Business Notes


Chamber schedules 2 member meetings on electricity co-op

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold two meetings for members only on an "Electricity Purchasing Cooperative" being established to help businesses save money on electricity.

As of July 1, Maryland's commercial and industrial electricity rates will be fully deregulated, and rates are expected to increase substantially.

The chamber is forming a purchasing cooperative for members only. By purchasing electricity through the partnership, businesses might be able to lock in lower rates for up to 36 months.

Under the new regulations, businesses must select a new supplier before their June meter reading date, or a supplier will be chosen for them.

Businesses can learn how the deregulation will affect them, as well as find out about the electricity supply market and operating costs.

Meetings will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11 and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the county Health Department, 290 S. Center St.

Reservations are required. 410-848-9050.

Day-care center honors teacher for her work

Carroll Child Care Centers Inc. in Westminster recently honored Carla Wilhelm at its annual board meeting and staff appreciation dinner.

A five-year employee, Wilhelm teaches the toddler classroom.

Wilhelm's daughter, Julie, also an employee at the day-care center, persuaded her mother to substitute, which turned into a full-time job.

Coldwell Banker holding two classes on real estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is offering continuing education classes in real estate.

Available Carroll classes include:

"What is Credit Scoring" from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Hampstead office.

"Buyer Prequalification Process" from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Hampstead office.

The courses are approved by the Maryland Real Estate Commission and count for 1.5 hours of state legal requirement training.

Information: 800-825-3113.

Carroll Child Care Centers given United Way award

The Carroll Child Care Centers Inc. recently received the 2003 Company That Cares Award from the Carroll County Region of the United Way of Central Maryland.

The award recognized the center for having 100 percent of its employees contribute to the 2003 United Way Campaign. The corporation has been a member agency of United Way of Central Maryland since 1975.

JoAnn Goldberger, executive director of Carroll Child Care Centers in Westminster, said many employees "have been helped by United Way and in turn feel it is their responsibility to help United Way with its campaign."

Neuropsychologist joins counseling center staff

Carroll Counseling Center and the Attention and Learning Disorders Clinic in Eldersburg has added Dr. Anne Shapiro to the staff of psychologists and psychiatrists.

Shapiro, formerly of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Tulane Medical University and the State University of New York at Buffalo, is a trained clinical neuropsychologist.

She specializes in neurocognitive assessment and management of patients with dementia, traumatic brain injury, neurotoxic exposure, pediatric neurological disorders, attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities, and psychiatric illnesses.

Carroll Counseling Center is in the South Carroll Medical Center.

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