Top 50x2: Spectra Auto Services and Spherion Staffing Group

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. 

Spectra Auto Services
324 North East Street |Frederick
Established: 1989

Founders: Kim and David Pheobus

Spectra Auto Services is a family owned and operated business located in beautiful downtown Frederick MD. For over 30 years, we have been proudly serving the Frederick area. Building life time relationships has always been our goal since 1989. The owner started working at a full service gas station in high school and wanted to apply that home town service when opening Spectra. Our highly trained and caring team can handle all your family vehicle's needs, oil changes, factory maintenance, tires, major repairs plus much more. All repairs come with a Nationwide Warranty.

What is your advice to a young company?

"Stay in your lane". Don't try to be something you are not. Be yourself and build relationships. The business will reflect your personality. People can easily spot a "phony."

Spherion Staffing Group
1195 North East Street | Frederick
Established: 1976

Founder: Donna Kaye Haines

Spherion Staffing is a full life cycle for recruitment servicing temporary, contract, temp to hire and direct hire placement level positions.  We are experts in matching people with job opportunities and "We Love What We Do".

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick County is a great place to do business because businesses treat each other like family.  There are a lot of legacy owners and there is never a time you can't reach out to another business for resources or advice and not get support or guidance from them.  Frederick also offers a lot of networking opportunities to promote and grow your business footprint.

Describe a significant event in your company’s history.

Proud to have bought a woman owned business and to be a part of the succession of continuing this as a woman owned business locally.

What is your advice to a young company?

I originally started this job through the work study program from Linganore High School and with hard work and commitment I bought into the franchise and became the owner.  Anyone looking to start a business needs to be patient and committed to the highs and lows of being an owner and to always be looking at how you can grow and sustain your business model.

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.