Business Briefs - June 3

June 03, 2012

Edward Jones

For the sixth year out of the past eight, financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full-service investment firms based on investment advisers, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

Edward Jones places its branch offices in the communities where its clients — long-term individual investors — live and work. This practice has helped the firm attain the highest score in the investment adviser category of the study.

Edward Jones also received high marks in the account information category.

Edward Jones ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010 and 2009, from 2005 through 2007, and in a tie in 2002, when the study began.

The study is based on responses from 4,378 investors who primarily invest with one of the 14 firms included in the study. The study was fielded in February.

Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed these new members:

• Whispering Pines Candle Shoppe, 5464 Iron Bridges Road, Waynesboro, Pa.

• IMD Corp., 5464 Iron Bridges Road, Waynesboro

• The Kaimon Group Inc./ScrapRight, 16 S. Mulberry St., Waynesboro

• Interface Financial Group, 1141 Springview Circle, Chambersburg, Pa.

• New Reflections Salon, 704 S. Potomac St., Waynesboro

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC was recently notified by the Peer Review Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, or AICPA, that it has successfully completed an independent peer review of its accounting and auditing practice.

Peer reviews are required for membership in the AICPA and by the state of Maryland Board of Public Accountancy, and are conducted every three years.

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. received the highest rating possible on its peer review.

Renfrew Institute

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Renfrew Institute has announced that Hoppers, Millennium 3 Energy and David Neterer, Sterling Financial Management are new sponsors for its Earth Celebration Day, Festival of Art and recycle/reuse yard sale events.

The combined events are held annually in Waynesboro’s Renfrew Park.

Hoppers, based in Waynesboro, provides residential and commercial waste-management services.

Headquartered in Hagerstown, Millennium 3 Energy creates solutions for economical, renewable and Earth-friendly energy use, including energy sources such as solar photovoltaics.

Sterling Financial Management is a regional firm with certified professionals specializing in investment, insurance, college funding, tax, estate planning, and retirement for individuals and businesses.

Returning sponsors for the events include Angela Grove-Weagly, Antietam Eye Associates, Advance Auto Parts, Dru’s Books & Things, Hadley Farms Bakery, Mother Martin’s Coupons and Total Vac. Today’s Horizon Fund contributors are APX Enclosures Inc.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy family, including Carolyn and daughters Connie Fleagle and Kim Larkin; PenMar Development Corp.; and the Nora Roberts Foundation.

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