Business Briefs - Jan. 13

January 13, 2013

For the 18th time, the financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in REP magazine’s annual survey of the nation’s six largest financial services firms, according to Hagerstown-area Edward Jones financial advisers. The magazine randomly selects financial advisers nationwide and asks them to rank their firms in various categories.

Edward Jones’ overall score was 9.3 out of a 10 possible points. Additionally, 96 percent of respondents said they believe Edward Jones is the best firm to work for in the financial services industry.

Some of Edward Jones’ highest scores were 9.7 for ethics, 9.3 for clarity of client account statements, 9.5 for client access to online account information and 9.7 for the quality of the firm’s branch office administrators.

According to REP, between Sept. 6 and Oct. 26, 2012, invitations were emailed to print subscribers and advisers from various firms in the Meridian-AIQ database requesting participation in an online survey. By Oct. 26, 3,402 completed responses were received.

Representatives rated their employers on 33 items related to their satisfaction. Ratings are based on a scale of one to 10, with 10 representing the highest satisfaction level.

WorkForce West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Those with limited access to the Internet or high-speed broadband service are invited to use the new public computer center at the WorkForce West Virginia Martinsburg office at 891 Auto Parts Place, Suite 1314.

The free high-speed public computer center can help students and the public with résumé preparation, online job searches and applications, research papers and homework assignments.

The computer center also can help individuals participate in online classes and training. The public computer centers are funded by a grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

More information and a list of all WorkForce West Virginia locations are available at or by calling 1-800-252-2637.

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