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Turns out, being cool can be exceptionally good for business

Posted On: 4/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Businesses in “America’s Coolest Small Town” are bracing for an increase in traffic – and hopefully – in revenue following the recent designation from Budget Travel magazine. Several area business owners and workers sounded off on their expectations during last Saturday’s Coolest Small Town Celebration in Berlin. “I think it’s going to make opportunities for the town that the town is prepared for; it’s been prepared and I think that’s why it’s become America’s Coolest Small Town,” said Bryan Brushmiller, owner of Burley Oak Brewing Company. “The infrastructure is here, the restaurants are here and people are just starting to discover it.” Austin Widdowson, owner of Re:Fresh Media, believes the designation will help validate local businesses. “We’ve definitely lost work before because we’re not in a big city – we’re not in L.A. or New York – but...
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Taylor Banking earns another 5-star rating for performance

Posted On: 4/17/14
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BERLIN–Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company has once again earned a 5-Star Superior rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, of Coral Gables, Fla. the nation’s bank rating firm. This latest rating is based on Dec. 31, 2013 financial data and signifies that Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company is one of the strongest banks in the nation. Having earned and maintained a 5-Star rating for 95 consecutive quarters, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company has earned an even more elite designation as a “Sustained Superiority Bank.” Only 5 percent of the nation’s banks have earned Bauer’s top rating for so long and with such consistency. “While the national economy saw modest growth in 2013, through its strength and commitment, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company has been able to shine. The people who work at Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company know that its well-being and that of the community are inextricably tied to one another. By supporting and promoting their customers, employe...
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New popcorn snack merchant comes to Berlin

Posted On: 4/3/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

New popcorn snack merchant comes to Berlin BERLIN—Tom Pfeifer is hoping his kernel of a startup, Eastern Shore Kettle Korn, will burst into a fully blossomed retail and wholesale business, as temperatures heat up this year. Eastern Shore Kettle Korn is the newest addition to John Derrickson’s rapidly growing shopping plaza on U.S. Route 113, across from the Worcester County Athletic Complex—home of the Berlin Little League (and yes, it will be on sale there this summer). The business is located at 9040 Worcester Hwy. While he is putting the finishing touches on his showroom, Pfeiffer assures popcorn-lovers they will be able to purchase his snacks at local businesses and special events around Berlin. “I plan on doing as many special events as I can,” said Pfeifer. Meanwhile, he added that bags of his sweet and salty popcorn are available for purchase at Burley Oak Brewery, on Old Ocean City Boulevard, and Pepper’s Tavern, Frontier Town and Castaways Campground, on Stephen Decatur Hwy (MD 6...
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Passwords must be stronger to protect against identity thefts

Posted On: 2/13/14
Written By: Chip Gordy, MBA, CPRC

In light of recent events with some major retailers, here are some ways to help protect your identity from theft. Identity thieves love passwords because they open doors to our personal information. If possible, use different passwords for all your accounts, and make those passwords strong with at least eight characters, including a mix of letters and numbers. Hide them safely, and keep them accessible. This may take some extra work, but fixing an identity theft problem is tougher. Protect your Social Security number. Never carry your card with you, or any other card that may have your number (like an insurance card). Also, don’t put the number on your checks. It’s a major target for identity thieves because it gives them access to your credit report and bank accounts. Always monitor your credit report. Get and carefully review your credit report at least once a year to check for suspicious activity. If you find something, alert your card company or the creditor immediat...
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Maryland casinos generate $66.2 million in Jan. revenue

Posted On: 2/13/14
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The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced January revenue numbers for the state’s four casinos–Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. January’s combined statewide revenue totaled $66,222,363. Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3,170,217 in January, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $127.83. Casino at Ocean Downs’ January 2014 revenue increased by $241,298 or 8 percent, from January 2013. The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines. Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,309,491 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $148.02 for slot machines, $2,332.58 for banking table games and $413.05 for non-banking table games. Hollywood Casino’s January  revenue increased by $854,379 or 16 percent, from last January. It opera...
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Going for speed, comfort on water

Posted On: 2/13/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

BERLIN—Just off quiet Friendship Road, a short jump from the frenzied Route 90 corridor leading to Ocean City, Eric Fiori has opened the second location for his company Bayside Jet Drive, L.L.C., a dealership for personal watercraft and jet boats. Some may remember what these toys for water-based adrenaline addicts started out as—basically more fun to watch than to ride, due to the fact that hitting water at top speed on them was like riding a sleigh on concrete. This new generation of personal watercraft comes loaded with an impressive array of comforts and technological upgrades that make them look more like the popular Transformers toys and movie characters than wave skippers. Fiori, who on Feb. 11 was in the process of preparing for the Seaside Boat Show at the Ocean City Convention Center that begins Feb. 14, says his most frequent customers are in the 50 to 70-year-old age group, basically the same baby boomer retirees who make amped-up motorcycles so much fun to ad...
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Funds available for entrepreneurs

Posted On: 2/13/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer Ocean City Today

WORCESTER COUNTY–Some Worcester County entrepreneurs may benefit from more than $500,000 available in loans this year to create new jobs and support business expansion. In 2013, Worcester County’s share of VOLT (Video Lottery Terminal) funds for small, minority and women-owned businesses was $500,000. “We’re looking to get more than that this year,” Merry Mears, deputy director of the county’s Economic Development Department, said. “The casinos have been doing very well,” said Bill Badger, director of the county’s Economic Development Department.   The county’s Economic Development Department partnered with the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, one of three designated fund managers, in seeking the funds. The request for proposals for the new cycle of funds is being negotiated and should be ready soon. This year, she said, the county would not need to re-apply. The loans, which are priced at or below...
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Italian gun manufacturer Beretta chooses Tennessee

Posted On: 2/7/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

MARYLAND—In direct response to Maryland’s new gun law, executives from Beretta USA, which has operated a manufacturing facility in Accokeek since 1978 and affiliate operations in Pocomoke, announced on Jan. 29 the company has chosen Gallatin, Tenn., as the site for a new $45 million manufacturing facility for a needed expansion of its U.S. operations. Once constructed, the new state-of-the-art plant in the Gallatin Industrial Park is expected to bring 300 new jobs over a five-year period to the town, which is located 30 miles north of Nashville, according to company executives. “The company is expected to complete construction on the facility this year,” a company statement said. So far, company representatives have been vague on whether operations that employ roughly 350 workers in Maryland will close once the new facility is operational. Multiple calls for comment from Bayside Gazette went unanswered. But in an online video interview at a National Rifle As...
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Like Denver, pizza business a bust for Sunday’s big game

Posted On: 2/7/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

Hours before the Seahawks trounced the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII last Sunday, workers at Domino’s Pizza on 64th Street prepared for the game day delivery rush, but the boom never came. On a day that’s historically a high point for delivery companies, drivers only answered 43 calls, the pizzeria’s general manager Joshua Price said. “I made sure I staffed heavily and prepared heavily and had plenty of food, but it never really came to fruition, to be honest,” Price said. Delivery spots around town reported similar lags in business this year, blaming the lack of a Maryland team to draw attention to the game or customers’ belief that delivery services would be flooded for the poor showing. “It was actually slow compared to a typically Sunday,” said Dawn James, co-owner of Just Deliveries, which brings fare from sushi and Chinese to Popeyes’ chicken to customers in Berlin, Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Bishopville. With a bolstered...
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Important to research eligibilities before opening new IRA

Posted On: 1/30/14
Written By: Chip Gordy, Contributing Writer

As April 15 approaches, many taxpayers should make sure that they contribute to their IRAs so as to receive the related tax benefit. If you do this, it’s important to make sure that you satisfy the contribution eligibility requirements in order to avoid penalties. Following are some important reminders to help you to meet these requirements. First, you must have eligible compensation in order to be qualified to contribute to an IRA. For IRA purposes, eligible compensation includes wages, salaries, tips, commissions received as a percentage of sales, and taxable alimony. If you are a sole proprietor or a partner in a partnership, your compensation is based on your  net earnings from your business, reduced by contributions to any employer-sponsored plan that you adopt and any deduction allowed for 50 percent of your self-employment taxes. Amounts you receive as interest, annuity, dividends, pension, earnings and profits from property investments, and any amount you exclude...
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