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August 11, 2011
Where was the business community when the debt ceiling debate was going on? Why weren't they piling into Washington with grim faces and falling charts showing Congress what was likely to happen if America continued make a spectacle of itself, looking to all the world like Ozzy Osbourne and his family had taken over the Capitol? Why are corporate lobbyists' fingers only on the speed dial buttons when fighting for corporate welfare but not for the welfare of the nation? Don't they realize that their corporate welfare is dependent on the welfare of the nation, and the welfare of the nation is dependent on the middle class?
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NEWS
June 18, 2014
I believe that Jon Weinstein will provide the best leadership for Howard County Council District 1. First, Jon is fully committed to supporting the Howard County school system and the excellent police and fire departments. His commitment is clearly evidenced by the endorsements he received from the Howard County Education Association, the Howard County Police Officers Association and the Howard County Professional Fire Fighters. Additionally, Jon's background as a small business owner gives him firsthand knowledge of the issues faced by the business community.
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NEWS
January 10, 2013
I wholeheartedly agree with your editorial, "Another Fiscal Cliff?" (Jan. 4). As a businessman, I am outraged that certain Republican extremists in the House are prepared to trash our economy in order to gain their political objectives. We have a long and honorable tradition in the U.S., and that is to never negotiate with criminals and hostage takers. The president must continue that tradition. The business community will strongly support the president as he rejects blackmail attempts by tea partyers.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Baltimore's City Council is due to vote Monday on the "ban the box" ordinance - a measure that would prohibit prospective employers from inquiring about an applicant's criminal history until a conditional offer of employment is made. Its passage appears all but assured. The bill is designed to ensure that ex-offenders have a chance to be judged on the merit of their present skills rather than solely on the basis of their criminal past, and that is a goal we wholeheartedly support. We just hope it's not too late to make two modest changes that would, ultimately, serve the greater cause of increasing employment opportunities for those with criminal records.
NEWS
By Ellen Sauerbrey | March 27, 2013
When it comes to higher gas taxes, most Maryland businesses agree on one thing: They want a guarantee that the money designated for highway revenues will go to roads and bridges. But when the rubber met the road in the Maryland House of Delegates, some major business organizations gave away the key to the lockbox. The Maryland business community has been deeply divided on a gas tax increase. Paving contractors, concrete and asphalt companies, engineering firms and other businesses that depend on highway construction have been starving for lack of state transportation funds.
NEWS
By BARRY RASCOVAR | January 2, 1994
Will new leadership mean a more effective and purposeful business community in Maryland over the next 12 months? Given business' anemic track record in the past decade, that may be asking too much.L Three business combines have turned to new leaders recently.Former Baltimore County Executive Don Hutchinson jumped from the Maryland Business Council to the Greater Baltimore Committee, whose influence has declined alarmingly.Champe McCulloch, a veteran telephone-company lobbyist, took over at the business council, which is the lobbying arm of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | November 10, 1994
It's no secret the business community loves Robert R. Neall. They love the Anne Arundel county executive for his fiscal conservatism, privatization of government and pro-business attitude.So, it comes as no surprise that business leaders are rejoicing over the election of John G. Gary, whom many believe will continue Mr. Neall's policies."Everything Bobby wanted to do couldn't be accomplished in four years," said George C. Shenk Jr., president of Whitmore Printing in Annapolis. "This will give John Gary the opportunity to continue with that same game plan."
BUSINESS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1999
From electricity deregulation to Y2K, this year's General Assembly session produced surprisingly bountiful returns for Maryland's business community.Business leaders, who began the 90-day session worried about the political fallout from last year's elections, found far more to celebrate yesterday than to bemoan."
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2003
When Cathy Yost and Becky Mangus learned their employer was considering selling her local business to an out-of-town buyer last year, the two members of the Business Monthly management team faced a tough decision: They could either watch their newspaper be taken over, or they could buy the paper and run it themselves. Yost and Mangus decided on the latter, a move that could be viewed as a triumph for the local community, but it was also something of a leap of faith. They have taken over a company that relies solely on the business community's support at a time when, County Executive James N. Robey noted in his state of the county address recently, some small businesses are seeing "a slowdown unlike any seen in recent years."
NEWS
March 23, 2014
A proposal in the Baltimore City Council to prohibit employers from asking about the criminal history of prospective employees until late in the hiring process has produced a strong backlash from the business community, and in particular the Greater Baltimore Committee. The GBC had been quietly lobbying against the measure for some time, but it has become much more vocal since the measure passed a preliminary vote unanimously, and now a final vote that had been scheduled for Monday appears likely to be postponed.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Supporters of a proposed law to help more ex-convicts land jobs in Baltimore scored a victory Monday when they fended off efforts by the business community to block the measure indefinitely. The protracted debate over the so-called "Ban the Box" legislation - which would remove the box ex-offenders must check on job applications - underscores a sharp divide among city leaders over how to help those with criminal records become gainfully employed. The business community had sought to replace the requirement with voluntary measures, including a pledge to hire a certain number of ex-offenders each year, said Councilman Nick J. Mosby, the lead sponsor of the legislation.
NEWS
By Thomas V. Mike Miller and Michael E. Busch | March 24, 2014
Earlier this General Assembly session, we joined together to announce a transformational economic development commission, a part of a joint economic development agenda that builds on the strategic investments Gov. Martin O'Malley and the legislature have made over the past seven years. While many other states made drastic cuts during the economic recession, Governor O'Malley made the right decision to prioritize investments in our future workforce. Together, we increased funding for K-12 education throughout the recession; we froze and limited tuition growth over the past 6 years, leading to one of the smallest increases in tuition rates in the U.S.; and we targeted investments to burgeoning sectors of the economy, including biotechnology, research and development and nanotechnology in the form of tax credits and investment funds.
NEWS
March 23, 2014
A proposal in the Baltimore City Council to prohibit employers from asking about the criminal history of prospective employees until late in the hiring process has produced a strong backlash from the business community, and in particular the Greater Baltimore Committee. The GBC had been quietly lobbying against the measure for some time, but it has become much more vocal since the measure passed a preliminary vote unanimously, and now a final vote that had been scheduled for Monday appears likely to be postponed.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | February 17, 2014
By all accounts, including Blake Wollman's, the Mount Washington Village retail and restaurant district is doing well. Wollman, former president of the Mount Washington Village Merchants Association and longtime owner of the Desert Cafe, has watched as the nearby Ethel and Ramone's restaurant has spent $500,000 on renovations and is set to reopen soon as Ethel's Creole Kitchen. Wollman has watched as Mount Washington Tavern, which burned in a fire, was rebuilt and reclaimed its stake as an anchor of the Village.
NEWS
By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | November 26, 2013
Since taking on the post of Anne Arundel County Executive early this year, Laura Neuman hasn't had much time to spend in her old stomping grounds of Howard County. But the former president and CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, who was appointed Anne Arundel County Executive in late February, made time to stop by the Savage Mill Friday, Nov. 22, to endorse Republican state Sen. Allan Kittleman in his bid for Howard County executive. "Allan is willing to make the tough decisions," Neuman told the group of more than 100 people gathered in the basement of Ram's Head Tavern for the event, sponsored by Merritt Properties.
FEATURES
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2013
Alice Ann Finnerty, 75, was born in Baltimore, grew up in Baltimore, was married in Baltimore, raised six children in Baltimore and ran two businesses in Baltimore. In September, she was honored with the 2013 Spirited Woman of Baltimore Award, recognizing her philanthropic and professional accomplishments. "I was very humbled by it," said Finnerty, whose Turnover Shop consignment store in Hampden recently marked 35 years since she founded it. Finnerty also founded and ran the Finnerteas Tea Room in Hampden from 2003 until severe storm damage forced its closing in 2007.
NEWS
By Diane Mikulis and Diane Mikulis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 25, 2001
When S. Irving Strayer founded Strayer's Business College of Baltimore City in 1892, the pace of technological change meant that the old apprentice systems could no longer handle the demands for a trained work force. Strayer's goal was to meet the needs of the business community by providing specialized training for aspiring secretaries, stenographers and accountants. Courses at the college included shorthand, typing, business-letter writing, penmanship, rapid calculations and other business-related subjects.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | October 10, 2013
This year marked the 21st time the Harford County Chamber of Commerce bestowed recognition by honoring five operations as recipients of the Harford Award. Established to recognize mostly businesses, but also other organizations, for their contributions to economic and civic life in Harford County, the Harford Awards end up serving as a kind of communal thanks. It's true that in business, the principal goal is to turn a profit, but how that goal is achieved is often as important as whether it is. Moreover, businesses and organizations that are successful over the long haul aren't continually successful because they focus solely on the bottom line.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 30, 2013
Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Director of Economic Development James Richardson and Harford County Government celebrated Business Appreciation Week Sept 16 to 20. Each day of the week, the county executive, county council members, municipal leaders and representatives of the Office of Economic Development toured businesses throughout the county to recognize them for their hard work and success. Craig reached out to area businesses to say "thank you" for their work.
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