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HCC schedules seminars

February 25, 2007

Hagerstown Community College Center for Continuing Education again this year will conduct a series of seminars for real estate investors in Washington County.

The seminar series includes:

· Landlord Crash Course, Monday, March 19, 6 to 9 p.m. This course is co-sponsored by Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. Topics include leases, lead paint laws, evictions and code enforcement. Cost is $40.

· Successful Real Estate Investing, Wednesday, April 11, 6 to 9 p.m. Steve Powell, a local investor and Realtor, shares valuable tips on making successful investment decisions. Cost is $45.

· City of Hagerstown Rental Property Compliance Update, Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to noon. This course is for all rental property owners in Hagerstown to receive updates on the most recent rental licensing program and property code. Cost is $10.

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· The Business of Being a Landlord, Wednesday, May 2, 6 to 9 p.m. Joe Mullenax of Allegany Business Consulting discusses the tax advantages of rental properties and implication of tax laws for landlords, incorporation benefits and record keeping tips. Cost is $45.

Hagerstown Community College's Technical Innovation Center (TIC) will show a DVD of the recent live Webcast from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Enterprise Forum and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge entitled "Financial Markets: Outlook 2007."

The broadcast, originally scheduled to be presented in January, will be shown Thursday, March 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the TIC.

During the Webcast, experts will discuss the influences on the financial markets for 2007 and how they affect one's business.

These events are free and open to the public. Organizers ask that those interested register by March 7. Registration may be accomplished by sending an e-mail to saumm@hagerstowncc.edu or by calling 301-790-2800, ext. 399.

Manito Inc.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Manito Inc., which provides therapeutic and alternative education programs for disruptive youth in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, has joined Wilson College as a community partner at the silver level.

Manito Chief Executive Officer Bob Whitmore presented a check for $500 to Wilson staff members on Jan. 31.

Manito, which celebrates 28 years in business in June, operates in 10 Pennsylvania counties and one in West Virginia and employs 250 people at its combined locations. The organization's administrative offices are in Chambersburg.

Seven of Manito's 250 employees currently are taking courses at Wilson.

The Community Partner Program at Wilson is designed to forge meaningful partnerships between the college and the community. Benefits for a Silver Partner, which requires a $500 investment, include a 10 percent discount on tuition, 10 percent discount on use of facilities and four tickets to a cultural event at Wilson. Silver-level partners also are featured on Wilson's Web site.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg is organizing a Society for Human Resource Management chapter in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

The society is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management and provides essential and comprehensive HR resources.

A local chapter will give human resources professionals an opportunity to network, support their profession and participate in professional development activities. Associate memberships will be available for those interested in human resources but not currently working in that field.

Those interested may e-mail Pat Hubbard, coordinator of Economic and Workforce Development at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College at phubbard@blueridgetc.edu or call or e-mail Tina Combs, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of Martinsburg and Berkeley County at 304-267-4841 or tina@berkeleycounty.org.

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