I love this organization. I have met fantastic people and have done several jobs because of the Buy Local Coalition. John Kimmel, Splash Window Cleaning
There is no other network – paid or not paid – that provides the introductions to serious people in the York business community as does BLC. My involvement with BLC has both personally & professionally very rewarding. Anyone focused on growing their business has to give serious thought as to why they don’t belong. Meet good people, establish connections & introductions while serving our community – show me where else that can happen as effectively as it has here. The message of keeping our money local makes so much sense and it is wonderful to be a part of this group.
York-Based Marketing Agency Voted Best in Central PA
For Immediate Release Contact: June 27, 2017 Dave Maday President / Owner (717) 852-7768 email@example.com York-Based Marketing Agency Voted Best in Central PA The Spot Media Group Wins CPBJ’s Reader Rankings, Launches New Branding and Website The Spot Media Group, a York-based marketing agency, was voted the winner for Best Marketing, Advertising & PR Agency in the recent Central Penn Business Journal’s 2017 Reader Rankings. “We are honored to be recognized by our clients and the community as Central PA’s best marketing agency,” said Dave Maday, President and Owner of The Spot Media Group. “It is a testament to the services we deliver and our creative team at The Spot. Thanks to all who voted for us.” In addition, The Spot Media Group announced that it has rebranded to reflect its strategic mission and expanded services as the company has undergone significant growth and evolution since it began in 2007. Over the last ten years, The Spot Media Group has evolved into an award-winning, full-service marketing agency with a focus on digital advertising services to complement its web, media buying, design and print services. The rebrand includes a new logo, brand promise, brand messaging, and a new website. To increase […]
Spring Cleaning For Your Small Business
Small business owners have a multitude of responsibilities to tend to every day. Naturally, as they focus on what’s most important in the moment, some tasks will either fall through the cracks or pile up. Over time, that can cause distraction and hurt a business’s efficiency and effectiveness. If you’re discovering that what’s left undone is thwarting your productivity, why not commit to fitting time into your May schedule to do a little “spring cleaning” for your business. Here are several suggestions to help you give your business a breath of fresh air this spring. Most are small changes, but they can make a big difference in your ability to focus clearly: Free up space on your computer’s hard drive by deleting files/documents you no longer need. Pay particular attention to your “downloads” folder. If you need to maintain files and documents within it, save them to other folders that are appropriate for them. Reduce clutter at your workstation by doing two things: Review the pile of business cards you’ve collected at networking events, and connect with those people on LinkedIn. Then dispose of the cards in the trash. If you have vendors’ brochures and the other marketing literature laying […]
Tips for Driving Small Business Success with Strengths-Based Leadership
Tips for Driving Small Business Success with Strengths-Based Leadership You may be familiar with Gallup’s international bestseller, “Strengthfinder 2.0,” which has been helping professionals not only identify their strengths in the workplace but also how to further develop them. Not surprising, Gallup scientists have also been studying leadership and how a strengths-based approach to management can fuel the success of businesses. “The data shows that organizations that work from a strength of their people are more profitable, productive, and have a higher level of employee engagement,” explains SCORE Mentor Jan Makela, who recently completed a Gallup Strengths coaching course. How might you approach managing your small business with a strengths-based approach? Here are five simple, practical tips from Makela to get you started: 1. Know your own top five dominate strengths (i.e., the themes that are your natural strengths). Focus on growing and getting better at what you already do well. 2. Don’t focus on what are not your strengths. But learn how to minimize your weaknesses by using your strengths to overcome areas that are not naturally strengths for you. 3. Realize your talents give you a unique and powerful edge. The wonderful thing about talents is that they […]
Seventh & George Wins Next Step Grant from Susquehanna SCORE
Seventh & George Wins Next Step Grant from Susquehanna SCORE Susquehanna SCORE has announced Seventh & George as the winner of its $2,000 Next Step grant. The award was presented to Mary Ellen Martin, founder of Seventh & George, at the Susquehanna SCORE chapter members meeting on Monday, January 9 at HACC-York. Seventh & George is a kitchen, store and community committed to locally-sourced ingredients. It will use the grant to purchase a merchandising freezer for its North York store. The Next Step grant was funded by The Chamber Foundation and block Business Solutions, a stratix systems company. Thirteen eligible York County businesses submitted proposals. Susquehanna SCORE administered the grant process. A panel of eight judges reviewed and scored the proposals. The panel of judges reflected successful small businesses, banking, academia; and manufacturing, economic and career development. (l-r) Allison Korn-Sherman and Mary Ellen Martin of Seventh & George; Todd Bush, Merrill Lynch, representing The Chamber Foundation; John Schriver, president, Block Business Solutions, a stratix systems company; and Mike Bingham, chapter president, Susquehanna SCORE.
Business FYI – How should you be preparing for the new year?
Ideally, business owners and human resources personnel have already begun the task of preparing their HR initiatives for 2017. But in case your company has not started thinking about HR in 2017, or if you simply want to make sure you have covered the essentials, here are six steps for maintaining HR compliance in order to ensure your business starts off 2017 with a clean slate: 1. Review policies and procedures. With the many changes to state and federal employment laws throughout 2016, now is the perfect time to ensure that all your company’s policies and procedures comply with those changes to regulations and court decisions. Outdated policies that may no longer reflect the current law can cause more harm than good. Also, ensure that policies are documented in your company handbook, and that each employee has signed an acknowledgment of receipt for the updated handbook. 2. Complete an I-9, W-4 and emergency contact audit. The beginning (or end) of the year is an ideal time to review your I-9 folder. Confirm that all I-9s are separated from personnel files and kept in one file folder for easy access. Check that you do not have any missing or incomplete I-9s. […]
Business FYI – Begging for lawsuits? Stupid things supervisors say
It is vital that all company managers and supervisors are properly trained. Even basic training on how to handle sticky situations as they arise could help your company avoid a disaster. A manager who says things out of haste, who speaks before thinking, could bring a lawsuit or an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint to your doorstep. Here are some examples of what your supervisors should not be saying: You’re giving two weeks’ notice? Why don’t you just make today your last day. You’re fired. By saying this, the supervisor has just turned a voluntary resignation with little potential for a lawsuit into a termination with some possibility of legal action. If this employee was considering a suit — for example, about harassment — the termination may provoke them into pursuing it. In these circumstances, some companies prefer to ask an employee to leave immediately out of concern for the employee’s access to sensitive company data. That’s fine, but don’t call it a termination. Considerate treatment is so much less expensive. Are you married? What are your plans for a family? This seems like it might be a good interview question, but it’s not — it’s a dangerous one. Supervisors […]
Partners Doing Business With Partners – Open.Tours & Smith Village Home Furnishings
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Business FYI – 5 steps to creating an effective attendance policy
One of the best ways to control absenteeism is to create an atmosphere where good attendance is valued and poor attendance is dealt with accordingly. By establishing reward and discipline programs, employees will understand that attendance is important, valued and rewarded. If your employees are pushing the envelope on tardiness and absenteeism, maybe it’s because you haven’t clearly defined what’s acceptable and what’s not. It’s up to management to set clear attendance expectations. To get everyone in your company on the same page, here are some ways you can clearly define the do’s and don’ts of your attendance policy: 1. Set clear expectations If you’re fine with people leaving the office when their work for the day is done, say so. However, if your staff needs to be in the office for a certain length of time each day, then you’ll need to set specific work hours and inform your entire workforce. Let your employees know how much leeway they have before you consider them late — and at what point you consider them absent. Do you expect them to contact you if they’ll be late? Tell them. 2. Define paid vs. unpaid time off If your company offers paid […]
How to Easily Teach Your Customers the Importance of Shopping Local
How to Easily Teach Your Customers the Importance of Shopping Local As a local business owner, you understand the importance of shopping local because you live and breathe it. Heck, you may even bleed it. But guess what? Your customers may not. And that’s exactly why it’s up to you to continually remind them of the impact they have when they shop local. Maybe you shout it…
Business FYI – Politics hurting productivity this election season? 6 ways to address it
Employees spend a large portion of their week at work, so naturally they are going to bring with them topics of discussion from outside the workplace. With the election season in full swing, people are talking about the most recent debate or what the candidates have been saying. According to CareerBuilder’s last survey on politics at work, 36 percent of workers admit to discussing politics at work, while 46 percent stated that they plan to discuss this year’s presidential election with their co-workers at some point. Workplace arguments over politics are hurting productivity, which in turn has a more significant effect on the company. According to a survey conducted by SHRM, more than 1 in 4 employees feel like they have been negatively affected by workplace conversations about the Clinton-Trump race. Since this election year has had such a negative tone, it has led to voters having sharper emotional states concerning their position on who to vote for and political discussions in general. Employers cannot prohibit political speech; however, they can implement strategies to reduce and manage it. Employers have a very fine line to walk in order to avoid infringing on employees’ rights to freedom of speech. It is […]
Business FYI – Top 3 employee retention tips for employers
Employee retention in the workplace is very important, but often overlooked as a top priority for companies. As human resource professionals and company managers, it should be a main goal to recognize issues with employee retention and to make efforts to remedy them. Here are three tips you can use to retain employees at your company: 1. Work on your culture. Do what you can to create a positive atmosphere in your workplace and a culture that facilitates long stay careers. Developing a healthy corporate culture and creating a bond within your company will help attract new employees as well as retain existing ones. Actions that contribute to a positive culture may include: walking around and talking to employees about how their day is going, pointing out the good things they are doing and not just the opportunities for improvement, and/or showing them appreciation regularly either verbally or with small gestures, like providing lunch or a gift card to their favorite place. 2. Hire the right people. As an HR professional, you need to screen for the right individuals at your company. Weeding out people who are regularly looking for new opportunities is important. There are always bound to be […]
Business FYI – How do you deal with an employee if you suspect drug use? (part 2)
If you suspect an employee has a substance abuse problem, but you don’t know for sure, only address the issue in the event the employee tells you that they have a substance abuse problem. Or, if the problem is unavoidably obvious, mention that the company has counseling services available through your employee assistance program (EAP) or talk about outpatient and inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation programs. Until you have the opportunity to talk to an employee you suspect has a substance abuse problem, keep your discussions with the employee focused on job performance. It’s important to keep track of the good and bad so that you have a record of deteriorating performance, whether due to drug abuse or any other problem. If an employee asks for leave to enter a residential or full-time treatment program, he or she is most likely entitled to unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Before the employee enters rehabilitation, the terms of their continued employment should be spelled out in an agreement signed by the employee. Typically, the employee agrees: To comply with treatment rules, such as regular attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous or similar […]
Business FYI – How do you deal with an employee if you suspect drug use? (part 1)
Because drug abuse is a widespread societal problem, it’s also a workplace problem. However, the options employers have to deal with the problem are constrained by the privacy rights of employees under federal and state laws. The federal laws that most affect the issue are the Drug-Free Workplace Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. There are many state laws — and even some local ordinances — that can affect how an employer may discover drug abuse and treat drug-abusing employees. The Drug-Free Workplace Act requires businesses holding government contracts of $25,000 or more — as well as institutions that receive federal grants or other forms of federal assistance — to establish drug education and awareness programs for their workers in an effort to maintain a drug-free workplace. To comply with the act, employers must take steps that include: Gіvіng employees notice that the company prohibits possession, use and distribution of illegal drugs in the workplace and spell out specific disciplinary actions that will be taken against those who violate that rule. Educating employees about the dangers of drug use in the workplace. Making information on counseling and rehabilitation available to employees with drug […]
Best of York 2016 – Susquehanna Style
Congratulations to our Partners that were voted Best of York 2016 in Susquehanna Style Magazine Best farmers market Central Market Best mattress store Smith Village Home Furnishings Best banking institution York Traditions Bank Best credit union Members 1st Federal Credit Union Best party venue Wyndridge Farm Best local sports team York Revolution For the full article and entire list, CLICK HERE
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at U-Stor-It in Dallastown
We are pleased to offer a brand new “all Climate-Controlled” building at our South Queen St. location. With fully insulated spaces, with heat & air conditioning, and lights with timers in all drive-up units. We are asking everyone to either call 717-741-2202 for more information, or simply stop by to reserve a space. Our building will be open for use August 1, 2016. In the picture we have employees from both of our locations. Queen St Sherman St Denise & Bob Anthony (Denise is the General Manager) Jill Moorhead (Site Manager) Margaret Fry Paige Cozzi Beth Green Courtney Noll
Susquehanna SCORE Small Business Success Story: Blind Spot Nutbutters, From Disability to Delivery
For Immediate Release Contact: Tammi Dawson, (717) 845-8830 Susquehanna SCORE Small Business Success Story: Blind Spot Nutbutters, From Disability to Delivery Sheri Karan makes artisan peanut butter and nut butter blends using whole and natural ingredients, selling at specialty food stores and farm markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic, as well as online, under her brand of Blind Spot Nutbutters. She began her business in 2013 after her husband’s visual disability created a need to provide for her family. Her previous experience was as a childcare provider. When starting her business, in addition to her SCORE mentors, she used the services of a lawyer, insurance broker, graphic designer and a sub-contractor. Blind Spot Nutbutters is Sheri’s full-time occupation, supported by a part-time employee. At the beginning, Sheri worked hard to find enough time to start her business while working and locating all the right people to help support her needs. SCORE was helpful in guiding her to know which decisions were important and when to make them. Decisions she faced included knowing when to move production from her home, where to locate the business, whether or not to use a distributor and how to outsource. “Learning,” she says, “is a never-ending process!” […]
Business FYI – 6 ways to deal with negative attitudes in the workplace
From the long line at the grocery store to the guy honking his horn in traffic, there are negative people everywhere you go. When people bring negativity into your office, it can make getting work done seem nearly impossible. When you hired your employees, you were looking forward to a unique and exciting relationship. Unfortunately, there are some members of your staff that have proven to be extremely difficult to handle. All of this negativity can affect the attitudes of your other employees and your clients. In a situation like this, it is easy to develop a negative attitude as well and complain, but that won’t help you feel better and it definitely won’t change the situation. To curb negativity, you cannot retaliate in a negative manner. You must be positive, professional and precise. Here are a few tips for doing so: Confront them: Sometimes employees do not realize they are being negative until someone tells them they are. If you notice an employee being disagreeable, snappy or pessimistic, take them aside and talk to them. You may see a change almost immediately. Find out what the problem is: If one of your employees is usually happy-go-lucky, optimistic and productive, […]
Business FYI – Ban on hiring smokers: Is it possible?
It’s no secret: The health hazards associated with cigarette smoking have been making headlines for years. Smoking bans have been enacted, covering all bars and restaurants in each of the 60 most populated cities in the United States. Many large corporations and smaller businesses have followed suit by enacting policies aimed at reducing smoking, if not eliminating it altogether. Some businesses have established non-smoking zones while others, like Marriott, have placed an outright ban on smoking on company property. In 2005, Michigan-based Weyco Inc. initiated a controversial policy of not hiring smokers. If you work in human resources, policies like Weyco’s — created with employees’ health, safety and best interests in mind — may have an effect on your company’s bottom line. Is it legal to ban smokers? Many states have anti-discrimination laws that protect smokers. But due to the health hazards related to smoking, smokers are not comprehensively protected. For example, smokers can be required to pay more for their company health insurance. Some localities have banned e-cigarettes at work. Non-smokers also have legal rights related to risk of exposure to smoking as well as smoking areas in the workplace. Federal law The federal government has passed laws protecting […]
Made in the USA: How Frank’s Marble & Granite has focused its machinery upgrades on American-made products
When Frank’s Marble & Granite needed a new stone-cutting saw, the company looked at machines from around the world. “Almost every time, though, we kept coming back to the American-made machine,” says owner Carmine Pantano. “In the end, we felt good about supporting another American machine manufacturer by doing our part to help keep jobs in America.” Pantano has a heart for supporting local businesses. He grew up watching his parents, Frank and Carmela Pantano, run the family business around the idea of providing beautiful stone in homes throughout Central Pennsylvania and even into parts of Maryland. “My parents built this business little by little,” Pantano says. “The business steadily grew through the years, and it’s still a healthy market. I learned from them that supporting local businesses – like others supported us – can make all the difference in a company’s success. It feels good knowing we can contribute to that for others.” Helping Americans succeed Frank’s Marble & Granite, a family-owned, Red Lion-based business that has 10 employees, is primarily in the residential market, but you might have seen their work in restaurants and bars such as Wyndridge Farms in Dallastown, as well as work on a club […]
Network Mixer 6-15-16 at U-Stor-It
What a great evening we had at U-Stor-It in Dallastown for our Network Mixer. Lots of Networking and we even got a tour of the new CLIMATE CONTROLLED facility. Great food by Pepper’s Grille and ice cream from York Dairy Delight was brought and served by J. Succop from Tailored Benefits Solutions.
New Treasurer – Lora Deller
We would like to welcome Lora Deller to the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Buy Local Coalition. Lora is Co-Owner of Red Oak Remodeling of York. Family: Married for 29 years to Paul with two grown sons My hidden talent? Making homemade raspberry brandy I am famous for? My smile If I could go anywhere for an entire month? Travel through Italy My proudest moment? Watching my two sons become young adults Most desired meal or food? Fresh summer tomatoes with fresh mozzarella cheese drizzled with fresh olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Italian breads dipped in olive oil, and antipasto If I had an additional five hours a week, I’d? be gardening What do you enjoy about serving our clients? Love all the relationships I’ve made over the years What “little things” do you consider yourself an expert at or highly skilled at? Entertaining and I love to cook What do you do outside of work? Enjoy playing pickleball, love to practice yoga and enjoy reading a good book Red Oak Remodeling Website
York Traditions Bank Announces CEO Transition Timeline
YORK TRADITIONS BANK ANNOUNCES TIMELINE FOR CEO TRANSITION Kochenour to continue as Chairman and Advisor in 2017 York, PA (May 25, 2016) — York Traditions Bank (OTC Pink: YRKB), headquartered at 226 Pauline Drive in York Township, announced Tuesday to its Associate base that the succession plan put in motion last year will move into its next phase with the turn of the calendar year. Michael E. Kochenour, a Founder of the Bank who has also served as CEO since its 2002 inception, will turn that title over to Eugene J. Draganosky effective January 1. Draganosky was named President in April 2015. Kochenour will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He will also serve in a key advisory capacity with the Board and executive management for all of 2017, which will assure continuity for Associates, Customers, Shareholders, and the entire Community. “From the day York Traditions Bank opened its doors, our vision for this organization extended far beyond my service here,” said Kochenour. “In fact, one of my most important duties as the Bank’s leader is to help plan for my successor. The long-term success of any organization is only maintained through careful succession planning. Our goal is to serve our hometown as an independent community bank far into the […]
Best of York 2016
On May 29th, 2016, The York Sunday News published The Best of York County 2016. These were voted on by the public. We would like to congratulate the following partners of the Buy Local Coalition for being Voted Best of York: Local Brewery Wyndridge Farm Mattress Smith Village Home Furnishings Bank York Traditions Bank Credit Union Members 1st Federal Credit Union Furniture Smith Village Home Furnishings Home Remodeler Steve Myers Building & Remodeling Mini Self Storage U-Stor-It Please remember to vote next year… and Vote for LOCAL Businesses!!!
What do the new FLSA regulations mean for my business?
The day has finally come! An announcement on the final amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) white collar exemption rules has been made. The amendments include: – Most employees making less than $47,476 annually are non-exempt and must receive overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week. – This salary level will be updated every three years to fit the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census region. The next update will be January 2020. – Highly compensated employee exemption qualification will now be based on the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally, increasing from $100,000 to $134,004. – For the first time, non-discretionary bonuses and incentive pay (including commissions) are now permitted to count towards up to 10 percent of this new standard salary level. What does this mean for your organization? Start planning now so you put changes into place by Dec. 1. Some options for employers for adjusting to new FLSA regulations 1. Review job descriptions and change who is responsible for certain tasks. In order for an employee to qualify for exempt status*, they need to meet the salary test and the other guidelines that qualify them for […]
THE SPOT MEDIA GROUP RECEIVES TWO PEAK AWARDS FROM YORK BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2016 THE SPOT MEDIA GROUP RECEIVES TWO PEAK AWARDS FROM YORK BUILDERS ASSOCIATION YORK PA – The Spot Media Group received two PEAK Awards from the York Builders Association (YBA) at the 2016 PEAK Achievement Awards Banquet on May 11. The Spot earned top honors in the Best Marketing Jumpstart category for its Apple Subaru Summer Camp Campaign, and the Best Website for its work with the CGA Law Firm. Headquartered in York City, The Spot Media Group is a full-service marketing firm with dominance in digital marketing, creative, brand development and integration, media buying, and promotions. The PEAK Achievement Awards are presented annually by YBA. The PEAK Awards recognize excellence in all aspects of the building industry, from financial services and construction, to community service and marketing designs. Categories include: Builder – Commercial, Builder – Custom Home, Builder – Single Family, Community Service, Company Rock Star, Green, Landscaping, Remodeler – Kitchen, Bathroom, Whole House, Additions, and Sales/Marketing. For a full list of all of the award winners, visit YorkBuilders.com. # # # The Spot Media Group CONTACT: Karen Saxe (717) 309-8186
Google My Business
Thank you for attending our event. Here are some details and links that you can use to help you with Google My Business: Link to view the slide show presentation from the evening: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1He7KVtZfwrVEy7EjTm3rlAxa-yyFdVYETRPaiZzXNZU/edit?usp=sharing Create A Google Account www.google.com/accounts Check Your Business Status On Google Maps www.gybo.com/business Manage Your “Google My Business” Page https://business.google.com/ Google Local Guides http://www.google.com/local/guides Google Small Business Community https://plus.google.com/communities/109232418125793730353 Google Small Business YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleBusiness Google Map Maker https://www.google.com/mapmaker Report Abusive Robocalls To Google https://support.google.com/business/contact/rbc_form?hl=en Google My Business Help Center https://support.google.com/business/ Report Any Problem With Your Business Listing https://support.google.com/business/contact/local_pages_editing_help?p=report_problems See Inside Views (Virtual Tours) For Google Search And Google Maps http://www.open.tours/#!google–see-inside/cklm If you have any questions about verifying your business on Google or Google My Business related problems, please contact your local Google GYBO Partner John Beatty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners Doing Business With Partners – J Fuels & Frank’s Marble & Granite
Recently, Frank’s Marble & Granite switched their propane service to Locally Owned Partner J Fuels! Carmine Pantano, owner of Frank’s Marble & Granite in Red Lion, mentioned that he was happy he could support a locally owned company by using their services. “We try to buy local as much and as often as possible,” stated Carmine. Jimmy O’Brien, co-owner of J Fuels of York came out and delivered the equipment himself. “The Buy Local Coalition is a great way to network and get to know other local business owners in the area, we’re happy to be part of such a great association,” mentioned Jimmy.
York Traditions Bank has announced the winners of its 2016 Her Traditions Scholarship Program
For immediate release – York Traditions Bank has announced the winners of its 2016 Her Traditions Scholarship Program. Five winners were chosen from among the many applicants based on their “superior leadership skills, admirable academic achievement and promising potential to become a future woman leader of our community.” Each young woman received $500 toward their educational endeavors. Pictured are (seated, L to R) Bethany Weaver, West York Area High School; Ellen Greene, Spring Grove Area Senior High School; Avery Apgar, Central York High School; (standing L to R) Gene Draganosky, President of York Traditions Bank; Nancy Diaz, Hanover High School; Erin Brenneman, Red Land Area High School; and Carolyn Schaefer, Managing Director of Specialized Banking, York Traditions Bank. For more information about York Traditions Bank, visit www.yorktraditionsbank.com. For more details about the bank’s Her Traditions Women’s Initiative, visit www.hertraditions.com. The 2017 Scholarship information will be available on the website or in any branch in the fall.
HR notice season: What to look out for
Now is a good time for employers to review the annual notices that must be distributed to employees. Some notices are distributed at open enrollment, while others are distributed at set times during the year. Each individual employer may have different notice distribution requirements depending on several factors, including size of organization and types of plans offered. Some common notices are described below: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Notice of Privacy Practices: This notice must be provided at initial enrollment in the health care plan and every three years after that. Many employers include a HIPAA Notices of Privacy Practices with open enrollment materials each year so they don’t have to track the three-year distribution cycle. Health Care Exchange Notice: This notice must be distributed upon hire. Many employers will also include a copy with open enrollment materials. Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC): This notice must be distributed with open enrollment materials. The SBC must also be provided at initial enrollment and upon request. Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act Notice: This notice must be provided annually and at initial enrollment. Many employers include the notice with open enrollment materials. Children’s Health Insurance Program […]
4 steps for putting an employee disciplinary plan into action
In а perfect world, there would be no need to learn how to discipline employees correctly because everyone would always do their job with total ease. Let’s face it, life doesn’t work that way. Despite everyone’s best efforts, sooner or later, а supervisor will be faced with а situation where an employee commits acts of misconduct. Creating and publishing policies and procedures for employee disciplinary action ensures that everyone knows what counts as misconduct and what happens when it is committed. Here are some steps to follow when creating and using disciplinary plans: 1. Determine what counts as misconduct Create a list of offenses that automatically result in immediate suspension or even termination, including harassing others, behaving violently in the workplace, drinking or drug use during work hours, threatening or bullying co-workers, misrepresenting themselves, stealing or violating safety regulations. Such dangerous violations warrant immediate action. For less serious problems, such as missed deadlines, managers may provide an informal verbal warning to guide employees, followed by written reprimands. Managers could also create a Performance Improvement Plan. Company policy dictates how many chances an employee gets to respond to both verbal and written feedback to modify their behavior and on-the-job performance. 2. […]
Learn how to grow your business with the right technology!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Tammi Dawson, (717) 845-8830 Learn how to grow your business with the right technology! Register now for the SCORE Technology Day: sponsored by TREYSTA Technology Management and Block Business Solutions Mark your calendars for May 4th from 8A-6P at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort for a day of informative seminars. Secure your spot today by registering below. Learn how to grow your business! Our seminars will feature optimization techniques, practices and equipment that will save you both time and money. Reserve your seat now at a discounted rate! www.susquehanna.score.org Special Early Bird Pricing! $25 Now – March 31st (use code “March”) $49 April 1st – April 30th (use code “April”) $99 May 1st – May 3rd 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM (pick one) A) Implementing Multiple Layers of Security to Keep Your Data Safe – Best Practices, presented by TREYSTA & SonicWALL Learn about how to effectively safeguard your information while keeping business flowing. SonicWALL is a leader in network firewalls and security solutions. Educate yourself and protect your small business the same way large corporations do! B) In the Cloud or On Your Server – Document Content Management, presented by Block Business Solutions Learn more about […]
4 ways to get employees to work more efficiently with a Performance Improvement Plan
At just about every company, even after careful hiring, training and motivation, а few employees emerge who simply don’t meet minimum standards. We’d like them to go away, but they usually don’t. The hang around making you and everyone else miserable. Warning: Even though you can tolerate some of this, doing so is demotivating and undermining your star performers. Eventually, your good employees will follow suit and slow down. Worse yet, they’ll quit. That poor performer is costing you much, much more reduced productivity. You can do something about this, and you can do it in a way that will build trust and respect among the employees you want to stay. Give those poor performers а PIP (Performance Improvement Plan). One of two things will happen: (1) The employee will get better and come up to standard, or (2) they’ll leave. Both are acceptable outcomes. Here’s how to do it: 1. Quantify the issues Employees who are not performing usually know it but many of them don’t know the specifics of what they’re doing wrong. It’s best for managers to describe the poor performance. It might help to ask yourself, “What do I want this employee to do differently?” These […]
How does pay-docking work under the Fair Labor Standards Act?
Are you confused about the pay-docking rules laid out by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? You’re not alone. The regulations are about as clear as mud. As а general guideline, the FLSA prohibits deductions from exempt employees. Also, the regulations state that salaried staff can’t have their pay modified (i.e. deducted) based on the number of days or hours they’ve worked. Deductions also cannot be dependent on the quantity or quality of work the employee produces. However, there are several important exceptions to this rule. If your company accidentally makes an improper deduction, nothing bad will happen. If it’s an isolated incident, just correct the mistake, and move on. If it’s an ongoing thing, though, and you’re caught, entire departments of exempt workers can become OT-eligible via the rules outlined in the FLSA. That’s going to suddenly and immediately drive up labor costs. Many employers are confused about the FSLA labor and overtime regulations. However, the list of permitted and prohibited deductions can be summarized as follows: Permitted deductions Exempt employees are absent for а day or more for personal reasons other than sickness or accident. Exempt employees don’t need to be paid for weeks when they do not […]
Help U-Stor-It with the fight against hunger this Easter holiday!
Please help U-Stor-It with the fight against hunger this Easter holiday! We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items until March 19th! Please bring in your food donations to help us support the Bridge of Hope in York County! We want everyone to have a great Easter dinner this year! You can drop off your donations at either of our convenient locations! Thank you in advance! Current tenants will receive $5.00 off of one month’s rent when they bring in a donation! For more information about U-Stor-It, CLICK HERE
New Study Shows Businesses are seeing Effects of ‘Buy Local’ Campaigns
5 Takeaways from the 2016 Independent Business Survey By Alex Gladu, Independent We Stand For the ninth year in a row, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) have released their annual Independent Business Survey, which includes data gathered from more than three thousand small and independently owned businesses across the country. Together, these businesses reported steady revenue…
Covenant Insurance was named as one of the top TEN Property and Casualty insurance agencies in York County
Covenant Insurance was named as one of the top TEN Property and Casualty insurance agencies in York County by the Central PA Business Journal! This is a significant honor for our staff that works so hard to give our clients personal service. Thank you to all our clients and to York County for the trust you place in us!! We work hard for our clients! For more information about Covenant Insurance, a Buy Local Coalition Partner, CLICK HERE
Buy Local Coalition Makes Donation to Local Charities
On December 16th, 2015, Partners of the Buy Local Coalition held their Holiday Network Mixer at Stone Grille and Taphouse in York, PA. Approximately 60 Partners brought blankets that were donated to the York Rescue Mission and non-perishable food items that were donated to The York County Food Bank. A big thank you to all Partners for donating items and making this year’s donations successful. To learn more about these local charities, please click on their links below: York Rescue Mission York County Food Bank
York Rescue Mission Monthly Needs List
Please use this list when considering a donation to the York Rescue Mission January: Throw in the Towel New and Gently Used Wash Cloths Bath Towels (No Hand Towels PLEASE) February: Medicine Chest Ibuprofen, Pepto Bismo, Antibiotic Cream, Tylenol, Non-alcoholic Cough Syrup, Ben-Gay, First Aid Spray, Band Aids March: Clean Sweep Brooms, Dustpans, Scrub Brushes, Liquid Bleach, Dish Washing Soap, Laundry Detergent, Buckets, Pine Cleaner April: Showers of Blessings Diapers of any size, wipes, baby powder, Desitin, baby wash, baby bottles, bibs, baby shampoo, baby lotion, new baby clothes, small soft blankets, cotton swabs May: Rub-A-Dub-Dub Packets Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, 6 oz. styrofoam cups, plastic wear June: Summer Cool Down Ice Tea Mix, Other Drink Mixes (Like Kool-Aid), Pretzels, Flip-Flops of All Sizes, 6” & 9” Paper Plates, 8” Styrofoam Plates, Non-Frozen Cool Pops to Freeze July: Donations in Brief All size NEW socks for boys and girls. All size NEW underwear for boys and girls. Monetary donations to buy sneakers ($20.00 per pair). We give out $20.00 vouchers to be used at Walmart for shoes for our “Back to School Program” in August. August: Rub-A-Dub Packets For Children – Liquid soap, washcloths, shampoo, lotion, […]
York County Food Bank partners with York County Public Schools for “Give a Meal” Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11.10.2015 York County Food Bank partners with York County Public Schools for “Give a Meal” Program YORK, Pa. – The York County Food Bank, a non-profit organization which provides over 2 million pounds of food in York County, has partnered with York County public schools to provide meals to families in need this holiday season as part of its new “Hungry to Help” campaign. The York County Food Bank’s Holiday “Give a Meal” Program has committed to provide over 3,500 turkeys and non-perishable items to families that qualify for the program within the participating school districts. Beginning November 1st, each of the participating York County schools will begin collecting non-perishable items to complete the holiday meal through food drives and donations from students and their families. In addition to donating non-perishables, students and their families can also contribute by volunteering to package the meals. The donation period will run until the week of December 14, at which time volunteers will collect and package the meals and prepare them for the delivery or pick up for the families receiving them. “York Suburban is very pleased to partner with the York County Food Bank to provide assistance to our […]
York Rescue Mission Food Drives and Fund Raising Events – Winter 2015
York Rescue Mission Announces Dates for Food Drives and Fund Raising for Winter 2015: 11/1 – 12/20 – Rescue Mission Food Drive 11/1 – 11/31 – Blanket Drive 11/6 – “Stuff the Truck” 1st Friday, corner of Beaver and Market (for our food drive) 11/21 – “Stuff the Truck” at Santander Stadium with WARM 103.3 (for our food drive) 11/26 – Thanksgiving Service and Dinner for the community, service starts at 11 a.m. immediately followed by a traditional Thanksgiving meal. 11/27 – Black Friday Sale at all three YRM Economy Stores 25% off your total bill 12/2 – “Stuff the Truck” at Markets at Shrewsbury with WARM 103.3 and Santa (for our food drive) 12/24 – Children’s Christmas Outreach at York Fairground’s Memorial Hall 12/24 – Christmas Service and Dinner for the community, service starts at 3 p.m. immediately followed by a dinner Download Newsletter With More Details HERE
Alternative HR Nominated for Central Penn’s Business Journal 2015 Business of the Year Award
Central Penn Business Journal Award Nomination FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Maul Phone: 717-668-2407 Email: Jessica@alternative-hr.com Alternative HR is pleased to announce their nomination for Central Penn’s Business Journal 2015 Business of the Year Award: Entrepreneur of the Year category. Kellie Boysen, the President of Alternative HR, was nominated by her colleague, Jessica Maul, a Marketing Consultant with Alternative HR. As one of seven companies selected as finalists for the award, Alternative HR was selected based on a three-part evaluation of criteria such as growth, accomplishments, and community involvement. Kellie Boysen stated, “I am humbled to be nominated as a finalist for this award and the recognition of the work we do at Alternative HR. I consider it an honor to help others.” Kellie started Alternative HR in 2010, and her extensive background in the field of Human Resources has served her well in providing consultative HR services to organizations throughout the Central PA region. She currently serves on the board of the local York Chapter of SHRM and maintains her national membership through SHRM. Additionally, Kellie volunteers with the Junior League of York, Downtown York Rotary, SCORE, the York Area Housing Group Personnel Committee, the Center for Independent Living Board, and […]
Block Business Systems Employee Earns National Recognition
Congratulations to Garrett Wasneuski for earning the Ricoh “Prestige” Certification. This designation is for service engineers that demonstrate a knowledge and skill set that makes them the “Best of the Best as part of Ricoh’s Service Excellence Program. Garrett ranked an unprecedented 8th out of more than 2000 applicants nationwide. Wow that is impressive! Way to go Garrett and many thanks for the excellent service you provide to our clients! Block Business Systems is a Proud Partner of the Buy Local Coalition. More information about Block Business Systems can be found HERE
Adams County Winery Releases Dancing Pumpkin Wine
Contact: Katie Martin Adams County Winery 251 Peach Tree Rd. Orrtanna, PA 17353 717.334.4631 email@example.com For Immediate Release: September 30, 2015 Pumpkin Wine Dances on the Shelves Orrtanna, PA. Adams County Winery announced their newest wine released for 2015. Dancing Pumpkin wine was released today for the start of the fall season. Dancing Pumpkin is a sweet Vidal blend, infused with pumpkin and spice. “The scents and tastes of this wine are like fall in a bottle”’ stated Katherine Bigler, owner. “We think this is going to be a great addition to our seasonal wines and will complement the upcoming events slated for the fall season at the winery”. The name Dancing Pumpkin evolved because the winery wanted a fun label to follow the theme created by the Laughing Peach label. Many equate the fall season with pumpkins and carved pumpkins are said to have light dance within them, hence the name for this seasonal wine was born. Earlier in 2015, Adams County Winery released four seasonal wines for spring and summer. This will make the fifth new wine release of 2015. “It is the goal of the winery to try to bring to production the wines we think our […]
Richard Reilly – Attorney at Law – 2015 Downtown First Award For Outstanding Small Business
Congratulations to partner Richard Reilly for his 2015 Downtown First Award For Outstanding Small Business. Below is a statement he made: I was recently awarded the 2015 Downtown First Award for Outstanding Small Business and it’s strengthened my resolve to engage our community in the important work of creating a more vibrant Downtown York. It was 38 years ago that Jim Cassel hired me at his downtown men’s clothing store in Lebanon when I was 15 years old. I came from a lower middle income, row-home family that lived on the bad side of town. The clientele of Cassel’s store were doctors, lawyers and business owners. Working in that store allowed me to understand and appreciate a whole different way of life – and quite frankly demystify it. I learned that men of high stature had flaws like everyone else. I made some money and most importantly, learned life skills. We need to provide the children of York City with the same opportunities. We need more people to live, create businesses and spend time in our city. We know what happens when problems are left for someone else to fix. No corporation or government grant is going to swoop in […]
List of Vendors for Score Big With Buy Local Business Showcase
1st Annual SCORE Big with Buy Local Coalition Business Showcase Date: October 10, 2015 Location: Santander Stadium, York PA In Conjunction With: SCORE and The County Cup Below is a list of Partners that have signed up so far (Updated 10-4-15): Advanced Air Quality Services Alternative HR Bailey Coach Big Mo’s Used Auto Sales Blind Spot Nutbutters Block Business Systems Buy Local Coalition CPR Now CWP Waste Services DL Stump Construction Fast Signs of York Flair Events Indigo Point Townhomes Karen Shores Interiors Members 1st Federal Credit Union Mercury Electronics Nicely Done Sites Peak Mobility Penny Press of York Print O Stat RSB Assoc. Simply Healthy Bodies Sonnewald Naturals Sparkle Wash of York Steve Myers Building & Remodeling Susquehanna SCORE The Crimson Screen The Market Haberdashery The Peak 98.5 FM WYCR Treysta U Stor It York Revolution
Adams County Winery Announces 2015 Fall Events
For immediate release: August 6, 2015 Contact: Katie Martin, Marketing Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Adams County Winery 251 Peach Tree Rd. Orrtanna, PA 17353 717.4334.3631 Website: www.adamscountywinery.com Orrtanna, PA – New fun-filled events slated for the fall season at Adams County Winery. This year ACW has decided to celebrate fall and harvest season with some great new events. Pizza on the Terrace, Annual Harvest Festival, and Halloween-Wine & Swine Event are in the line-up as well as many new workshops. Most of the events are free or have a nominal charge. As always, Adams County Winery offers complimentary tastings and is open daily 10am to 6pm. Adams County Winery first began operations in 1975. The Winery and Vineyard, located just eight miles west of Gettysburg, PA, is in a picturesque 19th century bank barn and enjoys an ideal climate for growing grapes that, in turn, results in quality wines. Katherine Bigler and husband John Kramb purchased Adams County Winery in the summer of 1998. Since 2000, the winery has garnered more than 140 major national and international competition awards. Recently, the Winery was voted the #1 winery in Gettysburg by the readers of Celebrate Gettysburg magazine. More information about Adams County Winery […]
2015 Best of York by Susquehanna Style Magazine
We would like the congratulate all of our Buy Local Coalition Partners on being Voted Best Of York 2015!! Food & Drink Best bar food: White Rose Bar & Grill Best brewery: Liquid Hero Brewery Best brunch: White Rose Bar & Grill Best business lunch spot: White Rose Bar & Grill Best casual date spot: White Rose Bar & Grill Best cheesesteak: Pepper’s Grille Best farmers’ market: Central Market York Best happy hour spot: White Rose Bar & Grill Best Italian restaurant: Victor’s Italian Restaurant Family & Health Best cosmetic enhancement practice: Lebo Skin Care Center Home & Garden Best garden center: Stauffers of Kissel Hill Best new home builder: Jeffrey L. Henry, Inc. Best outdoor furniture store: Stauffers of Kissel Hill Best painting and wallpaper professionals: York Wallcoverings Factory Store Professional Services Best travel agency: Krouse Travel Entertainment Best event décor company: Flair Events Best party planner: Flair Events Best party venue: Wyndridge Farm Little Luxuries Best jeweler: The Watchmaker’s Daughter Best makeup artist: Maggie King Makeup Artistry Best photographer: Mudpies N Butterflies This is not the complete list, these are only those that were Partners with us as of July 30th. For a full list of winners, click […]
Best of York 2015
York Sunday News posted the results to the Best of York 2015 Many Buy Local Coalition Partners were part of the winners. We would like to congratulate our partners that made the list. The list below is not in the order they won and only list our partners that won within each category. Best Bar White Rose Bar & Grill The Cove Best Golf Country Club Country Club of York Best Nursery/Garden Stauffers of Kissel Hill Best Travel Agency Krouse Travel Bailey Travel Services, Inc. Best Breakfast (Table Service) Lion’s Pride Restaurant Best Crab Cake White Rose Bar & Grill Best Dinner (Table Service) White Rose Bar & Grill Best Fine Dining Victor’s Italian Restaurant Best Local Produce/Fruit Central Market of York Best Lunch (Table Service) White Rose Bar & Grill Best Furniture Smith Village Home Furnishings Best Home Builder/Contractor Jeffrey L. Henry Building & Remodeling Best Home Heating/AC R.R. Kling & Sons Best Home Remodeler K.D. Rosengrant Building & Remodeling Steve Myer’s Building & Remodeling Embee & Son, Inc. Best Landscape Services/Design Stauffers of Kissel Hill The Strathmeyer Companies Best Roofing Heidler Roofing Services, Inc. Best Cosmetic/Laser/Skin Care Lebo Skin Care Center Best Mattress Smith Village Home Furnishings Best Credit […]
JTSF Announces Inaugural Scholarship Recipient
We are excited to announce that Autumn Rose is the winner of the inaugural JTSF Ambassador Scholarship! Autumn graduated high school with top honors and will be attending Princeton University in the fall to study molecular biology with a goal to become a pediatric oncologist. She is driven, smart and humble. We know that many future families will be incredibly lucky to have her committed to their child’s health. Autumn, you are the future. Congratulations!
1st Annual Partner Showcase
This year the Buy Local Coalition and Susquehanna SCORE are teaming up with the County Cup to hold the 1st Annual SCORE Big With Buy Local Coalition Business Showcase. This showcase will feature locally owned and operated businesses that are Partners of the Buy Local Coalition. Partners will be able to showcase their goods and/or services to the public. The public will be able to attend the event FREE. This event will be held on Saturday October 10th, 2015 and will be open to the public from 9am to 4pm What better way to get your business in front of the public and tell them about you! For more information about being a vendor, contact Sue at email@example.com. Bring your appetite, Food Trucks will be on site. We will update you with a list of Food Trucks soon. What is the County Cup? The County Cup is the biggest and best idea ever conceived for a countywide Rotary fundraising project. The County Cup seeks to unite York County non-profits, Rotary Clubs, and the community to enhance the quality of life in York County by providing its non-profit organizations with an annual event to encourage fellowship, interaction, communication, and fundraising. On October 10th, we will fill […]
YTB Announces 2015 Her Traditions Scholarship Recipients
York Traditions Bank has announced the winners of its 2015 Her Traditions Scholarship. Once again this year, the bank received many very impressive applications which were evaluated by a third party. Four young women received $500 each toward their educational endeavors in recognition of their superior leadership skills, admirable academic achievement and promising potential to become a future woman leader of our community. Pictured are (seated, L to R) Brianna Oppong-Antwi, Eastern York High School; Elizabeth Anderson, Red Lion Area Senior High School; (standing L to R) Gene Draganosky, President of York Traditions Bank; Madelyn Devlin, York Catholic High School; Erika Gregory, Spring Grove Area Senior High School; and Carolyn Schaefer, Managing Director of Personal Banking & Wealth Management, York Traditions Bank. For more information about York Traditions Bank, visit www.yorktraditionsbank.com. For more details about the bank’s Her Traditions Women’s Initiative, visit www.hertraditions.com. 2016 Scholarship information will be available on the website or in any branch in the fall of 2015.
Congrats to Sheri Karan of Blind Spot Nutbutters
Sheri Karan, owner of Blind Spot Nutbutters, is this year’s winner of the National SCORE and The SCORE Foundation’s 2015 SCORE Award winner for Outstanding Community Impact Small Business. Sheri will be recognized at the SCORE Awards Gala, to be held on September 17, 2015 at the US Chamber of Commerce Halls of Flags in Washington, DC. In addition to other marketing assistance, Sheri will receive a marketing video professionally created by MiniMatters of Columbia, Maryland and paid for by the SCORE Foundation. SCORE Mentors (Kellie Boysen, Gregory Liegey, James Stahly, Dylan Bauer, & Ross Grady) worked with Sheri & Troy over a period of a year to help them grow their business. A portion of their profits are donated to funding research for retinal conditions.
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