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Business briefs

February 03, 2008

25 years and counting for Saunders Tax & Accounting

While some may feel apprehensive about the ensuing tax season, the staff at Saunders Tax & Accounting deem this as a year for celebration.

The 2008 tax season marks the 25th year that the family-owned Saunders Tax & Accounting has been serving the local community.

The company began in founder Nancy Saunders' home in 1984. But it wasn't long before she recognized that her business outgrew her house and the parking available in her driveway. The first step was to move the office to a location on Antietam Street in Hagerstown. That location created a boom in business, thus forcing the company to the present day location, which is on Virginia Avenue near Turner's South Side Bowl in Hagerstown. In 2006, Saunders opened another location open exclusively for tax season in the Gold's Gym Shopping Center on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown.

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Saunders' son, John Saunders II, joined forces in the family business in 1990.

Course in estimating offered for builders and contractors

Hagerstown Community College will offer an introductory course in light construction estimating for building and remodeling contractors. The course will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., from March 3 through April 16 on the campus of HCC.

The course is taught by trades instructor Ray Harbaugh, who teaches manual and computer methods of estimating with a focus on customizing the process to the student's particular trade/business requirements. Practical exercises will be provided with hands-on estimating, that reinforce each step of the estimating process. Print reading and basic computer skills are suggested, but are not required.

The course fee is $349, with a material fee of $65 which includes the textbook. To register or learn more, contact HCC at 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

Sagittarius is growing

Hagerstown's Sagittarius Salon & Spa owned by Marsha Knicley-Masood, recently was named one of the 200 fastest-growing salons in North America by Salon Today magazine, a top business publication for salon and spa owners. The magazine honored the applicants who posted the highest increases in gross sales between 2005 and 2006, and who were on track to increase sales significantly in 2007. Sagittarius Salon and Spa also received this honor for 2005 and 2006.

Cosmic Pet Products named No. 1 brand of catnip

Cosmic Pet Products was voted the No. 1 brand of choice in the Cat Treat category by consumers at the pet retailer level for 2007.

The survey was published in the January issue of Pet Age magazine.

Catnip is considered a cat treat and Cosmic catnip is the world's leading brand of catnip.

Aside from the other kinds cat treats they market, Cosmic produced nearly 4 million packages of catnip during 2007 more than doubling the volume of their closest competitor.

Cosmic Pet Products is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, 33 of them in Hagerstown.

ABC Craft Skills Competition

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors will hold its annual Craft Skills Competition on Saturday at the ABC Building-Barr Construction Institute at 530 N. Locust St. in Hagerstown. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This competition will feature some of ABC's finest, most accomplished third- and fourth-year apprentices.

Contestants in four trades - carpentry, electrical, HVAC-R and plumbing - will match wits and skills in their knowledge of the related theory and partial aspects of their fields.

This year's Olympic winners will travel to Puerto Rico to compete in the National ABC Construction Skills Olympics.

These students represent Allegheny, Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland; Berkeley, Mineral and Morgan counties in West Virginia; and Fulton and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania.

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