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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Prime Time Living - Home Modifications and Safety

According to the CDC, every 13 seconds an older U.S. adult goes to the ER for fall- related injuries. Jim Resnick, Program Manager for Senior Outreach and Education for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, addresses the cost of home modifications and safety steps that people can take to prevent falls at home.

Prime Time LivingJim Resnick
Program Manager for Senior Outreach & Education, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Innovation Village

A new partnership plans to revitalize the West Baltimore community that was hit by the April 2015 riots.

Richard May
Innovation Village

Cable Bill Changes

What's in store for set top box converters?

Brian Fung
The Washington Post

Behind The Biz

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, chocolate stores in Maryland are busy filling orders just in time for the “heart” holiday. If you’re looking for something with a Swiss twist, our Yolanda Vazquez has you covered in this week’s Behind the Biz.

Ben Hauser/Jenny Hauser
Co-Owners, Glarus Chocolatier
http://www.glaruschocolatier.com/

Day Care On The Go

A new kind of day care for working parents

http://www.playworkdash.com/

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hungry Harvest

Hungry Harvest, a Maryland-based startup, is on a mission to end food waste and hunger in the U.S. by selling 'ugly' surplus produce. CEO & Founder Evan Lutz joins us to talk about the service and about his recent experience on ABC's Shark Tank.

Evan Lutz
Founder & CEO, Hungry Harvest

Behind The Biz

After several years of selling baked goods at a farmer's market, a Columbia woman takes a chance at expanding her business to a retail storefront.

Renata Alanovic
http://www.renatastastybites.com/

Start Up Spotlight

A Baltimore-based startup plans to revolutionize physical rehabilitation for patients, therapists and clinics through motion-sensor technology and real-time progress tracking.

​​Xiaoxu Kang​, Ph.D.​
Founder & CEO​, Rehabtics

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Expanding Healthcare Services

Mid-Atlantic Health Care is expanding its services in Western and Central Maryland to include four additional skilled nursing facilities.

Scott Rifkin
CEO & Co-Founder, Mid-Atlantic Health Care

Behind The Biz

Life under the big top has its advantages especially for a Howard County man who made a career out of clowning around.

http://www.centerringcircusschool.com/

Start Up Spotlight

A new startup plans to disrupt the courts system by providing dispute resolution services at your fingertips.

Will Zerhouni
Co-Founder, Preconcile
http://preconcile.com/

Smith Business Close Up

The U.S. patent system was set up to reward and encourage innovation. But there are lots of challenges. Exponential growth in patent applications have patent examiners overwhelmed, and patent disputes clog the court system with litigation from corporations and other patent holders.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to sit down with professor Joseph Bailey, a 2014 Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Joe Bailey
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Vietnam Memoir

Author Chuck Newhall joins us to talk about his recent book, "Fearful Odds: A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath."

Chuck Newhall
Author, "Fearful Odds: A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath"

Behind The Biz

A solar company headquartered in Howard County is bringing hundreds of new jobs to the area.

Cory Byzewski
Vice-President/GM, Direct Energy Solar
http://www.directenergysolar.com/

Smith Business Close Up

When stock markets fluctuate, investors get antsy. Sell before things get worse? Buy up the bargains? What's the right strategy? In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with David Kass, who explains why you should resist the impulse to guess where the market is headed.

David Kass
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Stay Humble Tattoo Company

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Consumer & Economic Outlook 2016

What's ahead for your job, savings and home?

Anirban Basu
Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group
http://www.sagepolicy.com/

Smith Business Close Up

What does it take to be a good leader?

Joyce Russell
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

We've all seen the mobile "food" trucks setting up shop around town...well one entrepreneur is following their lead by setting up her retail business on a bus.

Stacey Chambers
Owner, Gogo's Retread Threads
http://www.shopgogos.com/#what-is-up-with-that-bus

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Top Tips For Paying For College

Best new advice for parents and students preparing for college.

Stuart Ritter
T.Rowe Price Financial Adviser

Smith Business Close Up

Each year the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business brings together business leaders to give M-B-A candidates a chance to hear from the experts.

Behind The Biz

A gym in Columbia focused on military values and team training is taking the fitnessworld by storm. Yolanda Vazquez shows you what it takes to become a part of the "troop."

Dave Posin
Co-Owner, Soldier Fit
http://soldierfit.com/

A Changing Economy

Veronica Cool will discuss the impact of changing economy.

Veronica Cool
The Daily Record

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Uber In Maryland

As uberX marks two years of service in Maryland, we take a close look at the ride-sharing service's impact in our area and what it means for consumers.

David Burd
General Manager, Uber Baltimore

Behind The Biz

You'll find plenty of worldly items and lots of vintage offerings at a small, gift shop in Hampden.

Lynne Kruger
Owner, Lynne's Gifts

http://www.lynnesgifts.com/

Smith Business Close Up

When stock markets fluctuate, investors get antsy. Sell before things get worse? Buy up the bargains? What's the right strategy? In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with David Kass, who explains why you should resist the impulse to guess where the market is headed.

David Kass
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Hollywood Diner & Food Trucks

A father and son duo give a lift to the burgeoning Food Truck craze. They're combining the mobile food eateries with a famous diner.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Music And X-ray Technology

World-renowned master guitarist Paul Reed Smith talks about how combining music, math and medicine can help improve X-ray technology.

Paul Reed Smith
Founder and Owner, PRS Guitars

Behind The Biz

A small boutique in Bel Air is making a name for itself by having an eclectic mix of gifts-all under one roof.

http://www.guthriesgifts.com/

Smith Business Close Up

The U.S. patent system was set up to reward and encourage innovation. But there are lots of challenges. Exponential growth in patent applications have patent examiners overwhelmed, and patent disputes clog the court system with litigation from corporations and other patent holders.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to sit down with professor Joseph Bailey, a 2014 Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Joe Bailey
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

The Business of Bees

What's killing honey bees? The University of Maryland Department of Entomology is working to find out.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Expanding Pandora's Box

A fast growing global jewelry company is expanding it's presence in Maryland.

Scott Burger
President, Pandora's North American Operations

Behind The Biz

A new store in Bel Air is considered a one-stop-shop for mindful living. Yolanda Vazquez shows us how they have a "soul-ution" for all your spiritual needs.

Lisa Brenner
Co-owner, Full Heart Soulutions

Kyanne Garrigan
Co-Owner, Full Heart Soulutions

http://fullheartsoulutions.com/about/

Food Incubator

The food craze has many possibilities for entrepreneurs. What if you needed some help to launch a business featuring your recipe? Charles Robinson explains there is a resource.

Smith Business Close Up

As travelers gear up for holiday travel, they Southwest now stands alone as the only U.S. airline to let passenger check a bag or two for free. And baggage fees account for 2.4 percent of all airline revenue, up from .55 percent before 2008, when many airlines started charging for even one checked bag.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to sit down with Martin Dresner about his new research that shows the upsides of baggage fees: not just improved the bottom lines for airlines, but also better on-time records and fewer customer complaints about lost bags.

Martin Dresner
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Energy Smart

The Baltimore Energy Challenge, a partnership between Civic Works, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, and the Baltimore Community Foundation, teaches low and no cost ways to save energy to Baltimore City residents, businesses, and schools.

Becca Bakre
Baltimore Energy Challenge

Behind The Biz

The towering cranes in Harbor East are a sure sign things are ramping up in the area. Our Yolanda Vazquez recently visited the downtown neighborhood to learn more about upcoming plans for this mixed-use development.

Megan McCloskey
Director of Marketing, Harbor East Management Group
http://www.harboreast.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Google recently unveiled an update to its familiar colorful logo, part of the rebranding of the internet behemoth that does so much more than search these days. The logo refresh is a reminder that even the most successful can use an update from time to time.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to sit down with professor Rajshree Agarwal, the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Agarwal explains how anyone can take a page from Google and update their personal brand.

Rajshree Agarwal
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

The Business of Bees

What's killing honey bees? The University of Maryland Department of Entomology is working to find out.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Global Cyber-security Markets

Ron Gula, CEO of Tenable Network Security, stops by to talk about his company raising $250 million, which will accelerate the Howard County company's expansion into cyber-security markets worldwide.

Ron Gula
CEO, Tenable Network Security

Behind The Biz

"Keepin' it simple!" That's the tagline of a local store in Hampden with more than 20 years of experience in creating herbal remedies. Yolanda Vazquez learns more about these handcrafted balms and spritzers.

Jen Ehrhardt
Owner, Zensations by Jen
https://www.facebook.com/Zensations-by-Jen-177554592569/timeline/

Smith Business Close Up

International markets have seen some tumultuous times lately. Much of the volatility stems from economic trouble in China, spilling over to other regions.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to discuss market volatility with Kristen Fanarakis, assistant director of the Center for Financial Policy.

Kristen Fanarakis
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Battling Bird Flu

What consumers need to know about the state of agriculture in Maryland and the battle against Avian Flu.

Joe Bartenfelder
Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture
http://mda.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Behind The Biz

Attention all gamers, one local company is delivering all the excitement right to your front door.

Erik Maxwell
Owner, GameTruck
http://www.gametruckparty.com/

Start Up Spotlight

How a business that started in a basement makes it easy for you to send a box of Baltimore to a friend, family member, or loved one anywhere in the world.

Ross Nochumowitz
Owner, Baltimore In A Box

Smith Business Close Up

Technology is changing the education landscape and business schools are working to adapt and embrace the opportunities.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Joyce Russell to talk about the innovations in education and her new role leading the charge at the Smith School.

Joyce Russell
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Financial Planning

Everything you need to know about planning a successful financial future.

Stuart Ritter
Senior Financial Planner, T. Rowe Price Associates

Behind The Biz

It's always a good idea to change up your fitness routine...especially if it leads to a change in your personal life. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez chats with a local business owner who wanted to "raise the bar" in every way imaginable.

Carmel McGuire
Owner, Pure Barre
http://purebarre.com/

Youth Works

How to keep young people engaged. MPT's Charles Robinson looks at one program in Baltimore.

Foot Golf

No clubs, no problem, a new approach on the links.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Energy Smart

The Baltimore Energy Challenge, a partnership between Civic Works, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, and the Baltimore Community Foundation, teaches low and no cost ways to save energy to Baltimore City residents, businesses, and schools.

Becca Bakre
Baltimore Energy Challenge

Behind The Biz

The towering cranes in Harbor East are a sure sign things are ramping up in the area. Our Yolanda Vazquez recently visited the downtown neighborhood to learn more about upcoming plans for this mixed-use development.

Megan McCloskey
Director of Marketing, Harbor East Management Group
http://www.harboreast.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Google recently unveiled an update to its familiar colorful logo, part of the rebranding of the internet behemoth that does so much more than search these days. The logo refresh is a reminder that even the most successful can use an update from time to time.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to sit down with professor Rajshree Agarwal, the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Agarwal explains how anyone can take a page from Google and update their personal brand.

Rajshree Agarwal
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

The Business of Bees

What's killing honey bees? The University of Maryland Department of Entomology is working to find out.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Crazy People Make You Crazy

John Patterson explains why "crazy people make you crazy."

John Patterson
Author, Rule #1: Crazy People Make You Crazy

Food Boat

More food trucks mean less space on streets so one local entrepreneur is taking his mobile food service to the water.

Ari Fingeroth
Nauti Foods

Behind The Biz

Sales of ice cream and frozen novelties as a whole, generated more than 1.8 Billion dollars in 2014. One local ice cream owner is trying to scoop up some of that cash with a very, unique ingredient. Yolanda Vazquez explains in tonight's "Behind the Biz."

Donna Calloway
Owner, Dominion Ice Cream
http://www.dominionicecream.com

Smith Business Close Up

International markets have seen some tumultuous times lately. Much of the volatility stems from economic trouble in China, spilling over to other regions.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to discuss market volatility with Kristen Fanarakis, assistant director of the Center for Financial Policy.

Kristen Fanarakis
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Active Aging

The Health Facilities Association of Maryland has been a major advocate for Maryland's long-term care provider community for more than sixty years.

Joe DeMattos
President, Health Facilities Association of Maryland
www.hfam.org

Behind The Biz

Finding a place to stay when you travel has certainly changed over the past few years. Gone are the days of a "hotel-only" stay thanks to a few popular websites that allow people to list, find and rent lodging.

Taylor Hubbard
Airbnb

Expanding Electricity Market In Maryland

A Pennsylvania company targeting electricity and natural gas customers in Maryland.

Steve Passio
Shipley Energy Services

The Business of Medical Marijuana

Maryland is poised to bring legal marijuana to those with a medical need. MPT's Charles Robinson visits Cumberland where one grower is hoping to set up a dispensary.

Casey Calister
CEO, Vast Organic Farms

Start Up Spotlight

Alexander Per
Founder, Dataurant
http://dataurant.com/#home

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Port of Baltimore

The Port of Baltimore is now using some of the industry's newest, fastest equipment and this week we get a first hand look.

Bayard Hogans
General Manager, Ports America
http://business.maryland.gov/dbed
http://www.mpa.maryland.gov/

Behind The Biz

It's considered by many as the "go-to" place if you're looking for rock, punk, reggae and soul from all eras. In this week's "Behind the Biz", Yolanda Vazquez takes us to a Hampden hangout that "celebrates" a diverse selection of sound.

Tony Pence
Owner, Celebrated Summer Records
https://www.facebook.com/Celebrated-Summer-Records-102268616492594/timeline/
http://celebratedsummerecords.blogspot.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Google recently unveiled an update to its familiar colorful logo, part of the rebranding of the internet behemoth that does so much more than search these days. The logo refresh is a reminder that even the most successful can use an update from time to time.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to sit down with professor Rajshree Agarwal, the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Agarwal explains how anyone can take a page from Google and update their personal brand.

Rajshree Agarwal
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Stay Humble Tattoo

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Impact of India's Economy

Ben Wu, an internationally recognized technology expert, will discuss the emerging tech changes and trends in India and the impact on the Maryland regional level.

Ben Wu
Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
http://business.maryland.gov/dbed

Booming Gig Economy

Veronica Cool will discuss the impact of the emerging Gig Economy, as an influx of freelancers enter the workforce.

Veronica Cool
Daily Record Columnist
http://thedailyrecord.com/the-daily-record-free-alerts/?gclid=CITphJPbnMgCFQgXHwodCU0AvA

Behind The Biz

In a short amount of time, they've become Hampden's one-stop-shop for comic books, movie collectibles and video games.

Jake Masters
Owner, The Nerdporium
https://www.facebook.com/TheNerdporium

The Business Of Kayaking

There's a booming outdoor recreational market for kayaks and water tours. Charles Robinson with a close look.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Steering The State Retirement & Pension System

How running billions is different from the approach individual investors take.

Andy Palmer
CIO, Maryland State Retirement & Pension System
http://www.sra.maryland.gov/

Behind The Biz

Baltimore has a number of unique and diverse food neighborhoods like Greektown and Little Italy, now you can sample all the food and history of these savory cuisines on a walking food tour.

Sharon Reuter
Founder/Creator, Charm City Chews
http://www.charmcitychews.com/

Smith Business Close Up

An upcoming Smith School conversation on diversity pinpoints how the Fortune 500 can achieve racial diversity on corporate boards. The Diversity Fireside Chat event will feature John W. Rogers, Jr., CEO and chief investment officer for Ariel Investments, and hailed as "one of the most powerful" African Americans on Wall Street by Black Enterprise.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Hank Boyd talks about diversity in business and the upcoming event, Friday, Oct. 9, 12:30-2 p.m., in the Tyser Auditorium, Van Munching Hall.

Hank Boyd
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Historic Annapolis Restaurant

In a city known for its history, one small restaurant on main street is celebrating an anniversary 50 years in the making.

http://www.chickandruths.com/

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Legal Incubator

Baltimore area law schools partner to open a startup accelerator for lawyers.

Donald Tobin
Dean, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Behind The Biz

Their goal is to enhance and preserve downtown Bel Air's business community. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez finds out how this local alliance is creating a vibrant business community for both residents and tourists.

Christine McPherson
Executive Director, Bel Air Downtown Alliance
http://belairmaryland.org/

What's Happening To The Honey Bees?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Boosting Baltimore's Business Scene

A husband-and-wife team plans to help Baltimore-area companies increase their international presence through a new training program for mid-level managers scheduled to start this month.

Peter Bowe
President, Ellicott Dredges

Barbara Stewart
​Trustee & Executive Director, Bowe-Stewart Foundation

Smith Business Close Up

Many people feel embarrassed about doing leisure activities alone, such as dining out or going to a movie. But they'll likely have as much fun going out alone as they would with a friend. The challenge for restaurants, movie theaters and other companies that offer fun experiences is to figure out how to market to solo consumers.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business to sit down with Rebecca Ratner to talk about her research that finds when solo consumers do venture out, they enjoy themselves just as much as when they go with a friend.

Rebecca Ratner
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Sankofa

Behind The Biz

A new gym in Columbia focused on military values and team training is taking the fitness world by storm.

Dave Posin
Co-Owner, Soldier Fit
http://soldierfit.com/

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Financial Planning

Everything you need to know about planning a successful financial future.

Stuart Ritter
Senior Financial Planner, T. Rowe Price Associates

Behind The Biz

It's always a good idea to change up your fitness routine...especially if it leads to a change in your personal life. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez chats with a local business owner who wanted to "raise the bar" in every way imaginable.

Carmel McGuire
Owner, Pure Barre
http://purebarre.com/

Youth Works

How to keep young people engaged during the summer. MPT's Charles Robinson looks at one program in Baltimore.

Foot Golf

No clubs, no problem, a new approach on the links.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Smith Business Close Up

You may have just been handed a big stretch assignment, which means your boss trusts you and sees leadership potential. But beware of the potential pitfalls: that stretch assignment can both inspire engagement and critical thinking and trigger self-doubt and anxiety.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business to sit down with Myeong-Gu Seo to talk about his new research that looks at how stretch assignments can affect people and how emotional intelligence can help.

Myeong-Gu Seo
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

A company in Columbia has all the ingredients to brew your own beer. Yolanda Vazquez taps into this growing industry.

Chris Anderson
Manager, Maryland Homebrew
http://www.mdhb.com/

Beta City

Betamore and Kevin Plank's private investment arm, Plank Industries, are partnering to showcase Baltimore startups in a new entrepreneurship event, called Beta City.

Jennifer Meyer
CEO, Betamore

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Small Businesses Going Global

How a platform called Whitebox is making it easy for small manufacturers and brands to scale sales to a global level, while shrinking overhead.

Robert Wray
CEO, Whitebox

Behind The Biz

It's one of the most competitive sectors of the food industry with bake shops popping up all over town. And with big names like Charm City Cakes and Sugar Bakers, how does a "small" bakery survive? Yolanda Vazquez spoke with one owner who had a half-baked idea to make a go of it-despite the competition.

Samantha Chmielewski
Owner, Sweet Eats Cakes
http://www.sweeteatscakes.com/

City Ranch

Can a program to teach inner city kids about horses change their outlook on life? MPT's Charles Robinson found a ranch owner who hopes to do just that.

Start Up Spotlight

A Baltimore-based startup plans to revolutionize physical rehabilitation for patients, therapists and clinics through motion-sensor technology and real-time progress tracking.

​​Xiaoxu Kang​, Ph.D.​
Founder & CEO​, Rehabtics

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Changes To Overtime Rule

What businesses need to know about the proposed Department of Labor regulations to the overtime rule.

Howard K. Kurman
Principal, Labor And Employment Law Litigation, Offit Kurman

Smith Business Close Up

Economists point to the rural parts of Africa, India, China, Eastern Europe and other developing markets as the next frontier for big multinational corporations. But the challenges of selling products and services to consumers in these environments go way beyond effective marketing campaigns. And it's more than just swapping out features to suit local tastes. To be successful in rural developing markets, companies need to customize their approach to the local market in all aspects of their business strategies. That's the finding of new research from Judy Frels, clinical professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Frels to talk about her research.

Judy Frels
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

Wedding season is upon us and that means that wedding planning is in full force for some folks. Well there's a new bridal boutique in Bel Air that can solve all your wedding woes with one simple visit.

Bridget Moore
Founder, Be More Inspired Wedding Studio
http://www.be-more-inspired.com/

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Legal Incubator

Baltimore area law schools partner to open a startup accelerator for lawyers.

Donald Tobin
Dean, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Behind The Biz

Their goal is to enhance and preserve downtown Bel Air's business community. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez finds out how this local alliance is creating a vibrant business community for both residents and tourists.

Christine McPherson
Executive Director, Bel Air Downtown Alliance
http://belairmaryland.org/

What's Happening To The Honey Bees?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Carla Hayden stops by to talk about what's new this summer at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Carla Hayden
CEO, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Smith Business Close Up

People like choices, but they can't always handle making them. Research shows the human brain has limits and the more decision people make over the course of a day, the more tired their brains become. But applying management principles can help. This works especially well for all the decision-making that comes along with being a parent.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business to sit down with Nicole Coomber, lecturer in the management and organization department.

Nicole Coomber
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

It's a high-flying adventure park that builds strength and confidence not to mention a great business venture for an expanding company.

http://sandyspringadventurepark.org/

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Maryland Open For Business

Anirban Basu joins us to talk about his role as the chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission (MEDC) and give us an update on the state of the economy.

Anirban Basu
CEO, Sage Policy Group

Behind The Biz

They went from being baking buddies to full-fledged entrepreneurs. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez chats with two women who are cooking up a collection of tasty snacks made from scratch.

Katie Horn
Co-Founder, Kinderhook Snacks

Marie Stratton
Co-Founder, Kinderhook Snacks
http://kinderhooksnacks.com

Driving School

For many teens, getting a drivers license is a rite of passage. But navigating traffic and mastering the rules of the road can be a challenge. As Nancy Yamada reports, a retired secret service agent is taking on that challenge one student at a time!

Hungry Harvest

How a startup plans to stop food hunger by delivering ugly fruits and vegetables right to your door.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Legal Help for Seniors

Lonni Summers, managing attorney at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) and Susan Francis, the organization's deputy director, join us to talk about the most pressing civil cases impacting Maryland's low and fixed-income seniors, mortgage challenges and how they can best navigate these situations.

Lonni Summers
Managing Attorney, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Susan Francis
Deputy Director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Smith Business Close Up

Companies work fairly hard to place one woman -- but only one -- in a top management position, according to new research from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to sit down with researcher Cristian Dezső to talk about his study that finds evidence of a "quota" effect: Once a company had appointed one woman to a top-tier job, the chances of a second woman landing an elite position at the same firm drop substantially -- by about 50 percent, in fact.

Cristian Dezso
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

If you're looking for a way to beat the winter doldrums and add a little color to your life, how about taking a tie-dye class?

Erin Cassell
Owner, Roll up 'n Dye
http://rollupndye.com/

Thursday, July 9, 2015

YouthWorks

Baltimore City's YouthWorks summer jobs program matches young people between the ages of 14 and 21 with jobs in the private sector, nonprofit, city and state government. Jason Perkins-Cohen who leads the Mayor's Office of Employment Development explains how the program works and its impact.

Jason Perkins-Cohen
Director, Mayor's Office of Employment Development

Baltimore Sun Extra

Are there enough players for all the lottery games?

Jeff Barker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Help For Baltimore Businesses

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Open Works

Open Works, a space and platform managed by the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation, which will serve to provide affordable space for Baltimore manufacturers and entrepreneurs starting new businesses.

Mac Maclure
Managing Director, Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation

Will Holman
Project Coordinator, Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation

Smith Business Close Up

Many people feel embarrassed about doing leisure activities alone, such as dining out or going to a movie. But they'll likely have as much fun going out alone as they would with a friend. The challenge for restaurants, movie theaters and other companies that offer fun experiences is to figure out how to market to solo consumers.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business to sit down with Rebecca Ratner to talk about her research that finds when solo consumers do venture out, they enjoy themselves just as much as when they go with a friend.

Rebecca Ratner
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Baltimore Sun Extra

Hot dogs, peanuts and new beer for sale at University of Maryland football games.

Jeff Barker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

How a brainstorming session among metal colleagues has turned into a decade long successful business.

Scott Foreman
Co-Owner, Baltimore Fabrication

Mark Rich
Co-Owner, Baltimore Fabrication

http://baltimorefab.com/

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Women's Investor Movement

A local equity crowdfunding expert, Kelly Keenan Trumpbour joins us to talk about how she plans to change the landscape for women entrepreneurs and regional investors.

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour
See Jane Invest
http://seejaneinvest.com

Baltimore Sun Extra

What's being done to help the businesses still struggling in the aftermath of the Baltimore riots?

Jeff Barker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Four Generations Of Candy

What's the sweet secret behind Dolle's Candyland over a century of taffy-fudge-caramel business in Ocean City? We'll let the owner explain.

Anna Dolle Bushnell
President & Co-Owner, Dolle's Candyland

Learning The Rules Of The Road

For many teens, getting a drivers license is a rite of passage. But navigating traffic and mastering the rules of the road can be a challenge. As Nancy Yamada reports, a retired secret service agent is taking on that challenge one student at a time.

Behind The Biz

Who doesn't like designer duds? Especially when you can get them at a discounted price...

In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez introduces us to a Federal Hill store that's making high-fashion… affordable

Hilary Tates
Store Manager, B'more Betty
http://www.onlybetty.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Contingency planning is a big part of good business strategy. Managers should be ready for anything – even a zombie attack.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business to sit down with Oliver Schlake to talk about his recent classroom exercise that had "zombies" attack to keep students on their toes for reacting to any scenario.

Oliver Schlake
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Maryland Film Tax Credits

With major HBO productions like "Veep" exploring filming elsewhere in the country, what's next for the Maryland film industry?

Jed Dietz
Director, Maryland Film Festival

Behind The Biz

It's impossible to have everything you need to trim up your lawn and keep your garden looking nice. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez has found a handy store that rents everything from lawnmowers to party items to construction equipment.

Bruce Carothers
Co-Owner, Bay Country Rentals
http://www.baycountryrentals.com/home/

Start Up Spotlight

How a startup plans to stop food hunger by delivering ugly fruits and vegetables right to your door.

Smith Business Close Up

U.S. multinational corporations (MNCs) hoard approximately $2 trillion in cash, the majority of which is kept overseas, and are required to pay U.S. corporate income taxes upon repatriation of foreign earnings earned in lower tax jurisdictions. New research provides evidence that MNCs facing higher repatriation tax costs are more likely to engage in acquisitions of both U.S. targets and foreign targets.

Emanuel Zur
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Convincing Millennials To Stay

Why cities and communities are betting big on millennials.

Steve Gondol
Executive Director, Live Baltimore

Behind The Biz

A new, chic men's boutique is creating quite a buzz in Frederick with its diverse name brands and unique fashion style.

Antonio Rico
Co-owner, Citizen Frederick
http://citizenfrederick.com/

Smith Business Close Up

How much confidence should you have in the findings published in the top strategic management journals? Less than you might think, according to new research.

In this issue of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Brent Goldfarb to talk about his new research, that estimates that 24 to 40 percent of the findings in five top strategic management journals are likely the result of chance.

Brent Goldfarb
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Urban Farming

Urban farming is more than just a dream for one Baltimore couple as MPT's Charles Robinson explains.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Home Flipping

Why companies specializing in buying and improving homes are getting top return in the Baltimore area.

Brandon Kirk
Real Estate Developer, Movement Mortgage

Smith Business Close Up

Earlier this year, President Obama proposed a 14 percent tax on U.S. multinationals' overseas earnings, plus a 19 percent minimum tax rate on future foreign profits. The proceeds would fix roads, bridges and other infrastructure. But this plan is contentious: "Raising taxes on our most innovative companies to fund ever greater unsustainable federal budgets is a recipe for disaster," says Michael Faulkender, Associate Professor of Finance and Director of the Masters Program in Finance at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

In this episode of Smith Business Close-Up with the Smith School, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Faulkender to talk about tax reforms.

Michael Faulkender
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

They first opened their doors in 1964, now more than 50 years later those doors are still open with well-stocked shelves of products and a plethora of appliances. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez finds out how a "mom and pop" store has managed to stay the course for over a half a century.

Basil Water
Founder/Owner, Water's Appliance
http://www.watersappliance.com

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Exelon-PHI Merger

Paula Carmody joins us to talk about the Maryland Public Service Commission conditional approval of the Exelon-PHI Merger.

Paula Carmody
People's Counsel

Smith Business Close Up

What makes someone an effective and strong leader? Is this a skill that can be acquired? These are questions that are often asked about leadership. There are varying perspectives on leadership at the fringes, but at the core there are qualities that are absolutely necessary to be an effective leader. In this issue of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Gary Cohen to talk about what makes a good leader and how to become one.

Gary Cohen
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

Their motto is to "play tough" and "play smart" and you could say that's been the business mantra for a Rockville-based company that creates products that the pros wear.

Peter Beveridge
Founder/Owner, EyeBlack
https://www.eyeblack.com

Start Up Spotlight

A company creating new ways to put technology in your hands.

Aaron Altscher
Handteq
http://handteq.com/

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Gender Pay Disparities

As gender-pay disparities seem to persist nationwide, we take a look at how Maryland is doing compared to other states.

Liz Watson
National Women's Law Center

Smith Business Close Up

In this segment of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Sunil Mithas to discuss his new book, "Dancing Elephants and Leaping Jaguars." It documents the leadership strategies and management interventions that drove Tata's growth following the liberalization of the Indian economy in the early 1990s.

Sunil Mithas
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

A local pottery company is marking a major milestone with 30 years of turning clay into art.

Becky Moy
Owner, Greenbridge Pottery
http://www.greenbridgepottery.com/

Flying Dog

A brewery out of Frederick is betting on 'crafty' looking beers and unique flavors as a recipe for success.

Jim Caruso
CEO, Flying Dog Brewery
http://flyingdogbrewery.com/

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Economic Impact of the Baltimore Protests

Local experts join us to shed light on the economic impact of the latest Baltimore protests stirred by the Freddie Gray case.

Daraius Irani
Towson University

Tom Sadowski
President & CEO, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

Behind The Biz

It's chocolate artistry at its finest with colorful designs and one-of-a-kind flavors. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez visits a quaint, Frederick shop that takes homemade chocolates to a whole new level.

Randy Olmstead
Chef/Owner, The Perfect Truffle
http://theperfecttruffle.com/

Smith Business Close Up

U.S. multinational corporations (MNCs) hoard approximately $2 trillion in cash, the majority of which is kept overseas, and are required to pay U.S. corporate income taxes upon repatriation of foreign earnings earned in lower tax jurisdictions. New research provides evidence that MNCs facing higher repatriation tax costs are more likely to engage in acquisitions of both U.S. targets and foreign targets.

Emanuel Zur
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Building A Strong Family Legacy

The new CEO of Brick Bodies joins us to talk about how she plans to continue her fitness strong family legacy.

Vicki Brick
CEO, Brick Bodies

Behind The Biz

A Baltimore institution has been serving up sandwiches and much more for a century.

Marc Attman
Owner, Attman's Deli

Smith Business Close Up

Are women closing the gender gap in the corporate world?

Joyce Russell
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Baltimore Sun Extra

Amazon Warehouse

Arthur Hirsch
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Preventing Seafood Fraud

InstantLabs, a Baltimore-based company, has developed a DNA testing kit to be used to help prevent seafood fraud.

Neil Sharma
Vice President of Product Development, InstantLabs

Behind The Biz

How a brainstorming session among metal colleagues has turned into a decade long successful business.

Scott Foreman
Co-Owner, Baltimore Fabrication

Mark Rich
Co-Owner, Baltimore Fabrication

http://baltimorefab.com/

Smith Business Close Up

How much confidence should you have in the findings published in the top strategic management journals? Less than you might think, according to new research.

In this issue of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Brent Goldfarb to talk about his new research, that estimates that 24 to 40 percent of the findings in five top strategic management journals are likely the result of chance.

Brent Goldfarb
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Water Wheel

A new and innovative way to clean Baltimore's Inner Harbor is gaining a lot of attention as Charles Robinson explains.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Changing The Gift Card Business

How one Maryland entrepreneur is making a big business out of small balances.

Kwame Kuadey
CEO, Giftcardrescue
http://www.giftcardrescue.com/

Behind The Biz

They first opened their doors in 1964, now more than 50 years later those doors are still open with well-stocked shelves of products and a plethora of appliances. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez finds out how a "mom and pop" store has managed to stay the course for over a half a century.

Basil Water
Founder/Owner, Water's Appliance
http://www.watersappliance.com

Flying Dog

A brewery out of Frederick is betting on 'crafty' looking beers and unique flavors as a recipe for success.

Jim Caruso
CEO, Flying Dog Brewery
http://flyingdogbrewery.com/

Baltimore Sun Extra

Why Orioles & Nationals fans should care about the MASN rights fight.

Jeff Barker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Building High

Toby Bozzuto joins us to talk about the Anthem House and other exciting real estate developments that The Bozzuto Group plans for the Baltimore area.

Toby Bozzuto
CEO, The Bozzuto Group

Behind The Biz

Their motto is to "play tough" and "play smart"and you could say that's been the business mantra for a Rockville-based company that creates products that the pros wear.

Peter Beveridge
Founder/Owner, EyeBlack
https://www.eyeblack.com

Smith Business Close Up

In this segment of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Sunil Mithas to discuss his new book, "Dancing Elephants and Leaping Jaguars." It documents the leadership strategies and management interventions that drove Tata's growth following the liberalization of the Indian economy in the early 1990s.

Sunil Mithas
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Local Real Estate Market

Andrew Strauch, VP of MRIS, discusses the local real estate market and predictions for the rest of the year.

Andrew Strauch
VP, MRIS

Behind The Biz

If you're looking for a way to beat the winter doldrums and add a little color to your life, how about taking a tie-dye class?

Erin Cassell
Owner, Roll up 'n Dye
http://rollupndye.com/

New Twist On Old Favorite

Baltimore Sun Extra

A possible disturbing trend for casinos in Maryland.

Jeff Barker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cancer Vaccine Advances

Andrew Tussing of Vaccinogen joins us to talk about the company's latest research in the cancer field and their recent relocation to downtown Baltimore.

Andrew Tussing
President & CEO, Vaccinogen

Tax Law Changes

Michael Harlow, Partner at CohnReznick, joins us to discuss the impact of the latest Maryland tax law changes.

Michael Harlow
Partner, CohnReznick

Smith Business Close Up

In early February, President Obama proposed a 14 percent tax on U.S. multinationals' overseas earnings, plus a 19 percent minimum tax rate on future foreign profits. The proceeds would fix roads, bridges and other infrastructure. But this plan is contentious: "Raising taxes on our most innovative companies to fund ever greater unsustainable federal budgets is a recipe for disaster," says Michael Faulkender, Associate Professor of Finance and Director of the Masters Program in Finance at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

In this episode of Smith Business Close-Up with the Smith School, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Faulkender to talk about tax reforms.

Michael Faulkender
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Maxing Out Your Social Security

Philip Moeller joins us via Skype to talk about his co-authored book that gives tips on getting smarter about social security.

Philip Moeller
Co-author, Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security

Baltimore Sun Extra

What the battle over TV rights fees means for Orioles and Nats fans.

Jeff Barker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

There are so many restaurants around Baltimore that specialize in a variety of ethnic cuisines, but you'd be hard pressed to find many eateries that have Spam as a main item on the menu.

Robert Alcain
Owner, A Taste of Aloha
http://www.taste-of-aloha.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Students are increasingly interested in using business principles to do good in the world. The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business has made a commitment to teaching students how to do so.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Christine Beckman, associate professor of management and organization, to talk about her new roles as academic director of the Smith School's Center for Social Value Creation.

Christine Beckman
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Visualizing Social Connections

David Troy of Peoplemaps join us to talk about a new way to visualize connections in your communities.

David Troy
Peoplemaps

Behind The Biz

A local pottery company is marking a major milestone with 30 years of turning clay into art.

Becky Moy
Owner, Greenbridge Pottery
http://www.greenbridgepottery.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Though the gender gap in the corporate world has narrowed over the last few decades, women still have a lot of ground to cover before they are equally represented in top positions in business. A big step toward closing the gap starts with business schools. The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business outlined its commitment to closing the gap in March, announcing its 50/50 by 2020 Pledge.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Vice Dean Joyce Russell to talk about the Smith School's pledge and why it is critical to attract more women to business.

Joyce Russell
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Flying High

Southwest Airlines CEO, Garry Kelly, appeared before the members of the BWI Business Roundtable recently and MPT's Jeff Salkin had the chance, as a moderator, to talk with him about the Southwest expansion plans, especially as next month the carrier adds its first flights to Central America, to Costa Rica.

Garry Kelly
Southwest Airlines CEO

Behind The Biz

It's a hobby that appeals to all age groups and thanks to a more diverse variety of yarns and new techniques-knitting is making a comeback. Our Yolanda Vazquez shows us the latest tools of the trade in this week's "Behind the Biz."

Leslye Solomon
Owner, Woolstock Knit & Sew
http://www.woolstock.com/

Trade Show Exhibits

How a small Maryland firm is competing in the business of trade shows exhibits.

Baltimore Sun Extra

What's the impact of bankrupt casinos in New Jersey on Maryland?

Jeff Barker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Smart Retail Labels

John White joins us to talk about the impact of Powershelf, a new smart shelving system for retail businesses.

John White
CEO, Compass Marketing

Behind The Biz

A relatively new store in Owings Mills is creating quite a buzz with their handmade, honey-inspired products.

Kara Brook
Owner, Waxing Kara/Honey House
https://waxingkara.com/honey-house/

Baltimore Sun Extra

What the opening of an Amazon warehouse means for the local economy.

Arthur Hirsch
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Smith Business Close Up

Students are increasingly interested in using business principles to do good in the world. The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business has made a commitment to teaching students how to do so.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Christine Beckman, associate professor of management and organization, to talk about her new roles as academic director of the Smith School's Center for Social Value Creation.

Christine Beckman
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Enterprising Marijuana

Professor Shad Ewart of Anne Arundel Community College is teaching a class on emerging markets as it relates to marijuana legalization and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Shad Ewart
Professor at Anne Arundel Community College

Behind The Biz

There are several different genres of art for folks to purchase-from mixed media to mosaic. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez previews a local exhibit that focuses on a slew of patriotic pieces better known as "flag art."

http://rflewismuseum.org/

Baltimore Sun Extra

A Presidential effort to stop seafood fraud.

Catherine Rentz
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Smith Business Close Up

Advances in technology have been critical to advances in health care. But it's crucial that health care workers know how to use the technology for it to be most effective. A new partnership among the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems, the Maryland Health Tech Coalition and Howard Community College will make sure Maryland health employees lead the sector.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Kenyon Crowley to talk about mobile technology in health care and why training workers to use it is so important.

Kenyon Crowley
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A More Competitive Maryland

How to grow the region's economy.

Augie Chiasera
Board Chair, Greater Baltimore Economic Alliance

Tom Sadowski
CEO, Greater Baltimore Economic Alliance

http://www.greaterbaltimore.org/

Behind The Biz

The tattoo removal industry has grown by leaps in bounds over the past decade, thanks to advancements in laser technology and more specialty boutiques setting up shop around the country. Our Yolanda Vazquez takes an inside look at one of the newer ones in Howard County.

Dr. Gwendolyn Yates
Co-Founder & Medical Director, A Change of Art Laser Tattoo Removal

Christopher Yates
Co-Founder & Clinic Manager, A Change of Art Laser Tattoo Removal

http://www.laser-tattoo-removal-baltimore.com/

Start Up Spotlight

A Baltimore-based startup is helping businesses and consumers integrate bitcoin digital technology

Joshua Riddle
CEO, Bitsie
http://www.bitsie.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Should you buy or rent? Consumers have long debated this decision when it comes to homes and cars, but a recent explosion in the rental market has provided more rental options than ever before. Everything from movies to designer handbags and dresses to jewelry and beyond can be rented. And according to new research, consumers have no problem opening their wallets to rent.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Anastasiya Pocheptsova to talk about her research that examines how consumers make purchasing and renting decisions.

Anastasiya Pocheptsova
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Economic Outlook

Anirban Basu joins us for a discussion on finances and the state of the economy for 2015.

Anirban Basu
Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group

Behind The Biz

It's games galore and more for a family owned and operated specialty toy store in Frederick.

Tom England
Co-Owner, Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts

Dogtopia

A company providing services for man's best friend.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Behind The Biz

There are so many restaurants around Baltimore that specialize in a variety of ethnic cuisines, but you'd be hard pressed to find many eateries that have Spam as a main item on the menu. Our Yolanda Vazquez samples some Polynesian fare.

Robert Alcain
Owner, A Taste of Aloha
http://www.taste-of-aloha.com/

Smith Business Close Up

In today's fast-paced world, executives have more on their plates than ever. But taking time to continue their education could make them better managers and leaders.

In this issue of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Gary Cohen to talk about the importance of executive education.

Gary Cohen
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Health Strategies

How Medifast's decision to partner with Fitbit impacts consumers trying to stay healthy.

Brian Kagen
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Medifast

OrderUp

A new business is taking a bite out of Baltimore's food industry.

Behind The Biz

One family owned and operated ice cream store is putting on the "Baltimore Charm" with a wide variety of flavors.

Laura Alima
Co-owner, The Charmery
http://www.thecharmery.com

Smith Business Close Up

Investors have proven to be smart enough to sniff out companies' implausible explanations for their quarterly earnings results, according to a new study.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Michael Kimbrough talk about his new research that looks at how investors respond to corporate news releases explaining quarterly earnings reports.

Michael Kimbrough
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Expanding Solar Power Systems

Corey Ramsden, Maryland program director for the Community Power Network, stops by to talk about the new Bowie solar co-op that will give residents discounted systems.

Corey Ramsden
Maryland Program Director, Community Power Network

Behind The Biz

A family owned and operated Italian deli in the heart of Bel Air's main street is still going strong after nearly a decade in business.

Maria Boeri
Owner, Savona Italian Deli
http://www.savonabelair.com/

Smith Business Close Up

With the start of the new year, many people's resolutions include setting career goals. Staying focused and setting a plan can make 2015 the year you land your dream job or that big promotion.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Jeff Kudisch to talk about the critical components of any successful job search.

Dr. Kudisch is Assistant Dean of Corporate Relations and Managing Director of the Office of Career Services. He is a Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow. He also is a co-founder and principal partner of Personnel Assessment Systems, Inc., a human resource consulting firm specializing in management and executive assessment.

Jeff Kudisch
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Start Up Spotlight

Three Ring

As members of the working world adapt to new and expanding technologies, one Baltimore-based business is a step ahead. Three Ring is taking the classroom to new levels.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Maryland State Fair

What's new & exciting at the Maryland State Fair

Andy Cashman
GM, Maryland State Fair
http://www.marylandstatefair.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Digital technology is changing everything these days, including the face of marketing and retailing. How is this impacting consumer behavior and what's up next?

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with P.K. Kannan to talk about how consumers and retailers can survive and thrive in the change digital landscape.

P.K. Kannan
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company