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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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MEDA Summer Conference focuses on Workforce

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) held their Summer Conference in Baltimore at the World Trade Center. Building a Resilient Maryland Workforce was the focus. Developing talent and skill-set as technology continues to develop and jobs become more advanced are a few of the challenges that were addressed. Secretary Kelly Schulz of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) was the opening keynote speaker. She highlighted DLLR’s vision for fostering economic growth, through job training programs and apprenticeships.  Todd Metcalfe, senior economist from RESI, Towson University presented data that included Maryland’s occupation forecast over the next two years.  Construction and healthcare related jobs are projected for the highest growth followed by professional, scientific and technical jobs. To view RESI’s PowerPoint please visit http://www.slideshare.net/medamd. Robert Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, presented ways the university system is developing talent. He also shared initiatives to address workforce issues and collaboration efforts with industry. Two panel discussions were held focusing on the preparation of workforce and the ever changing workplace dynamics and how employers are navigating these changes. Resources, partnerships and programs related to workforce were shared. Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Michael Gill also spoke to the …

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Project Opportunity for Veterans

Project Opportunity was founded by retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Joe Giordano on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2010.  Since its inception in 2010, Project Opportunity has had a total of fifty three (53) veterans from all counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland complete the course and move towards their dream of launching their own business Have you thought about owning your own business? Do you have a business idea but don’t know where to start? Do you have a business and want to take it to the next level? Are you self-motivated and looking for a way to use your skills and discipline? Is Entrepreneurship the right choice for you? Project Opportunity is a free 10-week intensive course that offers training, outreach services, technical assistance and information on financing opportunities to veterans who are considering starting a business or expanding their current small business as an alternative to traditional employment.  Coursework covers everything from fine tuning a business plan to locating resources to launching a business. Registration is available on line at www.project-opportunity.com for the Eastern Shore Project Opportunity Fall 2016 Class. For more information call Joe Giordano at (410) 860 6664.  Training is provided at no …

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New Business Taking Off

Cambridge Federal is a certified SBA HUBZone, a VA certified Veteran Owned Small Business and a MDoT certified Small Business Enterprise, located in the Eastern Shore Innovation Center in Cambridge, Maryland. Cambridge Federal serves government and commercial clients over five lines of business; Aeronautics, Business Consulting, Base Operations and Energy Efficiency, Information Technology and Investigation & Security. Cambridge Federal is projected to establish 35 plus jobs over the next two years. Cambridge Federal in conjunction with Annapolis Defense and Security, is offering a four day, 40 hour Private Detective Academy program at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, 104 Tech Park Drive, Cambridge MD 21613 on June 25th & 26th and July 9th & 10th. Participants who complete the training may be eligible for a sponsorship for: Maryland Private Investigator (PI) License; a Maryland Security Guard Certificate and Maryland Handgun Wear and Carry permit. Topics covered include: Investigative Database Access and Use; Firearms Safety and Use of Force; Surveillance Tools; Techniques and Analysis; and Legal Issues involved in PI Work. The class will be offered again in the future on a reoccurring bases. Michael Ross, CEO and Founder, has over 30 years of professional experience. Keri Dinkel, office manager, recently graduated from West Virginia University …

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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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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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Abandoned Building Renovated

The Dorchester County Career and Technology Center construction students recently volunteered to help renovate a vacant building in Vienna.  Students in Pete Pietras’s Carpentry class and Danny Insley’s Electricity class participated in the project. The abandoned building in Vienna was selected to be renovated for the town’s new Dorchester County Sheriff’s Substation. The Carpentry students were tasked with squaring the entry door jamb and hanging the front door. The Electrical students performed the following tasks: wiring the main electrical panel and installing a motion sensing light fixture for the rear of the building, ran supply power for a new HVAC system, replaced an interior chandelier style light fixture, installed an exterior light fixture near front entrance, and mounted a weather-proof exterior receptacle. The vision of the Dorchester Career and Technology Center is to provide a well-prepared workforce for area employers as well as well-prepared students to be successful in post-secondary training or college. For more information on the Dorchester Career and Technology Center please visit dctc.dcpsmd.net.

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Incubator Manager Hired

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office is pleased to welcome Steve Dolbow, the new manager of the Eastern Shore Innovation Center. As manager, Dolbow is responsible for developing programs and managing the business incubator located within the Dorchester Regional Technology Park. In addition, he is responsible for managing the “innovation network” for Dorchester County and providing community leadership regarding entrepreneurship and economic development innovations in our region. Keasha Haythe, director of the Dorchester County Economic Development office said, “Steve brings several years of experience and we are happy to have him as part of the team. Filling this position with someone familiar with entrepreneurship and innovation helps the Eastern Shore Innovation Center achieve its mission.” Innovation has been the hallmark of Dolbow’s career. During his 22 years with IBM, he helped companies identify computer applications that would streamline their businesses and increase their profit.  Steve created Dolbow & Company, a firm praised for developing high profile, client serving websites which were recognized by PWC, Forbes, the Smithsonian and others as “Best of the Web” examples of the use of web technology. Throughout his career he has worked with clients in the manufacturing, financial services, business services, distribution, publishing, non-profit and …

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Job Opening With Local Business

A local E-commerce business, CAMFormulas, is looking for an administrative assistant with strong computer skills. CAMFormulas carries over 150 popular brands and over 9,000 individual products of vitamins, dietary supplements, cosmetics, skin care, health and other nutritional products. The company is an online retailer of high-quality, healthcare practitioner grade products. The ideal candidate should be an enthusiastic individual with a positive attitude and a customer-focused mindset. Candidates looking to grow their career with a company should apply. The position is full time with health benefits. All applicants should provide a resume and cover letter to jobs@camformulas.com. For more information please visit www.camformulas.com.

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Operation Hire’s New Program

In an effort to increase veteran hiring and retention in the state of Maryland, employers are encouraged to participate in Operation Hire Maryland.  The program has changed from a 100-day challenge to ongoing support of continued veteran hiring and retention efforts in the civilian work place.  If your business participated last year, you are required to fill out a new application since the process has changed. Businesses who wish to participate can be based outside of Maryland.  However, in order to be counted as hires, veterans need to be Maryland residents for eligibility.  National Guard and Reservists are eligible to be considered as hires.  Once a participant’s application is approved, they will be given the Operation Hire Maryland logo with permission to use on the company’s marketing material. Employer participants will be required to report veteran hires each quarter via email and attend either one training or one networking event per year.  The networking events will be held regionally across Maryland. For a full program description of Operation Hire Maryland, please visit the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs’ website at veterans.maryland.gov.

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