Logistics and transportation: Natural partners

A military force will not survive long if it extends beyond the reach of its supply chain. Likewise, transportation is the lynchpin for all material goods, and very few business models are able to flourish without a solid transportation plan to deliver raw materials and finished products.

Therefore, today’s professional commercial driver is a customer-delivery specialist. Each driver is the face seen daily by the customer and represents customer-service results at the point of delivery.

The modern professional driver must be results-driven, a problem-solver and one who welcomes change. He or she must always seek continuous improvement and increased efficiency. Each driver must be able to fully multitask, doing a mix of driving skills and people skills. Simultaneously, the same driver must practice a full regimen of safety-oriented principles to mitigate risks and neutralize threats to achieving positive results. […]

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Penn National a top-50 master-planned community

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — The Penn National Golf Course Community in Fayetteville, Pa., was named a Top 50 Best Master-Planned Community by Where to Retire Magazine. The award, given in June, marks the 10th consecutive time Penn National has been selected. Where to Retire Magazine, which focuses on retirement relocation, has published its biennial ranking of retirement communities since 1999 — starting with a top-100 list, then making the list more elite in 2011 with the 50 best in the country. Since the inception of the award in 1999, Penn National has made both lists. […]

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Business model could lead to lawn care by subscription

The determination of property owners to maintain vast, beautifully manicured lawns has caught my eye.

The great number of trailers hauling lawn mowers on the roads makes it clear that outsourced lawn care is a significant business. But what motivates property owners when they contract a lawn-care provider?

There are two ways to see it: as a need for lawn mowing or as a desire for a beautiful lawn. Those who prefer the latter understand a lot about the subscription economy. Let me tell you how, and explain a bit about the subscription business model in the process. […]

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Big Cork Vineyards wine wins ‘best in show’

ROHRERSVILLE, Md. — Big Cork Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2015 was awarded the “Best in Show” at the 2017 Maryland Comptroller’s Cup Wine Competition. The competition, judged by industry peers in a blind tasting, was held in Timonium, Md., on May 31. In addition, eight wines from across the state were named “Best in Class” in their respective categories. Comptroller Peter Franchot will present the awards at a ceremony and tasting of the winning wines this month at a location to be determined. For more information, go to www.marylandwine.com. […]

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Paid sick leave mandate stopped in Md. — for now

Maryland businesses dodged a bullet — at least for a while — as Gov. Larry Hogan kept his promise to veto legislation requiring businesses with 15 or more full-time employees to provide paid sick leave.

Business interests opposed the bill, and Hogan offered his own compromise legislation that would have required businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide paid sick leave and offered tax incentives for smaller businesses that provide leave. […]

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Morgan-Keller aims for Virginia job to end in September

Morgan-Keller is building The Crossings at Spring Hill, a 75,000-square-foot, three-story assisted-living retirement community in Lorton, Va.

Construction started in the fall of 2016 and is expected to be finished in September.

The new 108-unit senior-living facility will include all private apartments with 74 units of assisted living and 34 units of memory care. It will be in the Spring Hill Community, a master-planned development highlighted by high-end residential and outstanding growth with retail options nearby. […]

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Baxter Group graduates from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program

Jocelyne Melton and Baxter Group Inc. received a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and became an alumnus of Babson College after completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.

Baxter Group Inc. was one of the 20 percent of applicants accepted into the program’s Spring 2017 Cohort.

“Through the program, participants gain skills in key financial ratios, building out opportunities, leadership, company culture, market opportunities, process improvement, marketing, and forecasting,” Melton, the chief executive officer and president of Baxter Group Inc., said in a news release. “Upon graduation, participants receive the professional support to develop a strategic and customized business growth plan that will take the company to the next level.” […]

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Christine Royce

Dr. Christine Royce

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Christine Royce, professor of teacher education, was named president-elect of the National Science Teacher Association on June 1. Royce, who also serves as co-director of the Master of Arts in Teaching STEM Education program at Shippensburg University, will assume the office of president on June 1, 2018. In her newly elected role, she hopes to focus on increasing a collective voice related to the importance of science, science education and the science teaching profession to future pursuits as individuals, school systems and a nation. […]

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Carlesha Green Halkias

Carlesha Green Halkias

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Shippensburg University recently named Carlesha Green Halkias as executive director of its Office of Social Equity. Halkias previously served as director of risk management and affirmative action officer for the City of Harrisburg, Pa. Prior to that, she served as Harrisburg’s director of human resources and labor counsel. She earned her law degree from Dickinson School of Law, Penn State, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Kutztown University. She is a member of the Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar associations. […]

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