Helping the elderly to live independently earned Beverley Musselman top honors as Entrepreneur of the Year from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for her forward-thinking private geriatric care management company, Elder Independence of Westminster.
Ms. Musselman, a 19-year registered nurse and administrator, opened this Carroll business in August.
She shared honors with several other business and civic leaders at the chamber's annual dinner and dance Jan. 27.
Joseph H. Beaver Jr., who recently retired as president of Union National Bank, was honored with the chamber's Lifetime Community Service Award for his dedicated volunteer activities.
Mr. Beaver has served in leadership roles to advance the missions of such varied organizations as the Carroll County Historical Society, Westminster Jaycees, Rotary, Roaring Run Lions, Change Inc., Carroll County General Hospital and county government task forces.
Newly elected board president Lori Welsh-Graham presented a plaque to Mr. Beaver.
Another longtime chamber volunteer and community leader, Scott Manhoff, was named Chamber Member of the Year. During his tenure as chairman of the Business and Education Committee, the outstanding teachers' banquet has grown and new partnerships between business and education were strengthened.
Summer Enterprises of Westminster was recognized for outstanding community service and Carroll County General Hospital earned the best business expansion award for its modernization of facilities and improved services within the past five years.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Summer Enterprises employs and provides vocational training for Carroll citizens with developmental disabilities while offering affordable services such as direct-mail preparation for many area businesses.
In 1995 the agency received accreditation by the CARF, a national quality assurance organization.
Several improvements at Carroll County General recognized for successful business expansion included its 20-bed psychiatric unit; a cardiac catheterization unit and angiography lab; a 34-bed nursing unit for cancer patients; an expanded Emergency Department and Surgical Intensive Care Unit; and plans for the new $2.4 million expansion of the Family Birthplace and women's health center.
Small business expansion honors went to the New Spider Web, a 5-year-old screen printing and embroidery company owned by Sharon Bell. Ms. Bell received a Hat's Off Chamber Award in 1995 when she invested in new equipment to offer high quality customized embroidery. The New Spider Web also provides discounts for Junior Achievement and community social programs.
Carroll County Public Library received a Special Achievement Award due to the efforts of staff members Scott Reinhart, Gail Griffith, Ryan Miller and Ann Wisner.
They also received special achievement awards for their support and development of "Maryland Free," Carroll County Public Library's World Wide Web Home Page. Their teamwork in providing citizens free access to the Web helps this community keep pace with on-line technology and global communications.