May 3, 2009
Name of business: Energy Saver Home Improvements Owner: Michael Spickler Address: P.O. Box 2167, Hagerstown, MD 21742 Opening date: November 2008 Products and services: Energy audits, air sealing, duct sealing, duct installation, insulation and energy-saving home improvements Market area: Washington, Frederick, Allegany and Garrett counties How did you get into your business, or what motivated you...
September 26, 2009
Name of business: Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream Owner: Bernard A. Paul Address: 34 E. Washington St., Hagerstown Opening date: June 24 Products and services: Italian ices, homemade gourmet ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies and swishies Market area: Washington County and surrounding area How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "The motivation came from wanting to own my own business. I have been involved in the fashion industry for more than 19 years --Â 16 years in New York and three years in Chevy Chase, Md., and Virginia.
June 17, 2007
Name of business: Allegheny Benefits & Consulting LLC Owners: Kathy Valentine and Eric Ford Address: 277 Eastern Blvd., Suite 3, Hagerstown Opening date: April 1 Products and services: All types of employee benefits plans (medical, dental, life, disability, etc.) and human resources consulting (preparing handbooks, writing policies and procedures) Market area: Tri-State area How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it?
August 8, 2010
Name of business: ChemDry Carpet Solutions Owners: Rob and Karen Cochran Address: Based in Frederick County Opening date: Expanded into Washington County June 1 Products and services: Carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, area rug cleaning, pet odor removal, emergency services Market area: Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia How did you get...
January 28, 2011
Name of business: BalmShell Beauty Owner: Shelly Bayko Address: 38 W. Baltimore St., Funkstown (business is inside Blondy and Co.) Opening date: Jan. 19 Products and services: Using Aquage, Bioelements and OPI products. Hair and spa services offered: haircuts, color, foils, including styles, updos and makeup for special occasions; natural nail manicures, pedicures, body waxing and facials. Market area: People who need a smile How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it?
September 5, 2009
Name of business: P-T-B Owners: Peggy and Terry Benson Address: 13815 Long Ridge Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742 Opening date: Aug. 15 Products and services: Restoration and preservation of family photographs and documents. Photographs, whether faded, scratched, torn into pieces, folded, creased or with missing parts, will be restored, resulting in new photographs that look as good or even better than when they first were taken. Your originals will be returned to you in the same condition as they were received.
May 22, 2010
Name of business: Michelle Masser Photography Owner: Michelle Masser Address: 13110 Orchid Drive, Hagerstown (home-based office and studio) Opening date: March 15 Products and services: Custom lifestyle portraits, gallery wrap canvases, fine art photography prints, coffee table albums, custom-designed proof boxes and display accordion books. Market area: Anyone desiring to have their unique life story captured through the medium of photography.
August 3, 2008
Sitters 4 U Owner: Stacy Robinson Address: Inwood, W.Va. Opening date: April 21 Products and services: Provides a screened, certified and trained sitter to come to your home and care for your children. Market area: Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? Robinson said she got the idea for Sitters 4 U when she had difficulty finding a sitter for an event she needed to attend.