Business Notes

Business Notes

November 02, 2003

Community on-line service to begin sending information

Specials To You LLC, a community-based online service, will begin sending out information to the Eldersburg and Sykesville areas of Carroll County and the West Friendship area of Howard County tomorrow.

Co-founder Charlie McCurry created the online service for residents who want to patronize local businesses and attend community events and activities.

A coupon and directory Web site will contain current information on the community as well as an outbound e-mail component.

Listings for community information - such as schools, libraries, fire and emergency departments and hospitals, as well as community, nonprofit and fund-raising events - will be posted free of charge.

To receive weekly specials from local businesses, patrons can sign-up at www.Specials ToYou.com, by clicking "Receive Specials" and entering their e-mail address.

Information: 410-549-5571.

Job Shadow Day luncheon is scheduled for Nov. 13

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Job Shadow Day Luncheon at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at Martin's Westminster. The cost is $18, and reservations are required by Thursday.

Middle and high school students, who participated in the annual program of following a local employer to learn about a career in a specific business, and their mentors will attend. Ellen Cornelius will speak.

The chamber will hold The Connections After Hours networking opportunity and business card exchange from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, 5425 Mount Gilead Road, Reisterstown, for a joint gathering with the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce.

Participants can tour the center, which features overnight accommodations for retreats, conferences and meetings. This is an informal gathering of members to network and exchange business cards. Reservations are required by Nov. 11.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Interfaith Housing receives bank foundation grant

Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland has received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America Foundation to support affordable housing programs.

Tara Brummell, client manager for Bank of America's community development lending group, presented the check to members of Interfaith Housing's board of trustees during the organization's annual meeting.

Bank of America has been an Interfaith Housing funding partner since 1994. Headed by President Jim Upchurch, Interfaith Housing has 39 projects in four counties, including Carroll.

Carroll projects include Union Village revitalization in Westminster, Hampstead School in Hampstead and self-help housing in Taneytown.

Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland is a 501(c)(3) housing developer focusing on rural housing needs in the state's western-most counties.

Martial arts academy promotes four to black belt

Sykesville Tae Kwon Do Academy in Eldersburg promoted four students to the rank of first-degree black belt under the World Tae Kwon Do Federation and the U.S. Taekwondo Union.

Those students were: Christina Campbell, 19; Shaun Ruark, 13; Robbie Love, 10, and Pat Kelsh, 13. After training, they had to go through Korean poomse (a type of shadowing boxing against multiple attackers), board breaking and sparring multiple opponents.

All four students overcame all obstacles. Campbell had the largest obstacle to overcome, as she is legally blind. Since studying at Sykesville Tae Kwon Do, she has competed in local and national martial arts tournaments and won gold medals.

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