Business Appreciation Week 2019

Business Appreciation Week 2019 Site VisitsLogo_BAW_2019_1

Calvert County celebrated Business Appreciation Week with recognition for local businesses celebrating significant milestones in 2019. On Tuesday, May 7, five ambassador teams traveled to 15 businesses to meet the owners and learn about their successes and concerns.

Batching Systems

Batching-Systems-Van-Hollen-BAW50 Jibsail Dr., Prince Frederick

Batching Systems, Inc. (BSI) is a privately owned company based in Prince Frederick and has been operating since 1989. The company was founded by Don Wooldridge and is now owned and managed by his son, David Wooldridge.

BSI has helped to revolutionize the automated packaging and filling industry with its patented state-of-the-art technology.

They provide batching, scanning and filling solutions by count, weight or volume for a variety of products from tablets and pills to toys, hardware, sporting goods, crafts, plastics, agricultural products, medical devices, food, candy, confectionery, rolls and bagels. Their systems are highly engineered and rugged, offering reliable and precise count accuracy while providing maximum operational flexibility.

In photo, from left: Engineer Rick Debolt, Commissioner Mike Hart, Vice President and General Manager John Staruch and President and CEO David Wooldridge. 

Black Belt Academy

Black-Belt-Certificate-BAW285 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick

Master Shim’s Black Belt Academy was founded in 1998 by Grand Master Kyu Jin Shim who served as a Korean Army martial arts expert before coming to the United States.

When Master Shim opened the first Black Belt Academy in Lexington Park he put into effect a modern approach to training with an emphasis on the values of traditional martial arts. This formula created the most successful Do Jang in the area.

The Black Belt Academy of Prince Frederick opened in April 2004 and Master Kyle Webber, one of the first students at Master Shim’s Black Belt Academy, took over as owner of the Calvert County location in December 2005. He has continued to expand the school following the model of his teacher.

Today, Black Belt Academy of Prince Frederick has one of the largest student bodies in Southern Maryland. They offer many children’s and educational programs including kickboxing (Muay Thai) and women’s self-defense courses.

In photo, from left: Commissioner Mike Hart and Owner Kyle Webber

Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast

Blue-Heron-BnB-BAW14614 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons

The Simpson family has been in the hotel business for three generations managing a variety of properties. The Blue Heron Inn was originally built in 1996 and was the Simpson family home until 2002. The house was then converted to a bed and breakfast. Regan Simpson, has been the innkeeper since February 2012. Her favorite part of the job is having guests come and enjoy the lovely house and Solomons community.

The Blue Heron offers two lovely balcony suites and two dormer rooms, all with beautiful water views of Solomons. Each is beautifully decorated with a private bath.

In photo, from left: Commissioner Steve Weems, Innkeeper Regan Simpson, Lauren Simpson and Calvert County Department of Planning and Zoning Deputy Director Mary Beth Cook

Bunky's Charter Boats

Bunkys-BAW14448 Solomons Island Rd. South, Solomons

Bunky's Charter Boats is a family-owned and operated business. Bunky's tackle shop and charter boat fishing operation has the distinction of being the longest continuously operated charter boat business in Solomons.

The building and property, once owned by the Woodburn family, has been taking people fishing since around 1930. Bunky and Kathy Conner took over the marina and business in July 1989 and they continue to carry on many of Solomons’ oldest traditions.

Captain Bunky gained his experience in the fishing business by working as a mate for different charter boat captains. As a kid he spent summers in Solomons fishing and working with his uncle Bill Adams. In 1992, Bunky and Kathy bought the charter boat Marchelle, which runs as the head boat and as a private fishing charter boat. The Red Osprey was purchased in 1999 for private charters, completing Bunky's Charter Boats current fleet. Today, the marina is home to the only working oyster house left in Calvert County.

In photo, from left: Commissioner Steve Weems, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Agriculture Development Specialist Kelly Swann, owners Brian Van Devander and Kathy Conner and Assistant Operating Manager Emily Blasy

Calvert Hospice

Calvert-Hospice-BAW238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick

It is the goal of Calvert Hospice to enrich the quality of the lives they touch with expert and compassionate care. They also aim to address each patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and help family caregivers.

Calvert Hospice concentrates on managing a patient’s pain and other symptoms so they may live as comfortably as possible and make the most of the time that remains. Hospice is dedicated to being an innovative, proactive and vital partner in our healthcare community. They envision a future in which our compassionate expertise for complex illnesses and end-of-life care is not only an option, but the natural choice.

In January 2010, the six-bed Burnett Calvert Hospice House opened for residents in hospice care who require more skilled care than those at home can provide. Calvert Hospice is also a national partner of “We Honor Veterans,” an organization developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In photo, back row from left: Shoppe for Hospice Manager Susan Myrick and Board Member Teresa Schrodel. Front row from left: Founder Margaret Phipps, Executive Director Jean Fleming, Director of Development Claire Piason, Communications and Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Peterson and Board Member Ray Noble .


Calvert-Health-BAW100 Hospital Rd., Prince Frederick

The original Calvert Hospital began in a two-story frame building in 1919. Over time, as the county grew, so did the hospital – upgrading technology, improving facilities and expanding services. From these humble beginnings, it has transformed into a top regional healthcare provider, widely respected as a leader of innovative medicine among community hospitals.

Today, the health system includes the medical center in Prince Frederick along with an employed physician network, a diagnostic imaging center, urgent care facilities throughout the county and more. It is the largest private employer in Calvert County.

A new 43,575-square-foot, three-story addition to CalvertHealth Medical Center will consist of two, all-private, 20-bed units on the upper levels for medical surgical patients as well as areas for medical and support staff. The expansion will connect to the existing hospital, which will also be updated.

In photo, from left: Secretary Kelly Schulz and President and CEO Dean Teague

Diane Herbert Dance Studio

Diane-Herbert-BAW2400 Solomons Island Rd. South, Prince Frederick

At Diane Herbert Dance Studio (DHDS), students enter the world of one of Calvert County’s most respected, accomplished and sought-after studios with over 50 years of dance experience. Diane Herbert’s life has been enthusiastically dedicated to dance. DHDS instructors take classes throughout the year from many world-renowned educators.

DHDS has performed at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney parks since 1994. Disney World scouts were so impressed with these performances, the group was invited to perform at Disney’s 25th Anniversary Gala, Disney’s 100 Years of Magic Celebration and Disney’s Millennium Celebration.

DHDS students have also been chosen to perform on numerous cruise ships since 1994, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and the Big Red Boat. DHDS encourages the whole family to join and many families have been a part of these performances.

In photo, from left: Maryland Department of Commerce Director of Regional  Growth and Retention Specialist Bill Sorenson, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Business Retention Assistant Ashley Greely, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Business Retention Specialist Kathy MacAdams, Owner Diane Herbert, Instructor Alana Vanhorn, Office of the Governor Intergovernmental Affairs Representative for Southern Maryland Gretchen Hardman, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce President Bob Carpenter 

Garrett Music Academy

Garrett-Music-BAW2021 Chaneyville Rd., Owings

Garrett Music Academy is a premier music school teaching all instruments, including voice. Their philosophy centers on developing physical ability as well as musical knowledge and they pride themselves on putting students first by tailoring private lessons to individual student’s abilities and goals.

Owner Krista Garrett and the other teaching staff hold very accomplished resumes and are well equipped to provide lessons on many different levels.

The music store at Garrett Music Academy offers instruments to purchase or rent, books, accessories and much more. It is the perfect place to pick up everything needed for beginners to advanced musicians.

Garrett Music Academy also offers a recording studio, a place for birthday parties, summer camps for kids and virtual lessons for musicians with a packed schedule.

In photo, from left: Owner Krista Garrett and Calvert County Deputy County Administrator Wilson Parran 


Goldenwolf-BAW4250 Hunting Creek Rd., Huntingtown

GoldenWolf is a facilities management provider started in 2014 as a service-disabled, woman-owned company founded by two decorated veterans with decades of service experience. Their efficient team consists of members who are experts in their field who enjoy solving challenging puzzles.

They provide services in facility engineering, BUILDER SMS, data mining and analytics, construction management, optimization, customized software development, project management, large portfolio management and quality assurance.

GoldenWolf uses the industry’s best technology to provide easy, comprehensive management so their clients can focus on their business while maximizing on-site efficiencies.

In photo, from left: Chief of Finance Jennifer Harris, Office Assistant Christy Bredahl, Director of Sustainability Trent Wolfersberger, Maryland Department of Commerce Senior Business Development Field Representative for Southern Maryland Steve Wall, Maryland Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Tom Riford, Commissioner Tim Hutchins, Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz, President Sabrina Golden Wolfersberger, Chief Executive Officer Ryan Bredahl, Calvert County Administrator Terry Shannon, Maryland Department of Commerce Finance Specialist Bruce Alderman, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Director Kelly Robertson-Slagle

Marrick Homes

Marrick-BAW1535 Marlin Ln., Huntingtown

Marrick Homes, a locally owned business, provides homeowners with a superior quality product at an excellent value, along with exemplary service and total commitment to customer satisfaction

Since 1984, they have grown to be one of Southern Maryland’s premier homebuilders and are proud of the homes and communities they have built in Southern Maryland. Over the years their goal has remained unchanged: to have every one of their homeowners feel the same level of pride in their homes and communities as they do. Marrick homes are designed, customized and constructed to meet the homeowners wants and needs, as well as live up to Marrick’s exacting standards. They believe that when it comes to the homeowner’s dream, there’s no such thing as a minor detail.

In photo, from left: Comptroller Dale Bragunier,  Founder Marvin Oursler, Vice President Jay Webster, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Business Retention Assistant Ashley Greely, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Business Retention Specialist Kathy MacAdams 


Patriot-BAW3140 W. Ward Rd., Suite 203, Dunkirk

PATRIOT is a privately held full-service facilities and infrastructure solutions provider with nationwide and international operations. Founded in 2009 by military veterans, the company started as a small disadvantaged business and service-disabled veteran-owned construction company known as Patriot Construction, LLC. PATRIOT’s crowning achievement was being ranked the #1 contractor globally by GOVWin IQ (Deltek) in architecture, engineering and construction services. From these humble beginnings, the company’s success fueled its growth into other markets.

PATRIOT delivers complete end-to-end lifecycle services including planning, architecture, design engineering, construction and operations and maintenance. Today the PATRIOT brand has grown from its two founders to one of the largest companies in the mid-Atlantic, generating over $250 million in revenue.

In photo, from left: Maryland Department of Commerce Senior Business Development Field Representative for Southern Maryland Steve Wall, Maryland Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary  Tom Riford, Maryland Department of Commerce Finance Specialist Bruce Alderman, Calvert County Department of Economic Development Director Kelly Robertson-Slagle, Commissioner Tim Hutchins, Director of Public Relations Trixi Spiers, owners John Gilmore and Matt Timbario, Secretary Kelly Schulz, Director of Commercial Construction Jim Wilson, Calvert County Administrator Terry Shannon

Rausch Funeral Home

Rausch-Funeral-Home-BAWf20 American Ln., Lusby

Family-owned and operated by Barbara Rausch and Bill Gross, Rausch Funeral Home has three full-service funeral home locations in Owings, Port Republic and Lusby. Having these facilities allows Rausch Funeral Home to provide comfort to families in a facility convenient to their home.

Rausch Funeral Home staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide prompt and caring service to those in need. They also have experienced staff available to assist with the finest and most affordable funeral and cremation services and pre-planning arrangements in the region.

In photo, from left: Funeral Director Kevin Gardiner, Funeral Director Michael Demarest holding son Owen, Funeral Director Steve Smith, Commissioner Mike Hart, Owner/Funeral Director Bobbi Rausch, Office Manager Judy Gross, Administrative Assistant Sheila Cullins and Matt Wilson. Front Row, kneeling: Funeral Director Rebecca Gross holding daughter Elle, and Owner Bill Gross.

Solomons Nursing Center

Solomons-Nursing-Center-BAW13325 Dowell Rd., Solomons

Located in the beautiful waterfront neighborhood of Solomons, Solomons Nursing Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, rehabilitation, attention and love to all residents. They focus on helping each resident reach their potential.

They deliver fullness of life to each resident and comforting peace of mind to family members. Staff and other residents quickly befriend new residents, becoming an extended family. They believe when they empower and nurture each employee providing support for residents, their clients receive the best experience possible.

Solomons Nursing Center recently added a 12-room private rehabilitation area, “The Lodge,” which is available to serve patient needs for physical, occupational and speech therapy. The rooms all contain their own bathroom, flat screen television and refrigerator. The common area is furnished with its own separate dining and living room with fireplace for guests’ convenience and comfort.

In photo, from left: Calvert County Department of Planning and Zoning Deputy Director Mary Beth Cook, Assisted Living at the Hermitage Director Connie Himmelberger, Administrator Sharon Walsh and Commissioner Steve Weems

Sport Clips

SportClips-BAW10306 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk

The Sport Clips experience has redefined men’s haircuts. Sport Clips Haircuts of Dunkirk is like no other place you have ever gotten your hair cut with guy-smart stylists who know how to give men and boys the haircut they want. Sport Clips likes to say, “This is not your father’s barbershop!”

Jeff Burroughs, owner of Sport Clips of Dunkirk, also owns 20 other locations including the Prince Frederick store, which is ranked second in Maryland for sales.

Sport Clips Haircuts of Dunkirk believes in putting values in action. To support and honor our nation’s heroes, they annually raise funds for the VFW’s Sport Clips “Help a Hero” Scholarship program and they serve as the primary sponsor of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, which provides flights of a lifetime to WWII and Korean War veterans. They also support the American Red Cross in their efforts to collect life-saving blood and platelet donations.

In photo, from left: Owners Robyn Hanson and Jeff Burroughs and Calvert County Deputy County Administrator Wilson Parran.

Westlawn Inn

Westlawn-Inn-BAW9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach

The Westlawn Inn is a family-owned and operated restaurant, bar and live music venue located just one block from the Chesapeake Bay in North Beach. Opened in 2004 in a renovated Arts and Crafts style building that had been a guesthouse for nearly a century, Westlawn has the look and feel of an old-time inn—where the outside world stops and dining becomes an experience to cherish.

Whether you live around the block or are exploring the Chesapeake’s beautiful Western Shore for the first time, the Westlawn Inn proprietors, Lee and Jan Travers, will welcome you to spend an evening enjoying the cocktails, amazing menu and marvelous music in an inviting interior.

The inspiration to open a restaurant came from Lee’s youth and his family business, Popey’s Tavern in District Heights, Maryland. After careers in rock and roll and custom home building, he decided to get back into the hospitality industry. “When we bought this building, I immediately saw the possibilities,” Lee recalls. “With its history and design, the building called for an upscale dining experience. We’ve created an atmosphere that when you walk in the door, it kind of pulls you in the place.”

In photo, from left: Calvert County Department of Planning and Zoning Deputy Director Britany Waddell, Small Business Development Center Business consultant David Jenkins, owners Jan Travers and Lee Travers and Calvert County Deputy County Administrator Wilson Parran