F is for Flextime

Flex work weeks (or Compressed workweeks) are growing in popularity amongst employers who are facing increasing turnover costs and a demand for a commute friendly corporate solution and even more so with employees who desire autonomy and freedom in the workplace.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines a flexible work schedule as an alternative to the traditional 9 to 5, 40-hour work week. It allows employees to vary their arrival and/or departure times. Under some policies, employees must work a prescribed number of hours a pay period and be present during a daily “core time.” The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not address flexible work schedules. Alternative work arrangements such as flexible work schedules are a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee (or the employee’s representative). The Department of Labor has conducted numerous surveys and published articles and reports on the subject.

The Society of Human Resource Management reports that turnover costs are estimated to be 100-300% of the replaced employee’s cost. Offering flextime to employees reduces turnover and serves as a benefit both to employers and employees. Reduce absenteeism, boost morale, cut commute costs and make your workplace more effective by implementing flextime into your corporate culture. More flextime benefits provided by Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program in collaboration with Commuter Challenge and with additional support provided by Washington State Department of Transportation:

  1. Enhance Retention and Recruitment

    Work options are very popular with employees. Faced with the demands of family, community, school and ever-longer commutes, more and more workers are seeking flexible schedules. In times of low unemployment, compressed work weeks and flextime can help you recruit and retain the best workers.

  2. Extend Hours of Service

    To remain competitive, many firms have extended hours of customer service and production in recent years. If you are serving customers in different time zones, this is especially important. Some organizations utilize a team approach with a variety of compressed work weeks and flextime schedules to cover the extra hours.

  3. Expand Use of Equipment

    Increasing the number of hours in a workday expands access to expensive equipment and reduces competition for equipment at peak hours. This is especially useful in functions like data entry or production where access to or use of equipment is an issue.

  4. Improve Scheduling for Peak Workloads

    Compressed work weeks shifts and flextime schedules may be overlapped to meet peak activity times during one part of the day, week or month.

  5. Increase Employees’ Job Knowledge

    Employees covering for co-workers on different schedules have an opportunity to learn new skills. This cross training benefits the employee, the unit and the organization and provides potential coverage for peak periods, vacations and sick leaves.

  6. Reduce Tardiness and Absenteeism

    Employers generally report a reduction in tardiness and absenteeism for employees on work options. This is attributed to the employees’ ability to commute outside of the rush hour and their increased flexibility in scheduling appointments and running errands.

  7. Boost Employee Morale

    Employees who have access to work options are happier and more supportive of organizational goals.

  8. Improve Employee Performance

    Employees are able to work during the part of their day when they are most effective. Giving employees a choice about when they work can mean getting more work done in the same number of hours.

  9. Develop a More Effective Workforce

    Alternative Work Arrangements promote cross training, teamwork, management by results and diversity strategies.

  10. Comply with Federal Regulations

    Employees with disabilities may need flexibility in when they work. Work options provide this flexibility and also help the organization provide staff coverage when employees are absent because of family emergencies.

  11. Respond to Natural Disasters

    Earthquakes, storms and floods that impact the transportation system and other infrastructure make it difficult to get to work. Organizations can prepare for these emergencies and restore operations more quickly when employees have the option to travel outside of the rush hour or compress their work week into fewer days.

  12. Become a Green Business

    Many organizations implement strategies to green their business. Green programs increase mobility, improve air quality and reduce energy use. Compressed work weeks and flextime support these goals by enabling employees to commute outside of the rush hour. In addition, compressed work weeks may keep employees off the road one or two days a week.

Join the employers that offer flextime. Learn more about this and other commuting options at hhtp://www.frederickcountymd.gov/transit.

 

New Media & Technology Conference

NMT FlyerAdrienne Moretz submitted this article as part of the #FredNMT New Media & Technology Conference. This conference is a day-long exploration of businesses tips and tricks for marketing, social media, and technology provided by local experts.Topics include:

User Experience and Your Bottom Line (Jon-Mikel Bailey)
Creating Your Digital Strategy (Nick Damoulakis)
Cybersecurity: Addressing Threats and Protecting Data (Eric Beasley)
How to Tie Social Media to ROI (Lindsey Sherman)
A Two-Way Conversation: Social Media and Customer Service (Brandon Oland)
Lead Nurturing with Marketing Automation (Tobin Lehman)
Sharing Your Message Through Visual Marketing (Kimba Green)
Designing a Video Marketing Campaign (Whitney Hahn)

The conference is March 24, 2015 at Mount Saint Mary’s University – Frederick Campus. Registration is open to the community, discount for Chamber members. Register now.

 

 

 

Each year we ask you, a professional in Frederick County, how you’re using social media and the internet to get connected and stay connected with other Frederick professionals online.

Why do we ask? 

Social media is here to stay. In addition to a vibrant, thriving community in real life, Frederick is also alive and engaging online. From business to business or business to customer, real life relationships are being maintained through a growing network of online interactions. The Social Business Survey helps us identify where Frederick County professionals are hanging out online, and how they’re establishing their personal brand, as well as their organization’s brand.

What will we do with the results?

We want to share the Social Business Survey results with the business community, so that the connections you make have a local measuring stick. Survey results will illustrate where Frederick professionals spend their time online, so that you can get in on the online conversation.

For the past two years, we’ve presented the results of the Social Business Survey at the Frederick New Media & Technology Conference — or, #FredNMT on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Click here to check out the 2013 Social Business Survey Infographic.

How do I take the survey?

Please click here to respond to the Social Business Survey by Thursday, January 23.

Where can I get more information about the New Media & Technology Conference?

Join us at the New Media & Technology Conference — Fred NMT — on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here for more info about the conference agenda, presenter bios, and to register.

The season 3 finale was co-hosted by Joe Porpiglia (D&D Consulting and Training) and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber) at the Chamber Studio.

Our episode opens with Dr. Mimi McLaughlin of McLaughlin Family Chiropractic. Dr. Mimi discusses workplace ergonomics, because it’s critical to stay fit in order to increase productivity and wellness in the workplace! Watch this episode for Dr. Mimi’s tips.

We were also joined by Michelle Day, Business Services Manager at Frederick County Workforce Services. Michelle brings up another valid HR issues: hiring for your organization. Michelle tells us what to ask and what qualities to look for in a potential new hire. Continue reading “Chamber TV: Episode 35”

Co-hosted by Jon-Mikel Bailey (Wood Street, Inc.) and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber) on tour at Unique Optique.

Our first special guest, Karl Kidd, fifth grade teacher at Urbana Elementary School, joined us to discuss how he has connected with the education community since winning the FCPS 2013 Teacher of the Year Award. If you want to know how your business can get connected with the future workforce, Episode 34 is for you!

We were also joined by Geordie Wilson, publisher of The Frederick News-Post. Ever wonder how to build a meaningful relationship with media representatives? Geordie tells you how to begin in Episode 34.

Continue reading “Chamber TV: Episode 34”

Co-hosted by Justin Saltzman (Liberty Mutual) and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber) on tour at Audio-Video Group.

Our first special guest, Shabri Moore of Moore Wealth Inc., joined us to discuss transitioning leadership by developing a success plan for your organization.

Paul Frey, Executive Director of Leadership Frederick County (LFC), was our second special guest. Paul discussed how LFC’s unique program enhances leadership skills and knowledge of Frederick County. Continue reading “Chamber TV: Episode 33”

A list of G8 tips for businesses was one of the most popular sections in our email newsletter this week, so we wanted to share it here, too.

Please note: Episode 18 of Chamber TV is scheduled for this Friday. If you plan to join us in the live studio audience, leave a few extra minutes early to avoid traffic delays. The Chamber TV “studio” is located a few miles outside of downtown Frederick, and we don’t anticipate that the G8 Summit or related activity will have much impact in our area of town.

From our email newsletter:

This Friday and Saturday, the Group of 8 (G8) Summit, for governments representing the world’s largest economies, will meet in northern Frederick County at Camp David.

This forum brings international attention to the Frederick region. Residents and businesses are encouraged to prepare for increased traffic, road closures, and activity, including the possibility of protests and demonstrations.

Please take a moment to review these resources, make a plan, and share it with your employees:

Important phone numbers:

  • Police-Fire-Medical Emergencies: 9-1-1
  • Public Information Center: 301-600-3000
  • Sheriff’s Office 24-Hour Main Desk: 301-600-1046
  • Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency: 301-600-2071
  • Frederick Police Non-Emergency: 301-600-2100
  • Thurmont Police Non-Emergency: 301-271-0905

If you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 9-1-1.

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Experient employees donated nearly 100 items to the Frederick County Animal Control & Adoption Center on Thursday, May 9, 2012 as part of fund-raising efforts during Experient Pride Week. Pride Week was created to encourage Experient employees to show pride in their community, their company and themselves. Over 20 employees greeted, Shawn Snyder, the animal control representative as well as one of the rescue dogs, Coco, when picking up the donations.

Donated items ranged from dog and cat food, toys, treats, collars, bedding and litter supplies. All donations will be used by Animal Control for the shelter animals or for distribution to families in need of supplies for their pets due to economic issues.

In addition to collecting donations for Frederick County Animal Control, Experient employees have participated in fund-raising efforts to benefit both the Frederick County YMCA and the Military Order of the Purple Heart of Maryland throughout the week. These donations will be distributed on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Submitted by Harby Tran, director of marketing at Experient.

Taste of Asia opened its doors on March 27, 2012 with a festive grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.It’s always thrilling to see a new business celebrate this milestone.

Many Chamber members, elected officials, enthusiastic foodies, and curious locals were there to support Vincent, David, and the rest of the management and staff at this new restaurant … In return, we all enjoyed some delicious samples for lunch!

Taste of Asia serves Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine, including a full sushi bar and hibachi grill.

 

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March 16, 2012

New this month!

This month’s show is captioned! We’ve been wanting to do this for a while. Please try it out (click through to watch on YouTube and hit the CC button) and let us know how it works for you. Many thanks to our Accessibility Guru, @joshmend, for his help and encouragement with this fancy new technology.

Your Hosts

Season 2 of Chamber TV continues with Episode 16, hosted by Jon-Mikel Bailey and Jessica Hibbard.

Special Guests

COL Allan Darden (Commander at U.S. Army Garrison – Fort Detrick) tells us how Frederick County’s largest employer impacts our local community.

Brian Hammrich (CTO at HIS Sign) shares his best tips for providing excellent customer service to Frederick’s deaf community.

Links and resources mentioned in our interview with Brian:

  • ADA.gov – Learn more about accessibility, the law, and how it affects your business
  • ADA Accessibility Workshop for businesses at the Cultural Arts Center on March 23

Positively Frederick

Visit our community blog to learn more about this month’s story: Chef Edwards is putting Patowmack Farm on the foodie map with recent recognition in Food & Wine magazine. Share your own story online at positivelyfrederick.org.

Frederick Factoids

Did you know? Including Bed & Breakfasts, Frederick County has about 2300 hotel rooms. They’ll be filled to capacity when the G-8 Summit comes to Camp David in May.

Member 2 Member Spotlight

This month’s featured discounts: Free haircut to first time clients (and $4 off for returning clients) at Sport Clips Haircuts, and 10% off golf fees or 20% off room rentals for banquets and events at Holly Hills Country Club. Find more discounts and print coupons on the M2M page.

Catering Sponsor

Refreshments for our live studio audience were provided by Savory Spoon Catering Company.

Grand Prize

Congratulations to Nettie from Plamondon Hospitality Partners, who won this month’s grand prize: A ticket to the next Generation Connect event on April 24 at Flying Dog Brewery.

Previous Episodes:

Watch our monthly show onYouTube or sign up to be part of our live studio audience (register online or call 301.662.4164 x1).

Live audience seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees who are not seated by 1:00 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the studio during broadcast.

Can’t join us in the studio audience? New episodes are available on YouTube on Monday.

Credits:

February 17, 2012

Your Hosts

Season 2 of Chamber TV continues with Episode 15, hosted by Joe Porpiglia and Jessica Hibbard

Special Guests

Mary Beth Graham (Director of Undergraduate Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University) discusses the Mount’s Students in Free Enterprise program and SIFE’s new partnership with the Chamber.

Mary Salafia (Sales Director at Comcast Spotlight) shares advertising tips for local businesses. Comcast Spotlight will host a cocktail reception and informative presentation at the Delaplaine on March 15, 2012 — Frederick-area businesses are invited to attend.

Positively Frederick

Visit our community blog to learn more about this month’s story: Dynport Vaccine Company’s recently remodeled, and donated more than 90 pieces of furniture to local nonprofits. Share your own story online at positivelyfrederick.org.

Frederick Factoids

Did you know? In the late 1960s, there were no traffic lights on Route 40 between Route 15 and Middletown. If you worked in Frederick, you could drive to the MIddletown diner for lunch and be back in 45 minutes!

Member 2 Member Spotlight

This month’s featured discounts: 10% off your check at Griff’s Landing and $10 off yoga and pilates mat classes at Ananda Shala. Find more discounts and print coupons on the M2M page.

Episode Sponsor

Episode 15 is sponsored by Baltimore Coffee & Tea.

Catering Sponsor

Refreshments for our live studio audience were provided by Uno Chicago Grill.

Grand Prize

Congratulations to Jennifer from The Phillips Group, who won this month’s grand prize: An Emergency Roadside Kit from Clearview Car Care.

Previous Episodes:

Watch our monthly show onYouTube or sign up to be part of our live studio audience (register online or call 301.662.4164 x1).

Live audience seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees who are not seated by 1:00 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the studio during broadcast.

Can’t join us in the studio audience? New episodes are available on YouTube on Monday.

Credits:

January 20, 2012

Your Hosts

Season 2 of Chamber TV continues with Episode 14, hosted by Jon-Mikel Bailey and Jessica Hibbard.

Special Guests

Ric Adams (President & CEO of the Frederick Chamber, and a member of the Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County) discusses a new program: Emerging Entrepreneur Breakfast Club.

Dr. D’Audra Cole (Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick) tells us about a nationwide community service event called Give Kids a Smile.

Positively Frederick

Visit our community blog to see photos from Generation Connect’s holiday fundraiser in December. They partnered with Key 103 Radio to raise $1000 and donate 40 toys to the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County. Share your own story online at positivelyfrederick.org.

Frederick Factoids

Did you know? The small stone building next to Culler Lake in Baker Park used to be a shelter for ice skaters. When the lake froze over in the winter, people would come to the park to ice skate.

Member 2 Member Spotlight

This month’s featured discounts: 15% off services from All Walks of Life Pet Services and 10% off (Sunday through Wednesday) at Canal Bar & Grill. Find more discounts and print coupons on the M2M page.

Episode Sponsor

Episode 14 is sponsored by Baltimore Coffee & Tea.

Catering Sponsor

Lunch for our live studio audience was provided by Canal Bar & Grill.

Grand Prize

A lucky member of our studio audience won this month’s grand prize: A ticket to our February Lunch Exchange.

Prize Pack Sponsors

Goody bag items for our live studio audience are provided by Baltimore Coffee & TeaFrederick Regional Health SystemLiberty Mutual GroupMorber Marketing GroupSAIC-FrederickThe Callos Companies, PNC Bank, ITonDemand, and Signs by Tomorrow.

Previous Episodes:

Watch our monthly show onYouTube or sign up to be part of our live studio audience (register online or call 301.662.4164 x1).

Live audience seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees who are not seated by 1:00 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the studio during broadcast.

Can’t join us in the studio audience? New episodes are available on YouTube on Monday.

Credits:

December 16, 2011

Your Hosts

To celebrate our one-year anniversary and the first episode of Season 2, all three co-hosts share the stage today: Joe Porpiglia, Jon-Mikel Bailey, and Jessica Hibbard.

Special Guests

Jenifer Dobbins (Frederick Arts Council) talks with us about the economic impact of the arts, and how to encourage creativity in the workplace.

George Wunderlich (National Museum of Civil War Medicine) discusses the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Frederick, as well as leadership lessons from the Civil War.

Positively Frederick

Visit our community blog to read about a New Member Connection: Don from Infratactix recently met with Kevin from Wright-Gardner Insurance and had a great customer service experience. Share your own story online at positivelyfrederick.org.

Top 10 Reasons to do Business in Frederick

Mayor Randy McClement took a break from his busy job at the City of Frederick to read our crowd-sourced Top 10 list! You can read the Top 10 on our Chamber TV blog.

Member 2 Member Spotlight

This month’s featured coupons: Discounts on Hot Air Balloon flight gift certificates from Tailwinds Over Frederick and a 50% discount off Social Media Audit services from VillageWorks Communications.

Episode Sponsor

Episode 13 is sponsored by Baltimore Coffee & Tea.

Catering Sponsors

Refreshments for our live studio audience were provided by Sumittra Thai Cuisine and Roy Rogers Restaurants.

Grand Prize

Lucky members of our studio audience won prizes from Liberty Mutual Group, Tyz Scarves, and the Chamber TV team.

Prize Pack Sponsors

Goody bag items for our live studio audience are provided by Baltimore Coffee & TeaDynport Vaccine CompanyFrederick Regional Health SystemLiberty Mutual GroupNatural Fusion Hair Studio, PNC Bank, Roads and Rails Museum, and The Callos Companies.

Previous Episodes:

Watch our monthly show onYouTube or sign up to be part of our live studio audience (register online or call 301.662.4164 x1).

Live audience seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees who are not seated by 1:00 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the studio during recording.

Can’t join us in the studio audience? New episodes are available on YouTube on Monday.

Credits:

As read by Mayor McClement on Episode 13:

#10 — It’s not Montgomery County.

#9 —If you do business with someone in Frederick County and they don’t pay their bills, you probably know where they live.

#8 —You don’t have to go far to find great beer. Flying Dog offers tours at their brewery, and you’ll find craft beer on tap at many local pubs.

#7 —If you find a wad of cash when you clean out the office closet, you’ll have no trouble finding a place to donate it for an end-of-the-year tax write-off. Just call one of over 100 nonprofit organizations that are members of the Chamber.

#6 —There are more people than cows. I think.

#5 —The Frederick News-Post might write a story about your business. Then you can have lots of fun reading comments in the online edition.

#4 —“Picking up dinner” on the way home means buying directly from a producer at a farmers market or CSA pickup.

#3 —If you drive fast enough, the Police Department will send you a photo of your rear license plate as a souvenir of your trip through town.

#2 —You can’t throw a rock in this town without hitting a restaurant owned by a celebrity chef or award-winning restaurateur.

#1 —Setting up shop in Frederick County means you can be part of the BEST and FIRST Chartered Chamber in the United States.

THANK YOU to the following members and Chamber TV fans who submitted suggestions for this list: Bruce Dean, Kathy Krach, Sean Morrissey, Jim Hardy, Emily McCoy, Mary Miller, Steve Chafitz, Jean Wright, Diane DeMarco, Carla Goodwin, Helen Riddle, Allison Seaton, Jeannine Morber, and Jason Mecler.

Hi, I’m Don from Infratactix – and our main focus is business technology consulting. When we started our company I had no idea where to turn for insurance and naturally put it off.

We joined the Chamber at the end of July and in August were contacted by Kevin Fox from Wright-Gardner. Still not knowing what to do, we started talking with him about our insurance needs.

Kevin was patient with us and graciously took the time over many phone calls to make sure he understood what we do to make sure we’re watching out for our clients as well as ourselves.

What really impressed us was that Kevin took the time to sit down one on one and explain everything about our policy; making sure we understood everything from top to bottom. We were so impressed that Wright-Gardner does business just like we do – the choice was a no brainer.

We signed with Wright-Gardner in October and to think, we’d probably still be in the dark without the connection we made through the Chamber.

November 18, 2011

Your Hosts

Jon-Mikel Bailey is back! He shares his favorite turkey tips with co-host Jessica Hibbard.

Special Guests

Heather Gramm (City of Frederick) discusses economic activity in Frederick around the holidays, including the City’s “Get it Local” campaign. Heather mentioned many programs and events, including:

ML Carroll (Canapes Catering) tells us her favorite tips for planning for holiday events and preparing festive foods.

Positively Frederick

Visit our community blog to read about Love Paws’ recent stop in Frederick. Share your own story online at positivelyfrederick.org.

Frederick Factoids

Did you know? “Monocacy” is a Shawnee Indian word that means “river with many bends.” The Monocacy River flows through Frederick County on its way to the Potomac River.

Member 2 Member Spotlight

This month’s featured discounts: 15% off your service total at Stanley Salon and 10% your first order from Tyz Scarves. Find more discounts and print coupons on the M2M page.

Episode Sponsor

Episode 12 is sponsored by Baltimore Coffee & Tea.

Catering Sponsor

Lunch for our live studio audience was provided by Gunner’s Grille at Taneytown.

Grand Prize

Two lucky members of our studio audience won prizes — Free tickets to Generation Connect’s Holiday Fundraiser on December 6 at the Delaplaine.

Prize Pack Sponsors

Goody bag items for our live studio audience are provided by Baltimore Coffee & TeaDynport Vaccine CompanyFrederick Regional Health SystemLiberty Mutual GroupMorber Marketing Group,Natural Fusion Hair StudioSAIC-FrederickThe Callos Companies.

Previous Episodes:

Watch our monthly show onYouTube or sign up to be part of our live studio audience (register online or call 301.662.4164 x1).

Live audience seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees who are not seated by 1:00 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the studio during broadcast.

Can’t join us in the studio audience? New episodes are available on YouTube on Monday.

Credits:

  • Producer / Co-Director: Kelly Beach
  • Writer / Co-Director: Jessica Hibbard
  • Announcer: Sean Morrissey (Key 103)
  • Co-Hosts: Jon-Mikel Bailey (Wood Street), Joe Porpiglia (D&D Consulting and Training), Jessica Hibbard

October 21, 2011

Your Hosts

We had fun creating a festive seasonal set in the Chamber office studio, with co-hosts Joe Porpiglia and Jessica Hibbard.

Special Guests

Patty Hurwitz (Colonial Jewelers) discusses the connection between business and community, and how companies can support local causes.

(Due to a technical problem, the end of Patty’s interview was cut off. We’re very sorry! Here’s a link to the Frederick Cares Community Cookbook that Patty mentioned at the end of her interview.)

Ron Angleberger (Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick) tells us how he started such a unique business in Maryland’s most haunted city, and how businesses can use storytelling techniques.

Positively Frederick

Visit our community blog to read about SAIC-Frederick’s healthful message at In the Street. Share your own story online at positivelyfrederick.org.

Frederick Factoids

Beware the Snallygaster! Is this mythical creature of South Mountain a friend or foe? Decide for yourself … Check out this recent post on Frederick Maryland Online or a 2008 article in the Gazette.

Member 2 Member Spotlight

This month’s featured discounts: 25% off one in-stock item at Blossom & Basket Boutique and 10% your order at Sisters Bake Shop. Find more discounts and print coupons on the M2M page.

Episode Sponsor

Episode 11 is sponsored by Baltimore Coffee & Tea.

Catering Sponsor

Lunch for our live studio audience was provided by Pretzel & Pizza Creations on Market Street in downtown Frederick.

Grand Prize

Two lucky members of our studio audience won prizes — Free tickets to Generation Connect’s Birthday Party on November 8 at Ceresville Mansion. Congratulations to our winners: Melanie Wood and Jim Hardy!

Prize Pack Sponsors

Goody bag items for our live studio audience are provided by Baltimore Coffee & Tea, Dynport Vaccine Company, Frederick Regional Health System, Liberty Mutual Group, Morber Marketing Group, Natural Fusion Hair Studio, SAIC-Frederick, The Callos Companies.

Previous Episodes:

Watch our monthly show onYouTube or sign up to be part of our live studio audience (register online or call 301.662.4164 x1).

Live audience seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees who are not seated by 1:00 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the studio during broadcast.

Can’t join us in the studio audience? New episodes are available on YouTube on Monday.

Credits:

  • Producer / Co-Director: Kelly Beach
  • Writer / Co-Director: Jessica Hibbard
  • Announcer: Randy Gray
  • Co-Hosts: Jon-Mikel BaileyJoe Porpiglia, Jessica Hibbard

THIS FRIDAY: Episode 11 will be recorded in front of a live studio audience at 1 p.m.

Special guests include Sarah Hurwitz (Colonial Jewelers) on the business-community connection, and how private companies can support local causes, and Ron Angleberger (Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick) on the spirits that inhabit our historic city.

Tasty snacks will be provided by Pretzel & Pizza Creations, and a lucky member of our audience will win two free passes to Generation Connect’s Birthday Party on November 8.

Register to attend the show (it’s free!) and look for a new episode online soon.

September 16, 2011

Your Hosts

We’re back in the Chamber studio this month, with co-hosts Joe Porpiglia and Jessica Hibbard.

Special Guests

Sadie Wolf (Frederick Regional Health System) discusses workplace wellness and the 2nd Annual Business Health Awards.

Will Burns (Maryland Chamber) talks about the Maryland General Assembly’s upcoming special legislative session and the Maryland Chamber’s advocacy tour stop in Frederick on October 4th.

Positively Frederick

Visit our community blog to read about PNC Bank’s recent donation to Frederick Community College’s child care center. Share your own story online at positivelyfrederick.org.

Frederick Factoids

Barb, the Chamber’s receptionist, is a goldmine of information about local lore and Frederick history. At a recent staff meeting, she told us that most small towns in Frederick County are about 7 miles apart, because that’s the distance that a lady could travel by horse to shop in a neighboring town and still safely return before dark!

Member 2 Member Spotlight

This month’s featured discounts: 10% off (Sunday through Wednesday) at Canal Bar & Grill and 10% off an annual preventative maintenance agreement with Holtzople Heating & Air Conditioning. Find more discounts and print coupons on the M2M page.

Episode Sponsor

Episode 10 is sponsored by Baltimore Coffee & Tea.

Catering Sponsor

Lunch for our live studio audience was provided by Olives restaurant on Market Street in downtown Frederick.

Grand Prize

Two lucky members of our studio audience won prizes — A free pass to the Chamber’s November Lunch Exchange and a gift certificate to Olives restaurant.

Prize Pack Sponsors

Goody bags items for our live studio audience are provided by DynPort Vaccine CompanyFrederick Regional Healthcare SystemGiant Eagle Store #1842, The Callos Companies, Self Storage Plus, First Call Office Products, and Mother Martin’s Coupons.

Previous Episodes:

Watch our monthly show onYouTube or sign up to be part of our live studio audience (register online or call 301.662.4164 x1).

Live audience seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees who are not seated by 1:00 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the studio during broadcast.

Can’t join us in the studio audience? New episodes are available on YouTube on Monday.

Credits:

  • Producer / Co-Director: Kelly Beach
  • Writer / Co-Director: Jessica Hibbard
  • Announcer: Randy Gray
  • Co-Hosts: Jon-Mikel BaileyJoe Porpiglia, Jessica Hibbard

We’re back from the summer tour, and making plans for our 10th episode of Chamber TV. Special guest interviews include:

  • Sadie Wolf from Frederick Memorial Healthcare System will discuss Workplace Wellness and the 2nd annual Business Health Awards.
  • Will Burns from the Maryland Chamber will tell us about the Maryland General Assembly’s upcoming special legislative session, and how businesses can keep tabs on the latest news from Annapolis.

Of course, free lunch is always a highlight … This month won’t disappoint. Olives is bringing Italian food, and there’s a rumor that we may even have tiramisu.

It’s SUPER fun to be part of the live studio audience. Sign up here and plan to join us for lunch on Friday!

I really think we should invite one of our members to demonstrate these exercises on Chamber TV. The only question is … Who will be our victim?! Stay tuned.

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wnyc:

washingtonpostinnovations:

A workout at work: 12 office exercises

The Post’s infographics department tested 12 exercises for a week to see which ones real people could incorporate into a workday. These moves were recommended by experts whose jobs involve studying motion, preventing obesity and generally getting people off their duffs.

This is how I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon. Happy Weekend everyone. See you Monday!

dynport:

We’ve gone to the dogs! Today was DVC’s annual Dog Days of Summer event, where we get together for hot dogs—eaten from the proper tableware, of course—and raise funds and supplies for our local animal shelter. Fun way to start the week!

We love hearing about local companies that do fun things to support the community!

DynPort Vaccine Company is a Chamber member, AND they donated these awesome goodies for our Chamber TV prize packs. (Thanks, April!)

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{Editor’s note: We recently heard a great story about two businesses who connected through the Chamber, and invited them to share it here. The following was submitted by Anne Ingram. We also asked Anne to share her story on the radio … You’ll hear her on Key 103 next month!}

I had not done an insurance review since we started so stopped Kevin after the new member meeting to discuss an overall review. Timing is everything in this case. Kevin and I already had a meeting scheduled for the week I got back from vacation. My carrier abruptly cancelled our policy while I was on vacation. They owed me a considerable refund from last year’s policy and was asking for an additional $1000, which would have meant a refund of almost $4000, but cancelled anyway. I had been a loyal customer since 2004 and was irritated to say the least. Kevin spent hours with me, reviewing all the audits and classification codes, and was wonderful to work with and had the patience of a saint (I can get fired up!)

We signed with Wright Gardner last week, with an projected reduction in policy costs of $3700 every year!Ironically, the week before, one of the companies in our building stopped to inquire if I thought the Chamber was worthwhile, I told her I was a newbie and had only been to a couple of events. Now I proud to shout out a big YES!

Anne Ingram — MidAtlantic Mailbox Inc

As citizens of Frederick, we are often skeptical of “outsiders” opening their business in our County, especially if it’s considered a chain store. My husband, a Rochester native, introduced me to Wegmans over 15 years ago, so I was excited for them to open a store in Frederick. I honestly didn’t know how they would introduce themselves to the community, but I have been pleasantly surprised. The people at Wegmans have gone out of their way to understand Frederick and their neighbors, have become contributing members of the Chamber, and have embraced our Frederick Twitter community.

In fact, I’ve been so impressed that I decided to create a fun blog that celebrates all things Wegmans: IHeartWeggies.com. (Weggies is a popular nickname for Wegmans, in case you were wondering.)

Anyway, I want to welcome Wegmans to Frederick and say thanks for being a great neighbor thus far.

Beth Schillaci
President/Founder, VillageWorks Communications, Inc.
Author of “Your Social Media Roadmap” and the Marketing Roadhouse blog