A Week In Business

Wicomico To Host National Series

SALISBURY — – At a press conference held on Thursday, April 24, Wicomico County and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) unveiled details on a national sports marketing event coming to Delmarva this May.

USSSA Vice President of Fast Pitch Bill Dowell and Wicomico County Director of Administration Wayne Strausburg announced that the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is bringing a two-game series featuring the USSSA FL Pride and PA Rebellion on May 30 and 31 to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Dowell explained that the “eggstravaganza,” as he called it, would include a NPF Banquet and Reception featuring Pride and Rebellion players on May 29. The banquet, held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, offers attendees the chance for a meet and greet with players and autograph session. In addition to the banquet, Dowell announced USSSA is hosting a youth softball tournament. The tournament, open to all ages and divisions, has drawn close to 40 teams.

“I encourage all of our residents to come out, enjoy the games and support our efforts to secure Wicomico County’s place as a leader in national youth sports competition. It’s sure to be the best softball competition anywhere,” said County Executive Rick Pollitt.

Partnership Helps Memorial

OCEAN PINES – BJ’s Wholesale Club is again partnering with the Ocean Pines Association to bring a special membership offer, effective now through June 6, to benefit the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines Foundation.

In addition to offering special benefits for new and renewing members, BJ’s will donate $5 of each membership fee to the foundation. The offer, which is available to new and renewing members, is not available for purchase online or at any BJ’s location.

Young Professional Honored

SALISBURY — Sarah Bunch, assistant director of Salisbury University’s Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) has a philosophy: Work hard and give back. That mantra recently earned her a spot on The Daily Record’s prestigious “20 in their Twenties” list, honoring young professionals in Maryland who are making a difference in their communities and beyond.

At BEACON, Bunch’s work in developing dashboards and decision support tools has helped influence corporate and public policy decisions in the mid-Atlantic. In addition, through BEACON, she helps train undergraduate and graduate students in business and economic modeling skills.

She was once in their shoes, starting as a research assistant with BEACON in 2006 while pursuing B.S. degrees in management and marketing at SU. She held several positions with BEACON before becoming its assistant director in 2012.

During that time, she also has furthered her education, earning her M.B.A. from SU in 2009. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Beyond SU, Bunch has given back to the community through involvement with Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, SU’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business Career Advisory Board and the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club.

Bunch hopes to use the skills she has gained through BEACON, at SU and through her community service to become a social entrepreneur and continue her position as a community leader.

A reception honoring this year’s “20 in their Twenties” honorees is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art.