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February/March 2013 Business News

February 2013

New VA Clinic Open at Fort Meade
More than 80,000 veterans living in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties now have access to VA health care services at the new Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic, which opened on Jan. 14. The new clinic, which is located at 2479 5th Street adjacent to the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center on the Fort George G. Meade installation, will be the sixth community based outpatient clinic throughout the state that is operated by the VA Maryland Health Care System.

Designed by Nutec Group of York, Pa., in collaboration with the Department of Defense, the 13,300-square-foot facility features 21 spacious exam rooms, one audiology booth, comfortable patient waiting areas, and state-of-the-art medical technology. Services at the Fort Meade VA Outpatient Clinic will include general outpatient medical care, preventive health and education services, various medical screenings, TeleHealth services, and referrals to specialized programs and inpatient services available throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System. It’s also the first VA outpatient clinic in the country to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified.

University Research Park 
May Come to APG
The Harford County business community and area universities have launched a feasibility study for a potential university research park at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The potential facility would bring doctorate-level educational research closer to Aberdeen Proving Ground’s growing business and defense communities.

The Prime Rib Opens At 
Maryland Live! Casino
The Zagat-rated No. 1 Steakhouse, The Prime Rib, has opened its fourth location at Maryland Live! Casino. For the first time, guests can savor the exquisite flavors of The Prime Rib menu, paired with an irresistible side of non-stop gaming action on a state-of-the-art casino floor. “We established this partnership with The Prime Rib with a focus on creating a distinct and unforgettable dining and entertainment experience,” says Robert J. Norton, President and General Manager, Maryland Live! Casino. “At this location, customers can enjoy exceptional cuisine at The Prime Rib; then, catch a show at Rams Head Center Stage, or try their luck on the casino floor. With free parking and direct elevator access to the main entrance, it’s a winning combination.”

Hero2Hired Mobile Job Store at APG
Hero2Hired, a Yellow Ribbon-funded program to connect job-seeking veterans and family members with potential employers, will visit Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Post Exchange Parking Lot on March 4, 10am-2pm. The mobile unit will have job listings, career education, training resources and a variety of networking opportunities.

Gov. O’Malley Receives National Honor for Arts Leadership
Americans for the Arts (AFTA), a leading national arts advocacy organization, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, awarded Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley the prestigious Public Leadership in the Arts for State Arts Leadership Award in Washington, D.C. The annual award honors governors that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts. Gov. O’Malley, who also received the Local Arts Leadership Award from AFTA as Mayor of Baltimore in 2004, says, “I am honored to receive an award that recognizes the arts continue to move Maryland forward. The arts support Maryland’s identity as a dynamic, cultural and vibrant place to live, learn and visit. But most of all, they have a significant economic impact on our State’s economy, supporting jobs for Maryland families.”

Spa On The Boulevard to 
Open in Box Hill
The Salon by Debbie Corporation, owners of Spa in The Valley in Hunt Valley and Spa on The Avenue in White Marsh, will open a third spa in Box Hill, at the Boulevard at Box Hill in Abingdon. “We are so excited to bring Spa on The Boulevard to Harford County,” says Founder Debbie Nazelrod. “The community surrounding Box Hill is growing and that makes it an ideal location for a spa that will offer something new and unique – an indulgent, tranquil and unparalleled spa experience that detoxifies, relaxes and rejuvenates clients.”

Freedom FedFreedom Federal Credit Union Recognizes “Core Values Award” Recipient
Freedom Federal Credit Union has announced Meghan Rafferty, Assistant Branch Manager of its Park Avenue branch in Bel Air, as the winner of Freedom’s quarterly “Core Value Award,” which recognizes Freedom employees who serve members, fellow employees and the Harford County community.

Raise Maryland seeks to raise minimum wage to $10 by 2015
Nearly 100 community, labor, business, immigrant, civil rights and faith leaders recently gathered at Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis today to officially launch the Raise Maryland campaign, an effort to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 by 2015. “Maryland workers are in desperate need of a raise,” says Senator Robert J. Garagiola, the Senate sponsor of the legislation. “Our people are working harder but aren’t earning more, and it’s time to give a much needed boost to our economy. Raising the minimum wage would not only put more money in the pockets of these workers but also increase business activity in our state.”

The measure will raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2015 in the following three steps: July 1, $8.25 per hour, July 1, 2014, $9 per hour, and July 1, 2015, $10 per hour. It will also raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, like waitresses, carwash attendants and nail salon workers, from 50 percent of the minimum wage to 70 percent.

Promotions AnnouncedPromotions Announced at Ellin 
& Tucker, Chartered
Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, a leading regional certified public accounting and business consulting firm, has promoted Aileen M. Eskildsen, CPA to Director and Mary S. Brown, CPA to Principal. Eskildsen has more than 17 years of experience with Ellin & Tucker, most recently in the area of Professional Development, while Brown has more than 14 years of experience in the Audit, Accounting, and Consulting Department at Ellin & Tucker, which represents clients throughout the United States and abroad from its offices in Baltimore, Belcamp, Frederick, and Washington, D.C.

Southern Harford Rotary Awards Check to Edgewood Middle
So Harford RotarySouthern Harford Rotary recently awarded Edgewood Middle School a check for $850 to enhance the school’s extra-curricular program, EMS University. The check was presented to the school principal, Patrice Brown. Also in attendance were Dr. Robert Tomback, Harford County Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Jonathan Brown, Director of Community Engagement, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency; and Barbara Canavan, Executive Director of Middle School Performance. EMS University is program designed to help students who struggle to score at the proficiency level in reading and mathematics.

Women’s Giving Circle 
Awards 11 Grants
In its second year, the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County has awarded 11 grants totaling nearly $36,000 to nonprofits in the county that assist women and children. Last year, the newly established group gave out $20,000 in grants. The most recent grant recipients are: The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, $4,000 for the Assisting Single Parents in Poverty Program; Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, $4,000 for SMART (Skills, Mastery and Resistance Training) Girls Program; CASA of Harford County, $4,000 for Womens Givvolunteer training and supervision; SARC, $4,000 for the Safehouse Program; Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, $3,850 for the Parenting With Love and Logic Program; Harford Community Action Agency, $3,500 for the Road to Success Program; Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, $3,000 for Women Build 2013; Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland, $2,500 for support of the Harford County Visitation Center; Harford Family House, $2,500 for the Family Steps to Independence Program; Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation, $2,500 for the C.L.I.M.B. Program supporting children of cancer patients; and The Highlands School, $1,696 for the Read Naturally Program.

McGladrey Continues Expansion
McGladrey LLP, a provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, recently announced the continued expansion of its risk advisory services practice by naming Dan Whelan as a partner in the practice. In his new role, Whelan, will lead McGladrey’s risk advisory services consulting practice in Baltimore, and will focus on client service delivery and new growth.

Bel Air Resident Named 
President of FranNet
Bel Air resident Richard Bock has been named president of FranNet of Maryland, which assists individuals interested in exploring self-employment as a career option through franchised business ownership. Bock knows firsthand about franchise ownership; he owns two Huntington Learning Center sites, one in Bel Air and the other in Perry Hall.

Niles, Barton & Wilmer Appoints New Managing Partner
Baltimore-based Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP has named a new Managing Partner, Craig D. Roswell, who has served as Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department. Roswell’s appointment completes the transition of management duties from Jeffrey A. Wothers, who will continue to focus on his practice primarily in areas of insurance coverage litigation, property insurance law, and commercial litigation.

Greta Brand Honors Two Local Companies for Nutrition
Greta Brand has honored Middle River Aircraft Systems and Sister Marie Seton Walsh and Northwest Hospital System for their exceptional commitment to improving employees’ health through worksite wellness programs. The local award was designed to recognize employer customers that have implemented successful wellness programs. The Blue Ribbon Awards were for Employee Health Education, Support of Tobacco Avoidance and Improving Heart Health.

Bel Air Photography 
Business Transfer
Positive Images by Rettberg, owned by Bill Rettberg Jr., a photographic service in the Baltimore region, has completed a transfer of operations of photographic services to Robin Sommer, owner of Images of Sommer based in Bel Air. Rettberg will continue in his capacity as a wedding and commercial photographer. This husband and wife team have worked together for 17 years to create a comprehensive photographic service focusing on lifestyle photography including weddings, maternity/newborn, child and family photography.

Merritt Properties Announces Latest Tenant at Lansdowne Industrial Park
Ghanem Forwarding, LLC, a freight forwarder, has signed a lease at Lansdowne Industrial Park in Baltimore County. The company will utilize a 7,200-square-foot warehouse space.

Adams CommunicationACET Moving to The GATE
Adams Communication & Engineering Technology (ACET) has signed a lease with St. John Properties, Inc. for 26,500 square feet of space at 6190 Guardian Gateway, a new three-story, 75,000 square foot Class “A” office building under construction within The Government and Technology Enterprise (The GATE) project, a 416-acre business community located inside APG.

ACET is a growing company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in information systems, healthcare systems, aerospace, electronics and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. The company’s office space at The GATE serves as headquarters for its Defense Solutions and Software & Systems Divisions, with more than 200 employees internationally and engaged in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, sensor technologies, security, advanced communications, electronic warfare, signal intelligence, cyber, avionics, training systems, satellite communications, weapon control systems and unmanned technologies.
“ACET’s decision to move to The GATE continues the trend of organizations that have relocated from competitive business parks and expanded their businesses within The GATE at APG,” says Matt Holbrook, Regional Partner for St. John Properties, Inc. “We continue to experience strong interest from government contractors and other agencies that want to join the APG community and co-locate with their federal customers.”

Harford Community College Renews President’s Contract
The Board of Trustees of Harford Community College announces that it is renewing the contract of Harford Community College President Dr. Dennis Golladay for three additional years, beginning Aug. 1. In addition to the three years, the Board and/or Dr. Golladay may exercise two one-year options by agreement of both parties. Board Chair Bryan Kelly stated, “The Board of Trustees is delighted to continue our working relationship with Dr. Golladay. In his three years at HCC, he has proven himself to be a successful leader and a great asset to the College and the community. We are pleased with his decision to continue his important work as President of Harford Community College.” The Susquehanna Center renovation and expansion was completed during his first three years, and the APG Federal Credit Union Arena opened. Dr. Golladay worked to secure naming rights for the new Arena, and as a result APG Federal Credit Union’s partnership with the College for the arena naming rights will be for an annual contribution of more than $50,000 per year for 15 years. The financial support will fund operations and programming in the arena as well as scholarships for Harford Community College students.

AAACCVB Nationally Recognized as Sports Leader
The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) has received national recognition for providing exceptional service to sporting events organizers. SportsEvents Media Group, the leading industry publication focused exclusively on helping sports event planners produce quality competitions in the United States and Canada, has announced that the AAACCVB is a member of its 2013 class of Readers’ Choice Award winners.

AAACCVB President and CEO Connie Del Signore says she’s pleased that so many sporting events organizers from across the country have given the destination a thumbs up for a job well done. “It takes a solid team to deliver a successful sporting event. Our team consists of representatives from the AAACCVB, county and city Recreation and Parks, the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing, and the U.S. Naval Academy Athletic Association. Add to that our ever-growing inventory of well-maintained, centrally located fields and facilities, and you have a combination that’s hard to beat.” I95