Experts say business leaders must address sexual harassment

Workplace bullying, including sexual harassment, can cost businesses productivity, employees, reputation and cash, according to consultants, researchers, attorneys and a national task force. Jerry Carbo, Shippensburg (Pa.) University professor of management and marketing and an expert in workplace bullying, served on that Equal Employment Opportunity tax force. The panel released a report in 2016 after 18 months of study. Nearly two years after that experience, as high-profile reports of sexual harassment hit the news, Carbo said, “It’s been a long time coming.” “There’s no excuse at this point for not dealing with it. … It’s really not that hard,” he […]

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‘Nurturing and understanding’ as a manager

Breanne Hinnant, general manager, Olive Garden in Frederick, Md.   Breanne Hinnant’s rise to restaurant leadership included a few rungs on the education ladder. The new general manager of the Olive Garden in Frederick, Md., Hinnant grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She started in the restaurant industry as a host and server in a local breakfast restaurant. She also worked at a few local restaurants throughout her summers to save money for college. A student-athlete, she played volleyball and softball at Peace College in Raleigh, N.C., then was recruited to Converse College, a Division II school in South […]

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Cold Weather; Cold Cash

Keeping business warm, despite chilly temps   For some businesses, falling temperatures translate into slower business cycles. While many companies manage through the cold, some take special measures to keep the bottom line solid while ice is forming outside. And some businesses mirror agriculture, with most activities shutting down until warmer weather returns. For Frank Traver, president of Eagle Construction Co. in Greencastle, Pa., the winter means juggling employee schedules and job timelines. “You don’t make a lot of money in the wintertime,” Traver said. “Hopefully you don’t lose a lot of money in the wintertime, either.” ‘Slow down a […]

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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 details about some of those big deals. The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessments 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. — Compiled by Mike Lewis […]

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The power of brand: Wallace ‘Worx’ to bring out the ‘gutsy’ in businesses

Laura Wallace said she believes in being “gutsy” and practicing what you preach. Wallace is the owner and creative director of Worx, based in Hagerstown, Md. The firm specializes in branding, working with companies on everything from logos and websites to their physical spaces. Worx recently rebranded its own physical space in a downtown Hagerstown building, and one of the first things you see when you walk in the door is a long row of awards and honors under a slogan, “brand your gutsy.” The Worx website says, “We exist to get others as pumped about your brand as you […]

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