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Professional & Business Services

Maryland’s Coast Professional and Business Services companies provide financial, legal, engineering, medical, insurance and technology services for year-round and seasonal clients. From entrepreneurs to independent firms, one and all flourishes within Worcester County. The service sector makes up for 35% of the industry with approximately a total of 2,431 workers. Some businesses include CG Accounting Group with their financial planning, Smart Graphics with design and marketing and Atlantic General Hospital with providing health care, all having one thing in common, assisting the community the best way possible.

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Windmill Creek Vineyard & Winery

The beautiful historic home at Windmill Creek is the heart and soul of the Mariner family’s legacy. Serving as both inspiration for the vineyard and as the winery’s tasting room, it’s filled with photos and artifacts from the six generations …

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Una Bella Salute

Born, raised and educated in Worcester County, Cassandra always dreamed of owning a business. After her children were grown and gone, she was volunteering and working part-time at a specialty store in Berlin when fate intervened. The shop’s proprietors were …

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Smart Graphics

After working from home as a graphic designer for 10+ years, Lisa took the plunge and became a commercial real estate owner when she purchased a three-story building in Downtown Pocomoke. With a VLT loan to purchase the $125,000 property …

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Seacrets Distillery

Walking into Seacrets Distillery is akin to entering a time capsule and re-emerging in a 1933-era speakeasy. Ocean City’s premier distillery recreates and celebrates the end of prohibition in a state-of-the-art production facility boasting a treasure trove of period antiques …

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Ruark Golf

Bringing family, friends and associates together for special occasions and celebrations at the East Coast’s premier golf properties is par for the course for Kim Ruark Mihaly. From the time she was a student at Salisbury University, this executive has …

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Roland E. Powell Convention Center

The Powell Convention Center has been a magnet for conventions, trade shows, sporting events and concerts since opening in 1997. The 214,000 sq. ft. facility offers bayfront meeting rooms, a 1,200-seat Performing Arts Center and year-round visitor information center.

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Plak That

Intrigued by the printed wood signs displayed near a boardwalk surf shop, Wyatt Harrison decided to try his hand creating blank planks he could customize with photos or art. Working from his parent’s garage, and thanks to a loyal customer …

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Paul M. Jones Lumber Company

Milling Maryland’s loblolly pines – prized for their strength and sustainability – one Worcester company has provided lumber for homes and business for 100+ years. Family-owned and operated since its founding in 1918 by Paul M. Jones, Sr. and subsequently …

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Ocean Downs Casino

When Ocean Downs Casino planned its 2018 expansion and added table games, it was a great opportunity to leverage a workforce training partnership with the Department of Labor through the Earn Maryland program. As the only casino offering table games …

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Martin Fish Co.

Founded by their grandfather John W. Martin in 1958, siblings John and Erika are the current generation to lead their family’s seafood business. Located in West Ocean City’s commercial harbor, where the fishing industry has been a mainstay of the …

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Kite Loft

Stocked from floor to ceiling with kites in a kaleidoscope of sizes, shapes and colors, the Kite Loft’s wind-powered toys inspire joy in kids of all ages and moved its owners to build a business and a life on Maryland’s …

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Heart of Gold Kids

Necessity is the mother of invention. After her son Oliver was born, Emily found that new moms like herself didn’t have access to unique baby clothing and gifts. With a degree in fashion marketing, she opened Heart of Gold Kids …

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Harrison Group

One of Worcester’s largest employers, the Harrison Group is an anchor tenant of the county’s hospitality industry. Matriarch Lois Harrison opened Ocean City’s flagship Harrison Hall overlooking the boardwalk in 1951. Her sons John and Hale soon followed in her …

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Hardwire

Enticed by the proximity of Assateague Island’s surf scene, inventor George Tunis chose Pocomoke City to locate his new business. Hardwire designs and manufactures high-tech protective armor trusted by the military, law enforcement, government, corporations and school systems. For the …

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Dolle’s Candyland

For four generations, the Dolle’s have owned and operated their eponymous Candyland serving handcrafted chocolates, saltwater taffy and caramel popcorn. Their grandfather Rudolph Dolle opened his flagship shop on OC’s famous boardwalk in 1910 and the rest – as they …

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Del Vecchio’s Bakery

Enticing aromas of fruit pies, savory pastries, and just-out-of-the-oven breads beckon customers into Del Vecchio’s Bakery. A professional pastry chef and former culinary school instructor, John channeled his passion for baking into a full-time venture. After considering locations throughout Delmarva, …

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Daily Brew Coffeehouse

Snow Hill native Lorissa McCallister treasured fond memories of visiting a Barnes & Noble cafe with her mom to indulge their love of reading and coffee. After graduating from Salisbury University with her degree in Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution, …

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Chesapeake Bay Farms

For 75 years, the Holland family has owned and operated a successful dairy farm on Maryland’s Coast. As trends in milk consumption shifted – and to sustain their operations for the next generation – the Hollands pivoted, turning their 200-acre …

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CG Accounting Group

When Phillip Cheung joined OC-based Gregory & Associates accounting in 2002, it wasn’t his love of the beach that drew him to this waterfront location – but his passion for the community. After becoming majority partner in 2012, he bought …

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Burley Oak Brewing Company

Bryan Brushmiller turned adversity into opportunity after losing his job during the 2008 recession. As craft beer movement dawned in cities and towns across America, he decided to transform his homebrewing hobby into a career and opened the first brewery …

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Bishop’s Stock

Since 2003, Worcester-County native Ann Coates has owned and operated one of the region’s most highly acclaimed art galleries. Bishop’s Stock – named for ancestor Henry Bishop who settled in Maryland in the 1640’s – has been an anchor tenant …

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Backshore Brewing/Hoop Tea

Sometimes you just have to know when to pivot. After opening OC’s only boardwalk-based brewery, Danny Robinson noticed his customers were seeking lighter alcohol drinks. Leveraging the equipment used to make Backshore’s beer, he and his brew master experimented with …

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Atlantic General Hospital

Running a comprehensive health system across 25 locations serving more than 63,000 patients annually has been Michael Franklin’s passion and purpose since 2005. Drawn to Maryland’s Coast by the opportunity to build Atlantic General’s physician network and care services, he …

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Aloft Ocean City

Greeted by striking modern architecture and a multi-colored porte-cochere, the Aloft Hotel is one of Ocean City’s growing class of boutique properties. With modern features and beautifully appointed common areas, the 120-room hotel overlooking Isle of Wight Bay pulses with …

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