‘We have an opportunity to come together as a community’

Sudhir Singh, new dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business, talks about what he sees as the successes, challenges at the school. Sudhir Singh, recently named dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business by Provost Elizabeth Throop, seeks insights from leaders as diverse as Churchill, Lincoln, Gandhi and Nehru. Singh joined FSU in 1992, with a teaching focus on finance. He was associate dean from 2010 to 2015 and has served as interim dean since 2015. He has also served as director of the College of Business Center for Leadership Development since 2011. “Dr. Singh has wide expertise in finance and global […]

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Middletown Valley goes public through OTC Pink Market

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Middletown Valley Bank’s common stock is now trading on the OTC Pink Market exchange under the ticker symbol MNVB. B.J. Goetz, the bank’s president and CEO, said the move will make it easier for people to buy and sell the stock. “The goal is to be able to grow the return to shareholders over time,” he said. Shareholders can hold the stock personally, with a local broker or with an online brokerage. Goetz said the move continues the 110-year-old bank’s plans to grow into a premier community bank serving businesses and consumers, primarily in the Frederick and […]

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Franklin County forecasts more growth in 2018

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Near the end of his slide presentation, L. Michael Ross paused and looked at the crowd who had gathered to hear it. “We’re a busy operation,” he said. “There’s a lot going on.” Ross is president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. He gave an annual report to more than 170 people recently at the Chambersburg (Pa.) Country Club. The corporation and the county enjoyed a banner year in 2017, he told them. Judging from the corporation’s outlook and a survey of businesses, 2018 could be even better. And things also look positive for a wider region […]

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On the Books

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

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Learning while working

Apprenticeship program links Maryland students with prospective employers. Zachary Hill smiled as he described his apprenticeship work at Beachley Furniture. “I do like it,” he said. Hill is working and being trained in several aspects of making furniture at Beachley, said Ed Doub, Beachley’s vice president of upholstery operations. Some of that furniture can be complicated. The company’s client list ranges from American Airlines to Hilton, Starbucks and VISA. “Everything we make here is custom,” Doub said, referring to the company’s commercial furniture operation on North Prospect Street in Hagerstown, Md. Hill, an 18-year-old senior at Clear Spring (Md.) High […]

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