Towson U. economist to present forecast for region...

BUSINESS DIGEST

February 10, 2002

Towson U. economist to present forecast for region Wednesday

Carroll County Economic Development will sponsor an "Economic Forecasting" seminar from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers.

Economist Anirban Basu, director of applied economics at Towson University's Regional Economic Studies Institute, will present a comprehensive regional economic forecast.

Breakfast and seminar materials are included in the $20 registration fee.

Information: 410-386-2070.

Md. agency to answer questions about insurance

A representative of the Maryland Insurance Administration will help consumers who have insurance concerns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the state comptroller's office in Westminster, 532 Baltimore Blvd., Suite 306.

Questions about insurance coverage will be answered, and help will be provided in filing complaints against insurance companies.

Information: 800-492-6116.

BERC offers workshops for area job seekers

The Carroll County Business & Employment Resource Center offers workshops and programs to help those seeking jobs or new careers.

Programs include:

Introduction to the Internet, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Job search techniques are offered.

How to Apply for a Maryland State Job, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21. Lloyd Kahler will discuss how to obtain a position with the state.

Do You Need To Practice Interviewing? from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 22. Participants should come prepared to be interviewed, evaluated and critiqued. Call for a half-hour appointment.

Computer Basics, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 to 26. This is a hands-on computer class for beginners.

Registration is required. BERC is at 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-386-2820.

Chamber prepares for annual business fair

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual Spring Fest business fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 16 at TownMall of Westminster.

The St. Patrick's Day theme will be "Find Your Pot o' Gold, Right Here in Carroll County."

Exhibit space is available on a first-paid basis. Space is available by booth or table, with an extra fee for an electrical connection. Nonprofit organizations are welcome for a small fee.

Corporate sponsorships are available. Registration deadline is March 1.

Information: 410-848-9050.

LAI names Sterner tube products director

LAI Companies of Westminster has named Thomas Sterner director of tube products.

Since 1984, Sterner has held production and management positions at LAI in laser operations and sales and in customer service. He has 18 years of technical experience in laser processing and 12 years of experience in water-jet processing.

Village chooses Brown to be IT coordinator

Scott Brown has been named information technology coordinator at Carroll Lutheran Village.

He is responsible for software development, training, hardware maintenance, and setting up networks and implementing them for the expansion project at the village.

Brown worked for almost six years at Landmark Community Newspapers of Maryland.

He has a degree in business administration and economics from Bridgewater College in Virginia. He has continued his education at Carroll Community College, where he teaches computer classes, and at New Horizons.

A fifth-generation Carroll County native from Sykesville, Brown lives in Westminster.

Winer leads courses at candy convention

Gail Winer of Mount Airy, owner of Candy Bouquet & More in Frederick, recently presented courses at Candy Bouquet International's annual convention in Little Rock, Ark.

The courses were designed to mentor and train franchise personnel about running a business, rolling candy and creating candy bouquets, and using creative marketing tactics.

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