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Your Money & Business Guests

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Perfecting Your Pitch

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

Ron Shapiro
Sports Agent and Author

Smith Business Close-Up

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

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

Eco Friendly Businesses

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Corporate Wellness

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

Brian Lloyd
Medifast, Executive Vice President

Janis Smith
1st Mariner Bank, Vice President

Behind The Biz

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

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fast Food

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

Jim Plamondon
Roy Rogers

Behind The Biz

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

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

Smith Business Close-Up

Inside an executive program developing business leaders of tomorrow.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Technology Innovation

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

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

Behind The Biz

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

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

Abu The Flutemaker

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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Sport

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

Jon Ladd
Baltimore Classic Five's Executive Director

Smith Business Close-Up

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

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

Behind The Biz

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

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

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

http://www.acmepaper.com

Baltimore Sun Extra

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

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Behind The Biz

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

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

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

Andrea Walker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation

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

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

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

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

Chris Barnhill
GM, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Behind The Biz

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

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

Smith Biz Close-Up

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

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

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

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

Andrea Walker
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Print Media: Alive & Growing

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

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

Maryland Real Estate Outlook 2014

Jamie Smith Hopkins
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

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

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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Buying Out Equity

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

Jason Pappas
Co-Founder, Antson Capital

Smith Business Close Up

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

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

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

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

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

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

George Sakellaris
Owner, Handbags in the City

http://handbagsinthecity.com/

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Making Sense Of Behavioral Finance

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

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

Behind The Biz

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

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

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

http://www.brookshuff.com/

Life Saving Whiteboards

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

Filmmaking In Maryland

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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Women In Technology

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

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

Casino On The Way

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

Behind The Biz

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

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

Smith Biz Close-Up

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

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

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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Diamond In The Rough

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

Jonathan and Ronnie Mervis
Mervis Diamond Importers

Smith Biz Close-Up

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

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

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

Baltimore Sun Extra

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

Jamie Smith Hopkins
Baltimore Sun
www.baltimoresun.com

Behind The Biz

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

http://www.broadcastsportsinc.com/

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Building a Travel Plaza

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

Adam Gross
Ayers Saint Gross

Start Up Spotlight

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

Aaron Altscher
Handteq
http://handteq.com/

Blacktip Reef

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

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Real Estate Outlook

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

Andrew Strauch
Vice President, Product Innovation & Marketing

Behind The Biz

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

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

Smith Biz Close-Up

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

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Cynthia Kay Stevens to talk about the impact of bullies in the workplace and what to do about them and other difficult co-workers.

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

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Incentivizing Cyber Security Businesses

Giving tax credits to cyber security companies in Maryland.

Jeffrey Wells
Executive Director of Cyber Development from DBED

Mike Binko
President and CEO of Kloudtrack

Behind The Biz

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

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

Life Saving Whiteboard

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Future of the internet

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

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

Smith Business Close Up

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

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Siva Viswanathan to talk about crowdfunding and his research delving into what really matters for entrepreneurs using this funding method.

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

Behind The Biz

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

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

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

http://handbagsinthecity.com/

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