Another Kind of Financial Crisis: Junior Achievement Combats Shore Student Financial Illiteracy

Little did Junior Achievement know when it started nearly one hundred years ago that the financial education organization would be as timely in 2018 as it was when founded in 1919. J.A., as it’s known to millions of students and volunteers, continues a tradition of engaging young people in the fundamental basics of work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship at a time when those skill sets are in extremely high demand.

It should be a relief to many on the Mid-Shore that the J.A. has played an educational leadership role in the school districts of Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot County for decades now, as close to 450 volunteers descend on Eastern Shore public schools each year to teach its students such essential life skills as opening a bank account, balancing a checkbook, applying for loans, the dangers of credit card debt,  the importance of savings, or understanding what stocks and bonds are.

With the internet and smartphones now allowing a new generation to simply push a button or scan a thumbprint to almost instantaneously bring anything to one’s door, children of all ages are faced with unprecedented consumer choices, dishonest lenders, and scam artists as they plot their way into adulthood.

Given this under the radar crisis, the Spy sat down with Jayme Hayes, Jim Malena, and Talli Oxnam, three local leaders of Junior Achievement, to catch up on these very real challenges facing the youth in our community and what J.A. is doing locally to address them.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information on Junior Achievement on the Eastern Shore please go here.

Mid-Shore Careers: Mental Health Careers Found at Channel Marker

While the demand on the Mid-Shore to fill skilled job openings has never been higher, especially in such fields as cyber-security, healthcare, or a range of traditional trades from welding to culinary management, it was interesting for the Spy to note that there are still career openings for what is known as generalists. These well-educated, “jacks of all trades, masters of none” young people have demonstrated their ability to achieve in their coursework in education, but sometimes not with a clear vocation in mind when it’s completed.

But one option open to many that fall into this category is in the growing field of mental health, and that is indeed the case with Channel Marker, Inc. which serves the Mid-Shore region helping those suffering from a variety of these conditions.

The Spy sat down with two of Channel Marker’s staff who have found themselves in a profession they have not only grown to love but offers significant opportunities for career advancement. Heather Chance, a residential coordinator with the organization, and Kelly Holden, its HR and training director, to talk about their rewarding careers helping those with these afflictions navigate back into being productive citizens in the community, their professional growth, and the opportunities that await other to follow in their footsteps.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about Channel Marker and review the list of job openings go here

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Mid-Shore Commerce: Engineer and Developer Bob Rauch on Almost Everything

It is pretty rare for a Spy interview to stray too far from a specific topic but that was virtually impossible when we talked to Bob Rauch the other day.

While our intention was to have a short chat about Bob’s engineering firm at their new office on Harrison Street, it didn’t stop there. In fact, it covered an almost endless range of subjects, including his roots in Talbot County, a passion for sound and creative design, his investment in developing long-term careers for young professionals on the Mid-Shore, the challenges and benefits of working in a rural environment with a family business, his ties to the Easton Club, his plans for housing in Trappe, a “tiny house development” in Federalsburg,  revolutionary chicken waste management projects in Princess Anne’s, and, oh yes, the likelihood of working on two new projects with Tesla in Nevada.

In short, it was impossible for the Spy to edit this conversation to any significant degree since almost everything Bob said, and how he said it, was too rich and enjoyable to cut.  Instead, we offer this extended interview which gives our readers a unique opportunity to hear from one of the Eastern Shore’s great entrepreneurs but also from one of its finest people.

This video is approximately seventeen minutes in length. For more information about RAUCH, Inc. please go here

Inaugural SED Talks: Shore Economic Development Conference

SVN Miller, KRM Development, and Bob Rauch, RAUCH inc. are pleased to announce the inaugural SED Talks – Shore Economic Development conference to be headlined by Secretary Mike Gill, Maryland Department of Commerce, during Maryland Economic Development Week. The event will be held at Chesapeake College Todd Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 26th. Continental Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program to follow at 9-11:30 a.m.

SED Talks will focus on economic development on the Eastern Shore and will feature interesting, dynamic speakers offering insights, trends, success stories and business strategies in “TED” Talks style format. Speakers and topics include: Secretary Mike Gill, Growing Maryland’s Economy; Ken Kozel, President & CEO, UMD Shore Regional Health, New Regional Health Care Facility Impacts; Chad Nagel, Nagel Farm Service, Agricultural Sector Impacts; Brett Summers, NOVO Development Corporation, Cambridge Success Stories; Sam Shog, Talbot County Economic Development, The Millennial Influence; Robert Caret, Chancellor, University System of Maryland, Higher Education Impacts on the Local Economy; and Bob Greenlee, SVN, Miller, The Chesapeake Triangle.

The public is invited and there is no cost for the event. Attendees are encouraged to invite colleagues, clients or others who may be interested. Please RSVP to Liz Connelly at Rauch Engineering, 410-770-9081 or liz@raucheng.com.

Jonathan Clarke Takes Over Higgins Yacht Yard

Just over a year ago, Jonathan Clarke took the helm of one of St. Michaels’ oldest businesses with the purchase of Higgins Yacht Yard; the only working boat yard on St. Michaels Harbor.  With continued support from previous owners, Tad duPont and Bryon Reilly, Clarke has continued to offer boatyard services as well as seasonal and transient slip rentals.

Jonathan Clarke

With an expanded staff, a new computer reservation system and a fresh, exciting outlook, Clarke strives to not only provide top-notch service to existing customers but  to increase his customer base. When you speak with him, you can tell that his first priority is honoring the integrity and reputation of Higgins Yacht Yard. “In any business, reputation is everything.  I try to be fair and upfront with my customers because I want my reputation and the reputation of Higgins to be something I can be proud of” states Clarke. “I understand the amazing opportunity I have before me and I’m in it for the long-haul”.

Clarke’s passion for boats began long before he attended The Landing School and Southampton Solent University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – Yacht and Powercraft Design.  His family has been deeply involved in Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe racing since his great grandfather organized the first race in 1927. Since George H. Wilson, Sr. purchased Magic in 1923, a family member has been at the helm, with Clarke taking over when he was just 16. “It wasn’t really a choice. It was expected and I love it.”

As he heads into another winter, he reflects on his first summer season at Higgins with renewed enthusiasm.  “We did most things well, but some things can be improved.” It’s this drive to constantly improve that will bring him success.  He is a hands-on owner that is often mistaken for a dockhand or mechanic. “He’s not one to sit in the office and give orders. He likes to be involved from start to finish with every project from major mechanical overhauls to overnight docking” says an employee.  “He wants to know that his customers are being treated well and that they know he is overseeing the work they have entrusted to him.”

 

Mid-Shore SCORE Offering Business Workshops in Classroom or Online

Mid-Shore SCORE is our local resource for starting a new business, business advice, help with your business plan, business education, and more. These services are provided at no cost and with complete confidentiality by experienced business executives volunteering their time. Mid-Shore SCORE is located in Easton, Maryland and we serve the Mid-Shore (Talbot County, Caroline County, and Dorchester County) and the Lower-Shore (Wicomico County, Somerset County, and Worcester County). Learn about us.

Learn from the experts with SCORE’s small business training workshops. On this page you’ll find instructor-led training offered in a SCORE office. You can also find interactive courses to help you learn new business strategies.

Get Your Small Business Found Online
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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Starting and Managing Your Small Business
Monday, October 22, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Quickbooks (Desktop Version) – Basic and Intermediate Applications
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Effective Marketing- Crucial Tips for the Small Business Entrepreneur
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Financing Your Business
Monday, December 3, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Quickbooks (Online Version) – Basic and Intermediate Applications
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
For more information please go here

Chestertown’s Larry Culp Becomes C.E.O. of General Electric

The Spy normally does not highlight corporate leader comings and goings, but it was hard not to mention that Larry Culp, one of Chestertown’s key players in the revitalization of its downtown as well as  graduate and recent chair of Washington College’s Board of Visitors and Governors, was appointed to lead General Electric yesterday.

For those interested, the Washington Post has provided some key information about this dramatic move by G.E. as the Fortune 500 company seeks to reinvent itself.

For more information please go here

Maryland DHS Celebrates Public Assistance to Entrepreneurship Strategy Graduates

On August 1, local Department of Social Services (DSS) directors, Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) representatives, and others convened at the Dorchester County DSS to honor three entrepreneurs from Maryland’s Upper Shore; Talisha Dodd of Talbot County was among the three praised for distinction.

Steve Benden, Director of Strategy and Performance with the Department of Human Services, commended the honorees’ participation in the Public Assistance to Entrepreneurship (PA2E) Strategy. The program, inspired by Harvard Business School research, was designed to provide business development training, tools, and techniques to individuals that are currently receiving public assistance  who also have dreams of owning a business while driving economic development. Benden also praised the SBDC for their partnership, as they provided valuable training to the program graduates.

Linda Webb, Director of Talbot County DSS, was quick to praise Ms. Dodd. “The drive and initiative shown by Talisha in the PA2E program serve as a wonderful example to us all of setting and achieving goals,” she remarked, adding “Talisha’s new business is an asset to the Talbot County community.” Talisha Dodd successfully runs her own cleaning services business.

This PA2E strategy has demonstrated its ability to enhance and expand Maryland’s current workforce development programs to provide resources and training to individuals receiving assistance with the ultimate goal of independently supporting themselves and their families.

DHS—the Maryland Department of Human Services—is the state’s primary social service provider, serving more than one million people annually. Through its 24 local departments of social services, DHS pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Additional information may be found at www.dhs.maryland.gov, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Easton’s Qlarant Named a Top Predictive Analytics Solution Provider

Easton’s Qlarant, a nationally recognized program integrity and quality company, has been named a Top Ten predictive analytics solution provider for 2018.  CIO Applications Magazine interviewed 3 executives from Qlarant:  Dr. Ron Forsythe, Jr. CEO; Sandy Love, President; and Holly Pu, VP of Product Development.   The article provides insight into the culture of Qlarant, and highlights the predictive modeling capabilities the company provides to some of the nation’s most important organizations.

“Receiving this award is so gratifying,” said Holly Pu, VP of Product Development for Qlarant. “Predictive Analytics provide an important role in fighting fraud and saves the nation millions of dollars each year. Being recognized as one of the best in the industry means we did what we set out to do. “

CIO Applications magazine provides a network for CIOs to discuss their innovative enterprise solutions.  It also enables IT Vendors to learn about trending technologies, news and solutions that can help to grow their business.  Qlarant’s PLATO™ program is a powerful self-learning analytics engine that is able to sift through billions of pieces of data to detect aberrant trends.   Qlarant also offers RIViR, which provides risk identification, risk visualization and risk resolution services.

“We’ve known that we have the best people and solutions to provide the best results for our customers and this award demonstrates those facets of our business,” said Ron Forsythe, Qlarant CEO.

Qlarant Receives Top International Award

Qlarant, a nationally recognized program integrity and quality company, has been awarded a top honor in the 2018 Questar Awards. In the category of Corporate Identity, Qlarant has received the Gold for their recent brand video depicting the combination of four former brands, into a new, unified approach.

“Receiving this award is so gratifying,” said Pat Boos, Marketing Director for Qlarant. “Video is such an important medium in today’s business environment. We worked in tandem with Crosby Communications to develop our new brand and we have to thank them for helping make this such a success. Being recognized as the best for effectively communicating our identity means we did what we set out to do.”

The Annual Questar Awards have been an internationally known event for over 25 years. Offered by Mercomm, Inc., the Questar Awards were designed to recognize the most successful and influential visual communications from around the globe.  The award provides recognition to the individuals whose work has made and outstanding contribution to their organization.

“Our new website and brand video are key components of how we are viewed by our clients and the public,” said Ron Forsythe, Qlarant CEO. “We’ve known that we have the best people and solutions to provide the best results for our customers and this award-winning video demonstrates those facets of our business.

About Qlarant

Qlarant is a not-for-profit nationally respected leader in fighting fraud, waste & abuse, improving program quality, and optimizing performance. The company uses subject matter experts and innovative data science and technology to help organizations see risks, solve problems, and seize opportunities. Solutions are customized for health and human services organizations, government agencies, and financial and insurance companies. Qlarant employs nearly 500 people and has a 45-year record of accomplishment improving the performance of some of the Nation’s most important programs. www.qlarant.com

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Pat Boos at 410.819.3553 or email at boosp@qlarant.com.  To view the video go to www.qlarant.com