November 2018

Mike Koch Recognized as Emerging Leader by RMI
The Regional Manufacturing Institute of MD (RMI) recently recognized Michael Koch, President of FireFly Farms, as an Emerging Leader in Manufacturing and named him one of RMI's 2018 Champions of MD.
The Greater Cumberland Committee Names New Executive Director
The Greater Cumberland Committee is pleased to announce that local attorney, Jennifer M. Walsh, Esquire has been named the new Executive Director.
Garrett County Seeing ‘Steady, Record-Breaking’ Tourism
Nearly 1.2 million visitors, spending around $299 million, visit Garrett County each year. That has a total economic impact of approximately $347 million in the county.
Deep Creek Ninja Factory Opens in McHenry
Deep Creek Ninja Factory, which opened last month in the Deep Creek Marina showroom, is a ninja warrior course with 4 lanes and about 20 elements, including a spider wall and an 11-foot warped wall.
Economic Development Director Notes Grantsville Opportunity Zones
Mike Hough, Director of Garrett County Economic Development, spoke about Federal Opportunity Zones at the October 31st meeting of the Greater Grantsville Business Association.
U.S. Dept. of Treasury Releases Proposed Opportunity Zones & Opportunity Funds Guidance
These regulatory proposals help to clarify how investors will engage in Opportunity Zones & provide more framework for communities to understand the types of eligible business & real estate projects.
Mountain MD Gateway to the West Heritage Area FY 2019 Mini-Grant Program
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s is offering its FY 2019 Mini-Grant program on a rolling cycle.
National Wedding Brand, The Knot, Speaks for Local Wedding Professionals
An educational session for local wedding professionals, sponsored by TheDeepCreekWedding.com & the Garrett County Wedding Professionals, was recently held by The Knot at the White Barn at Lucas Farm.
Mason Dixon Outlet Opens in Grantsville Plaza
A Pre-Black Friday event will be held from Nov. 18-20, with everything in the store on sale. The public is invited. Snacks and beverages will be available. Some gift card giveaways are also planned.
Custom Thredz Is New Name for McHenry Embroidery Business
Custom Thredz is the new name for Snazzi Stitches, located at 25203 Garrett Highway. The custom embroidery and screen printing business was purchased by Ben Vitez and Kelly Burke-Vitez last summer.
Argabrite Receives National Recognition for ‘Pioneering Innovation’
Argabrite will appear in the 2018 edition of the NOSORH’s annual Community Stars publication, which highlights leading experts implementing health improvement strategies in communities across the U.S.
Ribbon Cut for Grand Opening of Grantsville Family Dentistry
On November 1st, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the grand opening of Grantsville Family Dentistry in Grantsville.
Business Spotlight: Oakland Oil & Propane
Oakland Oil and Propane has been Garrett County’s premier supplier and distributor of petroleum products to our area for more than sixty years.
"It's a Charlie Brown Christmas!" - Festival of Trees 2018
Santa’s elves are hard at work preparing for Garrett County’s holiday kick-off event, the Festival of Trees to be held November 23rd, at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
MD PTAC at UMD Receives Funding for SBA HUBZone Training Initiative
MDPTAC will collaborate with resource partners to conduct a comprehensive, statewide HUBZone training event for businesses and government agencies.
MD Minimum Wage Study: Allegany & Garrett Counties
As part of a research project related to a potential $15 per hour minimum wage in Maryland, Frostburg State University requests the voluntary participation of Allegany and Garrett County employers.
'Healing and Acceptance' Offered at Roots: A Yoga and Movement Studio
Roots: A Yoga and Movement Studio has been open in McHenry since July. Owner Jade O’Faolean designed the studio as a refuge, “a place to find healing and acceptance exactly where you are today.”
Garrett County Team Wins Rural Health Achievement Award
The MD Rural Health Achievement Award was presented to the Garrett County Health Dept's Population Health, Innovation & Informatics Unit at the recent 2018 Maryland Rural Health Conference.
NeuBeam’s Computer & Internet Series Continues
Garrett County internet service provider NeuBeam, a service of Declaration Networks Group, will continue its series of enrichment courses focused on bolstering computer skills in the county.
SBA and VA Join Forces to Advance Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Veterans
SBA Administrator Linda McMahon and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie today announced a new partnership dedicated to supporting Veteran small businesses.
Strategic Planning Listening Sessions Held October 23rd
The purpose of the sessions was to speak to issues/opportunities impacting Garrett County's businesses and citizens & to obtain feedback regarding the future of economic development in Garrett County.
MD Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan 2019 Update Available for Review
There is a 30-day public comment period that ends on November 15, 2018.
Small Business Credit Survey
The MD SBDC Western Region is partnering with the Federal Reserve to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start & existing businesses.