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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1995
Business partners Clarence Wooten, 24, and Andre Forde, 26, understand the importance of first impressions. So when they meet with prospective clients, they sometimes use a secret weapon -- an older employee."
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By Lorraine Mirabella | March 3, 2009
It could be the right time to start a business There couldn't be a more unfavorable time to start a business. Right? Wrong, says author Ed Hess, a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia. Despite the recession, company closings, layoffs and the spike in jobless claims, it may just be the right time to take hold of your destiny, says the co-author of So, You Want to Start a Business? 8 Steps to Take Before Making the Leap. Hess's argument boils down to this: "People need certain products and services regardless of what the economy looks like."
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | November 10, 2001
Ana Melina Kilic felt safe at Harborplace, even though she worked only 100 feet from her former husband, who had just been released from jail after pleading guilty to harassing her with threats to "cut off her arms and legs" and harm "everyone close to her." "She said, `Mommy, don't worry,'" said Kilic's mother, Maria Gomez. "'If he comes here, I'll call the [police]. And they will put him back to jail.' She didn't have time to call, I guess." Kilic, 28, was fatally stabbed with a butcher knife about 7 p.m. Thursday in her store in the Light Street Pavilion, police said.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN REPORTER | May 14, 2008
Annika Sorenstam followed the legacies of LPGA legends Mickey Wright and Nancy Lopez in being proclaimed by some as the greatest female player in the history of golf. Now Sorenstam is following Wright and Lopez in another way - early retirement. Sorenstam, 37, announced yesterday that her Hall of Fame career will end after this season. The stunning news came two days after Sorenstam got her 72nd tour victory, winning by seven strokes. Saying that she was going to be "stepping away" from competitive golf, Sorenstam has decided to pursue her outside interests while making her private life a priority.
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By Lorraine Mirabella | March 3, 2009
It could be the right time to start a business There couldn't be a more unfavorable time to start a business. Right? Wrong, says author Ed Hess, a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia. Despite the recession, company closings, layoffs and the spike in jobless claims, it may just be the right time to take hold of your destiny, says the co-author of So, You Want to Start a Business? 8 Steps to Take Before Making the Leap. Hess's argument boils down to this: "People need certain products and services regardless of what the economy looks like."
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By HANAH CHO | May 14, 2008
Maryland is a pretty spirited place for entrepreneurial activity. Last year, 320 adults per 100,000 residents started new businesses each month, according to a recent study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City, Mo., nonprofit group that encourages entrepreneurship. The Free State ranks 20th out of the 50 states in business creation with an entrepreneurial activity rate of 0.32 percent. It trailed top-tier states such as the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Wyoming, Georgia and California, which saw entrepreneurial activity rates ranging from 0.40 percent to 0.46 percent.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | June 17, 1996
Martin Virga considered historic Ellicott City a prime spot to open a microbrewery and restaurant -- until start-up costs doubled to $2 million and delayed the pub's opening a year."
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July 2, 2001
Nominations sought for Smart Growth awards program The Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Commission is seeking nominations for its Smart Growth awards program. In its seventh year, the program honors outstanding projects that exemplify the goals of Maryland's Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation program - conserving the state's land and natural resources, strengthening existing communities, reducing sprawl and making use of existing infrastructure. Awards will be given for initiatives in public education, government innovation, excellence in reporting on Smart Growth, revitalization, school construction and renovation and "smart" development.
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April 8, 2007
Seminar planned on starting businesses Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union and Harford Community College's Small Business Development will offer a free seminar, "Smart Start Your Business," from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 24 at the APGFCU Home Loan Center, 321 S. Main St. in Bel Air. The program will provide an overview of ways to start a business, the skills and duties of a successful entrepreneur, how to write a strategic business plan and services...
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer | May 1, 1991
Starting your own business may sound great: You'll get away from your overbearing boss, set your own hours and make unlimited money.But first you have to learn to keep the books, pay the taxes and interview prospective employees, among other things.Carroll Community College offers non-credit courses for people who want to start a business and for those who need to refresh their skills.Accountants Alfred C. and Christine C. Giovetti have been teaching budding entrepreneurs for several years at various colleges, including CCC.They share their experiences and those of clients with their students, who come to class with a variety of backgrounds.
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By HANAH CHO | May 14, 2008
Maryland is a pretty spirited place for entrepreneurial activity. Last year, 320 adults per 100,000 residents started new businesses each month, according to a recent study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City, Mo., nonprofit group that encourages entrepreneurship. The Free State ranks 20th out of the 50 states in business creation with an entrepreneurial activity rate of 0.32 percent. It trailed top-tier states such as the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Wyoming, Georgia and California, which saw entrepreneurial activity rates ranging from 0.40 percent to 0.46 percent.
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By Nicole Fuller | October 26, 2007
A group of Annapolis business owners expressed support yesterday for a bill that would ban plastic bags from use at city retail outlets, while acknowledging the move could negatively affect their bottom lines. "If little shops like us are changing, I think the bigger shops can follow suit," said Gary Amoth, owner of the Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers in downtown Annapolis. He estimated it would cost him a penny and a half more to begin buying paper bags. "It's a bit more expensive for me to do, there's no question," Amoth said.
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By Carolyn Bigda and Carolyn Bigda,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | August 19, 2007
Michael Simmons started his first business, a Web development company, as an underclassman in high school. By the time he was a senior, he was netting $50 an hour, better than what most high school students earn mowing lawns or baby-sitting. Today, he and his wife, Sheena Lindahl, both in their 20s, run the Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Corp. and visit college campuses across the country to help motivate and guide budding entrepreneurs. And there is a growing audience of young men and women eager to receive that message.
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April 8, 2007
Seminar planned on starting businesses Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union and Harford Community College's Small Business Development will offer a free seminar, "Smart Start Your Business," from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 24 at the APGFCU Home Loan Center, 321 S. Main St. in Bel Air. The program will provide an overview of ways to start a business, the skills and duties of a successful entrepreneur, how to write a strategic business plan and services...
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By CASSANDRA A. FORTIN and CASSANDRA A. FORTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 23, 2005
Rita Ragan got up from behind her worktable and extended a warm welcome and a firm handshake. "Shaking hands with me is like shaking hands with a porcupine," said Ragan, holding her palms up to expose coarse skin. "That's one of the first things you learn about a person who works with stained glass - their hands are like sandpaper." Ragan developed her affinity for stained glass more than nine years ago, after beginning the craft to help pay for the building on Union Street in Havre de Grace that houses The Avenue Stained Glass Studio and Gallery shop and her work studio.
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By AMY ROSEWATER and AMY ROSEWATER,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 28, 2005
Whenever a husband and wife call on Britt Schroeter for advice about working and starting a business together, the Towson consultant quizzes them about their marriage and career. Experts say that to make a mom-and-pop business succeed, mom and pop must work well together. "When I get husband-and-wife teams that call me looking to be involved in franchises, I like to play devil's advocate," said Schroeter, whose company is FranChoice. "I always ask, `Can you do this? Can you handle this?
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By Eleanor Yang and Eleanor Yang,SUN STAFF | July 23, 1997
Talmesha Richards knew when she was just a 6-year-old building houses and little communities with her Lego pieces that she wanted to be an architect. And after graduating from the NAACP Youth Entrepreneur Institute a week from tomorrow, she and nine other Maryland teen-agers with dreams of opening their own businesses will be on their way.In its first year in Maryland, the six-week seminar shows teen-agers that they can open their own businesses, and teaches...
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1998
Taneytown is looking to build a national reputation as the place women go to start a business.Officials there plan to begin a pilot program designed to attract women entrepreneurs and offer them four essential services: advice, training, loan assistance and office help.It is not all altruistic."Women-owned businesses are the most successful in the nation," City Manager Charles P. Boyles II told a breakfast crowd of more than 70 local business leaders Friday."The statistics are enough to open your eyes.
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By Frank McCoy and Frank McCoy,Special to Baltimoresun.com | March 15, 2004
On Saturday, Mayor O'Malley's Hispanic Liaison Office, the Baltimore Small Business Development Center and the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce present a bilingual workshop on starting a local business. "Having a great idea for a business is the first step," said Jose Ruiz, the city's Hispanic liaison. "This workshop is the next step and will give you the 'know-how' and access to resources and information that will make your idea become a reality." State, local and private agencies will discuss available resources at the free event, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Patrick's Church, 1728 Bank St. A continental breakfast will be served.
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By ORLANDO SENTINEL | December 7, 2003
After 19 years of running and owning a franchised barbecue restaurant, Bob Hudgins talks in impersonal terms about the hopes of small-business owners, but you know he's talking about himself. "So many people work so hard to start a business," Hudgins said. "You hate to see it go by the wayside." "I'm 71 years old, so I'm going to have to get out of it one of these days," he said. "So, either I have someone take over or I have to sell it." That's where his younger daughter, Tiffany, 22, might come in. She is a recent college graduate with a degree in business and has a firm sense of practicality.
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