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Nominations Open for MCE’s 2016 Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award

DSC_0163SALISBURY –Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc. (MCE) is now seeking nominations for their Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award which will be presented in November at the fifth annual Award Banquet.

Eligible entrepreneurs will come from five counties on the Eastern Shore, and anyone can nominate a business owner. The one page nomination form is easy to fill out and the winner will earn a $2,000 cash prize, and an engraved glass award. The deadline for nominations is September 23rd.  The form can be filled out online at MCE’s website http://www.marylandcapital.org by clicking on the “Get Involved” tab next to the Entrepreneur of the Year logo.

The goal of the award has been to raise awareness about entrepreneurship and recognize the risk takers.  Previous winners have included Peter Roskovich, owner of Adam’s Ribs restaurants and Black Diamond Catering in Fruitland, Ryan Miller, owner of The Deli, Last Call Liquors, and other successful businesses in Wicomico County, Dr. Kerry Palakanis, owner of the Crisfield Clinic, and Christopher Eccleston, owner of Delmarva Veteran Builders in Salisbury.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nominees must be a small business owner or majority partner involved in day-to-day operations of the business
  • Business must be located in Wicomico, Worcester,  Somerset, Dorchester or Talbot counties
  • The company must employ 100 or fewer employees
  • The business must have been established locally for at least two (2) years
  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Business must be in the good standing with the state of Maryland

The top three nominees will be announced in October and the winner will be named at MCE’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award Banquet on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Salisbury University.

“We all know at least one entrepreneur who works tirelessly day and night to make their business a success. We encourage you to nominate them. To recognize their sacrifices and hold them up as an example of how hard work pays off in the end. Entrepreneurship is about making something happen even if the odds are against you. It’s about the human spirit. And we want to honor that,” said MCE’s Executive Director George Koste. “We hope this will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to take that next step and start their own business, and we want them to know we are here to help.”

MCE created the Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012. The award is named after Palmer Gillis, a Salisbury native, who has spent the last 36 years building his construction company into one of the largest general contracting firms on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Along the way, he continues to give back through public service as a board member for numerous charitable causes and foundations. He has been a leading voice in trying to make his community a better place.

MCE (Maryland Capital Enterprises), a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization located on the second floor of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Building in Salisbury, has been working to promote entrepreneurship since its inception over a decade ago.  Through business counseling, small business loans, classes for business owners and other resources, MCE can help nurture those winning ideas and help turn them into profit.

To nominate an entrepreneur or to learn more about the award, visit www.marylandcapital.org.

Paige Tilghman Retires as Talbot County Economic Development Director

Paige Tilghman informed the Talbot County business community yesterday that she has decided to retire as the director of the Talbot County Office of Economic Development. She will leave office at the end of this month. Tilghman has held the director position for eleven years and had played a major role in bringing new businesses to the county.

Talbot County officials have not indicated when her successor will be named.


The Peoples Bank to Open Branch in Easton, July 25

The Peoples Bank is pleased to announce the opening of its latest location Monday, July 25, at 204 N. Washington Street, Easton MD, adjacent to the Farmers Market on Harrison Street.

It will be a full service location with a drive through ATM and ample parking. The Branch Manager, Jodi Richardson, is a local resident of Talbot County.

Ralph Dowling, Peoples Bank President and CEO stated: “We are excited about this new venture and the expansion of our service area into the Talbot County/Easton market. We look forward to making new friends and developing partnerships within the community.”

The Peoples Bank currently has branches in Chestertown, Galena, Rock Hall, Millington and Sudlersville. In addition, its wholly-owned subsidiary, FAM&M, has offices in Chestertown, Cecilton and Elkton, and provides a full line of insurance products.

We look forward to bringing the same award winning level of customer service to the residents of Easton as we have been providing our customers in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties for over 100 years.

Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Freestate and Son’s New Location

FreestateRibbonCutting_Bill_Scott_Rich_Mark_Ginny_ChrisFreestate and Son Insurance, a division of the Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency and a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, welcomed their clients and affiliates to a Ribbon Cutting and Open House on June 29, 2016.  The insurance agency recently relocated from Lawyer’s Row to 4-H Park Road in Centreville, Md.  “We were honored and excited by such a great turnout at our Open House; clients, local business leaders, friends, and affiliates came to show their support.  It was a wonderful opportunity to thank our customers and our community and welcome them into our new office,” said Mark Freestate, Executive Vice President at Freestate and Son Insurance.  Pictured left to right are Bill Lane, Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Avon-Dixon; Scott Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer at Shore Bancshares, Inc.; Rich Trippe, President and Chief Executive Officer at Avon-Dixon; Mark Freestate; Ginny Biondi, Vice President at Freestate and Son Insurance; Chris Spurry, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Shore Bancshares, Inc.; and George “Smokey” Sigler, President of the Town Council in Centreville.

Rural Maryland Council Accepting Applications for Rural Community Needs

rural marylandOn June 20, 2016, the Rural Maryland Council is accepting applications for its Fiscal Year 2017 Rural Maryland Prosperity and Investment Fund (RMPIF) grant program for entrepreneurship, infrastructure and health services. Applications and instructions for RMPIF are available on the Rural Maryland Council’s website at www.rural.maryland.gov. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2016; grant awards will be announced to the public on October 14, 2016. Questions regarding eligibility and criteria may be directed to: Charlotte Davis, RMC Executive Director, at (410) 841-5774.

The objective of RMPIF is to help raise the overall standard of living in rural areas to a level that meets or exceeds statewide benchmark averages by 2030, while preserving the best aspects of a cultural heritage and rural way of life. Resources provided to the Fund are designed to facilitate significant targeted investments in important economic and community development programs and promote regional and intergovernmental cooperation. “These investments will enable local and regional public and nonprofit organizations to leverage additional non-state financial and human resources to facilitate the realization of sustainable rural development objectives,” said RMC Chair, Doris Mason. “Grant funds will also be used to encourage collaboration amongst rural organizations and local governments and encourage the creation of new partnerships.”

For Fiscal Year 2017, proposals will be accepted for the following areas: rural regional planning and development councils, rural entrepreneurship development, regional infrastructure projects, and rural health care organizations. Eligible applicants must be a local government, institute of higher education, regional council, or be a 501(c)(3) IRS tax designation or similar, and serve a regional or statewide rural constituency. Projects must be regional, covering two or more counties, or intergovernmental (including municipalities or local governments). Projects may include non-rural counties; however, the majority of service must be provided in rural areas. Community Colleges, Career Technology Centers, Regional Councils and Libraries are eligible applicants.

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) operates under the direction of a 40-member executive board in a nonpartisan and nondiscriminatory manner. It serves as the state’s federally designated rural development council and functions as a voice for rural Maryland, advocating for and helping rural communities and businesses across the state to flourish and to gain equity to its suburban and urban counterparts. The vision for RMC is the ultimate realization that residents in rural communities are achieving success in education and employment, have access to affordable, quality health care and other vital public services, and live in an environment where natural and cultural resources are being sustained for future generations.

Making It Work on the Shore: Three Competing Restaurateurs Unite for St Michaels Brew Fest

The third annual St. Michaels Brew Fest gears up for Saturday, June 4th offering unique beers and a first-of- its- kind VIP ticket. The festival brings together over 70 American Craft Brews, including one-offs, firkins, and rarities, collaborations and casks from local, regional & national breweries.

Behind that bit of good news is the remarkable story of how three restaurant competitors, namely Terye Reese Knopp of Foxy’s Harbor Grille, Jon Mason of the Town Dock, and Tracey Jones-Wass of The Crab Claw, working with Ace Moritz of Eastern Shore Brewing, decided to join forces to create this unique, one of a kind, special event.

In their Spy interview before the big day, the three gathered at Town Dock yesterday to talk about the unlikely alliance and their hopes and expectations for a tradition that may be a permanent calendar event in the growing list of St. Michaels big annual events.

The Annual St. Michaels Brew Fest is always the weekend after Memorial Day. The festival hours are from 12pm to 5pm. General admission tickets are $45 plus tax and service fee. To buy tickets click www.missiontix.com or visit www.stmichaelsbrewfest.com or www.stmichaelsmd.com

1 North Wealth Services Announces the Hire of Margo Cook

Margo Cook, with years of professional finance, philanthropic and fundraising experience and more than a decade of nonprofit management experience, has joined 1 North Wealth Services as an Investment Advisor Representative.    

For the past ten years, Cook has served in development director roles for Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, United States Naval Academy Foundation, and the University of Miami.    

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 8.10.32 AM1 North Wealth is a fee-only financial management and advisory firm providing customized investment management and financial plans for clients.  The firm works closely with each individual and family to ensure that their investments match their goals through active management and constant communication.  As a fee-only firm, they do not sell insurance or investment products and, as such, are a trusted fiduciary for their clients.  The main office is located in Annapolis, MD and has been in existence for more than 30 years, with satellite services in Centreville, MD and Dagsboro, DE. Margo Cook will join the team as a local representative servicing Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she resides with her husband and two children.  In addition to providing investment management services and financial planning to clients, Margo also serves as a philanthropic advisor.

Jim Brennan, Managing Partner of 1 North Wealth Services praised Cook’s qualifications and went on to say, “Margo is dedicated and passionate about helping people and families plan for the future, enjoy the present, and live the lives they have always dreamed of.  Margo has a proven track record of success in strategic planning and excels in wealth management.   Her central focus has always been what is best for her clients.  She is passionate about the arts, financial education, healthcare, the Chesapeake Bay, and the welfare of children; we are pleased to welcome her to our team.”

Margo is a graduate of the University of Miami and St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, MD.   She has deep roots in the community and intends to continue to invest in the success and betterment of the local community in any way she can for many years to come. The Cook family has been on the eastern shore for more than 40 years and been a part of the local waterman community for more than 35 years.  

Cook serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-MD, the board of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council, and the board of The Betty Effect. She is also a member of the Annapolis Library Development Committee, and Special Olympics MD Development Committee, the Christ Church Episcopal Day School Development Committee, the Wye River Upper School Fall Fundraiser Committee and serves as an Anne Arundel Medical Center Patient & Family Advisor. She also supports and volunteers with other various nonprofits throughout the eastern shore region as a consultant and an advocate.

Easton Utilities Re-opens Renovated Power Plant 1

Easton Utilities re-opened the newly renovated Power Plant 1. To celebrate the new space, a small open house event was held honoring the team who spearheaded the project.

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 4.29.37 PMThe historic building dates back to 1887 and served as the home to most of Easton Utilities staff from 1914 until the newer building was constructed in 2000. During a facilities management evaluation in the fall of 2015, it became evident there were multiple repairs and upgrades needed. What started as a minor renovation to simply improve the office space for about 25 employees became a total overhaul and redesign of the building’s functionality. “This project is a result of the philosophy we have here at Easton Utilities – If you’re going to do something, do it right,” stated Hugh Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities.

After careful consideration, Easton Utilities selected Christine M. Dayton Architect, PA as the architect; Willow Construction as the contractor; and Gipe Associates, Inc. as the mechanical, and electrical engineers. Easton Utilities Civil Engineer Katie Reedy was the internal lead and shared, “It was such a great opportunity to work on a project with such visibility and I enjoyed how engaged and supportive the community has been.”

The building maintains its historic image on the outside, but is now proficient, modern and durable on the inside, allowing all of Easton Utilities staff to remain on one campus. Be on the lookout for some interesting window displays featuring some unique artifacts and special pieces of Easton Utilities history.

And the Winners Are… Talbot County Business Appreciation Awards Handed Out

The 8th Annual Talbot County Business Appreciation Breakfast was held on Friday, April 22 at the Elks Lodge in Easton with approximately 225 representatives from the business community.

The Business Appreciation Breakfast celebrated people working in Talbot County, with “Our People Make It Work,” as a tribute to the talent and hard work of individuals that make Talbot County a special community.

The Talbot County Economic Development Commission hosted the event with the Talbot County Office of Economic Development to recognize projects completed in the preceding year, which represent extraordinary contributions to the economic base of the county.

The program included an official welcome by the Economic Development Commission Chair, Timothy G. Jones and an update on the status of county activity by Talbot County Council President, Corey W. Pack.

The keynote address for the breakfast was provided by Congressman Andrew P. Harris, M.D., who has served as the first Congressional District’s representative since 2011. Congressman Harris provided comments and updates on national legislation and trends impacting the economy.

Awards were presented to 11 individuals and businesses for excellence in Innovation, Expansion, Investment, Tourism and Agriculture. Award winners included:

Talbot County Innovator Award recognized Richard Bernstein, President, CEO, REMCO, for his creation of REMCO Properties and investment in Waterside Village, a mixed use project that includes professional office space, retail, dining, and large retailers in its 4 phases of development.

Talbot County Award for Investment recognized Evans Analytical Group (EAG), the world's leading, fully integrated, independent laboratory network, headquartered in Santa Clara, California who completed a $6 Million expansion to the Wildlife International facility in Easton in 2015.

Talbot County Award for Expansion was received by Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, Inc., privately held by ICC Industries and located at the Clifton Industrial Park, who completed a major expansion under the leadership of Frank Gunsallus.

Talbot County Award for Innovation was presented to the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) for the pledged $6 million for adaptive reuse of the McCord Building, an Easton landmark located at 114 South Washington Street and constructed in 1925. Now known as The Eastern Shore Conservation Commission Hosts 8 h Annual Business Appreciation Breakfast April 22 Center, the facility serves as the ESLC Headquarters, and includes tenants Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Town Creek Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and others.

Talbot County Award for Agriculture Investment recognized Nagel Farm Service, Inc, who completed the first phase of a multi-year, multimillion dollar expansion and added 800,000 bushels of storage capacity to their Wye Mills facility. Talbot County Tourism Investment Award recognized the Pascal Family Group who purchased Michener’s, a destination for visitors and hunters in Trappe, and the iconic Mason’s restaurant in Easton and reopened them under the Pascal brand as the Talbot Smokehouse and Pascal’s Chop House, respectively, with a new menu created by Executive Chef David Hayes.

Town of Easton recognized Rise Up Coffee Roasters, an Eastern Shore original founded in 2005 by Owner/Operator Timothy Cureton who has developed a thriving online and wholesale division and now employs 50 local people.

Town of Oxford recognized Campbell’s Boatyards, owned and operated by Tom and Susan Campbell since 1991 and now overseeing three marina complexes (Bachelors Point, Jack’s Point, and Town Creek) for the importance of the maritime trades and the number of visitors who come to the historic sailing town of Oxford by boat as an economic base vital to their town.

Town of St. Michaels recognized Brad Fout of Calico Gallery and Ilene Morgan from The Shops at Sea Captain’s Cottage for their creation and success of Midnight Madness in St. Michaels which kicks off the Christmas season with a hallmark celebration. Midnight Madness is a reminder of how important the small business sector is to our economy and why it is so important to “Shop Local” all year round to help support locally owned small businesses and the people they hire.

Town of Trappe recognized Jim Dawson, owner of The Unicorn Bookshop, located on Route 50 and featuring approximately 30,000 volumes specializing in Maryland and Eastern Shore history, maps, and the writings of Gilbert Byron.

The Annual Business Appreciation Breakfast provided each award recipient with an engraved pewter tray, handcrafted in Easton by Salisbury Pewter. The awards were made possible by sponsors including: 1880 Bank; Easton Airport; The Henker Group; M&T Bank; and The Star Democrat.

The Breakfast sponsors included: Atlantic Financial Group, LLC.; Avon Dixon Insurance and The Talbot Bank; Chesapeake Utilities; Easton Utilities; Pixel Print & Post; Provident State Bank; Quality Health Strategies; University of Maryland Shore Regional Health; Wells Fargo Advisors; Willow Construction. The Talbot County Economic Report, "Talbot County, Maryland, Our People Make It Work." may be viewed and downloaded on the County’s website at www.talbotcountymd.gov.

Renovated Easton Eye Care Center Hosts Evening of Programs May 4

The Doctors and Staff at Easton Eye Care will host an evening of hospitality and education on Wednesday, May 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM for the Mid-Shore community to learn more about the services that Easton Eye Care offers to enhance personal style and fashion.

“We are excited to showcase a number of local professionals, whom we know and trust, offering a special selection of beauty stations,” said Dr. Alan S. Bishop. “This event is held in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere where our guests may visit all or some of these beauty stations to designed to enhance their appearance and self-image.”

The complimentary consultations and demonstrations include the following:

  • A trunk show and consultation of the latest trends in eyewear by Tracy Heiden of ProDesign/Denmark.
  • Botox treatments with Dr. Orin Zwick of Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center. (Call 410-822-3937 to book with special pricing. Appointment availability is limited.
  • LASIK vision correction consultations by Lorrie Dozier of TLC Annapolis.
  • An eyebrow styling demonstration by aesthetician Georgi Bishop.
  • Cosmetic dentistry consultations (whitening, bonding, veneers, and clear aligner orthodontics) by Dr. Meredith Todd of Harbor Dental Center.
  • Color contact lens demonstrations and contact lens trials with John Ryan of ALCON.

All of the above professionals will offer special promotions during the event, and door prizes will be raffled off every 30 minutes.

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Garden and Garnish Caterers of Trappe, and a guided wine tasting will be led by the staff of Hair O’ The Dog of Easton.

Registration is necessary to attend this event. Participants can register by calling Easton Eye Care at (410) 822-3937 or by going to www.eastoneyecare.net and clicking on the “Special Event R.S.V.P button.” The event is limited to 50 confirmed registrations. Easton Eye Care is located in the newly restyled Tred Avon Square, adjacent to the Easton Premier Cinema, at 210 Marlboro Avenue in Easton.