Valley College: $10k scholarship with cybersecurity degree

Also, all 3 of its campuses accredited. MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Valley College has launched a new online bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. The program prepares graduates in less than three years to establish security and protection measures from those who are seeking to hack and infiltrate the personal, financial, professional, information and/or intellectual capital of organizations around the country, according to a news release from the university. Valley College offered its first online program in 1997 and today offers online medical diplomas as well as degrees in the business, medical and cybersecurity disciplines. The cybersecurity program includes training by subject matter […]

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What would you do if someone starts shooting?

By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. — In Nathan Harmon’s view, some companies fall short when it comes to preparing their employees to face workplace violence. Specifically, he said, people need to be prepared for what has become known as an “active shooter.” The most recent incident in this region happened on June 28, when a gunman opened fire with a shotgun inside The Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, killing five employees and injuring two others. The Department of Homeland Security has a 13-page booklet on how to respond to an active shooter. In those situations, the booklet advises […]

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Public accounting publication cites Smith Elliott Kearns & Co.

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC was named as a national leader in INSIDE Public Accounting’s 28th annual ranking of the largest accounting firms in the nation, the IPA 200. IPA is a newsletter for the accounting profession. The IPA 200 is one of the most comprehensive lists of its kind and is the most current snapshot of the financial and operational health of accounting firms. More than 550 firms participate in the annual ranking process. Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. ranks as the 188th largest public accounting firm in the nation, up three spots from last year’s ranking. Smith […]

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Jerr-Dan, JLG hands over $20,000 prize to Reach of Washington County

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — JLG Industries Inc. and Jerr-Dan in Hagerstown, both Oshkosh Corp. companies, won $20,000 as the overall winner in the annual Oshkosh Excellence Award. The award highlights employees and teams who are making a difference, either for the company or the community, in an employee competition for companywide recognition. This is the first time a community project received the overall award, said Frank Nerenhausen, the president of JLG and Jerr-Dan. JLG and Jerr-Dan chose Reach of Washington County, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless people, to receive the prize money. “We were jumping up and down. We can […]

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Dealing with millennials? ‘Resistance is futile’

By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com HAGERSTOWN, Md. — For business leaders puzzled about managing millennials, Rod Bourn has three words of advice: “Resistance is futile.” “They are coming like a big Mack truck,” Bourn said during his presentation recently at a Manufacturing 4.0 conference at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College. The daylong conference featured speakers and panel discussions on the changing nature not only of manufacturing but also of the workers who are moving into jobs. Bourn, founder of the Down Set Lead consulting group, and Ted Vecchio of P4 Management Inc. spoke on “Millennials in the Workforce” and “Four Paths to Meet […]

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Notes and quotes for September 2018

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: Top bread in the Big Apple CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. has the highest bread and roll sales in the New York metropolitan market, according to a report from the IRI research company. In the 52-week IRI sales data ending June 17, Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls, Martin’s Long Potato Rolls and Martin’s Potato Bread hold the first, second and third place, respectively, for highest dollar sales in the entire fresh bread and roll category. New York is the largest metropolitan market in the […]

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Mont Alto LaunchBox announces fall entrepreneur series workshops, Fall Forum, LION Tank

MONT ALTO, Pa. — The Mont Alto LaunchBox in downtown Chambersburg will offer three Entrepreneur Workshops this fall. The sessions will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the LaunchBox at 40 N. Second St. in Chambersburg. Any aspiring entrepreneur can register to attend at montalto.psu.edu/launchbox/workshops. Workshops will include: • Sept. 27: “How to find financing for your business idea,” with moderator Cheryl Young, Shippensburg Small Business Development Center business consultant; and panelists Kenneth Hammaker, Community First Fund community lending vice president; Jon Sider, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania director of second stage capital; Mike […]

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Applying management science in succession planning

Experienced managers know that building, retaining and leading your team well is an important prerequisite of reaching an organization’s objectives. After hiring and firing employees myself, I find it appropriate to share what advice the business academics are giving. There is a whole discipline of human resource management dedicated for such thoughts. However this time, I took a look elsewhere for more accurate advice — namely to the quantitative discipline of management science. We know that there are no easy answers. In management, we are always forced to make trade-offs to seek a balance. Real business management is more like […]

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The Record for September 2018

About this section: Crossroads Business Journal runs public records of interest to the business community in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This includes building permits and deed transfers, as noted. MARYLAND Allegany County Deed transfers of note • Address: 9 W. Main St., Frostburg Buyer: First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union Sellers: H. Gregory Skidmore, Gunter Hotel Inc. Price: $200,000 Date: June 21, 2018 Structure type: Retail store   • Address: 13000 Winchester Road, Lavale Buyer: Magnolia Greene LP Seller: Frances Ann Hixon Price: $431,785 Date: June 29, 2018   • Address: 735 N. Centre St., Cumberland Buyer: Standard Bank […]

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When it comes to etiquette, at least remember the coffee

If you’re a coffee drinker, you know. The clock hits 2 p.m., and you’re dragging. You need the caffeine from the blessed bean, lest you lose any momentum you have left to complete your work. Mug in hand, you drag yourself to the coffeemaker. The pot is empty. Someone — and you don’t know exactly who — but someone took the last ounces of wakeup juice from the carafe and did not have the common courtesy to make another pot for those who would be needing a cup of Joe later in the day. Etiquette would dictate that if you […]

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