Promoting businesses with an expo June 16


June 08, 2000|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN AN EFFORT to promote local businesses, Taneytown Economic Development Commission is holding a Business Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 16 at Northwest Middle School.

"We want to bring recognition and exposure to businesses, both large and small," said Chris Ohanian,one of the organizers and owner of Infinity Global Travel in Taneytown. "I'm a small-businessman myself. You have limited resources to promote your business. This [business expo] is primarily to give exposure to the small businesses."

More than 40 vendors are expected. "I think things are going really well," said Barbara Burke, an organizer who is a stockbroker for Union National Bank. "We really weren't sure if anyone would be interested. But the response has been good. We seem to have a very good mix of vendors."

The mix will include businesses for profit and nonprofit. One of the nonprofit groups is the church of the Brethren's New Windsor Conference Center.

"They do a lot of international aid and assistance work such as relief for flood victims," Ohanian said.

This month's business expo will be the first in a long time.

"It used to be put on by the Taneytown Chamber of Commerce," said Nancy McCormick, Taneytown's economic development director. "But that was many years ago."

The business expo will open with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m., she said. Normally a business breakfast is held the first Friday of each month.

"Instead, we'll be tying in this month's business breakfast with the business expo," McCormick explained.

McCormick said Frances Reaves, manager of transportation and distribution for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and Roger Satin, manager of manufacturing consortium, also of the department, will present "Maryland Business at Work," from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

This will include information on the state's business incentives, business climates, state assistance for businesses and tax credits from the state.

Breakfast cost is $5.25. Vendors can rent tables for $30.

Information or reservations: 410-751-1100.

Bowling for grades

Thunderhead Bowling Centre in Taneytown offers free bowling games to students who make the grade this school year.

Students who earn a minimum of six points, according to the Thunderhead scale, will receive a "credit card" for one free game each week during the summer. Students receive three points for an "A," two points for a "B," and one point for a "C," according to Marcia Gorsuch, who handles special programs for the bowling center.

"Each semester they can bring in their report card," Gorsuch said. "If they have six points, they get one free game. Then, at the end of the year, they bring in their June report card. If they have six points, we'll give them a little credit card that will be good for one free game a week. But they can't carry the games over. They have to use the game each week."

Gorsuch said the program is a way to reward students for achievement and get them involved in bowling.

Flag Day breakfast

Knights of Columbus in Taneytown will hold its Flag Day breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at St. Joseph's Social Hall.

The breakfast will have a red, white and blue patriotic theme, featuring pancakes covered with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 7 to 10.

Information: 410-848-1619.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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