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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Staff Writer | June 17, 1993
The state's chamber of commerce is testing ways to keep businesses in Maryland through a fleet of ambassadors visiting Anne Arundel County companies this summer.When they visit clients in the county in June and July, some 68 representatives of C&P Telephone Co. of Maryland, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and First National Bank will ask a few extra questions to catch potential problems before they mushroom.The Maryland Business Council, parent company of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, expects that a grass-roots assistance network will help businesses expand and avert surprise plant closings or moves out of state, said Donald P. Hutchinson, the business council's president and former Baltimore county executive.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
When Lisa Harris Jones launched her law firm 14 years ago, she used the only money she saw as an option - her own. Harris Jones said she founded Harris Jones & Malone with $7,000 on the belief that "if I can't buy it flat out, then I don't need it. " It has grown into a lobbying firm that takes in millions of dollars a year. "There's nothing in this office that's on credit," said Harris Jones of the Charles Village firm. Harris Jones isn't alone in the way she funded her business; many female entrepreneurs never seek capital from others.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2004
Small to medium-size Maryland businesses got a new advocate yesterday with the launch of the Maryland Business Council, a statewide group that will push to make state and local agencies more responsive to their interests. The Maryland Business Council is the brainchild of Edwin F. Hale Sr., chairman and chief executive of Baltimore-based 1st Mariner Bank, who also serves as the new council's chairman. "We're going to be out there on the ground representing people doing business," Hale said yesterday.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
A key City Council leader says Baltimore should find another way to crack down on problem liquor outlets rather than force about 100 of the longtime neighborhood stores out of business through a zoning overhaul, as proposed by the administration. Council Vice President Edward Reisinger said a blanket policy is unfair to upstanding store owners and the city should instead use other tools to fine and if necessary shut down liquor stores and taverns that break the law. Reisinger, who is leading the council's review of a proposed new zoning code in Baltimore, said he sees the approach as a middle ground between affected store owners who worry the city's decision will cause them financial ruin and community activists who see the stores as magnets for crime.
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By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS and JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS,SUN REPORTER | February 18, 2006
The co-founder of a business advocacy group will step into Anne Arundel's top economic development job, filling the vacancy at a time of tremendous growth for the county. Aaron J. Greenfield, executive director of the Maryland Business Council and associate corporate counsel for First Mariner Bancorp, will take the helm of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. on March 1, county officials said yesterday. Greenfield will succeed Bill Badger, who accepted a job at M&T Bank Corp. after 11 years with the quasi-governmental agency.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | July 11, 2008
Attracted by the business potential of the growing interest in green technology, Howard County is starting a coalition of business leaders involved in the field to capitalize on the trend. Dubbed the "Green Business Council," the nine-member group represents a collaboration of Ken Ulman, Howard County executive, the county's Economic Development Authority, and the county's Office of Environmental Sustainability, according to an announcement by Ulman. "We know that green-collar jobs are growing nationwide, and one U.S. study predicts that the 8.5 million current jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries could grow to as many as 40 million by 2030," Ulman said.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Staff Writer | December 13, 1994
Responding to criticism that their efforts overlapped and their identities bred confusion, three prominent Maryland business-advocacy groups have agreed to merge their organizations into one and put its headquarters in Annapolis, officials said yesterday.The union involves the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Economic Growth Associates and the Maryland Business Council.The agencies, financed by private business donations, already had been closely affiliated, sharing a budget and some board members.
NEWS
August 15, 1994
"Maryland is 50th out of 60 U.S. markets with pro-business attitudes.""Maryland is America's #1 most litigious state in auto accident suits.""Maryland leads the nation in jobs lost."That's how a North Carolina business political action committee summed up our state's performance in recent years. It was the N.C. PAC's way of warning members what can happen if they don't move heaven and earth to ensure a pro-business climate among elected officials."Why did companies leave Maryland?" the solicitation letter asked.
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July 16, 2006
Casner is added to business council The Northeastern Maryland Technology Council has appointed John Casner as its executive director. Casner joins council President C. Warren Mullins, vice president for Strategic Planning and Business Development at the Battelle Eastern Technology Center, and the NMTC's board of directors in serving the needs of the NMTC's growing technology-based membership. Casner is a managing partner in the Marketing Advantage Group, a regional consulting resource for firms seeking to improve their strategic position.
BUSINESS
By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Staff Writer | December 22, 1993
A telephone company lobbyist with 18 years' experience working the nuts and bolts of the Maryland power structure will take over a key leadership job next month, with orders to help the state's troubled business community get its act together.Champe C. McCulloch, a Maryland native and assistant vice president for human resources at Bell Atlantic's Arlington, Va., headquarters, will become president of the Maryland Business Council on Jan. 5, the council announced yesterday."There is a sense of frustration within the business community over a splintering of focus, a sense that the business community cannot make its voice heard or is sometimes heard discordantly, and I think Champe McCulloch is uniquely qualified to help us work on that," said Benjamin R. Civiletti, the council's board chairman and head of the search committee that chose the new president.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has created an advisory council to help improve the city's minority and women-owned business enterprise program, the mayor's office announced Wednesday. The 25-member Mayor's Council on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises will be headed by Robert L. Wallace, author and CEO of Bithgroup Technologies. Maria Welch Martinez, CEO of Respira Medical, will serve as vice-chair. Other members include local businesspeople and representatives from the City Council and state legislature.
NEWS
February 21, 2011
The recent withdrawal of a plan to renovate Market House, the ailing city-owned market in downtown Annapolis, was an example of too many cooks spoiling the broth. It was a good plan that had too many critics. Gone to Market LLC, an enterprise whose principals have a track record renovating markets in Baltimore, Easton and New York, withdrew its plan for the City Dock market, citing lack of public support. A lease between Gone to Market and the city had been criticized in the Annapolis media and in some quarters as a sweetheart deal, drawn up behind closed doors.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | July 11, 2008
Attracted by the business potential of the growing interest in green technology, Howard County is starting a coalition of business leaders involved in the field to capitalize on the trend. Dubbed the "Green Business Council," the nine-member group represents a collaboration of Ken Ulman, Howard County executive, the county's Economic Development Authority, and the county's Office of Environmental Sustainability, according to an announcement by Ulman. "We know that green-collar jobs are growing nationwide, and one U.S. study predicts that the 8.5 million current jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries could grow to as many as 40 million by 2030," Ulman said.
NEWS
July 16, 2006
Casner is added to business council The Northeastern Maryland Technology Council has appointed John Casner as its executive director. Casner joins council President C. Warren Mullins, vice president for Strategic Planning and Business Development at the Battelle Eastern Technology Center, and the NMTC's board of directors in serving the needs of the NMTC's growing technology-based membership. Casner is a managing partner in the Marketing Advantage Group, a regional consulting resource for firms seeking to improve their strategic position.
BUSINESS
By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS and JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS,SUN REPORTER | February 18, 2006
The co-founder of a business advocacy group will step into Anne Arundel's top economic development job, filling the vacancy at a time of tremendous growth for the county. Aaron J. Greenfield, executive director of the Maryland Business Council and associate corporate counsel for First Mariner Bancorp, will take the helm of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. on March 1, county officials said yesterday. Greenfield will succeed Bill Badger, who accepted a job at M&T Bank Corp. after 11 years with the quasi-governmental agency.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2004
Small to medium-size Maryland businesses got a new advocate yesterday with the launch of the Maryland Business Council, a statewide group that will push to make state and local agencies more responsive to their interests. The Maryland Business Council is the brainchild of Edwin F. Hale Sr., chairman and chief executive of Baltimore-based 1st Mariner Bank, who also serves as the new council's chairman. "We're going to be out there on the ground representing people doing business," Hale said yesterday.
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer | June 8, 1993
In an effort to create an early- warning network about business problems, the Maryland Business Council has begun testing a program to track the needs of companies in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County.The program mirrors a similar effort launched by the Greater Baltimore Committee in 1985 that wound down over the years because of the press of other projects.Dubbed "Take the Lead," the program calls for representatives from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. and First National Bank of Maryland to regularly inquire about the financial health of their business contacts.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | May 14, 1995
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- At the end of a week of passionate Washington arguments over how much to cut the federal budget, Republicans and top officials of the Clinton administration came here to persuade top U.S. business executives that their approach has the better chance of keeping a thriving American economy from driving off the edge.It was a crowd of natural Republicans, who emerged Friday entranced by the energy and determination of Rep. John Kasich of Ohio, the House Budget Committee chairman.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | November 27, 1997
After three months of drafts and postponements, the Howard County Council has put the final touches on a bill to restrict adult entertainment businesses.Councilman Charles C. Feaga, who represents the western part of the county, filed an amendment Tuesday that would require sexually oriented business -- such as adult video and magazine stores, adult movie theaters, and adult live entertainment clubs -- to be at least 500 feet from a school, day care center, religious facility, library, park or recreation facility.
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By New York Times News Service | May 14, 1995
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- At the end of a week of passionate Washington arguments over how much to cut the federal budget, Republicans and top officials of the Clinton administration came here to persuade top U.S. business executives that their approach has the better chance of keeping a thriving American economy from driving off the edge.It was a crowd of natural Republicans, who emerged Friday entranced by the energy and determination of Rep. John Kasich of Ohio, the House Budget Committee chairman.
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