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Your Money & Business Guests

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Magic Retirement Number

Do Maryland residents have enough saved for retirement? We're taking a look at the magic retirement number and how to make sure you've saved enough to live comfortably in retirement.

Scott Puritz
Co-founder and Managing Director, Rebalance IRA

Beat The Heat

How do businesses like Six Flags benefit from the latest heat wave and what is new in the thrilling roller coasters world.

Debbie Evans
Director of Marketing, Six Flags America

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Latest In Overtime Rules

An update regarding the Labor Department's changes in the overtime rules.

Howard K. Kurman
Principal, Offit│Kurman Attorneys At Law

Staying Fit At The Airport

Why BWI is opening a gym to get travelers to exercise when in transit through the airport.

Brett Kelly
Vice President in charge of retail operations at AirMall, BWI

Behind The Biz

Whether you need a last-minute doggy dogcare or obedience training for your four-legged friend, you'll find it all at a special canine academy in Elkridge.

Tecla Walton
Owner, Tecla's K-9 Academy
http://teclask9academy.com/

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Medical Foods - The Next Big Health Trend

The FDA recently released final guidance on the definition and labeling of medical foods. Major food manufacturers, such as Nestle, have also announced that medical foods will be their next big growth category; however, many consumers are largely unaware of medical foods and their use in managing nutritional deficiencies associated with certain diseases and health conditions, such as ADHD and Early Memory Impairment (EMI).

Rob Crim
President & CEO, VAYA Pharma

Why Pay More?

Why dresses cost more when they're meant for walking down the aisle and what consumers can do about it.

Sarah Halzack
The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/sarah-halzack

Behind The Biz

After working in his family's concrete business and attending culinary school, one local chef decided to take a chance and open up a chain of "fresh-food" restaurants.

Greg Nalley
Owner/Chef/Culinary Director
http://www.nalleyfresh.com/

Haunted Property?

A large property in Prince George's County is looking for a facelift. One of the challenges is its reputation of being haunted. Charles Robinson separates the truth from the fiction in Glen Dale.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

WWII-era Shipyard Crane Restoration

The Baltimore Museum of Industry begins a $500,000 restoration of a shipyard crane dating back to World War II.

Anita Kassof
Executive Director, Baltimore Museum of Industry

Impact of Brexit

What's the impact in Maryland about Britain's decision to leave the European Union?

Robert Carpenter
Professor of Economics, UMBC

Behind The Biz

Inspired by her fashion background and passion for artistic design, one Silver Spring resident is slowly making a name for herself in the stationery world. Yolanda Vazquez has more in this week's "Behind the Biz."

http://bellajenna.com/

Big Board

Who doesn't like a big return on their investment? What if that investment was beer? Nancy Yamada has the story from NE Washington DC.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Impact of Down Retail Sales

Looking for a bargain? Why are retail sales down despite more jobs and low gas prices?

Sarah Halzack
The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/sarah-halzack

Behind The Biz

Did you know that one of the fastest growing condiment companies in the country is based in Baltimore? Launched in 2009, Tessemae's took a simple, family recipe and turned into a multi-million dollar salad dressing line.

http://www.tessemaes.com/

Prime Time Living - Older Drivers Safety

An educational program called CarFit is helping senior citizens keep their driving skills sharp while on the road.

www.MarylandAccessPoint.info
1-844-MAP-LINK (627-5465)
MD Access Point

Greetings And Readings

Independent book stores have become nearly extinct as they struggle to compete with big box stores or online retailers.But Nancy Yamada shows us a family owned store that has found success by expanding what they sell.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Millennial Mortgage

The reason many young people delay buying their first home and why that may be changing.

Nina Heck
Advocacy Director, Guidewell

Tom Simonton
Director of Housing & Community Development, Guidewell

Behind The Biz

A shop way off the beaten path in Annapolis, Yolanda Vazquez with a look inside.

Angelique Mango
Owner, Way Off The Beaten Path
https://www.facebook.com/WayOffTheBeatenPath

Smith Business Close Up

Are today's colleges going the way of Blockbuster after the rise of Netflix and streaming video? Things might not be quite so dire. But university leaders need to act quickly to take advantage of emerging technologies.

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 how they are impacting higher education.

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

Foot Golf

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Engaging The Growing Hispanic Market

How to engage the diverse and growing Hispanic market through well-thought-out marketing and much more.

Veronica Cool
CEO, Cool & Associates

Melinda Wittstock
CEO & Founder, VERIFEED

Behind The Biz

How a Fells Point restaurant specializing in intelligent nutrition for two decades keeps customers coming back.

Antonette & Mike Lippy
Owners, Liquid Earth
http://liquidearth.com/

Smith Business Close Up

By using advanced baseball statistics, it's possible to predict the monetary value of baseball players' future contributions — and avoid awarding massive multiyear contracts to players whose best days are behind them, according to new research from the Robert H. Smith School, at the University of Maryland.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Sean Barnes talks about this new research. Barnes and Margrét Bjarnadóttir, assistant professors in the Smith's department of decision, operations and information technologies, examined the performance of impending free agent MLB players from 1998-2014 to determine whether they players' contributions to their teams measured up to their salaries.

Sean Barnes
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Helping Veterans

Legal help for veterans from veterans.

Mike May
Vietnam War Veteran, US Army, attorney

Mike Lawlor
Vietnam War Veteran, US Army, attorney

Behind The Biz

Supporting the community and partnering with local business is the core focus of a cut and sew operation specializing in soft goods.

Jeremiah Jones
Owner, SewLab USA
https://wwww.sewlabusa.com

Escape Rooms

A new entertainment-based business is growing in popularity, and it involves locking customers in a room. Josh Davidsburg introduces us to Escape Rooms.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Navigating The Industries Of The Future

Leading innovation expert, Alec Ross, joins us to talk about his New York Times bestseller, The Industries of the Future.

Alec Ross
Author, The Industries of the Future

National Harbor

National Harbor is poised to be a major player in the Convention and Visitor Business in Maryland. Charles Robinson finds out why.

Behind The Biz

A hip, clothing boutique is celebrating its longevity in the retail market. Yolanda Vazquez finds out why they've been successful for so long.

Angela Tandy
Owner, Sassanova
http://sassanova.com

Smith Business Close Up

People are constantly looking for insight on the keys to being a successful leader. A new book explores the insights current and aspiring leaders can learn through poetry.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Gaurav Bhalla talks about his new book project that uses poetry to illustrate leadership lessons. Bhalla is an adjunct faculty member in Smith's marketing department.

Gaurav Bhalla
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Play Work or Dash

A new kind of daycare.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Emergency Preparedness

MD Access PointWhat older adults and people with disabilities need to know before an emergency.

Cecilia Warren
Director, Emergency Preparedness Policy, Dept. of Disabilities
www.MarylandAccessPoint.info
1-844-MAP-LINK (627-5465)

Behind The Biz

It's been a Laurel landmark for over 40 years with customers stopping in to purchase their freshly-baked birthday cakes. In this week's "Behind the Biz", Yolanda Vazquez finds out why this busy bakery "takes the cake" when it comes to customer loyalty.

Diane White
Owner, Kake Korner
http://kakekorner.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Brazil's economy is undergoing the worst recession since 1901, just as the country gears up for this summer's Rio Olympics. The games face deep cuts, and now the mosquito-born Zika virus creates another threat.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Paulo Prochno talks about the three fronts converging into a perfect storm for Brazil's economy.

Paulo Prochno
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Play Work or Dash

A new kind of daycare.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Big Deal On Small Room

A new approach to finding an inexpensive hotel room.

Andrea Sachs
The Washington Post
washingtonpost.com

Behind The Biz

Comfortable and stylish clothes-- -that fit an active lifestyle. That was the goal of a local clothing designer here in Baltimore. A few years later, her yoga-inspired outfits are flying off the shelves.

Nicole Gordon
Owner, 3 Clothing
http://www.3-clothing.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Are today's colleges going the way of Blockbuster after the rise of Netflix and streaming video? Things might not be quite so dire. But university leaders need to act quickly to take advantage of emerging technologies.

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 how they are impacting higher education.

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

Maryland Vietnam War Stories

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"

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Keeping Your Online Identity Secure

In light of recent email hacking events, we take a look at better ways to keep consumers' online identities safe.

Ryan Flach
Co-Founder & CTO, TrackOff​

Station North

There's a business renaissance going on in the center of Baltimore. Charles Robinson visits the Station North Arts District.

Behind The Biz

In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez introduces us to a local eatery that serves up a "taste of the tropics."

Donovan Murphy
Owner, Island Quizine
http://www.islandquizine.com/

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Avoiding Bankruptcy

How consumers and low income Marylanders can avoid bankruptcy.

Amy Hennen
Staff Attorney, MVLS​
http://mvlslaw.org/

Behind The Biz

From boats to blue herons, a Maryland artist has become very popular among tourists and locals alike in Annapolis.

Nancy Hammond
Owner, Nancy Hammond Editions

Kate Hammond
Store Manager, Nancy Hammond Editions

Smith Business Close Up

Founder-CEOs and CEOs related to the founder see the world differently than CEOs of non-family firms, and they pursue different strategies, according to new research from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, we invited William Mullins to talk about this new research.

William Mullins
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Millennial Money

Money lessons for young adults, how millennials are managing their money.

Jonnelle Marte
The Washington Post
washingtonpost.com

Behind The Biz

Independent chains have always had a tough time. Competition from big box stores have made it difficult for them to survive…but one local appliance company is staying the course and beating out their competitors...thanks to their long history in the community.

Howard Cummins
Owner, Cummins Appliance
cumminsappliance.com/

Board Games

A crop of new, independent game designers has started to capture some playing time.

Andrew Looney
Looney Labs/Game Designer

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Summer Jobs & Jail Impact

New Casey Foundation report focusing on the summer job market and the impact on children when a parent is incarcerated.

Scot Spencer
Associate Director, Advocacy & Influence, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Crabs

As part of MPT's Chesapeake Bay Week, we visit Sandy Point State Park for a check on the health of the crab population.

Tom Horton
Producer, Beautiful Swimmers

Smith Business Close Up

Are today's colleges going the way of Blockbuster after the rise of Netflix and streaming video? Things might not be quite so dire. But university leaders need to act quickly to take advantage of emerging technologies.

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 how they are impacting higher education.

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

Behind The Biz

Over the years they've built a reputation as one of the Mid-Atlantic's top sewing and design studios. This week Yolanda Vazquez finds out why.

Marilyn Johnson
Owner, Marilyn Johnson Sewing Design Studio
http://sewingdesignstudio.com

Thursday, April 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, April 14, 2016

Smart Travel

Tips on how to maximize your credit card's travel reward points.

Andrea Sachs
The Washington Post

Luxury At Its Best - The Ivy Hotel

Two Baltimore community leaders transformed an old mansion into one of the area's most luxurious boutique hotels.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tax Phishing Scams

How to watch out for tax phishing scams in the last weeks of filing your taxes.

Jonelle Marte
The Washington Post

Behind The Biz

Making customers look and feel better. That's goal of most hair salons, but there's a special one in Baltimore County...that will make you feel super-sassy.

Debbi Basile
Owner, Sass Salon
http://sassbaltimore.com/

Smith Business Close Up

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, March 31, 2016

Maryland T​ransportation ​Channel

​MTA Officially Launches WTTZ-93.5 FM as "​t​he Maryland ​t​ransportation ​c​hannel" ​and​ ​f​irst ​n​ew ​r​adio ​s​tation in Baltimore in ​n​early ​t​hree ​d​ecades​.

​Paul Comfort
MTA Administrator​

Smith Business Close Up

The Do Good Challenge is an eight-week challenge created by University of Maryland students to encourage each other to create ventures that have a positive social impact, with $20,000 in prize money on the line to fund the best ideas.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Sara Herald, associate director of social entrepreneurship at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, talks about Smith's involvement in the Do Good Challenge. She also talks about the school's commitment to social entrepreneurship and teaching students to think about how to positively impact people and the planet with business decisions.

Sara Herald
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

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

Start Up Spotlight

Two Maryland sisters are on a mission to live a more healthy life & they're whipping up a skincare business focused on only natural ingredients.

Adult Coloring Books

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Smart Tips For Your Tax Refund

​What to do with your tax refund.

​Jonnelle Marte
The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/regional/

Behind The Biz

It houses some of the finest silver jewelry in the state with handcrafted pieces from all over the world. In this week's "Behind the Biz", Yolanda Vazquez visits an Annapolis shop that will deliver their goods on a silver platter.

Donna DeGarcia
Owner, Blanca Flor Silver Jewelry
http://www.blancaflorsilverjewelry.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 Ivy Hotel

Environmental Lab

The University of Maryland has several labs around the state looking at environmental science. MPT's Charles Robinson visits one in Frostburg.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Student Loan Crisis

A look at how the student loan crisis is impacting lots of people nation-wide and what is being done about it.

Glenn Smith
Counselor, Guidewell Financial Solutions

Nina Heck
Director of Counseling, Guidewell Financial Solutions

Behind The Biz

It's considered one of Maryland's premiere comic book stores with tons of toys, t-shirts and movie memorabilia.

Steve Anderson
Co-Owner, Third Eye Comics
http://www.thirdeyecomics.com/

Smith Business Close Up

Brazil's economy is undergoing the worst recession since 1901, just as the country gears up for this summer's Rio Olympics. The games face deep cuts, and now the mosquito-born Zika virus creates another threat.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Paulo Prochno talks about the three fronts converging into a perfect storm for Brazil's economy.

Paulo Prochno
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thrift Store Impact

Catonsville's Planet Aid thrift store is generating lots of business only five months after opening.

Thomas Gentry
Regional Retail Manager, Planet Aid
http://www.planetaid.org/thrift-center

Behind The Biz

They've received all kinds of culinary accolades for their organic green cuisine. In this week's "Behind the Biz" our Yolanda Vazquez finds out why folks travel from near and far to visit this Clarksville restaurant--as she samples some of their homemade, vegan dishes.

Scott Carberry
General Manager, Great Sage
http://greatsage.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/

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Business ​Worst-Case Scenarios Readiness

A Baltimore-based company wants to make sure that businesses of all sizes are best prepared for the worst case scenarios.

George Barnes
CEO, The World Institute of Safety

Adult Coloring Books

Smith Business Close Up

By using advanced baseball statistics, it's possible to predict the monetary value of baseball players' future contributions — and avoid awarding massive multiyear contracts to players whose best days are behind them, according to new research from the Robert H. Smith School, at the University of Maryland.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Sean Barnes talks about this new research. Barnes and Margrét Bjarnadóttir, assistant professors in the Smith's department of decision, operations and information technologies, examined the performance of impending free agent MLB players from 1998-2014 to determine whether they players' contributions to their teams measured up to their salaries.

Sean Barnes
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Learning To Save

New tools to help you save for your future now.

Jonnelle Marte
The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/regional/

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Take Shape For Life

Mona Ameli joins us to talk about Go Global, Take Shape For Life's approach to overall wellness and weight loss, the division's growth and how people can become a health coach.

Mona Ameli
President, Take Shape For Life, Medifast

Behind The Biz

From body piercings to tattoos, to one-of-a-kind artwork, a Maryland studio is making a name for itself in the tattoo world.

Halo
Owner, Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery
http://www.blacklotustattoos.com/

Start Up Spotlight

Two Maryland sisters are on a mission to live a more healthy life & they're whipping up a skincare business focused on only natural ingredients.

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, 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

Changing World Of Cell Phone Plans

Are you paying too much for your cell phone plan?

Brian Fung
The Washington Post

Behind The Biz

An eclectic mix of vintage clothing and other items from back in the day take center stage at a men's store in Hampden.

Daniel Wylie
Owner, Sixteen Tons
https://www.facebook.com/shop16tons/

Smith Business Close Up

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, 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

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

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

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 17, 2014

Science Eduation

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

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

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, 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

Business and Economics

What's next for the Maryland native who created one of the internets most popular sites? A local company still solid as a rock after half a century on the job. And, the phenomenon of crowdfunding, can it work for your business idea?

Alexis Ohanian
Co-Founder, Reddit

Siva Viswanathan
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Economic Outlook

Join us for a discussion on finances for 2014.

Anirban Basu
Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group

Made In Maryland

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 Business 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/

Heavy Seas

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

Hugh Sisson
Founder & Owner, Heavy Seas

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Connected in Maryland

Learn about the state's intercounty broadband network.

Steve Alexander
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ciena Corporation

Baltimore Sun Extra

Why the federal shutdown could mean bad news for Maryland retailers this holiday season.

Eileen Ambrose
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

They're the kind of company you want on your side. They've hacked into mobile phones, online video games and security software---all in the name of safety.

Steve Bono
President, Independent Security Evaluators
http://securityevaluators.com/

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pioneering Photography

A husband and wife team taking photography to new heights.

Terry Kilby
Co-Founder, Elevated Element

Belinda Kilby
Co-Founder, Elevated Element

Smith Business Close-Up

Holiday shopping season is about to enter full swing and retailers are doing their best to lure customers. With a little comparison-shopping, consumers can score some great deals.

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 Janet Wagner to talk about this season's holiday retail outlook.

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

Solar projects becoming more common as prices fall.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

With more than 60 wineries and recent annual sales estimated at nearly 25 million, Maryland has seen substantial growth in the wine industry over the last few years. So much so that one local winery is expanding its operations.

Rob Deford
President, Boordy Vineyards
http://www.boordy.com/

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Public Private Partnerships

A new state law encourages public private partnerships. What does that mean for the state and for the private sector?

Ira Weinstein
Managing Partner, CohnReznick

Online Programs

Why more top tier business schools are offering their programs online.

Greg Hanifee
Smith School

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Amazon Deal

A deal to build an amazon.com warehouse at the site of the old Baltimore General Motors plant could mean a 1000 new jobs for the state.

Dominick Murray
Secretary, DBED
http://www.dbed.maryland.gov/Pages/index.html

Turning Trash Into Music

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.

William Emerson
"Abu the Flutemaker"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QKkVWFo074&feature=c4-overview&list=UU6nxRdyxEUxav2AmsG-l9dw

Baltimore Sun Extra

Should BGE customers brace for another rate hike?

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

It's a store that's become a familiar sight in Harbor East with a myriad of wines from around the globe. In this "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez speaks with Tony Foreman about his sophisticated approach to selling wines and how the crossover into private labeling has been a boon for business.

Tony Foreman
Proprietor, Bin 604 Wine Sellers
http://www.bin604.com/

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Your Mobile Devices

Mobile broadband deployment, the growing demand for high speed data, new smartphones and connected devices.

Marquett Smith
Regional President, Verizon Wireless

Smith Business Close-Up

Entrepreneurship goes beyond starting and running new businesses. All organizations need people who think like entrepreneurs to innovate, move forward and stay ahead.

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 Rajshree Agarwal to talk about the importance of entrepreneurship within firms and how employees and managers can be more innovative.

Rajshree Agarwal Ph.D
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Baltimore Sun Extra

What to look out for when shopping for a new healthcare plan.

Eileen Ambrose
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

He's been called the man behind the Ravens rides-which is why Dave Barron's Parkville store has become the go-to place for celebrities and locals alike who are looking to pimp out their rides.

Dave Barron
Owner, No Limit Incorporated
http://www.nolimitbmore.com/

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Local Banking Business

Learn about banking, loans, and M&T Bank's relationship with the Ravens.

Augie Chiasera
President, Greater Baltimore/Chesapeake Region at M&T Bank

Behind The Biz

If fashion is your passion and building a business seems like an impossible dream, then this story is for you. Yolanda Vazquez chats with a long-time fashion guru who, after ups and down in his career, has finally "got it in the bag."

George Sakellaris
Owner, Handbags in the City

Bringing The Farm Into The City

A new trend in Baltimore, why more people are not only growing their own vegetables, but are raising chickens for eggs.

Kate Freeman
Living Classrooms

Guy Hohenhaus
Maryland Department of Agriculture

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Women In Construction

Barbara Werther, Construction litigation attorney for Ober Kaler and Kathy Alexander, Controller, Structure Tone join us to talk about the eighth annual Women in Construction Conference. They'll tell us all the details on the networking and mentoring event, and talk about the women in Maryland's construction industry.

Barbara Werther
Attorney, Ober Kaler

Kathy Alexander
Controller, Structure Tone

Smith Business Close-Up

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 Elana Fine, managing director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, to talk about startups, innovation and the University of Maryland's community of entrepreneurs.

Elana Fine
Univ. of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Behind The Biz

The way people are working and where they are working is changing. Recent stats show there are 1 billion mobile workers globally. One local company has picked up on that trend.

Mike Brenner
Co-Owner, Betamore
http://betamore.com/

Baltimore Sun Extra

Plastic surgery trend in Baltimore.

Andrea Walker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Medifast Expansion

A Maryland based company has been helping people lose weight since the 1980's and is now expanding globally. Medifast is doing business in Mexico & Colombia as the company looks to move its product around the world.

Meg Sheetz
President & Chief Operating Officer, Medifast
www.MedifastNow.com

Thrilling Spectators, Boosting The Economy

A speed boat race in southern Maryland is thrilling crowds and giving the local economy a boost.

Chris McMillis
Co-Organizer, Solomon's Grand Prix
www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1hHAmQMf0s&feature=c4-overview&list=UU6nxRdyxEUxav2AmsG-l9dw
http://www.solomonsrace.com/

Behind The Biz

Everything's coming up roses for a family owned and operated flower shop in Towson. Yolanda Vazquez explains why the company has been so successful, for decades.

Kaitlin Radebaugh
Manager, Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Health Changes

A big change in how patients will interact with their health care provider and their record.

Phillip Jackson
Co-Founder, Purview

Behind The Biz

There's not much time left in the outdoor season, but it's never too late in the year to take a nice fall bike ride, at least one company in Monkton hopes so.

Jim White
Owner, Monkton Bike Shop

Smith Biz

The fall semester is in full swing – and so is the job search. Corporate recruiters from top organizations are on campus meeting with students every day. The "do's" and "don'ts" to landing the job you really want apply to more than just students.

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.

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

Understanding changes in Maryland healthcare.

Andrea Walker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Exhibit Boosting Attendance

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

Kate Hendrickson
National Aquarium
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN2EnUhsPF4
http://www.aqua.org/

Behind The Biz

They were stars well before they got their own TV show and now they're "having a ball" keeping up with their super-busy, sports memorabilia company.

Robbie Davis, Jr.
Co-Owner, Robbie's First Base
http://www.robbiesfirstbase.com/

Baltimore Sun Extra

Mommy makeover trend gaining popularity in Baltimore.

Andrea Walker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Richard Larisen, CEO of Chase Brexton, shows us their new $8 million headquarters.

Richard Larisen
CEO, Chase Brexton

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Daily Record Celebrates 125 Years

A Maryland based newspaper has been publishing for 125 years, what's their secret to success?

Suzanne Fischer-Huettner
Publisher, The Daily Record
http://thedailyrecord.com/

Behind The Biz

It seems every time you turn around there's a bigger, better high definition TV screen on the market. And one local company will not only help you find the right product—they'll also customize your TV viewing experience.

Kevin Luskin
Owner, The Big Screen Store
http://www.thebigscreenstore.com/

Smith Biz Close-Up

The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business has a new dean – Alexander Triantis. He took over the top position on September 1, though he's been a finance professor at the school for 18 years.

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 Dean Triantis to discuss his new role and the role of business schools in the corporate community.

Alex Triantis
Dean, University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Baltimore Sun Extra

What are the best home improvement for the top return on your investment?

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Changing Communication

How companies stay on top of the ever changing way we communicate on the job.

Jack Messenger
Dale Carnegie Instructor at Dale Carnegie Training

Behind The Biz

You may have seen the recent ad of the Owings brothers in local magazines, but when it comes to business, this family-owned company is serious about their contracting work. Yolanda Vazquez tells us how they got started.

Michael Owings
Co-Owner, Owings Brothers Contracting
http://www.owingsbrothers.com

Goat Graze

They munch until the job is done. Our Lou Davis with the latest graze in Maryland.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Cybersecurity Tools

Is your company protected from a cyber attack? What are the latest tools to keep your business safe online?

Leonard Moodispaw
CEO & President, KEYW Corporation

Smith Business Close Up

Twitter, Facebook, discussion blogs, review sites – consumers are out there talking about businesses and products, and those business should be paying attention. How can marketers monitor these online conversations use it to their advantage?

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Wendy Moe talks about the importance of social media intelligence in marketing. She has a book on the subject due out later this year.

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

Behind The Biz

Pet food and pet products are a multi-million dollar business….one local company is cashing in on the "pampered pooch" lifestyle craze as Yolanda Vazquez find out in this week's "Behind the Biz"

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

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Examining Business Etiquette

The perils of etiquette. How to act at a business dinner, how much to tip, and when to offer a business card.

Chris Young
Executive Director, The Protocol School of Washington

Behind The Biz

An accidental fire destroyed the Mt. Washington tavern in the fall of 2011, but owners vowed to rebuild and late last year they finally re-opened for business. How did they do it?

Rob Frisch
Co-Owner, Mt. Washington Tavern

Hollywood In Maryland

"Veep" and "House of Cards" are a pair of Washington based T-V series that are filmed in Maryland. While they are garnering Emmy nominations, some Maryland businesses are seeing a windfall from the productions. Charles Robinson looks behind the camera at the business of film making in Maryland.

Arnold Furman
CEO National Lumber

Debra Dorsey
Baltimore Film Office

Jack Gerbes
MD Film Commission

Baltimore Sun Extra

How long will the upswing in home prices last?

Steve Kilar
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Small Business Loans

Is it harder now to get a small business loan?

Deric Mims
SVP, SunTrust's SBA Division

Smith Business Close Up

Hedge funds have been characterized as an investment vehicle exclusively for the wealthy. What makes these elusive funds so lucrative and can an average investor get in on them?

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Russ Wermers explains hedge funds and how they – or new funds that follow very similar investment strategies – can be accessible to all investors.

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

What home improvements offer the best return on your investment?

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Racing To Baltimore

As the big event approaches, we talk to the Baltimore Grand Prix GM from the race track in downtown Baltimore.

Tim Mayer
GM, Baltimore Grand Prix

Behind The Biz

They've become a well-known name in catering throughout the Baltimore area with a focus on fresh, innovative foods. Our Yolanda Vazquez takes a look at Rouge's fast-growing, culinary empire.

Jonathan Soudry
Executive Chef/Owner, Rouge Fine Catering
http://www.rougecatering.com/

Rocky Gap Casino

Now that Rocky Gap Casino is open for gamblers, will Allegany County get a boost to the economy?

Scott Just

Rocky Gap Casino-Resort

William Valentine
Allegany County Commissioner

Stephen Spahr

Frostburg State University

Brenda Smith
The Greater Cumberland Committee

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stadium Naming Rights

Rod Staatz
CEO, SECU Of Maryland

Behind The Biz

A school supply store with a long history in Maryland is preparing both students and teachers alike for the start of class in just a few weeks.

Jeff Faw
Owner, Learning How

Smith Business Close- Up

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Victor Mullins talks about the LEAD program and the importance of fostering leadership among students.

This summer, Smith joined the ranks of other LEADing university, hosting its first Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) program at the school from July 14 through Aug. 1. The elite program brought 30 minority students from across the nation to College Park to learn more about business and leadership.

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

Sparrows Point
A surprising new use for an abandoned industrial site

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Changing Role of Community Health Centers

How community health centers will be changed by healthcare reform.

Pat Cassatt
President & CEO, People's Community Health Centers
http://peoplesbaltimore.org/

Behind The Biz

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in your favorite ice cream. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez has the scoop on a local worker-owned company that's slowly building up their brand while promoting their mission of social justice.

De 'Von Brown
CEO/President, Taharka Bros. Ice Cream

Darius Wilmore
Creative Director, Taharka Bros. Ice Cream
http://www.taharkabrothers.org/

Baltimore Sun Extra

Volume & prices both going up in the real estate market, but will it last?

Steve Kilar
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Prescription For Health Care

A new health care cooperative and its role under Obamacare.

Dr. Peter Beilenson
President & CEO, Evergreen Health Co-op
http://evergreenmd.org/

Behind The Biz

A Belvedere furniture store with an affinity for avant-garde design is making a name for itself in Baltimore.

Steve Appel
Co-owner, Nouveau Contemporary Goods
http://www.nouveaubaltimore.com/

Baltimore Sun Extra

A new push to get manufacturers on the region's radar.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Made In Maryland

It's a store that's become a familiar sight in Harbor East with a myriad of wines from around the globe. In this week's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez speaks with Tony Foreman about his sophisticated approach to selling wines and how the crossover into private labeling has been a boon for business.

Tony Foreman
Proprietor, Bin 604 Wine Sellers
http://www.bin604.com/

Smith Business Close-Up - Too Few Women Managers

Gender equity has stalled at the top of U.S. firms, and women are part of the problem. High-powered female executives aren't spending enough time mentoring a new generation of women leaders. And unwitting or intentional, many companies seem content to have token-representation of female leadership.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Cristian Dezso talks about why few women hold the rank of leader.

Cristian Dezso
University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Behind The Biz

It's very rare that a business specializing in a niche product becomes a sought after store for locals and tourists alike. Well, that's exactly what happened with a vintage soda pop place in Frederick

Jason Laird
Owner, North Market Pop Shop

Non-Profit Funding

GiveCorps is a company that connects individual donors with non-profits. It is raising non-profit awareness, especially to young people.

Vince Talbert, CEO, GiveCorps
Jamie McDonald Founder and President, GiveCorps

Baltimore Sun Extra

Why your BGE rate could be going up again.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Employee Engagement

How employers can better engage their workers in the job.

Jack Messenger
Dale Carnegie Instructor at Dale Carnegie Training

Conspicuous Branding

Why some branding is a turn-off for consumers.

Amna Kirmani
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Casino Competition

Gamblers aren't the only ones hoping to win big at a casino in Prince George's County

Steve Kilar
Baltimore Sun

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Preventing unethical behavior

How can organizations head-off problems with ethics before they become a major issue?

Debra Shapiro
Smith School

Bringing manufacturing back

Why manufacturers are heading back to Baltimore.

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Capital Food Fight

Food trucks versus Restaurants

Bob Paschen
Producer, Capital Food Fight

Housing Market

A new trend in the housing market

Steve Kilar
Baltimore Sun

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Public Private Partnerships

A new state law encourages public private partnerships. What does that mean for the state and for the private sector?

Ira Weinstein
Managing Partner, CohnReznick

Online Programs

Why more top tier business schools are offering their programs online.

Greg Hanifee
Smith School

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thrift Store Impact

Catonsville's Planet Aid thrift store is generating lots of business only five months after opening.

Thomas Gentry
Regional Retail Manager, Planet Aid
http://www.planetaid.org/thrift-center

Behind The Biz

They've received all kinds of culinary accolades for their organic green cuisine. In this week's "Behind the Biz" our Yolanda Vazquez finds out why folks travel from near and far to visit this Clarksville restaurant--as she samples some of their homemade, vegan dishes.

Scott Carberry
General Manager, Great Sage
http://greatsage.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/

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Business ​Worst-Case Scenarios Readiness

A Baltimore-based company wants to make sure that businesses of all sizes are best prepared for the worst case scenarios.

George Barnes
CEO, The World Institute of Safety

Adult Coloring Books

Smith Business Close Up

By using advanced baseball statistics, it's possible to predict the monetary value of baseball players' future contributions — and avoid awarding massive multiyear contracts to players whose best days are behind them, according to new research from the Robert H. Smith School, at the University of Maryland.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Sean Barnes talks about this new research. Barnes and Margrét Bjarnadóttir, assistant professors in the Smith's department of decision, operations and information technologies, examined the performance of impending free agent MLB players from 1998-2014 to determine whether they players' contributions to their teams measured up to their salaries.

Sean Barnes
Robert H. Smith School of Business
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

Learning To Save

New tools to help you save for your future now.

Jonnelle Marte
The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/regional/

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Take Shape For Life

Mona Ameli joins us to talk about Go Global, Take Shape For Life's approach to overall wellness and weight loss, the division's growth and how people can become a health coach.

Mona Ameli
President, Take Shape For Life, Medifast

Behind The Biz

From body piercings to tattoos, to one-of-a-kind artwork, a Maryland studio is making a name for itself in the tattoo world.

Halo
Owner, Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery
http://www.blacklotustattoos.com/

Start Up Spotlight

Two Maryland sisters are on a mission to live a more healthy life & they're whipping up a skincare business focused on only natural ingredients.

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, 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

Changing World Of Cell Phone Plans

Are you paying too much for your cell phone plan?

Brian Fung
The Washington Post

Behind The Biz

An eclectic mix of vintage clothing and other items from back in the day take center stage at a men's store in Hampden.

Daniel Wylie
Owner, Sixteen Tons
https://www.facebook.com/shop16tons/

Smith Business Close Up

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, 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