Business Notes


Chamber to help members establish electricity co-op

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold meetings for members only about 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. According to the new regulations, businesses must select a new supplier before their June meter reading date, or a supplier will be chosen for them.

The chamber is forming an electricity purchasing cooperative for members only. By purchasing electricity through the partnership, businesses may be able to lock in lower rates for up to 36 months. Enrollment for the co-op ends March 5.

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 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 26 and March 4 at the Carroll County Health Department, 290 S. Center St.

Reservations are required at 410-848-9050 or online at www.carrollcounty

Sales associates join Coldwell Banker offices

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced the addition of sales associates to its Carroll offices.

New staff includes: Stephanie Schleicher, Eldersburg; Sharon Cremen and Melissa Libertini, Hampstead; and Susan Howes, Mount Airy.

Geriatric nursing assistant honored at Copper Ridge

Copper Ridge, an assisted-living and nursing facility dedicated to the care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, recently honored Nakeelah Ash-Shakoor with the Creative Programmer of the Year award.

Every employee at Copper Ridge leads recreational activities with the residents. Employees are eligible to win an award for the creative activities they have led weekly and monthly.

Ash-Shakoor, a geriatric nursing assistant, won the weekly award twice and the monthly award once last year. She led an inventive dance-exercise program with the residents in addition to a music program where residents made T-shirts and danced to a program of selected songs.

She received a $25 gift certificate and flowers.

Two named to staff of investment service

Windsor Investment Services has announced the addition of Richard Metz and Barbara Burke to its staff.

Metz has been named senior vice president and investment executive. His 20 years of experience includes establishing the investment program at Carroll County Bank and Trust in 1990.

Burke has been named vice president and investment executive. She has more than 18 years of brokerage and banking experience, including vice president of retail sales at Westminster Union Bank, where she developed and marketed the investment department.

Windsor Investment Services, in cooperation with PrimeVest Financial Services Inc., is the investment division of New Windsor State Bank.

Realty agency announces top sales agents in county

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced its top Carroll County sales agents for January.

Eldersburg: Kathy Dixon.

Hampstead: Bob and Sherri Fales.

Mount Airy: Frannie Morris.

Westminster: Sheri Campeggi.

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