, Newburyport, MA

June 5, 2012

Business News in Brief

Country Garden Inn & Spa awarded excellence certificate

The Country Garden Inn & Spa, 101 Main St., on Route 1A in Rowley, announced that they have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for 2012. For more information, visit

Chamber business networking barbecue June 12

A business networking barbecue will be held Tuesday, June 12, 5 to 7 p.m., at TD Bank, 150 Main St., Amesbury. Cocktails and barbecue will be served. The event is hosted by the executives and officers of TD Bank in partnership with the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce. Respond by June 8 to Lori Karas at 978-463-6441 or

Study: Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction

For the sixth year out of the past eight, financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study SM. The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full-service investment firms based on seven factors: investment adviser, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution. Edward Jones places its branch offices in the communities where its clients, long-term individual investors, live and work. This practice, which enables its branch teams to provide personalized service to all clients, has helped the firm attain the highest score in the investment adviser category of the study. Edward Jones' overall score climbed 15 points over last year, highest among the 14 largest firms rated, as well as 28 points above the industry average. The 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 4,378 investors who primarily invest with one of the 14 firms included in the study. The study was fielded in February.

Interlocks Salon offers a way to celebrate teachers

Interlocks announced that starting May 21, participants can log in and nominate a teacher to receive a gift certificate for use at Interlocks. Prizes will be given to the three teachers who receive the most public votes.

As the school year is coming to a close, now is the perfect time to take a moment to recognize a teacher who you believe is deserving of some pampering.

Teachers can be nominated through the Interlocks Facebook page,, or website at

Nominations were collected through May 31, and now public voting is open. Voting will occur online, and participants can vote for up to three nominated teachers, one time per day, through June 7. Winners will be announced online on June 8.

Three prizes will be awarded. First prize is a $250 gift certificate, second prize is a $100 gift certificate, and third prize is a $50 gift certificate.

Interlocks encourages members of all surrounding communities to participate by nominating and/or voting for a teacher from any public or private school, teaching kindergarten through grade 12.

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