The Great Gourmet opened in 2003 and is located on the edge of Dorchester county. Throughout their nearly 2 decades of business they have grown fast and furiously. So much so, that in 2008 they were named Inc. Magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the country. Kim Scott, Owner & CEO, credits their growth and longevity to her desire for continual improvement, market diversification, and her loyal customers.
The Great Gourmet is family owned and is operating with 3 generations of strong willed and business savvy women. Their company mainly operates through e-Commerce/television and order fulfillment. By partnering with QVC as a supplier of specialty local crab cakes, the Great Gourmet has adapted to become a national volume shipper. Their orders for Mother’s Day alone were roughly 5,000 orders for crab cakes. In addition to that partnership, the Great Gourmet fulfills national orders for frozen food like desserts, hotdogs, hamburgers, seafood, and more. Some of Kims most famous customers include Martha Stewart, Good Morning America, The View, and Shark Tank to name just a few.
Orders for food shipping and online shopping spiked exponentially in 2020 as the country was stuck at home during the pandemic. As restrictions lift, orders are leveling out and are more in line with pre-pandemic order quantities. Similar to many businesses, locally and nationally, The Great Gourmet has experienced pandemic challenges like supply chain shortages, seafood availability, labor shortages, and material prices. Kim plans on persevering to meet these challenges head on and hopes to diversify her business and eventually expand onsite.
She credits her loyal team and local community for their support and believes in providing an uplifting hand to all. Be on the lookout for her future plans and follow her on social media for information about her annual community food sales and for special promotions.
More information can be found at https://www.thegreatgourmet.com
Patriot Steel Fabrication, Inc. (PSFI) is a structural and miscellaneous steel fabricator and erector located in Church Creek. Founded in 2014 as a family business by Carl and Nathan Uncapher, Patriot Steel Fabrication has grown from a two man operation to 28 employees in the office and field doing installations. They anticipate that once the Maryland Offshore Wind projects officially begin they could double their size of employees and expand into available space in their 60,000 square foot warehouse.
Patriot Steel was awarded the Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure Grant which enabled them to purchase their newest piece of advanced technology, a CNC robotic steel fabricator. Amongst the many capabilities that the robotic CNC machine offers, PSFI utilizes the machine to channel, angle, create tubing, bevels, finish, and drill holes in steel. With the addition of this equipment they are able to complete some projects in 3-4 minutes versus the 45 minutes it previously took. Patriot Steel is able to support other local fabricators process their projects due to the rapid throughput the machine offers
Some of the recent projects PSFI is working on include the shipping supports for the giant wind turbine blades for transport across the Atlantic ocean as well as the grading platforms within the wind turbines. Locally, they are fabricating components used in the new free standing medical facility that is under construction in the Cambridge Marketplace.
To learn more about PSFI visit their website at http://patriotsteelfab.net/about
SunX Analytical, an independent industrial hemp processing and testing laboratory located in Cambridge, is expanding their capabilities thanks to the funding provided by the Rural Maryland Grant.
With this grant Barry Pritchard, owner of SunX Analytical, plans to use newly acquired equipment to increase production and streamline processes in his facility. This equipment will enable his laboratory and team to mass produce current manufactured products, like tinctures while expanding into new areas of expertise like gel- caps and gummy edibles at high through-put pace.
Barry believes in the area, community, and potential growth that his business can achieve by being here. He contributes the ability to meet higher production demands and standards to the Rural Maryland Grant given by the Rural Maryland Council.
To learn more about Maryland’s Hemp Program please visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture.