Hagerstown tech firm d’Vinci receives awards

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — In the past few months, d’Vinci Interactive of Hagerstown has received three awards for its work. The Davey Awards recently recognized d’Vinci Interactive for exceptional online training for the PA Chiefs of Police Association and The National Library of Medicine’s AIDS Community Information Outreach Program. Working with the Keystone Crisis Intervention Team, d’Vinci created the “Responding to Victims of Trauma” course to teach officers to better assist victims of trauma. Within the eLearning course, officers are given scenarios to help them recognize the physical and mental signs of trauma and how to communicate with the victims. After […]

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Rocky Gap, Bavarian Inn keep AAA Four Diamond Ratings

Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland, Md., and the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., have again earned the AAA Four Diamond Rating in the past 12 months. Rocky Gap has received the rating each year since 2001, according to a AAA news release. It was one of nine Maryland hotels so honored. The Bavarian Inn has received the rating each year since 1983 and was the only West Virginia hotel to get that rating this year. Among Pennsylvania hotels, one, Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort near Farmington, received a Five Diamond Rating. It has received that mark each year since 2006. […]

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On the books

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in recent weeks in the Crossroads Business Journal area. The map above shows some of the details about some of those big deals. The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerks’ offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The available details about property transactions varies from state to state. […]

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Schurz enters cloud computing market

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Schurz Communications, which owns Herald-Mail Media, Antietam Broadband and other properties, has acquired Michigan-based Online Tech, entering into the rapidly growing cloud computing market as it continues to evolve with the digital economy. The Herald-Mail publishes Crossroads Business Journal. Todd Schurz, president and chief executive officer of the company, said he was looking for a new market that aligned with the values and competencies of his family and company but also was in “an exciting and high growth area that we could build upon.” “Our company is known for patient capital that assists growing companies realize […]

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Breakfast bytes on menu at TechFast

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — About 20 people took in some tech talk with their morning meal recently at Hagertown Community College. They came for TechFast, a collaboration of the Hagerstown Community College Technical Innovation Center and the Washington County Department of Business Development. “Our plan is to hold this quarterly,” said Janice Riley, TIC manager. The idea, Riley said, is to bring in representatives from top tech companies to talk about trending news and critical issues. The next TechFast is scheduled for April 17. At the first event, Stephen Deming, senior partner technology strategist with Microsoft, talked about advances in cloud computing […]

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Sheetz For The Kidz sets record in December campaign

ALTOONA, Pa. — Sheetz For The Kidz raised more than $618,000 during its annual December campaign through customer donations. According to a news release from the company, this is a record for the Sheetz employee-driven charity and exceeds last year’s campaign fundraising total by more than $34,000. Each year, 100 percent of customer donations are used to directly support Sheetz For The Kidz programs. “We cannot thank our customers and employees enough for their loyal support and the continued generosity they show to Sheetz For The Kidz,” Sarah Piper, executive director of Sheetz For The Kidz, said in the news […]

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PSU funds entrepreneurship centers, including LaunchBox

MONT ALTO, Pa. — As part of its Invent Penn State initiative, Penn State University recently announced four new seed grants, each valued at $50,000, to bolster entrepreneurship and economic development in communities surrounding Penn State campuses across the Commonwealth. With this announcement, the university’s effort has grown to include 21 hubs for innovation spread across Pennsylvania including Penn State Mont Alto’s LaunchBox — an undertaking introduced by President Eric J. Barron 2 1/2 years ago. This year’s grant recipients include the following Penn State campuses: Beaver, Dubois, Greater Allegheny and Hazleton. The 21 innovation hubs and programs across the […]

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Waynesboro business donates 145 bags of pet food

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Tractor Supply Co. store in Waynesboro, Pa., donated 145 bags of food for dogs and cats in need of adoption. “More often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend greatly on food donations to support the pets they take in that await adoption,” Shelby McNairn, manager of the Waynesboro Tractor Supply store, said in a news release. “Our goal at Tractor Supply is to do our part in helping adoption efforts in our community because we know that pets are more than just dogs and cats, they are family.” Tractor Supply presented the pet food donation […]

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Meeting the challenges of recruitment, selection

The strength of the local economy will affect an organization’s ability to attract qualified employees. In a strong economy, with low unemployment, businesses compete with each other for skilled employees. Many organizations believe that incentives will attract quality applicants. Signing bonuses and other special perks appear as hiring qualified people becomes more challenging.  The reverse is true in a soft economy when unemployment is high. The problem then is not a shortage of qualified applicants; instead, the problem is managing the huge number of applications that must be reviewed to find a few good hires. In either a strong or […]

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The Calendar for March 2018

Have a calendar item? Submit your business calendar items to calendar@crossroadsbizjour nal.com, or by mail to Crossroads Business Journal, 100 Summit Ave., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. If you have questions, call editor Joseph Deinlein at 301-791-7591, or reporter Mike Lewis at 301-733-5131. MARYLAND Financing Tips to Help Your Small Business Grow webinar Thursday, March 1 — In this webinar, Ty Kiisel of OnDeck will help you recognize opportunities for growth and the four things you’ll need to have in place before you try to finance that growth. You’ll also discover how to: use easy-to-evaluate steps for determining if […]

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