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Your Money & Business Guests

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Move Over, Crab Cake!

The business of lobster rolls in the crab state of Maryland is thriving.

Dan Beck
President, Mason's Lobster Rolls

Behind The Biz

Their growth has been tremendous over the last few years, with stores popping up all around Maryland. In tonight’s "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez finds out what’s behind the BonChon Chicken craze.

Tony Xu
Manager, BonChon Chicken (Ellicott City)
https://sabunhome.com/

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Free Tuition At State Community Colleges

A compromise passed in the last minutes of the 2018 legislative session would benefit thousand of students seeking degrees and certificates at community colleges in our state.

Dr. Sandra Kurtinits
President, CCBC

Barbara Poindexter Webb
Director of the Mayor’s Scholars Program, BCCC

Behind The Biz

A true treasure trove of gift items ranging from handmade jewelry to home décor can be found at a one-of-a-kind boutique in Bethesda. Yolanda Vazquez makes a visit.

Caroline Liberty
Co-Owner, Red Orchard
https://www.redorchard.com/

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Trade War?

What China's new tariffs will mean for our farmers.

Chad Nagel
Grains Dealer, Nagel Farm Service

MD LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The role and purpose of the recently launched Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Betsy Cerulo
President & Co-founder, Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Behind The Biz

The custom t-shirt printing market has seen significant growth over the last few years as more people go online to purchase promotional apparel for family reunions, company trips and special sporting events. MPT's Yolanda Vazquez visits one local company that hasn’t lost their shirt in this highly-competitive industry.

Tony Rallis
Owner, Design Factory Tees
http://dftees.com/

New Kind Of Detergent

If you or your kids play sports, you know athletic clothing can stink! But an upcoming company right here in Maryland says it’s not your fault you’re just using the wrong detergent. MPT's Nancy Yamada explains.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Planning For The Future

The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore is buying up properties around the venue in efforts to transform the area into a thriving entertainment district in the not-so-distant future.

Kimberly Clark
EVP, Baltimore Development Corporation

Behind The Biz

Love cheese,, but don’t know where to go to get the good stuff? You know artisanal and international cheeses? Our Yolanda Vazquez found the perfect place.

Sharon Johnson
Co-Owner, Cheese Galore & More
http://www.cheesegaloreandmore.com/

Sideling Hill

The interstate system has often been a key to economic development and that's especially true in Western Maryland. MPT's Charles Robinson looks back at the catalyst that made the system work.

STX

One of the fastest growing sports nationwide is Lacrosse and one of the nation's top Lacrosse companies is right here in Maryland.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The impact the NCAA tournament

The impact the NCAA tournament experience will have on UMBC's future.

Greg Simmons
Vice President for Institutional Advancement, UMBC

Behind The Biz

Gifts for the home, fresh flowers for weddings and special occasions, their designs are simply beautiful as some might say. MPT's Yolanda Vazquez explains why this Baltimore floral shop is getting rave reviews.

Rennie Friedlander
Co-Owner, Simply Beautiful Flowers

Courtney James
Co-Owner, Simply Beautiful Flowers

https://simplybeautifulflowers.com/

Trade Wars?

Richard Clinch Ph.D
University of Baltimore's Jacob France Institute

Working Cats

The number one goal of animal shelters is always to find a permanent home for their cats and dogs. But what if the animal isn't family friendly? Or doesn't quite have the personality to be in a home? For some local cats, the answer is to put them to work. MPT's Nancy Yamada has the story.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Business Of Small Toy Shops

As Toys 'R' Us prepares to shut down their U.S. operations, we talk with local store owner Claudia Towles about what this might mean for small toy shops.

Claudia Towles
Owner, aMuse Toys

Behind The Biz

A Baltimore County storefront, with a strong tie and history to the community, gets a makeover once again. Yolanda Vazquez visits this local, general store that is trying to bring back the forgotten concept of the neighborhood.

Robert Voss
Co-Owner, John Brown General & Butchery

Ben Frey
Co-Owner, John Brown General & Butchery
http://www.jbgbutchery.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Impact of small, family businesses on Maryland's economy.

Hung-bin Ding, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Safer Business District

Why Federal Hill's business district is adding an extra layer of security starting April.

Hank Shofer
President, Federal Hill Business Association

Networking - The New Way

John Dinkel
Principal, Dinkel Business Development

Behind The Biz

It seems like every time you turn around there’s a new fitness craze that people are talking about. In tonight’s Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez visits a studio in Howard County that is helping people strengthen their core with a workout that originally dates back to the 1930’s.

Fran Berndt
Owner, Coreworks Fitness Studio
http://www.coreworksfitness.com/

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Girl Scouts Role

The role of the Girl Scouts in this Times Up and MeToo movement.

Violet Apple
CEO, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Sideling Hill

The interstate system has often been a key to economic development and that's especially true in Western Maryland. MPT's Charles Robinson looks back at the catalyst that made the system work.

Behind The Biz

They were recently chosen as one of the top 200 salons in the country, but earning that accolade came with a lot of hard work and strategic business planning. In tonight’s Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez speaks with the owner of this top rated Baltimore County salon to find out what she is doing to make her business thrive.

Michelle Clifton
Owner, Image Is Salon
http://imageissalon.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Space Law

Michael Runnels, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Move Over, Crab Cake!

The business of lobster rolls in the crab state of Maryland is thriving.

Dan Beck
President, Mason's Lobster Rolls

Behind The Biz

Their growth has been tremendous over the last few years, with stores popping up all around Maryland. In tonight’s "“"Behind the Biz"”" Yolanda Vazquez finds out what’s behind the BonChon Chicken craze.

Tony Xu
Manager, BonChon Chicken (Ellicott City)
https://sabunhome.com/

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Curling

With Winter Olympics 2018 in full swing, we look at a sport that has been nicknamed "chess on ice."

Henrique Kempenich
Potomac Curling Club

Gilad Kempenich
Potomac Curling Club

Prime Time Living - Opioids And Substance Abuse

Pain medications and opioids in Maryland represent a growing issue within the older adults community.

Kim Burton
Director of Older Adult Programs, Mental Health Association of Maryland

Behind The Biz

Ever wish you could create that spa atmosphere in your very own home? A Bethesda business has all the items you need to get started.

Ferzan Jaeger
Owner, Sabun Home
https://sabunhome.com/

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tax Refund Choices?

What are the financially smart choices for your tax refund this year?

Allen Cox Ph.d
Program Director, Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE)

Behind The Biz

An upscale consignment shop in Bethesda known for its modern labels, secondhand clothing and vintage jewelry is changing things up a bit.

Katya Derkics
Head of Social Media, Remix (formerly Mustard Seed)
http://remixbethesda.com/

Glass Blowing

We are constantly finding people with hobbies as a passion. But can it become a sustainable business?

Direct Dimensions

Inside a Maryland company that's perfected the art of digital cloning. Their work is helping preserve famous landmarks and monuments. And it's even being used in Hollywood.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Baltimore Business

What the Baltimore business community expects from this year's legislative session.

Don Fry
President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee

Behind The Biz

A true treasure trove of gift items ranging from handmade jewelry to home décor can be found at a one-of-a-kind boutique in Bethesda.

Caroline Liberty
Co-Owner, Red Orchard
https://www.redorchard.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Why so many students are on a student debt binge.

JP Krahel, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cutting The Cord

How can you cut the cord and still be able to watch your favorite (sports) channels? Jacob Bogage of The Washington Post talks from experience.

Jacob Bogage
The Washington Post

Behind The Biz

Their cupcakes are frosted and freshly baked with nearly a dozen flavors available every day. In tonight’s "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez visits a Fed Hill cupcakery that many reviewers online claim is the best in Maryland.

Aaron McNeil
Co-Owner, Midnite Confections Cupcakery
http://www.midniteconfection.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What are the skills needed for a successful entrepreneur?

Hung-bin Ding, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Prime Time Living: Planning Ahead

Jeff Salkin sits down with David Pessin of PK Law to talk about wills, living wills and other important elder law planning documents.

David Pessin
Founding Member, PK Law

Behind The Biz

When she first opened her store more than 25 years ago, Vanessa White only had a dollar to her name, but now her collection of vintage items has folks coming from near and far.

Vanessa White
Owner, Vanessa’s Vintage Treasures
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vanessa-Vintage-Treasures/125938554126338

VCalc

Remodeling your home and need to figure out how much materials to buy? Or maybe a complex math equation or science problem has you stumped. Either way, what if we told you the answers are just a click away, thanks to a local company that's created a one stop shop for on-line calculators. MPT's Nancy Yamada has the story.

Larry Poncho Brown

MPT's Charles Robinson visits a Baltimore artist embracing a new business model.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Finance Therapy

Sarah Newcomb, behavioral economist at Morningstar, Inc. joins us to talk about her new book on how to develop better money-management skills and get ahead in life.

Sarah Newcomb
Behavioral Economist, Morningstar

New Kind Of Detergent

If you or your kids play sports, you know athletic clothing can stink! But an upcoming company right here in Maryland says it’s not your fault you’re just using the wrong detergent. MPT's Nancy Yamada explains.

Behind The Biz

In this week's Behind The Biz, our Yolanda Vazquez visits a personal training company that will help you on the track to fitness.

Joe Corry
Owner, Elite Athletics and Personal Training
https://ea-pt.net/

Old Town Mall

A neglected shopping area in East Baltimore is about to get a much needed facelift. MPT's Charles Robinson looks at plans for Old Town Mall.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Maryland 2018 Economic Outlook

A look at the business and banking trends we can expect to see in 2018, and what is the local impact from the federal tax reform.

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

Andrew Bauer
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch

Glass Blowing

We are constantly finding people with hobbies as a passion. But can it become a sustainable business? MPT's Charles Robinson takes us to a glass blowing studio to find out.

Behind The Biz

MPT's Yolanda Vazquez found the perfect gift shop for the person who has everything.

Monisha Phillips
Owner, Pandora’s Box
https://www.pandorasboxboutique.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Happiness Economics

Tuugi Chuluun, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, December 21, 2017

SPECIAL: SALES SECRETS

​​Pat Hiban
Chairman of the Board, Rebus University

Dave Mattson
President, Sandler Training

Winning Salespeople

Greetings & Readings

Steven Baum
President, Greetings & Readings

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Smart Financial Decisions

As the year draws to a close, we talk about some of the financial planning moves you might need to consider.

Roger A. Young, CFP
Senior Financial Planner, T. Rowe Price

Caporale's Bakery

A bakery that's been serving up delicious breads, deserts and more for over a century. MPT's Charles Robinson heads to Caporale's Bakery in Cumberland, Maryland.

Working Cats

The number one goal of animal shelters is always to find a permanent home for their cats and dogs. But what if the animal isn't family friendly? Or doesn't quite have the personality to be in a home? For some local cats, the answer is to put them to work. MPT's Nancy Yamada has the story.

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What are the skills needed for a successful entrepreneur?

Hung-bin Ding, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, December 7, 2017

PrimeTime Living

How a Maryland veteran's home is having an impact on the lives of those who served.

Sharon L. Murphy
Director, Veterans Home Program, MD Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

Direct Dimensions

Inside a Maryland company that's perfected the art of digital cloning. Their work is helping preserve famous landmarks and monuments. And it's even being used in Hollywood. MPT's Nancy Yamada has the story.

Jones Falls

Efforts to get Baltimore's Harbor cleaned is being complicated by series of unforeseen circumstances. MPT's Charles Robinson goes looking for answers.

Behind The Biz

Indoor cycling that will work your core and much more. Yolanda Vazquez puts this special cycling studio in downtown Baltimore to the test.

Dave Robart
General Manager/Co-Owner Corcycle
http://corcycle.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What's behind the growing trend of activist investing?

Karyl Leggio, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sexual Misconduct

What are steps individuals and companies can take to protect against sexual misconduct?

​​Julie Janofsky
Attorney, Fedder & Janofsky

Easing Maryland's Traffic Congestion

Andrew Samuel, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Bidding For Amazon

The bids for a second Amazon Headquarters are in and now the waiting is underway. MPT's Charles Robinson looks at what the online retailer wanted and what bidders in the Maryland were willing to give.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The State of Local Economy

A look at the state of our local economy with one of the region's best chief economists.

​​Daraius Irani, Ph.D.
Chief Economist, Regional Economic Studies Institute, Towson University

Animal Rescue

With all of the bad weather the country's experienced in the last few weeks, there have been a lot of displaced people who have gone to great lengths to make sure they're safe. But what about the animals? As MPT's Nancy Yamada reports, one Maryland shelter is making sure they're not left behind.

Old Town Mall

A neglected shopping area in East Baltimore is about to get a much needed facelift. MPT's Charles Robinson looks at plans for Old Town Mall.

Behind The Biz

"Because life is sweet, hon" that's the motto of a local chocolate store in Hampden that features handcrafted treats. Our Yolanda Vazquez had to find out if it's true in this "Behind the Biz.

Todd Zimmerman
Co-owner, Charm City Chocolate
https://www.charmcitychocolate.com/

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A New Kind Of Game Prep

A local 3-D animation firm is developing a platform where football players can train against holographic players.

Jim Pietila
CEO, Mixed River

Minority Contracting

One of the guidelines of doing business with Maryland is having minority participation. MPT's Charles Robinson talks to a business owner trying to make the process easier.

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What's behind the growing trend of activist investing?

Karyl Leggio, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Behind The Biz

A full-service butcher shop mixed in with a rustic restaurant. It may sound like an odd pairing at first, but this Remington eatery is a cut above most places.

Spike Gjerde
Owner, Parts & Labor

George Marsh
Head Butcher, Parts & Labor
http://www.partsandlaborbutchery.com/

Thursday, November 9, 2017

End-of-Life Planning

The Maryland Faith Health Network (MFHN), a project of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund, partnered with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) to facilitate sessions to educate local faith communities in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Carroll County about the importance of end-of-life planning, including completing an advance health care directive.

Susan Francis
Deputy Director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)

Suzanne Schlattman
Deputy Director for development, Maryland Faith Health Network

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Maryland's Premiere African-American Museum is looking for a reboot with a new director. Charles Robinson has our story.

Behind The Biz

Artwork from an urban landscape artist and others fill up a charming space in Federal Hill. Yolanda Vazquez visits this main street gallery.

Crystal Moll
Owner, Crystal Moll Gallery
http://crystalmoll.com/gallery/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Happiness Economics

Tuugi Chuluun, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Project JumpStart

Project JumpStart, Baltimore's workforce development program for construction trades, has a 75 percent job placement rate, an unprecedented average for a workforce development program anywhere, let alone Baltimore.

Brenda Badger
Project JumpStart

Busy Bees

With winter approaching, you might be wondering where you can escape the cold weather and let your kids burn off that energy! If you have a toddler or young child, there's a fun option in Chevy Chase, Maryland. MPT's Nancy Yamada has the story.

Around Maryland

They're recognized as an industry leader in the construction world. In tonight's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez tells us about a Silver Spring company that's laying the groundwork for a concrete future.

Jim Davis
President & CEO, Davis Construction
http://www.davisconstruction.com/

Minority Contracting

One of the guidelines of doing business with Maryland is having minority participation. MPT's Charles Robinson talks to a business owner trying to make the process easier.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

VCalc

Remodeling your home and need to figure out how much materials to buy? Or maybe a complex math equation or science problem has you stumped. Either way, what if we told you the answers are just a click away, thanks to a local company that's created a one stop shop for on-line calculators. MPT's Nancy Yamada has the story.

Maximizing Social Media

Colleen McKenna
Principal, Intero Advisory

Behind The Biz

Imagine some rare finds from an estate sale, mixed in with a heap of leftover junk and you've got a one-of-a kind store in Hampden. Yolanda Vazquez visits this treasure trove in tonight's Behind the Biz.

Michael Makarovich
Owner, Hampden Junque
http://www.hampdenjunque.net/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Space Law

Michael Runnels, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, October 19, 2017

More Bang For Your Housing Buck

Did you know the second most affordable housing in the country is in Cumberland Maryland. That's according to the National Association of Realtors. MPT's Nancy Yamada went there to see what you can get for your money.

Small Book Stores Surviving & Thriving

With online operators and discount big-box stores dominating the book selling market, why are several small operators surviving? MPT's Charles Robinson goes searching for answers.

Behind The Biz

Special strawberries for every occasion, that's the concept behind a family-owned store in Federal Hill. Yolanda Vazquez shows us why their treats are "berry" tasty in tonight's Behind the Biz.

Quicha Brown
Owner, Berries by Quicha
http://www.berriesbyquicha.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

John Burger, Ph.D.
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Startup Spotlight

A new startup wants to help pets speak to their vets.

Dr. Mark Olcott
Co-founder & CEO, VitusVet

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The State of Local Economy

A look at the state of our local economy with one of the region's best chief economists.

​​Daraius Irani, Ph.D.
Chief Economist, Regional Economic Studies Institute, Towson University

Animal Rescue

With all of the bad weather the country's experienced in the last few weeks, there have been a lot of displaced people who have gone to great lengths to make sure they're safe. But what about the animals? As MPT's Nancy Yamada reports, one Maryland shelter is making sure they're not left behind.

Old Town Mall

A neglected shopping area in East Baltimore is about to get a much needed facelift. MPT's Charles Robinson looks at plans for Old Town Mall.

Behind The Biz

"Because life is sweet, hon" that's the motto of a local chocolate store in Hampden that features handcrafted treats. Our Yolanda Vazquez had to find out if it's true in this "Behind the Biz.

Todd Zimmerman
Co-owner, Charm City Chocolate
https://www.charmcitychocolate.com/

Thursday, October 5, 2017

emocha MOBILE HEALTH

One Baltimore startup plans to fight opioid addiction with a Snapchat-similar mobile app.

​​Sebastian Seiguer, JD, MBA
CEO & Co-Founder, emocha Mobile Health

Living Green

How do you make a green building work? You use every tool available as Charles Robinson shows us.

Behind The Biz

If you want nothing bundt the best, you'll need to take a trip to Gaithersburg, MD. That's where Yolanda Vazquez paid a visit to find the only bundt bakery in the state.

​​Verelyn Gibbs Watson
Nothing Bundt Cakes
http://www.nothingbundtcakes.com/bakery/md/gaithersburg

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Consumer Warning

In light of recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh explains why consumers need to be vigilant about purchasing vehicles that may have been impacted by major flood damage.

Brian Frosh
Maryland Attorney General

Community Forklift

Looking to fix up your home but not sure of how you can afford it? MPT's Nancy Yamada shows us how some folks in the Maryland area are saving big bucks and sourcing unique and sometimes rare finds while helping the environment at the same time.

Behind The Biz

An affinity for the color pink is one of many tell-tale signs that you've landed at a fabulously fun shop in Fed Hill that exudes girl power. Yolanda Vazquez explains why this boutique packs a powerful "Punch!"

Cydney Sutton
Owner, Punch!
https://www.prettyinpunch.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

The real impact of more millennials in the work place.

Karyl Leggio Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Background Investigations

What's new in the pre-employment screening programs field.

Richard Kurland
Employment Background Investigations, Inc.

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Why so many students are on a student debt binge.

JP Krahel, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Behind The Biz

Yolanda Vazquez looks at one company's efforts to reach the hispanic population in the most effective way.

Veronica Cool
CEO/Founder, Cool & Associates
http://www.coolassociatesllc.com/

Junnell Daniels
Education Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter
http://www.alz.org/maryland/

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Urban Farming Movement

A look at how technology is changing the way we farm - especially in urban areas.

​​J.J. Reidy
Founder & CEO, Urban Pstoral Collective

Behind The Biz

They were selected a Best of Baltimore recipient for 2017 and one visit to Hampden for their one-of-a-kind doughnuts will easily explain why.

Josh Kowitz
Owner, Center Cut Doughnuts
https://centercutdoughnuts.com/

F.S. Key After The Song

Previewing MPT's three night presentation of F.S. Key After The Song.

Philip Marshall
Producer, Director, Writer, F.S. Key After The Song

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Corporate Diversity in America

A look at ​recent diversity controversies in corporate America, and why social media is essential in building a professional brand.

​​Rory Verrett
Managing Partner, Protégé Search

Behind The Biz

You see them at weddings, birthday parties and other big events. They're designed to capture that iconic moment in time. Well in tonight's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez gives us a full picture of the "ultimate photo booth experience."

Karen Eagle
Owner, Iconic Creative Enterprises (I.C.E.)
www.icebooths.com

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Impact of small, family businesses on Maryland's economy.

Hung-bin Ding, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Maryland's Small Business Person of the Year

Maryland's Small Business Person of the Year, Kara DiPietro, President and CEO of HMC Inc., joins us in studio to talk about her journey to this award, which is given each year to one small business owner from all 50 states.

Kara DiPietro
President & CEO, HMC Inc.

Behind The Biz

Location is one of the most important factors in real estate, and it seems to hold true for business retail as well. In this week's Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez tells us how a local wine store found the perfect place.

Christina Ebmeier
Owner, The Wine Post
http://www.thewinepost.net/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What role does positive psychology play in the workforce?

John Michel, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Inner Harbor Oysters

Efforts to clean up Baltimore's Inner Harbor received a boost from the Chesapeake Bay Foundations Oyster Recovery Project as Charles Robinson tells us.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A NEW KIND OF GAME PREP

A local 3-D animation firm is developing a platform where football players can train against holographic players.

Jim Pietila
CEO, Mixed River

MINORITY CONTRACTING

One of the guidelines of doing business with Maryland is having minority participation. MPT's Charles Robinson talks to a business owner trying to make the process easier.

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What's behind the growing trend of activist investing?

Karyl Leggio, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

BEHIND THE BIZ

A full-service butcher shop mixed in with a rustic restaurant. It may sound like an odd pairing at first, but this Remington eatery is a cut above most places.

Spike Gjerde
Owner, Parts & Labor

George Marsh
Head Butcher, Parts & Labor
http://www.partsandlaborbutchery.com/

Thursday, August 10, 2017

emocha MOBILE HEALTH

One Baltimore startup plans to fight opioid addiction with a Snapchat-similar mobile app.

​​Sebastian Seiguer, JD, MBA
CEO & Co-Founder, emocha Mobile Health

LIVING GREEN

How do you make a green building work? You use every tool available as Charles Robinson shows us.

BEHIND THE BIZ

If you want nothing bundt the best, you’ll need to take a trip to Gaithersburg, MD. That’s where Yolanda Vazquez paid a visit to find the only bundt bakery in the state.

​​Verelyn Gibbs Watson
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Thursday, August 3, 2017

THE BITCOIN QUESTION

What are bitcoins, and are they a currency? Is bitcoin more an investment or a medium of exchange?

​​Gloria Phillips-Wren, Ph.D.
Professor of Information Systems, Loyola Sellinger School of Business

URBAN FARMING

How to get fresh vegetables to under served areas in Baltimore? Our Charles Robinson visits one community to find out.

BEHIND THE BIZ

Looking to design a new necklace or perhaps create a fancy, pair of earrings? You can do that and a whole lot more at a specialty store in Savage Mill.

Kathy Fritz
Owner, Bead Soup
http://www.bead-soup.com/

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ellicott City - 1 Year After The Historic Flood

How Ellicott City has recovered and rebuilt since a devastating, deadly flash flood a year ago.

​​Maureen Smith
Executive Director, Ellicott City Partnership

STX

One of the fastest growing sports nationwide is Lacrosse and one of the nation's top Lacrosse companies is right here in Maryland.

Baltimore Link

The city of Baltimore has embarked on a major change in its public transportation system. Charles Robinson takes us along for the ride.

Behind The Biz

Yolanda Vazquez takes us to a pottery place that has made a name for itself over the past 20 years in Hampden.

Nancy Brady
Co-Owner, Wild Yam Pottery
https://www.wildyampottery.com/

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ride Sharing Services

Best new advice for consumers using ride sharing services.

​​Mike Heslin
Lyft Baltimore Market Manager

Behind The Biz

With everyone being so plugged into their phones and computers these days, it's hard to imagine anyone pulling out a board game to play, but as Yolanda Vazquez discovered, this creative, playtime is making a comeback.

Steve Sinex
Owner, The Family Game Store
http://www.savagemill.com/merchants/the-family-game-store/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What is big data & why should consumers care about it?

Gloria Phillips-Wren, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Credit Debt Trouble Brewing?

Consumer debt at levels not seen in a decade and interest rates rising.

​​Melissa Dornan
VP, Strategic Partnership, Guidewell Financial Solutions

Behind The Biz

Her exquisite, handmade gowns are the talk of the town. Whether you're the bride at your own wedding or an attendee at a big anniversary celebration this local designer has got you covered.

Jill Andrews
Owner, Jill Andrews Gowns
http://www.jillandrewsgowns.com/

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why Today's Fringe Is Tomorrow's Mainstream

Amy Webb, one of America's leading futurists, introduces us to ways we can look at the future so we can take advantage of its likely trends and surprises - today.

​​Amy Webb
Author, The Signals Are Talking: How Today's Fringe Becomes Tomorrow's Mainstream

Behind The Biz

She started baking treats in her grandmother's kitchen when she was just 4 years old. Now a Baltimore County baker is sharing her love of specialty cakes and much more at her retail store in Parkville.

Carrie Shelley
Owner, Enchanted Cakes & Treats
http://enchantedcakesandtreats.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Protecting your online information.

Lisa Yeo, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Corporate Diversity in America

A look at ​recent diversity controversies in corporate America, and why social media is essential in building a professional brand.

​​Rory Verrett
Managing Partner, Protégé Search

Behind The Biz

You see them at weddings, birthday parties and other big events. They're designed to capture that iconic moment in time. Well in tonight's "Behind the Biz" Yolanda Vazquez gives us a full picture of the "ultimate photo booth experience."

Karen Eagle
Owner, Iconic Creative Enterprises (I.C.E.)
www.icebooths.com

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Impact of small, family businesses on Maryland's economy.

Hung-bin Ding, Ph.D
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cyber Jobs

A new report looks at the area's cybersecurity industry and some of the challenges it faces.

​​Jonathan Aberman
Managing Director & Chairman, Amplifier Ventures

Behind The Biz

A twist on the food hall concept is creating quite a buzz in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore.

Stephanie Hsu
Marketing & Events Director, Seawall Development Corp, "R House"
https://www.facebook.com/rhouseba

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Social responsibility in business.

Kathleen Getz, Ph.D
Dean, Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Maryland State of Business

A look at the overall strategy behind growing Maryland's economy.

Mike Gill
Secretary, MD Department of Commerce

Comic Books

When you think Comics, you might think kids stuff, but the industry has changed in the last decade. Josh Davidsburg shows us who's buying the books and how the business has grown.

Medical Marijuana

Maryland's entry into the medical marijuana business still faces legal challenges. But applicants who were selected by a state licensing commission are getting ready to launch their businesses. The CEO of Curio Wellness Michale Bronfein talks about his plans.

Michael Bronfein
https://curiowellness.com/

Dinner-planning Made Easy

Take the stress out of your family's weekly dinner planning with this new app that wants you to save money and eat healthy using on-sale ingredients.

Laura Moore
CEO, DinnerTime

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Future of Private Aviation

Tired of waiting in those long airport lines? Learn all you need to know about taking a private jet to your next destination.

Jerry Edwards
CEO, GrandView Aviation

Jessie Bowling
CEO, GrandView Aviation

Behind The Biz

Figuring out the change you want for your life whether it's personal or professional can sometimes be challenging. In tonight's Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez sits down with a local, life and career coach who offers up some helpful tips.

Sheila Fram, Ph.D.
Owner, Transition Coaching
https://framtransitioncoaching.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What you need to know before booking your next flight.

Kerry Tan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Health Savings Accounts

The uncertainty in today's healthcare market has produced an increased interest in health savings accounts or HSAs. We take a look at how HSAs can help Maryland families and individuals manage the seemingly ever-increasing cost of healthcare.

Drew McKone
Director of Retail Banking, 1st Mariner Bank

Speeding Up The Internet

If Congress passes an infrastructure bill, should data infrastructure be part of it?

Brian Fung
The Washington Post
www.washingtonpost.com

Behind The Biz

It's a natural and peaceful way to heal and enhance the mind, body and soul. Yolanda Vazquez tells us more about a new therapy that allows you to float effortlessly in the water.

Jeff Van Dam
Owner, Float Annapolis
http://www.floatannapolis.com/

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Invisible Consumers

Why some consumers are saying no to banks and credit cards.

​​Helene Raynaud
President & CEO, Guidewell

Behind The Biz

Having an eye for fashion is simply not enough to open up a retail store front. Yolanda Vazquez chats with one entrepreneur who dishes up the details on making her boutique clothing store a hit.

Sally Webber
Owner, Scout and Molly's
http://scoutandmollys.com/

Parkway Theater

A Theater which opened in 1915 has received a major facelift. Charles Robinson takes us to Baltimore to fill in the details.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cyber Jobs

A new report looks at the area's cybersecurity industry and some of the challenges it faces.

​​Jonathan Aberman
Managing Director & Chairman, Amplifier Ventures

Behind The Biz

A twist on the food hall concept is creating quite a buzz in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore.

Stephanie Hsu
Marketing & Events Director, Seawall Development Corp, "R House"
https://www.facebook.com/rhouseba

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

Social responsibility in business.

Kathleen Getz, Ph.D
Dean, Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business
http://www.loyola.edu/sellinger-business