Business Briefs

Site-selection expert to speak today

CHARLES TOWN – An expert in helping businesses select property will speak today at a special event put on by the Jefferson County Development Authority.

Vicki Horton, a professional site consultant with more than 20 years’ experience and clients such as Porsche and Russell Stover, will not only offer an insider’s look at the site selection process but also will share her thoughts on the plusses and minuses of Jefferson’s economic development scene.

The free presentation begins at 1 this afternoon in the large conference room in the Jefferson County Public Service Building at 1948 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville.

John Reisenweber, the executive director of the Development Authority, is encouraging business leaders, elected officials, board members and others interested to attend. For details, call Reisenweber at 304-728-3255.

Gathering to highlight success stories

CHARLES TOWN – A business forum this week will spotlight two local businesses that have found success creating top-notch drinks: Black Dog Coffee and Bloomery Plantation Distillery.

Thursday’s Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum

will feature the tale of Brian Bircher and Jennifer Maghan of Black Dog, which recently expanded its micro-roasted gourmet coffee business with a retail location in the former Bardane Country Market off W.Va. 9.

The forum also will highlight the work of Linda Losey and Tom Kiefer, who created Bloomery and its signature Italian-style limoncello, a sweet, lemon-flavored liqueur.

The business is the only commercial grower of lemons in the mid-Atlantic, and one of just a handful of American distillers making such hand-crafted liqueurs.

The free event at The Inn at Charles Town begins with a networking social hour at 5:30 p.m. The program runs from

6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Jefferson County Development Authority (info@jcda.net or 304-728-3255).

Business award deadline is Friday

CHARLESTON – The deadline for nominations for the 2013 West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champion awards is Friday.

Said Judy K. McCauley, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia office: “These awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the success of small business owners who start each day with creativity to overcome obstacles and challenges to move forward and create jobs which strengthen the local and national economies.”

Winners will be recognized at the West Virginia Small Business Week Awards Celebration in late May. West Virginia’s Small Business Person of the Year will be in the running for the national award to be presented next year in D.C.

Nominations can be submitted by any individual or organization. Small Business Champion awards are selected from individuals or organizations that promote small business, volunteer time and services to small business interest groups, advocate the cause of small business through legislation or use their professional expertise to assist small business owners. Champions may or may not be small business owners.

Nomination details may be found online at sba.gov/wv or by contacting Richard Haney at 304-623-7449 or richard.haney@sba.gov.

Young Professionals plan holiday mixer

MARTINSBURG – Dr. Joseph Ielapi of the Young Professionals of the Eastern Panhandle has organized a holiday mixer on Dec. 13. It’s open to anyone interested.

Ielapi, a Bridgeport native who is a veterinarian at Shenandoah Veterinary Hospital in Martinsburg, has organized the free event. It happens from 6 to 8 p.m. at United Bank at 450 Foxcroft Ave. in Martinsburg.

As part of the mixer, attendees are helping local families in need by buying presents for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. For details on the mixer, call Ielapi at 304-263-2112. To find out more about the organization, visit ypep.berkeleycounty.org.

– Compiled by Christine Miller Ford

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