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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

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Scheduling Innovation

How a local startup is eliminating wasted time for professionals.

Jeff Peres
CEO, Everseat
https://www.everseat.com/

Drumming Therapy

How a musician turned his passion for drumming and helping others into a lucrative business.

Behind The Biz

An inside look at the indoor playground industry.

Brad Barnes
Co-Owner, That Bounce Place
http://www.thatbounceplace.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, December 18, 2014

Healthcare Reform

How the healthcare reform in Maryland and across the country has impacted consumers as well as hospitals and the health systems.

Amy Perry
President of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore/ Executive Vice President of LifeBridge Health

Dogtopia

A company providing services for man's best friend.

Start Up Spotlight

How much do you know about recent news events? A couple of local web entreprenuers are betting on a big appetite for current events.

Andrew Schuster
NewsUp

Smith Business Close Up

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 Rajshree Agarwal to talk about the future of innovation in America and how companies can inspire entrepreneurship among their employees.

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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Small Businesses

Everything you need to know about small business in Maryland and the rest of the nation.

Maria Contreras-Sweet
U.S. Small Business Administrator

Urban Farming

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

Smith Business Close Up

Where should you put your money? For the average person, figuring out where and how to invest can be overwhelming. But if you have the right mindset, it doesn't have to be.

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 to talk about investing and how to figure out a strategy that works for you.

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

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Behind The Biz

Whether you buy them online or in a store, eyewear retailers are "seeing" a boon in business. The industry has experienced significant growth over the last 5 years and one local shop in Hampden has their "sights" set on building their brand one customer at a time.

http://www.statista.com/topics/1470/eyewear-in-the-us/

Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company

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, November 27, 2014

Buying Into Black Friday

Get your Black Friday forecast right here on MPT.

Patrick Donoho
Maryland Retailers Association

Behind The Biz

A family owned and operated business in Baltimore County is carving out a nice niche for themselves by becoming the "go-to-shop" for high-end car repairs.

Allison Griffiths
Owner, Treasured Motor Car Services
http://www.treasuredmotorcars.com/

Start Up Spotlight

A new app is helping property managers to get their visitors more engaged.

Todd Marks
www.Viaplace.com

Silicon Valley East

Smith Business Close Up

What is the path to the top of the career ladder? Turns out, there is no clear cut route to the top. 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 developing a career path strategy that works for you.

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter Weather

Energy efficiency tips from BGE's CEO, along with his plans for the company.

Calvin Butler
CEO, BGE

Behind The Biz

Bel Air's main street section has a lot to offer in the form of retail shopping. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez takes us to a quaint consignment shop that's benefitting from its expansion in more ways than one.

Tianna VanSprill
Owner, Barely Used Consignments
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barely-Used-Consignments-on-Main-St/209728665736985

Start Up Spotlight

A mobile healthcare platform that helps with remote patient management.

Sebastian Seiguer
CEO, Emocha

Smith Business Close Up

Hailed for their convenience, online MBA program offerings are growing. The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business launched its own accredited degree program in January of this year and continues to draw students. How will this new method of MBA degree delivery impact the industry?

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Retirement

Is it ever ok to take money out of your retirement fund for other purposes?

Stuart Ritter
T. Rowe Price
www.troweprice.com

Smith Business Close Up

This year's Global Entrepreneurship Week starts November 17. The annual weeklong event is a celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. At the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business the focus on global entrepreneurship extends throughout the year.

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 Holly DeArmond to talk about global entrepreneurship and what this means at the University of Maryland and beyond.

Holly DeArmond
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Start Up Spotlight

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, November 6, 2014

Tailored To You

Style for men that fits you.

Seth Schafer
Christopher Schafer Clothier

Chris Schafer
Christopher Schafer Clothier

Behind The Biz

Hard work, determination and perseverance, that's the winning recipe for a local entrepreneur who is baking up a sweet success story.

Nikki Lewis
Owner, The Mallow Bar
http://www.themallowbar.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Where should you put your money? For the average person, figuring out where and how to invest can be overwhelming. But if you have the right mindset, it doesn't have to be.

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 to talk about investing and how to figure out a strategy that works for you.

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

Start Up Spotlight

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Behind The Biz

An inside look at the indoor playground industry.

Brad Barnes
Co-Owner, That Bounce Place
http://www.thatbounceplace.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/

Drumming Therapy

How a musician turned his passion for drumming and helping others into a lucrative business.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Sport of Food

Some Baltimore businessmen create a food for sports watching enthusiasts that's very close to home.

Jeff Hinton
Home Team Snacks

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

Water Wheel

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

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, October 16, 2014

Reverse Mortages

Learn how you can use your equity in your home to maximize your cash flow.

Eric J. Rittmeyer
Fidelis Mortgage

Behind The Biz

A family owned and operated business in Baltimore County is carving out a nice niche for themselves by becoming the "go-to-shop" for high-end car repairs.

Allison Griffiths
Owner, Treasured Motor Car Services
http://www.treasuredmotorcars.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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Money Matters

Managing your budget and making good spending choices.

Muriel Garr
Vice President and Regional Community Development Manager of SunTrust Bank

Healthcare Reform

Making healthcare reform work with innovative approaches.

Dr. Scott Rifkin
Chairman of National Post-Acute Healthcare (NPH)

Atwater's

A Maryland based eatery giving national chains a taste of their success.

Behind The Biz

Farm to the table is a growing trend around the nation and here in Maryland.

Phil Gottwals
Co-Owner, Friends and Farms
https://www.friendsandfarms.com/

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Business in America

Information straight from the source for today's workplace leaders.

Steve Forbes
Chairman and CEO of Forbes

Silicon Valley East

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/

Start Up Spotlight

An app that promises to boost your business profile.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Brighter Future

An organization working to help Maryland's young people prepare for college, careers, and entrepreneurship.

Jennifer Bodensiek
President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

Water Wheel

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

Behind The Biz

After 17 long years the O's have clinched the AL East. It's been a long time coming for Baltimore's baseball team, but one local t-shirt printing company knew they were winners from the start.

Robert Andelman
President, Nightmare Graphics
http://www.nightmaregraphics.com/

Smith Biz Close-Up

A leading electric car maker is sharing its patents, what does this mean for the industry?

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Credit Unions

A discussion and credit union membership and its benefits.

Cutler Dawson
President and CEO, Navy Federal Credit Union

Smith Business Close Up

Where should you put your money? For the average person, figuring out where and how to invest can be overwhelming. But if you have the right mindset, it doesn't have to be.

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 to talk about investing and how to figure out a strategy that works for you.

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

Behind The Biz

A patriotic-themed eatery with a mission to serve is taking the restaurant world by storm.

Bill Kraus
Co-Owner, Mission BBQ

Steve Newton
Co-Owner, Mission BBQ
http://mission-bbq.com/

Start Up Spotlight

A mobile healthcare platform that helps with remote patient management.

Sebastian Seiguer
CEO, Emocha

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Spectacular Event

An outline of the events of the Star Spangled Spectacular.

Bill Pencek
Executive Director, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

Behind The Biz

This week, Yolanda Vazquez visits a local facility that takes a look at the growth of the indoor playground industry.

Brad Barnes
Co-Owner, That Bounce Place
http://www.thatbounceplace.com/

Smith Business Close Up

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Sandor Boyson talks about the U.S.-international trade and what should be done to ensure a strong economic future, particularly creating a new automated trade and customs system to support cross-border transactions.

Sandy Boyson
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Crabs For The Picking

We make a splash with Conrad's Seafood Restaurant.

Andrea and Tony Conrad
Conrad's Seafood Restaurant

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Spectacular in Baltimore

The impact of the Star Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore.

Tom Noonan
President and CEO, Visit Baltimore

Smith Business Close Up

What is the path to the top of the career ladder? Turns out, there is no clear cut route to the top. 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 developing a career path strategy that works for you.

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

Behind The Biz

Whether you buy them online or in a store, eyewear retailers are "seeing" a boon in business. The industry has experienced significant growth over the last 5 years and one local shop in Hampden has their "sights" set on building their brand one customer at a time.

http://www.statista.com/topics/1470/eyewear-in-the-us/

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Online Tickets

A new headliner at a Maryland based online ticketing company.

Greg Cangialosi
CEO, MissionTix
http://www.missiontix.com/

Horseshoe Casino

The arrival of a new casino in Baltimore has development officials salivating at revamping an under served area. Charles Robinson looks at what's in store for the land around the Horseshoe Casino.

Smith Business Close Up

"Leadership is not defined by titles and the future is not considered a destination, but a notion. It is a concept that is elusive yet we must strive to achieve it. In its pursuit, we executive our mission with excellence, we give renewed meaning to our purpose, and we shape ourselves in the process," writes Gerald Suarez in his new leadership book. "We cannot take comfort in our present course because even if we are doing what seems to be fine today, it will not be enough tomorrow. Shaping the future is an ongoing, never-ending endeavor."

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Gerald Suarez talks about his new book, "Leader of One: Shaping Your Future Through Imagination and Design."

Gerald Suarez
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

Bel Air's main street section has a lot to offer in the form of retail shopping. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez takes us to a quaint consignment shop that's benefitting from its expansion in more ways than one.

Tianna VanSprill
Owner, Barely Used Consignments

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barely-Used-Consignments-on-Main-St/209728665736985

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Casino Opening

The new casino, Horseshoe Baltimore, is opening this month. Jeff Salkin takes a tour and interviews the general manager.

Chad Barnhill
General Manager, Horseshoe Baltimore

Smith Business Close Up

Hailed for their convenience, online MBA program offerings are growing. The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business launched its own accredited degree program in January of this year and continues to draw students. How will this new method of MBA degree delivery impact the industry?

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

Behind The Biz

Some experts say one of the top marketing firms in the nation is right here in Baltimore.

www.planitagency.com

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Uber Decision

A Maryland Commission has ruled that Uber has to follow the same regulations as other for-hire vehicle services.

Paula Carmody
People's Counsel, State of Maryland

Behind The Biz

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

http://thecharmery.com/

Lord Baltimore Hotel

A major face-lift for an historic hotel in Baltimore.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Seafood Centennial

Prominent Maryland restaurant Phillips Seafood celebrates 100 years.

Steve Phillips
CEO, Phillips Seafood

Behind The Biz

A local eye shop has their sights set on building their brand.

Cerrill Meister
Owner, Eye Candy
http://www.eyecandyopticianry.com/index.html

Smith Biz Close-Up

A leading electric car maker is sharing its patents, what does this mean for the industry?

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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Investing in Baltimore

Baltimore's new bond rating is AA. The Mayor joins us to talk about why investors should come to Charm City.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D)
Baltimore City

Smith Business Close Up

"Leadership is not defined by titles and the future is not considered a destination, but a notion. It is a concept that is elusive yet we must strive to achieve it. In its pursuit, we executive our mission with excellence, we give renewed meaning to our purpose, and we shape ourselves in the process," writes Gerald Suarez in his new leadership book. "We cannot take comfort in our present course because even if we are doing what seems to be fine today, it will not be enough tomorrow. Shaping the future is an ongoing, never-ending endeavor.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Gerald Suarez talks about his new book, "Leader of One: Shaping Your Future Through Imagination and Design."

Gerald Suarez
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

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/

Start Up Spotlight

A new app is helping property managers to get their visitors more engaged.

Todd Marks
www.Viaplace.com

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Taking A Gamble

We bring in a gambling expert to talk about the new trend of casinos opening in Maryland but closing in Atlantic City.

James Karmel, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Harford Community College

Behind The Biz

Bel Air's main street section has a lot to offer in the form of retail shopping. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez takes us to a quaint consignment shop that's benefitting from its expansion in more ways than one.

Tianna VanSprill
Owner, Barely Used Consignments
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barely-Used-Consignments-on-Main-St/209728665736985

Generations of Ironworks

It's the oldest operating blacksmith's shop in the United States and it's right here in Baltimore.

Baltimore Sun Extra

Dividing Up Casino Winnings

Arthur Hirsch
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Science Education

A new program aims to help young scientists turn their discoveries into practical and marketable realities.

Russell Hill
Director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

Smith Business Close Up

Fifteen current and former NFL players, including Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith UMD '10, recently gathered in Baltimore for offseason training -- but not for the gridiron. They worked on their business skills under the tutelage of experts from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Hank Boyd talks about the program.

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

Helping young adults find jobs in a difficult environment.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

Their history dates back to the late 1800's with their first shop set up in downtown Baltimore, Yolanda Vazquez visits a premium tobacco shop that has been servicing its customers for more than 100 years.

Jim Gray
Manager, Fader's/Towson
www.faderstobac.com

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Income Inequality

Wages going up for some Marylanders, while falling for others, what this means for the region.

Benjamin Orr
Maryland Center on Economic Policy

Start Up Spotlight

A local company that helps retailers is getting attention and funding.

David Potts
CEO & Founder, SalesWarp

Baltimore Sun Extra

How Maryland's biggest casino plans to up the ante.

Arthur Hirsch
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

A local entrepreneur living his racing dream while keeping his customers on track.

Jordan Wallace
Competition Director, Autobahn Indoor Speedway
http://www.autobahnspeed.com/

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Beginnings

Maryland's Chamber of Commerce has a new President. He joins us to talk about his new position, including his goals and initiatives.

Brien Poffenberger
President, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

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/

Baltimore Sun Extra

Local program helping young adults find work in a tough environment.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

A full-service scooter shop is making a name for itself in Baltimore County.

Mark Juris
Owner, Moto Strada
www.motostrada.com

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Redskins Controversy

A rematch between the U.S. government and Washington’s football team.

Rusty Briggs
Patent & Trademark Lawyer, NSIP Law

Painted Palette

How a pair of entrepreneurs in Baltimore are helping customers unleash their inner artist with a paint brush and a glass of wine.

Baltimore Sun Extra

What possible changes in health insurance rates could mean for some Marylanders.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Transportation

Services like Uber are becoming a way to get around Baltimore on the cheap.

Shwetha Rajashekara
Uber's general manager for Maryland

Smith Business Close-Up

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Sandy Boyson talks about the U.S.-international trade and what should be done to ensure a strong economic future, particularly creating a new automated trade and customs system to support cross-border transactions.

Sandy Boyson
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Baltimore Sun Extra

Dividing Up Casino Winnings

Arthur Hirsch
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, June 12, 2014

3-D Printing

Do you need something around the house? Soon you might not have to go to the store or the web. A Maryland based company is working to bring 3-D printing to more consumers.

Social Investing

Can investors make money with socially responsible companies?

Electric Road Trip

How a unique trip across Maryland could change everything you know about electric cars.

Jonathan Slade
Electric Road Trip"

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ironworks Family

It's the oldest operating blacksmith's shop in the United States and it's right here in Baltimore.

Charity Scams

How to protect yourself from a charity scam.

Henry Bogdan
Director of Public Policy, Maryland Nonprofits

Del. Dan Morhaim
(D) Baltimore County

Smith Business Close Up

Congress is still working on massive reforms to the country's housing-finance system, with major reforms proposed for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. What does this mean for the housing market and home buyers?

Cliff Rossi
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Behind The Biz

This time of year, most people visit their local garden center to pick up their favorite flowers or plants to start getting their lawns in order. But have you ever wondered where those plants come from? Our Yolanda Vazquez visits a wholesale nursery that's been building a name for itself over the past 130 years.

Tim Babikow
Owner, Babikow Greenhouses
http://babikow.com/

Carver Cafe

Baltimore City schools are taking a new approach in training students for careers. They're putting students in the environment where they need to perform.

Small Business Loans

What's it take for a small business to get a loan?

Deric Mims
SunTrust Bank

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Underwater Solutions

A local firm played a role in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.

Peter LeHardy
Phoenix International Underwater Solutions Worldwide

Smith Biz

Michael Lewis's new book, "Flash Boys," delves into the world of high-frequency trading. Blamed for the May 2010 stock market "flash crash," this type of trading – which relies on using fast computers to make quick trades – has changed the playing field for traders.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Professor Albert "Pete" Kyle discusses high-frequency trading and Lewis' new book.

Pete Kyle
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

Their history dates back to the late 1800's with their first shop set up in downtown Baltimore. In this week's "Behind the Biz," Yolanda Vazquez visits a premium tobacco shop that has been servicing its customers for more than 100 years.

Jim Gray
Manager, Fader's/Towson
http://www.faderstobac.com/

Maryland's Beer Business

A Maryland based brewery is finding new ways to quench their customers thirst.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Necessity of Strangers

A new book about how hiring people who are different than you are can make your company more successful.

Alan Gregerman
Author and Professor, Georgetown University

Socially Responsible Investing

Can investors make money with socially responsible companies?

Behind The Biz

It isn't your typical hair salon and that's exactly what one local entrepreneur is hoping will draw in new customers.

Abi Frederick
Owner, Haute Blow Dry Bar
http://hauteblowdry.com/

Partnership Paying Dividends For Children

For 20 years a popular drug store chain has been creating different ways to help children in need.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Solar Power

Discussing sustainability initiatives at the Domino Sugars plant.

Peter O'Malley
ASR Group's Vice President of Corporate Relations

Smith Business Close Up

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Joseph Bailey talks about the recent case competition with QUEST students and how the Smith School is teaching through experiential learning. Student Praneet Puppala was on the winning team.

http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

A unique boutique has their designs set on Mother's Day as Yolanda Vazquez shows us what's behind their decoratively-designed handmade earrings.

https://www.facebook.com/Beadweartowson

RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation

For nearly 30 years, a Maryland based limo company has been providing customers with more than just a lift.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Human Relations

Find out about the restructuring trends happening in HR departments.

Craig Ruppert
CEO of Ruppert Landscape

John Buergenthal
HR Executive, ResourceWorks

Carver Cafe

Baltimore City schools are taking a new approach in training students for careers. They're putting students in the environment where they need to perform.

Behind The Biz

A full-service scooter shop is making a name for itself in Baltimore County.

http://www.motostrada.com/

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Perfecting Your Pitch

Seasoned sports agent and now author Ron Shapiro discusses his new book on consulting, negotiating, and succeeding in life.

Ron Shapiro
Sports Agent and Author

Smith Business Close-Up

Turning dreams into dollars, we visit the University of Maryland where students, entrepreneurs and business leaders are all taking part in Cupid's Cup, as Nancy Yamada explains, it's a chance for today's inventors to turn dreams into reality.

http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Eco Friendly Businesses

As part of MPT's Bay week, we look how a variety of businesses around Annapolis are going green.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Corporate Wellness

Shedding pounds on the job, why more companies are investing in corporate wellness.

Brian Lloyd
Medifast, Executive Vice President

Janis Smith
1st Mariner Bank, Vice President

Behind The Biz

There aren't too many places around town where you can buy fresh roasted peanuts. It's a tradition that dates back to the late 19th century in downtown Baltimore and is still alive today.

Ted Pavlos
Owner, Jeppi Nut & Candy Company
http://www.jeppi.com/cgi-bin/jeppi/

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fast Food

Fast food restaurant Roy Rogers takes a bite into some new markets. We learn about expansion plans.

Jim Plamondon
Roy Rogers

Behind The Biz

Got the need for speed? How about a few laps around an indoor go-kart track. Our intrepid reporter, Yolanda Vazquez, flagged down this high-octane, business venture in Jessup, Maryland.

Jordan Wallace
Competition Director, Autobahn Indoor Speedway
http://www.autobahnspeed.com/

Smith Business Close-Up

Inside an executive program developing business leaders of tomorrow.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Technology Innovation

A local app developer and gaming guru is making a move into wearable technology while moving it's headquarters into a new neighborhood.

Todd Marks
CEO, Mindgrub Technologies
http://www.mindgrub.com/

Behind The Biz

The downturn in the economy a few years ago shuttered many "new age" stores around Maryland, but one store has managed to flourish in the midst of hard times.

Sterling Gallagher
Owner, The Crystal Fox
http://www.thecrystalfox.com

Abu The Flutemaker

We've heard the adage that one person's trash is another person's treasure. Charles Robinson found a musician who takes the idea to heart

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Sport

Baltimore's Classic Five golf courses are set to open soon. After such a rough winter, what do they have to do to prepare? We'll tell you the best places to hit the links.

Jon Ladd
Baltimore Classic Five's Executive Director

Smith Business Close-Up

The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business recently held a "Do Good Challenge" that allowed students to showcase their best social ideas.

http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

They're a one-stop-shop for all your wholesale packaging and equipment needs. This family-owned and operated business has had much success over the years. And in tonight's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez finds out why they're "much more than paper."

Ron Attman
Co-Owner, Acme Paper and Supply Co.

Steve Attman
Co-Owner, Acme Paper and Supply Co.

http://www.acmepaper.com

Baltimore Sun Extra

Up in smoke, why vapor shops are on the rise.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Behind The Biz

Pet food and pet products are a multi-million dollar business and one local company is cashing in on the "pampered pooch" lifestyle craze.

Virginia Byrnes
Co-Owner, Dogma- Life, with your Pet
http://dogmaforpets.com/

Baltimore Sun Extra

A unique plan in Maryland is aimed at reducing hospital costs, but at what cost to patients?

Andrea Walker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation

For nearly 30 years, a Maryland based limo company has been providing customers with more than just a lift.

Robert Alexander
CEO & Founder, RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation
http://www.rmalimo.com/

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

The development of Baltimore's new casino and the hiring process for employees.

Chris Barnhill
GM, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Behind The Biz

They help steer entrepreneurs in the right direction and give them the support they need to sustain a business. Our Yolanda Vazquez gives us the details on this Howard County initiative.

Julie Lenzer Kirk
Executive Director, Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship
http://www.hceda.org/maryland-center-for-entrepreneurship.aspx

Smith Biz Close-Up

As technology constantly evolves, so do many industries – often because they are forced to. Businesses that fail to adapt to disruptive technologies often don't survive. One industry that is seeing the impact of technology in the digital age is education.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Henry Lucas talks about disruptive technologies and his recent experiences teaching Massive Online Open Courses – free online courses that often have more than 10,000 students participating.

Hank Lucas
University of Maryland Robet H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Baltimore Sun Extra

What to look for next in the troubled Maryland Health Exchange.

Andrea Walker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Print Media: Alive & Growing

The press organization serves the needs of 113 newspaper members by providing professional training and development, legislative representation and promoting First Amendment issues. Members of the association include all the daily and most of the non-daily newspapers in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Rebecca Snyder
Executive Director, Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association
mddcpress.com

Baltimore Sun Extra

Maryland Real Estate Outlook 2014

Jamie Smith Hopkins
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

They are a national leader in the field of player development and college recruiting, but the success of this Howard County company didn't happen overnight.

Steve Scalfani
CEO, Founder, Baseball Factory
http://www.baseballfactory.com/

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Buying Out Equity

A new firm is focused on acquiring companies and their real estate.

Jason Pappas
Co-Founder, Antson Capital

Smith Business Close Up

A growth spot for business education and a business program aimed at the executive in the work force.

Gary Cohen
University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business

http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Baltimore Sun Extra

What consumers should expect if a rescue plan goes through for 1st Mariner Bank.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

A local, long-time fashion guru, after ups and down in his career, has finally "got it in the bag."

George Sakellaris
Owner, Handbags in the City

http://handbagsinthecity.com/

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Making Sense Of Behavioral Finance

Back pain is one of the most common health problems in the United States, with about eight out of 10 Americans experiencing back pain at some point in their lives.

Victor Ricciardi
Author, Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing

Behind The Biz

A locally owned tire company has been gaining traction in their automotive empire since the 1940s, how are they still going strong after seven decades in the business?

Jay Huff
Co-owner, Brooks-Huff Tire & Auto Center

Todd Huff
Co-owner, Brooks-Huff Tire & Auto Center

http://www.brookshuff.com/

Life Saving Whiteboards

A Maryland company is making life saving armor out of whiteboards.

Filmmaking In Maryland

Veep and House of Cards are a pair of Washington based TV series that are filmed in Maryland. Some Maryland businesses are seeing a windfall from the productions. Charles Robinson looks behind the camera at the business of film making in Maryland.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Women In Technology

A chance for women to learn how to develop software and code.

Misty Melton
Founder & Chapter Leader, Girl Develop It Baltimore & DC

Casino On The Way

While we're a couple years away from the opening of a new casino near National Harbor, business is booming in and around the site. Charles Robinson takes a look.

Behind The Biz

A Maryland based gym is looking to cash in on a new type of workout

Brandon Chasen
Co-Owner, CrossFit Harbor East
http://www.crossfitharboreast.com/

Smith Biz Close-Up

The digital age has changed education, including making it easier than ever to make content available to the masses through free online courses. These Massive Online Open Courses – MOOCs – are a growing trend in education and University of Maryland is part of the movement.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Henry Lucas talks his MOOC course that launches this spring and the opportunities and challenges that come with teaching more than 10,000 students in an online course.

Hank Lucas
University of Maryland Robet H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Diamond In The Rough

Everything you need to know about diamonds, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Jonathan and Ronnie Mervis
Mervis Diamond Importers

Smith Biz Close-Up

The world is gearing up for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Marketers are also gearing up to capitalize on the Games.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Hank Boyd talks about the Winter Olympics marketing opportunities.

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

How to get the most bang for your home improvement investment.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

They've had a huge impact on every major auto racing event, competitive sports game and high stakes horse race in the country. Yolanda Vazquez visits a local company that works hard to give viewers a unique perspective.

http://www.broadcastsportsinc.com/

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Building a Travel Plaza

The architect for the new travel plaza in Harford County joins us.

Adam Gross
Ayers Saint Gross

Start Up Spotlight

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

Aaron Altscher
Handteq
http://handteq.com/

Blacktip Reef

A new exhibit at the National Aquarium is offering up-close and personal encounters with sharks.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Real Estate Outlook

Discussion on the 2014 real estate market and what to expect for buyers and sellers.

Andrew Strauch
Vice President, Product Innovation & Marketing

Behind The Biz

What started off as a mail order business back in the early 80's has turned into an athletic apparel empire with both a bricks and mortar store and a bustling online business.

David Hirshfeld
Co-Owner, Holabird Sports
http://www.holabirdsports.com/

Smith Biz Close-Up

A recent scandal in the NFL's Miami Dolphins organization brought to light the havoc bullying can create in the workplace – whether it's the locker room or the boardroom. Bullies classify as "difficult" co-workers, and they can have big effects on job performance.

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 Cynthia Kay Stevens to talk about the impact of bullies in the workplace and what to do about them and other difficult co-workers.

Cindy Stevens
University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Incentivizing Cyber Security Businesses

Giving tax credits to cyber security companies in Maryland.

Jeffrey Wells
Executive Director of Cyber Development from DBED

Mike Binko
President and CEO of Kloudtrack

Behind The Biz

You don't hear about too many restaurants being in business for 40 years. It takes a lot of hard work to keep customers coming back year after year. Well, one restaurant in Baltimore has had some major success by giving diners what they want...and a whole lot more.

John Minadakis
Co-Owner, Jimmy's Famous Seafood Restaurant
http://www.jimmysfamousseafood.net/

Life Saving Whiteboard

A Maryland company known for producing life saving armor for law enforcement is turning its attention to schools. Lou Davis shows us how they're doing it.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Future of the internet

What's next for the Maryland native who created one of the internets most popular sites?

Alexis Ohanian
Co-Founder, Reddit
www.reddit.com

Smith Business Close Up

The growing crowdfunding phenomenon has exploded in the past five years with sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. With crowdfunding, startups raise the funds they need in small doses, and “investors” get returns on their small investments, or products, perks or rewards for their donation-based funding. And now recent changes to SEC rules have made it possible for crowdfunding sites to allow startups to offer qualified investors a small slice of equity.

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 Siva Viswanathan to talk about crowdfunding and his research delving into what really matters for entrepreneurs using this funding method.

Siva Viswanathan
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

A local company still solid as a rock after half a century on the job.

Joe Vinci
Owner, Vinci Stone
http://www.vincistone.com/