, Dec. 1 — Join the Martinsburg-Berkeley County (W.Va.) Chamber of Commerce members for breakfast, networking and discussion. Elaine Mauck, Berkeley County Councilwoman, will speak about legislative issues for Berkeley County. 7:15 to 9 a.m. Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. $15 for Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. Registration required. Call 304-267-4841, email chamber@berkeleycounty.org or go to www.berkeleycounty.org.

Women’s Network TED Talk Tuesday

Tuesday, Dec. 5 — Join the discussion after watching a short business video. Bring your lunch. Noon. Shepherd University Martinsburg Center, Room 116, 261 Aikens Center, Martinsburg, W.Va. RSVP. Call 304-267-4841, email chamber@berkeleycounty.org or go to www.berkeleycounty.org.

Legislative Town Hall Luncheon

Thursday, Dec. 7 — Join the Jefferson County (W.Va.) Chamber of Commerce members for the annual legislative town hall meeting. Hans Fogle of WV Radio Corporation will be the moderator. The following guests have been invited to attend: Senator Rucker, District 16; Senator Unger, District 16; Delegate Espinosa, District 66; Delegate Moore, District 67; and Delegate Upson, District 65. Noon to 2 p.m. Epic Buffet, Hollywood Casino, Charles Town Races, 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, W.Va. Cost for chamber members is $18. RSVP. Call 304-725-2055, email chamber@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or go to www.jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.

Be Wonder Woman workshop

Thursday, Dec. 7 — Join the Women’s Network, members of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County and Jefferson County (W.Va.) chambers of commerce, for a workshop that will focus on three simple, but super, strategies to empower you to make 2018 your best year yet. Patti Sherwood will talk about the power of choice, the power of consistency, the power of time, and how to unleash those powers to work for you in your life. Dinner will be provided. There will be time for networking. 5 to 8 p.m. The Purple Iris at Hartwood Mansion, 1956 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. $35 for Women’s Network members; $60 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 304-267-4841, email chamber@berkeleycounty.org or go to www.berkeleycounty.org.

2018 Legislative Outlook Forum

Friday, Dec. 8 — Join the Martinsburg-Berkeley County (W.Va.) Chamber of Commerce members to hear from the Eastern Panhandle legislators as they share their vision and goals for the upcoming 2018 legislative session. Hans Fogle of WEPM 1340 will be the emcee. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and have your voices heard by the policy makers that represent the region. Breakfast will be provided. 7:30 to 10 a.m. Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. $15 for Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce members; $25 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 304-267-4841, email chamber@berkeleycounty.org or go to www.berkeleycounty.org.

Chamber holiday mixer

Tuesday, Dec. 12 — 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. 5 p.m. The Tate House, 201 E. Washington St., Charles Town, W.Va. Call 304-725-2055, email chamber@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or go to www.jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.

Rise and Shine

Friday, Dec. 15 — Join the Martinsburg-Berkeley County (W.Va.) Chamber of Commerce members for breakfast, networking and discussion. Casey Willson, of ReadAloudWV Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson Counties, will speak about “Everything Starts with Reading.” 7:15 to 9 a.m. Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. $15 for Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. Registration required. Call 304-267-4841, email chamber@berkeleycounty.org or go to www.berkeleycounty.org.

Chamber Mixer

Wednesday, Dec. 20 — Stop by to meet and greet Martinsburg-Berkeley County (W.Va.) Chamber of Commerce members. Enjoy drinks and appetizers. Bring your business cards. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the business community and to network. 5 to 6:30 p.m. For location, call 304-267-4841, email chamber@berkeleycounty.org or go to www.berkeleycounty.org.

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