Top Economic Development News
February is Black History Month, and in Frederick County we value our increasingly diverse community. Black businessmen and women have long contributed to the economic vitality of Frederick County. We’re highlighting several of our influential Black business leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in the Frederick County community each week during the month – learn more about Priscilla Myles, David Brooks, Bruce Redding, and Michelle Nusum Smith by following our blog.

February is also the month when love is in the air and we love all our businesses but we’d like to congratulate some of our businesses recently in the spotlight: Avemco celebrates their 60th anniversary, The Original Popcorn House was recently spotlighted by OnlyInYourState, Blue Dreams USA pivots to meet new needs, Modavar Pharmaceuticals opened their brand new 22,000 square foot manufacturing facility, and Los Amigos expands into Frederick County and opens in Thurmont. We also want to congratulate all our Best of Frederick winners. 

You can share your love by supporting our local businesses through Downtown Frederick’s Local Love Letters promotion. Let our small businesses know how much you love them. Write a thoughtful note to a Downtown Frederick business (or two) that you love and drop them in one of our special mailboxes, or online at And mark your calendar for Frederick County’s Restaurant Week – March 1-7.

Workforce Services has launched a new online learning platform available to all Frederick County Residents. With over 5,000 courses and more than 100 industry certifications available, course topics range from Management and Leadership to IT, Finance, Digital Literacy, Customer Service, and more.
And finally, begin thinking about who you would nominate as your favorite Young Professional for our next Top 50 Under 40! This is an annual publication that really showcases the businesses and people who make Frederick County's business community so exceptional! More details will be shared in the near future!

Helen Propheter, Executive Director of Economic and Workforce Development
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Bruce Redding

When Bruce Redding was working towards his undergraduate degree in engineering technology at Temple University, his Professor, Mr. Greene, said, “You can be the guy working in the lab on the project, or you can be the guy creating the project and commercializing the business.”

New Online Learning Platform Available for County Residents at No Cost
Frederick County Workforce Services, the local leader in workforce development initiatives, has launched “SkillUp Frederick County.” 

David Brooks

David Brooks, MA, LCADC, (also known as “The Cadillac Counselor”) was inspired to start Brooks Behavioral Health Services after working with judges, public defenders, and inmates in the Frederick County Drug and Veteran Treatment Court.

Best of Frederick Winners

The Best of Frederick Winners have been announced! Did your favorite businesses make the list for 2021?

Priscilla Myles
For Priscilla Myles, the founder of Myles Per Grace Home Care Providers, caregiving has always been a part of her life.

Avemco Insurance Celebrates 60th Anniversary
We were thrilled to help Avemco Insurance Company celebrate their 60th Anniversary in business this week. Congratulations on six decades in Frederick County!

Los Amigos in Thurmont Opens
Los Amigos, a Mexican restaurant known for their margaritas and fajitas, has expanded. With one restaurant located in Hagerstown, they opened their second location in Thurmont.

Frederick Named Top Remote-Ready City
The City of Frederick was recently named a Top Remote-Ready City. With lightning-fast high-speed internet and a diverse community, Frederick, MD, stands out as a remote work hotspot.

Modavar Pharmaceuticals Opens
Modavar Pharmaceuticals (Modavar) recently opened a brand new, state-of-the-art, 22,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Frederick, Maryland, adding a prestigious new life science company to the blossoming Frederick biotech hub. 

From Blue Dreams to Fashion Dreams
When the pandemic forced their store to temporarily close, Imelda Roberts and Jeff Snively made the decision to pivot their business and get creative with an online shop. 

Frederick Restaurant Week
Frederick Restaurant Week features unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick and the surrounding area. From March 1-7, participating restaurants throughout the county will be serving up unique multi-course meals at appetizing prices.