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NEWS
October 11, 2006
LEETOWN, W.Va. - Ever wondered how a portable sawmill works and if there's opportunity to start a small business around this equipment? These and other questions will be answered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday during a Portable Sawmill Workshop sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service. The workshop is at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The event is free and no registration is required. Sawyer Kyle Friend's topics include the advantages and disadvantages of owning/operating/hiring a portable sawmill; proper maintenance and accessories needed; and how wood is cut into useable lumber.
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NEWS
January 31, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday presented the 2011 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Awards to two schools, two nonprofit businesses and one small business for their “outstanding local community efforts in the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle arena.” The winners were Clear Spring Elementary School, Williamsport Elementary School, Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance Inc., The Arc of Washington County Inc. and Recycled Crochet. The award was introduced last year. It is coordinated by the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, which reviews nominees and recommends winners to the commissioners.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | November 17, 2009
The City of Hagerstown Economic Development Department recently received $100,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide assistance to Hagerstown minority and woman-owned business enterprises over the next three years. An informational meeting about the three-part program will be Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. in the Hagerstown City Council chambers at City Hall. To qualify for a loan or technical assistance, businesses must be: o Hagerstown-based, within the corporate limits of the city o a small business o fully licensed, legally operating and current with taxes o owned and operated by a person from a recognized minority group or by a woman o in business for at least two years o viable - having shown a profit for at least two quarters within the last two years For more information and application forms, people may contact Deborah Everhart, economic development director, at 301-766-4189, or Karen Giffin, community affairs director, at 301-739-8577, ext 116.
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by WANDA T. WILLIAMS | January 30, 2005
wandaw@herald-mail.com Early in his career, small business owner Chris Grant spent hours poring over mountains of paperwork to get a handle on his taxes, making sure he paid Uncle Sam every cent he owed. But the long hours weren't paying off. "As my first business started to grow, I couldn't see my money 'cause I was paying it all out in taxes at the end of the year," said Grant, 28, who moved to the United States from Jamaica when he was 9 with dreams of starting his own business.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2011
Q. My small business has grown rather nicely in the last three years, is profitable, and I am staffed with competent help. Now that I have a little free time, I would like to volunteer with a local organization working in support of other small businesses. What does SCORE have to offer? A. Your timing is excellent. SCORE has recently announced implementation of their national business plan aimed at a million small business startups in the next several years. That will require an increase in local SCORE chapter activities across the country.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | r.poor@myactv.net | January 8, 2012
Q: Recently your column mentioned a new SCORE workshop designed for existing small businesses. Can you give us more details about what, when and where? A: SCORE is introducing the Simple Steps for Growing Your Business Series. Our goal is to make the business growth process easier and less challenging by offering various ways to get assistance, customized for your needs. There are four components to the Simple Steps Series. You can participate in any or all aspects of the series, and you can set your own pace, taking part whenever your schedule permits.
NEWS
By BOB POOR | July 13, 2008
Q: One of my friends attended the SCORE How to Really Start Your Own Business Millennium Seminar Series at Hagerstown Community College and speaks about a "marketing calendar" that was included. Can you please explain what it is and how I can use it in my small business? A: Happy to! One of the major reasons so many small businesses fail is that they do not allow time and resources for marketing. If you wait until you need more customers, it will probably be too late. If you are a seasonal business, market ahead of the season.
NEWS
October 6, 2009
The Washington County Arts Council and SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) invite artists to attend three, free training sessions designed to help artists organize the business and marketing side of their studios. The sessions will all be on Tuesdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sessions will cover the basics of business: Oct. 6 - Getting your small business together; tips on how to best organize and manage your business for success Oct. 13 - Finding and minding the money; the secrets of managing cash flow for profit and growth Oct. 20 - Sales and marketing for success; where to find business prospects and how to turn them into sales Sessions take place at Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | January 13, 2013
Q: We think that we would like to start a home business. Do you have any guidelines that would be useful in putting our plans together? A: You can't go wrong going to www.sba.gov and searching for “starting and managing.” Starting a home-based business has many rewards, as well as challenges. The SBA guide provides resources that will help you learn more about working out of your house, starting a home-based business and managing your business within the law. Also, you don't want to miss the January SCORE Hagerstown roundtable.
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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