Dealership ‘beach party’ set for July 22

Prince Frederick Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram will hold its fifth annual Beach Party on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 22. The event will be held at 265 Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick and will commence rain or shine.

During the event, Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. will be there from noon to 1 p.m. and will give free autographs to the first 225 guests. Washington Capitals players Kelly Miller, Kevin Hatcher and Craig Laughlin will be there from 3 to 4 p.m. to sign autographs.

In addition to the special appearances, there will be a silent auction to benefit the Calvert Tide Baseball Team, free hamburgers, hot dogs and fries, and a free 9 ounce Kona Ice from 1 to 4 p.m. while supplies last. There will be a family water slide, bounce house, beach setup for the kids, and other kid friendly activities, as well as random mystery prize drawings throughout the afternoon.

The service department will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet service technicians and advisors and receive a coupon for a free multi-point inspection. Bring your VIN or vehicle registration for a free recall check, as well as review maintenance and scheduling required for your vehicle. Technicians will be available to check and demonstrate oil and tire pressure checks.

‘Catch of the Day’ a success at CMM

The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland reports that the sixth annual Southern Maryland Regional Hiring Event was a huge success, according to a news release.

The saw 1,089 jobseekers on Tuesday, June 20, at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. The majority came from the Southern Maryland area with 382 from St. Mary’s County, 305 from Calvert, and 296 from Charles. However, the event spread far and wide and had attendees from all over the country, stretching from Washington, D.C., to New York and South Carolina to Arizona, and beyond, the release stated.

The event was at maximum capacity with a total of 71 businesses, each with open positions to fill. The businesses were primarily local with 28 from Charles, 25 from St. Mary’s, and 13 from Calvert, with the remaining few from Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. The event offered a wide range of employers from hospitals to defense and construction contractors to National Harbor and everything in between.

“We at the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland are delighted with the turnout for this year’s hiring event. The excitement and eagerness to connect could be felt throughout the day from jobseekers and employers alike. Special recognition goes to Eleanor Nelson of Coach on Call who created this fantastic event six years ago and has made it bigger and better each year. We are truly grateful for all of her hard work and dedication,” Ruthy Davis, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, said in the release.

The new “Catch of the Day” theme was enjoyed by all, perfectly accompanied by the beautiful water view the Calvert Marine Museum venue provided.

“As the creator and director of this annual event, I would like to thank everyone who made the sixth annual Southern Maryland Regional Hiring Event possible! From the jobseekers to the employers and sponsors, to the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, The Job Match Re- Employment Committee, all the volunteers, and the Calvert Marine Museum; each individual played an integral part in making this year’s event a huge success! I would also like to thank the Rural Maryland Council for their generous grant to fund the sixth annual Southern Maryland Regional Hiring Event,” Eleanor Nelson, Coach on Call, said in the release.

The hiring event is a well-attended, successful annual event bringing together those who are looking to hire and those who seek career connections. The event’s unique format allows employers to meet, interview and hire from a wide array of talent in the local area, according to the release.

The workforce development focus of the Tri-County Council is best known through initiatives such as Southern Maryland JobSource and the American Job Centers, which served 40,000 Southern Maryland citizens and 500 businesses over the past two years, the Mobile Career Center, and the annual Southern Maryland Regional Hiring Event. The Tri- County Council serves as a forum for the discussion and resolution of issues affecting the Southern Maryland region, promotes the social and economic development of the region, and assists federal, state and county governments in better performing their respective duties.

Rebate program nets state $5.7M

Comptroller Peter Franchot announced recently that Maryland has received a $5.7 million rebate from U.S. Bank. The rebate is the result of 76 state agencies spending more than $286 million on small purchases through Maryland’s Corporate Purchasing Card program for the period of April 26, 2016, through April 25, 2017, according to a news release.

“Taxpayers want and expect us to do everything we can to watch out for their financial best interest and to save them money,” Franchot said. “In my role as the state’s fiscal watchdog, it’s what my office does each day. The Corporate Purchasing Card program allows state agencies to make small purchases in an efficient and effective way, providing accountability and allowing vendors to be paid in a timely manner.”

Under this program, the Comptroller’s Office issues one payment each month to U.S. Bank for all card purchases made during the previous month. Merchants are paid directly by VISA, usually within two business days of the purchase, which is shorter than the normal 30-day payment cycle. U.S. Bank pays a rebate when the state reaches pre-set purchase volumes. This contract for purchasing card services was approved by the Board of Public Works in 2013, with U.S. Bank offering a higher rebate percentage than the previous vendor.

Maryland first began using the VISA corporate purchasing card program in March 1997. Since then, the state has purchased approximately $4.1 billion worth of goods and services, while earning $56.9 million in rebates.

AVIAN, CSM partner for training

AVIAN LLC of Lexington Park and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) marked a new partnership at a ceremonial signing at the CSM Leonardtown Campus May 22, according to a news release.

CSM signed a collaborative training agreement with AVIAN’s commercial training group, AVIAN Institute (AI), to offer three new workforce development and training courses at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus beginning fall 2017.

“At AVIAN, we believe that knowledge is power and that knowledge can be achieved with targeted, meaningful training,” AVIAN president Kevin G. Switick said. “It’s really exciting when we have opportunities like this to share that power with more people.”

“This is an exciting partnership and we are looking forward to working with AVIAN to provide valuable training,” said CSM president Brad Gottfried. “CSM’s Corporate Center is known for being the provider of choice for professional career training and workforce development in Southern Maryland, and this partnership is a win-win training opportunity for everyone. These three courses expand the offerings of CSM’s Corporate Center, which has been a training provider for NAVAIR for many years, while also expanding AVIAN’s reach into the community beyond the gates of NAVAIR.”

The three course offerings available at CSM this fall include “NAVAIR, Simplified” and “Cyber Awakening” and “Flight Test: The Discipline.” These courses provide the ‘so-what’ and ‘why’ of naval aviation acquisition, a look at the realities of the modern cybercriminal and the basics tenets of flight test.

All course developers and instructors are retired U.S. Navy test pilots, flight-test engineers, contracting officers and NAVAIR program managers and team leaders.

AVIAN has offered workforce development and training services to the Department of Defense and commercial clients since 2009.

Zenetex earned ‘When Work Works Award’

Zenetex of California, Md., recently earned the 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices, making this the second year the company received this award, according to a news release.

The prestigious When Work Works Award is part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) When Work Works project, a national initiative that helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces, the release stated.

“Zenetex is thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices for the second year in a row,” Laura Kamosa, vice president of human resources, said in the release.

The award recognizes employers of all sizes across the country that are excelling at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs. The award goes beyond work-life programs and includes initiatives that address the additional evidence-based aspects of effective workplaces, such as opportunities for learning, a culture of respect and trust, and job autonomy.

LSM class learns about health care

On February 9, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2017 participated in the fifth of nine educational programs — health care, according to a news release.

The one-day event began at one of the three hospitals in the region — Calvert Memorial Hospital, University of Maryland-Charles Regional Medical Center, and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital — for an in-depth brief of the hospital.

By mid-morning, the class met at Walden Behavioral Health’s Anchor Treatment Center in Charlotte Hall. The session included a tour of the facility and personal testimonies from patients willing to share their life experiences.

The next stop was the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home where the class learned of Melwood’s Operation Tohidu program that is helping veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

The day concluded with a panel discussion on public and community health issues. The day concluded with Charles County’s health officer, Dr. Dianna Abney (LSM ’15), conducting a certification course on administering Naloxone, which blocks or reverses the effects of opioids.

Leadership Southern Maryland is designed to educate a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create partnerships to meet the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.

For more information, contact Helen Mattingly Wernecke at 240-725-5469, email helen@leadershipsomd.org, or go to www.leadershipsomd.org.

Md. secretary of housing speaks to LSM class

On March 2, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2017 participated in the six of nine sessions — Housing and Human Services, according to a news release.

The class members arrived with non-perishable donations for the United Way of St. Mary’s Snack Sakse program. The class was educated on Calvert County’s Office on Aging programs and the Maryland Access Point program supporting aging services.

After a lunch discussion on housing and human services issues, and a session on community resources, Kenneth C. Holt, Maryland’s secretary of Housing and Community Development, spoke on the state’s approach to housing and its impact on the economy. The day ended with a presentation on the housing market in Southern Maryland by David Jenkins of Southern Maryland Association of Realtors.

Leadership Southern Maryland is designed to educate a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create partnerships to meet the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.

For more information, contact Helen Mattingly Wernecke at 240-725-5469, email helen@leadershipsomd.org, or go to www.leadershipsomd.org.

Maryland Rx Card provides drug discounts

MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society based in Baltimore, continues to work with Maryland Rx Card to create awareness and help Maryland residents obtain discount drug cards, according to a news release.

Together, Maryland Rx Card and MedChi are working to educate physicians, clinics, hospitals, county health departments and urgent care clinics throughout the state to distribute hard cards to anyone in need. This free prescription card is available online for everyone in Maryland by visiting http://www.medchi.org/MDRXcard and printing a card. Residents with no internet access can visit any Giant pharmacy and ask the pharmacist to process their prescription through the Maryland Rx Card.

Carmen Konert, program development director for Maryland Rx Card, said in the release that “since its inception in 2010, the Maryland Rx Card has saved $97,258,644 in drug costs for uninsured and underinsured Marylanders.”

All Maryland residents are eligible to participate in the Maryland Rx Card program. There are no restrictions to membership or applications to fill out. The card is accepted at over 56,000 regional and national pharmacies.

Under the Maryland Rx Card Program more than 200,000 Marylanders have received a free prescription drug card since the program launched in June 2009.

The plan is helpful for those with no insurance, but it is just as important for people with high deductible plans. The Maryland Rx Card can be used by individuals who have high deductible plans, do not qualify for publicly funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, and by people who receive their medications through charity care providers (under 340B, a federally funded program which grants discounts to providers) and require a drug that is not available to them.

“MedChi is very concerned about drug prices and that’s why we work with the Maryland Rx Card. Patients need to have access to their medicines; price should not be a barrier to their access to drugs,” Gene Ransom, MedChi CEO, said in the news release. MedChi is working on other pharmaceutical cost related issues to help patients have access to their medicine.

Comcast to put YouTube on Xfinity X1

Comcast and Google today announced a deal that will launch the YouTube app on Xfinity X1 across the country later this year, according to a news release.

X1 customers will be able to easily browse and access the entire YouTube catalog of billions of videos alongside the live, on demand, DVR and web programming included with their Xfinity TV subscription.

“We are excited to partner with Google to bring YouTube to X1 and provide our customers easier access to all the content they love in one place,” Sam Schwartz, chief business development officer of Comcast Cable, said in the release. “By integrating YouTube into the X1 experience, viewers can simply and effortlessly access videos on any topic, from cooking to beauty and fitness with just their voice.”

X1 customers will be able to access YouTube in the Apps and Networks sections of X1, and via featured YouTube content that will be integrated throughout Xfinity On Demand. YouTube viewers will enjoy universal voice control with the X1 voice remote and be able to access YouTube content by speaking phrases.

“The YouTube integration on X1 will provide users the ability to seamlessly navigate and access YouTube content alongside their cable service. And by simply using their voice, users can now access diverse videos that creators make every single day,” Robert Kyncl, chief business officer of YouTube, said in the release.

Once launched, X1 customers will be able to browse and access YouTube’s massive collection of digital content, including gaming videos, eSports content, music clips, fitness videos, daily vlogs from YouTube creators, entertainment clips, and real-time trending news, sports and viral videos. Current X1 and YouTube customers will also have the ability to sign in when accessing YouTube on X1 and readily access their personalized settings and subscriptions.

For more information about X1, go to www.xfinity.com/X1.

Wedding guide adds partners, launches new website

Southern Maryland Weddings of Waldorf has spent almost 15 years planning weddings easier. A new website and two new partners are going to improve it further, according to Kimberly Bean, founder and CEO of the firm.

“I am ecstatic to welcome my son, Richard Bean, and his fiancée, Desh Kostanyan, to the leadership here at Southern Maryland Weddings,” Bean said in a news release. “These two are young and creative, and they are helping to breathe new life into our publication.”

Richard Bean will serve as vice president and creative director. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in sound design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and currently works as a user experience designer for IBM, where he designs mobile apps for companies in several sectors.

“My fiancée and I have been engaged since last summer, and I think that helps us understand what engaged couples are looking for,” Richard said.

Kostanyan will be Southern Maryland Wedding’s sales and marketing director. She holds a degree in marketing from California State University, Los Angeles, and a cosmetology license for hair and makeup. Currently, she works as a sales and treatment coordinator and office manager.

“There is a lot to be excited about, and this is truly the perfect time for us to join Southern Maryland Weddings,” she said in the release. “I will get to share my own engagement with other brides — and see their special and magical moments as we grow together.”

The planning company’s website, www.SoMdWeddings.com, will be redesigned to make it easier for brides to use. The new site will be mobile-friendly so that engaged couples can more easily interact on their smartphones and tablets. Readers will also see updated email newsletters and branding on Southern Maryland Weddings’ social media.

Future plans include a Southern Maryland Weddings mobile app and a redesigned print edition that couples will be able to pick up at bridal shows and select wedding vendors in Southern Maryland.

Credit union home buying program successful

Maryland-based Educational Systems Federal Credit Union has grown its mortgage closures by 25 percent with its HomeAdvantage program that streamlines the home buying process, according to a press release.

Within seven months of rolling out the program, the credit union had 109 interested buyers referred to a HomeAdvantage agent, of which 12 purchased a home and nine financed the mortgage through the credit union.

“It’s about providing value-added real estate services to our members to customize their home buying experience and to go well beyond offering competitive rates and products,” Abe Palit, vice president of marketing, said in a news release. “Our goal is to help our members throughout the home buying process, the duration of which can vary from a couple months to a couple years, depending on the member’s time table.”

The HomeAdvantage program offers members one-stop home buying. Members can visit the website, https://www.esfcu.org/HomeAdvantage, to search for homes, set up property alerts, connect with qualified local real estate agents and earn cash rewards at closing, an average of $1,530 in savings per transaction.

Parlett, Zabriskie join Community Financial board

The Community Financial Corporation, the holding company for Community Bank of the Chesapeake, announced the appointment of John K. Parlett, Jr. and Kathryn Zabriskie to the company’s board of directors.

Parlett and Zabriskie, who are both currently directors of the bank, have been appointed to fill vacancies created by the retirement of Philip Goldstein and James Shepherd. Goldstein has also retired from the bank’s board of directors, while Shepherd will remain a member of the bank’s board.

Parlett has been a member of the bank’s board of directors since 2014. He is currently president of CMI General Contractors, Inc., a commercial design construction firm in Charlotte Hall, and president of Computech Systems, Inc., a company that designs instrumentation and other electrical components for the motorsports industry.

Zabriskie has served on the bank’s board of directors since 2013. She is president of Business Training Works, Inc., an employee development firm specializing in soft-skills training, leadership development and customer experience initiatives in Port Tobacco. Zabriskie started the company in 2000. She has served on several philanthropic boards and civic organizations in the region.

“We are pleased to add two of our excellent bank board members, John Parlett and Kathryn Zabriskie, to the company’s board,” board Chairman Michael L. Middleton said in the release. “In addition to their substantial familiarity with the bank’s operations and the communities we serve, John and Kathryn each bring significant business and financial experience to the company’s board.”

Parlett will serve on the board’s enterprise risk management and audit committees, and Zabriskie will serve on the governance and compensation committees. Both will continue to serve on the bank board’s ALCO and credit risk committees.

SBDC offers services for small businesses

The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network provides training, confidential consulting and market and industry research to help Maryland’s small businesses find practical solutions to business needs.

New entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners can benefit from the center’s instructors and small business consultants who share their real-world experience and expertise to help increase chances for success, according to a center newsletter.

Services fall under three broad headings:

• Professional Development — A variety of comprehensive training classes are available to help gain a better understanding of what it will take to establish and operate a successful business.

• Consulting — The SBDC provides no-cost confidential consulting to prospective and existing small business owners interested in achieving growth and profitability.

• Information You Can Use — Hundreds of research resources on print, video and electronic media are available to start, manage and grow a small business.