(Jan. 3, 2014) Area employees who like their jobs, who really like their jobs, are invited to nominate their employers for the “Best Places to Work” campaign of the Worcester County Economic Development office.

They may submit their nominations via Facebook, Twitter or the Economic Development Web site, www.chooseworcester.org. A panel of judges will review the submissions and finalists will be recognized for their contributions to the Worcester County economy. Businesses selected will be featured in a “Best Places to Work” video that will be shared on social media outlets, including the Economic Development office’s YouTube channel.

The initiative is being held to publicize good, local career options.

“It is important that our citizens and our young adults who are graduating from school understand that there are exciting, family supporting career opportunities right here in our county,” Worcester County Economic Development Director Bill Badger said. “There are a number of outstanding employers providing valuable, year-round employment opportunities in top industries, including technology, tourism, manufacturing and agriculture that should be recognized for their contributions.”

To qualify, each business should provide full-time, year-round, family-supporting jobs in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines, tourism, agriculture or other areas that offer career tracks for young adults. Nominations close Jan. 17, 2014. Winners will be announced Jan. 31.

A few nominations have already been submitted, said Economic Development Deputy Director Merry Mears. “We’re super excited,” Mears said of the project.

An additional goal of the “Best Places to Work’ campaign is to promote the Economic Development office’s social media sites, Mears said. She and Badger invite the public to visit them on social media at the following addresses.



Twitter: www.twitter.com/BizAtBeach





The Best Places to Work initiative is sponsored by the Video Lottery Terminal (VOLT) fund, a Maryland program that provides low-interest business loans to small, minority, and women-owned businesses. Worcester County has partnered with the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, a designated fund manager, to place more than $500,000 in annual business loans in Worcester County to create new jobs and support business expansion.

Interest in the loans has been very good, Mears said. At least four loans have been approved so far for Worcester County businesses.

For more information, contact Mears at 410-632-3112

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