Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Our bottom-line views on recent news in the Crossroads Business Journal region: • Hats off to Madison White and Johnnie Meredith. The two Shepherd University students came away with awards from the European Innovation Academy in Turin, Italy. • Many eyes are going to be on Lidl, the German-based discount grocer, after the company announced that it will provide medical benefits for all its employees in more than 70 stores in the United States, regardless of the number of hours they work per week. • Congratulations to Cochran & Mann​, a commercial painting and wallcovering subcontractor based in Frederick, Md., […]

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Thankful for nonprofits: Accolades, ethics, professionalism

November is always a special time of year as the country pauses to celebrate thankfulness. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has chapters that annually host National Philanthropy Day (NPD) during the month to celebrate those who help our communities and give in a myriad of ways to support the nonprofit community. As a long-time member of AFP, it is a special day to look forward to. Recognitions focus on the nonprofit community and good citizens efforts of volunteers, professional fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, youth, corporations, foundations, media, and communities. Nonprofits began in the early 1900s as groups organized to help […]

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Nonprofit vs. for-profit business models

Business entities in our community are either for profit or nonprofit. Each has its purpose and in economically healthy communities there is a strong positive relationship between the two segments. There are many similarities in organizational structure in each of these segments as well as distinct differences that place them into one segment or the other. Revenue: Both types of organizations need money in order to operate. For profit businesses earn money be selling goods and services to their target audience at a price that covers the costs of production with a margin of profit. Profits are then retained or […]

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Where is my shipment?

Tracing and tracking of on-line purchases is commonplace for most of us.  As soon as we click the “order” button, a log of your delivery’s whereabouts becomes available. Major players such as FedEx, DHL and Amazon have responded to customers’ needs and wishes to know where the shipment is in the delivery process. That feeling of having the situation under control while seeing a dot moving on a Google map has become a major selling point for some customers. That selling point is courtesy of tracking and tracing technology has improving rapidly in recent years. Such system are used for […]

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Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Our bottom-line views on recent news in the Crossroads Business Journal region: • Hats off to BCT-Bank of Charles Town, which has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2019. • Best wishes to Western Maryland Health System of Cumberland, Md., which recently broke ground on the Center for Hope and Healing. The 24-hour residential treatment facility will house patients with substance abuse and behavioral health issues. • Congrats to the nine area companies that were named to the 2019 Inc. 5000 list. • Kudos to Alice Mbuyi, the owner of Passion Events Design in Frederick, […]

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Coaching strategies for long-term results

The best way to get positive results from a team in any organization is to create an environment that encourages each team member to give their best. Successful managers/supervisors spend hours learning about their team members as individuals. They know their strengths and weaknesses as well as their hopes and dreams. This knowledge enables the coach, manager, supervisor to place each person in a position to succeed. In a coaching relationship, managers rely less on their authority and more on the authenticity they have built with trust and integrity. The result is more sales, greater productivity, higher morale, and in […]

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Gratitude in the workplace

The single most sustainable motivator in the workplace is not money. It is the expression of gratitude. In organizations where a culture of appreciation thrives, productivity, retention and employee engagement all increase. This is good news for the people who work in the organization and for the corporate bottom line. However, despite there being no downside to creating a culture of gratitude, few organizations make the effort. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of Americans reported receiving no recognition during the past year at their work. To really reap the benefits of a culture of gratitude, the effort […]

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Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Our bottom-line views on recent news in the Crossroads Business Journal region: • Congrats to Bulldog Federal Credit Union, of Hagerstown, Md., which was rated as one of the top credit unions in Maryland by Forbes Magazine. • Kudos to area hospitals that were recognized for top performances by U.S. News and World Report. • Tip of the cap to Hood College’s cyber security efforts. The college, in Frederick, Md., won the 2019 National CyberWatch Center’s “Innovations in Cyber Security Education” award in the program development category. • Thanks to the Allegany College of Maryland, which received approval from the […]

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Marketing analytics: What is it good for? Part Trois

As promised in my column last month, I am about to expose a dirty secret of marketing programs at colleges and universities. I mentioned how marketing departments have upped their quantitative course offerings to fill a void in employees with marketing analytics skills in the corporate world. But I also mentioned how marketing programs were reluctant to fill that void in the first place. Why? I base my answer on 17 years in academia advising marketing students and teaching marketing courses. Some of my colleagues will vehemently disagree with me, but oh well, here it is: While marketing is the […]

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Bottom-line views on the news

Here are our bottom-line opinions about a few items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal region: • Congratulations to all of the companies and organizations that were honored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses for programs and policies designed to promote workplace health and wellness. • Godspeed to Allegiant Air, which has added flights from Hagerstown Regional Airport to Myrtle Beach (S.C.) International Airport to its list of services. • While we’re talking on the subject of airlines, we’ll give a thumbs-up to Southern Airways Corp., the parent company of Southern Airways Express and Mokulele Airlines, which recently announced industry-leading April […]

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