Business Notes

Business Notes

October 19, 2003

Wal-Mart to hold fund-raiser Saturday for Hopkins children

The Westminster Wal-Mart will hold a fall craft show and flea market Saturday to raise money for the Johns Hopkins Children's Miracle Network.

The store is accepting craft and flea market vendors, as well as donated items for a silent auction. Anyone with items to sell but who doesn't want vendor space can donate items to Wal-Mart for a booth that will be staffed by store volunteers.

The event will include sales of hot dogs, cotton candy and baked goods. Children's activities will be available.

Information: 410-857-8307.

Small-business seminar planned Nov. 7 at Wakefield

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele will be the keynote speaker at a seminar on "Business Survival -- Payoffs and Pitfalls" to be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Wakefield Valley Golf and Conference Center.

The seminar is being held by the Carroll County Department of Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, Carroll Community College and Small Business Development Center to provide information on good practices for small businesses.

Panel sessions will be held on business basics, marketing practices and work force practices.

The cost is $30, and registration is limited to 150 participants. Registration deadline is Oct. 30.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Chamber Hats Off event scheduled for Nov. 25

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold its semiannual Hats Off breakfast at 8 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Westminster fire hall on John Street.

The cost is $12. Reservations are required by Nov. 18.

Individuals, businesses and organizations who have received awards, expanded services or facilities, been elected to a state or national office, or reached a milestone will be honored. Award nominations are due Nov. 1.

Information: 410-8484-9050.

Real estate agents receive honors at show

Members of the Coldwell Banker residential brokerage team in Carroll County recently were honored by the Maryland Association of Realtors at its 92nd annual conference and trade show.

Patricia Ann Ward of the Hampstead office and Vernon F. Smith Jr. of the Westminster office were nominated for the Rookie of the Year award.

Smith also earned the Carroll County Association of Realtors' Shining Star Award.

Pottery classes designed for child care centers

Karen Hames of Westminster will offer pottery classes year-round to child care centers and preschools.

Classes will be held at the center or school at a time convenient for the facility.

Activities can be tailored to the center's theme and include age-appropriate classes such as playing with clay and painting pottery pieces. Pottery items can be made specially for a center and may feature unusual techniques.

Information: 410-552-1387.

Promotion, additions announced at bank

The Bank of Hanover has announced a promotion and two additions to its staff.

Gary Harris has been promoted to senior vice president, market area executive, for Carroll County, where he will be responsible for coordinating and leading portfolio sales and the sales efforts of a team of managers. The Westminster resident has a bachelor's degree in economics from Towson University.

David Zimmerman was hired as vice president, relationship manager, responsible for developing and expanding business relationships in southern Carroll County. Previously with Susquehanna Bank, he has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kevin Bankert has joined the bank as assistant vice president, relationship manager, to identify and expand business relationships. He was previously with BB&T. A graduate of Westminster High School, he has a bachelor's degree in economics from Towson University.

The Bank of Hanover is an affiliate of Sterling Financial Corp.

Two new vice presidents employed by local bank

M. David LeBrun has joined Regal Bank & Trust as vice president for new business development and commercial real estate lending.

He has a doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He previously worked for Criimi Mae Services, BB&T Bank and Provident Bank, as well as MacKenzie/Cushman Commercial Real Estate Services. He is a licensed attorney and Realtor.

Gene S. Pryor also joined the bank as vice president for new business development. He has more than 20 years' experience in strategic planning, service delivery, sales management and partnerships. He has a doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School.

Based in Owings Mills, Regal Bank & Trust has a branch office in Westminster.

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