Business briefs - June 19

June 14, 2011

Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

On June 6, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors approved the following businesses for chamber membership: Honorable Nigel Dardar, town council member for Hancock; MED Trends Inc. doing business as Jen-esis Communications, Toppings Pizza Co.; and Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

MED Trends Inc. is an information-technology solutions company focused on providing solutions for federal agencies.

Toppings Pizza Co. is independently owned and operated by Greg and Marjorie Kane. It offers pizza, pasta, subs, salads and more. Customers can order online, dine in, carry out their food or have it delivered seven days a week. Daily specials can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Call 240-625-9025 or go to

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a tropical-themed restaurant in the Valley Mall food court that specializes in selling fruit smoothies, toasted wraps, gourmet bistro sandwiches, grilled flat breads and gourmet salads. It offers catering and deliver/set up any catering order without a delivery charge. It also delivers orders to local businesses with a $35 minimum order.

The Columbia Bank

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

They installed "self-serve" coin counting machines in each branch location. Customers can bring in their loose mixed change, pour it into the machine, and the machine will sort and count the coins, providing the customer with a receipt that can be taken to a teller. Customers can get cash or deposit the money into their Columbia Bank account.

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

April's proceeds from the coin machine generated $544.98, which was donated to Discovery Station.

In March, Hospice of Washington County was given $418.93.

In February, Children's Village was selected to receive the $309.22 generated by the coin machine.

To date, $17,650.39 has been donated to local organizations and charities from the use of the coin machines.

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