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Business briefs

July 10, 2005

Edward Jones


The six local Edward Jones investment representatives will host a free one-hour satellite broadcast, "Growing Your Business in a Wal-Mart World," Tuesday, July 12, at 11:30 a.m.

The broadcast features Michael Bergdahl, author of "What I learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Wal-Mart world." Bergdahl will share experiences he obtained working side-by-side with Sam Walton.

He also will discuss:

  • The P.O.C.K.E.T.S. strategy.

  • How smaller businesses can stay competitive.

  • Why customers are more important than products.



The interactive event is presented at select Edward Jones branch offices via the firm's private video network.

To reserve a seat, or for more information about the program, call one of the following: J. Greg Garner at 301-733-9465, Cort Meinelschmidt at 301-766-7300, John Pullaro at 301-824-7726, Joan Bowers at 240-420-8514, Shelby Penn-Ross at 301-733-0625 or Gary Clark at 301-371-0041.

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Additional viewing opportunities are available for those unable to attend.




Clarion Hotel & Conference Center


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown brought home its second consecutive Inn of the Year award. The award came from Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Clarion hotel brand, during its annual convention in Las Vegas.

The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown was selected for the honor from among 226 open Clarion brand hotels throughout the United States.

The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, at 233 Lowe Drive, is owned and operated by The Federal Group Inc.




Wolf Furniture


Furniture/Today, a national furniture trade magazine, released 2003-04 statistics that showed Wolf Furniture to be fifth in the top 10 growth leaders among furniture stores across the country.

Wolf's same-store volume grew 17.5 percent last year, ranking Wolf's as one of America's top 100 largest furniture companies, according to a company release.




Antietam Call Center


Antietam Call Center of Hagerstown has received the 2005 Award of Excellence for the second consecutive year. The award is presented annually by the Association of TeleServices International (ATSI), the industry's trade association for providers of telecommunications and call center services.

The award was presented at ATSI's convention in St. Louis.

Companies receive the Award of Excellence by scoring 80 percent or better in all categories tested, including courtesy, response time, accuracy and overall service to clients.

Antietam Call Center has earned the Bronze Award for two consecutive years of excellent service.

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