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Pinetop Celebrates 10 Years in Business

Congratulations on 10 years in business to Pinetop Daycare! Established in April 2007 by director Dawn Coulbourne with the help of her parents Gary and Corliss Wright, they turned her dream of owning an early learning center into a reality. Currently Pinetop has 35 full time children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old enrolled and has nine employees. Pinetop offers a preschool class as young as 18 months. All of their staff are CPR – First Aide certified and achieve continuing education credits every year to keep up to date on the ever-changing educational world. To learn more email pinetopdaycare@gmail.com.

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New Business Brings Back Farm to Table

Please congratulate Tamara Jackson on opening her new business, T’s Divine Sweets & More, LLC, a wholesale dessert company.  Tamara is bringing back the ‘ole school’ approach to baking by using Farm to Table methods.  She believes in freshly made desserts; and, using local farmers. T’s Divine Sweets services restaurants, caterers, hospitals, … essentially anyone who buys frozen or processed desserts. To find out more information please visit www.TsDivineSweets.Biz or follow her on Facebook.

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Metal-Arc Fabrication

Metal-Arc Fabrication moved to its current location 10 months ago and expanded to 14,000 square feet of industrial space in Cambridge. The business has been picking up momentum ever since it was established in 2016 by co-owners Bill Robinson and Pat Weber. Metal-Arc focuses on powder coating and fabrication. Robinson and Weber secured a sole contract with Joerns Healthcare (Former Camtec) to fabricate the CareChair, a wheelchair that easily converts into a stretcher. Keep your eyes on this up and coming business!

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Congratulations on Expansion

Congratulations to Patriot Steel Fabrication on its recent expansion. Owner, Nathan Uncapher purchased the former Camtec property in Church Creek and has relocated his business to the larger site. Patriot Steel Fabrication, Inc. (PSFI) is a steel fabricator and erector of structural steel as well as stairs and rails. PSFI is  regionally focused on Washington DC, Baltimore, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. With the newly acquired space, PSFI is investing in new equipment and is looking to hire experienced fabricators. For more information please email Nathan at nathan@patriotsteelfab.com.

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Community Investment Tax Credits

The MEDA Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Foundation has received an award of $15,000 in Community Investment Tax Credits from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.  As the result of an annual competitive process, the Community Investment Tax Credit program awards 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations allocations of Maryland tax credits to nonprofits for use as incentives to attract contributions from businesses and individuals to benefit local projects and services.  The Foundation will be utilizing donor contributions to support its on-going programs and enhance its ability to provide technical assistance and professional development. How it Works: Businesses and individuals that donate $500 or more to The MEDA Foundation can earn Maryland tax credits equal to 50% of the contribution.  These tax credits are in addition to allowable deductions on both Federal and Maryland tax returns as a result of the charitable contribution. Donors must use the tax credits against Maryland taxes owed for the year in which the contribution is made. Tax credits may not be used retroactively for taxes from a prior year. Individuals and businesses contemplating a donation to the Foundation are encouraged to consult with their accountants or tax professionals for information about their specific tax …

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Small Business Starts Reading Program -Volunteers Welcome

Omeaka Jackson moved back to the community and opened Harvesting Hope, a Behavioral Health and Youth & Family Development organization. Harvesting Hope assists with building stronger and healthier families through education, counseling and mentoring through varies services and partnerships with other community agencies, schools, and churches.  Omeaka is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with the state of Maryland. Through her work with Harvesting Hope, she works with couples, children, adolescent clients and at-risk adolescents. She also provides educational and training on behavioral health and self-care. Omeaka is currently implementing a prevention program called Reading Socials for children ages 2-12. The reading socials will begin in January and will be held at the Cambridge library in the community room one Saturday a month. For those who are interested in learning more about the reading program or volunteering, please attend the meeting on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 at Library located at 204 Cedar St, Cambridge, MD.

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Cambridge Federal Intern Joins Air Force

Recently, Kairan Nichols, an information technology intern at Cambridge Federal left for the United States Air Force. Kairan is a Cambridge local who graduated from Cambridge South Dorchester High School and was a student at the Dorchester Career and Technology Center. To celebrate the end of an internship and the beginning of a new chapter, Cambridge Federal arranged a plane ride for Kairan with the Aeronautics LoB Vice President, Michael Catron. Mr. Catron is an ex US Navy F-18 Top Gun flight instructor who took Kairan for a ride in his experimental airplane.  The two flew together for an hour and Kairan really enjoyed his time in the sky. To learn more about Cambridge Federal please visit cambridgefederal.com.

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Cambridge International

SPECIAL TO DORCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT by Cambridge International: Dorchester County-based Cambridge International was recognized by SmartCEO magazine as one of the Washington, D.C. region’s fastest-growing, mid-sized companies at a gala event held February 4 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Virginia. Cambridge CEO Tracy L. Tyler accepted the Future 50 award from SmartCEO market director, Heather Louise Finch before 500 attendees. Cambridge was the only Eastern Shore awardee and the oldest company selected by the magazine’s editors. Tyler – the only manufacturing CEOs honored in the Future 50 category — was recognized for her management of the challenges, successes and strategy behind Cambridge’s growth. “On behalf of our entire team, I am proud to accept this prestigious award,” said Tyler. “By leveraging the fearlessness of our founders and constantly innovating, we increased sales, customers, revenues and employees, leading to the most successful period in our 105-year history.” The January 2016 edition of SmartCEO notes that Cambridge has evolved to become the global leader in metal conveyor belts and metal mesh for the architecture industry. Cambridge holds more patents than any other competitor and continues to revolutionize continuous processing belt technology. Chosen based on a three-year average of …

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Robin Hood Shop Still Thriving

The Robin Hood Shop thrift store opened in 1957 and generates revenue for the hospital auxiliary. Open six days a week the thrift shop has been a staple in the community for years. Income generated through the Robin Hood Shop and the Hospitality Shop has assisted in renovations, new equipment and services held at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. The Robin Hood Shop welcomes most donations with the exception of computer equipment and large furniture. Staff and volunteers ensure all items donated are used by someone. If their high standard of quality is not met or the item doesn’t sell, they are donated to Planet Aid or other charities. Books that haven’t sold are donated to the Veterans Hospital and the Detention Center. The Robin Hood Shop also offers a group text option to alert customers of special coupons and sale dates.  Community service hours are available for high school juniors and seniors. To learn more about the Robin Hood Shop and Auxiliary please call 410-228-6339.

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Small Business Expanding Operations

Resource Asset Management Solutions LLC (RAMS) is a reliability and engineering solution provider for the utility industry with a field office located in Cambridge, MD.  The business opened in the summer of 2013 with nine employees and has expanded to approximately fifty full time employees since that time. RAMS is expanding its operations and focuses on hiring local talent at all levels of professional development including recent high school graduates. Engineering augmentation, pole inspection, contact voltage programs, and Overhead Maintenance Inspection (OHMI) are just a few of the services they provide. RAMS specializes in providing innovative solutions using the latest technology.  OHMI uses mobile and visual scans combined with ultrasonic technology and infrared. RAMS also utilizes UAV Drones to collect photographs and field data. Scott Dorsey, executive vice president said, “With an in-field professional assessment staff and tenured team, we are armed to support any engineering, reliability and assessment needs.” The RAMS commitment to the community reaches across Dorchester County and beyond. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Habitat for Humanity Choptank, Baywater Animal Rescue and Maryland Summer Center for Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Research at the Horn Point Laboratory are just a few local causes they support. Dorsey …

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