Business Briefs - Oct. 16

October 16, 2011

Appalachian Regional Commission

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, both D-Md., recently announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission awarded a $100,000 grant to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic for the Western Maryland Export Initiative.

The project is expected to assist 20 businesses with export assistance, which will lead to $5 million in increased export sales by those firms, according to a joint news release from the senators.

The ARC grant will help Appalachian Maryland companies grow jobs by providing them with new overseas markets, and increasing the value of goods and services exported from Western Maryland. The goal is to help increase the number of small to medium-sized exporters in the region. It will also reduce or eliminate fees typically incurred by small businesses when exhibiting overseas, and help connect Western Maryland companies with federal and state resources, according to the release.

In addition to the ARC funds, the state of Maryland will provide $85,250 and participating firms will provide $14,750, bringing the total cost of the project to $200,000, according to the release. The project is part of an initiative funded by the ARC co-chairs’ committee that seeks to stimulate job growth and private investment through the promotion of international markets for the region’s service providers, manufacturers and agricultural producers.

U.N.I. Urgent Care Center

The U.N.I. Urgent Care Center, in Suite 101 at the Varsity Medical Center, 11236 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, has been in operation since August 2010.

This month, the Varsity Center will open three more facilities at the same site.

Hagerstown Surgery was to perform its first outpatient surgery early this month.

Hagerstown Imaging has moved to the facility and was to become operational the second week of October.

Express Pharmacy also will open this month.

Frederick Mutual Insurance Co.

Frederick Mutual Insurance Co. donated $1,000 to become the lead sponsor of Mad Anthony’s Chili Cook-off, held in conjunction with Mainstreet’s annual Market Day event in downtown Waynesboro, Pa.

This is the second year the company has sponsored the chili cook-off, held this year on Oct 1.

Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — At the Oct. 5 business mixer at Woodsboro Bank on Patrick Street in Frederick, Md., the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce presented a $3,500 check to The Community Foundation of Frederick County (Md.) with the proceeds from a June golf event.

The golf outing was held at Hollow Creek Golf Club in Middletown to benefit the C.G.F. Francie Billotti-Wood Scholarship Fund. The C.G.F. Francie Billotti-Wood Scholarship Fund was established by Sam and Mary Frances Billotti, the parents of Francie Billotti-Wood, through The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The fund assists deserving students, with preference given to Middletown High School graduates, who show a strong commitment to community service, environmental conservation and the intention to pursue a career in nonprofit work.

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