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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Unthinkable Donation To Change Lives

How a local mechanic's generous donation will help turn lives around.

Martin Schwartz
President, Vehicles for Change

Dunbar High School Basketball

One of the storied high basketball programs in Baltimore is getting a second look. An unlikely group of young men in the 80's beat the odds of their environment and went on to inspire a community short of inspiration. Charles Robinson has our story.

Behind The Biz

It's a dream many companies hope for, but seldom achieve. In this week's Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez tells us how a local cutting board company "made the cut" as one of Oprah's favorite things.

http://wordswithboards.com/

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tax Help For Low-income Marylanders

It's tax season and while many Marylanders are looking forward to an expected refund check, there are many low-income Marylanders who are facing complicated IRS tax issues.

Janice Shih
Managing attorney, MVLS' Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC)
www.mvlslaw.org

Behind The Biz

They say it's their ingredients that make the difference. In this week's Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez introduces us to a local company that is considered to be one of the top natural hair and skin care companies in the country.

https://earthsenrichments.com/

Baltimore Neighborhood Renaissance

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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dealing With Drug Issues In The Workplace

As part of our special programming focused on heroin addiction this week, we take a look at the way drug issues are being handled in a workplace environment, including drug testing, and how companies and those involved can deal better with this issue.

Julie Janofksy
Fedder & Janofksy LLC.

Behind The Biz

From contemporary to classic one local boutique in Harbor East has become known as the go-to place for handcrafted jewelry.

Allie Wolf
Co-Owner, Amaryllis
http://www.amaryllisjewelry.com/

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What's the impact of tariff's and trade wars on consumers?

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

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Unthinkable Donation To Change Lives

How a local mechanic's generous donation will help turn lives around.

Martin Schwartz
President, Vehicles for Change

Dunbar High School Basketball

One of the storied high basketball programs in Baltimore is getting a second look. An unlikely group of young men in the 80's beat the odds of their environment and went on to inspire a community short of inspiration. Charles Robinson has our story.

Behind The Biz

It's a dream many companies hope for, but seldom achieve. In this week's Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez tells us how a local cutting board company "made the cut" as one of Oprah's favorite things.

http://wordswithboards.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, January 26, 2017

Are You Asking Enough Questions?

A new book explains how asking questions holds the power to open doors, bring up new solutions to different challenges and spark change.

Frank Sesno
Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University

Behind The Biz

Book store owners who are passionate about their community. It's one of the ways Red Canoe Café and Bookstore has stayed in business for so many years.

Tina Perry
Co-Owner, Red Canoe Café & Bookstore
http://redcanoecafe.virb.com

Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business

What role can companies play in solving social problems?

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

Station North Apartments

Developers are challenged to find underdeveloped communities to get in on the ground floor. Charles Robinson takes us to an underdeveloped neighborhood in Baltimore where it doesn't hurt to have a little star power.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Whiskey Gold Distillery

​Sagamore Spirit, a new Baltimore-based whiskey company, is dedicated to putting Maryland back on the map as the premier distiller of Rye Whiskey.

​​Brian Treacy
President, Sagamore Spirit

Behind The Biz

A life-long dream to own a consignment shop was the impetus behind a family-friendly store in Reisterstown.

Barbara Burdette
Owner, Elephant's Trunk
http://www.theelephantstrunk4kids.com/contact.html

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.

Start Up Spotlight

A Baltimore-based startup promises to be the complete digital writing solution for any student who wants to be a stronger writer. And it all started with one very overwhelmed student.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Baltimore Restaurant Week

​Just in time for the new year, Baltimore Restaurant Week picks up with great deals. We're taking a look at the growing promotion, its multiple benefits and economic impact.

Kirby Fowler
President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Chris Spann
Owner, Wine Market Bistro

Behind The Biz

Historic Main Street in Reisterstown boasts a number of quaint businesses from antiques to consignment stores to coffee shops. In this weeks Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez found a locally owned café that everybody loves.

Mary Martin Truitt
Owner, Java Mamma's
http://www.javamammascafe.com/

Deli Serving More Than Food

A deli in Montgomery County is delivering more than good sandwiches, it's also giving adults with special needs, valuable work experience!

https://www.thatsawrapdeli.com/
http://www.css-md.org/

Ocean City Wind Farm

A wind farm off the coast of Ocean City could mean new jobs as well as more efficient energy as Charles Robinson explains.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Economic Outlook

​The new CEO​ and President​ of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore​ talks her plans and vision for the city.

Shannon Landwehr
President & CEO​,​ Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

Deli Serving More Than Food

A deli in Montgomery County is delivering more than good sandwiches, it's also giving adults with special needs, valuable work experience!

https://www.thatsawrapdeli.com/
http://www.css-md.org/

Behind The Biz

100 years of Baltimore baking, that's the story behind a local shop in Parkville where generation after generation have come to buy their baked goods.

Al Meckel
Co-Owner, Fenwick Bakery
http://www.fenwickbakery.com/

Safer Pre-Paid Cards

Why pre-paid cards are getting safer to use.

Jonnelle Marte
The Washington Post
www.washingtonpost.com

Start Up Spotlight

A Rockville-based startup wants to enable users to connect and collaborate around articles, videos and educational programs by taking online content to the next level.

Karen McCord
CEO​, Breezio
http://www.breezio.com

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Socially Responsible Investing

All you need to know about responsible investment and decision-making strategies.

Thomas Croft
Managing Director, Heartland Capital Strategies

New Job Training

New emphasis on one of the oldest ideas in developing workplace skills, apprenticeships.

Kelly Schulz
Secretary, MD Dept of Labor
https://www.dllr.state.md.us/

Behind The Biz

Relieve, recover, rejuvenate, that's the motto of a new cryotherapy studio in Bethesda.

Brandon Yu
Owner, Thrive Cryostudio
http://www.thrivecryostudio.com/

Thursday, December 15, 2016

R.House in Remington

​How a 50,000-square-foot historic warehouse converted into a modern marketplace/meeting spot plans to completely redefine the neighborhood of Remington.

Jon Constable
Seawall Development

MGM National Harbor's Economic Impact

A look at the economic impact that the new MGM National Harbor Casino will bring to Prince George's County and beyond.

Bradley Frome
Economic Development & Public Infrastructure, Prince George's County

Behind The Biz

It's considered, by many, to be a boutique for both heart and home. In this week's Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez shows us how a store in Glyndon has become known for its ornamental plants and Polish pottery.

Sandi Kroh
Owner,The Boxwood Collection
http://theboxwoodcollection.com/

Jmore

A new digital platform plus a monthly magazine, its all part of the recently launched company Maryland Jewish Media. Charles Robinson with what Jmore hopes to do.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

New Economic Outlook

​The new CEO​ and President​ of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore​ talks her plans and vision for the city.

Shannon Landwehr
President & CEO​,​ Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

Deli Serving More Than Food

A deli in Montgomery County is delivering more than good sandwiches, it's also giving adults with special needs, valuable work experience!

https://www.thatsawrapdeli.com/
http://www.css-md.org/

Behind The Biz

100 years of Baltimore baking, that's the story behind a local shop in Parkville where generation after generation have come to buy their baked goods.

Al Meckel
Co-Owner, Fenwick Bakery
http://www.fenwickbakery.com/

Safer Pre-Paid Cards

Why pre-paid cards are getting safer to use.

Jonnelle Marte
The Washington Post
www.washingtonpost.com

Start Up Spotlight

A Rockville-based startup wants to enable users to connect and collaborate around articles, videos and educational programs by taking online content to the next level.

Karen McCord
CEO​, Breezio
http://www.breezio.com

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Trump Impact On Maryland Economy

What impact will the Trump economy have here in Maryland?

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

Behind The Biz

People come from all over the world to try their famous crabcakes. But this popular pub took some time to build up their seafood reputation. Yolanda Vazquez explains how they did it.

http://kocospub.com/

Silver Spring Booming

One of the fastest growing areas in the state and a revitalization success story is Silver Spring. Our Charles Robinson heads to Montgomery County to find out why.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Free Cyber-security Training

A Greenbelt-based startup that functions as a free repository of cyber-security resources plans to change the cyber security learning experience for all.

Ryan Corey
Founder, Cybrary

Mega Ships Arriving At Port of Baltimore

What does the new arrival of super sized container ships at the Port of Baltimore mean for the local economy and jobs?

Bayard Hogans
GM, Ports America

Behind The Biz

Making walking and biking for every trip, that's the motto of a nationally-recognized engineering and landscape architecture firm in Silver Spring. Over the years they've created a reputation as the "go-to" firm for bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

Jennifer Toole
Owner, Toole Design Group
http://www.tooledesign.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, November 17, 2016

Finding A Job

Why your next job could depend on your LinkedIn profile.

Colleen McKenna
Founder, Intero Advisory

Behind The Biz

It's a Reisterstown high end consignment boutique with a Park Avenue feel. In this week's Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez shows us how to purchase a Louis Vuitton bag or Louboutin shoes for less.

Molly Scaljon
Owner, Wear It's At
http://www.wearitsatshop.com/

Ocean City Wind Farm

A wind farm off the coast of Ocean City could mean new jobs as well as more efficient energy as Charles Robinson explains.

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, November 10, 2016

Digital Wallet Evolution

Why it's getting easier to send and receive money with your digital wallet.

Jonnelle Marte
The Washington Post
www.washingtonpost.com/

Behind The Biz

A life-long dream to own a consignment shop was the impetus behind a family-friendly store in Reisterstown.

Barbara Burdette
Owner, Elephant's Trunk
http://www.theelephantstrunk4kids.com/contact.html

Light City Baltimore

Getting ready for year two of Baltimore's Light City Festival

Jamie McDonald
Co-Chair, Light City
http://lightcity.org/

Station North Apartments

Developers are challenged to find underdeveloped communities to get in on the ground floor. Charles Robinson takes us to an underdeveloped neighborhood in Baltimore where it doesn't hurt to have a little star power.

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, November 3, 2016

World's Largest Professional Network

Tips for getting the most out of LinkedIn

Colleen McKenna
Founder, Intero Advisory

Behind The Biz

A long-standing family tradition of creating engraved gifts was the motivation behind a specialty shop in Parkville.

Kim Lyons
Owner, An Etch Above
http://www.anetchabove.com/

Bike Share

A new ride sharing service on two wheels.

Jay Decker
Bike Share Coordinator
https://www.bmorebikeshare.com/

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Socially Responsible Investing

All you need to know about responsible investment and decision-making strategies.

Thomas Croft
Managing Director, Heartland Capital Strategies

New Job Training

New emphasis on one of the oldest ideas in developing workplace skills, apprenticeships.

Kelly Schulz
Secretary, MD Dept of Labor
https://www.dllr.state.md.us/

Behind The Biz

Relieve, recover, rejuvenate, that's the motto of a new cryotherapy studio in Bethesda.

Brandon Yu
Owner, Thrive Cryostudio
http://www.thrivecryostudio.com/

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Holiday Flights

New ways to find the best priced flight in time for the holidays.

Jonnelle Marte
The Washington Post
www.washingtonpost.com/

Behind The Biz

Whether it's part of healthy living or just a convenient way to get your fruits and vegetables on the run, juicing is a trend that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Recent stats show the cold-pressed juice market is estimated at 100 million dollars.

http://purerawjuicemenu.com/

Dishwasher Lawsuit

What a recent dishwasher settlement could mean for some consumers.

Charles Fax
Partner, RWL

Silver Spring

One of the fastest growing areas in the state and a revitalization success story is Silver Spring. Our Charles Robinson heads to Montgomery County to find out why.

Cookie Jar

Nancy Yamada introduces us to an entrepreneur who figured out how to bring her unique sweet treats to market without a huge investment.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Credit Smart Mindset

What it takes to be a nonprofit leader in today's environment, and why credit is especially important for underserved and unbanked residents.

Helene Raynaud
President & CEO, Guidewell Financial Solutions

Rebuilding Ellicott City One Step at a Time

How flood donations are helping the Ellicott City community recover and get back on track after this past July's catastrophic flooding.

Tom Coale
Ellicott City Partnership

Behind The Biz

If you suffer from allergies or have chronic respiratory ailments there's a "sanctuary of sorts" in Elkridge, Maryland that might have you breathing better in no time.

www.saltsanctuarymd.com

Haunted Property?

The largest undeveloped property in Prince Georges County is looking for facelift. It's in Glen Dale, Maryland. One of the challenges to redevelopment is its reputation of being haunted. Charles Robinson unmasks the truth from the fiction.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Reading Presidential Candidates' Body Language

Body Language is up to 70 percent of what we communicate. It plays a big role in our first impressions. In a political race, with short soundbites being shown of the candidates, the power of body language is amplified. When you're only seeing a few seconds of someone, the body language we see sticks in our mind.

What are some key examples of body language? Tune in to find out!

Keith Scott
TALLsmall Productions/Body Language Expert

Rebecca Klein Scott
TALLsmall Productions/Body Language Expert

Behind The Biz

For a long time, electronic cigarettes were somewhat of a niche market, but today the vaping industry has evolved in a way that users have more choices than ever before. Yolanda Vazquez takes a look at this growing trend.

www.vapeshopmd.com

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, September 29, 2016

Free College Tuition

Maryland's new license plates, featuring the state flag front and center, will be issued on Monday, September 26 for all passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, motorcycles, and multipurpose vehicles.Political candidates are talking increasingly about making college tuition free, but one Maryland college has largely done that already.

Albert Coviello
Acting President, Garrett College

Behind The Biz

Their design software is transforming the world with creative solutions and hands-on tools for architects in a variety of industries. Yolanda Vazquez makes a stop in Columbia-the company headquarters of Vectorworks--in this week's "Behind the Biz."

www.vectorworks.net

Great Harvest Bakery

An Annapolis bakery has found the ingredients to keep customers coming back. Our Charles Robinson visits the Great Harvest Bakery.

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.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New Maryland License Plates

Maryland's new license plates, featuring the state flag front and center, will be issued on Monday, September 26 for all passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, motorcycles, and multipurpose vehicles.

Christine Nizer
MVA Administrator

Pick Up Your Trash - And Not Only Yours

One local non-profit is aiming to help prevent trash pollution and litter through partnerships and campaigns to inspire people to clean after themselves.

Julie Lawson
Executive Director, Trash Free Maryland

Behind The Biz

Custom crafting is the hallmark of a local furniture showroom that specializes in classic lines and high-quality materials. Yolanda Vazquez has more in this week's "Behind the Biz."

www.harrisrubin.com

Sunflower Field

A farm in Harford County has been drawing big crowds to its sunflower field. Charles Robinson looks at how they turned it into a business.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Education Week - State of Maryland Education

State Schools Superintendent, Dr. Karen Salmon talks with Charles Robinson about the state of education in Maryland.

Karen Salmon, Ph.D.
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools

Behind The Biz

It's a home for the "hands-on" practice of creative arts. In his week's Behind the Biz Yolanda Vazquez explains why 4 hours a day is the perfect amount of time for musical mischief.

http://www.fourhourday.org/

Cookie Jar

Nancy Yamada introduces us to an entrepreneur who figured out how to bring her unique sweet treats to market without a huge investment.

Start Up Spotlight

A Baltimore-based startup promises to be the complete digital writing solution for any student who wants to be a stronger writer. And it all started with one very overwhelmed student.

Thursday, September 8, 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, September 1, 2016

Baltimore Water Taxis

New boats, longer hours and uber, what's in store for Baltimore's Water Taxis?

Demian Costa
Managing Partner Sagamore Ventures

Behind The Biz

Nautically-inspired home decor accessories and 3-D wood-crafted maps take center stage at a main street store in Annapolis.

Merja Washburn
Owner, Woodcraft Artisans
http://www.woodcraftartisansonline.com/

Job Growth

Why Metro Washington is one of the fastest growing areas for jobs in the country.

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

National Urban League

The National Urban League held its National Convention in Baltimore and Charles Robinson tells us why they left a lasting impression.

Thursday, August 25, 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, August 18, 2016

Free Cyber-security Training

A Greenbelt-based startup that functions as a free repository of cyber-security resources plans to change the cyber security learning experience for all.

Ryan Corey
Founder, Cybrary

Mega Ships Arriving At Port of Baltimore

What does the new arrival of super sized container ships at the Port of Baltimore mean for the local economy and jobs?

Bayard Hogans
GM, Ports America

Behind The Biz

Making walking and biking for every trip, that's the motto of a nationally-recognized engineering and landscape architecture firm in Silver Spring. Over the years they've created a reputation as the "go-to" firm for bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

Jennifer Toole
Owner, Toole Design Group
http://www.tooledesign.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, August 11, 2016

Time for Crabs!

A look at the crab harvest this season with a local crab connoisseur.

Dave Kilpe
Casey's Crab Company
www.caseyscrabco.com

Behind The Biz

It's a dining dilemma we all deal with, but figuring out where to eat just got a whole lot easier thanks to the simple, spin of a wheel. A Bethesda-based company has developed an app that offers deep discounts on local restaurants.

Brad Saylor
Spotluck, CFO/Co-Founder

Cherian Thomas
Spotluck, CEO/Co-Founder
http://www.spotluck.com/

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, 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
www.rebalance-ira.com/

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

Behind The Biz

We all have our favorite flavor, even our favorite place to go. But this ice cream season you might want to try a local company whose treats are homemade, all-natural and locally sourced whenever possible.

Nadine Crisitello
Renee Crisitello

Co-Owners, Scoop & Paddle Ice Cream Company
http://www.scoopandpaddle.com/

Cookie Jar

Nancy Yamada introduces us to an entrepreneur who figured out how to bring her unique sweet treats to market without a huge investment.

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/