Business briefs

October 10, 2012

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC
Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC was named as a national leader in INSIDE Public Accounting’s third annual ranking of the nation’s largest accounting firms, the IPA 200.

INSIDE Public Accounting magazine is a news source for the tax and accounting community. The IPA 200 is one of the most comprehensive lists of its kind, and is the most current snapshot of the financial and operational health of accounting firms. The IPA 200 firms represent a large portion of the second-tier firms that have a regional presence.

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. moved up in the rankings from 165 in 2011 to 163 in 2012.
Chad Grills, a native of Boonsboro, and Dustin Chambers, Ph.D., of Salisbury, Md., recently created a Web app to calculate economic damages for attorneys.

Grills just finished a six-year commitment with the military, spending three years away or deployed. Chambers is an economist and has done such calculations for civil court cases.


The Web app, allows noneconomists to obtain damage estimates in wrongful death, personal injury, unlawful termination and disability cases.

Formal damage estimates are rarely calculated in these cases because the litigation costs are too high relative to their potential payout. By significantly reducing these costs, all victims, regardless of the size of their cases, have a chance at fairer compensation.

Additionally, the Web software makes smaller cases more attractive to attorneys by slashing pretrial litigation costs and accelerating settlement, thereby expanding access to legal representation.

The Web app is linked to databases to provide live and up-to-date economic damage calculations. The calculations are actuarially accurate, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational employment statistics; BLS employee cost of compensation; and Xignite, a financial market data information cloud.

For more information, go to; call 1-855-FYIMETRIC; or send an email to or

Shenandoah Valley Medical System Inc.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — In just one week, Shenandoah Valley Medical System Inc. staff donated $161 and nearly 200 pounds of nonperishable food items. 

The effort was in support of the recent Young Professionals of the Eastern Panhandle’s Mega Food Drive that coincided with the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle’s Day of Caring.

The collection was planned by Shenandoah Valley Medical System’s Employee Assistance Team, and more than 75 staff participated. 

The team’s goal is to plan activities that encourage staff to support SVMS and communitywide initiatives.

One activity for the Mega Food Drive was a “jeans day,” on which staff donated a nominal amount to wear blue jeans during the workday.

Other organizations that Shenandoah Valley Medical System staff has supported in the past year include the Rescue Mission, CASA, WIC Breastfeeding Awareness, the March of Dimes and the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library.

BOONSBORO — On Oct. 7, one of ThompsonGas’ Pink Bobtail trucks was in the parade lap prior to NASCAR’s Talladega Race.

The pink trucks help raise awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection and encourage people to obtain their annual mammograms. As part of ThompsonGas’ partnership with the American Breast Cancer Foundation’s Fuel for Hope program, ThompsonGas donates one cent for every gallon of propane the pink trucks deliver to their customers.

To date, ThompsonGas has given more than $10,000 to the breast cancer foundation. The pink trucks are available for community events and propane deliveries.

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