Web Site Service for Businesses Launched

Tom Nelson Illustration & Design, operator of Charles County's Main Street Web site, has launched a new service that will allow local businesses to design and build their own Web sites with little or no computer programming experience.

The White Plains-based firm says its product will allow business operators to set up a Web site simply by pointing and clicking.

Charles County's Main Street is an online service that helps businesses reach consumers directly 24 hours a day. It also contains information about local news and events.

Tom Nelson Illustration & Design is a full-service art studio specializing in graphic design, Web site design and development, and traditional or digital illustration. Additional information about building your own Web site is available by calling 301-753-0858 or by e-mail at sales@ccmainstreet.com.

First National Bank Donates to Service Project

The First National Bank of St. Mary's recently donated $1,000 to United Way of St. Mary's County to support the annual Day of Caring community service project, which is scheduled for Oct. 8.

During the Day of Caring project, local companies send their employees into the community to work with agency staff and volunteers. Last year, First National was a founding sponsor of the county's first Day of Caring, in which more than 100 volunteers participated.

Information on how to participate in this year's project is available by calling United Way at 301-862-5577.

Thulman Eastern Opens in Charles County

Thulman Eastern, the nation's largest distributor of fireplaces and a manufacturer of fireplace cabinetry and accessories, recently opened a Charles County division.

Dave Scott, president of the firm, said the new division will allow the company to better serve a growing customer base in Southern Maryland. The Charles County operation will be the distribution center for Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and lower Prince George's counties.

Waldorf Wal-Mart Makes Donation to College

The Waldorf Wal-Mart recently donated $2,500 to the Conference Center at the Charles County Community College.

The funds were raised with the help of Wal-Mart employees through car washes, raffles and other events as part of the Wal-Mart Community Matching Grant program.

The donation is being used to hire a student intern to assist in events planning, according to Alan Kutz, vice president of the college's Economic and Community Development Institute, of which the center is a part.

Charles County Economic Summit Set for Oct. 26

The Charles County Economic Development Commission and the county Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the county's second annual Economic Summit on Oct. 26.

The conference will address topics such as goals for economic development, the role of public schools in economic development, changes at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, and the changing role of industrial land and developers in the county.

The summit is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Business and Industry on the Charles County Community College campus in La Plata. There is a $15 registration fee.