• Dr. Mitch Jacques has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the West Virginia governor’s office for his work as dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Eastern Division in Martinsburg.

Jacques, who will retire in June, accepted the honor from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during the governor’s March 13 stop in the Panhandle.

  • Lyle C. Tabb & Sons of Kearneysville will be one of three Panhandle businesses honored this spring during the West Virginia Small Business Awards luncheon in Morgantown.

The Tabbs – Lyle C. Tabb III, Howard C. Tabb, Jane M. Tabb, Lycle C. Tabb IV and Virginia D. Tabb – are the winners of the SBA’s West Virginia Family-owned Business of the Year Award.

Brothers Michael P. McKechnie and Peter M. McKechnie of Mountain View Solar and Wind of Berkeley Springs will be awarded the West Virignia Entrepreneurial Success Award.

Kimberley Beth Dole, who owns Dole Accounting Services in Martinsburg, will be named the West Virginia Women in Business Champion of the Year.

Nominations for all of the awards were accepted last fall, and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges.

National Small Business Week is May 20 to 26, and the state honors will be formally awarded May 30 at The Morgantown Events Center in conjunction with the state SBA’s 2012 Teaming To Win conference. For details, go to

  • Swallowtail Consulting’s Lorrie Schoettler of Harpers Ferry is teaching two classes at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg.

One class is an introduction to nonprofit management; the other focuses on nonprofit fundraising. For more information, call Schoettler at 304-876-8153 or email

  • HMS Technologies Inc. of Martinsburg has earned its International Organization for Standardization 9001 certification.

Harry M. Siegel, the company’s founder and president/CEO, says the prestigious certification reflects the company’s commitment to its rigorous quality management system, continuous process improvement and delivery of the highest level of customer satisfaction.

The company, founded in 2003 and located at One Discovery Place off Exit 12 of Interstate 81, integrates information technology and services for entities in the federal government as well as commercial clients.

Companies gain certification by implementing policies, procedures and

systems that follow and meet ISO standards, which are assessed by a third-party certification body. As part of the certification process, an auditor performed a series of audits and will continue ongoing assessments to monitor compliance.

To find out more about HMS, go to HYPERLINK “”

Laura Rau, who owns On the Wings of Dreams shop in downtown Shepherdstown, is once again donating proceeds from crystal sales to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. This is the fifth year shop owner Laura Rau has set aside three cents from each crystal and mineral sold throughout the year to donate to the local Audubon Society.

Said Rau: “Supporting the PVAS gives us the opportunity to participate in both environmental and humanitarian efforts. The Society’s work to protect and preserve wetlands and other sensitive natural environments are vital in this fast-growing area. The PVAS also sponsors numerous programs to educate children about the environment, encouraging them to get out in nature and away from the computer or TV. It’s an important investment in the future.”

This year’s donation of $220 targets PVAS youth programs, which include camps, scholarships and naturalist programs that promote conservation and exploration in nature.

The shop is located at 139 W. German St. In addition to crystals, it offers sterling silver and natural stone jewelry; Native American books and music; incense; essential oils; prayer flags, Tibetan singing bowls, and more. For details, go to HYPERLINK “”

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