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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Two businesses and a park were evacuated when an underground natural gas line caught fire Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore County officials said. BGE crews were working to shut off gas after firefighters were called at 1:07 p.m. to the line in the 6900 block of Golden Ring Road. No structures were involved but the businesses in a nearby industrial park and Rosedale Park were evacuated as a precaution, officials said. No injuries were reported. jkanderson@baltsun.com twitter.com/janders5
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NEWS
March 22, 2011
Misty Sexton writes a nice letter ( "Consumers can afford a 10-cent gas tax increase, but many businesses can't," March 17) stating several examples of increased operating expenses for business owners caused by a 10-cent a gasoline tax increase. I have no reason to believe her examples are not accurate. She does however, fail to point out how these increases negatively affect the businesses she gives as examples. It may make the business less profitable, assuming the company does not pass the increase on, as most probably will (and thus have no effect on their bottom line)
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2012
State economic development officials have launched an online tool to help companies interested in relocating to Maryland or local businesses in need of new space. The Maryland Business Properties database lets users search available sites by type, size, location, zoning and rail service. More than 400 properties and 1,400 buildings are listed, the state Department of Business and Economic Development said Tuesday. The tool, which also has market data such as household income and workforce information, is at http://choosemaryland.org/moveyourbusiness/Pages/PropertySearchForm.aspx.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is launching a micro-loan fund for small businesses in Baltimore, to help them hire and stabilize their businesses. The effort, called BaltimoreMICRO, will enable small businesses with under $1 million in annual revenue to apply for loans ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. Retailers, service providers and contractors based in Baltimore are eligible. The program appears to be targeting small businesses, including stores and restaurants, in city neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
As snow fell Tuesday afternoon outside Atwater's bakery in Catonsville, manager Lisa Harden hurried to pour the last cups of coffee and wrap up customers' food in to-go containers. The bakery had been busy, she said, but like many neighboring restaurants and shops along Frederick Road, it was closing early so employees could get home safely on the treacherous roads. But in Canton, bar owner Michael Clarke was expecting steady business at Claddagh Pub - from those who didn't have to work, or were expecting another snow day on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2011
Maryland officials plan to announce Thursday a new system to speed the review process for business owners seeking state permits for projects in priority development areas. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and other state officials will meet at Bakery Express Inc. in Halethorpe to make the announcement. The new system, called Fast Track — part of the Maryland Made Easy business initiative — will focus on projects with significant economic impact, said Maureen Kilcullen, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Business and Economic Development.
NEWS
February 9, 2010
Within hours of this week's snow, the parking lots at my nearby shopping center were clear. Days later, the sidewalks fronting these commercial strips are untouched. The bus stops are buried. Why don't the vendors or property managers take care of their sidewalks? For that matter, why aren't they fined for not doing so? It seems uncivil. Boos to folks who clear their parking lot but make the poor pedestrian walk in the traffic. Kudos to the good soul(s) who cleared the sidewalk on York Road from Cedarcroft Road all the way to Gittings Avenue!
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 24, 2010
Businesses can receive a $5,000 tax credit for each out-of-work Marylander hired this year, under a plan nearing final approval in the Maryland General Assembly. Gov. Martin O'Malley pushed the tax credit as a way to stimulate hiring at a time when the state faces a 7.5 percent unemployment rate -- the worst in a quarter century. Lawmakers increased the credit from the $3,000 O'Malley proposed. The House of Delegates on Wednesday approved the Senate's legislation, but the two chambers must agree upon slight changes added by the House.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
The Sun editorial board never fails to agree with every tax and fee our governor thrusts upon the citizens of Maryland ("The rain tax sham," April 18). The governor has created 37 new taxes and fees during his seven years in office, and though he claims to have made cuts in the state budget, the facts show the budget has increased substantially. Rather than ask questions, The Sun prefers to take a few cheap shots at a report done on Fox News, which actually researched the story.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
The departure of Sun Products from Baltimore has rekindled letters and statements suggesting that Maryland's taxes are driving businesses out of the state ( "Sun Products move should be a wake-up call for tax-happy Md.," Feb. 13). No serious businessmen could make that statement. As a retired business CEO in Maryland, it is apparent to me that tax differentials between states are insignificant in a company's financial situation compared to other locational criteria. Location decisions are made primarily on the basis of demand for your products or services, the quality and adequacy of the local labor force, cost of materials, energy and transportation, location of markets, and quality of life that is increasingly important to attract talented employees.
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