Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:
The top 10
Top employers in Allegany County, Md.:
• Western Maryland Health System — 2,290
• Frostburg State University — 939
• CSX Transportation — 900
• Hunter Douglas Northeast — 815
• Allegany College of Maryland — 800
• Verso — 700
• ACS — 570
• Rocky Gap Casino Resort — 500
• Walmart — 500
• American Woodmark — 452
“Incumbent grocers need to take notice. The threat from Lidl is real and will only get clearer as their stores generate trial and repeat sales. Grocers who believe, ‘My customers would not shop at Lidl or Aldi,’ will likely be surprised.”
— George Faigen, partner in the Retail and Consumer Goods practice of Oliver Wyman
A digital deal
BALTIMORE, Md. — Enradius, a Baltimore-based digital agency, recently announced the acquisition of Changeup Marketing, a digital marketing consultancy based in Frederick, Md.
Enradius provides hyper-local advertising and digital marketing services to clients nationwide.
Enradius and Changeup partnered for about 18 months before the announcement.
Changeup Marketing’s owner Kelly Jarvis is now chief revenue officer at Enradius. The acquisition added two employees and Changeup’s existing client base to the Enradius roster.
Enradius now has 17 team members and more 100 clients with offices in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Detroit.
“This was a natural fit for Enradius. Our growing portfolio of clients now have in-house support from Changeup’s marketing experts,” Enradius’ Chief Executive Officer, David Carberry, said in a news release. “This acquisition expands our service to clients in the greater Washington, D.C. area, while also enhancing our social media services. Kelly’s energy, enthusiasm, and expertise will help us provide in-depth local digital marketing to our growing account base in the Baltimore region and across the country.”
Washington County, Md., lodging establishments paid $211,616 in hotel/motel taxes in July, according to the most recent figures released by the county. That’s up from $205,463 in June. But it’s down from $212,829 in July 2016.
‘Bare your soul’
“Be ready to bare your soul. Don’t try to hide things. … If you know it’s a problem, we need to know about it.”
— Randy Croxton, senior vice president of Meridian Management Group, offering advice on dealing with lenders during a business assistance forum sponsored by Mountain Maryland Tech Network