Business Notes

Business Notes

September 29, 2002

Big Lots store opening today at Carrolltown

Carrolltown Center announces the grand opening of its Big Lots store today.

Big Lots is a closeout retailer that features products at discounted prices.

Today's grand opening will feature prize giveaways and children's activities.

Carrolltown Center is on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Information: 410-781-7070.

BJ's Wholesale Club adopts elementary school

BJ's Wholesale Club will launch its 2002-2003 "Adopt-a-School" program from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday with Friendship Valley Elementary School staff members, pupils and parents.

The program provides the school with fund-raising support, curriculum enhancements and community service opportunities.

Friday's kickoff will feature an Oscar Mayer hot dog fund-raiser for the school and a BJ's Buddies table at which pupils can create birthday bags for children at local shelters.

BJ's is off Route 140 at Market Street in Westminster.

Information: 410-857-4569.

Chamber announces its monthly calendar

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

A Member Appreciation Luncheon will be held at noon Oct. 10 at Wakefield Valley Golf and Conference Center. Lunch is $16. Members are encouraged to bring one or more nonmembers. When the guests join the chamber, their name will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a trip to Walt Disney World. Reservations are required by Thursday.

The Connections After Hours networking opportunity and business card exchange will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Inspirations/Westminster Gift Basket Company, 111 Stoner Ave., Westminster. Jo and Joseph Fleck and Gypsy's Tea Room will offer tea and sweets at the historic Winchester Country Inn. The gift shop will be open. Reservations are required by Oct. 9.

A Chamber Open House will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the new offices, 700 Corporate Center Court, Suite L, Westminster. Tours of the office, music and refreshments will be featured. Reservations are required by Oct. 15.

A networking breakfast will start at 8 a.m. Oct. 29 at A Grand Affair, 4041 Gill Ave., Hampstead. Julie Shows of the Coaching Connection will discuss "Coaching Ourselves and Others in the Workplace" - how to have a conversation that empowers people to take responsibility, achieve goals and move toward greater success. Cost for the meal is $11. Reservations are required by Oct. 22.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Two promoted at accounting firm

McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond, certified public accountants, has announced two promotions.

Kathleen M. Davis of Mount Airy has been promoted to principal. She has 15 years of experience and leads the firm's employee benefits practice. She has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from George Mason University. She is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Frederick County and is president of the Baltimore Chapter of Worldwide Employee Benefits.

Catherine E. Brown of New Market has been promoted to in-charge accountant. She is a certified public accountant with two years of experience in public accounting. She is a summa cum laude graduate with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Mount St. Mary's College.

The firm has offices in Baltimore, Westminster, Columbia and Frederick.

Business center offers job and career classes

The Carroll County Business & Employment Resource Center offers workshops and programs to help individuals who may be looking for a job or a new career.

Monthly programs include career ability and orientation placement survey, preparing for a job fair, employment goal identification, choosing child care. and surviving layoffs.

Other sessions cover how to apply for a state job, computer and Internet basics, job discrimination, computerizing resumes, interviewing, how to negotiate, and starting your own business.

Seminars are also held on registering and posting resumes on the Internet, time and money management, networking, professional cover letters and resumes, and job references.

Registration is required for programs. For a detailed schedule of workshops, visit the center at 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-386-2820.

CHANGE Inc. names Lynn program manager

CHANGE Inc., an organization that serves the needs of the developmentally disabled, has appointed Cathy Lynn volunteer program manager.

Lynn will be responsible for volunteer opportunities in the center and in the community. CHANGE clients volunteer for many services, including Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society and area soup kitchens.

Lynn taught in Carroll County public schools for 25 years.

Lutheran Village hires maintenance employee

Carroll Lutheran Village has hired a new maintenance employee, Terry Wiley.

Wiley was hired to replace Wayne Nichols, who transferred to a job with evening security, as the maintenance employee who is responsible for the village's cottages.

Wiley worked for 23 years in the coal mines near Johnstown, Pa., and for eight years as maintenance supervisor for four plants that belonged to Best Form Inc.

He and his wife live in Westminster.

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