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Local Manufacturer Expands

Egide, an international group specializing in the manufacturing of hermetic packages for sensitive electronic components, is pleased to announce the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Maryland with a $2.5 million investment in facilities and equipment.  The company, which has been in Dorchester County since 2000, currently employees 72 people in its Cambridge facility. As part of the expansion, it plans to add to its total number of employees. Egide’s Cambridge facility produces a large variety of hermetic packages used for Aerospace, Defense and Optoelectronic applications. Egide provides the product design, engineering, manufacturing and product support for customers in the North American market. The expansion includes facility and equipment to produce High Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (HTCC), used in the manufacture of specific types of hermetic packages. The Expansion has been accomplished with the assistance of a technical team from its Bollene, France facility. The primary function being to transfer Egide’s intellectual property to the new facility. The Cambridge facility will now contain a 2,000 square foot Class 10,000 clean room for the screen printing, via forming and lamination processes. A furnace room area has been created with organic burnout ovens and high temperature atmospheric furnaces for sintering. In addition, …

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UPDATE: Eastern Shore Innovation Center

UPDATE: The Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC) opened four months ago and is now at 80 percent capacity. The following businesses have signed license agreements and are part of the growing innovative community at the Dorchester Regional Technology Park: Cambridge Federal, Mapping Technologies, Dalcom Engineering, Garvey Environmental, Quevera, F.L Holdings, Purdy Group, and Patrick’s Northeast Kitchens. There are current negotiations with another new business. The Co-working space is now open with the first new member, SunXAnalytical, and a reciprocity agreement with other co-working spaces on the Eastern and Western shore. A Business Advisory Program was launched and held three workshops/seminars with more to come. For more information on the Eastern Shore Innovation Center please call 410-228-0155.

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Warwick Expands Services

Warwick Fulfillment Solutions, located in Hurlock, recently expanded its service offering to include embroidery. This new in-house service came about to support the need of some of Warwick’s ecommerce apparel customers, namely Rachel Roy.com and Tuckernuck.com.  Warwick hired an in-house embroiderer and purchased a state of the art machine. Warwick offers the embroidery service to its fulfillment clients as well as to local business who may want to produce embroidered apparel or other items with their logo, company name or slogan.   “Our Clients were outsourcing their embroidery needs which resulted in delayed shipments to their customers. In today’s ecommerce world, customers are looking to get their orders quickly. With in-house embroidery, Warwick is able to reduce the production time resulting in our clients increasing their customers’ satisfaction and expanding their sales,” stated Chris Mushinsky who spearheaded this service expansion at Warwick. For more information on Warwick Fulfillment please visit warwickfulfillment.com.

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Export Forum held for local Businesses

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office hosted an Export Forum held at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center located in the Dorchester Regional Technology Park. The Maryland Department of Commerce planned the forum and invited businesses interested in exporting and expanding their reach overseas. Many supporting agencies presented including the United States Export Assistance Center; Maryland Department of Commerce; Maryland Department of Agriculture; Small Business Administration Export Finance; and the District Export Council. Topics included federal and state resources to help Maryland companies advance their export sales. Export grant funds, free and low-cost match making services, and trade show opportunities were presented. In addition, the Export Forum focused on programs for agricultural and food products. For more information on exporting please contact the Dorchester County Economic Development Office at 410-228-0155.

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Eastern Shore Innovation Center

Years of planning have come to fruition and tech entrepreneurs have found a new home at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC), the Eastern Shore’s first full-service business incubator. February 29, 2016 was the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the ESIC. The ceremony began with opening remarks from the Director of the Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) Keasha Haythe. “I want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to come together to create a stronger and more prosperous community.” Pastor Anthony Short from the Tri Life Christian Center followed with the invocation.  The Honorable Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor of the city of Cambridge said, “This is a wow situation. I’m very proud to be the mayor and be in partnership with the county as well as with so many in the community who made the vision come to reality.” Addie Eckardt followed with the presentation of a citation and said, “Good things come to those who wait.” Eastern Shore Innovation Center Manager Steve Dolbow spoke next and said, “This is not only a physical facility with top-notch, first-class business facilities for our tenants, but it is a place where additional partners can come together, …

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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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Urgent Care and Wellness Center

Operating six days a week, Cambridge Urgent Care and Wellness Center is a convenient walk-in medical facility on Bramble Street. The Center opened their doors in the spring of 2013. Offering care for minor injuries and illness as well as pre-employment physicals, workman’s compensation and DOT physicals. Urgent care facilities provide care to those who require immediate attention but not serious enough to visit the emergency room. Director of Cambridge Urgent Care and Wellness Center Lisa Marshall, CRNP said, “There are future plans to expand hours and hire additional staff”. Currently, there are six full time employees. The growing business provides care to over 5,000 patients in the surrounding area each year. Marshall participated in the class offered through the Dorchester County Economic Development office and the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce “Business Information I Wish I Knew 21 Years Ago”. Marshall said, “Attending Joe’s classes opened my eyes and gave me the tools that I need to more effectively run my business on multiple levels.” The weekly class taught by local business owner Joe Benischeck featured several modules to help run businesses. Marshall added, “Implementing the pearls that I have learned from Joe will allow me to grow my business and better …

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Creation of Local Scenic Railroad

By SUSAN BAUTZ, Special to the Dorchester County Department of Economic Development “People love trains,” according to David Owens, vice president of the Eastern Shore Scenic Railroad (ESSR) volunteer group. If the numbers riding the train at the Hurlock Fall Festival are any indication, he is right. Once a year an engine and two restored passenger cars make six round trips between Hurlock and Federalsburg. The trips are sold out. About a thousand excited children, parents, and grandparents wait eagerly for a ride. Older folks remember train travel fondly; but for most children riding the rails means watching Thomas the Tank Engine. The success of the one day event and the popularity of scenic railroads in Western Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania encouraged the ESSR volunteers to pursue the creation of a scenic railroad on 6.4 miles of Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) owned track between Hurlock and Preston. For the past nine years the group has worked with MDOT’s railroad division to obtain rights to the short, unused and deteriorating track through leasing or ownership. The project promises to be an incredible boost to heritage tourism and translate into tens of thousands of dollars in terms of economic impact not …

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Rare Employment Opportunity

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office has a rare employment opportunity for a part-time incubator manager at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center. This position is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the business incubator located within the Dorchester Regional Technology Park. In addition, responsibilities include developing, implementing and managing the “innovation network” for Dorchester County. The incubator manager will be responsible for providing community leadership regarding entrepreneurship and economic development innovations in our region. Minimum education requirements are graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate and BA/BS degree in business or other related field.  A concentration in business is preferred. Note: Experience at an executive/management level within a business or government entity may be substituted for the required college degree. Minimum experience requirements are at least three years of full-time business incubation and related program experience. Commercial real estate or property management experience, experience with meeting tenants and customers, or project management is a plus. Certification in project management is preferred. Credit hours with a major in business from an accredited college may be substituted at the rate of 20 credits for one year of experience for up to two years of the …

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Groundbreaking Event at Technology Park

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office recently hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, the Eastern Shore’s first purpose-built incubator.  The purpose of the Eastern Shore Innovation Center is to spur sustainable economic vitality in the region through high-growth entrepreneurship and innovative practices in the business community.  Start-up businesses entering the incubator will have the opportunity to grow and take advantage of business resources until they graduate out after two years.  Elected officials, business owners, and community members joined together to celebrate the event. The ceremony began with Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe welcoming attendees.  “I want to thank each of you for the commitment to come together to create a stronger and more prosperous community,” said Haythe.  The morning was a much-anticipated gathering for financial partners who have worked together for years to make the day a reality. The invocation was provided by Pastor Pam Bockart of Antioch, Beckwith, and Spedden United Methodist Churches in Cambridge, Maryland.  Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers welcomed guests and shared his excitement by noting that we will grow our own businesses in the incubator.  Senator Addie Eckardt recognized the elected officials and stated she had been a …

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