The Record for May 2018

About this section: Crossroads Business Journal runs public records of interest to the business community in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This includes building permits and deed transfers, as noted. Maryland Allegany County Deed transfers of note   • Address: 60 N. Centre St., Cumberland Buyer: Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church Inc. Seller: 60 N. Centre LLC Price: $153,000 Date: March 9, 2018 Structure type: Office building • Address: UHL Highway, Cumberland Buyer: Carl Belt Inc. Seller: Sharon E. Taschenberg Price: $50,000 Date: March 13, 2018 Structure type: None listed • Address: Kelly Road, Cumberland Buyer: D&R Adventures LLC Seller: […]

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Waynesboro company marketing posture-enhancing backpack

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Active Life Solutions has partnered with a Swedish company to bring a posture-enhancing backback to the United States. The Posture Vertical Backpack, billed as the world’s first posture-enhancing backpack, was a successful 2017 Kickstarter campaign, according to a news release from Active Life. Active Life Solutions, based in Waynesboro, Pa., has partnered with Swedish Posture to introduce American consumers to the product. The designing company, Swedish Posture, is based in Stockholm. It distributes posture-correcting devices, with an emphasis on activating and strengthening core muscles as opposed to braces that hold consumers in place. The company also has […]

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Penn State cuts ribbon on Mont Alto LaunchBox

MONT ALTO, Pa. — Penn State President Eric J. Barron and Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis K. Achampong were joined by other Penn State administrators and community leaders recently for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Mont Alto LaunchBox. The LaunchBox at 40 N. Second St. in Chambersburg, Pa., is a business incubator funded by Penn State’s Invent Penn State initiative. Open to the Penn State community and the public, it offers free resources and support to entrepreneurs in a co-working space to help business startups. “Today Penn State has 21 innovation hubs across Pennsylvania, including the […]

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Employee engagement predicts business success

The current level of employee engagement in any organization is the best predictor of future success. Organizations where employee values align with the business goals stand a better chance of achieving success. Engaged employees are more productive, create lasting customer relationships, and help produce a stronger bottom line.  Engaged employees, therefore, are good for business. Conversely, disengaged employees are detrimental to a business or an organization. They erode morale, lower productivity, and decrease profitability. They increase turnover and thrive on mediocrity. In short, they threaten the sustainability of the organization. A recent Gallup poll found that in the organizations surveyed, […]

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Grocery pickup, delivery could fuel Walmart’s online growth

Walmart’s plans for online growth start with everyday items like groceries in everyday places like Hagerstown, Md., and Charles Town, W.Va. The world’s largest retailer plans to reach a 40 percent U.S. online growth target by next year. In a note to clients, Seth Sigman, an analyst at Credit Suisse, said Walmart’s latest moves — which include pickup service and a delivery option in many cities — might help it hit that target. Market Insider reported that Sigman considers online grocery sales “largely an untapped market.” “For (Walmart), given how early it is, we think it can lead to growth, […]

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Shepherd developing new insurance concentration

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University’s College of Business hosted a risk management and insurance roundtable discussion recently to discuss with insurance professionals how a new RMI concentration can help train insurance industry workers. Participants included many regional experts and an international perspective from Ed Beimer, managing director of Hastings Direct, a United Kingdom company. With the input from the insurance industry, Shepherd is developing the RMI concentration at the suggestion of and with the support from Farmers and Mechanics Insurance Companies, which is headquartered in Martinsburg. W.Va., to help address the projected need for insurance professionals. The U.S. Bureau of […]

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Coldwell Banker Premier wins Cartus award for fifth time

WINCHESTER, Va. — Coldwell Banker Premier has been named a Platinum Award winner by the Cartus Broker Network for the fifth year in a row. This award for outstanding performance was presented at the annual Cartus Broker Network International Conference, held March 19-21 at The Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Cartus Corp. is a worldwide company focused on employee relocation solutions, representing 60 percent of the top Fortune 50 companies, including AARP, Navy Federal Credit Union, Proctor & Gamble and more. Platinum is the highest level of the Excellence Awards presented to principal brokers. Excellence Award […]

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Chambersburg chamber salutes 10 for achievements

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce recently honored 10 of its members for outstanding achievements in 2017. More than 200 people attended the annual awards breakfast last month at the Chambersburg Country Club. Janet Pollard, director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, received the international ATHENA Leadership Award. The award honors an individual who exemplifies professional, community and personal leadership as well as someone who actively assists women in reaching their full leadership potential and/or personal and professional advancement. For nearly 30 years, Pollard has demonstrated her drive and commitment to Franklin County, starting with her love […]

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Long-range plan: Truck traffic likely to increase

The Crossroads region is a busy place for freight traffic, and that’s only going to increase, according to the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization’s long-range transportation plan. “The Brookings Institute’s regional freight flow data indicate that the Hagerstown, Md.-W.Va. region accounts for approximately $25.3 billion in annual trade flows (imports and exports). The region imports $13.5 billion per year in commodities and exports approximately $11.8 billion per year in commodities,” the plan states. “The (Federal Highway Administration’s) Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) forecasts significant growth in regional daily truck traffic between 2018 and 2045. The FAF estimates that I-81, northwest of […]

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Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Here are our bottom-line views on a few items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal area: • Congratulations to the four area Maryland members of the Best in State Wealth Advisors list, compiled by Forbes. The list includes: No. 14, Larry Boggs of Wells Fargo Advisors, Cumberland; No. 22, Betsy Pakenas of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Frederick; No. 29, Jim Holzapfel of Wells Fargo Advisors, Hagerstown; and No.. 55, Nate Harris of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Frederick. • Kudos to d’Vinci Interactive of Hagerstown, which has partnered with Reading is Fundamental to create a portal of online resources to […]

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