Longevity. Webster’s Dictionary defines longevity as long continuance, permanence, durability.

This certainly rings true for several of York’s businesses. As York is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2019, I began thinking about how long buildings and businesses have been here. Just walk down the hallway at the Chamber offices and you can see the architectural history of York. It is pretty special to see so many of those buildings part of the community’s landscape.

Buildings tend to make it through the ages but often times, businesses do not. For one reason or another, decisions were made to close or move a particular business out of town. But that is not the case for some York businesses that are celebrating some pretty big milestones this year. As I have visited with local merchants, they are excited to share the history of their business. It is evident the history of York impacted them.

The importance of business and industry are a few key components to the vitality of a community. The risk-takers that followed a dream or fulfilled a need in York is huge. These men and women lay it all out there to serve their neighbors as well as guests to the community. They take pride in providing top notch customer service while keeping up with the needs and wishes of their customers. This is what makes local businesses so crucial to the strength of York.

Over the last several months, the Chamber staff has been brainstorming on different ways to share the stories of members that are the backbone of not only the Chamber, but of York. Knowing that we have the ability to reach so many with our growing list of Chamber Chat subscribers, our social media followers and those that browse our website regularly, we came up with a plan to utilize these media outlets. With this in mind, beginning next Friday, March 22, Chamber Chats will take on a new look. Each Friday we will focus on a local business, publish any NEW event/help wanted/news that was submitted since Tuesday’s chat, and provide the calendar of events. We are excited to be able to focus on our local businesses and continue to keep up to date on what our members are doing for the public. How will it be determined what business is selected? We have been notified of some businesses celebrating a milestone year (on the 5 or 10) and those businesses will be spotlighted. In addition, businesses will be drawn at random from the individual bureaus. What kind of things will be shared? We will be asking the businesses to tell us a bit about themselves, how their business was started, what is the biggest benefit for their business being in York, and how they see their business in the future. Answers to these questions along with photos will be shared. We are excited to share the stories of our members and how thrilled they are to be part of the York community.

I wanted to take just a moment to remind everyone about a few events coming up quickly. Next Thursday, March 21 from 5 – 7 p.m., the Chamber and York Parks and Recreation will host the annual Youth Involvement Fair. This one stop shop event has been a huge benefit for families as they begin planning their summer calendars. Hannah Miller, Kristie Richert and Michaela Stuhr (Parks and Rec) have put together a great event for York. Emmanuel-Faith eighth graders will be running the dinner concessions out of the North Dining Room during the two-hour event. Having a meal available on-site will allow parents plenty of time to circulate the booths, visit with program coordinators and collect the necessary registrations.

In just a few short weeks, the 25th Leadership York class will host the eighth annual Flavors of York. This popular event will be held at York’s Holthus Convention Center on Thursday, April 4. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. There will be food vendors from around the area offering samples of their menus. The office is beginning to burst at the seams with the prizes that are being accumulated for the raffle that will take place. The United Way of York will be the beneficiary of the evening’s proceeds. Tickets are only $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Class members have tickets available or you can purchase them here at the Chamber office or online at www.yorkchamber.org.

Be sure and keep up with all that is happening in York at https://yorkchamber.org/community-events/.

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