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Hagerstown Young Professionals
1/8/2012

Hagerstown Young Professionals
Young Professionals group to focus on developing business community

Young professionals in the Hagerstown area will be starting off the New Year with new perspectives on the business world. The newly-formed group, Hagerstown Young Professionals, is holding its first official meeting on Wednesday, January 4th at the Bulls and Bears restaurant in City Center. While some groups focus solely on networking or community service, this group combines those with a focus on business development.
As its mission states, "Hagerstown Young Professionals seeks to develop the young professional core of Hagerstown, to continually strengthen the community in which we live and work, and to close the gap between today's business leaders and the leaders of tomorrow." The group will organize monthly meetings so young professionals can network with one another, discuss employment opportunities and hear stories of success and inspiration from entrepreneurs who have made significant accomplishments in the local business community.
The group strives to grow and retain the young professional core of Hagerstown by bridging the gap between the existing and incoming generations of business leaders, as made clear in its vision statement. In addition, the members will play an active role in the community through various service projects; our goal is to not only give financially to organizations, but to give back through outreach opportunities. Furthermore, we strive to foster mutually beneficial relationships where we can learn from the experience of other leaders in the community and offer insights from a younger perspective.
Cort Meinelschmidt, a graduate of Williamsport High School and co-owner of Sentinel Capital Solutions, has been selected as the group's president. He saw a need for the group and started organizing meetings with core members. "There's a group of young professionals within the county, and there's no organization that offers a chance for them, not only to network, but to develop professionally with their peers and the current business leaders." Hagerstown Young Professionals will be partnering with organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and local colleges to reach out to young professionals who are interested in developing their talents in business and to find successful business people who can help lead by example.
The group is open to young professionals ages 18-40 who live or work in the Hagerstown and Washington County area. College students who are attending institutions locally or out of the area are welcome to join in hopes of finding roots in the community. "Most of our young people in Hagerstown leave the area for work. I would like to see our local talent stay and help create jobs here in Hagerstown," Meinelschmidt says. "I like Hagerstown and we have a lot of opportunity here; we just need to grow it."
The following is a list of the group's officers:
President: Cort Meinelschmidt, Sentinel Capital Solutions
Vice-President: Jill Reddecliff, Chamber of Commerce
Public Relations: Kelsi Waltemire, Verstandig Broadcasting
Secretary: Chelsea Miller, Sentinel Capital Solutions
Treasurer: Kelly Spreng, Knob Hall Winery
Membership: Kathryn Gratton, Chamber of Commerce
Education Coordinator: Stacey Miller, Power Marketing
The first meeting is open to invited guests in an effort to develop a core group of dedicated young professionals. Attendees should be invited by a current member or from the recommendation of the Chamber of Commerce. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 4 at the Bulls and Bears restaurant at 5:00 p.m. Future meetings will be held at the restaurant on the first Wednesday of each month.
There will be no fees for membership. Instead, the group is seeking business sponsorships, offering companies the opportunity to network with the young professionals and showcase their business during the meetings. If you're interested in sponsorship or attending the meeting, contact Cort Meinelschmidt at 301-665-9038.

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