Business `Spring Fest' planned for Saturday Carroll...


March 11, 2001

Business `Spring Fest' planned for Saturday

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will present its annual "Spring Fest" business fair from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at TownMall of Westminster.

This year's St. Patrick's Day theme is "Find Your Pot o' Gold, Right Here in Carroll County." A contest for children will be held, with prizes for all participants.

Local businesses will showcase their products and services during the daylong event.

Demonstrators include Career and Technology Center culinary students, Carroll County Farm Museum craftspeople, a performance by the Children's Chorus of Carroll County, and an appearance by the Harlem Wizards basketball team.

In conjunction with the business fair, the Carroll County Prevention & Life Safety Committee will have its fire safety house on the mall parking lot from noon to 4 p.m.

The fire safety house is geared toward children of elementary school age. It contains a kitchen, a living room with fireplace and a bedroom. Trained volunteers from local fire departments and the Red Cross take the children through the house, teaching them fire safety rules during a 20-minute tour.

For information about the fire safety house: Debbie Gartrell-Kemp of Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 301-829-0100, Ext. 20.

Information: Chamber of Commerce, 410-848-9050.

Unique Jewelry to hold anniversary celebration

Unique Jewelry will hold a 10th anniversary St. Patrick's Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Winchester Exchange Building in Westminster.

Shawn M. Lockhart's neo-Celtic relief prints, cards, handmade books and wood art will be featured.

A balloon pop will offer discounts on purchases, and Irish prizes will be awarded.

Jo and Wayne Morrison will perform on the harp and bagpipes from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The shop is at 15 E. Main St. Information: 410-876-5390.

Chamber of Commerce offers chances to network

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has announced its monthly meetings.

The Connections After Hours networking opportunity and business card exchange will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 20 at Airpark Animal Hospital, 1000 Littlestown Pike. Owners John Kable and Nicholas Herrick will offer tours of the facility, refreshments and door prizes. Pets are welcome. Reservations are required by Friday.

A networking breakfast showcasing Taneytown's professional organizations is scheduled for 8 a.m. March 27 at the Westminster fire hall. Nancy McCormick from the Taneytown Office of Economic Development will describe what is happening in her town and what the future is expected to bring. Cost for the meal, catered by Johanssons, is $10. Reservations are required by March 21.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Job training available through Renew program

The Renew program at Carroll Community College provides assistance with training and employment services to adult single parents; divorced, separated or widowed women and men; and single pregnant women who have lost their primary means of support.

Susan Martin, Renew coordinator, has scheduled a series of one-hour informational sessions on the program.

Programs will be held at the 1601 Washington Road campus. Registration is required.

Session are scheduled for 10 a.m. March 20, 6 p.m. April 25, 10:30 a.m. May 30 and 5:30 p.m. June 11.

Information: 410-386-8420.

Meeting set to discuss legal issues of interviewing

The Maryland Job Service Employer Committee will meet March 22 at Carroll Lutheran Village, 205 St. Mark Way.

The topic will be legal employment interview questions. Kimberley Millender, attorney for Carroll County, will discuss what employers may and may not ask on applications and during interviews.

A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., followed by the program. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-876-8373.

Club started to help Internet entrepreneurs

A club for Internet entrepreneurs is being created in the Mount Airy area.

The Entrepreneurs Internet Association is designed to give assistance to individuals or small businesses interested in starting an online business or expanding their Internet presence. Existing businesses can benefit from an array of resources while helping others that are getting started.

The association's goal is to help budding entrepreneurs find an Internet business that is right for them.

The inaugural meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Suite 5, 106 Prospect Road, Mount Airy. It is open to the public, but reservations are required. Future meetings will cost $10 per meeting.

Meetings will be held at the corporate office until other arrangements can be made. Meetings are scheduled for March 27, April 10, April 24, May 8 and May 22.

Information: 301-829-3331 or

BB&T official selected for leadership class

Michael L. Oster, president of BB&T Baltimore Metro Region, has been selected for the Leadership Maryland Class of 2001.

Leadership Maryland is an independent and educational nonprofit organization designed to inform top executives about critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing Maryland.

The eight-month program will open with a two-day retreat in April. Future sessions will focus on economic development, education, health and human services, criminal and juvenile justice, the environment and multiculturalism.

Oster lives in Westminster.

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