By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
The statewide award will bear his name, but Hagerstown Junior College President Norman P. Shea isn't taking it personally.
"I think it's symbolic recognition for the role community colleges play in workforce development," said Shea, 59, who will accept this year's William E. Kidd Jr. Small Business Training Advocate of the Year award today in Baltimore.
Shea will be one of 11 award winners at the 13th annual Maryland Small Business Awards Breakfast, according to Fred K. Teeter Jr., executive vice president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber nominated Shea and Merle S. Elliott for the U.S. Small Business Administration awards this year, Teeter said.
Elliott, a retired partner of Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., was runner-up for Accountant Advocate of the Year, he said.
Washington County has had a state-level winner every year and several regional winners, Teeter said.
"It's really a testimony to the businesses we have in the area and the people who run them," he said.