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By Michelle Singletary and Michelle Singletary,Evening Sun Staff | December 5, 1990
Maryland ranks first in the nation in the proportion of black-owned businesses compared with all businesses in the state, according to a report released today by the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development.The proportion of black-owned firms was 8.9 percent of the state's total number of businesses, significantly above the national average of 3.1 percent in 1987, the most recent year for which figures are available.Maryland also leads the nation in the number of black-owned businesses per 1,000 people, said the report, which is based on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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January 31, 2014
Consider not only the good news, but the overarching theme that was conveyed in the recent editorial, "Building a more entrepreneurial Maryland" (Jan. 27): Those of us who are determined to make Maryland a top-notch home for starts-ups and businesses of all kinds are working together toward this goal like never before. We are determined. Clearly, our legislators and Gov. Martin O'Malley are making a concerted effort to bolster diverse job growth, while advocacy groups like the Greater Baltimore Committee and TEDCO have created forums to move the discussion forward.
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BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2001
African-Americans own nearly 12 percent of all businesses in Maryland, a higher percentage than in any other state in the union, according to figures released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Of the 400,200 businesses in Maryland, 11.9 percent are black-owned. Only Washington ranked higher, with 24.1 percent of its businesses owned by African-Americans. The numbers, which look at 1997 and are released by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau every five years, reaffirmed the value of minority business to the state's economy, business leaders said.
NEWS
By Jay Bernstein | June 20, 2013
At a time when the election of a new, allegedly "moderate" president of Iran has created much excitement and raised many expectations, a more sober assessment of the nature of the Iranian regime is found in the annual report on terrorism issued by the State Department last month. As described in the report, terrorist activity in Iran "has reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa. " Iran provides financial, material and logistical support to the Taliban, Iraqi Shiite militant groups and Hezbollah, all of which have killed American soldiers, as well as to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups that routinely target Israeli civilians.
BUSINESS
September 13, 1991
Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, sparked a pledge from Gov. William Donald Schaefer yesterday to look into training prison inmates to use computers so they might one day earn an honest living.Speaking to more than 900 businessmen and women at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Young challenged state officials to do what Muslim community leaders have done in Atlanta, which is help ex-convicts establish their own businesses. The state should teach prisoners how to use computers, he said."You need to give these people an education and train them to run a business and in turn they become taxpayers," Young said.
NEWS
August 29, 2006
A New York man who prosecutors say was part of a group that stole $400,000 worth of high-tech merchandise from stores - including a Ritz Camera in Baltimore County - was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, authorities said. Anthony Todisco of Brooklyn, N.Y., was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis to pay $123,891 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release after his release from prison, according to an announcement by the office of U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
BUSINESS
By KELSEY PERKINS and KELSEY PERKINS,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM | February 20, 2006
The Sistahs' Business Network of Maryland, an organization that "seeks to enrich the lives of African-American business women," will hold an inaugural dinner meeting from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hawthorne Center in Columbia. Founding director Nellie Maletta, who opened AM-N-PM Computer Services in Columbia in 1993, hopes to attract aspiring or established entrepreneurs to provide "opportunities for education, fellowship and entrepreneurship." Although the organization is geared primarily to support minority participants, Maletta stressed that the group welcomes anyone regardless of race or gender.
BUSINESS
By David Conn | November 5, 1991
Whether they know it or not, small businesses in Maryland now have computerized access to most of the world's business and science publications. They are able to talk about their business problems with a nationwide network of 10,000 technical experts.And while companies such as General Dynamics Corp., IBM Corp. and McDonnell Douglas Corp. have been paying thousands of dollars for these services, they are available to Maryland companies for the low, low price of . . . zilch.Under a new program unveiled yesterday, Maryland's six Small Business Development Centers are offering their clients the services of a Minneapolis company called Teltech Resource Network Corp.
NEWS
November 17, 2003
Santa's visit to open holiday season at Chatham Station Chatham Station Shopping Center in Ellicott City will hold a Holiday Kick-off Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Santa will arrive by horse-drawn sleigh at 11 a.m.; people can wait to welcome him on the sidewalk in front of Kmart. He will be available for visits and pictures. A brass ensemble will provide holiday music. Frosty the Snowman and a giant Gingerbread Man will be at the shopping center to greet customers and pose for pictures.
BUSINESS
By Cindy Harper-Evans | September 28, 1990
It's been a rough week for Bethesda-based Marriott Corp.In seven days, its stock has slid 21 percent; Standard & Poor's Corp. announced it was thinking about downgrading the hotel giant's bonds; and the company said it would slash funding for new hotel construction next year.Marriott's third-quarter earnings report, released yesterday, showed a 57 percent drop in net income compared with the same period a year ago.Marriott's stock finished down 25 cents at $10.50 yesterday, bruised and battered since it stood at $18 at the beginning of the month on the New York Stock Exchange.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
The gay couples who've booked Rouge Fine Catering in Hunt Valley for their weddings have appreciated not only good food and stylish events, but something less tangible. "They don't want to be with a caterer that is going to be judgmental," said Jonathan Soudry, Rouge chef and owner. "There is a lot of intimacy in the relationship between the caterer and the couple. " Soudry, whose business handles about 300 weddings a year, catered more than two dozen receptions for same-sex couples last year.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2011
It might not seem to be a bright investment right now, after weeks of seemingly endless clouds and rain, but solar panels are popping up on rooftops all over Maryland. With government help in the form of tax credits and grants, companies making equipment available through long-term lease and economies of scale bringing prices down, the industry is seeing steady and continuing growth in demand for drawing power from the sun. And Maryland is among the states experiencing a rapid expansion, with an increasing number of companies getting into sales, installation and leasing of the panels to homeowners and businesses.
BUSINESS
By Liz Kay, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2010
Several Tennessee companies and people unlicensed to sell heath insurance in Maryland have been ordered to stop selling policies to state residents, the state Insurance Commission announced Monday. About 700 Maryland residents are believed to have been scammed by companies including American Trade Association, Real Benefits Association, Smart Data Solutions and Serve America Assurance, Ltd. These companies were not licensed by Maryland and therefore had not demonstrated that they had the financial resources to pay claims, according to the insurance commission.
NEWS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2010
In the end, the money wasn't enough. Maryland and Montgomery County economic development officials offered Northrop Grumman $22.5 million in incentives to win the headquarters of the defense contractor — one of the most lucrative financial packages ever for a state not known for ponying up big dollars to win business. But last week, Maryland still lost out to neighboring Virginia, where state officials offered $12 million to $14 million in addition to undisclosed local incentives.
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By Dawn Green | March 9, 2010
My husband was the owner and operator of Street Auto Center in Street, Maryland, for 16 years. A few days ago, I had to watch them auction off all he had. The business started from an old, rundown "shack" of a garage that my husband found one day back in 1996. We both worked overtime shifts to try to make enough money to buy the dilapidated building. We begged, borrowed and worked as hard as we could. With the help of my parents and my former employer, we were able to put a little money down and finance the rest.
NEWS
By Richard J. Cross III | July 8, 2009
Maryland Republicans are at a crossroads. They face a Democratic governor and legislature and a lopsided electoral map. Friction between libertarians and social conservatives continues to cause intraparty strife. The good news: Maryland Republicans have the freedom that comes with low expectations. They may experiment without fear, lead by example and serve as a model for the nation. Here are seven strategies that may help the beleaguered state GOP jump-start its fortunes. 1. Bring disparate elements together.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | June 2, 1994
Sviatoslav V. Sedov, a Russian learning the ways of American business, has seen some unusual things during his stay at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, especially the time an America West Airlines employee fixed a competitor's luggage conveyor belt.Such an act would have been unlikely in Russia, said Mr. Sedov, financial director of Intekap, a small production firm of Venetian blinds in St. Petersburg."We in Russia think to destroy, to butcher, to conflict with another company," said Mr. Sedov, 25.The act of an America West employee freeing a competitor's conveyor belt was "a real example of cooperation.
NEWS
By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | March 30, 2005
Emphasizing a commitment to strengthening small businesses and companies owned by minorities and women, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday creation of the Governor's Mentor-Protege Program, a statewide initiative recommended to the administration to help disadvantaged companies. The program, proposed by Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's commission on minority business issues in a report a year ago, teams such businesses, dubbed "proteges," with larger, well-established companies to help improve the smaller companies' revenue and access to government and private contracts.
NEWS
August 29, 2006
A New York man who prosecutors say was part of a group that stole $400,000 worth of high-tech merchandise from stores - including a Ritz Camera in Baltimore County - was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, authorities said. Anthony Todisco of Brooklyn, N.Y., was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis to pay $123,891 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release after his release from prison, according to an announcement by the office of U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
BUSINESS
By KELSEY PERKINS and KELSEY PERKINS,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM | February 20, 2006
The Sistahs' Business Network of Maryland, an organization that "seeks to enrich the lives of African-American business women," will hold an inaugural dinner meeting from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hawthorne Center in Columbia. Founding director Nellie Maletta, who opened AM-N-PM Computer Services in Columbia in 1993, hopes to attract aspiring or established entrepreneurs to provide "opportunities for education, fellowship and entrepreneurship." Although the organization is geared primarily to support minority participants, Maletta stressed that the group welcomes anyone regardless of race or gender.
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