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Spring Into Ample Opportunities at The Chamber
May 2012

Hello. And welcome to At the Center.

Just as the arrival of spring showcases nature’s true colors, the arrival of spring provides ample opportunity for The Chamber to live up to its three core strategies of Lead, Connect & Innovate --and this spring is certainly no exception.

Under Lead, we are closely monitoring legislative activity in Harrisburg on a host of fronts as the next few months will likely see a flurry of legislative activity.

Issues of particular note include Unemployment Compensation Reform, streamlining the process for obtaining business permits, prevailing wage reform, legal reform and others.

As always, we will also be closely monitoring the deliberations on the state budget as we continue to advocate for an improved tax climate for all Pennsylvania businesses.

All of these items impact your bottom line and we are committed helping you keep your bottom line strong.

We will keep an eye on business-related legislation on your behalf, so you can keep an eye on your business. Just be sure to let us know how we can help.

Under Connect, I want to highlight three upcoming events.

On Tuesday, May 24, we will be launching our Young Professional Network with a kick-off celebration at Tamanend Winery. This inaugural event represents the start of a whole new line of programming for The Chamber as we seek to better serve the unique interests and needs of Lancaster’s young professionals.

Please also consider checking out our second Ethics in Business forum to be held on Thursday, June 21. This program, co-sponsored with the Samaritan Counseling Center, features speakers and facilitated discussion groups geared toward promoting ethics at all levels of business.

And, finally, mark your calendars now for Thursday, June 28 and plan to attend our annual Membership Picnic at Landis Valley Museum, where more than 600 business professionals have a chance to unwind while making fresh connections and catching up with old friends.

But please know our Connect program doesn’t stop there as spring is full of Mixers, Professional Development Fridays, Excellence Exchanges, Green Group tours, Ag Issues Forums, our Women in Business Program and many other offerings worth a look.

Finally, under Innovate I want to draw your attention to our Friday, May 18 Ah-Ha Collaborative event – the second in a series of programs designed to shine a spotlight on innovative thinking. This program, done in conjunction with our partners the Lancaster County Community Foundation and Millersville University, is entitled “The Power of Failure” and will feature lessons learned from a national speaker as well as some local entrepreneurs that didn’t let failure get in the way of their ultimate successes. To encourage innovation, we must remove the fear of failure and we think this program will offer you a leg-up in celebrating that type of culture in your workplace.

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