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Business briefs

January 17, 2001

Business briefs



Hagerstown Community College


Hagerstown Community College's Technical Innovation Center has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Technology Development Corp. to boost business incubation. The center will help develop local strategies for financing technology firms. The center and the Financing Task Force of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission will study establishing a shared-risk technology seed fund in Washington County.

Also, Beth Kirkpatrick Stull was recently named director of marketing and public information at the college. Previously, she was director of marketing and community relations at Williamsport Retirement Village.

Charles L. Strausbaugh CPA


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro accounting firm of Charles L. Strausbaugh CPA has announced that Lori E. Benchoff, of Hagerstown, will be office manager at Strasbaugh's new branch office at 119 S. Carlisle St. in Greencastle, Pa.

Benchoff previously worked for Donald B. Gipe CPA in Greencastle.

Ocker & Associates


FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Certified Public Accountant Michael D. Ocker and Nina Thiessen, staff accountant of Ocker & Associates PC, a public accounting and consulting firm in Fayetteville, recently attended a two-day business tax seminar.

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Topics included choosing entities, formation, taxation and liquidation.

Centra Bank


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ten West Virginia Eastern Panhandle business leaders have announced plans to form a holding company in Martinsburg for a locally owned and operated bank.

James W. Dailey II, president and CEO of W. Harley Miller Contractors, will be the organization's chairman of the board. Robert A. McMillan, president of Jefferson Distributing Co., will be vice chairman.

Other founding board members include John M. Miller II, owner of John Miller Orchard Co. and vice-chairman of Farmers & Mechanics Mutual Insurance Co.; Terry W. Hess, president and owner of Virginia Honey Co. Inc.; Dr. Robert S. Strauch, chief of surgery at City Hospital; D. Scott Roach, president of R.M. Roach & Sons Inc. petroleum marketers; Deborah J. Dhayer, owner of Eddies Tire Service; Dr. Kenneth L. Banks, a dentist specializing in restorative and cosmetic work; Jeffrey S. Perucci, president of Heiston Supply Inc. Industrial Supply and Hardware; and Attorney Michael B. Keller, of Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love.

Banker Dan Stegall will be president and CEO of the new organization. He was president of One Valley Bank's Eastern Panhandle operation prior to heading One Valley's Virginia franchise.

The holding company will be affiliated with Centra Bank, a start-up community bank in Morgantown, W.Va.

Following regulatory approval, the bank expects to open temporary offices in the spring.

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