Networking group to meet Wednesday at Fat Cat Cafe The...

BUSINESS NOTES

March 10, 2002

Networking group to meet Wednesday at Fat Cat Cafe

The Business Networking Group will meet Wednesday at Fat Cat Cafe in Westminster.

Networking will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch and a business meeting.

Attorney Suzan Miller will discuss the legal aspects of starting a business. Her practice specializes in corporate and business law.

The group promotes personal and professional growth through networking and exposure to issues and concerns facing business professionals.

Fat Cat Cafe is at East Main and Center streets. Reservations are required. Information: Debby Jackson, 410-848-5800.

Md. agency to answer questions about insurance

A representative of the Maryland Insurance Administration will help consumers with 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.

Appointments are not required.

Information: 800-492-6116.

Carroll Chamber to hold Spring Fest on Saturday

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

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

About 60 organizations will exhibit, including banks, retail businesses and nonprofit groups.

Entertainment will include a bagpipe player, an appearance by the Harlem Wizards, library story times, aerobics demonstrations, Irish dancers, magician Roger Lindsay, karate demonstrations, the Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary School Chorus, the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus, Westminster Ballet Theatre, Merritt Dance Academy, 4-H Performing Arts Club, Bear Branch Nature Center and Perna Gymnastics.

Children ages 12 and younger can enter a drawing for a $100 gift certificate from the mall.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Employment center offers programs for job seekers

The Carroll County Business & Employment Resource Center is offering a variety of workshops and programs to help individuals who are looking for a new career.

Programs include:

"Job Connections": Designed to open doors for job searchers, this workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 21.

"Starting Your Own Business": Mike Fish offers tips on exploring business ventures and starting a business from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 25.

"Do You Need to Practice Interviewing?": Participants should come prepared to be interviewed, evaluated and critiqued. The program is from 9 a.m. to noon March 26. Call for a half-hour appointment.

"Time Management": From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 26.

Registration is required. BERC is at 224 N. Center St., Westminster. Information: 410-386-2820.

Organization honors Westminster member

M. Rebecca Leister, an Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Westminster, has been honored for outstanding sales and service with membership in the organization's 2001 Executives Club.

AAL/LB is a financial services organization recently formed through the merger of Aid Association for Lutherans of Appleton, Wis., and Lutheran Brotherhood of Minneapolis.

The award recognizes Leister's service to Lutheran Brotherhood last year. The Executives Club, one of the most prestigious honors given to Lutheran Brotherhood district representatives, is awarded for a high level of business performance and professionalism.

Bank of Hanover names Manger vice president

The Bank of Hanover has appointed B. Wesley Manger as vice president/relationship manager of the Westminster market.

He will be responsible for creating and building commercial business relationships.

Manger previously was with New Windsor State Bank and Signet Bank.

He is a graduate of Francis Scott Key High School and holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Western Maryland College.

Carroll Lutheran hires head of human resources

Kimberly Averella has been named vice president of human resources at Carroll Lutheran Village.

Averella comes to the village with 14 years' experience in human resources, most recently at Frederick Memorial Health Care System as director of employee relations.

At the village, Averella will oversee recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, and employee events and relations.

She earned a bachelor's degree from University of Maryland, College Park in personnel and labor relations and a master's degree in business administration from Hood College.

Barbara Leasure, who had been vice president of operations and human resources, will now be vice president of operations exclusively.

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