Business Notes

Business Notes

May 09, 2004

Seminar offers help on how to expand small businesses

Carroll Community College and Start-Up Carroll will hold a seminar for small business owners.

Experts from Start-Up Carroll and the Miller Small Business Resource Center Mentor Board will answer questions on growing a small business.

"Successful Growth: Advice for Existing Small Businesses" for small businesses that have been established for nine months or more will be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 20 at the college's Business Training Center in room T323.

Topics will include benefit considerations, insurance needs, employee selection and planning, payroll options, networking, marketing, Internet and technology possibilities and liability concerns.

Registration and information: 410-386-8012.

Networking breakfast May 25 in New Windsor

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking breakfast at 8 a.m. May 25 at the New Windsor fire hall on Main Street.

Melissa Wilcox of MarketWorks will give a lesson in "Networking 101," which will include ways to maximize networking success, work a room and creatively describe a business. The etiquette of personal contact and follow-up also will be discussed.

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

Information: 410-848-9050.

Seminars on marketing for entrepreneurs planned

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Catalyst Training Academy will hold two seminars in Carroll County for small businesses.

Aspiring entrepreneurs - as well as emerging and existing small business owners - are welcome at the free seminars.

Seminars feature Lester "Casey" Willson, director of training and retail industry specialist for the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network.

Seminars are held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and include a continental breakfast provided by a local sponsor. Seminars on "Making Main Street and Your Store a Shopping Destination" will be held:

May 27 at Westminster Union Bank Training Center, 118 E. Main St., Westminster. Registration: 410-848-5294.

June 17 at the Antrim 1844, Trevanion Road, Taneytown. Registration: 410-756-6812.

Hampstead builder makes `Southern Living' program

Hampstead builder Robin Ford has been selected for the fourth year to be included in the Southern Living Custom Builder Program.

Robin Ford Building & Remodeling has been in business since 1984 and has been participating in Southern Living's annual builder conferences and programs for several years.

The conference provides continuing education on trends and ideas in the industry.

Ford is one of about 85 builders chosen for the Custom Builder Program and one of three from Maryland.

Southern Living picks builders based on their local reputation, strength of presence in the market, quality and attention to detail, style and other criteria.

2 Carroll Co. pupils win fair housing poster contest

Two Carroll County home-schooled pupils have been named winners in the Maryland Association of Realtors' annual Fair Housing Poster Contest.

Janette Dill, eighth grade, and Amanda Rhein, seventh grade, had their posters selected for inclusion in the 2005 Fair Housing calendar published by the state realtors' group.

The winners, from around the state, received a savings bond and were honored in ceremonies at the State House in Annapolis with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Pupils had to create a poster on the theme "Fair Housing is Alive in 2005." County real estate associations picked three local winners and submitted them for the final state competition.

Coldwell Banker names top sales associates, rookies

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently named its rookies and top sales associates of last year from each office.

The rookies award is given to outstanding sales associates during their first year as a real estate agent. The Carroll County rookies were: Kim Purdue, Eldersburg; Scott Maddrix, Hampstead; and Laureen Murray, Westminster.

Top sales awards went to individuals, teams and groups, as follows:

Eldersburg: Kathy Dixon, individual.

Hampstead: Douglas Johnson, individual; Fales Team.

Westminster: Sherri Campeggi, individual; the Gill Team; the Bockelmann Group.

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