Top 50x2: Engage USA and Farm & Home Service

In this year’s special edition of Frederick Top 50x2, we are recognizing Frederick County’s most resilient businesses that have been serving our community for 20 years or more.  Each week we will be highlighting businesses and organizations that were selected for the publication.  These are the companies that prove that Frederick County is a great place to do business. 

Engage USA
880 N. East St. | Frederick
Established: 2000

Founders: Dennis Hoffman and Kathleen Clem

Engage USA offers a suite of services including donation processing, database marketing, donor relations and analytics to national nonprofit organizations that raise money through direct mail.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

One of the best benefits of working at Engage is working in Frederick. One of the best places on earth. Frederick has the amenities of a city and the charm of a small town. Recreation, history, the arts, and fine dining are all right here.

Farm & Home Service, Inc.
630 Sounder Road | Brunswick
Established: 1926

Founders: Local farmers John N Souder, Charles J Arnold, Edward C Fawley, McDuell Staley, Lee F Titus, and Ira J Young, of Frederick County, MD and William E Frazier of Loudoun County, VA.

A family owned and operated retail farm supply business, Farm and Home Service consists of five locations in the Mid-Maryland area of which the Brunswick location is one.  The Brunswick store was established in December, 1925, primarily as a grain and coal retail supplier and feed mill.  Currently the store focuses on livestock and pet feeds and supplies, plus lawn and garden supplies and is a well-stocked source of fencing supplies.  Knowledgeable, helpful employees round out the offering at Brunswick Farm and Home Service.

What advice would you give a young company?

Take care of your customers. Learn your business as completely as you can, and see things from the customer's point of view.  Make sure you actively listen and send customers out with the right product.

Frederick County is very fortunate to have an amazing business community, especially those that have been in business for over 20 years.  We understand that there are more than 100 legacy businesses in Frederick County, but unfortunately, we were not able to include all these businesses in the Top 50x2.  The businesses included were selected from responses submitted to a business survey.  OED staff verified the responses and then selected the businesses on a first come first serve basis.  If your business would like to be included in future opportunities, please email

Some photographs included in the publication were taken pre-COVID.  OED encourages everyone to follow precautionary guidelines set forth by the Frederick County Health Department.