20170831 CBG Richard LaMotte -0581                                                                                                    Photo courtesy of Steve Atkinson

Richard LaMotte told the story of his three generation family business which for a large part of it’s operation has been successfully located in Chestertown.  This firm supplies water testing equipment all over the world and who would guess it is located right off Route 213.  If you didn’t know, you would never suspect it.  Richard brought one of the original water test kits Admiral Byrd took on his Polar expedition and also one of the newest state of the art water testing digital devices they manufacture right across the highway from the Holiday Inn Express.

LaMotte has work for people who can count, or assemble, so long as they have a good record of showing up and being able to pass a drug test.  It seems crazy, but these issues pose a large problem nationally, as well as locally for potential employers.  If you know a good person, please help LaMotte fill up the office with helpful people who want a good job.

The LaMotte case proves that this county can do a good job hosting a successful business and having good jobs for reliable people.  What makes it so difficult for others may be the permitting roadblocks we often hear about, but once a business is here, it apparently can survive and thrive.

We all appreciated the enthusiasm shown by Mr. LaMotte for our early riser audience.  THANK YOU, Richard.


20170824 CBG Chester River Wellness Alliance -0548

Chestertown could become a destination for people seeking alternative medicine and wellness therapies.  The concept of these various providers, who already find Chestertown and Kent County a welcoming place for their alternative medical approaches, is seeking to unify this diverse group into a cooperating membership in a single non-profit organization.  With the opening up of what medicine and healing is to a wider range of therapies than just Western standard medicine over the past several decades there are lost of independent, but often struggling practitioners who might benefit from a stronger and unified voice in their communities, as well as hosting a centrally located facility for providing treatments to their many potential patients.

The relatively small needs of finance required to get this process into full gear appear rather nominal compared to the costs of doing many other things medically.  Citizens of the region and practitioners of all sorts should view this organization and its goals in a very positive light and be encouraged to participate.  The concept is a big idea, way larger than just a local organization.  It could be the essence of a multi-state or even national association of alternative practitioners.  That’s the kind of thinking which may one day help to bring needed focus on the community allowing it to be a good spot to live, bring up families, to work in, or to retire to.

Supporting this effort seems a worthy cause.  Here’s a link to where you might give them your help: http://www.chesterriverwellnessalliance.org/


Mike O’Connor of Conchobar Consulting 8-17-2017

On August 17, 2017, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

Mike gave us a short story on the three “R’s” of market a small business in today’s modern environment.  He didn’t get away from us until he had responded to our many questions.  It took plenty of his time and quite a bit of information was exchanged in a lively atmosphere where it seemed everyone was learning about how marketing has evolved.

Younger people want to engage, to learn, and to interact with information in a far more immediate way than the older members of society have become accustomed to.  It is a product of the easy transparency and exchange of every detail of living and information.  What seems like shockingly fast and overly familiar information constitutes the newest forms of advertising and presence for people who offer services or items for sale.  Even for most of us who will never advertise with Facebook or Twitter, we should have the essential knowledge of why these methods of marketing have become so important and popular.

If you don’t make an effort to keep up with the current and the tides, you will be swept away by the rate of rapid change all around us.  CBG is helping many of us keep up with some of this flow and it feels good to make the effort. 




Jim Landskroener is the President of the Board of Directors of the historic Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown.  He has been a life long resident of the area and so he knows lots of good stories and facts concerning the many faces this venue has had over the past 6 or 7 decades.  Like all things which are succeeding in our current economic and social environment, there are both good and bad situations that crop up on a daily basis.  The calendar is full of events, the advertising budget is way too small, the conflicts of calendar dates with competing venues creates large concerns, the weather, the rentals, the facility infrastructure, and you can keep on going.  Needless to say, there are many details and complexities that make his job interesting and sometimes daunting.  The never ending quest for donations, support, grants, volunteers, creative ideas and talent all compete for space and time.  It must be a good balancing act and we got a fine understanding of how it has evolved and matured from the times of WWII to the present day.

Chestertown envisions itself more and more a destination for tourism and art oriented events.  The Garfield is a perfect fit for such a little city.  The growing Arts District fits well with performances and city wide events and coordination with an indoor venue such as The Garfield compliments these planned projects well.

What is still needed is getting the word out on scheduled shows and other events to the general public.  Yes, these dates are publicized and listed, but way too many folks who’d participate don’t find out as easily as they should.

Below link to the calendar of events: 


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