WESTMINSTER — The Maryland Small Business Development Center Network will double its counseling opportunities to Carroll County residents beginning Tuesday.
The SBDC provides free, one-on-one counseling to residents who operate a business or want to begin a small business. Services range from business plan development, financing and marketing to promotional assistance.
The county center will expand its hours from a half-day each weekto a full day.
Mike Fish, SBDC counselor, will be available 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Economic Development Office, 125 N. CourtSt., Suite 101; phone 857-2070.
RAILROAD HELPS SWEDISH
DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE
UNION BRIDGE -- Paul D. Denton, president of the Maryland Midland Railway Inc., will address a conference tomorrow in Stockholm, Sweden, on how American short rail lines succeed in the competitive transportation environment.
He is working with Stig Larsson, director general for Swedish State Railways, on a common investigation on how to expand short line railways in some parts of the Swedish State Railway System.
The Swedish rail representatives visited Maryland Midland Railway to see its operations in May and August, then invited Denton to speak at their conference.
The Swedish system operates 7,000 miles of track in Sweden and is regarded as one of the most modern and progressive railroad systems in the world.
Maryland Midland is a freight common and contract carrier, privately owned and operated, serving customers on 67 miles of track in Baltimore, Carroll,Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland and Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
FIRM IS TOY COLLECTOR
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County offices of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. will be collection sites for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves' annual "Toys for Tots" campaign from now until Dec. 18.
Donated toys should be new and unwrapped and may be dropped off at any Long & Foster office in the county.
The toys will be collected and given to the Marines Dec. 18 for distribution through churches and welfare agencies tothe neediest children of the community.
"Toys for Tots" was begunin 1947 by the Marines.
BANK GIVES DIVIDEND
WESTMINSTER -- The Board of Directors of Carroll County Bank and Trust Co. has declared a 22 cent per-share dividend payable Dec. 16 to stockholders of record as of Dec. 2.
Whenpaid, total dividends for the year will amount to $1,229,403, an increase of 16.5 percent over 1990. Third quarter assets for the bank stood at $451.4 million.
The bank held $358.9 million in total deposits and loans totaled $224.5 million.
Carroll County Bank and Trust is headquartered in Westminster and operates 11 offices in Carroll and one in Howard County. The bank also operates a wholly-owned affiliate, Carrollco Insurance Inc., headquartered in Manchester.
NEW PRESS WELCOMED
WESTMINSTER -- Johnson Graphics Inc. marked its 30th anniversary recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new five-color press.
The commercial printing company is headed by Bob Johnson, president and chief executive officer, who moved his operation from Randallstown, Baltimore County, to Old Westminster Pike in 1970.
The firm employs 22 people providing design, composition, camera, film assembly, multicolor and process printing and bindery services.
CENTER IS FOR SALE
WESTMINSTER -- The KMS Group of Columbia, Howard County, has put the Cranberry Square Shopping Center up for sale, although no asking price has been announced.
"We listed the center with a broker last summer," confirmed Larry Lichtenauer, a KMS spokesman.
"It is our long-term strategy to build value on our projects," he said. "We bought the land when it was raw, then developed it with a quality shopping center and put in quality businesses."
The firm has four shopping centers,none of which have yet been sold, he said, adding that KMS is in no hurry to sell the centers.
It is simply KMS' philosophy to developa piece of property, then sell it at a profit, he said.
Although interest has been expressed in Cranberry Square, anchored by a Giant Food store, there currently are no serious negotiations going on, Lichtenauer said.
"(The center) is only going to get more valuable with time," he said. "KMS is still very interested in Westminster, and the center is doing very well."
COORDINATOR IS HIRED
WESTMINSTER -- Patricia L. Fisher, RN, BSN, has been hired as the Patient Care Coordinator for Optioncare, a home intravenous andnutritional therapy service affiliated with Washington Heights Pharmacy.
In her new position, she will coordinate the high tech enterasl and paenteral services that Optioncare offers.
Her 13 years of experience includes working at Home Call Inc., York Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Carroll County General Hospital and several home health agencies.
She earned both of her degrees from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She lives in Westminster.
Optioncare is an alternative to hospitalization which allows patients to receive intravenous and nutritional therapies at home.
MALL EXTENDS HOURS
WESTMINSTER -- Cranberry Mall has announced extended holiday shopping hours for the Christmas season.
Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The mall will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
The mall will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
The mall's Customer Service Center also opens at 11 a.m. Fridays through Dec. 24. Hours of operation willbe 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The center also accepts new items for the "Neighbors in Need" campaign. The center is in the Sears Court in front of I Natural.