Small businesses can improve with digital marketing

Discover the core knowledge needed to implement digital marketing effectively and efficiently to small businesses at BalanceLogic’s seminar in Waldorf. Guests who attend will learn about paid, owned and earned media, the framework of digital marketing, the right tactics to use and how to build an effective marketing campaign by establishing S.M.A.R.T. goals and objectives.

The seminar will be presented by BalanceLogic CEO Bill Campbell on July 31 at the BalanceLogic Main Office on Post Office Road. For questions or more information, contact Caitlin Kennedy at 301-396-8455 or ckennedy@balancelogic.com.

Local practice acquired by national dermatology company

Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery announced the acquisition of the dermatology practice of Dr. Robyn James with locations in Fort Washington and La Plata. The practice, called Advanced Dermatology of Southern Maryland, will continue to be led by James and Dr. Jeffrey Weddington, dermatologists who have been in private practice in the community for more than 15 years. Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery is the largest dermatology practice in the country.

To learn more about Advanced Dermatology or inquire about employment opportunities, visit www.advancedderm.com or call 1-866-400-3376.

New stores open at St. Charles Towne Center

St. Charles Towne Center announced openings of Against All Odds and Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy.

Founded in 1995, Against All Odds represents contemporary trends of young fashion. Against All Odds is on the upper level of the mall next to Torrid, and opened June 7.

Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy is a line of specially designed body and skin care products, made with essential oils and CBD. Their products are thoughtfully crafted to enhance an individual’s everyday self-care routine. The store will open in this month.

Maryland home prices increased 4.1% in May

Residential home prices climbed in May compared to the same period in 2018, according to housing statistics released by Maryland Realtors. Average home prices rose by 4.1% while the median price increased by 4.2% as compared to the same time in 2018.

“The units pending (units under contract) jumped to 10,108 from 8,571 in 2018, while active inventory decreased from 3.5 months in 2018 to at 3.1 months in 2019,” said Maryland Realtors President Merry Tobin. A 6-month to 6.5-month supply is considered to be a balanced market.

Of note, units sold experienced a drop of 1.8% due in large part to the drop in settled sales in Baltimore City as a result of the widely-reported ransomware attack.

The May statewide average sales price was $367,018 compared to $352,569 in 2018, while median sales price increased to $312,500 from $300,000. “This jump of 4.1 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively, is robust and may, in the long term, have a negative impact on housing affordability,” Tobin added.

The average sale price compared to original list price for May decreased slightly from 97.9% to 97.8% in 2019.

Community Bank holds calendar contest

Community Bank of the Chesapeake welcomes the community to submit their original photographs of landscapes, animals, local businesses, etc. showcasing the communities within the bank’s service area. Fourteen photos will be selected through the bank and community voting to fill the bank’s 2020 community calendar.

Photo submissions are accepted now through July 31. Anyone wishing to enter the contest should email a digital copy of their photo to cusicks@cbtc.com. All photos must be 8.5 inches by 11 inches, landscape-oriented and a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch). Each photo submitted must also include a signed release form in order to be considered.

At the end of the submission period, the community will also have the opportunity to vote for favorites, “People’s Choice” and cover photo. Visit Community Bank’s Facebook page @cbtcconnects to stay up-to-date on calendar voting.

Complete contest rules and copies of the required release form can be found on the bank’s website, cbtc.com or by visiting any of the bank’s branch locations. The contest is open to both customers and non-customers of Community Bank of the Chesapeake. For more information, contact Stefanie at cusicks@cbtc.com or 240-427-1048.

Weis Markets reduces environmental impact

Weis Markets has continued to decrease its carbon emissions by more than 20% compared to 2008, and its sustainability program has helped reduce the company’s overall environmental impact in the communities it serves.

The company’s 2018 Sustainability Report: Rooted in Success, Growing Our Future details Weis’ sustainability progress.

In 2018, Weis achieved its 10-year 20% emission reduction milestone. Key Weis Markets sustainability achievements in that same year include increasing food donations to more than 860 tons, being recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill program, converting 34 stores from fluorescent to LED lighting, diverting 39,341 tons of waste from landfills and working with National Gypsum Company to recycle 28,180 tons of cardboard.

Weis Markets’ Sustainability Report: Rooted in Success, Growing Our Future is available at weismarkets.com/sustainability.