Thursday, December 16, 2010

Prospering in a Changing Economy: Business Seminar

The current economic crisis has taken a toll on small businesses everywhere. Many companies that survived previous economic downturns have not survived the current one. Others remain in business, but sometimes in forms barely resembling their former healthier selves.

A seminar, sponsored by Brunswick Main Street, Inc. and led by Chris Olson of the Small Business Development Center, will stress that there is no single technique that will ensure survival. Success lies in combining many seemingly minor (and some major) adjustments, chipping away at the problem from all angles. The seminar will be presented in four parts: Review of Available Resources, Marketing, Financing & Cash Flow and Operational Profitability.

The event is free and takes place January 19th (7 p.m. - 9 p.m.) at the Brunswick American Legion. Registration is required by 1/15 ... e-mail to register.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Local Company is Out of This World: Galaxy Controls

Galaxy Control Systems is a global leader in the access control industry. The company, established in 1974, is located in Walkersville, Maryland.

Galaxy represents the evolution of Digital Systems Corporation, an award winning defense contractor that developed a state-of-the-art, computer controlled, microprocessor-driven system for the covert surveillance and tracking of enemy submarines for the U.S. Military. The intensive research and development from this program produced many technological discoveries and breakthroughs, including the technology that led to the development of one of the security industry's first intelligent access control panels... and the creation of Galaxy Control Systems.

For more information about Galaxy, visit their website: or call their headquarters office in Walkersville at (301) 845-6600.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

DOL Launches Veterans Hiring Toolkit for Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the availability of a new online toolkit to guide employers through the process of hiring veterans. The free toolkit is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.

The toolkit features a comprehensive overview of a 6-step process for hiring and retaining veterans that includes: Designing a strategy for a veterans hiring program; Creating a welcoming and educated workplace for veterans; Actively recruiting veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses; Hiring qualified veterans and learning how to accommodate wounded warriors; Promoting an inclusive workplace to retain veteran employees; and Keeping helpful tools and resources at your fingertips.

The toolkit can be accessed through the America's Heroes at Work website:

Additional resources about hiring veterans can be found on the Frederick County Workforce Services website: