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ESIC Celebrates First Year

2016 has been a banner year for the Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC). In the first year the ESIC, launched 11 new businesses with exciting growth potential. They have added 27 new jobs since opening and forecast 100 new technology-based jobs by 2019. ESIC companies are: -Cambridge Federal, a Dell reseller, LiveScan provider and consultant in Security, Base Operations and Energy Efficiency -Dalcom Engineering, a consultancy delivering engineering, safety, IT and management services -F.L. Holding, an agricultural branding business celebrating the joy of the agriculture lifestyle -Mapping Technologies, providing aerial mapping and underground methane tracking -Quevera, a software engineering firm delivering custom technology solutions -Purdy Group, a federal contractor developing a knowledge management center for consultants -Hooper’s Island Oyster Hatchery and Oysters Inc., an aquaculture business delivering oysters to consumers -iValueLED, providing high value LED lighting for commercial and municipal energy savings -Garvey Environmental, a provider of innovative mold remediation services -SunXAnalytical, a laboratory service providing water testing and agriceutical product development -Annapolis Defense and Security, a security service provider The capacity to compete ESIC provides start-up businesses the capacity to compete on an even footing with established businesses on the Western Shore. This includes: An outstanding physical environment with well-equipped office tools High-speed …

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Jobs, Training, And Workforce Resources

Looking for a job? There are several job openings in Dorchester County and the surrounding areas. Employers in Dorchester County alone have listed over 1800 jobs in the last 60 days on the Maryland Workforce Exchange. A total of 349 separate job orders covering 1860 different positions were entered in the months of October and November. Several local businesses are hiring and positions run from welders to poultry workers. Dorchester County Economic Development works closely with the Department of Labor and Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) to provide businesses with job related resources. DLLR has many programs and services available that provide job development and employment training to help citizens get the skills and expertise they need to join Maryland’s workforce. The Maryland Business Works, an incumbent worker training program that is currently being offered by DLLR in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Commerce. The program supports retention, growth and expansion for small businesses and requires a dollar-for-dollar match by the employer. The training funds can be used to upgrade the skills of current employees while also creating opportunities for new hires. To find employment visit mwejobs.maryland.gov. To learn more about DLLR programs or to enter a job opening please contact …

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Start-up Awarded Major Federal Contract

Cambridge Federal (CF) is a technology-based certified SBA HUBZone, Veteran Owned Small Business, and a MDoT Small Business Enterprise (SBE) located in Cambridge Maryland. CF announced that it was awarded a 5-year General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 contract, with 3 five year options. In fiscal year 2015, GSA Schedule 70 processed a total of $14.8 billion in IT Products and Professional Services. Keri Dinkel was instrumental in preparing the GSA proposal and worked tirelessly for months to ensure the proposal’s success. “This is a significant milestone for Cambridge Federal as well as the residents of Dorchester County and the City of Cambridge. GSA Schedule 70 is the largest and most widely used acquisition vehicle in the federal government. With this GSA Schedule 70 contract, we are now able to serve all Federal, State, and Local government agencies high quality IT Products, Services and Personnel in over 30 IT labor categories at affordable rates. Cambridge Federal recruits, trains and employs local residents from the HUBZone as well as interns from the Dorchester County Career and Tech Center (Comp TIA A+, Security +, CISCO Network Engineers, 3-D Printing, etc.) and college interns from Salisbury University (IT/SAP Help Desk, Call Center, Accounting …

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National Farmers Market Week

It’s National Farmers Market Week! Have you visited the Farmers Market lately?  Farmers Markets build business, help communities, stimulate local economies and provide healthy choices. Buying local provides an economic opportunity for the famers and brings seasonal fresh choices to consumers. Celebrate our farmers and support their businesses by going to the Cambridge Farmers Market. The market began in year 2000 and has expanded from the grounds at Sailwinds to its current location at Long Wharf. Strong community partnerships, good management and community support are part of the “local food for local people” experience when visiting the market. You can enjoy the music of Lisa Rowe from 4-6 @ the Cambridge Farmers Market today. Bobby Reed will perform on August 18th. In addition to produce there is meat, eggs, mushrooms, herbs, wine, flowers, handmade jewelry, local art, fragrant soaps and other crafts.The Cambridge Main Street Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday from 3-6 PM through October 13. For more information, visit their website at www.cambridgemainstreet.com or follow them on Facebook.

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Local Fabricator Expanding and Hiring

Patriot Steel Fabrication, Inc. (PSFI) is a steel fabricator specializing in rails and stairs located in Cambridge, Maryland. PSFI is regionally focused on Washington DC, Baltimore, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. However, they ship products nationwide via a common carrier. PSFI is able to assist General Contractors and the larger fabricators with their miscellaneous fabricating requirements. PSFI opened two years ago and employ 12 people. They are expanding and have the following positions open. Shop Helper/Welder, Entry Level Position: experience is not required but is a bonus. Candidate should be interested in a shop atmosphere. If applicant is not experienced, include relevant classes/courses taken in high school or College. Duties will include: quality control, learning to read drawings and blueprints, small deliveries to jobsites and MIG Welding steel. Grinding, printing and drilling and use of band-saws. Shop Fabricator/ Welder: required skills include MIG & TIG welding, the ability to read drawings and blue prints. The ability to fit up structural steel columns and beams as well as layout and assemble pitched rails and stairs. Compensation range is $18-23 per hour depending on experience, ability and efficiency. PSFI is also hiring full time Shop Foreman. Applicants must have at least 5 …

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Businesses Built on the Back of Innovation

Special by STEVE DOLBOW: Have you ever heard the term, “Necessity is the mother of invention”? Well, that isn’t always the case. Consider the Slinky, a marvelous toy which has stood the test of time and sold more than 300 million toys in the past 60 years.  The Slinky was born as a result of an accident in the engineering shop. Richard James, a naval engineer, was developing sensitive springs to keep fragile equipment steady on ships. Accidentally, he knocked one down from a shelf and to his amazement, watched it walk down the shelves rather than just hitting the ground. The slinky coils 80-feet of wire into a 2-inch stack — an amazing feat of engineering in 1943 and a joy to children around the world. To learn more about the Eastern Shore Innovation Center please call Steve Dolbow at 410-228-0155 x 1275

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Dorchester Regional Technology Park

The Dorchester Regional Technology Park is a 113-acre, full-utility Park that includes water, sewer, and fiber connections for tenants.  Strategically located across from the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport, the park boasts beautiful scenery with a paved pathway for walking. Four- to five-acre lots are for sale starting at $65,000 per acre. Dorchester County is located in the center of Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore, and boasts more than 1,700 miles of shoreline. The county has the largest land/water mass in Maryland, with nearly 600 square miles of land and 70 square miles of waterways. Close proximity to the Baltimore/Washington corridor makes the county attractive to businesses and entrepreneurs. Competitive cost advantages, excellent quality of life, and affordable housing options are just a few of the location attributes the county offers. The entire county is a federally-designated HUBZone, which provides businesses access to unique procurement opportunities with federal government contractors. For more information on the Dorchester Regional Technology Park or to schedule a site visit, contact the Dorchester County Economic Development Office at 410.228.0155 or email sbanks@ChooseDorchester.org.

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Millennials in Dorchester

Each week the Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) posts a profile of a Millennial working in Dorchester County. Millennials, also know as Generation Y, are a highly educated generation known for their entrepreneurial spirit. The start and end dates for the generation are debated but are typically considered to be 1980-2000. According to the Pew Research Center, more than one-in-three American workers are Millennials. Focusing on Dorchester County’s young professionals highlights their contributions to the community and also provides a showcase of the younger generation working in local businesses. The first month DCED highlighted five young professionals that work in Dorchester. The first profile was Chelsea Dunnock, 26 years old. Chelsea graduated from the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. She is the Mid-Atlantic Channel Account Manager for ForeScout Technologies Inc. Headquartered in CA, Forescout Technologies is a leader in cyber ware security offering solutions that integrate with leading network; security; mobility and IT management products to overcome security silos; automate workflows and enable significant cost savings. Chelsea lives in Dorchester County and is a home owner. The second profile was Gary Baxter, 26 years old. Gary graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in Geography and Earth Science; Atmospheric Science and Environmental Land …

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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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Because of Veterans

Move over, J.K. Rowling! Michelle Gregori’s kindergarteners at Maple Elementary School are now published authors too, but their book is about real-life heroes. The class’s new book started as a Veteran’s Day project last November when Navy veteran Michael Nordstrom was invited to speak to the children about what it means to be a veteran.  Afterwards, the children wrote about the things they are able to do in their lives thanks to the freedoms they have through the sacrifices of these men and women.  Their thoughts, along with the children’s illustrations, have now been published in a volume entitled Because of Veterans. The children’s writings celebrate veterans in such statements as, “Because of veterans, I am free to go swimming”, “Because of veterans, I am free to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house”, and “Because of veterans, I am free to watch clouds”. On behalf of the class, Mrs. Gregori donated a copy of the book to the VA Outpatient Clinic in Cambridge.  Karen Windsor, Nurse Manager at the clinic, said, “This will mean so much to our veterans.  It is especially meaningful when they see children learning about their service to our country.”  Mr. Nordstrom was also presented with …

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