Business Briefs - April 3

April 03, 2011

The Columbia Bank

Beginning in July 2008, the Hagerstown Trust Division of The Columbia Bank began to offer a new service, bulk coin counting.

Self-serve, coin-counting machines were installed in each branch. Customers can bring in their loose, mixed change in any amount, pour it into the machine, and the machine will sort and count the coins. A  receipt will be provided that can be taken to a teller, who can provide customers with cash or deposit it into their Columbia Bank accounts.

The fee for the use of this machine is 6 percent and all proceeds from the use of the machines are donated to a different local charity each month.

December’s proceeds from the coin machine generated $616.18, which was given to The Friends of Safe Place. January’s proceeds were $388.89, which was given to Children In Need.  

To date, $16,922.24 has been donated to local organizations and charities from the use of the coin machines.

Fulton Financial Corp.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Fulton Financial Corp. will pay a quarterly cash dividend of 4 cents per share on its common stock on April 15 to shareholders of record as of March 28. This amount is a 1 cent increase per share over the 3 cents per share paid in January.

Fulton Financial Corp., a $16.3 billion Lancaster-based financial holding company, has 3,850 employees, and operates 271 branches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia through seven affiliate banks.

HCC, Blue Ridge AIGA

Students in Hagerstown Community College’s Graphic Design Club are partnering with the Blue Ridge American Institute of Graphic Artists to host an Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) workshop on Friday, April 8, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the Career Programs Building on HCC’s main campus.

The workshop will feature April Clark, owner of Nuance Consulting LLC. Clark is a certified Adobe instructor and Adobe community professional who specializes in Web and print publishing, as well as teaching Adobe Creative Suite software to graphic-design professionals. Discussion topics will include:

  • New features in Photoshop CS5 Extended, Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5, Dreamweaver CS5 and Flash CS5
  • How to turn Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator artwork into high-quality interactive content without writing code using the Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5
  • How to add animation, video and sound to digital documents and presentations using InDesign CS5
  • Using CS Review to maximize design time and using BrowserLab to preview Web pages and operating systems

Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Career Programs Building, room 125.

Admission is free for HCC students, faculty and staff, as well as for AIGA members. Non-AIGA members can attend for $10.

To reserve a space, contact Ellen Smith at 301-790-2800, ext. 203, or send an email to

Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce announces that ALL-SHRED Inc., an on-site document-shredding and recycling company and Chamber member, is the winner of the Business After Hours drawing. On March 10, Chamber of Commerce President Brien Poffenberger presented Barb Karr and Emily Shaw from ALL-SHRED with a check for $1,750.


COMMLINK Systems, Hagerstown, has become a dealer/reseller for ConnecTel Inc.

ConnecTel represents most major carriers in the Quad-State area for long-distance, local, wireless and data services.

COMMLINK Systems now offers services through Verizon, Paetec, One Communications, ACC, Qwest, XO Communications, Comcast, Cogent, Frontier, Windstream, Expedient Verizon Wireless, Comcast Enterprise and DQE Communication.

The company also offers account support and monthly analysis of land lines and wireless accounts through its proprietary software.

ConnecTel Inc. was founded in 2000 and offers services that cover the entire communications spectrum.

COMMLINK Systems, founded as Executone in 1962, offers telephone systems, sound and paging systems, nurse call systems, certified data CAT 6 and fiber-network cabling, and related services to customers in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Downtown Frederick Partnership

FREDERICK, Md. — Downtown Frederick Partnership announces the April session of the 2011 Competitive Edge Retail Series presented by PNC Bank.

The session, the third in a series, will provide local businesses with the insights they need to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. It is free to businesses in Frederick County, Md.

The program, “Winning Strategies for Uncertain Times,” will be Tuesday, April 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Educational Center, 40 S. Carroll St. in Frederick.

Margie Johnson, a speaker, business trainer, consultant and author, will show how to incorporate her strategies into growing small businesses.

Series attendees will learn about factors shaping the current retail landscape, the 12-step approach to winning strategies, best practices for small businesses, successful customer retention strategies, low-budget and high-impact marketing ideas, and creative marketing ideas and resources.

The Competitive Edge Retail Series features five events aimed at improving existing businesses and growing their success. One event is held each month, February through June.

For more information, contact Kara Norman at or 301-698-8118. Businesses are asked to call or send an email if they plan to attend.

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