Larissa Davidson CPA Promoted to Senior Auditor


larissaRadcliffe Corporate Services is announcing that Larissa Davidson CPA,has been promoted to Senior Auditor. “Larissa is attentive to details, hardworking and brings the highest accounting standards and ethics to our clients,” said Randall Cooper, Managing Partner of Radcliffe Corporate Services.

Maureen Karns, Audit Manager for Radcliffe stated, “Larissa has rapidly developed her skills and exemplifies dedication to providing thorough and accurate auditing services.” Both Cooper and Karns agreed that Larissa’s skills and intelligence are a great asset to the firm and its clients.

“I feel fortunate to work with an organization providing auditing and attestation services of the highest quality within our region,” said Davidson. “Having grown up in Kent County, serving our region is both an honor and a responsibility,” Davidson continued.

Davidson has been with Radcliffe Corporate Services since 2013. Ms. Davidson graduated from Towson University in 2012, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Davidson passed the CPA exam in 2015, and is now a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.

In addition to Davidson’s extensive professional experience in audits of non-profits, partnerships and corporations, she also prepares individual, partnership, corporate and non-profit tax returns. She holds a special interest in working with non-profit organizations that serve the community.

Radcliffe Corporate Services, Certified Public Accountants, provides a full range of accounting services. www.radcliffecorp.com

Willis Named to Maryland Rural Health Association Board of Directors


Patti Willis, senior vice president, Strategy and Communications

Patti Willis, senior vice president, Strategy and Communications, has been appointed to the Maryland Rural Health Association Board of Directors.

The Maryland Rural Health Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the optimal health of rural communities and their residents and is made up of rural community members and organizations. Membership is comprised of local health departments, community and regional hospitals, community health centers, area health education centers, health professionals, and community members in rural areas throughout Maryland. Of Maryland’s 24 counties, 18 are considered rural by the state. With a population of over 1.6 million, these rural counties differ greatly from the state’s urban areas.

Willis is a 2000 graduate of Shore Leadership. Active in a variety of community organizations throughout her career, Willis is past president of Easton Rotary a past member of the Boards of Hospice Queen Anne’s (now Compass Regional Hospice) and Talbot Hospice Foundation. She served on the Boards of Directors of Caroline, Talbot and Kent Chambers of Commerce, and is a past chairman of the Board of Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. She is past president of the Maryland Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations and a senior member of the Society of Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. Willis was selected Business Woman of the Year by the Talbot Chamber of Commerce in 2004, was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2005 and was named the Mid Shore Woman of Distinction in 2011.

Other new Board members are: Mark Boucot, of Garrett Regional Medical Center; Andrea Mathias, of Worcester County Health Department; and Larry Polsky, of Calvert County Health Department.

Information about the Maryland Rural Health Association maybe found online at www.mdruralhealth.org.

Leadership Maryland Class of 2017 Applications Due October 31


Leadership Maryland, the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders, reminds potential applicants that the deadline to be considered for the Class of 2017 is rapidly approaching. All applications for the Class of 2017 must be submitted online at www.LeadershipMD.org by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, October 31.

Leadership Maryland’s selection committee will choose 52 applicants to complete an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Applications are open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland applicants will have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. The chosen class will reflect a cross-section of the state by including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

To be considered for the Class of 2017, application packages must include:

  • Completed application, available online only at www.LeadershipMD.org;
  • Paid application fee of $250;
  • Two references;
  • One letter of recommendation;
  • Authorizing official statement from applicant’s supervisor or CEO (unless applicant is self-employed or are their own supervisor);
  • Professional color photo

Completed application packages and registration fee must be received by Leadership Maryland (134 Holiday Court, Suite 318, Annapolis, Md. 21401) by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016. Upon acceptance of the application, candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview with members of the Leadership Maryland selection committee. The selected Class of 2017 will be announced in early February 2017.

Full information regarding Leadership Maryland’s application instructions, selection process, tuition and financial assistance, 2017 program dates and locations, and attendance policy are available at www.LeadershipMD.org. Anyone with questions may contact Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or Info@LeadershipMD.org.

About Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,000 leaders from all industries and regions of the state. To learn more, please call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit www.LeadershipMD.org.

Shore United Bank Employees Participated in the Annual Community Health Fair & School Supply Giveaway


shore unitedBrenda Wooden and Tiffany Knight, employees of Shore United Bank, participated in the 9th Annual Community Health Fair & School Supply Giveaway held recently at the Idlewild Park in Easton, MD. Ms. Knight’s children, Weldon and Kiara, also participated. In addition to giving away schools supplies, Shore United Bank also had a drawing for a backpack filled with school supplies. Visit Shore United Bank at www.shoreunitedbank.com.

Everyone, Start Your Businesses! The STRT1UP Road Show Bus Begins Its Fall 2016 Statewide Tour


StartUpMDWashingtonCollege2CHESTERTOWN, MD—Are you ready to pitch your killer business idea? Washington College’s Department of Business Management and the Upper Shore Regional Council are inviting entrepreneurs to join the 2016 STRT1UP Road Show and the Pitch Across Maryland, which is kicking off its annual statewide tour at Washington College on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The STRT1UP Road Show bus—also known as the Startup Maryland bus—travels the state each fallin a quest for and celebration of entrepreneurship and high-growth innovation-centric startup companies. At each stop, entrepreneurs can video a pitch on the bus for their existing enterprises or their dreams of start-up ventures. These video pitches are uploaded by Startup Maryland to YouTube to be reviewed at the end of the tour by Startup Maryland panelists for possible entry to the annual TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo. In 2015, eight finalists out of more than 150 pitches won this opportunity.

At the Washington College event, the Department of Business Management and Upper Shore Regional Council are inviting participants to warm up by presenting to a live audience and a panel of judges from the local business community and the College. At the end of the event, the judges will announce winners of the best business pitch and best student pitch.

The event, based in Martha Washington Square and running from 2-4:30 p.m., is open to the public, so save the date and plan to attend to hear about the exciting projects your neighbors are pursuing. If you are seeking investment capital, want to promote your budding business, or just want to get feedback on your idea for a business, please sign up to pitch. Limited taping slots are available so contact Christy Rowan at crowan2@washcoll.edu or (410) 778-7877 as soon as possible to register.

For more information about the event itself, please contact Susan Vowels at svowels2@washcoll.edu or Doris Mason at dmason@kentgov.org. More information about Startup Maryland can be found at startupmd.org.

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Announces Robert Thompson’s Graduation from Maryland Banking School


Rob 004Chestertown, MD, August 23, 2016– Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce Robert Thompson’s graduation from the Maryland Banking School.

“Rob is a key member of our team, so this accomplishment will serve him, our clients and the bank well into the future.” – Glenn L. Wilson, President & CEO

The Maryland Banking School offers perspectives on forces that shape the financial services industry. Through an emphasis on developing leadership, managerial and technical skills, and creating a resource network, students enhance their individual and corporate performance to thrive in the evolving financial services marketplace. The program takes three years to complete and requires hours of commitment both in and outside of the classroom.

Robert Thompson is Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company’s (CB&T) Senior Lending Officer, and has worked at the bank for over ten years. Thompson’s graduation from the Maryland Banking School only further increases his exceptional skillset which make him a more valuable asset in the community. Thompson’s clients can be comforted and know that they are receiving the highest level of service and knowledge when they work with him. CB&T is also proud of their commitment to providing growth and development opportunities to all of it’s employees.

A graduate of James Madison University, with a B.S. in Engineering and Manufacturing from the Integrated Science and Technology Program and of Kent County High School, Thompson lives in Worton with his wife Jessica and their daughter.

“Chesapeake is a small, truly local and very professional financial institution. We are selective about a team members’ abilities and only choose people who are passionate about developing their abilities to assist our clients in achieving their goals. We provide them with every opportunity to grow professionally, and Rob has taken advantage of this by successfully applying himself to this rigorous course of instruction. His clients benefit from his level of commitment to professionalism, integrity and service. ” – Mike Macielag, Chairman of the Board of Directors

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.

Benchworks Named to Inc. Magazine’s 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies


Chestertown, MD, August 23, 2016Inc. magazine recently ranked Benchworks, a comprehensive marketing services agency, No. 1005 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the U.S. economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com, is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great—usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

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Thad L. Bench

This year marks the second time Benchworks has been included on the Inc. 5000, appearing alongside such companies as Pandora, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Yelp and Timberland. Benchworks’ ranking is based on its three-year sales growth of 395% and revenue of $31.1 million.

Thad L. Bench, Sr., CEO of Benchworks, commented on the achievement, saying, “At Benchworks, our goal is to provide measurable results for our clients through a relentless focus on marketing strategy, quality and service, all with a spirit of graciousness. I am very proud that our team has been successful in accomplishing that task through their tireless dedication while the Benchworks leadership team has skillfully managed sustainable growth.”

Companies on the list will be honored at the annual Inc. 5000 conference in October in San Antonio. The event recognizes these companies for their remarkable achievements and contributions to the economy. The event will feature inspirational speakers and networking opportunities.

About Benchworks

Benchworks, a comprehensive marketing services agency headquartered in Chestertown, Maryland, was founded in 1991. The company specializes in the design, production, and launch of complete marketing and branding services. Clients include a wide variety of companies in the life science, pharmaceutical, beverage, manufacturing, and education industries in North America and Europe. For additional information, visit www.benchworks.com or call 800-536-4670.

About Inc. 5000


The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 15,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

Radcliffe Financial Announces the Addition of Sarah Schut

Sarah Schut

Sarah Schut

Radcliffe Financial, a firm offering advisory services and affiliated with Radcliffe Corp., Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Schut as financial advisor. “I believe in listening to client needs and using best financial planning practices to help individuals build secure and robust lives,” said Schut. “Solid money management is essential for meeting life goals and reaching milestones,” Schut added.

Schut has her Series 7 and 66 licenses, and brings a focus on financial planning to working with clients. She completed a graduate certificate in family financial planning through Iowa State University, and holds a Master of Arts in English from Washington College and an undergraduate degree from Arcadia University. Schut has 15 years of experience in business development for local manufacturer, CreaFill Fibers. As well, she previously worked in investment banking providing her with unique insights on the issuance of securities.

Randall Cooper, CPA, MBA, PFS, is President of Radcliffe Financial. On the hiring of Schut, Cooper stated, “we are happy to have Sarah’s focus on comprehensive financial planning along with her years of business experience. Her addition will nicely complement our advisory practice.”

The mission of Radcliffe Financial is to make a material difference in the lives clients by delivering top-notch advisory services with a focus on tax efficient investment planning. Learn more at radcliffefinancial.com

Maryland Winners (included Dorchester County) in Medical Marijuana Permits


Maryland regulators announced which 15 companies can grow medical marijuana in Maryland. The commission also announced 15 companies received preliminary licenses to process marijuana.  The Washington Post show the people behind the companies that won and lost in bids for licenses.

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