Workplace rules changing in 2019

By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com As a new year dawns, Walt Lachenmayr said it’s time to dust off those employee handbooks. Lachenmayr is a human resources consultant based in Hagerstown, Md. He and attorneys from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia recently provided insights and advice for employers as 2019 begins. For example, Lachenmayr said the National Labor Relations Board’s view of several matters has changed in the transition from former President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. As a result, he said, some workplace rules are “more realistic” from an employer’s point of view. Those range through “a whole host of […]

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Virginia firm honored for Frederick development

FULTON, Md. — The Land Development Council of the Maryland Building Industry Association recently announced winners of its Excellence in Community Development Awards. The program recognizes development professionals “who provide superior and creative development projects that are sensitive to the community and make appropriate use of the existing natural elements,” according to the association. Among the winners was Miller and Smith, based in McLean, Va. The company received an award of excellence for Tallyn Ridge in Frederick, Md. The 441-home subdivision features a mixture of single family homes and townhomes. “Faced with extremely steep slopes, extensive rock and large cuts […]

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Know your online communities

It is difficult to resist the allure of omnichannel shopping experience. Omnichannel shopping is defined as a seamless shopping experience in all available channels provided by a retailer, either online or in a traditional brick-and-mortar store. Executed correctly, the seamless customer experience in omnichannel retailing drives substantial traffic to retailers’ websites or in-store to deliver an around-the-clock customer shopping experience. Ensuring positive service experiences leads to higher customer engagement, thus developing brand loyalty. However, plenty of retailers fail to provide a seamless customer experience across, and within, these existing channels of the retailing landscape. A major shift of how customers […]

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Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Here are our bottom-line views on a few items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal region: • A pat on the back to James “Jim” Martin, president of Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc., who was named the 2018 Business Person of the Year for the The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. • A reminder to budget some time, if you can, to check in on the legislatures of your respective states. Maryland Del. Bill Wivell spoke about the importance of input from business during a recent Washington County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce forum appearance in Hagerstown, Md. “It’s very, […]

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On the books for January 2019

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.

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. […]

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Fahrney Keedy certified as a Center of Excellence for Wound Management

BOONSBORO, Md. — Fahrney Keedy Senior Living Community has been certified by Vohra Wound Physicians as a Center of Excellence for Wound Management. Only 10 percent of Vohra’s skilled nursing facility partners have qualified for this annual certification, according to a news release. Fahrney Keedy has partnered with Vohra Wound Physicians to bring physician-led bedside wound care to its facility. A Vohra wound physician visits the facility weekly to treat residents with wound and skin issues. This reduces the need to send residents to wound care centers or hospitals, the release states. The wound physician works with the primary care […]

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NuMSP acquires Frederick company

FREDERICK, Md. — NuMSP, a national managed service provider has acquired Swift Systems. The acquisition, the fifth for NuMSP, continues its buildout of a national managed service platform targeted to the small and midsize business market. According to a news release from NuMSP, the business is building a nationwide company to deliver advanced IT services that will rival other Fortune 500 companies. “Swift Systems began serving the Maryland market in 1998 and has expanded to provide managed IT services to a range of growing businesses …” Vaughn Thurman, founder of Swift Systems, said in a news release. “Joining the NuMSP […]

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Schurz subsidiary acquires Neverfail’s global cloud infrastructure business

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Online Tech, a provider of secure, compliant private, hybrid and multi-cloud solutions for service providers, channel partners and enterprise organizations, acquired the Infrastructure as a service and data protection assets and products of IT provider Neverfail. The acquisition, which includes Neverfail’s five cloud nodes and assets in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, increases Online Tech’s geographic footprint and its ability to serve direct customers while adding tens of thousands of new end-users through extensive channel programs. As part of the transaction, the two companies have entered into an ongoing strategic partnership in which Online Tech will […]

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Summit Health annual report: WellSpan deal raises the bar

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Patrick O’Donnell, president and CEO of Summit Health and executive vice president for WellSpan Health, presented the fiscal year 2018 annual report at Chambersburg Hospital’s and Waynesboro Hospital’s board of directors’ annual meetings. “While by virtue, our annual report reflects the past year, our accomplishments and accolades, our expansions and evolution of services, this year’s look back, I believe, is truly more a glimpse into what our future holds,” he said. “We are starting a new journey of hope as we transition into our affiliation with WellSpan Health. WellSpan values our culture, organization, employees, community, and the […]

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Notes and quotes for January 2019

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: ‘You’ve done it right’ “I think you all (in Maryland) have done a great job. You’ve done it right. … We’re creating a medical product here. We don’t cut corners.” — Ben Kimbro, director of public affairs for Harvest Inc., a medical cannabis company. He praised Maryland’s medical cannabis program, including its testing requirements, during a recent appearance in Hagerstown, Md. Nursing program accredited FREDERICK, Md. — The Hood College bachelor-degree nursing program has received 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The program […]

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