A Week In Business

Agency Organizes
Education Series
BERLIN — Open enrollment in the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange began Oct. 1, and Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley (ASC&D) is hosting an education series to help educate the public.
“Although the long term feasibility of health care reform is unknown, it is projected in 2014 over 180,000 people in Maryland alone will gain affordable access to health insurance through the state Exchange,” said Chris Carroll. ASC&D Vice President of Life & Health. “Having an independent insurance agent to advise you will be even more important than ever. The complexities that Obamacare brings to the buying decision is significant.”
ASC&D is collaborating with other organizations to deliver a community education series aimed at helping consumers understand their options for health insurance.  Representatives from area health systems including Atlantic General Hospital, Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Three Lower Counties Community Services, will be on hand to provide information on primary care services in the region and to provide valuable community education to residents.   Insurance carriers participating on the exchange such as CareFirst will also be present during the event to answer questions for consumers.
The community education events will provide attendees with a wide range of information. Pre-registration is encouraged, however walk-ins are welcome. Those that pre-register will receive the Obamacare Toolkit in advance of the event to help them gather the information needed to make educated decisions related to their health plans when they get to talk with an agent.
The events include Oct. 9 at 9 a.m.-noon at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury; Oct. 21, 4-8 p.m. at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury; and Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Ocean City Convention Center. You can also register by calling 410-835-2000.
“Health insurance may be changing but our goal is the same,” said Laura Deeley Bren, ASC&D’s President. “Our agents make the complex simple and are here to support families and businesses within the community.”

Top Producers Named
BETHANY BEACH – ResortQuest Real Estate® has announced the August 2013 top producers in its southeast Sussex County, Del. locations.
Karla Morgan of the West Fenwick office received top honors for listings for the month of August.
The rest of the top listing volume awards by office were Jane Baxter of the Bethany Beach office; Bill Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Gail Phelan at the Edgewater/Sea Colony office; and Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office.
Bill Hand of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office received top honors for August sales volume.
The rest of the top sales volume awards by office were Cindy Spieczny of the West Fenwick office; Robert Kauffman of the Bethany Beach office; Jenny Smith of the Edgewater/Sea Colony office and Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office.

Design Award Received
SALISBURY — Becker Morgan Group was recently awarded the 2013 Platinum Professional Remodeler Design Award in the Kitchen Remodel over $100,000 category for the Lakefront Kitchen Remodel.
The project will be featured in the October issue of the Professional Remodeler and displayed on their website at www.housingzone.com. The Professional Remodeler Design Awards recognize winning entries based on creativity, design/aesthetic appeal, problem solving, and construction quality. Awards are presented at the 2013 Remodeling Show in Chicago and winning projects are featured at the show.
This dramatic makeover converted a cramped, outdated space into an expansive gourmet kitchen with all the modern amenities for entertaining; while capturing the views of this unique lakefront space. A modern retro design approach blends the homes mid-century origins with modern flare and functionality. The Lakefront Kitchen was designed by Becker Morgan Group and built by Ruark Building Contractors.

Department Head Named
SALISBURY — Wor-Wic Community College recently welcomed Dr. Daniel Bernstein of Greensburg, Penn., as department head and associate professor of hotel-motel-restaurant management.
Before joining Wor-Wic, Bernstein was a consultant and professor in the hospitality management program at the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio. He also taught at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Penn., St. John’s University in Jamaica and Staten Island, N.Y., and at Youngstown (Ohio) State University.
In addition to 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, Bernstein has more than 10 years of direct industry-related experience as a restaurant owner, manager and consultant, and front desk and hotel manager and marketing director.

Real Estate Tour Held
SNOW HILL — Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) hosted the 2nd Annual VIP Real Estate Tour last Friday. Those who took part in the tour included approximately 50 visiting developers, real estate brokers and commercial bankers potentially interested in investing in our area.
The tour highlights the county’s pro-business atmosphere, job growth potential and the wealth of business opportunities here in the growing communities.
“Worcester County is a dynamic, pro-business marketplace abounding with new opportunities,” WCED Director Bill Badger said. “These resources are important components in our approach to attracting new business investment and jobs to Worcester County.”
The tour gives WCED and local officials an opportunity to introduce prospective investors to Worcester County’s superb family-friendly lifestyle, outstanding school system, friendly towns, enterprise zones, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) and ready access to major metropolitan markets, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia.