Divorce law firm for men opens in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. — Cordell & Cordell, which bills itself as the world’s largest domestic litigation firm focusing on representing men in divorce, has opened an office in Frederick, Md. Cordell & Cordell has more than 250 attorneys working in 95 offices across the United States and in London. The Frederick office at 5100 Buckeystown Pike, Suite 250, marks Cordell & Cordell’s fourth Maryland location, following Baltimore, Annapolis and Belcamp. According to a news release, the mission of Cordell & Cordell “is to protect and promote men’s family and financial interests before, during and after divorce.”       In 1990, while […]

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New Md. workforce training program provides entry into green jobs, careers

BALTIMORE — Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz, together with Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton, recently announced a joint investment in Maryland’s workforce. The Work2Live WELL program is a workforce development, skills and training program administered through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that provides entry for unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers into the emerging fields of the environment and natural resources, according to a news release from the state Labor Department. The program will be funded through EARN Maryland, the state’s nationally-recognized workforce solution. EARN helps businesses cultivate the skilled workforce they need to compete, while preparing Marylanders for meaningful […]

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Is the gender pay gap closing?

There’s still a divide between men’s and women’s compensation, but female worker salaries are rising faster.   The gender pay gap is real but narrowing, according to some figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Across the United States, women working full-time made 80.5 percent of the salary paid to men in 2016, a 1.1 percent increase from 2015. For the nation, and for states and counties in the Crossroads region, the figures generally show that pay has been rising for both men and women — but women’s pay is rising faster. “What I find interesting is the gap shrinking over […]

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Reimagined retail experience drives vision at local mall

The mall industry has always been one that is constantly evolving as the popularity of retail brands ebbs and flows and retail property owners are strategically seeking new offerings to reimagine the mall experience and put anchor spaces to more dynamic use. A thoughtfully curated and diverse tenant mix is the future of retail real estate, offering unique experiences and social outlets, in addition to in-demand retail. The new age of retail boasts everything from dining to fast fashion, off-price, health and wellness and grocery offerings. In particular, fitness and entertainment are two experiential segments significantly reshaping the look and […]

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Md. alcohol producers wanted for Canadian visit

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Agriculture will host an inbound trade mission of Canadian alcohol beverage agents July 23 and 24.  Agents licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario are interested in sourcing Maryland-produced beer, liquor and wine. They will tour facilities and meet one-on-one with local breweries, wineries and distilleries. The mission is funded by the Southern United States Trade Association, of which the department is a member. Participants must be small companies and sell products of at least 50 percent U.S. origin. Since the mission is supported by federal funds, interested companies must pre-qualify with […]

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Md. streamlines annual business filing process

The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation has streamlined the annual business filing process by updating the paperwork all entities are required to file with the state. Filings for 2018 can now be made online through Maryland Business Express, and the department’s website now hosts fillable versions of the forms. The extension request system is also available for 2018, which will extend the annual report deadline from April 15 to June 15. Last year’s Form 1 has been separated into an annual report and a personal property tax return to distinguish the dual purposes of the filing. Both the […]

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The Record for March 2018

Maryland Allegany County Deed transfers of note • Address: 103 S. Centre St., Cumberland Buyer: 100 South Liberty Street Joint Venture Sellers: H. Gregory Skidmore and Barbara R. Skidmore Price: $50,000 Date: Jan. 5, 2018 Structure type: Office building   • Address: 133 Wood St., Frostburg Buyer: ACC Realty Investment LLC Seller: JJ-D 133 Water LLC Price: $198,000 Date: Jan. 30, 2018 Structure type: Multiple residence Frederick County Deed transfers of note • Address: 605 N. Bentz St., Frederick Buyer: GS Real Estate LLC Seller: 605 North Bentz Street LLC Price: $1,900,000 Date: Jan. 8, 2018 Structure type: Office condominium […]

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Face Time for March 2018

Two join d’Vinci staff HAGERSTOWN, Md. — D’Vinci Interactive, a company specializing in learning solutions, has added two people to its team. Christine Kurtz joins d’Vinci as a project manager/instructional designer. Kurtz brings a blend of project management and instructional design skills to the team and is focused on helping clients create engaging, successful training courses. She previously worked as a solution architect using technology to develop and deliver leadership training to leading global corporations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish from Susquehanna University and lives in Harrisburg, Pa. Nathan Carmona joins d’Vinci as […]

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Professionals: Start now to deal with tax changes

The federal tax reform passed last year is named the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.” Tax expert Bev Stitely calls it a “permanent employment act” for accountants and tax professionals. “There is no ‘one size fits all’ to this. … You really need to understand the tax code or be working with someone who understands the tax code,” Stitely said of the new federal changes. “You want to be proactive, not reactive,” added Andrew Serafini. He’s president of the Serafini Financial Group, a financial planning firm in Hagerstown, Md., and he said many businesses benefit by having a team — […]

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