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May 25, 2017 10:30 AM

The Power of a Chamber Referral

by Troy Garman, Realtor for RE/MAX Realty Agency, Chair of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

15420844_10153940931221556_7939932438917467040_nConsider this situation: A stranger walks up to you and offers you a big, juicy steak with a steaming baked potato and all the fixin’s. You’re going to say no to this person, after all, you don’t know them. Now consider this: The same person walks up to you with the same plate of food, except now he’s with your best friend and your best friend tells you that you need to try this steak! You’re likely going to trust the person your best friend trusts and eat the steak.

That’s the power of a referral.

So why refer a business to join the Chamber?

First of all, you can deepen your relationships with existing customers, vendors and clients. You don’t go around town referring strangers to everyone you meet, because you might make a bad referral and look unreliable. You have to learn about the people and the companies that you refer. It’s the same with the Chamber. You know and trust in the Chamber’s services to members, so you encourage them to join the Chamber and reap the benefits. Connecting people you know to the Chamber will build stronger relationships.

Everyone’s heard the saying, “what goes around comes around.” Another reason to refer potential Chamber members is the good karma. When you begin referring more, people you refer will feel they need to repay you. You do a favor for a company by referring them to join the Chamber and help connect them to a whole new network of people, and they’ll return the favor.

ID-100437796Nothing can increase your business success more than upping your cred. You don’t want to be a company with no influence. You want to be at the top. Having the Chamber on your side is extremely credible, as proven in a national study by the Shapiro Group which found consumers are 49 percent more likely to think favorably of Chamber members businesses and 80 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from that company. By referring people to the Chamber, you’ll start to be viewed as an influencer - a resource to go to.

Above all else, when a small business in the community succeeds, we all succeed. The Chamber provides a variety of programs, services and resources to help businesses prosper. When you refer a business to the Chamber, you’re helping them grow, which in turn supports the growth of our local economy. We all win!

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May 19, 2017 11:47 AM

Ribbon Cutting: Hip Gypsy Emporium

Congratulations Hip Gypsy Emporium! They celebrated their one-year anniversary during a ribbon cutting ceremony with many well-wishers from the community. Stop by to see their location at 2168 Mont Alto Rd., Chambersburg.

May 17, 2017 3:09 PM

Why Biking is Good for You and the Community

by Sam Thrush, Planner, Franklin County Government

Sam Thrush with BikeI started riding a bicycle out of necessity. We are a one car household and my wife needed to use the car, so cycling became my main mode of transportation. I ride about 1 mile to and from work every day. I ride to mid-day meetings and to get lunch. When the weather is awesome and our grocery list is short, I bike to the market or the grocery store. I ride to downtown and stop at various storefronts. I complete many of my errands on my bicycle.

Bicycling may have started out of necessity, but now it is my preferred mode of transportation. Not only are the health benefits great, but it has also become a fun (and economical) family leisure activity. Now I can easily crank out 30 miles within 2 hours and 15 minutes. I am hoping to ride a 42-mile course in June.

As a healthy activity, cycling transforms your lower body, boosts your cardio-vascular system and helps you lose weight. When I am not using my commuting bicycle, I use my road bicycle to get exercise. Twenty miles are nothing to me anymore and the ride is enjoyable. I get to see the beautiful countryside, climb hills and explore new paths.

Biking can be more than just exercise, too. Occasionally on my rides I partake in ice cream or adult beverages. Trickling Springs and the Historic Ice Cream Station are regular stops during recreational family rides. When I am with a friend, generally we stop at Roy-Pitz or Gearhouse Brewing.

In addition to personal benefits of bicycling, there are also economic benefits for communities that embrace bicycle-friendly infrastructure. The Borough of Chambersburg is currently working with a consultant and group of community stakeholders on a Bike and Pedestrian Improvement Plan to evaluate the existing bike and pedestrian infrastructure and make recommendations on how to improve it. I serve on the committee and am excited about the opportunities this process will bring for our community.

18422836_1409314075800090_3666625403137138781_oWhy am I sharing my story about bicycling in the Chambersburg area? May is National Bike Month and I encourage everyone to bike this month to celebrate – or to take it a step further and make biking a regular activity.

Recently, the Franklin County Commissioners and Mayor of Chambersburg proclaimed Friday, May 19 National Bike to Work Day. On Saturday, May 20, two rides will happen to promote National Bike Month: A kids ride (about 1 mile) and an adult ride (6.5 miles).  These two rides are entirely in-town and are designed to give riders confidence to ride in-town and to demonstrate how to ride within a town setting. (More details)

Locally, the Franklin County Cyclists host recreational rides on Tuesday nights starting in April and concluding in the fall. There is something for everyone. They have four to five courses for every ride. [AF2] Some courses are 8 to 10 miles and others 24 to 32 miles. On the first ride for 2017 about 200 riders came out.

So, whether you bike to work, cycle for exercise or simply enjoy a leisurely ride with family and friends on occasion, there are countless benefits for you and the greater community. I hope to see you on the road soon!

May 1, 2017 12:43 PM

Let’s paint the (down)Town!

13_copy4Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) is coordinating the 5th Annual Downtown Mural Project that will add color and creativity to the public spaces in the heart of Chambersburg. Area artists are invited to create an individual mural that will be displayed at various outdoor locations in the downtown area.

Prepared canvases (1/4” primed plywood) will be available free of charge at the Chamber office, 100 Lincoln Way East, and The Foundry, 100 S. Main St., beginning on May 15 and will be 2-by-4-feet in size. The deadline for submissions is August 1. The installation will be unveiled at a First Friday Event on September 1. The murals will be judged and awards will be announced on October 21 on the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. Community members of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Guidelines for Murals:
  • Must be the artist’s individual work in design and execution.
  • Advertisements and business names are prohibited.
  • Must be able to withstand outdoor display for eight months. Two coats of spar varnish or other exterior grade finish are required.
  • Content must be suitable for all ages. Committee has right to determine the suitability of work.
  • Must use a new canvas provided by the Chamber or The Foundry. Reused murals degrade more quickly. If your mural becomes damaged or degraded, it may be removed. Provided canvases are designed to fit the display areas, whereas homemade canvases or modified canvases may be unable to be displayed.
  • Your name and age must be written on the back of your entry. Please also denote on the back with an arrow which side is the top of your mural.
Submissions will be photographed and posted on the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. For entry forms and more information, visit or call 717-264-7101.

Special thanks to the 5th Annual Downtown Mural Project presenting sponsor, Corey L. Alleman, LMFT. Supplies for the project have been donated by Carter's Lumber.

March 31, 2017 3:45 PM

Ribbon Cutting: Superior Floorcoverings & Kitchens LLC

Congrats Superior Floorcoverings & Kitchens LLC! They cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the HUB Building at 254 E. King St with family, friends and members of the community in Downtown Chambersburg.

Superior Floorcoverings offers a great selection of flooring, cabinets, counter tops and more to help you find the best products for your needs and lifestyle. Stop in and see their showroom - it's undergone a major transformation! Learn more by calling 717-264-9096 or visit

March 30, 2017 10:23 AM

Chamber Travel Club: Trip to Ireland

We are excited to host the first Chamber Travel Club trip to southern Ireland from October 6-13, 2017. All are welcome to journey with the Chamber on a guided tour to one of the most visited, beautiful and talked about areas exploring the best of southern Ireland with Dream Vacations, a local travel agency, and CIE Tours.

“This is an excellent way to travel and explore unique destinations with a core group of local friends, family and neighbors,” said Rhonda DeShong, co-owner of Dream Vacations – DeShong, Folmar & Associates. “We’ve put together the best of Ireland to create the perfect mix of guided tours and independents exploration so our travelers will have an exceptional experience.”

The trip itinerary is great for first time visitors, return travelers and anyone who wants to visit the most enchanting of all isles. Travelers will visit Dublin, Blarney Castle, Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and more. Some sightseeing highlights include an open-top bus tour of Dublin with visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Woollen Mills, a Dingle Bay cruise, a horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney, a Bunratty Castle medieval banquet and much more.

The trip includes all transportation (with airfare), a professional tour guide, hotel accommodations for six nights, 11 meals, taxes, tours of sightseeing destinations and more for only $2,799 per person based on double occupancy. More information and the full trip itinerary is available at

To receive a free brochure or book your trip, contact Dream Vacations at 717-267-2180 or Travel reservations are due by May 1; limited space available after May 1. Deposit of $250 is due at time of booking. Full payment is due by August 27. Single occupancy rates are available upon request.

The Chamber Travel Club is an opportunity for local residents to enjoy unique group travel experiences with their neighbors to domestic and international destinations. For more information or to join the Travel Club e-newsletter, contact Lark Plessinger at 717-264-7101 ext. 206 or

Join the Chamber Travel Club group Facebook page here:

March 23, 2017 2:07 PM

Spring has Sprung at the Chamber

by Troy Garman, Board Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

181As the Chamber continues working to grow and strengthen each year, it is our goal to provide our members with the most valuable opportunities possible to get involved, network and grow their business. In order to do this, we adhere to short-term and long-term goals drafted and approved by our board of directors. These goals require us to elevate current efforts to better serve our members and the greater community.

To serve the evolving needs of our business community, Chamber events are evaluated regularly based on value to the membership, connection to the Chamber’s mission and financial impact on our organization. As a result of this evaluation, the Sip & Savor dinner event was created to replace the annual Dinner Dance. Since it began in 2014, Sip & Savor has been a huge hit with our members – it’s one of my favorite Chamber events. The evening provides an elegant networking opportunity along with highlighting member chefs and wineries for their delectable creations during a four-course meal.

This year, Sip & Savor will feature a masquerade theme and has moved to spring to better accommodate the schedules of our members. The event on Saturday, April 22 is sure to entertain with live and silent auctions, live music, raffles, networking and more. Reserve your seat by April 5 to support area businesses at this formal affair!

IMG_7066Each spring, the Chamber also recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations in our community that go above and beyond to serve their clients and make Chambersburg a great place to work and live. These awards, presented at the Annual Awards Breakfast on Thursday, April 6, are earned by members that deliver exceptional quality of service to their customers, are industry leaders or offer a unique approach to delivery of its goods or services and have a significant impact on the Chambersburg community. I look forward to this breakfast every year because I learn a great deal about what people are accomplishing in our community that I may not have otherwise known about. It’s uplifting to hear about all the innovation and initiative taking place right here in Chambersburg.

I’m excited for these upcoming spring events and hope to see you there!

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