A look back at CPBJ's 2017 events
Each year, the Central Penn Business Journal hosts a variety of events honoring local companies, leaders and employees and giving them opportunities to learn and grow.
This year's 11 events showcased all that Central Pennsylvania has to offer, from innovation in industry to its community of young business professionals. Here is a look back at 2017 in CPBJ events:
March 9: Nonprofit Innovation Awards
Nonprofits around the region were recognized for pushing the envelope to raise awareness for their causes. Winners in a number of categories included the York County History Center, Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness, Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries, Leg Up Farm, and Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
May 24: 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes
Nine of the region's top business leaders presented 10 of their best ideas to a packed room at the fourth annual 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes. Attendees listened to their tips for leading great businesses and philosophies for success.
June 26: Women of Influence
One of our most popular events, 2017's Women of Influence event recognized 33 local business women for their contributions and leadership, both at their companies and in the region overall.
Special recognition went to Jean M. Treuthart of YWCA York, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; Julie Dietz-Wheeler of GE Healthcare, recipient of the Community Achievement Award; and Cindy Poiesz of Supernola, recipient of the Woman to Watch award.
July 18: Health Care Symposium
The first of several annual industry-specific symposiums was July's health care event. Local doctors, insurance experts and other health care professionals spoke on panels and answered questions. Plus, attendees scored some freebies:
August 9: Real Estate and Development Symposium
September 25: Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies
The Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies event recognized innovative companies in the region that are making an impact through their contributions to the local economy.
Nominated companies are ranked according to revenue growth over a three-year period, with both dollar and percentage increases taken into consideration, giving both large and small companies a shot at recognition.
Here are some highlights:
October 2: Forty Under 40
The Forty Under 40 program celebrates young business leaders who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and community service, as nominated by their colleagues and peers.
This year's event was held at the Hilton Harrisburg hotel. As expected of the under-40 crowd, the attendees shared the evening on social media:
October 11: Business of Beer
The first Business of Beer symposium highlighted the ever-growing craft beer industry in Central Pennsylvania and gave attendees the opportunity to learn what it takes to be successful as a brewer and a business owner.
Panelists from local breweries led discussions about their experiences, moderated by the Business Journal's very own Jason Scott. And, of course, there was Pennsylvania beer to taste:
November 6: Business of the Year
Business leaders dressed up in their best black-tie attire to celebrate this year's finalists and winners.
Winners were awarded in three categories based on number of employees. Plus, two longtime local business people were inducted into the CPBJ Hall of Fame. Emerging Business, Executive of the Year, Spirit of Philanthropy and Building the Community award winners also were recognized.
November 30: Best Places to Work in PA
Arguably the biggest party of all the CPBJ events, Best Places to Work in PA recognizes the top 100 small, medium and large companies to work in the state.
December 13: Manufacturing Symposium
The inaugural Manufacturing Symposium rounded out 2017's event lineup with panelists and speakers addressing the future of the industry in Central Pennsylvania.
Talks ranged from the importance of marketing and image for manufacturing companies to adapting to the increased use of automation in production. Check out more social media highlights here.
Panel happening now about changing the conversation about manufacturing feat. Janel M. Cross from Align Financial Svcs., Jessica Hughes @viscul, and Adam Vasquez @MadeWithMerit #CPBJMFG pic.twitter.com/1LUNrjLe0t— CPBJ Events (@CPBJEvents) December 13, 2017