Shore United Bank Welcomes Ed Dillon, Branch Manager

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Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Ed Dillon has joined the company as Branch Manager at our location in Ridgely, Maryland. Ed joins Shore United Bank with previous banking experience as an assistant branch manager.

Mr. Dillon graduated from York College of Pennsylvania where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

“Ed is a wonderful addition to the team in Ridgely. His knowledge and experience in banking goes a long way in strengthening the relationships with employees and customers.” said Jennifer Joseph, Chief Retail Banking Officer of Shore United Bank.

“I’m very excited to get to know our customers and to help them with their financial needs and goals” said Mr. Dillon.

Ed resides in Chestertown, Maryland with his wife, Leigh and their new baby, Charlie.

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit ShoreUnitedBank.com

Sarah Schut Earns Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) Designation

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Sarah Schut, Investment Advisor Representative with Radcliffe Financial, has earned the Retirement Income Certified professional® (RICP®) professional designation from The American College of Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, PA.

Candidates for the RICP® must complete a minimum of three college-level courses and are required to pass a series of proctored exams.  They must also have three years of experience, meet stringent ethics requirements, and participate in The College’s continuing education program.

The RICP® educational curricula is the most complete and comprehensive program available to professional financial advisors looking to help their clients create sustainable retirement income.  The rigorous three-course credential helps advisors master retirement income planning, a key focus area not fully covered in other professional designation programs.  From retirement portfolio management techniques and mitigation of plan risks to the proper use of annuities, employer-sponsored benefits and determining the best Social Security claiming age, the RICP® provides a wealth of practical information for advisors.

Using the most current techniques, RICP®s identify retirement income needs and objectives and evaluate a client’s current situation relative to those goals.  Individuals who earn a RICP® can provide expert advice on a broad range of retirement topics including income needs and objectives, estate issues and other risks to the retirement income planning, Social Security, health insurance and housing decisions, and income taxation.

Schut is an investment advisor representative with Cetera Investment Advisers LLC and a member of Radcliffe Financial, a financial advisory firm associated with Radcliffe Corporate Services, Certified Public Accountants.  She offers securities through Cetera Financial Specialists, FINRA / SIPC.  For over 15 years, Radcliffe has been providing investment advisory services.  Schut can be reached at 870 high Street, Suite 1, Chestertown, MD  21620 or by phone at 410.778.1099.  www.radcliffefinancial.com

The American College is the nation’s largest non-profit educational institution devoted to financial services.  Holding the highest level of academic accreditation.  The College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others for over 86 years.  The American College’s faculty represents some of the financial services industry’s foremost thought leaders.  For more information, visit TheAmericanCollege.edu

New Assistant Branch Manager at Chesapeake Bank and Trust

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Susan St. Amour

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce its new Assistant Branch Manager, Susan St. Amour.

Susan St. Amour has been with Chesapeake Bank and Trust for one year. She quickly assumed the role of Customer Service Representative including representing Chesapeake Bank & Trust at the Heron Point Branch. In recognition of Amour’s hard work and experience, she was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager.

“With a wealth of banking experience, we are pleased to promote Sue to oversee our branches at Heron Point and Morgnec Road,” said Glenn Wilson, President & CEO of Chesapeake Bank and Trust.

A graduate of University of Wales, with an undergraduate degree in law, Amour is now a Kent County resident. With a true passion for helping her customers, Amour’s knowledge of banking and strong values makes her the perfect fit for this position.

Founded in 1986, Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company, Chestertown’s Truly Local Banking Experience, has roots in Kent County dating back more than 100 years. Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is a well-known pillar in the community, helping residents and businesses with their banking and investments needs. For more information please visit www.chesapeaketrust.com or call (410) 778-1600.

Shore United Bank Welcomes Tracy Berrigan as Branch Manager

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Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is excited to announce that Tracy Berrigan has joined the company as the Branch Manager of our Dover Street location in Easton, Maryland. Tracy joins Shore United Bank with 37 years of banking experience and management.

Ms. Berrigan is a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County and holds a degree in business administration. She has also attended several courses and seminars through the Maryland Bankers Association including, deposit documentation, bank regulations and loan underwriting.

“Tracy is a great addition to the team at Dover Street. Her enthusiasm and her love for helping people go hand in hand when it comes to her leadership style that she demonstrates in the branch every day” says Jennifer Joseph, Chief Retail Banking Officer of Shore United Bank.

“I look forward to meeting and serving   the customers that visit our Dover Street location,” says Ms. Berrigan.

Ms. Berrigan serves on the Executive Board of the Talbot Chamber of Commerce, Board of Director for Friends of Hospice and the Brighter Christmas Fund and also serves as the Treasurer of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Denton.

Ms. Berrigan resides in Denton, Maryland with her husband, Tim.

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit ShoreUnitedBank.com.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Receives $10,000 Grant to Support Debtor Assistance Programs

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Mid-Shore Pro Bono is pleased to announce the award of a $10,000 grant from the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation to support their Debtor Assistance Project (DAP).  Since 2010, the DAP has provided free legal advice to more than 700 individuals and families facing bankruptcy or other consumer debt issues on the Eastern Shore.

This grant will fund Mid-Shore Pro-Bono’s monthly DAP clinics providing debtors with opportunities to meet with specially trained volunteer attorneys for cost-free half-hour consultations. Clinics are hosted in Easton and Centreville with plans to expand to other counties in 2018. Mid-Shore Pro Bono sustains this program independently with the support of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court who established this program.

In addition, the grant will support outreach efforts to reach potential clients facing consumer debt.

“The continued support of the American College of Bankruptcy will allow us to reach individuals and families struggling with consumer debt,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “The earlier we can reach clients and begin working with them, the easier it is to keep them in their homes and avoid bankruptcy. Many clients don’t know their rights and are reluctant to confront these issues, but we can help.”

Monthly DAP clinics are held in the Mid-Shore Pro Bono offices in Centreville at 108 Broadway and Easton at 8 South West Street. For more information about the DAP program, please call the office at 410-690-8128.

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Ladies’ Shopping Night Nov. 16

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Expanded Holiday Store Hours in Downtown Chestertown

A popular shopping tradition continues this year in Downtown Chestertown. On Thursday, November 16, several local businesses are keeping their doors open until 8 p.m. for shoppers to get a head start on their holiday lists before the rush begins during Thanksgiving weekend. Many will offer in-store specials, discounts or prizes, along with refreshments. With more than 10 businesses participating, this will be a great opportunity to explore the variety of gifts and goods available in Downtown Chestertown, including clothing, books, home decor, children’s items, and one-of-a-kind local art and crafts.

In addition, many businesses will offer extended shopping hours the week before Christmas, beginning Monday, December 18. Most locations will stay open until 7 p.m. for added convenience, with business owners available to help you find the perfect gifts (and wrap them beautifully, too).

“We are proud of the quality and selection of merchandise available in Downtown Chestertown, and strive to create more opportunities for local residents to get to know what we have to offer,” said Kristen Owen, President of Downtown Chestertown Association. “Our local merchants enjoy getting to know their patrons and tailoring shopping experiences to meet their needs.”

Details about Ladies’ Night promotions and specific extended holiday shopping hours can be found on the Downtown Chestertown Facebook page  and at individual store locations.

Benchworks Sponsors Baltimore Metro Business Development Event

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On November 7 at Delta Hunt Valley, the networking group Baltimore Metro Business Development (BMBD) will host a panel discussion with local women business leaders. The panel is sponsored by Benchworks, a full-service marketing firm and moderated by Melissa Johnston, President of Benchworks. Other speakers include Cindy Carson, President of Enradius, a company specializing in geo-targeted digital campaigns; Kara DiPietro, President and CEO of HMC Inc., a full-service design, manufacturing and construction firm specializing in food service design and custom manufacturing; Natalia Luis, Chairman and COO, M Luis Construction, a Maryland-based, woman and minority-owned road construction company; and Jennifer Meyer, CEO of Betamore, an award-winning coworking space, incubator, and campus for technology and entrepreneurship.

The event is BMBD’s third of the year, with previous 2017 events in January and May featuring keynote addresses from Donald Fry (President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee), and Tom Geddes (CEO, Plank Industries). The audience will be comprised of approximately 125 executives from numerous companies and industries across the metro area.

“We are excited to sponsor the event and facilitate the discussion with these impressive female leaders.  As we expand our services into the local community, we want to get to know the issues and needs of the greater Baltimore area. We are looking forward to meeting the companies and organizations that will be represented Tuesday evening. It’s a great reminder of the amazing talent and promise existing in this area,” said Benchworks CEO Thad Bench, Sr.

“There are numerous local networking groups and events. If you are going to ask people to take the time from their schedule to join you, it’s important to provide value. We’re anticipating high-level discussion and could not be more appreciative of the support provided by Benchworks, allowing this event to occur,” said BMBD Founder Chris Stoner.

Benchworks Welcomes Chris Stoner

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Chris Stoner

Benchworks announced Oct. 5 that Chris Stoner has joined the company’s Business Development team. Stoner comes to Benchworks with many years of experience in the Baltimore market with specific expertise in marketing, social media marketing and business development management. Stoner’s focus in his first year will be on broadening awareness for Benchworks in the Baltimore marketplace.

As founder of Baltimore Sports and Life, a five-time Baltimore Sun Mobbies Award winning blog and the Baltimore Metro Business Development, a networking group comprised of 370 mostly C-suite members, Stoner has extensive experience in building businesses and helping to grow organizations. His business development acumen will be integral to helping Benchwork continue to grow and diversify its client base.

Benchworks CEO Thad Bench Sr. said, “We are so excited to have Chris join the Benchworks team. Chris’s strong knowledge of key decision makers in the Baltimore marketplace will make him an asset to the Benchworks team and to our clients. We look forward to having him work with us and together opening up new doors to exciting projects.”

Benchworks, an award-winning comprehensive marketing services agency headquartered in Chestertown, Maryland, was founded in 1991. With offices in Philadelphia and Boston, the company specializes in the design, production and launch of complete marketing programs and branding   projects. Clients are in a wide variety of sectors including life sciences, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, manufacturing and education in North America and Europe. For additional information, visit www.benchworks.com or call 800-536-4670.

 

Worton Dollar General Grand Opening Sept. 23

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Dollar General’s newest store at 10838 Worton Road in Worton is now open!

The store’s official grand opening celebration will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 23 with free prizes and special deals.  Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples, among other giveaways.

“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.  “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products. The store’s fresh layout is designed to make shopping simple for customers.  Seasonal products are displayed in the center of the store, departments are easily recognizable with visible signage and coolers are conveniently located at the front of the store.

Traditional Dollar General stores employ approximately six to 10 people, depending on the need.  Anyone interested in joining the Dollar General team may visit the Career section of the Dollar General website

Dollar General gives its customers more than everyday low prices on basic merchandise.  Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for their high school equivalency test can pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly more than 8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.