New SunX Wet Lab Opens at Eastern Shore Innovation Center

The Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC) at the Dorchester Regional Technology Park has added a 1,100-square foot commercial wet laboratory.  It is the first facility of its kind on the Delmarva Peninsula available for co-op use by businesses and researchers.

The new lab is operated by SunX Analytical, an Innovation Center licensee, that together with a $77,500 grant from the Rural Maryland Council and $125,000 of its own funds,built out the facility.

SunX is seeking to engage businesses in the region needing lab space, including those in the agriceutical, environmental and food industries.

Common uses for wet labs include chemical analysis of well water and residential lead contamination; agriceutical product development; chemical/biological quality assurance and life science research and product development

SunX is one of the original start-up businesses leasing space at the ESIC. The company is working on new product technology to extract oil from agricultural hemp.

“We conducted a thorough search and were unable to find any commercial or higher education-based wet labs on the Eastern Shore for our own product development research,” said Barry Pritchard, an analytical chemist and managing member of SunX.  “The Innovation Center has given us unparalleled support, so we proposed the idea of developing shared lab space that our company and others could use for testing and research at no cost to Dorchester County.”

Jeff Trice, Dorchester County Economic Development Director, said the new addition supports the mission of the Innovation Center to build a vibrant economic base for the region.

“The wet lab fosters a spirit of innovation among our tenants and improves their technical capabilities so new ideas can be developed and commercialized locally,” he said. “Through tours and demonstrations, it also creates opportunities to expose our middle and high school students to STEM-related research.”

Rob Figliozzi

Rob Figliozzi, a Salisbury PhD student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, is SunX’s first co-op tenant at the lab. Figliozzi is developing a concept for a new medical research tool that will increase lab productivity and contribute to quicker discoveries of life saving techniques and products.

Pritchard said SunX is interested in consulting with local businesses to help them commercialize new ideas and technology.The company is also working on a STEM-focused workforce development initiative that, with the input of local industry partners, would provide career training and certifications.

“So much of today’s research focus is Internet based, but facilities like this dedicated to the hard sciences remain vital to many businesses looking to advance new ideas,” he said.

The lab is fully equipped and includes a fume hood, water purification system, spectrophotometer, glassware, furniture and chemical resistant counter tops.  The facility is also readied for specialty gases and a bio hood may be added in the future.

Fixed monthly co-op fees to use the lab will be determined for each tenant based on needs, according to Pritchard. The space can also be used at an hourly rate.

Businesses and researchers looking to access the lab must first become a co-working member at the Innovation Center.  Memberships range from $150 a month for full-time businesses to $12.50 a month for student researchers and a one-time setup fee of $25.

“We offer a fully supportive environment to accelerate business growth and help entrepreneurs develop the next generation of technologies,” said Steve Dolbow, Innovation Center manager. “In addition to providing individual office space, our shared services at the Innovation Center include conference rooms, a lunch/snack room,fiber access with free high speed WIFI, web casting and conferencing, secure 24 x 7 access with video and badge security, copier/scanner and white boards.”

Every business in the ESIC is provided an experienced business mentor who has been certified by SCORE, a Small Business Administration organization, according to Dolbow.  In addition, through a partnership with hotDesks, members have access to office facilities throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Joseph T. Dashiell Builders, Inc. joined in the efforts to support business development at the ESIC by providing construction services for the wet lab “at cost.”

The ESIC opened in February 2016 with $1.2 million in funding from the Maryland Department of Commerce and $1 million from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).

William (Bill) Lane, Jr. Celebrates 35 years with Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency

Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Bill Lane, Jr. for 35 years of dedicated service. Mr. Lane began his career with Avon-Dixon in 1982 as an insurance sales and service representative for personal and commercial insurance products. Mr. Lane is currently a Senior Executive Vice-President and works with insurance products that assist clients with asset protection and wealth management. Mr. Lane is certified in insurance counseling and risk management.

“Avon-Dixon is pleased to celebrate 35 years with Bill. His commitment to his customers and his continuing drive to learn something new every day speaks volumes to his clients and co-workers. It is always a pleasure to work with him” says Rich Trippe, President and CEO of Avon-Dixon.

Mr. Lane resides in Easton with his wife, Barbara. He enjoys small boat sailing and woodworking. Mr. Lane currently serves on committees for multiple organizations, such as Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Talbot Historical Society and more.

Johnston Earns Registered Holy Yoga Instructor Credential

Phyllis Johnston, owner of Every Body Yoga in Centreville, MD completed training to become a registered Holy Yoga Instructor (R-HYI).  The 95 hour program included a week long training in Arizona.

Johnston offers Holy Yoga classes on a donation basis at her Centreville studio. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 6 pm.  All are welcome, beginners and experienced.

Holy Yoga is an experiential worship created to deepen people’s connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to facilitate a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect to God through His Word, worship, and wellness. Holy Yoga exists to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth through the modality of yoga.

Every Body Yoga has been serving the mid-shore since January 2000 with group and private yoga instruction, stress management and wellness workshops and the only registered yoga teacher training program on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Johnston is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with 30 years of yoga study and practice.

All are welcome.  For more information, visit www.everybodyyoga.biz.

Atlantic Broadband’s Fiber Optic Services Support Talbot County Emergency Response

Atlantic Broadband, the nation’s 9th largest cable operator, today announced it has partnered with the Maryland Broadband Cooperative, Easton Utilities and the Talbot County Department of Emergency Services in Talbot County, Md. to extend its existing fiber network over 16 miles. This initiative is delivering a new direct (point-to-point) connection between the Talbot County Department of Emergency Services and the county’s enhanced 911 tower, resulting in faster, more accessible and more reliable 911 service for the community.

Atlantic Broadband’s new point-to-point dark fiber installation was completed in less than one month at the request of Talbot County, as part of its initiative to build out its radio system to ensure better reception, connectivity and a wider coverage area. Talbot County covers a large area for first responders and is part of Maryland FIRST (Maryland First Responders Interoperable Radio System Team), which connects its police, firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS), emergency management personnel and other first responders.

“Atlantic Broadband is happy to extend its fiber network and connect the Talbot County 911 tower to the emergency services center through this point-to-point dark fiber deployment,” said Atlantic Broadband’s Maryland/Delaware Vice President and General Manager, Scott Randall. “Due to the tower’s remote location, cross-organizational collaboration was critical, and it could not have been completed without the Maryland Broadband Cooperative and Easton Utilities. We were able to quickly and efficiently solve a problem, and as a result, the county’s emergency services are more accessible to the community.”

“Atlantic Broadband has been an exemplary partner throughout the development of this project,” said the Maryland Broadband Cooperative’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Mitchell. “With a common goal of serving the larger community, we came together to quickly connect the 911 tower and bridge the 16-mile gap in the Bay 100 area. Through our collaboration, we are now delivering direct fiber connectivity to ensure reliable emergency service communications.”

“Because our region was experiencing inconsistent radio reception and a volume of more than 55,000 first responder calls annually, we required a reliable redundant network,” said Talbot County Department of Emergency Services, Acting Director, Brian LeCates. “Being part of Maryland FIRST provides the county with a digital and secure radio system for emergency communications across agencies. Atlantic Broadband and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative have collaborated to quickly complete the installation, and are instrumental in supporting Talbot County and the greater Bay 100 area. The installation’s enhanced services are significant for the county and overall community, and it will have lasting benefits.”

Atlantic Broadband continues to expand its fiber network along the Eastern Shore. Its local office is in Grasonville, Md., providing services to businesses and residential communities since 2004.

About Atlantic Broadband:
Atlantic Broadband, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX: CCA), is the 9th largest cable operator in the United States, based on the number of television service customers served. The company currently provides TV, Internet, and Phone services to approximately 246,000 television service customers located in five operating regions: Western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Maryland/Delaware, Aiken, S.C., and Eastern Connecticut. Atlantic Broadband is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts.

To learn more about Atlantic Broadband, please visit www.atlanticbb.com.

Winners Announced for 2017 Talbot Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Program

The Talbot County Chamber is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Business Awards Program.  Each year the Talbot Chamber asks its members to nominate individuals and organizations to be recognized for outstanding service to our community.  The Chamber Board of Directors reviews the nominations and votes for a winner in each category.

2017 winners:

Business Man of the Year – Robert D. Rauch Owner, RAUCH inc.

Business Woman of the Year – Marie Teat, Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Small Business of the Year – Dwelling & Design, Owners Fiona Weeks and Don Wooters

Large Business of the Year – AXIS Geospatial, LLC,  Owner Justin Lehman

Not-For-Profit Business of the Year – Channel Marker, Inc.

Young Professional of the Year – Kristin Lockerman, Avery Hall Benefit Solutions

Community Service Award – Joseph Peters, Chairman & CEO of JR Management Corporation

Join us on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, when we recognize these outstanding award winners.  Registration is $60 per person online at www.talbotchamber.org, or contact the Talbot Chamber at (410) 822-4653 or info@talbotchamber.org.

Businesses Invited for Talbot Goes Purple Info Session

Talbot County businesses are invited to a Talbot Goes Purple informational session from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18 at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.

The free event is offered as an opportunity for local businesses to learn about the project and how to participate. Those who attend will receive a Talbot Goes Purple window cling, for display in business windows, or a vehicle magnet.

“Our business community is an important part of this project’s success,” said Lucie Hughes, with Tidewater Rotary – the project’s title sponsor. “As we work hard to implement the program in our high schools, our businesses can help show support to our kids and our community with our clings or magnets.”

Talbot Goes Purple is an initiative from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary that empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. The project promotes education and awareness, including the creation of purple clubs in our high schools, through which students learn that they do not need drugs or alcohol to meet life’s challenges. The project also encourages the ‘new conversation’ between teens and parents, one that includes messages that prescription painkillers aren’t safe to use recreationally.

Talbot Goes Purple is based upon THP Project Purple, an initiative of the Herren Project that helps people struggling with drug dependencies. Former NBA player Chris Herren founded both projects after speaking to a high school about his struggles with drug dependency.

Herren is coming to Talbot County for a community event at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Easton High School, with two in-school assemblies also set for all county students grades 8 through 12. Leading up to Herren’s visit and throughout September, local businesses and communities will ‘Go Purple’ as a show of support and solidarity in addressing our substance abuse program.

Talbot Goes Purple is in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, Mid-Shore Community Foundation and Talbot Partnership. Generous support for the project at the ‘purple’ level includes: Mariah’s Mission Fund; Aqua Pools & Spas and The Car Pool; St. John’s Foundation; Bryan Brother’s Foundation; Spring & Associations; West & Callahan; and the Michael & Nancy Klein Foundation.

More information is available at www.talbotgoespurple.org. Find us on Facebook @TalbotGoesPurple or contact us at talbotgoespurple@gmail.com.

All support is tax-deductible and made through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

Judy Crow New Maryland Wineries President

Judy Crow

The Maryland Wineries Association announced May 1 that Judy Crow, owner and operator of Crow Vineyards, is the new President of the Board of Directors. Crow will preside over all Maryland Wineries Association meetings, assist with membership initiatives and guide major policy discussions at this critical time of industry growth.

“Judy has been an industry leader since the winery’s inception and we look forward to her dedication in the role of president of the association,” said Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association.

Crow was raised on a dairy farm and spent almost thirty years teaching college and creating early childhood programs in Maryland and Delaware before she met Roy Crow, her husband. In 2008, Judy and Roy married and began the transformation of Crow Farm, a third generation family farm located in Kennedyville on the Eastern Shore. Together Roy and Judy focused on diversifying the farm from the traditional farm of corn and soy beans to include a farmstay B&B, a vineyard, and a winery along with an impressive herd of grass fed Angus cattle. Committed to creating the best products in the region, Judy, her son Brandon, and Roy continue to be very hands-on with the management of winemaking, the tasting room and wholesale distribution.

“In the short time I have been in the wine business, I have seen growth in the Maryland industry and believe that, with a strong winery association, the opportunities are endless. I believe that Maryland’s diverse wine growing regions allow consumers and tourist alike to experience a full portfolio of interesting wines,” said Judy Crow.

Maryland Wineries Association, a non-profit, member based, trade association, represents more than 80 wineries across the state. MWA’s mission is to cultivate a sustainable wine-growing community by expanding agricultural products and by increasing awareness through special events, industry education, advocacy, promotions and tourism. MWA is represented by the management group, Grow & Fortify. For more information, please visit the MWA website

Lad Mills Retires from CBMM

Lad Mills of Easton, Md. recently retired as Charity Boat Donation Director from his nearly 16 years of service to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

During his tenure, Mills traveled up and down the east coast, working with boat owners, yacht brokers, marinas, boatyards, and other donors and potential buyers, to support CBMM through boat donations and sales. Now leading the program is Todd Taylor, who joined CBMM in January 2015.

“Lad’s efforts and dedication helped build the largest and most reputable charity boat donation operation in the nation, and I’ve sincerely enjoyed my time working with him and learned a tremendous amount,” commented Taylor. “Although Lad will be focusing on his R&R with his family, we’ll continue to run CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program as one of the finest around.”

Mills started at CBMM in September 2001, working with CBMM’s John Ford to build its budding charity boat donation program and special events operations.

“We soon learned Lad was excellent at selling boats,” commented Ford at a recent reception honoring Mills. “It didn’t take long for the program to really take off.”

Shortly thereafter, Mills focused his work on the Charity Boat Donation Program, growing it from a few donations and sales a year, to hundreds of transactions and an annual Charity Boat Auction held each Labor Day weekend along CBMM’s waterfront.

“I sold my first boat for $50 to a young couple on their 35-foot sailboat who were sailing around the world,” recalls Mills. “Their dinghy was recently destroyed in a storm, and they didn’t have a lot of money. I got really excited about helping this young couple out, while helping a donor get rid of a boat, and handing over their check to the accounting office. It’s really a win-win-win situation, and has been a whole lot of fun.”

Mills says the most rewarding aspects of his career have been those win-win-win situations—as he describes them—and looks forward to seeing CBMM continue to grow, and increase its impact on to the communities served.

“It’s a phenomenal place,” said Mills. “My wife Tina and I visit a lot of maritime museums, and what CBMM is doing in the boatyard, collections, and programming is just off the charts.”

In his retirement, Mills is immediately working on getting his Lyman motorboat back on the Miles River, with trips already taken and future travel plans made for South Bristol, Maine.

“Because of Lad’s work, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised in support of our education, restoration, and exhibition programming,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “CBMM would not be the world-class institution it is without the dedicated work of people like Lad, for which we are very grateful.”

CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program accepts and sells all manner of craft year-round, and offers long-standing boat sales and lease/charter operations, with 100% of the proceeds supporting the children and adults served by its education, curatorial, and boatbuilding programs. This year’s Charity Boat Auction is set for Saturday, September 2, with more about CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program at bit.ly/buyaboat.

Governor Signs Connecting Rural Maryland Act of 2017

Governor Larry Hogan signed into law Senate Bill 717/ House Bill 1169 – Connecting Rural Maryland Act of 2017. The legislation establishes the Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless, and Cellular Service. The 22-member task force, which includes four members of the Senate and four members of the House of Delegates, must study and make recommendations regarding how Western Maryland counties; Southern Maryland counties; Eastern Shore counties; and Frederick, Carroll, and Harford counties can work together to obtain federal assistance to improve internet, broadband, wireless, and cellular services and accessibility in the affected counties. By November 30, 2017, the task force must report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly.

Rural Maryland Council Executive Director, Charlotte Davis, has been named as the Chair of the task force. “The lower population density of rural areas presents unique challenges in the deployment of broadband. The greater the geographical distances among customers, the larger the cost to providers looking to serve those customers. There is less of an incentive for companies to invest in broadband in a rural region than in an area where there is more demand, more customers with higher incomes, and less cost to the service provider,” said Charlotte Davis, “The task force will also examine the various types of cellular service available and assess which type of cellular service would be most effective for Rural Maryland communities.”

“Studies show that for every household that can access the internet, wages go up. For a myriad of reasons, from the ability to seek better jobs to access education and skills necessary to compete in today’s workforce, broadband is incredibly important,” said Josh Hastings, Chair of the Rural Maryland Council. “Broadband expansion also immediately impacts the economy through important construction jobs.”

According to the Congressional Research Service, over 324,000 rural Maryland residents lack access to highspeed internet. In a study published in July 2013, 3.2% of Maryland’s population lacks access to fixed broadband. However, of that figure almost 20% (19.2%) of that population resides in our State’s rural areas.

For more information about the Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless and Cellular Service, visit the Rural Maryland Council at rural.maryland.gov.

Founded in 1994, the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) is an independent state agency that brings together rural leaders, government officials at all levels, and the representatives of the non-profit and for-profit sectors to develop public policy solutions to the challenges unique to rural Maryland. 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.

Minority Business Enterprise Workshop June 9

Maryland Capital Enterprises/Women’s Business Center will host the next Minority Business Enterprise workshop on Friday, June 9, 2017. The workshop will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, 104 Tech Park Drive, Cambridge, Maryland.

This workshop will cover your “how to” questions regarding the application process of becoming a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), or Small Business Enterprise (SBE); how to complete an application, and certification process.

The workshop will be taught by Pamela R. Gregory, Intake Operations Manager, Certification, Office of Minority Business Enterprise, Maryland Department of Transportation.

Register at www.marylandcapital.org/services/education/eastern-shore-events, or call Lisa Twilley, Administrative manager at 410-546-1900.