Pledge to Hire Veterans in 2014

by Lauren Banner-Russo 26. November 2013

Operation Pledge to Vets

The word “veteran” has always been a focus in the hiring practices of businesses large and small. In 2014, there will be even more focus placed on hiring veterans. Over the years, 1st Mariner Bank has made an effort to employ several veterans and has experienced the value these individuals can add to a company. In 2014, 1st Mariner Bank is looking to increase the number of veterans hired because we know these individuals will be an asset to our company.

Over the past year, the Recruitment division of 1st Mariner Bank has been working diligently to improve its outreach process so that we can be more effective in reaching out to local veterans when we have job opportunities. On Thursday, November 21, 2013 we attended a conference at the Hilton BWI Airport called “Operation Pledge to Vets.” This event focused on how small- to medium-sized businesses can hire and retain veterans. There were many veteran resource representatives and local workforce centers present that were able to offer important information for Maryland companies looking to hire veterans.

In addition to the veteran and local workforce center representatives, there were two speakers, Leonard J. Howie III, Secretary of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and Anthony G. Brown, Lieutenant Governor. Both speakers discussed the importance of hiring veterans and how much value they can add to a company through their experience in the military.

There were many informational sessions provided for the businesses in attendance. These sessions included how to translate military skills into qualifications for job opportunities within the civilian workforce, how to use the Maryland Workforce Exchange website to recruit qualified veterans, and how to become a more “military-friendly” company. All of these sessions offered up a wealth of knowledge that the Recruitment division at 1st Mariner Bank will use.

Operation Pledge to Vets allowed companies to discuss current challenges they face when trying to bring on veterans, and veteran experts offered their advice on how to overcome these challenges. Attending the conference was an excellent way for the Recruitment division of 1st Mariner Bank to network with veteran experts and learn new and efficient ways to hire veterans. At the end of the conference, each employer made a pledge to hire and retain one veteran in 2014. But we hope we can exceed that number! If you are interested in reading more about the conference, visit the Operation Pledge to Vets website:

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4 Ways to Control Excessive Spending This Holiday Season

by Sara Seeger 25. November 2013

Holiday Gift

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another holiday, it’d be best to regard the advice from popular holiday carols and “make your list and check it twice” to avoid a “bah-humbug” state of mind. Holidays incite conflicting reactions for many people; positive experiences gathering with family and friends and post-holiday stress of credit card bills for those gifts for family and friends. It's important to plan your spending so that you can dream about a white Christmas instead of shoveling yourself out of debt.

1) Make a List and Check It Twice

Really think about and make a decision about whose names should be on your list. Is it necessary to purchase gifts for immediate family, extended family, second cousins, distant relatives, or your significant other’s extended family? Determine where to “draw the line” with gift buying and stick to your list. “Secret Santa” exchanges or “family gifts” are great alternatives to buying individual gifts for each person and can make gift-giving more manageable and less costly.

2) Set Spending Limits – Everyone Gets a Price Tag!

After you make your list, the next step is to check it against your discretionary spending budget. Take a look at your monthly income, debts, and overall budget and be realistic about what you can spend. As you think about what to buy, estimate the cost of each item and write it down so you have an approximation of the total cost to determine what you can afford. Remember to check your list twice as you shop to ensure you stick to your budget.

Shop Smart

3) Shop Smart – Compare Prices, Use Coupons, and Look for Those Sale Prices

It is wise to start holiday shopping early to give yourself enough time to find the best deals on the gifts you wish to purchase. Keep in mind Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales (see some of the leaked ads here), where you can save some serious money. Don’t be afraid to shop at warehouse stores when buying in bulk can save you money. Compare prices by using price comparison websites and tools, such as Google Shopping,, Nextag, and Amazon.

4) When all Else Fails… Get Creative & Give Back

It’s the thought that counts. So, don't underestimate the power of a homemade gift. If finances are tight or if you’re the creative type, a homemade gift is the way to go. Homemade gifts reflect the style and creativity of the gift giver and have more sentimental value than store-bought gifts. Websites like Pinterest have great ideas for creative and useful homemade gifts. Materials to make these gifts are fairly inexpensive, and can be purchased at any local craft store.

Don’t forget to consider the charity of choice for your recipient. Most charitable organizations provide donation options to suit any budget. This type of gift warms the heart of the giver and the receiver and knocks the Scrooge out of us all.

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1st Mariner Bank's Annual Thanksgiving Video - 2013

by Stacy Tharp 20. November 2013

At 1st Mariner, we certainly know banking, but how much do we know about Thanksgiving? We decided to find out. We went around and asked our employees some Thanksgiving trivia questions.

Will you be impressed with our Thanksgiving knowledge? Will you laugh at our expense? Will you learn some new Thanksgiving facts? We're betting yes, yes and yes. Plus you may or may not get to witness some of us gobbling like a turkey (spoiler alert: you will).

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for us to introduce 1st Mariner Bank's annual Thanksgiving video!


Want more entertainment? Check out our previous holiday videos:

Happy Thanksgiving from 1st Mariner Bank! (2012)

Happy Holidays from 1st Mariner Bank! (2012)

A Holiday Video Message from 1st Mariner Bank (2011)

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