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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
With the tragic loss of two officers and the onset of the resort season's biggest holiday, the Ocean City Police Department is facing dual challenges this week. That's why Kathy Jacobs decided the town's police could use some additional community support in the wake of the deaths of officers Thomas J. Geoghegan Jr., 43, of Ocean City and Joshua D. Adickes, 27, of Berlin, in a small plane crash on Sunday. Jacobs is organizing meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - for the department's staff through the end of the week.
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BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, Gus G. Sentementes and Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2011
Profits and losses have yet to be counted. But among the businesses that had hoped to capitalize on the crowds at the first Baltimore Grand Prix, it's clear that there have been winners and losers. Room bookings exceeded the expectations of some hoteliers, but left others disappointed. Business was brisk at some restaurants and bars, but the crowds bypassed others. The three-day event drew larger-than-usual crowds to downtown Baltimore on the ordinarily sleepy Labor Day weekend, but concerns about congestion seemed to chase some people away from the city.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
Ever been to the "SoFo" part of Annapolis? If you're not sure, don't feel badly. Until a few months ago, the name didn't exist. It was dreamed up recently by owners and managers of businesses along Forest Drive as a way to draw attention to stores and restaurants on their side of town. After working privately for months, the SoFo Annapolis group has taken its message to the public in recent weeks to capitalize on the holiday shopping season. "Our goal is to, first and foremost, help raise awareness to the public of the offerings of the businesses in our part of Annapolis," said Julie Curd, owner of the Wild Bird Center shop in Clock Tower Plaza on Forest Drive and a co-founder of SoFo Annapolis.
NEWS
By Melissa Hoover and Beadsie Woo | January 12, 2010
Seldom do the United Steelworkers, the United Nations and film director Michael Moore express the same idea at the same time. But all have, in their own way, promoted the benefits of cooperative businesses in recent months. The Steelworkers Union, North America's largest industrial union, has signed an agreement with a 100,000-member European co-op to help U.S. workers gain an ownership stake in their workplace. The U.N. has declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives.
NEWS
By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2011
For people like Vonda Peterson, the owner of Creative Access Inc., a small interior planning and design firm in Ellicott City, entering the world of federal contracting is like trying to navigate a foreign country when you don't know the language. "Learning the jargon and learning the process is most cumbersome," to the point that her firm of 15 to 20 employees spent "the better part of a year" trying to decipher the system. Since each federal agency operates separately, small firms must go through a long, slow process over and over again for each one. As Maryland prepares for the influx of jobs and government contracts coming along with the federal Base Realignment And Closure process, officials in Howard County have found that small businesses face some significant hurdles.
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.
EXPLORE
December 22, 2011
Mayor Craig Moe will recognize those individually owned or family owned businesses that have operated in Laurel for more than 20 years at the Jan. 23 City Council meeting. In a statement, Moe said "locally owned and operated businesses … are integral to the creation and maintenance of Laurel's sense of community," and that city records indicate some of these businesses have been operating for more than 50 years, and several have been in business for 75 years. Moe intends the recognition to be a continuing program as other businesses achieve the 20-year milestone.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho and Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2011
Hurricane Irene did not inflict as much damage in Maryland as officials and residents had feared. But the storm came at a bad time for many businesses. Instead of shopping, eating out and spending money at summer attractions over the weekend, customers stayed home. Many businesses were hit with lower sales — or none at all, in some cases. Ocean City and other Eastern Shore attractions lost a crucial late-summer weekend when local residents and visitors evacuated. Some businesses that tried to reopen Sunday and Monday remained in the dark with power outages or struggled to replenish depleted stocks.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes and Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2011
Ravens fans aren't the only ones rooting for a Baltimore win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Scores of businesses across the region are pulling for the team. With each Ravens win in the playoffs, restaurants, retailers and electronics stores see a short-term spike in sales as fans pony up for food and drink, team jerseys and big-screen televisions for game parties. "The further they go, the more it improves the business," said Josh Wiley, a manager at the Big Screen Store in Towson, which specializes in large televisions, the kind that can be seen across a living room, or even several rooms.
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