The Talbot Bank Raises Awarenesss of Data Privacy

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In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, Shore Bancshares, Inc. along with its subsidiary banks, CNB and The Talbot Bank, is urging customers to take an active role in

protecting their data.

“A top priority for CNB and Talbot Bank is to protect our customers’ money and information,”said Tim Berrigan, Chief Information Officer, Shore Bancshares, Inc. “We use a combination of safeguards to protect our customers’ information, and we encourage our customers to partner with us inTo help ensure the safety of personal information, CNB and Talbot Bank suggests following

To help ensure the safety of personal information, CNB and Talbot Bank suggests following these four tips:

1. Create c0mplic@t3d passwords. Avoid birthdays, pet names and simple passwords like 12345. It is also important to change passwords periodically. If a website where you have an account has reported a breach, you should change your password for every account that shares the compromised password. Because friendly theft – theft by someone the victim knows – is the most common type of identity theft or fraud, don’t share your passwords with family members and be mindful of who has access to your personal information.

2. Keep tabs on your accounts. Check account activity and online statements often, instead of waiting for the monthly statement. You are the first line of defense because you know right away if a transaction is fraudulent. If you notice unusual or unauthorized activity, notify your bank right away. When a customer reports an unauthorized transaction in a timely manner, the bank will cover the loss and take measures to protect the account.

3. Stay alert online. Be sure computers and mobile devices are equipped with up-to-date anti-virus and malware protection. Never give out your personal financial information in response to an unsolicited email, no matter how official it may seem. Your bank will never contact you by email asking for your password, PIN, or account information. Only open links and attachments from trusted sources. When submitting financial information on a website, look for the padlock or key icon at the top or bottom of your browser, and make sure the Internet address begins with “https.” This signals that your information is secure during transmission.

4. Mobilize your defenses. Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your deviceis lost or stolen. Before you donate, sell or trade your mobile device, be sure to wipe itusing specialized software or using the manufacturer’s recommended technique. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen. Use caution when downloading apps, as they may contain malware and avoid opening links and attachments – especially from senders you don’t know.

Tips for Victims:

If you are a victim of fraud and suspect your personal information has been compromised, you should take the following steps:

• Call your bank and credit card issuers immediately so they can take necessary steps to protect your account.

• File a police report and call the fraud unit of the three credit-reporting companies.

• Consider placing a victim statement in your credit report and a fraud alert on your account.

• Keep a log of all the contacts you make with authorities regarding the matter. Write down names, titles, and phone numbers in case you need to re-contact them or refer to them in future correspondence.

• Contact the FTC’s ID Theft Consumer Response Center at 1-877-ID THEFT (1-877-438- 4338) or www.ftc.gov/idtheft.

Data Privacy Day commemorates the 1981 signing of the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. It is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit, public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity education for all online citizens.

Ashley Insurance Acquires German, Hersloff and Swanson

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Ashley Insurance, an independent insurance agency based on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the German, Hersloff & Swanson agency in Easton. This acquisition will enable Ashley Insurance to offer a broader range of insurance products and services to its customers. Due to the expansion, Ashley Insurance now represents 75 insurance companies.

Current customers of German, Hersloff & Swanson will see no interruption in service and they will continue to work with the same agents. With the addition of all five agents from German, Hersloff & Swanson, Ashley Insurance will now have a total of 17 agents available to serve new and current customers.

Ashley Insurance plans to relocate its Easton office and staff to join the German, Hersloff & Swanson team at 38 South Harrison Street in Easton.

Jack Ashley, president of Ashley Insurance, commented on the acquisition, saying “German, Hersloff & Swanson is a highly respected agency, and Bud German was a personal friend of mine for many years. We are honored to serve his agency’s customers and we will continue to provide the excellent service that the agency has offered for the past 100 years. Merging these two agencies will be beneficial to customers since we can now offer a more diverse range of products all in one convenient location.”

German, Hersloff & Swanson has been an independent insurance agency in Maryland since 1912. Coverage options include personal, business, life and health, and farm and ranch insurance. Both Ashley Insurance and German, Hersloff & Swanson represent many different insurance companies.

Founded in 1980, Ashley Insurance is a local independent insurance agency based on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with offices located in Centreville, Easton, and Denton. Services include home, auto, life, health, dental, boat, farm, and commercial insurance. For more information, visit www.ashleyinsurance.com, or call 410-758-0200.

Local Real Estate: Eastern Shore Holds Promise for 2015

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The real estate market looks positioned for a good year according to an overview put together by Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate.

They just released their “Eastern Shore Real Estate market 2014 Year End Numbers” with a forecast for a climb back to normal to continue through 2015.

“We’re bullish on both Kent and Talbot markets for 2015, ” says Hugh Smith, broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Chesapeake. “If you look at economic indicators in the national economy like lower unemployment, we’re seeing this as a tipping point for an upswing in Kent and Talbot sales. Even a stock market correction can be a good thing as people start to look for different kinds of investments and the possibility of an interest rate increase will probably knock some people off the fence from watching to buying,” he added.

The study and projection include Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Kent and Cecil Counties:

Sold Dollar Volume: Sellers on the Upper Eastern Shore closed $890,448,394 in real estate sales in 2014 – down 42% from the peak of the last boom market in 2005. This represents only a marginal improvement year-over-year and but a 45% improvement over the bottom of the market which was achieved in 2011. Every year since 2011 has shown a slow but steady improvement in this metric. Look for this trend to slowly accelerate in 2015 and thereafter as national economic fundamentals and consumer confidence continue to improve and waterfront buyers return to the shores of Chesapeake Bay.

Average Sold Price: The average sold price of an Eastern Shore residential property was $282,772 in 2014 – down from a high of $383,488 achieved in 2007 and down marginally year-over-year. The average sold price continues to suffer for the continued absence of luxury and waterfront buyers from the eastern shore markets. Look for this number to improve as the tax climate for high net-worth buyers improves with the new administration in Annapolis.

Median Sold Price – The median sold price of $210,000 continues to hover near the bottom of its 10-yr range. This reflects the continued high number of foreclosures and short sales in the market and the previously mentioned absence of luxury buyers. The median Sold Price will improve in 2015 and thereafter as the inventory of foreclosures declines and luxury buyers return to the market.

Units Sold – The absorption rate of Eastern Shore real estate was still off its 2005 highs (when 4,411 units were sold) but at 3,149 units it is a vast improvement over the low of 2,050 units posted in 2008. Look for this trend to continue as gas prices continue to fall in 2015 and the Washington/Baltimore metroplex becomes more congested and expensive for first-time and first move-up buyers.

Average Days On Market – The average of 160 Days on Market (DOM) for all sold listings is a significant improvement over the high of 203 experienced in 2011. Look for this trend to continue in 2015 as value conscious buyers recognize the good values to be found in most Eastern Shore markets. A rising interest-rate environment will also prompt buyers to jump of the fence in 2015.

Average List Price For Solds – The average list price for solds at $302,572 is just off its bottom of 299,425 experienced in 2011This metric has experienced considerable downwards pressure from short sellers and sellers will continue to make significant concessions to achieve timely sales for lifestyle reasons. Look for this trend to continue through 2015 as excess and shadow inventory continues to be absorbed.

The real estate markets of the Eastern Shore are slowly returning to normal market conditions and should continue to improve in 2015 along with consumer confidence and national economic conditions. There is no reason to believe that we will return to the bubble conditions of 2005 anytime soon nor is there any reason to anticipate another bust like 2008-2011. Sellers who position their asking prices well relative to the market should anticipate selling in a reasonable period of time. Buyers who jump in in 2015 should find excellent choice and good values. Buyers who wait until late in 2015 or beyond, risk missing the most pronounced Buyers’ market conditions in a generation.

Two Members Appointed to the Economic Development Commission

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The Talbot County Office of Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Lloyd (Scott) L. Beatty, Jr. and Alexander M. Bond to the Talbot County Economic Development Commission (EDC). Mr. Beatty, President and CEO of Shore Bancshares, Inc., represents Large Businesses; Mr. Bond, Executive Director of the Avalon Foundation, Inc. represents the Arts as an Ex-Officio member.

The Talbot County Economic Development Commission consists of eighteen members, seven of whom are appointed by the County Council for three-year terms as at-large members; four representatives are selected by the municipalities of the Town of Easton, the Town of Oxford, the Town of St. Michaels and the Town of Trappe; the remaining seven members serve in an ex-officio capacity. The role of the Economic Development Commission is to advise the Talbot County Council on economic matters and to support the initiatives of the Talbot County Office of Economic Development.

Lloyd L. “Scott” Beatty, Jr., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shore Bancshares, Inc., a position he has held since June of 2013. Shore Bancshares, Inc. is a $1.1 billion financial holding company headquartered in Easton, Maryland. It is the largest independent financial services company on the Delmarva Peninsula that offers banking, insurance and wealth management services to families and businesses. Mr. Beatty has served as Director of Shore Bancshares, Inc. since December 2000 and Director of The Talbot Bank of Easton since 1992. Mr. Beatty’s previous positions with Shore Bancshares, Inc. include Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) (2007 – 2013); Vice President and COO (2006) and Vice President (2004 – 2006).. Before joining Shore Bancshares, Inc., Mr. Beatty served as COO of Darby Overseas Investments, LP, a global private equity firm, and President of Darby Advisors, Inc., a privately held family investment business, from 1998 to 2005. He also practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for 25 years and was a partner with the accounting firm, Beatty, Satchell & Company, in Easton. In addition to his professional career, Mr. Beatty serves on the Board of Directors for Chesapeake Conservancy, Mid-Shore Community Foundation and the Copper Ridge Institute.

Mr. Bond has served as the Executive Director of the Avalon Foundation, Inc. the largest arts organization on the Eastern Shore for the past six years. The Foundation has an annual budget of approximately $1.7 million and reaches approximately 150,000 people through its programming. The Avalon Foundation operates the Avalon Theatre; Stoltz Listening Room; Plein Air Easton; Easton Farmers Market; Summer Concerts in the Street Series; Easton Independence Day Celebration; Arts-In-Easton Banner Program; Easton Multi-Cultural Festival; MCTV, Talbot County’s cable access station; Six Weeks of Theatre, a dance and film summer camp; and an extensive program for young audiences in conjunction with Talbot County Public Schools. In 2013 35 organizations utilized the Avalon Theatre to produce 89 events.

Prior to working for the Avalon Foundation, Mr. Bond served as Economic Development Manager for the Town of Easton for seven years during which time he provided economic research and advice to the Mayor and Town Council. Additionally, the Town lent Mr. Bond to its “Main Street” Program, which combines historic preservation, marketing and traditional economic development to revitalize downtown Easton.

Talbot County Economic Development Commission Meetings are held at 8:00 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted. All meetings are open to the public and are advertised on the County’s website. The next Economic Development Commission meeting will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 in Conference Room #1 at the Talbot County Government Office Building located on 215 Bay Street, Suite 5, Easton, MD 21601.

For more information, please contact the Talbot County Office of Economic Development at (410) 770-6811.

Recently Retired Talbot County Planner Sandy Coyman Joins Earth Data

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Forty years of experience in watershed planning, permits, community action and comprehensive planning have made recently retired Talbot Planning Officer Sandy Coyman a powerhouse of knowledge and experience in solving municipal problems. Now, he’s signed on to help grow a new division of Centreville’s Earth Data Inc., a field-oriented consulting firm specializing in groundwater, geospatial, watershed restoration and environmental projects.

Coyman has been at the design and planning table during the Chesapeake Bay’s TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) watershed improvement planning process since it began. His expertise includes an understanding of cost-effectiveness of best management practice (BMP) implementation strategies. “We’re at a critical time now to meet the Chesapeake Bay clean water goals by 2025 – and that’s only ten years away. Local governments are now choosing best management practices to implement, and often, with no knowledge of their cost-effectiveness. I can help them with that” Coyman said.

Founded in 1974, Earth Data Inc. has completed more than 4,700 private, local, municipal, county, state, and federal-level projects involving the collection, analysis, management and distribution of data. With the addition of Coyman as a consultant, the company intends to reach out to all Chesapeake watershed jurisdictions to use leading edge technologies such as GIS and aerial LiDAR scanning to pinpoint exact locations for best management practice solutions and technology to measure effectiveness in helping jurisdictions meet their Watershed Improvement Plan (WIP) goals.

“Data is our middle name” said Earth Data Inc. President and CEO Mark Williams. “We have the technology to get the data, but more importantly, Earth Data has the expertise and ability – from hydrogeology and soil science to GIS, watershed, and LiDAR analysis – to solve real problems. I believe it to be true that we are making the world a better place.”

Real Estate: Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Website Goes New Direction

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Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate is pleased to announce the launch of two new state-of-the art, fully-integrated websites. The new sites are more closely aligned with the brand’s strategic vision for a digital platform and growth through online marketing.

The launch of the new Coldwell Banker digital platform (www.ColdwellBanker.com ) is more than the launch of a website. Instead it brings a cultural shift to the industry as sellers, alongside their agent, will have the ability to be directly involved in the marketing of their home through emotion-based property descriptions, photos and videos. Buyers will benefit through enhanced sharing features and greater listing content than ever before seen in real estate! According to Google Analytics this URL generated 2.5 M total visits and 1.8M mobile visits following the launch in October.

Coldwell Banker Chesapeake recognizes that it must be both hyper-local and customer-centric in order to attract prospects to its local website (www.CBChesapeake.com). “Prospective buyers have access to a lot of information on national real estate portals such as Coldwell banker.com and Realtor.com”, says Hugh Smith, Broker of Coldwell Banker Chesapeake, “We have designed our new website to provide information to buyers and sellers of Eastern Shore real estate that they can’t find on the national portals. The website is tightly focused on the consumer, with all the functionality of a national portal, and instant access to locally knowledgeable sales associates.

The new website offers a modern and easy to navigate functionality as well as a content-rich site. Agent profiles give the consumer the opportunity to find a full-time professional agent who is knowledgeable about the specific area in which they are interested and who has a track record of results in any given property type. The individual listings and community pages provide consumers with local demographics, marketing information, and a wealth of knowledge on each property.

Hugh Smith, Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate’s Broker notes that this website utilizes the best features to keep consumers up to date on new listings and updated searches. “We think our website, along with our social media and digital marketing efforts, will help us quickly connect with our audience to provide an engaging customer service experience.”

Recording Artist, Songwriter Lynn Bryant Expands Faith Hope Dreams™ Apparel Line

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Pictured left to right are Lynn Bryant of Easton, founder of STAR HEART design brand, with Marjorie Adams, owner of Mimi’s Closet in Easton and Chestertown, and fashion designer Nina McLemore, who has dressed some of the world’s most powerful women. The three women were involved in a recent fashion show for the Women and Girls Fund of the Mid Shore.  The fashion show debuted Lynn Bryant’s new Faith Hope Dreams™ clutch handbag line.

Pictured left to right are Lynn Bryant of Easton, founder of STAR HEART design brand, with Marjorie Adams, owner of Mimi’s Closet in Easton and Chestertown, and fashion designer Nina McLemore, who has dressed some of the world’s most powerful women. The three women were involved in a recent fashion show for the Women and Girls Fund of the Mid Shore. The fashion show debuted Lynn Bryant’s new Faith Hope Dreams™ clutch handbag line.

Easton and Nashville resident Lynn Bryant has announced the expansion of her Faith Hope Dreams™ apparel and merchandise line. Bryant, a recording artist, songwriter, television/film creator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, has had an accomplished musical and business career. Her new line includes American-made clutch handbags, tee shirts, pullovers, yoga pants, baseball caps, duffel bags, mugs, and greeting cards designed to inspire, empower and unite people through creative design, inspirational messages, and a socially conscious business model. Several Eastern Shore businesses are now carrying the Faith Hope Dreams™ line.

A fashion show recently held at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, sponsored by the Women and Girls Fund of the Mid Shore and Mimi’s Closet of Easton and Chestertown, debuted Bryant’s Star Heart clutch handbags. Nina McLemore, who has dressed some of the world’s most powerful women, spoke at the event about fashion and philanthropy.

Bryant comments, “When I conceptualized the handbag line, I wanted to use the slogan, ‘Clutches aren’t just for evening anymore.’ Because women often do not have the luxury of going home from work before attending an after-work event or dinner, I designed a versatile clutch that is small, yet efficient, and offered in an array of fabrics and materials to suit various personal styles and functions. Each handbag is named after a city in America with a short fun tag line. Some handbags have messages of empowerment inside.”

Like her songs and other creative projects, Bryant created Faith Hope Dreams™ to inspire and empower people to open their hearts to others to make a difference. In 2004, she started her fashion STAR HEART apparel and merchandise lines as a source of capital for her charity – The Nancy Ferro Learning for Life Foundation – a charitable organization which provides after-school educational programs and tutoring to elementary school children. In 2013, she expanded her trademarked STAR HEART design brand, to include Faith Hope Dreams™ apparel and merchandise. A portion of proceeds from the apparel and merchandise sales benefit children in need across the country, including such charities as the Casey Cares Foundation.

Bryant comments, “My message to children everywhere is to dream big, love bigger, help someone else along the way, and to enjoy their journey – also a key message of my Learning for Life Foundation.”

Some of the program topics for children that Bryant promotes are: the importance of choosing your friends wisely, how to establish boundaries, understanding bully prevention (bystander, bully and victim) and appropriate responses, the importance of lyrics in songs (“your heart has a voice, your life is your song”), how to write a song, and personal responsibility.

For further information about the Faith Hope Dreams™ line, visit www.faithhopedreamsshop.com or email Bryant at info@faithhopedreams.com.

Solar Lane Holds Ribbon Cutting and Open House

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Solar Lane of Easton, MD recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce in Easton, MD. The company was founded to provide businesses and nonprofits in Maryland with lower-cost electricity. Solar Lane is in partnership with Paradise Energy Solutions, a solar engineering and operating company located in Salisbury, MD, to install its Solar Generating Facilities. To date, the partnership has installed over 100 solar electric generating facilities on the Eastern Shore. Their latest installation, just completed this month, is for the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, Federalsburg, MD.

Solar Lane is using local investors to fund solar projects on the Eastern Shore and is looking to find other local businesses and nonprofits which are interested in reducing their energy costs. For further information about what the benefits of solar electricity might mean to your nonprofit or business and to receive a free solar assessment, contact Scott Kane at 240-478-7672 or email contact@solarlane.net.

Pictured front row, left to right, at the recent ribbon cutting for Solar Lane are Solar Tom Duncan (Edward Jones Investments), Talbot Chamber President Al Silverstein, Sabine Simonson (Talbot County Free Library), Ron Lee (Armistead, Griswold, Lee & Rust), Solar Lane President Scott Kane, Susan Schauer John (SpiderWeb Connection), Courtney Kane (Solar Lane), Amy Steward (Steward Writing & Communications), David Gill and Lena Gill.

Pictured front row, left to right, at the recent ribbon cutting for Solar Lane are Solar Tom Duncan (Edward Jones Investments), Talbot Chamber President Al Silverstein, Sabine Simonson (Talbot County Free Library), Ron Lee (Armistead, Griswold, Lee & Rust), Solar Lane President Scott Kane, Susan Schauer John (SpiderWeb Connection), Courtney Kane (Solar Lane), Amy Steward (Steward Writing & Communications), David Gill and Lena Gill.

Maryland Film Tax Credits at Risk; No More Wedding Crashers for Shore

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Frank Underwood may be looking for a new base of operations.

Maryland tax credits worth millions have kept “House of Cards” in the state for three seasons, but a real-world budget crunch may mean Kevin Spacey — who plays the political villain — and rest of the cast and crew will head elsewhere.

A state legislative committee held a public hearing Tuesday on the feasibility of Maryland’s film production tax credit, most notably associated with the Netflix series.

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Film productions are exempt from state tax when purchasing goods or services related to the production, but the state is reaping only 10 cents for every dollar it gives up, according to a report from the state’s Department of Legislative Services.

The report concludes that the credit does not promote long-term economic growth for Maryland and recommends that the General Assembly allow the film production activity tax to expire as scheduled on July 1, 2016.

Legislative Services staff members who contributed to the report were present at the meeting to defend their recommendations.

“The current funding amount is about $25 million (per year). But is that what optimizes economic benefits to the state?” said Robert Rehrmann, a policy analyst who contributed to the report.

Film production tax credits have become more popular in the last decade, with 37 states and the District offering some form of incentive in 2014.

In a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley last year, Charlie Goldstein, senior vice president of MRC Studios, which produces “House of Cards,” warned that if the show does not receive tax credits, they will look to film in another state.

In total for all productions, Maryland has provided or set aside $62.5 million in tax credits from fiscal year 2012 through 2016.

Supporters of the tax say the film industry promotes economic growth in Maryland by bringing in jobs and more local spending, and that we need to offer at least $25 million in credits each year to be competitive with what other states offer.

“For many small businesses in the state, it has made the difference for keeping their doors open, the difference in hiring new staff, or the difference in making capital improvements to their property, ” said Hannah Byron, assistant secretary for the Maryland Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts.

While some small businesses are reaping the benefits, the Department of Legislative Services’ report estimates that Maryland is only getting a 10-cent return for every dollar of tax credits provided to the film industry.

Byron countered that another independent study calculated a return of $1.03 — or 3 percent — on every dollar in credits, and that the Legislative Services report did not focus enough on indirect benefits of production, such as the potential for film tourism.

Still, the report has a few more criticisms, one being that 96.5 percent of all credits are going to only two productions — “House of Cards” and HBO’s “VEEP.”

The report also points out that a few jurisdictions benefit much more than others, and also that the productions are short-lived and will not add any permanent benefit to the economy because jobs provided will be temporary.

Michael Davis, a scenery builder in Maryland for over 27 years, disagreed with this idea Tuesday in testimony before the committee.

“I worked on project after project, sometimes more than one at a time, and other times no work at all … and the pay is at least 30 percent more per hour and we will work 50 to 60 hour per week during a production,” Davis said.

However, Rehrmann reminded, the report shows less than one-tenth of 1 percent of Marylanders are employed by the film industry.

The decision on whether to extend or modify the current tax credit will have to be made by the General Assembly by July 1 and could be influenced by Gov.-elect Larry J. Hogan Jr.

“We’ll take a look at (the report) and have something to talk about later … there’s one governor at a time,” Hogan said Tuesday.

By Dani Shae Thompson

Benchworks Acquires Safe Chain Solutions

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Thad Bench, CEO; Pat Boyd, Executive Director/Partner; Charles Boyd, President

Benchworks is pleased to announce that it has acquired Safe Chain Solutions, a rapidly growing pharmaceutical drug wholesaler serving hospital pharmacies nationwide, with a combination of cash and stock. Safe Chain Solutions has a pharmaceutical distribution facility in Cambridge, Maryland, a sales office in Miami, Florida, and a digital development office in Nagpur, India. Safe Chain Solutions also has a vibrant Third Party Logistics (3PL) business serving a wide variety of clients in the beverage, apparel, and manufacturing sectors.

“The acquisition of Safe Chain Solutions demonstrates our continued commitment to the life science industry,” said Benchworks CEO Thad Bench. “The pharmaceutical division at Safe Chain which is currently engaged in supplying hospital pharmacies will eventually be able to produce patient starter kits and support Rx sample programs for our existing and new pharmaceutical clients upon regulatory approval. This is a significant step in growing our revenues and adding strategic capacity to our family of companies.”

President of Safe Chain Solutions Charles Boyd commented, saying, “We are excited to be aligned with Benchworks and look forward to continuing our rapid growth and expanding our service offering. We could tell almost immediately that Benchworks’ and Safe Chain’s cultures meshed very well.”

Benchworks, a comprehensive marketing services firm headquartered in Chestertown, Maryland, was founded in 1991. The company specializes in the design, production, and launch of complete marketing and branding services. Clients include a wide variety of companies in the pharmaceutical, beverage, manufacturing, and education industries in North America and Europe. Additional Benchworks operating units include Benchworks Consulting and a licensed products division. For additional information, please visit www.benchworks.com or call 800-536-4670.