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Harford County Library Gala Raises More than $100,000
December 2017
Harford County Public Library Foundation’s 13th annual gala, “La La Library An Evening in the Stacks,” raised more than $100,000 the evening of Nov. 4 at the Abingdon Library. The funds raised will be used to support Harford County Public Library’s STREAM initiatives, Summer Reading Challenge, Winter Reading, author discussions and speaker series, purchase of […]

The Right Fit for Financing
December 2017
“When public and private lenders work together to address unmet business needs, everyone wins,” says Bonnie Barresi, finance liaison for the Office of Economic Development (OED). “When businesses get the financing they need, they bring jobs to Harford County, they promote growth in revitalization areas, and they improve the quality of life for everyone who […]

Rehab for Cancer Patients and Survivors
December 2017
Cancer and cancer treatments can have major impacts on your quality of life. Even after successful treatment, you may experience lasting pain, numbness, a decline in your endurance and other negative health effects. The rehabilitation team at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health and the Cancer LifeNet professionals at the Kaufman Cancer Center are dedicated […]

Harford Has It: Buy In
December 2017
The Harford County Chamber of Commerce prides itself on being the premier business advocate in the county, helping its members connect and thrive to create a vibrant economy across all sectors. Recently, the Harford County Chamber of Commerce and the Harford County Office of Economic Development launched a “shop local” initiative called “Harford Has It: […]

Michele Wolbert Tapped as Vice President of Administration of The Kelly Group
October 2017
When my uncle and I created The Kelly Group as a financial services firm back in 1997, our vision was to create a client-centric, community-oriented organization with a culture of stewardship. We understood we were aiming high, and needed to build a deep and committed team if we were to accomplish our ambitious goals. Our […]

Celebrating Harford County’s 10th Annual Business Appreciation Week
October 2017
  Thank you for doing business in Harford County – Maryland’s New Center of Opportunity! Harford County’s Office of Economic Development applauds local businesses and supports their growth with a host of programs and services year round. For the past 10 years, one special week has been set aside to recognize some of the businesses […]

When the ER is Not the Answer
October 2017
No matter how many precautions you might take, you can’t always prevent illness or injury. Whether your child’s fever is skyrocketing and you suspect the flu, you’ve sliced your finger and need stitches, or a colleague has had a workplace accident, your first step is to find help. ChoiceOne Urgent CareA partner of University of […]

Regional Cyber and Technology Events
October 2017
In a world that is increasingly reliant on technology, the need for experts to preserve the integrity of our information is paramount. Maryland is recognized internationally as a leader in this sector, with Harford County at the forefront. Harford County’s commitment to the field of integrated technology protects information, identities, and lives. October begins a […]

More than Insurance
October 2017
Strength. Stability. Support. The celebration of 175 years in business for Harford Mutual Insurance is more than a tale of longevity in the marketplace. It’s a statement of the success and magnitude a company can have in an industry that impacts the local, regional and national economy. It’s also a message to the current and […]

Products That Make a Difference
October 2017
Although they’re not the high-heeled leather fashion boots that were “made for walkin,’” as described in the 1966 hit song that’s been reinvented many times over, they do perform as billed: they protect and comfort. Dunlop Protective Footwear, a leader in the global protective boot industry, manufactures and ships over 1.4 million pairs of boots […]

Unparalleled Dedication
October 2017
The familiar slogan, “Jones for a Lifetime,” is true throughout Jones Junction. From employees to customers, this 45-acre campus represents a lifetime of hard work from long-term employees and a loyal customer base that makes it all worthwhile. This year marks the company’s 100th anniversary. Beginning with a foundation of valuable employees who have made […]

Inspiring Growth
August 2017
Charles and Kathleen Minacapelli are modest about the business they’ve built and the client rapport they’ve cultivated. According to Charles, when the husband and wife team opened SEQUEL Design Associates, Inc. in 1994, their goals were to build strong, satisfying relationships with their clients. SEQUEL Design Associates, Inc. 2447 Bailey Road Forest Hill, MD 21050 410-893-9800 […]

Your Neighborhood Insurance Agency
August 2017
For as long as he can remember, Garry Wilson has wanted to own an insurance agency. Particularly one he refers to as a “main street” agency. Wilson remembers visiting one such agency in the early 1980s. “[It] had desks from 50 years previous to my visit and dark wood paneling on the walls,” he recalls. […]

Partners in Your Financial Journey
August 2017
For 27 years, 360 Financial Group has been caring about people. Located in Bel Air, The Small Business Group (as it was originally known) was founded in 1990 by Carl Strozyk. The company started as a small tax and accounting firm helping local entrepreneurs, but as it grew, Strozyk recognized that his clients needed help with […]

Homegrown Success
August 2017
There’s nothing quite like the experience of going home. The comfort of a familiar place and knowing that the people inside truly care about you is so reassuring. It’s that exact feeling of welcome and support which makes Harford Bank so special; and in today’s digital and often impersonal world, it may be why this locally […]

A Vision for What Comes Next
August 2017
Weyrich, Cronin and Sorra may have first opened its doors in Baltimore County, but for many years this niche-focused CPA firm had an eye on becoming part of the Harford County business network. That visualization came to fruition almost two decades ago and today the business community and residents consider WC&S a local institution. By anyone’s calculation, […]

Fighting Fires Before They Start
June 2017
Jim Barnes has been fighting fires for most of his career. He spent 22 years with the Baltimore County Fire Department, 12 of them as a Chief Fire Officer. Now, Barnes is taking on fires before they start. In his new position at Fire and Life Safety America, he is supporting commercial customers with full-service […]

Finding the Truth
December 2016
After more than two decades working for the Baltimore County Police Department, Reg Przybylski retired. Over the course of his career he had worked his way up through the ranks to detective lieutenant, and upon his retirement was ready to utilize his years of experience and knowledge in the private sector.

Brand Boosting with Promotional Punch
December 2016
Skylight Creative Ideas Offices: Bel Air 125 N. Main Street, Suite 105 410-879-8401 or 800-840-1067 Towson Eastern Shore Promotional Products: • Apparel • Automotive • Badges • Bags • Candy & Snacks • Calendars • Caps & Hats • Clocks • Computer Accessories • Desk Items • Eco-Friendly Gifts • Executive Gifts • Food […]

A Personal Touch
December 2016
In an era of virtual internet connections and digital handshakes, Mark Dardozzi is “old school.” Business cards, meetings over coffee, and in-person introductions are his hallmark and proven success formula to develop real and lasting business relationships. Well known in the region as “the guy who knows a guy,” Dardozzi’s reputation will serve him well […]

The Next Generation
October 2016
Landing the job of your dreams right out of college is an enviable accomplishment, especially when the financial market is down and the position is with a successful wealth management firm. Chad Arrington (seen at left) did just that, and seven years later, he is leading The Kelly Group into the millennial market. Arrington is […]

Providing Stress Free Retirement Planning
December 2015
In today’s economy, effective retirement planning is more important than ever. Many retirees don’t realize their plan is inadequate until it is too late to change course and salvage an enjoyable financially stress free retirement. Unless all facets of the retirement plan are properly coordinated, many retirees will live their final days in poverty. We […]

Your Partner in Retirement Planning
December 2015
A firefighter with a pension and some retirement savings. A small business owner who wants to transfer the business to the next generation. A couple who has been saving to travel in retirement. A would-be entrepreneur who will finally have the time to start a business. Everyone’s retirement looks different, but what remains true for […]

The Workforce Doctor
December 2015
Sandy Cormack isn’t a medical doctor, but as managing director of Strategic Diagnostics, he is astute at diagnosing what causes a business to struggle and prescribing a solution to the problem. Like a doctor, he uses tests to gather significant data, and his specialty is the workforce. “I help businesses hire the right people, and […]

Don’t Settle for Anyone Else
December 2015
During his first year in law school, Adam Smallow received the Certificate of Achievement in torts for earning the highest grade in the entire class. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, “tort” is French for wrong, a civil wrong or wrongful act, whether intentional or accidental, from which another is injured. “That was a sign that […]

Close, Personal Client Relationships
December 2015
For 35 years, Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Chartered (WC&S) has provided accounting services to businesses in the Baltimore metropolitan area. For the last 13 years, the firm has been a mainstay in Bel Air, serving clients from its Harford County office on North Main Street. Its dedication to Harford County is based on its employees, […]

Changing the Meaning of Tradition
December 2015
Across from the sunflower fields in Jarrettsville is a community bank that is steeped in tradition. Its clientele are known by name when they walk into the office, new faces are immediately identified and welcomed, and the bank may be one of the last remaining passbook savings banks – a fact that its president, Gary […]

Going the Extra Mile for Clients
December 2015
In 1996, Rick Gerety, president, Rick Gerety & Associates, Inc., an affiliate of Nationwide Insurance, was faced with a professional dilemma: either relocate his family to Oklahoma or change careers. Wanting to maintain his roots in Harford County, he opted for the latter and found himself in the insurance business. Two years later, Gerety went […]

Corporate Travel Services
December 2015
Jay Ellenby, president of Safe Harbors Business Travel (, has been celebrating all year. He has been presented awards by his professional peers, and business colleagues have bestowed recognition and awards as a local business. Safe Harbors Business Travel was founded by his brother Robert Ellenby 30 years ago. Jay joined the business upon his […]

Helping People Realize Their Goals
December 2015
It was at a job fair during her senior year at what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University that Andrea N. Kirk, CFP®, CRPC®, first became intrigued with the idea of forging a career as a financial advisor. “I stopped at the booth of American Express Financial Advisors and thought the idea of helping […]

Comforting the Grieving
December 2015
If a visit to a funeral home can be soothing, Stephen Hughes makes it so. His quiet calm is comforting – even to someone not mourning. The melodic, steady timbre of his voice brings instant tranquility. One immediately knows he is capable and empathetic. On the brink of retiring from McComas Funeral Home after 44 […]

Small Town Firm, Big Time Experience
December 2015
At Balsamo, Stewart, Lutters and Ruth, P.A., everyone works together as a team. “It’s not my clients or your clients; it’s our clients,” says shareholder and treasurer Margaret Ruth. “There’s no competition among the partners or staff. It’s all about how we can help and what we need to do to get the job done.” […]

There When You Need Them
December 2015
Show up on time and do what you say you’re going to do. It sounds logical and certainly easy enough to implement. That is exactly what you get when you call Eco-Cool HVAC. Being a local business means someone from Eco-Cool is never far away from providing good service. The goal is to be there […]

Independent Brewing Co.
December 2015
The black antique truck bearing the Independent Brewing Co. logo is finally parked. A familiar site for over two years, this unique blend of branding and marketing started a 2-year buzz that culminated in a late October opening of the brewery’s 72-seat taproom on North Main Street. The former auto shop offered a space is […]

Harford Day School
December 2015
Harford Day School’s creative and engaging approach builds a life-long love of learning. Serving 300 boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, the school offers focused attention on the individual, preparing them for entry into the region’s top high schools, and future success. To educate the whole student, 52 unique field study experiences connect […]

Hair Design of Bel Air
December 2015
There are few businesses on Main Street claiming the longevity of Hair Design of Bel Air. Owner Sandra Demczak knows this first-hand having worked there for 32 years. She knew at an early age she wanted to be in the business, and her career path at Hair Design allowed her to assume ownership 11 years […]

Anthony J. DiPaula, Attorney
December 2015
For Anthony DiPaula, it has always been about personal relationships with clients. DiPaula Law provides “everyday law for everyday people.” The firm handles civil litigation involving contract disputes, estate litigation, family law, criminal defense and other cases. DiPaula notes, “As a local firm for 15 years, we offer extraordinary client service at affordable rates.” DiPaula […]

Passion for the Dining Experience: Alchemy Elements
December 2015
Sommelier Debi Bell-Matassa and Chef Michael Matassa are one of Baltimore’s highly successful husband and wife restaurant teams. They ran the popular Fusion Grille in Fallston for six years and are now well-known for Alchemy, their edgy Hampden restaurant serving New American cuisine. After years of searching for the perfect location near their home in […]

A New Dining Experience: One Eleven Main
December 2015
Bel Air’s Main Street has charmed many a merchant. Considered the perfect location for restaurants, retail shops and professional services, One Eleven Main now joins a roster of successful businesses. Looking through the large windows in the winter’s evening light, walkers are drawn to the ambiance of creamy banquettes and chairs, set against dark tables […]

Humanizing Technology
October 2015
“The hallmark of service in a digital age is human interaction, and we employ great humans.” The calm demeanor of Toby Musser as he arrives at his office in the WSMT Building on Churchville Road in Bel Air surely belies the frenzied activity that must surround him wherever he goes – from his home in […]

Personalized Solutions for Your IT Needs
October 2015
Every business needs an IT department these days, but it isn’t always feasible to have one. You might be paying for more than you need with a full-time employee or having trouble attracting and retaining quality IT employees. Perhaps your existing IT department just needs some extra support during an expansion or an acquisition, or […]

Personal Customer Service, American Fuel
October 2015
Dan McClure is and always will be the face you know around Havre de Grace. Even a visit to a local coffee shop offers a trip down memory lane with the barista, sharing a memory or two of McClure as co-captain of the Havre de Grace Football team leading the Warriors to the state championship. […]

Helping Franchisees Find the Right Business Match
August 2015
Want to be your own boss? Start a business where you will be the sole individual in charge? For many, the idea of being self-employed is akin to nirvana, but how to ensure that one will be successful can be a daunting challenge. Nonetheless, being a franchisee is increasingly an option that is enticing to […]

Six Myths of Franchising
August 2015
Franchising is everywhere, and it is here to stay. From fast food, to home health care, there are few business sectors devoid of franchised concepts. However, while franchising is pervasive, there are many facets of franchising that are misunderstood by those preparing to enter the franchise world. While all franchise relationships are different, set forth below are several common franchise myths.

IronBirds – the I-95 Gem
June 2015
It’s more than business as usual along I-95 with the Aberdeen IronBirds. The IronBirds gem for business is like the fastball of advertising and promotion! Whether you are a small business owner entertaining customers through a season seat membership or a large corporation planning a group event in a Luxury Suite, the IronBirds offer entertainment […]

A Perfect Match
December 2014
The cost of filling a job vacancy can reach as much as 150 percent of the position’s salary according to HR experts. With those kinds of dollars at play, business owners can’t afford to make a bad hiring decision. New Bel Air business, Express Employment Professionals, and owner Eric Rebbert are ready to eliminate the […]

A Focus on Long-Term Relationships
December 2014
For Kip White, president and CEO of American Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., a talent for matching a client with the best possible insurance policy is a natural outgrowth of his love for business. White majored in business at Towson University, but a recruiting effort by the Baltimore City Police Department led him to join […]

Teaching Business Owners to Think Differently
December 2014
Gary Stokes describes one of the most powerful moments in his business coaching career as hearing a client say, “It’s really happening! You’re growing my business!” He says, “I told him, no, you’re growing your business, I’m just helping you to think about it differently.” Stokes, who owns ActionCoach of Harford County, a business and […]

Always On Call
December 2014
When she had her own public relations firm, Scott Associates, Patricia A. Scott was less than happy with her telephone answering service. Determined that she could do better she began A Better Answer in 1979 with 13 clients. From that modest beginning, Scott today has 300 clients in the greater Baltimore area that run the […]

Creating Nights to Remember
December 2014
With Events By I Did It Myself, Cynthia Hergenhahn has carved herself a niche working with corporate clients and non-profit organizations. The Bel Air-based wedding and event planner has more than 25 years in the industry, the last 10 of which she has been a full-time, one-woman show with an extensive number of trusted caterers, […]

Careful Planning, Step by Step
December 2014
The team at The Fernandez Hipple Group at Morgan Stanley knows that successful wealth management requires a focus that goes beyond just investments. They’ve created a series of steps to ensure they are making the best decisions for their clients, and that the financial plans they develop are flexible enough to adapt when their clients’ […]

Hard Works Pays Off
December 2014
After George and Kathy Heidelmaier left their full-time jobs to open their own payroll company in 2008, they didn’t miss a beat. They began their operation, It’s PayDay, in their Bel Air condominium with just two desks, a computer and a telephone. Each morning, both showered and dressed for the workday and headed upstairs to […]

Prevention Professionals, Recovery Experts
October 2014
“It’s difficult to run a business today without an accountant, a lawyer and a computer/IT systems expert,” says Dave Thomas, Director at Kenneally Technology Services. A business unit of CPA firm J.L. Kenneally & Company, Thomas contends his firm’s technology work is held to a higher standard. “We’re not just an accounting firm doing technology. […]

The Big Tent for Small Business
October 2014
What makes a company successful? How does it find skilled, job passionate workers? What motivates its workers to excel? In Harford County and Baltimore County, a virtual organization called Smart Workers=Smart Companies® may have an answer to those questions. It is made up of local world-class companies that seek skilled workers, and it invites qualified […]

Web Wranglers
October 2014
After seeing the dramatic and positive impact that a strong website and overall web presence had on business growth at his previous job, Jeff Harrison, owner and professional internet marketing consultant at WSI WebSpecialist, decided he wanted to help other companies experience that same success. Putting his own skills in customer service, computer programming and […]

Perfect Partnership
October 2014
The Fuel Fund of Maryland is a non-profit, independent organization working to ensure Marylanders can afford their energy bills. Since 1981, individual donors and partners have provided funding and grants used to help families pay for energy like electricity, gas, heating oil and propane. Individuals needing assistance visit Fuel Fund community partners, or receive a […]

Targeted, Affordable, Successful Marketing
October 2014
Finding the best clients for one’s business can be a daunting challenge for anyone. And then there is the matter of keeping those businesses sticking with your company for the long haul. Yet successfully doing so is every business owner’s dream, but one that can be difficult to achieve, especially with myriad new ways of […]

Anthony J. DiPaula, P.A.
August 2014
For Anthony DiPaula, it has always been about personal relationships with clients. When asked about his mission, DiPaula says, “We were founded upon the premise of ‘Everyday Law for Everyday People.’” Anthony J. DiPaula, attorney 34 S. Main St., Bel Air, MD 21014 410-893-4255 Previously voted to The Daily Record’s “A-List” as one of […]

HVAC Pros: B.W. Mechanical
August 2014
For 24 years, B.W. Mechanical has provided heating, air conditioning and refrigeration services to the Maryland area. Headquartered in Harford County just off I-95, the family-owned-and-operated company offers sales, service and installation of all brands of HVAC equipment for both commercial and residential customers. B.W. Mechanical Bill and Penny Wagner, owners 2109 Emmorton Park Road, […]

The Perfect Touch: CertaPro Painters
August 2014
While anyone can pick up a paintbrush or roller, CertaPro Painters of Bel Air adds the perfect touch to any painting project. Founded in 1992, the CertaPro franchise in Bel Air prides itself on doing the little things about the job that make the project successful. Services: • Interior Painting Services • Exterior Painting Services […]

Where Agriculture and Suburbia Meet: The Mill
August 2014
Harford County has long been known for its agricultural roots, its equestrian hills and fields and its meadows filled with nature. While much of the farmland has been developed into residential neighborhoods and businesses, a balance between agriculture and business remains an important part of the county’s economy. At The Mill, customers can access the […]

Stewards of the Community: Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover LLC
August 2014
After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2000, Brad Stover clerked for Judge William Carr, the administrative law judge for the Circuit Court of Harford County. That was followed by a decade working as an associate in a local law firm before joining forces with Gina Shaffer and Eric McLauchlin in […]

It’s All About Family: The Kelly Group
August 2014
Bill Kelly and his nephew Bryan founded The Kelly Group in 1997. The financial services business has the concept of family at its core, focusing on the clients’ goals and dreams for themselves and their families. The Kelly Group develops long-term relationships with clients, which have resulted in the organization evolving into one of Harford […]

Agents First: Keller Williams American Premier Realty
August 2014
It took Keller Williams 1,600 miles and 20 years to grow from Austin, Texas, to Bel Air. But, they did it, and they did not stop here. They grew throughout the country and, finally, went global in 2012 when they opened offices overseas. Today, Keller Williams is the largest real estate franchise in the country […]

Business Support Services: Benchmark
August 2014
Having a building on Main Street was always one of Sharon Epple’s goals for Benchmark Administrative Support Services, the business she started in Baltimore in 1986. The opening of the building at 608 S. Main St., in Bel Air in 2006 was one of her proudest moments. “It was a gift to have a successful […]

Make Your Event Rock! TapSnapTM
August 2014
Photos create memories. When you combine state-of-the-art photo technology with social sharing, its called “phototainment.” This allows you to chronicle your event, brand your company, promote and share in real-time online. TapSnap™ owners, Eric and Dawn Metz, call it “a party in a box, but it’s technology that is outside the box.” Instantly social, utterly […]

Building On Success: Rapid Refill Ink and Toner of Bel Air
August 2014
Donna Gustafsson guesses her recycling efforts date back to the late 1990s when she started recycling paper, plastic, aluminum and glass at her home. Her commitment to preservation led her to open the first Rapid Refill Ink and Toner location in Bel Air seven years ago. A Harford County resident for the past 15 years, […]

Elevate Your Health: Massage Heights
August 2014
To many people, the idea of a massage seems like a luxurious self-indulgence. Deb DeVoe, owner of Massage Heights in Bel Air, wants her guests to see it as much more than that. DeVoe believes regular massage should be part of an overall health and wellness plan, as essential as exercise or eating healthy. Products/Services: […]

Newest Fitness Craze: Xtend Barre
August 2014
Xtend Barre Studio brings a hot new fitness craze to Bel Air. Working at the barre is transforming bodies in exclusive cities throughout the world, including New York and Los Angles where it is hugely popular. Classes are lead by certified trainers who pack each 55-minute session with isometric exercises to tone arms, abs, thighs […]

Sweet Success: Flavor Cupcakery
August 2014
Several years ago, Shelley Stannard discovered a sweet opportunity. As cupcakes swept across the nation, the Baltimore metropolitan area found itself devoid of high-end baked goods. Despite the lack of a baking background, Stannard seized the chance to use her marketing and advertising background and penchant for design to create Flavor Cupcakery in 2010. Products: […]

Energy Efficiency: EcoCool
August 2014
Steven Kroedel is on a mission, and with everyone today seeking to save money and become more energy efficient, his Eco-Cool HVAC Smart Chip is just the ticket. “I’m the only supplier in the state of Maryland, Delaware and D.C.,” he says. “The HVAC chip extends the run time so every dollar our customers spend […]

Bel Air Downtown Alliance
August 2014
      AUG. 8-9 The biggest event of the year, the Mars Supermarkets Maryland State BBQ Bash attracts over 100 competing BBQ teams and 30,000 people to downtown Bel Air for two days of fun, music, vendors and great barbecue – not to mention $10,000 in prizes!       The first Outdoor Movie […]

A Helping Hand
April 2014
Easy Movers, Inc. Easy Movers, Inc. is a family-owned business with three generations of experience in residential and commercial moving – and in reducing the stress associated with moving for three generations of customers. “Probably 80 percent of what I do is hand-holding and education,” says company President Joyce Geipe, who describes herself as a […]

Expertise, Experience Lead to the Perfect Shot
February 2014
Jason Williams likes telling a story with his camera, and his ability to do so is the cornerstone of a successful family-based business.

The Cornerstone of Community
December 2013
Frederick Ward Associates

75 Years and Counting
December 2013
Donohue-Hart-Thomson Financial Group

Providing Coverage for Defense Community
October 2013
Palumbo Insurance Associates Tony Palumbo really gets around. That’s a good thing, especially for defense contractors needing the specialized insurance policies typically required by the government. You’ve seen him at meetings and events sponsored organizations he has joined, including AUSA, Army Alliance, AFCEA, NMTC, the Bel Air Downtown Alliance and the Harford Chamber of Commerce. […]

Towson University Heads North
August 2013
New Harford County Campus Will Address Workforce, Student Needs Northeastern Maryland has seen enormous growth in the past decade in terms of population and commercial development. However, the region still lacked one critical element for future growth – a four-year higher education institution. That will all change in the fall of 2014 thanks to the […]

Your On-Demand IT Department
August 2013
Integrated Business Technologies, LLC When you work for a large business with hundreds of employees, and you are having an issue with your computer, printer or server, you call or email your in-house Help Desk to get the problem resolved. But what happens when you work for a small business that does not employ professionals […]

A Family Affair
August 2013
Boyle Buick GMC Truck When you visit Boyle Buick GMC Truck in Abingdon, naturally, you’ll see a large number of Buicks as well as GMC Trucks. You’ll also see a large number of … well … Boyles. The second-generation family-owned business employs eight Boyle family members, allowing the 45-year-old dealership to work together as a […]

The Perfect Fit: JigSaw Marketing Solutions
June 2013
JigSaw Marketing Solutions is a successful marketing and public relations firm located in Bel Air that focuses on marketing strategy, content development, and public relations for architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the Baltimore-Washington area, as well as a variety of other large and small businesses around the country. The biggest niche for JigSaw is […]

The IT and IS Experts: D&L Harris LLC
June 2013
In a constantly updating technological environment, some organizations may find it challenging to navigate the complex landscape of the fast-paced world of information technologies and systems. Meeting strategic goals and objectives in this environment can be daunting. It might seem easier to follow familiar practices rather than develop with the changing world. In order to […]

Layers Reveal Story: Datastory Consulting
April 2013
The familiar real estate adage stressing the importance of location still rings true in today’s competitive business economy. Understanding where a new business location is best suited involves more than selecting a busy street or successful shopping center. Today, multiple layers of information can be extrapolated, incorporated and analyzed to create a literal road map […]

Building Employee Camaraderie: Padonia Park Club
April 2013
Padonia Park Club is a unique venue that spans 30 acres of beautiful countryside. While used for both indoor and outdoor recreation and events, members and clients love the multi-faceted space used primarily for summer recreation, thinking of it as the perfect “stay-cation.” The buildings and uses have grown and evolved for over 50 years, […]

Helping Companies Navigate Health Care Reform: AmCareBenefits
April 2013
We are moving into unchartered territory with Health Care Reform. Are benefits brokers still relevant? Absolutely – now more than ever. The broker is the one strategic partner positioned to bring the various pieces of health care reform into focus for business owners. The Health Care Reform law affects tax and accounting, human resources and, […]

Renée A. McNally, HR Solutions
February 2013
Renée A. McNally is the founder and President of HR Solutions, a successful human resources consulting firm that is located in Bel Air. The firm works with small businesses across Maryland and Delaware in order to assist them with in-house human resources issues. This includes recruitment and hiring, benefits administration, training, performance issues, terminations, policies, […]

Sheryl Davis Kohl, Beacon Staffing Alternatives
February 2013
Fallston native Sheryl Davis Kohl is the co-founder and owner of Beacon Staffing Alternatives, a privately held, woman-owned strategic staffing company that is located in Aberdeen. Beacon Staffing Alternatives works with clients and employers to place administrative, clerical, light industrial, and technical temporary employees, permanent full-time employees, and direct hire workers. The firm, which was […]

Susan Kemen, APG Federal Credit Union
February 2013
Susan Kemen is a Maryland native. She graduated from Aberdeen High School and received her associate’s degree in business from Harford Community College. Like many students, Susan worked a few part-time jobs through school, including as a teller for Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union (APGFCU). She has since moved her way up the ranks […]

Mary Doak: Saying Goodbye After 40 Years Supporting the Defense Community
February 2013
Mary Doak, ECBC’s program manager for community and educational outreach, has worked for 40 years in the federal government, the past seven years inspiring future scientists and engineers across Cecil and Harford County Public Schools. She has led the Center’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational outreach efforts since 2007 and significantly expanded the […]

Commitment to Customers
August 2012
Boyle Buick GMC Truck keeps it all in the family. Chuck Boyle, President, has managed the overall daily operations and strategic planning for the dealership for almost 30 years. Chris Boyle, Vice President/Director of Service Operations, manages the fixed operations of the dealership including all service, parts and collision repair operations. Boyle Buick GMC Truck […]

Enhancing Lives With Better Health And A Real “Plan B”
February 2012
Roberta Campanaro was born and raised in Baltimore and received a bachelor of science degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Maryland. While helping people understand the importance of good nutrition was Campanaro’s first passion, she also learned to love marketing. Campanaro found a way to combine both marketing and nutrition when she went […]

Women in Business: Sheryl Davis Kohl
December 2011
Beacon Staffing Alternatives, Inc. was founded in May of 1999 by owners Sheryl Davis Kohl and Patricia Davis. The concept for the company grew out of the principles’ 20-plus years of local experience in the staffing, human resource and management consulting field. With this background, they have assembled a group of dedicated and experienced professionals, […]

Women in Business: Tracy Morrill
December 2011
Tracy Morrill is the owner and president of The Map Factory, located in Bel Air, Md. The Map Factory (TMF) makes custom maps and geographic illustrations for both print and electronic media. Tracy started TMF in 2000 after leaving her job at MapQuest. Her husband, Justin, also later decided to leave his job at MapQuest […]

Women in Business: Tammy Gnau
December 2011
A Perry Hall business owner and mother of two, Tammy Gnau, 40, President of McCann Janitorial Services, Inc., has an incredible success story. Being self-supportive at the young age of 16, she founded her own cleaning business while finishing her last year of high school. Working from the trunk of her car, Tammy provided cleaning […]

Women in Business: Etsegenet Lemma & Sue Thomas
December 2011
Etsegenet Lemma was born in Ethiopia and came to the U.S. as a young girl. She graduated from Cleveland State University’s College of Engineering with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. She joined Cytec Engineered Materials as a Process Engineer in February 2007, and she is now a Process Improvement Engineer. Michael Walters, the Site Manager […]