Chamber of Commerce plans networking events
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has announced its monthly meetings:
Connections After Hours networking opportunity and business card exchange will be held 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, 1041 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster. The company is a full-service financial services firm. This is an informal gathering of members to network. Reservations are required by Friday.
The networking breakfast, showcasing the town's professional organizations, will be at 8 a.m. Feb. 27 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers on Route 140. Downtown Westminster Business Association representative will describe what's happening in the city and its future. Cost for the meal is $10. Reservations are required by Feb. 21.
Financial services firm plans talk for students
Edward Jones, a financial services firm, will offer a free investment presentation for high school and college students.
The program will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Johansson's Dining House, 4 W. Main St., Westminster.
Students will learn where they are now financially, where they want to be, when they can start investing, how to start investing, what their choices are and how to set financial goals.
Food will be served. Reservations are required.
Spring Fest business fair has space available
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will present its annual business fair, Spring Fest, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 17 at TownMall of Westminster.
This year's theme will be St. Patrick's Day, "find your pot o' gold, right here in Carroll County."
Businesses can showcase their products and services during this daylong event.
Exhibit space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Booths are $195 for members and $250 for nonmembers; tables are $150 and $200, respectively. Space for nonprofit groups is $35 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Electric connection is $35.
Deadline for space is March 1.
Resource center offering career workshops
Carroll County Business & Employment Resource Center is offering workshops and programs to help individuals seeking a job or a new career.
Professional Cover Letters and Resumes: Three workshops will teach participants how to write a proper cover letter and resume. Introduction to Resumes will be held 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20. The resume update will be 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 22. The Job Search Letter Workshop will be 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21.
How to Negotiate: Students can practice discussing salary during a mock interview from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 23.
Start Networking Now: Learn how to network to help find a job from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23.
Registering and Posting Your Resume on the Internet: Bring a resume with you and be prepared to enter it on the Internet during this hands-on workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 23.
Starting Your Own Business: Mike Fish offers tips on exploring business ventures and aspects of starting a business from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 26.
Winter Blues Workshop: Learn how to deal with personality changes and reduced energy levels because of short winter days, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 26.
Registration is required. BERC is at 224 N. Center St., Westminster. Information: 410-386-2820.
Carroll woman opens Candy Bouquet franchise
Debbie Gartrell-Kemp of New Windsor has opened a franchise of Candy Bouquet, based in Little Rock, Ark.
Debbie's Candy Bouquet offers arrangements using candy bars, gourmet chocolates and hard candies from around the world. Candies are custom arranged in colorful boxes, coffee mugs, pots, vases and specialty items.
Prices vary from $10 to $200. Gifts can be shipped wherever the customer wants. Credit cards are accepted for purchases.
Gartrell-Kemp is a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. She purchased the franchise in August after undergoing weeklong training. Gartrell-Kemp recently went online at www.debbiescandy.com.
Information: 866-YUMMMMY or 410-875-9224.
Harrison Appraisals opens office in Uniontown
Harrison Appraisals LLC, specializing in property appraisals of residential contents, antiques and decorative arts, has opened an office in historic Uniontown.
Appraisal programs on television have increased awareness of antiques and collectibles, increasing the need for written appraisals of such items.
As part of the appraisal process, Harrison carefully examines and identifies each object. Market research of comparable items is done to determine an accurate value of the piece or collection.
Necessary written documents are provided to the owner for insurance coverage or replacement, charitable contribution, probate, estate liquidation or court-ordered equitable distribution.
Owner Robert Harrison is accredited by the International Society of Appraisers and a candidate member of the American society of Appraisers. He has a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's in American history from the University of Maryland, College Park.