Business briefs - Oct. 2

September 27, 2011


GREENCASTLE, Pa. — AFMS Inc. was presented the Patriot Award for support to Guardsman Garret Dawson.

The Patriot Award is issued by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve from the Department of Defense. The Patriot Award honors employers for employment policies and practices that are supportive of their employees' participation in the National Guard and Reserve.

Dawson, 27, of Waynesboro, Pa., works for AFMS as an information-technology specialist. He has been employed by AFMS for more than four years and shortly after his employment, he decided to join the Guard. His initial training took him from his civilian position for a little more than nine months.

Robert Smith, president of AFMS, received the award presented by James E. Astor, the volunteer southcentral area representative.

Smith served nine years in the Army and founded AFMS in 2001.

AFMS, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, was ranked fourth among the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for the last four years.

The Columbia Bank

The Columbia Bank, Hagerstown Trust Division, received first place for best bank, and first, second and third places for best tellers on Hagerstown Magazine's 2011 HotList.

This year marked the sixth in which The Columbia Bank was named best bank.

The Columbia Bank, headquartered in Columbia, Md., is an affiliate of Fulton Financial Corp. It operates 40 banking offices in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and Washington counties, and Baltimore City.


FAIRFAX, Va. — Allstate's research indicates that its customers like discounts and prefer one-stop shopping for insurance.

However, research on the broader consumer market shows that ownership of individual life insurance has reached a 50-year low and 11 million households with children younger than 18 have no life insurance, according to the most recent research from LIMRA, a financial industry research organization. Obstacles may include a lack of insurance information and a reluctance to think about death.

Beginning Sept. 12 in Maryland, Allstate agencies have been offering a 2.5 percent discount on Allstate auto insurance premiums to those who purchase or own a qualifying Allstate life insurance policy.

Allstate has offered life insurance for more than 50 years. The auto-life discount was first introduced in five states in July, and the company plans a phased rollout in other states through the first quarter of 2012.

Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the following new members in September:

  •  BB&T, Branch Banking and Trust Co., 148 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va.
  •  Washington County Golf Corp., doing business as Black Rock Golf Course, 20025 Mount Aetna Road, Hagerstown
  •  Broadfording Christian Academy, 13535 Broadfording Church Road, Hagerstown
  •  Emergency Vehicle Specialist, 16121 Business Parkway, Hagerstown
  •  Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade
  •  The Greatful State, 118 Walnut St., Suite 201, Waynesboro, Pa.
  •  Jiffy Lube, 1650 Wesel Blvd., Hagerstown
  •  Maryland International Film Festival, 10 Public Square, Hagerstown
  •  Maryland Solar, 48 Maryland Ave., Suite 400, Annapolis
  •  Oak Hill Interior Design LLC, 1 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown
  •  Office Environments LLC, 930 Eldridge Drive, Suite B, Hagerstown
  •  Parkview Business Center LLC, 201 Prospect Ave., Hagerstown
  •  Richards-Wilbert Inc., 1481 Salem Ave., Suite 5, Hagerstown

Henson's Quality Contracting

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Bear Henson is celebrating the sixth anniversary of Henson's Quality Contracting.  

Specializing in home building, remodeling, disaster reconstruction and home additions, Henson has maintained a steady stream of customers looking for individualized and customized service.

He has been in the construction industry for many years — first as a manager at Lowe's and then as a senior project manager with Dan Ryan builders for five years.

Henson's Quality Contracting recently became a limited liability company, and expanded to include an office manager and three skilled tradesmen.

Henson's Quality Contracting offers free estimates.

For more information, go to or call 304-707-4721.

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