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November 11, 2012
Judy K. McCauley, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia District Office, recently announced that nominations are being accepted for West Virginia's small-business person of the year for 2013. The award recipient will compete for the national title during National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C., in May. Nominees also are being sought for various other SBA champion and special award categories. The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, Dec. 7. Small-business person of the year nominees will be judged on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in employment and sales, innovation of product or service and evidence of contributions to the community.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2013
Q: My husband and I recently opened our first retail small business. We moved to Hagerstown from the D.C. area and know few people here. Where do we begin to make our small business part of the community? A: One of the most talked-about issues in business today is corporate social responsibility, or CSR, where a business strives to have a positive effect on the public interest. But CSR isn't just for large companies. Small businesses have a long and proud tradition of “making a difference,” particularly on the local level.
OPINION
By BRAD SELL and MEG HARSH | May 27, 2012
The United Way and Community Foundation of Washington County are writing monthly columns in The Herald-Mail to keep the Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP) process in the forefront of the community's conscience and to report on the progress that is being made toward the SCIP goals. We are pleased to report that the community is engaged.  With all of the talk in the community recently about economic development and jobs, we felt it was timely to reconsider the goal that was established by the SCIP Jobs and Economic Development Focus Group.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | December 9, 2012
Q: Because of the time demands of my small business and family, I really need to find some low-cost online training related to growing my young business. Do you have any tips? A: First of all, here are a few tips for how to get the most out of online training, regardless of the source: • Online training can be an affordable alternative to classroom training. Companies and individuals can save up to two-thirds of what classroom-based courses cost. • Many technical training vendors are offering courses.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2012
Q: Our small business really benefited from SCORE's “How to Really Start Your Own Business” seminar series several years ago at Hagerstown Community College. Now, we need help growing the business. Any suggestions? A: In November, a new seminar series titled “Simple Steps to Grow Your Business” will be presented at HCC. The sessions are Thursdays, Nov. 1, 8 and 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in room 323 of the Technical Innovation Center. The series focuses on hands-on strategies for planning and organizing a business, marketing and sales management, and general growth management.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | March 10, 2013
Q: We have seen April and May designated as Small Business Month 2013. Please enlighten us. A: The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE have small-business events spread over both months. Watch your local media for specific times and locations. In Hagerstown, the local SCORE chapter has designated the month of April for celebration of Small Business Month. This will be part of its yearlong celebration of local small businesses, along with recognition of the chapter's 30th anniversary in Hagerstown.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau is offering a free webinar titled “Using Census Bureau Data for Marketing Research: A Primer for Small Business” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The free webinar provides basic tips for accessing Census Bureau data that small businesses can use to conduct market research. This information provides insight into how communities, local governments and businesses can invest, provide effective services and plan for future growth opportunities.  With American Community Survey data, stakeholders and decision makers better understand where their communities might need new hospitals, infrastructure improvements or take other actions to continue improving the quality of life in towns and cities.  Small businesses interested in attending the webinar should register at https://census.webex.com/census to reserve a seat.
NEWS
By BOB POOR | August 15, 2010
Q: I have been trying to talk my small-business partner into attending some networking events with me. We are wondering if they are really worth the time and the effort. Can you help us? A: The most effective form of marketing is word of mouth. But people can't spread the word about you and your small business if they don't know you. On Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Landing Restaurant and Pub at 710 Dual Highway in Hagerstown, a number of area business owners will gather to get to know each other and share some new ideas.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2011
A small-business conference on how to do business with the National Security Agency will be Tuesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at Carroll Community College, Building K Conference Center, in Westminster, Md. Keynote speakers for the event hosted by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Barlett, R-Md., will be William Reybold, deputy senior acquisition executive with the NSA Directorate of Acquisition, and Joe Balsamo, chief of the IT Enterprise Contracting Office at...
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BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | r.poor@myactv.net | September 8, 2013
Q: It is time for our small business to think about growing. One thing that we sorely lack, however, is knowledge of successful human-resources procedures, especially related to hiring and staffing. Can you help us get started? A: You won't want to miss SCORE Hagerstown's upcoming business roundtable.  From noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Always Ron's restaurant, 29 N. Burhans Blvd. in Hagerstown, the roundtable will feature local entrepreneur Judy York sharing how she grew her company with excellent human resource management practices.  Space is limited, so reserve your seat now by calling 301-766-2043.
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BUSINESS
September 8, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau is offering a free webinar titled “Using Census Bureau Data for Marketing Research: A Primer for Small Business” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The free webinar provides basic tips for accessing Census Bureau data that small businesses can use to conduct market research. This information provides insight into how communities, local governments and businesses can invest, provide effective services and plan for future growth opportunities.  With American Community Survey data, stakeholders and decision makers better understand where their communities might need new hospitals, infrastructure improvements or take other actions to continue improving the quality of life in towns and cities.  Small businesses interested in attending the webinar should register at https://census.webex.com/census to reserve a seat.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering several online seminars in September. • The SBA will offer free Web-enabled, instructor-led government contracting training sessions. Topics include financial management for government contractors, proposal preparation, and federal contracting and government contract management. The seminars are being offered to eligible individuals or small businesses nationwide as part of SBA's efforts to provide relevant training to the small-business community.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
A workshop on “Using Franchising as an Effective Strategy to Small Business  Ownership” will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown on West  Washington  Street. The workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, go to www.westernmdsbdc.org , click on “Training Calendar” and the date of the event.
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.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
City officials on Tuesday revealed preliminary designs for a downtown small-business incubator site on West Washington Street - a project that has been in the planning stages for years. Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent said the plan is to build out the roughly 2,800-square-foot middle section of 60 W. Washington St. by January 2014 using the remaining $173,000 from the $174,579 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant the city was awarded in September 2012. Sargent said $100,000 of the grant remains for equipment and furnishing, and $73,000 remains for construction.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2013
Q: My husband and I recently opened our first retail small business. We moved to Hagerstown from the D.C. area and know few people here. Where do we begin to make our small business part of the community? A: One of the most talked-about issues in business today is corporate social responsibility, or CSR, where a business strives to have a positive effect on the public interest. But CSR isn't just for large companies. Small businesses have a long and proud tradition of “making a difference,” particularly on the local level.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 3, 2013
Marie Carras was checking out the produce at The Green Bean produce stand along Jefferson Boulevard near Smithsburg Friday morning. Carras, 61, said she shops at local produce stands to make up for what she does not grow in her own garden, and because “it supports the farm community, and it's great for the environment, because it's not being trucked somewhere.” As the Myersville, Md., woman got in her car, she pointed out food purchases -...
NEWS
BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
Maryland's new health insurance “marketplace” is expected to enroll 180,000 of the state's approximately 800,000 uninsured residents through private insurance and 100,000 more through Medicaid within the first year of enrollment, which begins this fall, officials said Wednesday. The state-based exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, is an online portal, where individuals, families and small businesses can compare health insurance options, determine eligibility for tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, and enroll in private insurance or public programs, according to the connection's Danielle Davis, director of communications, outreach and training.
EDUCATION
May 15, 2013
Alexis “Lexi” Amy Bryan received a bachelor's degree in business supply chain and information systems from the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University.  Bryan spent four years at the main campus in University Park, participating in Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity.  She served an internship in 2012 with IBM and will begin her career with IBM as a consultant in July. She is the daughter of Tim and Kendra Bryan of Williamsport.
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