Business briefs

July 13, 2008

Seminar on government contracting

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - On Tuesday, Jackson Kelly will host a seminar called Government Contracting Done Right: Managing Risk When Selling to Federal Agencies. The event will be at the Clarion Conference Center in Shepherdstown, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Topics will include federal procurement, false statements, special rules and taking control of risk. Presenters will include Jackson Kelly attorneys Eric Whytsell, Lindsay Simmons, Pete Hoffman and Bill Powell.

Contact Pam Cooper at 304-263-8800.

Smart Medicare Solutions Company opens

Charissa Wieland has opened a new business, Smart Medicare Solutions Company, in Hagerstown.

The company offers expertise in all areas of Medicare, providing personalized attention and custom solutions. Wieland is available by appointment seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and provides her services by phone or in the homes and offices of clients. Her services include assistance with prescription drug, supplemental/Medigap and Advantage Plans, personal recordkeeping, advocacy, an education/resource center and presentations/seminars.


Wieland has provided more than 250 people with research and enrollment assistance with Medicare prescription drug plans.

For more information, call 240-625-6824.

Bowers sponsors workplace wellness seminar

Bowers Insurance will hold a free seminar on workplace wellness from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Road, Hagerstown. Cathy Saporito, director of business development for Wellness Coaches USA, will present an overview of a wellness coaching program.

The seminar will focus on ways to improve employees' lifestyle behaviors, health and quality of life through wellness programs.

A continental breakfast will be served, and seating is limited. To make a required reservation, call 301-791-7910, ext.107. Future Bowers seminars include one on Employer Responsibility on Oct. 16.

IT services provider changes name

Now companies in the Frederick area have a new source for IT support and information systems solutions; Black Rock Advanced Information Systems (Black Rock AIS).

Black Rock AIS, formerly New Medium Digital Solutions, announced its name change and its focus on providing solutions to growing and successful companies that might not have a dedicated IT department. The company provides on-call service and managed IT solutions.

For more information, go to

Bank of Charles Town dedicates financial center

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Bank of Charles Town President and CEO Bob Baronner recently announced the construction of a 7,000-square-foot addition at its main office. This addition will be known as the Donald S. Smith Financial Center and is named after one of the bank's patriarchs. Smith joined the bank in 1947 starting out as a messenger and eventually worked his way up to the position of president and CEO until his retirement in 1991. Smith has continued to serve on the board since his retirement.

The addition will give the bank room for growth and improved customer service. The drive-through will be increased from three to five lanes and will include a drive-up ATM and night depository. Also, a walk-up ATM was recently installed on Washington Street. The project is expected to be completed by December 2008.

Back from a biotech trade show

FREDERICK, Md. - A group of local economic developers has returned to Frederick following a trip to the West Coast in search of business leads from the biotechnology sector.

Representatives from the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) and the City of Frederick's Department of Economic Development (DED) attended the 2008 Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO) International Convention in San Diego. More than 20,000 participants attended the convention from over 70 countries.

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