Business briefs

September 07, 2008

Hagerstown-Washington County CVB highlights 'staycation' travel itineraries

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced new pages on its Web site called Staycations. With the high cost of traveling, people are spending time off closer to home and visiting local attractions.

The itineraries are available on the Staycations page of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site at The Web site also features a link to lodging information for guests traveling from outside of the area.

Several travel itineraries are posted on the Staycation section of the Web site. Itineraries include Taste of Tuscany at Antietam; Hagerstown Restaurant Weeks; and Maryland Symphony Orchestra Pops concert.


Panorama celebrated its third birthday

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Panorama at the Peak, a casual fine dining restaurant, celebrated its third anniversary Aug. 28.

When proprietors Leslie Hotaling and Patti Miller opened Panorama at the Peak-Dining with a View, their dream was to offer guests and visitors an organic, fine dining experience, utilizing locally grown provisions while creating a sustainable restaurant.

They begin another year with progress toward their ultimate goals for the restaurant and the preservation of the land.

Marketing to Hispanics seminar to be held at library

Sila Alegret-Bartel, president and founder of International Corporate Training and Marketing (ICTM), will host an informative discussion this month about effectively marketing to the Hispanic population.

The discussion at the Washington County Free Library at 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown will be Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

ICTM has been in business since 2003 assisting companies and organizations to meet the growing needs of the Hispanic community. It focuses on a variety of industries, from construction safety to banking and mortgage lending, and its goal is to provide training and marketing solutions to corporations and organizations to assist them in reaching and communicating with the Hispanic population.

REACH receives Allstate Foundation grant

Allstate agent Cheri Ferguson recently presented an Allstate Foundation "Agency Hands in the Community" grant of $500 to the REACH Cold Weather Shelter in Hagerstown.

The Allstate Foundation offers the "Agency Hands in the Community" grants to recognize the efforts of qualified agents who volunteer in their communities.

Entrepreneurship conference at USM-H

The Trident Initiative at Frostburg State University and the Western Maryland SCORE Chapters in Hagerstown and Cumberland announce the third annual entrepreneurship conference Sept. 25-26 at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH).

The event - Regional Resaissance ... Transforming Communities through Entrepreneurial Activity - will focus on business and entrepreneurial opportunities in Western Maryland, particularly in Hagerstown.

The conference will cover topics like the importance of the "microentrepreneur," both across the state and the region; best practices in the area of "green" businesses and the movement towards the "greening" of businesses; innovations in agricultural entrepreneurship; and educational efforts to spur entrepreneurism in the region, including programs established by governments at the federal, state, county and city levels to support entrepreneurs.

Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary David W. Edgerley will address the conference.

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