Business briefs - Sept. 4

August 30, 2011

Cushwa Wealth Managers

Cushwa Wealth Managers took over the existing office location in Hagerstown from Hoxton Financial effective July 1, 2011.

The move will allow David K. Cushwa to utilize his current federal and state securities licenses (Series 7, 63, 65 and life insurance license) to provide additional investment opportunities for his clientele. This will also permit Cushwa to be a dually registered adviser and part of a growing, state-of-the-art hybrid adviser registration.

Cushwa Wealth Managers will now be associated with the hybrid advisory firm Spire Investment Partners of McLean, Va. Spire's network of providers includes account custodians such as Fidelity Institutional and Charles Schwab Institutional investment services.  

In addition to this change, Cushwa has brought Susan J. Small onto his team as the new director of client relations and business development.

Small works with a network of specialists in identifying client needs in areas such as specialized divorce financial planning, long-term care/asset protection and the needs of professional women.

Small is an active member of the Tri-State business community, Cumberland Valley Chapter Society for Human Resource Management and the Maryland Federation of Business and Professional Women.

More information may be obtained by calling 301-244-0320.

Cumberland Valley School of Music

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Cumberland Valley School of Music recently opened a new studio at 32 W. Main St. in Waynesboro.

Lessons and classes are available for students of all ages, with more to be added based on interest and demand. CVSM will also continue to teach some lessons at St. Andrew School in Waynesboro, as it has done for several years.

While CVSM has been offering lessons at churches in Waynesboro in the past, this marks its first presence in a dedicated studio in the downtown area, near the square.

CVSM is scheduling students for five teachers at the new studio: David Shearer, piano and voice; Marsha Stine, piano; Carl Sponenberg, flute, clarinet and saxophone; Jacob Wolfe, guitar and trumpet; and Julie Emig, violin and Suzuki piano. In addition, there will be a Thursday evening guitar class, which is geared toward beginning players.

All CVSM faculty members are experienced, trained, and credentialed educators and professionals.

Cumberland Valley School of Music is a nonprofit member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, with 53 faculty members teaching more than 600 students at locations in Chambersburg, Mercersburg and Waynesboro in Pennsylvania, and in Hagerstown.

Scholarship assistance is available for students with financial need.

More information may be obtained by calling 717-261-1220 or going to

SJF Institute

The Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College announced that the SJF Institute, in partnership with the Appalachia Regional Commission and private philanthropies, is offering an opportunity for Appalachian-based clean-tech entrepreneurs to participate in the SJF Cleantech Mentorship Program.

All early-stage entrepreneurs within the Appalachia region helping to grow businesses serving the fields of energy and efficiency, recycling and waste, sustainable agriculture, water management, green building, environmental services and other related clean-tech fields may apply.

The program is designed to engage entrepreneurs and mentors in an online community that provides resources and support through virtual interactions, conference calls and webinars. Entrepreneurs will receive specific business feedback, learn about capital raising and build connections from a community of mentors throughout the East Coast.

The deadline for application to the 2011 Cleantech Mentorship Program — Appalachia is Sept. 12.

For more information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 399.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the following new members: Baltimore Life Insurance, The Bye Center for Implants and Periodontics, DatAchieve Digital, Liberty Tax Service, South Pointe Fitness, Tapestry Technologies and U.N.I. Urgent Care Center.

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