Regional CPA firm rebrands as ‘SEK’

Regional CPA firm Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC is refreshing its branding. Over the years, the firm’s clients and communities have come to refer to company by the acronym “SEK.” According to a news release announcing the change, the firm decided to incorporate that title into a new brand redesign. SEK also launched a new logo as a part of its brand identity. The firm reported that the logo is born out of the need to better communicate what the firm stands for. The compass represents directional values. “The firm remains committed to guiding their clients to make wise […]

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Notes and quotes for December 2018

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: Nice ride in Spain FREDERICK, Md. — Carey International Inc., which provides chauffeured service, customer-centric travel technology and ground transportation logistics management, has named a new franchise operation in Madrid, Spain. The Carey Madrid banner was bestowed upon Blai Limousines, which will operate as a Carey-branded, independently owned franchise, Carey announced in a news release. Founded in 1965, Blai Limousines began supplying premium ground transportation solutions in Barcelona, including chauffeured services for Catalan painter Salvador Dali, before expanding into additional service territories throughout Spain. Blai Limousines […]

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Hospice facility earns accreditation

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hospice of Washington County (Md.) recently announced that Doey’s House has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. Doey’s House is the only hospice house in Washington County. The 16,500-square-foot inpatient facility has 12 patient rooms. It has the amenities for patients and families that one would have at home, including a family dining room, meditation room, library, children’s playroom, great room and sun porch. Each patient room has a patio and a private area for families to stay. Hospice of Washington underwent a […]

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‘Coffee gets cold quick around our office’

Lori Barnes and Melinda Cordell, owners of Greencastle Notary Service By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Lori Barnes and Melinda Cordell own and operate Greencastle Notary Service in Greencastle, Pa. The little storefront almost closed before it got started. Barnes said they were planning to open more than a decade ago in a building across the street. The landlord had “made everything beautiful,” and had asked the duo to move their items out of the space so the floors could be refinished before they opened. “The place burned down that night,” she recalled. “The next day, we rented this space.” And they’ve […]

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Potomac Edison donates LED bulbs to food bank

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Potomac Edison recently provided 9,000 Energy Star certified LED light bulbs to the Maryland Food Bank — Western Branch for distribution to food pantry partners. Food pantry clients were to receive the bulbs during three events in October. The LEDs donated this year will save Potomac Edison customers more than 252,000 kilowatt hours and $460,000 over the lifetime of the LEDs, according to a news release from the company. Participants can save on energy costs by switching from less-efficient bulbs to the LEDs. Potomac Edison also will give food pantry partners information about energy-saving programs offered through […]

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Optimal Health opens new corporate office

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Optimal Health Care Inc. recently celebrated its new corporate office at 11377 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Md., with a Washington County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting. Optimal Health Care provides services to the acutely and chronically ill. The company’s staff works closely with their clients, their physicians and family members in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the health care plan for every individual. The company is made of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals working together to provide high quality health care services. Their philosophy is that individuals and their families are always in control of their destiny. […]

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Experts see a merry 2019

But much depends on Congress passing a new infrastructure bill By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Some economists and business leaders see a mostly rosy 2019 for the Crossroads Business Journal region. At various presentations in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, those tasked with peering into economic crystal balls have forecast continued growth for the region, driven largely by commerce along Interstate 81 and I-70 and a strong national economy. A few of them said the picture could be even brighter if Congress passes an infrastructure bill. “It doesn’t appear that the new Congress is going to agree on a lot with […]

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Crusaders shop moves to new location

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Crusaders Supply & Service Co. recently celebrated its new location at 222 East Oak Ridge Road, Suite 400, in Hagerstown, Md., with a Washington County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. Owners Kent Phillips and George Owens welcomed fellow chamber members and representatives from the business community to tell them about their mission — to provide quality and affordable supply gear, from uniforms to tactical gear, to area first responders and the general population. Veterans themselves, the Crusaders’ team particularly supports military, law enforcement and first responders with the supplies they need. The team members are so committed […]

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Frostburg’s MBA program gets top marks

FROSTBURG, Md. — Website OnlineMasters.com, a service designed to encourage students to pursue higher education, has ranked Frostburg State University’s online MBA as one of the best online MBA programs nationally, as well as one of the best for health care management. FSU’s program was ranked No. 48. “As we created this concentration in health care management, we consulted our regional industry leaders to gain deeper insights into the industry’s needs and to seek their input into the curriculum,” said Sudhir Singh, FSU’s dean of the College of Business. “In part because of this guidance, this concentration prepares our MBA […]

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Business calendar for December 2018

Have a calendar item? Submit your business calendar items to calendar@crossroadsbizjournal.com, or by mail to Crossroads Business Journal, 100 Summit Ave., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. If you have questions, call editor Joseph Deinlein at 301-791-7591, or reporter Mike Lewis at 301-733-5131. MARYLAND Learning Lunch Hour Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Join the Washington County Chamber of Commerce members for lunch, discussion and networking. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Free for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members; $10 for nonmembers. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email info@hagerstown.org or go to www.hagerstown.org. […]

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