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Small banks decry crush, cost of Dodd-Frank regulations

Small banks decry crush, cost of Dodd-Frank regulations

Formally known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank is a complex, far-reaching set of banking regulations — the most sweeping financial reforms since the Great Depression. Passed by Congress in July 2010 and named after its two main sponsors, former Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and former Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the law was aimed at preventing another recession like the one that battered consumers during the 2000s. But four years after being enacted and with the economy still on the rebound, many small, community banks say they are being unfairly hampered by the reforms.

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Ocean City businesses face unique challenges

Ocean City businesses face unique challenges

Overall, Ocean City draws about 8 million visitors annually, with 4.2 million of those staying between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association. She said the school calendar presents a challenge for her members because when many colleges resume classes — often before Labor Day — hotels and restaurants lose their employees before the season has ended.

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