Business Notes

Business Notes

January 25, 2004

Chamber plans luncheon for Feb. 12, chance to network

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

A member luncheon will be held at noon Feb. 12 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers. Mark Ripper will discuss "Making Your Web site ADA Accessible." Topics will include Web site design for those with limited vision and hearing, as well as other physical handicaps. The cost is $18, and reservations are required by Feb. 5.

The Connections After Hours networking opportunity and business card exchange will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road near Winfield. The school's Business Advisory Board will show how school-business partnerships, an outgrowth of the Career Academies, benefit the students. This is an informal gathering of members to network and exchange business cards. Reservations are required by Feb. 10.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Employment center offers help to job seekers

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

Registration is required for programs. For a detailed schedule of workshops, visit BERC at 224 N. Center St., Westminster. Information: 410-386-2820.

Technology council attains independence

The Carroll Technology Council, previously affiliated with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, has attained independent status.

The council is a volunteer organization that promotes technology in the county. Programs and services supported by the council include CompuKids, which provides used computers to underprivileged children; Technically Correct, a local informational cable television program; and a board of technology advisers in such areas as medicine, education and agriculture.

The council is governed by a board of directors with members from local businesses. Executive committee members for this year are: Josh Kohn, president; Rich Rubenstein, vice president; Philip Cornblatt, treasurer; and Judy Stem, secretary.

Choice Medical Supply opens in Eldersburg

EMA has announced the opening of Choice Medical Supply at 1311 Londontown Blvd., Suite 130 in Eldersburg.

The retail facility, which specializes in the sale and rental of medical equipment and supplies, also offers diabetes counseling and educational programs to promote community wellness. Surgical supports, braces and fitted compression hosiery also are available.

Choice Medical Supply also bills Medicare or insurance companies for covered services. It is open to the public and serves the residents and employees of EMA communities, including Fairhaven and Copper Ridge in Sykesville and Buckingham's Choice in Frederick County.

Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Spectrum Support hires development director

R. Lee Conlon has joined the staff of Spectrum Support as development director.

Spectrum Support, in the Carrolltown Health Care Centre in Eldersburg, is a nonprofit organization that provides an array of support services to people with developmental disabilities.

Conlon will oversee the resource development and community awareness programs for the company.

He has experience in sales and marketing in the hospitality industry.

Community Banks sees rise in quarterly earnings

Community Banks Inc., based in Harrisburg, Pa., has reported a net income of $20.4 million for last year.

Fourth-quarter earnings rose 10 percent from the same period in 2002, to 43 cents per share.

Loans increased 19 percent last year from 2002, while deposits went up by 9 percent for the year.

The bank's total assets as of Dec. 31 were $1.9 billion.

Community Banks has two branches in Carroll County.

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