Salisbury-area Business Achievers: April 2019

Coastal Hospice announces staff transitions Coastal Hospice has announced the promotion of Susan Olischar to Vice President of Finance. She is responsible for optimizing the financial performance of the organization, providing accurate and timely reporting, financial planning and forecasting, and managing cash flow to ensure that we meet our financial commitments. She has worked for […]

Mathias to join UMES as a legislative lobbyist

Former state Sen. Jim Mathias, who was defeated for re-election in November, has landed a new job — Government Relations Director for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mathias has strong ties to the State House, having served four years in Maryland’s House of Delegates and then eight years in the state Senate, where he […]

State minimum wage hike would be bad for Shore businesses

Two weeks ago the Salisbury Area Chamber provided testimony in Annapolis before the state Senate Finance Committee on Senate Bill 280, which with its House companion bill would raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023. This next state-imposed employer mandate could be a killer for Eastern Shore businesses across all business sectors. […]

Jenna Robinson revives Downtown coffee shop

At SBY Coffee, a steaming cup of the house blend gives customers a reason to “espresso” themselves — and they are expressing pleasure in the new shop. Formerly Main Roots, SBY Coffee, at 111 West Main St. on the Downtown Plaza, is owned by Jenna Robinson, a 24-year-old entrepreneur and member of the Robinson’s Jewelry […]

Delmarva Power sets low-outages record

Delmarva Power customers experienced the lowest frequency of electric outages ever in 2018. The frequency of outages decreased from the previous low, set in 2017, by 8 percent. Over the past five years, ongoing investments in the local energy grid have driven a 34 percent decrease in the frequency of electric outages Delmarva Power customers […]

Housing market shows good inventory growth

January’s frigid temperatures did not slow local inventory growth, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of Realtors. New listings that went on the market in January 2019 were up 15 percent compared to the same time last year in all three counties. That translates to 524 new listings. Individually, new available units […]

Downtown Market Street buildings find quick buyers

When Peninsula Insurance closed two large office buildings in Downtown Salisbury last summer and cut or transferred more than 40 employees, it was a gut punch to city redevelopment efforts. After all, these two buildings had held insurance offices dating back decades and were once owned by the legendary Sam Seidel. With efforts to ensure […]

Harley-Davidson to open large store in Salisbury

Rommel Harley-Davidson will open a 20,800-square-foot store on North Salisbury Boulevard this spring, taking up about one-third of the former Gander Mountain sporting goods building. A couple of days before it opens, the Seaford Harley-Davidson store will close and relocate to Salisbury, Brad Hopkins, Rommel’s President, told the Salisbury Independent this week. A soft-opening will […]

PAC 14 begins new year with leadership switch

The new year brings some big news for PAC 14, the public access channel serving Wicomico County, Salisbury and the entire community. On Jan. 1, the station welcomed its new leader, a familiar face to PAC 14 local producers and community members. PAC 14 is also looking forward to marking its 20th anniversary on the […]

Brittingham, Eccleston companies saluted

Two local businesses – Delmarva Veteran Builders and Maryland and Delaware Group of Long and Foster — have been named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country. Delmarva Veteran Builders, which hires veterans, was ranked No. 456. Brittingham’s real estate business was congratulated for a 123 percent […]