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September 15, 2011
With jobs on everyone's mind, the Washington County Commissioners have approved a little economic stimulus of their own, eliminating or easing some of the stumbling blocks that can come between business and new construction. The two-year program was designed by the Economic Development Commission to turn vacant industrial land into “pad ready” condition by prioritizing plan reviews and deferring county fees. The breaks would not apply to retail centers, theoretically targeting companies that might bring with them higher quality jobs.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | February 7, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority on Monday accepted a comprehensive business plan for renovating the historic B&O Roundhouse in Martinsburg. The authority made minor changes to the plan, which was developed by a committee of the organization. It will now be sent to a consultant who will produce a final plan by the end of March. Once finished, the authority will be able to begin an all-out fund-raising effort to transform the 1860s roundhouse complex into a profitable multi-use facility by 2004.
NEWS
By CYNTHIA PERINI | October 17, 2007
"What's the plan?" "What do you plan to do?" "How do you plan to do it?" These are questions we often ask in our daily lives. But to a business or major project, they are often the difference between success and failure, between flourishing and floundering. We plan our vacations, our holidays, our retirement, but do we actually sit down and think about how we do it and whether we can do it more effectively? There are basic components of planning that drive success.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2012
The following small-business planning courses are being offered by Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in the Jefferson High School Media Center, Charles Town. The cost for each, including handouts, is $19. • “Starting Your Own Business”: This course focuses on how to identify business ideas and how to determine if a specific idea is a feasible opportunity. The class is being offered Monday, Oct. 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. • “Your Business Plan - Simplified”: This course provides step-by-step instructions for writing a professional- quality business plan.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | January 30, 2013
I recently saw an article suggesting that business plans are a thing of the past - that somehow technology and the pace of change have rendered the traditional business plan obsolete.  Nothing could be further from the truth, especially in tough economic times. A business plan is a map - a GPS device, really - and like any good map, it shows you not only where you are going but how to get there. It anticipates needs, steers you around obstacles and shows you alternate paths. It prompts lots of questions and changes a bit with each new answer.
NEWS
March 6, 2006
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - As part of establishing West Virginia's first arts incubator, the Morgan Arts Council is conducting a series of business training workshops for artists. The first of the series of How to Write a Business Plan on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ice House in Berkeley Springs. The hands-on workshop is led by the Small Business Development Center. All attendees will write a plan during the workshop. Participants receive a workbook, door prizes from sponsor Cheap Joe's Art Stuff and refreshments.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | April 24, 2000
Despite being shut out of the Maryland state budget this year, supporters of a national Civil War museum in Hagerstown have renewed hope of getting $450,000 to jump-start the project. cont. from front page At a press conference in front of the proposed location on Antietam Street, museum and elected officials said they now hope to take advantage of existing state programs. "It's not dead by a long shot. It's full steam ahead," said Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II. Holding the museum's glossy, thick business plan, Bruchey said he would personally deliver the business plan to Glendening.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | October 9, 2011
Q: We recently started a small business and my banker told us we need a business plan. Is it really important, since we have already started the business? A: There are many important questions that your business plan will help you answer. If you have a good idea for starting a business, then the plan can help you determine if you should go ahead with your idea. If you can't convince yourself that your idea will work, how will you convince your prospective backers and customers?
NEWS
By STEVEN T. DENNIS | February 25, 1998
Fort Ritchie group asks county for $100,000 The PenMar Development Corp. asked the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday for $100,000 to help pay for a $500,000 business plan for the reuse of Fort Ritchie. Executive Director Robert Sweeney told the commissioners that the business plan will address the complex issues involved in transferring the land from the Department of Defense to the PenMar Development Corp. The plan also will address the need for utilities, staffing, financing and capital improvements over the next 10 years.
NEWS
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | January 18, 2000
The privately operated Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex will still need city funds to operate but the necessary subsidy will decrease in future years, according to five-year budget projections for the ice rink presented Tuesday. In July the City Council approved spending $217,908 on the ice rink, which was on top of $229,200 previously committed by the council. The contributions were expected to cover some back bills and keep the rink operating through August 2000. According to budget projections the city will be asked for about $165,000 for the 2000-2001 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The requested city contribution to the ice rink will decrease by $10,000 in each of the following two fiscal years, and go down $20,000 in each of the two years after that.
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NEWS
August 17, 2013
A free workshop called “Ready, Set, Go! Are You Ready To Start A Business?” is being offered Friday, Aug. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 32 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. The workshop is designed for small businesses in the planning phase of building a company.  Participants will learn the “nuts and bolts” of becoming an entrepreneur. Topics will include the Small Business Development Center's services; filing a business as a legal entity; marketing/advertising strategies; business and marketing plans; assessing credit scores; financial management plans; and business licensing.  Register online at www.westernmdsbdc.org , on the training calendar, or call the Western Region SBDC at 888-237-9007, ext. 2.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2013
At least 12 groups are considering submitting proposals to buy the Franklin County-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, county officials said Thursday. County officials have distributed packets to a dozen skilled nursing providers seeking information about the possible sale of the nursing home, according to Franklin County Commissioner David Keller. “At least two vendors have been in to tour the facility, and I believe a couple other tours are in the works,” Keller said Thursday.
NEWS
BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
The city of Hagerstown will receive a $150,000 state grant that will be used to offer low-interest loans to businesses in an effort to redevelop vacant buildings and areas citywide.    Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday announced the grant, which is administered through the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and will be absorbed into the Hagerstown Revolving Loan Fund. The city will provide $75,000 in matching funds, according to a news release from the DBED.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | June 9, 2013
Q: I am a local small-business person looking into the possibility of volunteering my services to a nonprofit organization such as SCORE. Can you tell me something about the organization? A: The SCORE Association is headquartered in Herndon, Va., and consists of 20 staff supporting 334 chapters and more than 11,000 volunteers across the United States. The organization is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, which provides information about loans and financial options, business planning, marketing strategies and product development, among other topics.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | January 30, 2013
I recently saw an article suggesting that business plans are a thing of the past - that somehow technology and the pace of change have rendered the traditional business plan obsolete.  Nothing could be further from the truth, especially in tough economic times. A business plan is a map - a GPS device, really - and like any good map, it shows you not only where you are going but how to get there. It anticipates needs, steers you around obstacles and shows you alternate paths. It prompts lots of questions and changes a bit with each new answer.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
Over the past few years, farmers and small business owners have come to realize that they need to systematically look “down the road” and strategize for success rather than simply take “each day as it comes,” by writing and using a business plan.  “Your Future in Focus” is an eight-evening Penn State Extension workshop series designed to teach farmers and food business owners the necessary steps of setting the goals and objectives for...
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | November 11, 2012
Q: No one in our small business has had any sales experience, and our slumping sales are proving to be a dilemma. Any helpful thoughts from SCORE to encourage us and grow our sales? A: Among the many titles you take on when owning a small business is chief salesperson. Your business literally cannot live without sales growth, and it is up to you to start - and keep - customers coming. Some people understandably have doubts about their ability to generate sales. They might worry that they simple are not “sales-savvy” or associate selling with negative stereotypes often seen on television.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | October 3, 2012
The show will go on for the Totem Pole Playhouse as supporters surpassed the playhouse's fundraising goal by more than $80,000. With $334,000 in the bank, Managing Director Sue McMurtray said there will be a 2013 season. “I am so pleased that so many people found the value in Totem Pole that I know is there and showed that in their donations,” said Dana Witt, chairwoman of the Totem Pole board of directors. “I am so grateful to them for stepping forward and giving us the opportunity to continue to bring great theater to Pennsylvania.” On Aug. 29, the playhouse's board of directors set a goal to raise $250,000 by Oct. 1, to guarantee there will be a 2013 season.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2012
The following small-business planning courses are being offered by Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in the Jefferson High School Media Center, Charles Town. The cost for each, including handouts, is $19. • “Starting Your Own Business”: This course focuses on how to identify business ideas and how to determine if a specific idea is a feasible opportunity. The class is being offered Monday, Oct. 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. • “Your Business Plan - Simplified”: This course provides step-by-step instructions for writing a professional- quality business plan.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
Next week, you will read in the paper about the annual 4-H/FFA Market Sale that takes place during Washington County Ag Expo & Fair.  Many folks will look at the prices paid for these animals and question if they are worth the price. So, are these animals overpriced?  The short answer is “no.” The buyers would also agree.  Most cynics would say the buyers agree because of the publicity they receive, but that is only part of the story.  The buyers know what many in the 4-H/FFA world know; it is not about the animal, it is about developing youth.
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