Choosing civility

Don’t we all crave respect in our relationships? Though we want civility to shape our workplace cultures, it’s often difficult to achieve and sustain. I spent part of my career as an administrator in the health-care field, where relationships among co-workers were often less than positive and nurturing. Ask a new nurse about the treatment received from “seasoned” colleagues; the poor treatment of new nurses is so widespread that this hazing process is captured in the phrase “nurses eat their young.” It seems that those in the professions of giving care to patients, clients or customers often run their respect […]

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A place to $TAY

Hotels take different routes to serve travelers By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Travelers translate into dollars, and some organizations in the Crossroads Business Journal area are taking different routes to earn that business. Among the highlights: • The Ramada Plaza Hotel near Hagerstown received the annual “Best of Ramada” award, which recognizes the brand’s top performing hotels and their staffs. • Bowman Hospitality, which owns the Ramada and other hotels, will soon open its fourth, a Home2 Suites by Hilton. • The Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., has added Bavarian Brothers Brewing to its resort operations. • The University System of […]

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‘The business of tourism makes a difference in Franklin County’

Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The 11/30 Visitors Center is packed with brochures, pamphlets, signs, maps and other items about events, attractions and matters of interest to tourists who visit Franklin County, Pa. Amidst it all sits a new plaque from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. It honors the Franklin County Visitors Bureau for repurposing an 1865 bank building into the new visitors center. The building sits at 15 S. Main St., in the heart of downtown Chambersburg. Janet Pollard, the bureau’s executive director, said the historic […]

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Frostburg launches center for development, engagement

FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State University’s College of Business recently launched its new Center for Regional Engagement and Economic Development. By partnering through CREED, organizations in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia can access faculty expertise in information management, skills training, leadership training, management development training, research and consulting services, and other areas. Amit Shah, who has been named director of CREED, serves as the contact person for interested organizations. He will work to determine an organization’s specific needs, assess the college’s capacity to meet those needs and develop mutually agreeable partnerships. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu/CREED. […]

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Company moves HQ to downtown Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — ELynxx Solutions is moving its corporate headquarters into Kerrstown Square in downtown Chambersburg, Pa. The company develops enterprise-level software for acquisition and management of print, direct mail, marketing, advertising and promotional materials. The move capitalizes on technology infrastructure and ongoing improvements at the South Main Street location, the company said, and will bring approximately 20 professional technical positions to the downtown business district. With Chambersburg roots dating to the early 1970s, eLynxx Solutions grew out of a consultancy business to become an innovator of specialty software as well as a pioneer in what today is known as […]

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The calendar for May 2019

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 Post-Legislative Forum Wednesday, May 1 — Legislation update. 7 to 9 a.m. Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, 901 Dual Hwy., Hagerstown. $15 for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members; $25 for nonmembers. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email info@hagerstown.org or go to www.hagerstown.org. Coffee and Contacts Friday, May 3 — Light breakfast and coffee, plus networking. This […]

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Notes & Quotes for May 2019

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: ‘A big deal’ “I don’t think a lot of people realize how big a deal tourism is to our county.” — Don Bowman, chairman and president of the Bowman Group. An arm of that company, Bowman Hospitality, operates hotels and restaurants in Washington County, Md. Weird wines BALTIMORE — Some wineries from the Crossroads Business Journal region are scheduled to participate in the first Weird Wine. Sponsored by the Maryland Wineries Association in conjunction with Baltimore Magazine, the May 5 event will celebrate area wineries’ most […]

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The Record for May 2019

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: 16214 E. McMullen Highway, Rawlings Buyer: William Frederick Kincaid III Seller: David A. Lee Price: $70,000 Date: Feb. 28, 2019 Structure type: Retail store • Address: 34 N. Centre St., Cumberland Buyer: Drew E. Knippenberg Seller: Essex Bank Price: $47,500 Date: March 21, 2019 Structure type: Retail store • Address: Md. 36, Frostburg Buyer: Allegany Coal and Land Co. Sellers: Jay […]

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Crowley Co. releases mini microfilm scanner

FREDERICK, Md. — The Crowley Co., which specializes in production and cultural heritage scanning hardware and digitization services, recently released the Crowley-manufactured MACH Mini microfilm scanner. Measuring 16-by-17-by-7.5 inches and weighing 30 pounds, the MACH Mini is be the smallest production-level microfilm scanner on the market. Able to scan up to 350 images per minute from any 100-foot or 215-foot open spool or 3M microfilm cartridge, the MACH Mini delivers in two models and pairs a high-resolution CCD line array camera with iQuantumScan and QuantumProcess software. The MACH Mini is the latest effort to come from that collaboration. “As we […]

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NIH is open for business

Speakers pitch ways agency can work with large and small companies By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Officials with the National Institutes of Health spent the better part of a day at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College recently, talking about how NIH agencies can work with private companies of all sizes. They said private companies can benefit in many ways from helping NIH fulfill its mission. Depending upon the situation, NIH can help with everything from equipment and funding to accessing researchers. But NIH has to reach its goals, too, said Joseph M. Conrad III, senior technology transfer specialist with […]

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