Eileen Shields, marketing manager for the county's Office of Economic Development, has been named to the advisory board of the Mid-Atlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center in Philadelphia.
The office is one of 12 regional centers in the country that provides managementconsulting services to manufacturing companies affected by imports.
The center in Philadelphia serves Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia.
As one of36 advisory board members, Shields will provide the center's staff with information about companies that might be eligible for assistance.
Since 1978, the center has worked with more than 300 manufacturing companies from a variety of industries, including fabricated metalproducts, footwear, textiles, electronics and glassware.
In othereconomic development news, the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network will double its counseling opportunities for county residents.
During the first eight months in Carroll, the small-business counselor provided nearly $10,000 in consulting services and worked with 90 clients.
"Carroll County was the jurisdiction with the highest productive use of our small-business consultant's time," John Faris, executive director of the network, wrote to Commissioner President Donald I. Dell.
The center provides free, one-on-one counseling to county residents who operate small businesses or who want to start them. Counselors help with business plan development, financing, marketing and promotions.
The center's hours will expand from a half-day on Tuesday to a full day. Counselor Mike Fish will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the county's economic development office, 125 N. Court St., Suite 101, Westminster.