Business briefs for Sunday, March 19

Edward Jones

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 5 on the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine. It is Edward Jones’ 18th appearance on the list.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and Canada. The firm’s 15,000-plus financial advisers work directly with more than 7 million clients. Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis and has an office in Hagerstown.


ALTOONA, Pa. — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, announced that it is one of the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine.

Sheetz, which ranked 87th, was selected from among hundreds of companies across the nation, and the ranking improved on Sheetz’s 2016 standing by nine positions. Applicant companies opt to participate in the selection process, which includes an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire regarding programs and employee practices.

Antietam Tree Service Inc.

Antietam Tree Service Inc., a commercial and residential tree service based in Hagerstown, recently renewed its three-year residential/commercial accreditation in accordance with Tree Care Company Accreditation standards put forth by the Tree Care Industry Association.

Accredited companies must re-apply every three years so TCIA can verify that the company continues to meet the standards of the accreditation and employs best business practices.

TCIA accreditation is the only program of its kind in the tree-care industry.

The process evaluates businesses to ensure that professional practices and standards are met in every department and at every level of the company.

New America Financial

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — New America Financial hosted a grand opening March 3 at its new office at 1314 Edwin Miller Blvd.

The event celebrated the official opening of the first West Virginia-based branch. New America Financial, established in 2006, also serves clients in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

Brian DiPasquale and Dave Mellott, partners of New America Financial in Martinsburg, decided to open the branch after discovering the competitive rates they could offer West Virginia residents. In August 2016, DiPasquale and Mellott began plans to manage the branch.

DiPasquale brings 14 years of experience to the mortgage and loan consultation business. A graduate of Shepherd University, DiPasquale has spent a majority of his career in Martinsburg. Mellott graduated from Penn State University with a degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering. After making the choice to explore a career in lending, he has 11 years’ experience in the field.

Martinsburg’s New America Financial has five staff members who have experience in residential mortgage lending, mortgage processing and marketing.

U.S. Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon announced this year’s National Small Business Week is set for April 30 through May 6.

SBA’s West Virginia District Office will celebrate National Small Business Week on Wednesday, May 3, during a luncheon at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont, W.Va.

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