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By Tom Sadowski | June 20, 2014
While many aspects of the college experience are steeped in tradition, every year more college graduates are leaving the customary path and seeking less traditional methods of employment, most notably, as entrepreneurs. The number of graduates choosing to become their own boss is growing, and whether they are designing new mobile applications, developing new products or winning grants to support innovative social change, the first job many will hold is the position of "entrepreneur. " While entrepreneurial success may look spontaneous at times, it is more often the result of skills developed by way of experience and repeated failure.
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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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EXPLORE
April 10, 2012
As part of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship speaker series, Andrew Kreinik, senior growth advisor for the Small Business Development Centers, will speak on "Think Global - SBDC Export Assistance Program" Friday, April 20 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at 9250 Bendix Road North, in Columbia. The focus is on the benefits of exporting for small businesses, support services available and which export activities are making it easier to export. Learn about the resources, financing and cost-free consulting available.
NEWS
By Tom Sadowski | June 20, 2014
While many aspects of the college experience are steeped in tradition, every year more college graduates are leaving the customary path and seeking less traditional methods of employment, most notably, as entrepreneurs. The number of graduates choosing to become their own boss is growing, and whether they are designing new mobile applications, developing new products or winning grants to support innovative social change, the first job many will hold is the position of "entrepreneur. " While entrepreneurial success may look spontaneous at times, it is more often the result of skills developed by way of experience and repeated failure.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
Paul Capriolo and the crew at Social Growth Technologies are looking forward to graduation, having spent years getting ready for the world outside this one-story beige building in Columbia. The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship is not a school, but it does cultivate business and launch its charges toward bigger things. In fall 2009, Capriolo, partner Patrick Jenkins and an intern started in one office at the building; the company now has 22 employees, occupying about a dozen offices and some 5,000 square feet - a third of the space available for lease at MCE. By this summer, they expect to move to offices in Columbia three times that size.
EXPLORE
October 17, 2012
Ted Capshaw, of White Marsh, has been appointed executive director of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Baltimore Affiliate. Mr. Capshaw was most recently chief operating officer at the Baltimore Urban Debate League. In that role, he oversaw operations, budgeting and human resources. Prior to the Baltimore Urban Debate League, Mr. Capshaw served as virtual chief learning officer/fitness director at the Maryland Athletic Club; chief learning officer at Benelogic; senior consultant/facilitator with EntreQuest; counselor for Treatment Resources for Youth; and director, mentoring services, for Right Step Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota and has completed coursework toward a master's in human development at St. Mary's University in Rochester, Minn.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2012
For $3 a person, you can use the bathroom of Carol Hines' home on Winner St, across from Pimlico race course.  Hines decided to give entrepreneurship a try for the first time this year, one of many enterprises that pop up on Preakness day in the Park Heights and Pimlico neighborhoods.  Besides offering her restroom for Preakness attendees, Hines cooked up some of her best dishes, including jerk chicken, curry chicken and barbecue ribs. ...
BUSINESS
Gus G. Sentementes | September 19, 2012
Hop on the bus, Gus -- the startup bus.  Have you seen this thing driving around Maryland this month -- it's a big bus draped in the colors of the Maryland flag. It's hard to miss. The Startup Bus is part of a national and state initiative to promote startup company formation and entrepreneurship. The bus has its own video recording studio built into it, where entrepreneurs are recording their business pitches. People can vote for the best business pitches online and the top 8 vote-getters will get to pitch their businesses -- in person -- at the Maryland Entrepreneur Expo in November.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
Foluke Tuakli hopped on a bicycle and weaved around her classroom at the University of Maryland, College Park, acting out the problems that cyclists encounter on the road. "I'm turning, I'm turning," she shrieked as the bike wobbled. The demonstration was part of a student pitch for a bicycle GPS app in a freshman entrepreneurship class in the honors college. Other student groups had their own pitches: a new type of sustainable drinking fountain where water is squirted directly into the mouth, a Third World slum development project, and a day care center that emphasizes healthful eating habits.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Staff Writer | August 16, 1992
Through the dusty, broken windows of a failed radio shop in Hampden, Carolyn Earls envisions a bustling crafts-supply store. People buy yarn, pine cones, glue guns. They drop money in a cash register. Her cash register. In a few years she could have a chain of bustling craft shops in neighborhoods like this. . . .It is a glorious dream of economic independence for the unemployed mother of two.Glorious. And risky.More than half of all new businesses fail within four years. But Ms. Earls, who graduated Friday from a government-funded training and loan program designed to turn unemployed workers and welfare recipients into entrepreneurs, is determined to open her shop.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
Foluke Tuakli hopped on a bicycle and weaved around her classroom at the University of Maryland, College Park, acting out the problems that cyclists encounter on the road. "I'm turning, I'm turning," she shrieked as the bike wobbled. The demonstration was part of a student pitch for a bicycle GPS app in a freshman entrepreneurship class in the honors college. Other student groups had their own pitches: a new type of sustainable drinking fountain where water is squirted directly into the mouth, a Third World slum development project, and a day care center that emphasizes healthful eating habits.
NEWS
By Andrew Wainer | December 26, 2013
In the midst of the debate over the largest potential immigration reform legislation in 50 years, American communities struggling with decades of population loss and economic decline are being revitalized by newcomers. The economic contribution of immigrants in high-skilled fields is relatively well-known, but less acknowledged are the contributions that "blue collar" immigrants make in revitalizing depressed communities and economies, both as manual laborers and small business entrepreneurs.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Towson University is getting more serious about entrepreneurship on campus, and Frank Bonsal III will play a big role in that new focus. Bonsal has served as interim director for TowsonGlobal, the university's business incubator, since June. Earlier this month, he became the university's first director of entrepreneurship. He'll work with faculty and staff to develop entrepreneurial learning activities that can take place both in and out of the classroom, developing curriculum and overseeing initiatives for students to start businesses.
NEWS
August 26, 2013
The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, a program of Howard County's Economic Development Authority, will put up $800,000 to help start Conscious Venture Lab - a project officials say will help startup businesses that profess to serve the public good. "We want to foster companies that have both profit and strong values as part of their core mission," said County Executive Ken Ulman in a statement about the program, which is expected to launch in October with a call for applications.
NEWS
August 23, 2013
Dan Rodricks reports that Gov. Martin O'Malley is taking a victory lap after touting his great accomplishments as governor at the MACO convention held recently in Ocean City ( "Martin O'Malley starts to take his victory lap," Aug. 20). The governor stated that he achieved No.1 rankings in public schools, income, entrepreneurship and women-owned business during his reign. He also stated that Maryland has regained 99 percent of the jobs lost due to the recession of 2008.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
Paul Capriolo and the crew at Social Growth Technologies are looking forward to graduation, having spent years getting ready for the world outside this one-story beige building in Columbia. The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship is not a school, but it does cultivate business and launch its charges toward bigger things. In fall 2009, Capriolo, partner Patrick Jenkins and an intern started in one office at the building; the company now has 22 employees, occupying about a dozen offices and some 5,000 square feet - a third of the space available for lease at MCE. By this summer, they expect to move to offices in Columbia three times that size.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Towson University is getting more serious about entrepreneurship on campus, and Frank Bonsal III will play a big role in that new focus. Bonsal has served as interim director for TowsonGlobal, the university's business incubator, since June. Earlier this month, he became the university's first director of entrepreneurship. He'll work with faculty and staff to develop entrepreneurial learning activities that can take place both in and out of the classroom, developing curriculum and overseeing initiatives for students to start businesses.
BUSINESS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 27, 2001
Zoltan J. Acs, a professor at the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, shares this year's International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research for his work on the role of small businesses in the economy. Acs, an entrepreneurship professor, recently received the award along with David B. Audretsch, chair of economic development at Indiana University, Bloomington. It is the sixth year that the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research has presented the award, which includes a statuette named "The Hand of God," created by Carl Milles, and a $50,000 prize.
EXPLORE
October 17, 2012
Ted Capshaw, of White Marsh, has been appointed executive director of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Baltimore Affiliate. Mr. Capshaw was most recently chief operating officer at the Baltimore Urban Debate League. In that role, he oversaw operations, budgeting and human resources. Prior to the Baltimore Urban Debate League, Mr. Capshaw served as virtual chief learning officer/fitness director at the Maryland Athletic Club; chief learning officer at Benelogic; senior consultant/facilitator with EntreQuest; counselor for Treatment Resources for Youth; and director, mentoring services, for Right Step Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota and has completed coursework toward a master's in human development at St. Mary's University in Rochester, Minn.
BUSINESS
Gus G. Sentementes | September 19, 2012
Hop on the bus, Gus -- the startup bus.  Have you seen this thing driving around Maryland this month -- it's a big bus draped in the colors of the Maryland flag. It's hard to miss. The Startup Bus is part of a national and state initiative to promote startup company formation and entrepreneurship. The bus has its own video recording studio built into it, where entrepreneurs are recording their business pitches. People can vote for the best business pitches online and the top 8 vote-getters will get to pitch their businesses -- in person -- at the Maryland Entrepreneur Expo in November.
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