Business calendar

BPW dinner meeting Monday, May 1 — Join Hagerstown Business and Professional Women for dinner and listen to speaker Mary Ann Burk, executive director of the Washington County Arts Council. Also, officers will be installed. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Fireside Restaurant, Ramada, 1718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown. $17. RSVP. Call 301-302-8237 or email sandy@ksinnc.com. Investment workshop Tuesday, May 2 — Learn how the Jefferson County (W.Va.) Chamber of Commerce can help you and your business. Learn about marketing opportunities the chamber has to offer and the four core functions of the chamber. Bring your business […]

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I-81 plays a critical business role in Tri-State

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Time is money on Interstate 81, according to business leaders who addressed members of the I-81 Corridor Coalition Tuesday. Joshua Martin, director of business control for Volvo Group’s factory near Hagerstown, said the plant depends on 30 to 60 trucks arriving each day with parts and materials for its production lines. The company keeps a "small safety stock" on hand, but an unexpected halt in the production lines can cost the company as much as $700 a minute, Martin said. Ryan Moore, human resources department leader for the new Procter & Gamble plant being built in Berkeley […]

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Rue 21 closing stores in Hagerstown and Frederick

Teen clothing retailer Rue 21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide, including two in this area of Maryland. Rue 21 will close stores at Hagerstown Premium Outlets near Hagerstown and at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, according to the company’s website. Several other area stores, including ones at the Valley Mall in Halfway, at Chambersburg Crossing in Pennsylvania and at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester, Va., will remain open, the website said. Rue 21 previously had a store in the former Martinsburg Mall. The retailer reported it is shuttering nearly 400 stores, leaving it with more […]

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Washington County’s home sales keep pace in March

Washington County home sales in March were on the same pace as the same month in 2016, according to new figures released last week. The March statistics, reported by the Maryland Association of Realtors, showed the average home sale price in Maryland rose by 6.2 percent, from $291,071 last year to $309,102 this year. The number of houses sold last month in Maryland rose 18.8 percent, from 5,768 in March 2016 to 6,850 in of March this year. The March total also was stronger than the February total of 4,756. “We are pleased by the robust turnaround in homes sales […]

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Business calendar

Will, estate planning seminar Tuesday, April 18 — The Community Foundation of Washington County will hold a wills and estate planning seminar with Attorney Chester Hobbs of Dolina/Hobbs LLC. 5 to 6 p.m. Boonsboro Free Library, 401 Potomac St., Boonsboro. Free. Reservations required. Call 301-745-5210. Go to www.cfwcmd.org. Résumé review Wednesday, April 19 — A certified professional résumé writer will review your résumé and give you suggestions on ways to improve it. Bring your current résumé. You must have completed the Résumé Builder workshop in Maryland’s Workforce Exchange to attend this class. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Washington County One-Stop Job […]

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Business briefs – April 16

Greencastle’s 93.7 WRGG “Simply Timeless with Jay Daniels” debuted April 2 on Greencastle’s 93.7 WRGG. The weekly broadcast, which airs from 9 p.m. to midnight, features the classics from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and others. In addition, newer recordings by Norah Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble and Diana Krall are also featured. From time to time, “Simply Timeless” features different themes during its weekend broadcasts. A “Tribute to Disney” will air during today’s broadcast. “I have always wanted to bring a specialty radio program featuring these classics to the local airwaves,” Daniels said. “Now, […]

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Reflections on ‘Startup of You’

Q: It’s well known that a business startup requires business expertise in marketing, finance and administration, among a number of other areas as well. But what I don’t hear is what a new business requires in terms of the personal implications, as well as the commitment. Is there such a thing as personal innovation for the individual in addition to business innovation? A: Innovation, both personal and organizational, is the foundation for initiation, improvement, growth and success. Personal innovation is a way of life that energizes the individual’s aspirations for personal achievement as well as the organization’s ability to find […]

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Business briefs for Sunday, April 9

Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center of Frederick FREDERICK, Md. — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center of Frederick has received a five-star rating for overall quality of care. The CMS five-star quality rating system helps county residents, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and helps them identify areas with which to rank a facility. Based on the CMS rating, Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center is considered to have “much above average” quality in terms of overall care. Artisan Kitchens […]

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New shop for car sales, service fills Charles Town, W.Va., vacancy

Name of business: DrivePros Owner: Daniel Adcock Address: 25 Troy Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414 Opening date: Jan. 16, 2017 Products and services: Used-car sales and financing, tire shop, repair and automotive service center Target market: Jefferson County and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it?: The former Alex Chevrolet facility had sat vacant in a growing area and market for some time. I felt the area was in need of a reputable tire and repair facility pared with a quality used-car store, backed by warranty, a […]

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Build An Online Reputation webinar Thursday, April 13 — A recent study indicates 91 percent of consumers read online reviews about local businesses before they make a purchase or visit a store. Reviews are social proof of how customers feel about a company’s products or services. In this webinar, SCORE mentor Sherry Bonelli, a long-time digital marketing expert, will show the impact of customer reviews and discuss best practices for using them to market your business. Learn how to find out what customers are saying about your business; how consumers use online reviews to make decisions about whether to buy […]

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