Commerce Holds Networking Reception

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office attended a networking reception hosted by the Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the SelectUSA Investment Summit. The reception took place in Washington DC where summit attendees were invited to learn more about Maryland and all it offers new businesses. Maryland Department of Commerce’s Secretary Mike Gill, Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Ben Wu and Managing Director of International Investment and Trade, Signe Pringle addressed the attendees with a warm welcome and invited them to Maryland. Countries represented at the reception included China, Israel, Italy, Canada and more. To learn more about the SelectUSA Investment Summit please visit https://www.selectusa.gov/selectusa-summit.

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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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Cambridge Jumpstarts Small Business Saturday

Town Rallies Residents to Shop, Savor & Spend Local on 2nd Saturday With the holiday season around the corner, and the fourth annual Small Business Saturday ahead on November 30, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and Cambridge Council members Hanson, Sydnor, Thomas and Vickers reminded Dorchester County  residents to shop local and support the town’s retailers and restaurants. They joined hundreds of people downtown for Second Saturday events, ribbon-cuttings and anniversary celebrations November 9. Sunnyside Shop’s Heidi Griebel and Joie de Vivre Gallery’s Joy Staniforth had much to celebrate on Saturday as each marked nine and 13 years respectively of owning and operating their businesses in Cambridge. The veteran main street entrepreneurs welcomed Dorchester native and new business owner Ashley Banks. Banks opened the doors to her beautiful new children’s boutique, Sur Jeudi at 511 Poplar Street across from Sunnyside. Stocked with new children’s clothes, toys and gifts, the shop is the third local retailer to open downtown the past three months. In October, Deborah Benisch and Debbie Jackson cut the ribbon on their vintage furniture and collectibles shop, Heart of the Chesapeake Antiques, attached to the Canvasback Restaurant. Two weeks later, George Wright relocated his art and framing shop, renamed Downtown …

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