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By Kathy Hudsonhudmud@aol.com | November 27, 2011
My Small Business Saturday got off to an early start on Wednesday.    At noon I picked up our Thanksgiving pumpkin pies and snowflake rolls at the re-located Roland Park Bakery and Deli . No longer at the back of the historic Roland Avenue shopping center, it is now on Chestnut Avenue, below The Avenue (West 36th Street) in Hampden. When I walked in almost all of the tables were full. A woman I know from Stevenson was there with her five grandchildren. Neighbors from Goodwood Gardens showed up shortly thereafter, so it seems that many of Anita Ward's longtime customers have followed her and her delicious baked goods to the new location.
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By Julekha Dash and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
In search of a sustainable art medium, visual artist Kara Brook bought a beehive six years ago so she could use beeswax to paint. She quickly discovered that those same bees could be the source of a sustainable business as well. She started packaging the honey and then expanded into making what she calls “bee-inspired products.” Today, Brook collects honey from her 18 hives on her 102-acre Kent Island farm to produce home and beauty products, including candles, soaps, exfoliating scrubs and lip balms.
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May 15, 2014
William Smith writes that Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column concerning the Republican Party being the champion of small business is a fantasy and sets forth his own storyline that he alleges to have a "ring of truth to it" ( "Ehrlich's small business rhetoric rings hollow," May 13). Normally, I would dismiss such cliché riddled rants for what they are worth. However, the truly disturbing part of his letter is that Mr. Smith unfortunately depicts the predominant thinking found in our colleges and universities, the national media, and the leadership of the Democratic Party.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
When real estate professionals Alex Kopicki and Jeff Jacobson started a development firm roughly three years ago, they figured they knew what they were doing, so they were surprised by one of their biggest problems out of the gate. "We actually had a great deal of trouble identifying and locating our first office space," Kopicki said. "It was a real head-scratcher. " And thus a new business was born. As the real estate firm, Solstice Partners, took off, the pair started noodling with plans for a website that would make it easier for a small business like theirs to find a place to rent.
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February 5, 2011
America needs the reforms included in the president's health care reform act, and Congress should stop attempting to repeal the law. As a small business owner who supplies health insurance to his employees, I understand how important a good group insurance market is. My Maryland based company has been in business for just over eight years, and our premiums have more than doubled during this time. However, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, our premiums actually declined in 2010.
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Thomas F. Schaller | July 22, 2014
Is there a way to actually unite economic populists on the liberal left and libertarian right? Maybe not. But one promising possibility is the prioritization of American small businesses over powerful, multinational corporate dominance. The events of September 29, 2008, certainly provided a brief glimmer of hope that a hybrid ideological alliance might push back against big business. That day, the U.S. House of Representatives stunned Washington and Wall Street by rejecting the Bush Administration's $700 billion bank bailout, 228 to 205. The Dow Jones Industrial index fell 778 points in a single afternoon, a 7 percent drop.
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July 25, 2012
As a small business owner, I take great umbrage at the idea that government helps small business ("Government helps small business? Absolutely," July 20). Yes, government does everything your letter writer says, but we taxpayers are the ones who pay the bill. Small businesses are the engine that drives the economy, not government. Government does not create, it only takes. I do not know where the letter writer gets his information, but it sounds like it's straight from the Democratic Party talking points.
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November 29, 2012
Contrary to what a recent letter writer may think ("Internet sales tax will hurt small businesses," Nov. 18), collection of state sales taxes on online retail transactions will be a boon to small businesses in Maryland. Small businesses currently face unfair and detrimental competition from online-only retailers who exploit the loophole in our nation's sales tax laws to avoid collecting and remitting state sales taxes. The current legislation - the Marketplace Fairness Act and the Marketplace Equity Act - before Congress is designed to eliminate the 6 percent price disadvantage and level the playing field for small, in-state businesses.
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March 26, 2013
It was only a matter of time before Gov. Martin O' Malley and his groupies pushed another tax burden upon us ("House approves increase in gas tax," March 23). House Majority leader Kumar Barve estimates that this increase will cost motorists $10.10 a month, based on the example of someone who drives 15,000 miles a year in a car that gets 25 miles to the gallon. That may be the case in his world, but unfortunately not mine. My small business requires a truck that at best gets 13.5 miles to the gallon and an annual mileage exceeding 50,000 miles a year.
NEWS
July 19, 2012
President Barack Obama said over the weekend at a Virginia campaign speech that private businesses are successful largely because of the government's support. This statement is absolutely ridiculous. It's pretty clear that President Obama has never owned a business. I am a small business owner, and I took a major risk starting my company three years ago. I didn't rely on any bank loans, as I financed the start-up costs on my own. It required a tremendous amount of personal sacrifice, hard work and sleepless nights to get my business off the ground.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
In Baltimore, some business owners say they're constantly nagged by city fees for making improvements to their stores. Add a bike rack outside? There's a fee for that. Put up a security camera? Another fee. Add more lighting? There's a fee for that, too. That's why some are expressing disappointment that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake used her first veto since taking office in 2010 to strike down a bill aimed at reducing or eliminating many of the so-called "minor privilege" fees the city charges.
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Thomas F. Schaller | July 22, 2014
Is there a way to actually unite economic populists on the liberal left and libertarian right? Maybe not. But one promising possibility is the prioritization of American small businesses over powerful, multinational corporate dominance. The events of September 29, 2008, certainly provided a brief glimmer of hope that a hybrid ideological alliance might push back against big business. That day, the U.S. House of Representatives stunned Washington and Wall Street by rejecting the Bush Administration's $700 billion bank bailout, 228 to 205. The Dow Jones Industrial index fell 778 points in a single afternoon, a 7 percent drop.
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July 16, 2014
I don't live in Baltimore, but I have been following the workers' struggle at Hopkins closely. A $15 per hour minimum wage is a no brainer in today's world ( "A win-win for Hopkins," July 8). People often use the "small business" red herring to really say that working people are asking for too much when they ask for $15. But Hopkins isn't a small business, so that isn't plausible at all, at least not here. The author admits that Ronald Peterson, president of Hopkins, made over $15 million this past year, but worries about passing on costs to the consumer.
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By James Abraham | July 2, 2014
I returned to my old community of West Baltimore, under the shadow of Bon Secours Hospital near the intersection of West Fayette and North Payson streets, to visit a native I had not seen for three decades. David Brown, who lived across the alley from me in the old neighborhood, had years ago opened a small store directly across from the sprawling hospital. The New Fayette Street Market & Deli is like a small fortress, with a Plexiglas bastion from which he can sell sundries and essentials in blackest night or brightest day. In one corner of his store is a small desk with two computers, which provide neighborhood kids with a window to a world far removed from the blasted buildings and broken streets of the community.
NEWS
June 11, 2014
The Sun makes endorsements for state legislature and County Council in the following races: 9th District The 9th District senate seat is being vacated by Republican Allan Kittleman who is running to be Howard County executive. Current Republican delegate Gail Bates is seeking his seat and is unopposed in the Republican primary. The Democratic race is between Dan Medinger, owner of a small media company, and Ryan Frederic, owner of several small businesses. This is the first run for public office by both candidates and each would bring a small business perspective to the legislature, but Mr. Frederic gets our endorsement.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Major health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has asked the state to let it increase its rates in the individual marketplace by as much as 30 percent on average next year, but two competitors want to lower what they charge people who don't get coverage through an employer. The requests were released Friday by the Maryland Insurance Administration, whose officials emphasized that they could require modifications. The agency cut significantly the rate increase CareFirst had requested for this year.
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By Bob Paff | August 18, 2011
As the economy continues to struggle and America tries to reclaim its place in the global economic and financial markets, small business once again is left holding the proverbial bag. As attorney and author Steve Strauss asked in his Aug. 8 column in USA Today, how do we pump the entrepreneurial well even deeper in the face of so much legislative, political, and global red tape? With unemployment constantly hovering around 9 percent and fear grasping every American from Main Street to Wall Street, how does the small business owner stand a chance of survival, let alone the ability to grow and prosper?
NEWS
June 4, 2014
Harry Hughes, who worked longer as a lobbyist for big business than as Maryland's governor, has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in this year's gubernatorial primary. That is probably honest, since Mr. Brown seems to be strongly pro-business. But it does not sound like much of a recommendation: Most of the things that have worked out well for big business have not worked out so well for the rest of us. The governor is supposed to be committed to the long-term good of the state, not to anybody's short-term interests.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Democrat Anthony G. Brown's campaign calls his new 30-second television spot "Not About the Numbers. " The ad lives up to its title by offering no statistics, just broad generalities about Maryland's economy. What the ad says: The ad opens with a shot of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and a Hyattsville streetscape. Brown says, "This is a great state, and it should be great for every family, in every community. " It shifts to a scene of Brown and a man who appears to be the owner of a bicycle shop.
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