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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October is Manufacturing Month

October is Manufacturing Month! Manufacturing is considered the backbone of economic growth and provides over 100,000 jobs statewide. Over the past five years manufacturing employment numbers have risen in Dorchester County.  According to Maryland’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), the first quarter of 2012 showed an average of 1,962 manufacturing jobs in the county and each year since there has been an increase. 2016’s first quarter numbers were recorded at 2,273. Have you ever wondered what products are produced in Dorchester County? If you have, here’s a short list: boats, airplanes, conveyor belts, architectural mesh, hand grenade parts, High Temperature Co-fired Ceramic Technology for thermal energy, hermetic packages, taps for tap shoes, dog beds, corrugated boxes, high performance firearms, custom field guns, regulators for the breath alcohol market, brewery and winery filters, Sherwin Williams paint brush handles, test tubes, soups, mushrooms, chicken, seafood, beer, wine and more. There is a rich history of manufacturing in Dorchester County. Manufacturing has experienced numerous changes over past decades, but continues to be a major employer for the county. Don’t forget to thank Dorchester’s Manufacturers this month!

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Ironman Races add $5.5M to Local Economy

SPECIAL by ANDREA VERNOT: IRONClub Maryland, the non-profit organization formed to support large-scale, high-impact endurance events in Dorchester County, today released the results of an economic impact report revealing that the 2015 IRONMAN races attracted 3,500 participants and generated almost $5.5 million for the region. The findings were announced at the Dorchester Visitors Center during a morning reception recognizing new sponsors and board members including an unveiling of a locally fabricated metal IRONMAN sculpture. Cambridge International President and CEO Tracy L. Tyler joined area business and government leaders to applaud the economic benefits and reveal the large, three-dimensional IRONMAN sculpture with a new, Maryland design. “On behalf of Dorchester County and IRONClub Maryland, thank you for rallying behind IRONMAN and enthusiastically supporting our local booster club,” said Tourism Director and board member Amanda Fenstermaker. “Over the past two years, more than 300 members raised over $100,000 in private contributions toward licensing fees and leveraged that support with donations, in-kind services and volunteerism. Together, we’ve increased our investment 100-fold, generating $10 million for our economy in only two short years.” Produced by Salisbury University’s BEACON Center under the direction of Memo Diriker “IRONMAN Races in Dorchester County: 2015 Economic Impact” reveals …

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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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HUBZone Companies

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) worked with the flowing companies and is pleased to announce their Historically Underuti­lized Business Zones (HUBZone) certification; Garvey Environmental, Quevera, Cambridge Federal LLC and Group Z Inc. Last February local businesses interested in becoming HUBZone certified attended a free HUBZone workshop offered through the DCED. The HUBZone program helps small businesses by providing federal con­tracting opportunities for qualified businesses located in the designated areas. The purpose of the program is to promote economic development and employment growth by providing federal contracting opportunities. Dorchester County is a federally designated HUBZone. For more information on the HUBZone certification please contact the DCED at 410-225-0155.

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Water Moves Us Campaign Expands

Two years after launching the first ever cooperative branding campaign, “water moves us”, Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED) has expanded the industry sectors of faces. The campaign showcases quality of life and people who choose to relocate to one of the East Coast’s most picturesque, historic communities. Quality of life and the economic well-being for a community are pillars for economic development. Living, working and recreational amenities are factors considered by new residents. New residents Jill and John Hrabosky moved to Dorchester County after John’s sales territory was moved to the East Coast. The Hraboskys wanted to be near the water and could have chosen to relocate anywhere from Maryland to Maine.  Jill said “We knew we wanted to be near water, so I looked at a map, and literally pointed to Cambridge.  It had direct water access, and a beautiful countryside.” Dorchester County is located on Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore with more than 1,700 miles of shoreline. It is the largest land/water mass county in Maryland, with nearly 600 square miles of land and 70 square miles of waterways. Dorchester County offers attractive and affordable housing options from waterfront estates to rural developments including small city condos, townhouses and apartments.Many …

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Broadband Need in Rural Areas

In an effort to provide broadband to the rural areas of Dorchester County the Broadband Taskforce is asking residents to fill out a simple survey that will assist in identifying specific locations with the most need. The Dorchester County Department of Planning and Zoning has created an app where the survey can be accessed. Please visit the Dorchester County website and look for GIS Maps and Links then click on the Broadband Crowdsource App. The survey will support the taskforce in addressing the broadband challenges found in the surrounding rural communities. For more information please call the Dorchester County Economic Development office at 410.228.0155.

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Contracting Support for Small Businesses

Have you ever wondered how to make the government your next customer? If so, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is a wonderful resource for your business. The SBA has a full website page dedicated to contract support for small businesses and federal government contracting opportunities. The requirements and qualifications vary depending on the program but many revolve around employment numbers. The SBA provides basic information through webinars, videos, articles and webpages. The 8A Business Development Program, Women-Owned Small Business Program, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business and the HUBZone Program are just a few of the SBA programs that are available. Dorchester County is a county-wide designated HUBZone. The designation permits qualifying businesses in the county better federal contracting opportunities. The Dorchester County Economic Development Office assists local companies going through HUBZone certification by providing resources, workshops, and individual consultation to assist businesses completing the certification process. To learn more about federal contracting opportunities please visit www.sba.gov or www.choosedorchester.org.

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Dorchester Hosts IRONMAN Maryland

One of the world’s most grueling athletic events is returning to Dorchester County on October 3, 2015. IRONMAN Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic’s only full-length IRONMAN triathlon will bring thousands of athletes—and the attention of the world—to Cambridge, Maryland. IRONMAN is known worldwide as the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit for athletes. Director of Dorchester County Tourism Amanda Fenstermaker said, “I’m happy to see that many of the triathletes have been coming to Dorchester in the months before the race to train.  We’ve been gearing up to welcome them—improving the course and coming up with ways to enhance their experience here. Last year was the triathlon’s first year, and the event generated an economic impact of about $3.4 million for the region. This year promises to be even bigger, with more athletes and more visitors expected. We can’t wait.” Approximately, 2500 athletes along with their family and friends will arrive on the Eastern Shore to compete in a 140.6 mile race, comprised of a 2.4 mile swim on the Choptank River, a 112 mile bike through Southern Dorchester County and 26.2 mile run through downtown Cambridge.  IRONMAN Maryland is one of only 38 IRONMAN Triathlons held in the world, with Dorchester …

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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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