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Tri-State businesses hope for a prosperous New Year

December 30, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

Business leaders in the Tri-State area recently shared their New Year's resolutions, hopes and goals for their businesses in 2003.

The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown looks forward to an exciting New Year, Executive Director Pat Wolford said.

A new Riverdance show, "The Spirit of Ireland," will take the stage in April, and popular comedian George Carlin will return to Hagerstown for two shows in February. Wolford has her fingers crossed for the strong ticket sales needed to lure even bigger shows to Hagerstown, she said.

"We're still hoping for another Broadway series this coming year. If people buy the tickets, the promoters will certainly bring the shows here," Wolford said.

Donna Logan, owner of the Hancock-based Checkmate Web Design, has resolved to extensively develop her own business' Web site in the New Year, she said. Logan has been so busy creating her clients' Web sites that she hasn't had time to devote to her own, she said.

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"When we opened our doors as Checkmate Web Design, I put up a little Web site in a couple hours and haven't had time to get back to it since," Logan said.

Accountant Douglas Moul, managing partner of Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell, looks forward to a smooth merger and move in 2003, he said.

The Hagerstown-based accounting firm recently combined its practice with Bachtell & Co., and plans to move to a new office in April, Moul said. He has resolved to strengthen client service with moderate growth, including minor expansion of personnel in the firm's Martinsburg, W.Va., office, Moul said.

Rob Love, president of the Frederick, Md.,-based Love & Company advertising and marketing agency, said his biggest goal for 2003 is to increase business in the Central and Western Maryland area.

"In the past few years, our client base has spread throughout the mid-Atlantic region," Love said. "Although this has been exciting and rewarding in many ways, it also has come at a cost."

Extra travel time means less time for friends and family, Love said.

"By building up more local business, it will give our staff - and myself - the time to get more balance in our lives," he said.

Charlie Connolly, owner of Accent Printing & Copy Center in Martinsburg, has resolved to reduce stress for himself and others in 2003, he said.

"I want to do a better job of handling the stressful times so I can enjoy my job even more than I do now," Connolly said. "And I want to give more therapeutic massages - my other profession."

Gaye E. McGovern, president of Gaye McGovern Insurance Agency in Hagerstown, is "looking forward to another great year in 2003," she said.

McGovern and the staff at her State Farm agency will focus on efficient, client-centered insurance and financial services, she said.

Pennsylvania-based Waypoint Bank hopes in the New Year to "build on the success we had in 2002," Public Relations Manager Steve Gardner said.

Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Waypoint Bank has four branches in Washington County. The branch now located in the Martin's Food Market on Dual Highway will move to a new location in the Hagerstown Commons strip mall in the latter part of 2003, Gardner said.

Map maker Lori Simmons of Shepherdstown, W.Va., plans to release her new Jefferson County, W.Va., road map early in 2003. The second edition map will include the county's new 911 road names, said Simmons, owner of Explore Maps.

Plans for The Village at Robinwood in Hagerstown in 2003 include construction of more retirement living cottages and a walking trail, landscaping the grounds, initiating more pricing options, and expanding educational, fitness, aquatics and wellness programs, Marketing Director Anita Zeiders said.

Corporate Vice President Tony Dahbura's New Year's resolutions for Hagerstown-based Hub Labels revolve around planning for an "exciting new challenge" in 2003, he said.

"Our company has committed to major investments in new technology for our plant starting in 2003, which will open up significant new markets for us," Dahbura said.

He will work with management, production and sales teams to ready them for the changes, he said.

"It already looks like we're in for another very busy year" at the Cavetown Planing Mill Co., President Peggy Bushey said. A new truss machine and a variety of trucks and forklifts have been purchased to "allow us to work even more effectively," she said.

Mary J. Bray, director of the Hagerstown Telework Center, said she hopes to accomplish the following goals in the New Year:

-- Develop a steady stream of funding to keep computer literacy classes available to unemployed and underemployed area residents.

-- Continue the relationship with SCORE in making available business counseling as well as turn-key computer office space for startup and small businesses.

-- Expand offerings related to professional development in the downtown training facility.

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