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By BOB POOR | July 8, 2012
Q: My small business has a website and I would also like to participate in social media. Does SCORE offer any educational assistance here in our area? A: You are in luck. The July SCORE Business Roundtable, titled “Using Social Media for Business Success,” will address your interest and needs. It will take place Thursday, July 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Always Ron's restaurant, 29 N. Burhans Blvd. in Hagerstown. Register at www.scorehagerstown.org/calendar.html or by calling 301-766-2040.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2012
Waynesboro, like many small towns, lost downtown businesses when the economy soured, but it is starting to experience an influx of new restaurants and gift shops. At the helm of economic development is Patrick E. Fleagle, a former politician now working for downtown revitalization organization Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. When walking through downtown, the Waynesboro native often refers to buildings by their long-gone tenants, but he also sees what could be on the horizon. He pins all hopes for economic vitality on smart proprietors.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2012
Several area businesses are trying to secure a $250,000 small business grant using social media. The grant program sponsored by Chase Bank USA and Living Social Inc. supports small businesses across the country, according to the program website. The contest kicked off May 7 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. Chase has designated between $1 million and $3 million to be awarded to at least four businesses and as many as 12 businesses with each grant recipient receiving $250,000, the website rules stated.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2012
F&M Trust CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Levi L. Crouse has joined F&M Trust as human resources officer. Crouse has several years of experience in human resources, having worked in the bank's human resources department as a college intern and human resources representative. Most recently, he was a human resource generalist at P.H. Glatfelter Co. in Spring Grove, Pa. At F&M Trust, he will oversee the operational aspects of the department, including coordinating human resources policies and programs with emphasis on the payroll/benefits and recruitment areas, while ensuring that the bank is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | June 10, 2012
Q: Our son is completing his military duty and looking forward to possibly starting a small business. However, he needs some help in preparing for a business career. What kind of assistance is SCORE able to provide, especially for veterans? A: There is a wealth of small-business resources and expert assistance available, specifically for veterans. At the U.S. Small Business Administration's website - www.sba.gov - the Office of Veterans Business Development serves as a central service access point for a wide range of training, counseling and other assistance.
OPINION
May 28, 2012
“I applaud the meeting held regarding the stadium, and I firmly agree with the members of St. John's Lutheran Church. Other considerations have not been considered. And I'm a firm baseball fan, and as a famous baseball player said, it isn't over until it's over - and it's over.” - Hagerstown “I'm reading the paper on the 21st, on Monday, of May. I can always tell, when I read Mail Call, who puts the articles in. I know this time it's got to be a die-hard Republican because everything's against President Obama.
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.
NEWS
By ARNOLD PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | May 20, 2012
Amid the bags of ice, cases of two-ply toilet tissue and stacks of lumber being delivered to Washington County businesses, there are signs of economic revival, but uncertainty, too. Small businesses - more than 85 percent of the roughly 3,500 companies in the county - are gradually increasing their orders of many kinds of products, according to interviews with several suppliers. “I would think we're past the bottom and on the way up,” said Richard Weiss, president of Weiss Bros., a Hagerstown-based company that supplies food-service products to about 500 companies in the region.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 19, 2012
Less than two weeks after a company that announced plans to start a business incubator in Hagerstown met with city and financial representatives, one of its principles says the makeup of the group has changed and the project has been put on hold. Cascade Management Group Inc., a newly formed Hagerstown company that was established April 4 as a business development entity, says it has severed ties with Perry Ealim, president and CEO of Merge Business Development Systems Inc., who had been providing pro-bono guidance for Cascade.
BUSINESS
By BOB POOR | May 13, 2012
Q: We are just a month away from opening our new small business and are suddenly aware that we really need a better marketing plan, especially as it relates to targeting our customers. Can SCORE help us? A: Good timing! For starters, we recommend that you attend the next SCORE roundtable, scheduled for Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Always Ron's restaurant, 29 N. Burhans Blvd. in Hagerstown. This is a free event but food will be available for purchase. The roundtable will acquaint you with some local marketing research resources available through the Washington County Free Library system.
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