News Briefs – May 28

Technical Innovation Center at HCC

The Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College will host the Spring Entrepreneur Extravaganza 2017 on Thursday, June 8, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, on the HCC campus.

Attendees will hear from Herbert Jordan, deputy secretary of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs; Robert Moreno of the Baltimore Business Center, an expert on U.S. trade and export; and Rick Rando, a national public speaker and owner of one of the largest open-space martial arts studios in the country.

The program will include tips for growing and expanding a business and a discussion on the sales pipeline, from lead generation to the closing deal. Participants will have the opportunity to chat with Rando, pitch their business ideas for audience feedback and network with other attendees.

The early registration course fee is $60 (increases to $75 on May 27), which includes lunch. To register or learn more, contact Janice Riley, TIC manager, at or 240-500-2479.

Columbia Gas of Maryland

CANONSBURG, Pa. — NiSource Inc., the parent company of Columbia Gas of Maryland, was named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers for the second consecutive year. NiSource is the highest-rated utility company on this year’s list, and ranked No. 61 out of 500 companies listed.

The America’s Best Large Employers list ranks the top 500 employers across 25 different industries. NiSource was ranked No. 146 overall and second-highest among utilities in the 2016 survey.

News Briefs – May 21

Allegiant Air

Hagerstown Regional Airport and Allegiant Air celebrated five years of the airline’s service at the airport north of Hagerstown on May 12.

HGR and Allegiant Air staff commemorated the milestone with festivities for travelers flying from HGR to Orlando-Sanford International Airport.


CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets announced 2016 charitable donations totaling more than $25 million in cash and product contributions.

In 2016, donations to regional food banks and local pantries totaled nearly $12 million. Of the total hunger- related donations, items such as frozen meat and bakery items were donated. With its Meat the Needs program, Giant/Martin’s freezes meat that would otherwise go unsold and donates it to regional food banks. More than 5.8 million pounds of meat were provided to support those in need last year.

Customers, associates and vendor partners supported local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. A total of $3.2 million was raised in 2016. In the past 20 years, Giant/Martin’s and its customers, associates and vendors have donated more than $40 million to local CMN Hospitals.

Through its A+ School Rewards program, Giant/Martin’s gave $3 million during the 2015-16 school year to more than 2,000 public and private schools. Since the program launched in 2005, more than $25 million has been donated to local schools.

The company also committed more than $7.3 million in contributions to strengthen local community groups and various nonprofit organizations throughout its neighborhoods, impacting tens of thousands of individuals and families. Recipients have included the United Way, YMCAs and others.

Also included in these contributions is $623,000 to The United Service Organizations, or USO, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to soldiers and their families.

Maryland Department of Transportation

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration earned three American Business Awards for demonstrating excellence with its Twitter feed, online newsletter publication, e-Road Ready and video, “A Bicyclist Might Be Someone You Know.”

At 42,000 followers as of earlier this month, SHA’s Twitter feed, @MDSHA, is updated frequently throughout the day to keep Marylanders informed about major traffic incidents, transportation projects and proactive safety efforts. E-Road Ready is a biennial electronic brochure that offers a summary of Maryland’s major road construction. The video, “A Bicyclist Might Be Someone You Know,” aimed to raise awareness that bicyclists are real people and respected professionals, not “nuisances or obstructions” on the road. The 30-second public service announcement featured messages from actual Maryland professionals who bike.

SHA received a Silver Award for Best Twitter feed, while e-Road Ready and “A Bicyclist Might Be Someone You Know,” each earned a Bronze Award.

Strategic Resolution Experts Inc.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Strategic Resolution Experts Inc. won the Award of Excellence from the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum at the ninth annual Government Contractor Awards on May 9. The award highlights an organization that represents excellence within its community, the government contracting industry and toward employees.

More than 500 people representing government contracting firms and leading industry professionals attended the SECAF’s flagship event.

“I have never lost sight of why I started this business,” Jeannette King, president and CEO said during her acceptance speech. “It was started to help people — people like me who live in West Virginia, veterans, single mothers and children.”