Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

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Free sessionon brand-building

Downtown Frederick Partnership will hold a free workshop, ‘‘Building a Genuine Brand,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., as part of its Competitive Edge Series.

Ruth Bielobocky of Ion Design marketing communications will lead the session.

Information: karanorman@downtownfrederick.org or 301-698-8118.

Wood Street dives intoWeb work for Crowley

Wood Street development, a graphic design company in Frederick, recently announced the launch of a new line of product Web sites for the Crowley Co., a commercial imaging company in Frederick.

Eco-friendly power strip sales launched

Beamingsun.com, a Web company in New Market that sells environmentally friendly products, recently partnered with a producer of a USB strip designed to minimize electrical use.

The USB Ecostrip plugs into both a wall socket and a computer’s USB portal so that when the computer is turned off, other electrical devices such as printers, lamps or speakers are also shut down.

Sam Wong Salonhires new stylist

Sam Wong Salon on North Market Street in Frederick recently hired Erin Heyrand, a professional stylist.

Heyrand recently completed a one-month training course on makeup application.

M&T Bank announcesenergy-efficiency fund

M&T Bank, which has six branches in Frederick County, has launched a program to help local governments and municipalities finance energy-efficiency upgrades.

The bank has targeted $50 million to help pay for new energy-efficient lighting, adding heating, ventilation and air conditioning management systems, upgrading mechanical systems and other such projects.

Applications for financing of up to $500,000 may be eligible for a streamlined approval process.

In Frederick County, M&T banks claimed $191 million in deposits by June, or about 6 percent of the county’s market share, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Dogs In Paradise to hold

grand opening on Valentine’s Day

Dog In Paradise, a grooming, training and boarding service that recently opened in Frederick, will hold its grand opening 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14 — and dogs are invited.

The facility also boasts an indoor dog park, which will open for two hours at the 5 p.m. ribbon cutting. Activities and prizes will be available for pets.

MLend hires IT manager

for Frederick office

Millennium Financial Group Inc. has hired Dave Overton of Frederick as information technology manager.

Overton has worked as a computer technician for more than five years.

Mug of Hammond

Physical therapist promoted

to director at Amber Hill

Amber Hill Physical Therapy in Frederick recently promoted Matthew Hammond to assistant operations and marketing director.

Hammond, who has worked for the company since 2000, runs an evening sports and general fitness training program at Amber Hill’s Jefferson Clinic.

Mug of Posey

Retired recreation supervisor

recertified for instruction

Darlene Posey, former director of the city of Frederick’s William Tale Recreational Center, was recently recertified as a personal fitness trainer.

Posey still provides group and individual fitness training at the center.

Downtown Partnership to hostsession on brand-building

Downtown Frederick Partnership will hold a free workshop, ‘‘Building a Genuine Brand,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., as part of its Competitive Edge Series.

Ruth Bielobocky of Ion Design marketing communications will lead the session.

Information: karanorman@downtownfrederick.org or 301-698-8118.

Wood Street dives intoWeb work for Crowley

Wood Street development, a graphic design company in Frederick, recently announced the launch of a new line of product Web sites for the Crowley Co., a commercial imaging company in Frederick.

New Market startup tagged

for eco-friendly power strip sales

Beamingsun.com, a Web company in New Market that sells environmentally friendly products, recently partnered with a producer of a USB strip designed to minimize electrical use.

The USB Ecostrip plugs into both a wall socket and a computer’s USB portal so that when the computer is turned off, other electrical devices such as printers, lamps or speakers are also shut down.

M&T Bank announces

energy-efficiency financing fund

M&T Bank, which has six branches in Frederick County, has launched a program to help local governments and municipalities finance energy-efficiency upgrades.

The bank has targeted $50 million to help pay for new energy-efficient lighting, adding heating, ventilation and air conditioning management systems, upgrading mechanical systems and other such projects.

Applications for financing of up to $500,000 may be eligible for a streamlined approval process.

In Frederick County, M&T banks claimed $191 million in deposits by June, or about 6 percent of the county’s market share, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Sam Wong Salon

hires new stylist

Sam Wong Salon on North Market Street in Frederick recently hired Erin Heyrand, a professional stylist.

Heyrand recently completed a one-month training course on makeup application.

Dogs In Paradise to hold

grand opening on Valentine’s Day

Dog In Paradise, a grooming, training and boarding service that recently opened in Frederick, will hold its grand opening 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14 — and dogs are invited.

The facility also boasts an indoor dog park, which will open for two hours at the 5 p.m. ribbon cutting. Activities and prizes will be available for pets.

MLend hires IT manager

for Frederick office

Millennium Financial Group Inc. has hired Dave Overton of Frederick as information technology manager.

Overton has worked as a computer technician for more than five years.

Mug of Hammond

Physical therapist promoted

to director at Amber Hill

Amber Hill Physical Therapy in Frederick recently promoted Matthew Hammond to assistant operations and marketing director.

Hammond, who has worked for the company since 2000, runs an evening sports and general fitness training program at Amber Hill’s Jefferson Clinic.

Mug of Posey

Retired recreation supervisor

recertified for instruction

Darlene Posey, former director of the city of Frederick’s William Tale Recreational Center, was recently recertified as a personal fitness trainer.

Posey still provides group and individual fitness training at the center.

NAIS Inc. acquired byCleveland company

NAIS Inc., a Frederick insurance company with 25 employees, was acquired Friday by CBIZ of Cleveland. Terms were not disclosed.

NAIS, which provided innkeeper insurance programs marketed through James Wolf Insurance and Old Line Insurance, was one of the largest such providers in the nation. It was founded in 1972 as a general multi-lines insurer before it focused on the innkeeper industry by combining homeowner and commercial insurance.

No layoffs are planned; CEO Scott Wolf is to remain with the new company.

NAIS reported roughly $2.1 million in revenue for 2007. CBIZ, a public company with about $500 million in revenue in 2007, is one of the nation’s largest benefits specialist and medical practice management companies. It has more than 140 offices in 34 states.

Business specialist joinscounty economic agency

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development has named Sherman Coleman a business development specialist for technology transfer.

Coleman will provide support and coordination between the agency and Fort Detrick Business Development Office and the Frederick Innovative Technology Center.

Previously, he was director of business development for STG Inc. in Reston, Va., where he provided services to the Department of Defense. He also supported the Edgewood Biological and Chemical Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

‘‘I look forward to bringing my extensive professional and military background to this challenging position,” Coleman said in a statement.

Names & Notes reports news of startups, new developments, key personnel changes and trends affecting county business. Items may be mailed to Rebecca McClay, The Gazette, 2A N. Market St., Frederick, MD 21701; faxed to 301-876-2124; or e-mailed to rmcclay@gazette.net.