Business Briefs for Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

SCORE

SCORE has two opportunities to help local small businesses get recognized nationally in 2017.

The first is SBA’s National Small Business Week Awards. The SCORE Hagerstown chapter assisted Bikle Manufacturing on winning the award last year.

For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has served as a salute to small-business owners, who create two out of every three net new jobs for Americans. The deadline to register is Jan. 10.

The second opportunity is the American Small Business Championship & SCORE Awards.

Through these contests, SCORE clients have an opportunity to receive national recognition and/or funds for their businesses. This year three grand champions will win $25,000 courtesy of Sam’s Club, and $1,000 Sam’s Club gift cards will also be awarded to two businesses from each state and the District of Columbia. Champions will be invited to a regional training and networking event in Dallas.

SCORE clients will also be eligible to win one of eleven SCORE Awards and be invited to the SCORE Awards Gala in September in Washington, D.C.

Applications for the American Small Business Championship and the SCORE Awards 2017 will be accepted from Jan. 12 through Feb. 12.

For more information, call 301-766-2043, or email info@scorehagerstown.org.

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice recently presented its 2016 Karen A. Rohaly Award to Joyce Wizda, social worker for the agency’s northeast Pennsylvania service area.

The Karen A. Rohaly Award was established after the death of the agency’s first administrator, Karen Rohaly. Leading the agency from its inception in 1978 until her untimely death in 1987, Rohaly was a visionary who defined the organization’s mission. This award is presented annually to the employee who best upholds the ideals set by the work of Rohaly.

Wizda has been with the agency for four years. She was nominated for the award because of how well she reflects the core values and mission of the organization. Wizda finds creative ways of helping clients through community groups, churches and other volunteer services. She coordinates care with coworkers in both home health and hospice and is always willing to teach and/or provide information to staff as well as clients.