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photo of interns who were interviewedOur Labor Market of the Future

What is bringing these talented young people home to Baltimore County?  These bright and driven students may have spread out to NYC, Philly, DC and New England for college, but they were back working, living, playing in Baltimore County this summer. 

Summer Interns Interviewed

What was it that led them to pass up summer career experience opportunities from Wall Street to the Capital? 

Will Anderson, Director of Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development, sat down and asked them about their summer internships in Baltimore County and their futures.

Their answers give us reasons to believe our region will be in very good hands as these young people build their own careers and drive our next generation economy.

What’s going on that excites you here?

Bella: “Connectivity. The county wraps around the city so you get the best of both worlds. I love being able to hike along Patapsco River and then be in the city in as little as 5 miles. And, there’s lots that can be done to strengthen that connection through transit, workforce and education. We are in a hub of non-profits, stellar colleges and major government entities where so much can and will be happening in the next 15 years. It’s an exciting frontier for any career in public policy or behavioral economics.”

Nicole: “Although I’m studying Chemical Engineering while in school, when I’m home I love to get back to my roots in the theatre. This region has amazing community theaters like STAR Theater in Catonsville, the Dundalk Community Theater, UMBC theater group, not to mention access to the city’s Hippodrome, Everyman Theater, Center Stage and the new Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater.”

Saché: “When you look around, Baltimore is growing. You see new businesses arising all the time with tons of opportunity in the field of business and information technology. Also, living in Towson has been great. So much is going on. There are more restaurants, a really nice movie theater just opened, and tons of places to shop around the Towson Campus. It’s also not far from home.”

Sam: “Hands down it’s Ultimate Frisbee. I’ve been involved with the Central Maryland Ultimate Association over the years and both Baltimore County and City have amazing parks to play. One of my favorite spots is Benjamin Banneker Park.”

Khala: “I like that it’s the best of both worlds. I like the County because it has great places to go like the mall, the movies, bowling. Then I like having the city to go to the Inner Harbor, the Gallery and some of the unique smaller stores. It’s great having both. Beyond that, when I’m away at college, I miss all of our great food!”

How did your internship change you?

Sam: “The lab for Physical Sciences at bwtech@UMBC put me in a working environment that could be intimidating at times, but well worth it. It really made me rethink my major in GIS. I’m going to put a greater focus on Economics and Math as I continue on to do research in grad school. If the opportunity presented itself, I’d like to work in the Baltimore region. I feel like it’s a good place to be as it continues growing.”

Bella: “Now I’m sure. This summer made me realize I want to come back. I realize now that I’m much more interested in economics rather than straight-laced finance, like what you see on Wall Street. Community development and housing issues are something I can really be passionate about and there’s so much opportunity to make a difference here around Baltimore.”

What do you want to contribute?

Khala: “Ultimately I want to work with prisoners. I think I could make a real difference. Lots of people just want to forget about them, but in many cases it’s a good person just in a bad situation. Everyone has a soft spot you can bring out.”

Sache: “Other than being successful for myself and my family, I want to give back to the community. Growing up in a really rural area, we lacked some of the technology and connectivity that’s so prevalent in contemporary education. I might not move back to my home town, but I can see myself going back and getting involved in bringing more technology to the schools – like iPads and laptops. We need to promote these things early on in our children’s education so they don’t leave and fall into a culture shock.”

Dionna: “I too would like to get involved with the schools. A great example is the Bring Your Code to School Program. This is a program designed to introduce kids to coding throughout the region. My cousin was on a local robotics team and he’s doing amazing things volunteering with that program.”

About the Interns

Nicole Dantoni
College: Widener University, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Major: Chemical Engineering
Home: Catonsville, Baltimore County
Internship: STAR Theater in Catonsville

Sam Besse
College: University of Maryland, College Park

Major: Economics and Geographic Information
Home: Relay, Baltimore County
Internship: The lab for Physical Sciences at bwtech@UMBC

Saché Bond       
College: Towson University, Baltimore County

Major: Information Systems with a minor in Business
Home: St. Mary’s County
Internship: Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance

Khala Evans-Addison
College: Johnson & Wales, Providence Rhode Island

Major: Counseling Psychology 
Home: Owings Mills, Baltimore County
Internship: Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance

Dionna Fair-Latta
College: UMBC, Baltimore County

Major: Business Technology
Home: Baltimore City
Internship: Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance

Bella Willeboordse
College: New York University, NY

Major: Economics and Public Policy
Home: Catonsville, Baltimore County
Internship: Baltimore County Department of Workforce and Economic Development

Interview by Will Anderson,
Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development

Seven Minority- and Women-Owned Business Receive Loans

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced $580,000 in new loans to seven small, minority-and women-owned businesses from the Baltimore County Boost Fund, a flexible financing resource for entrepreneurs. A total of $1.38 million in loans have been approved since the program launched in October 2014.

“The Boost Fund offers flexible loans to support promising companies. We are especially pleased to provide loans to cybersecurity, edtech and environmental technology companies at bwtech@UMBC and the TU Incubator, university business incubators that are nurturing entrepreneurship and the next generation of great Baltimore County companies,” said Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz.

Flexible, Reduced Down Payment, Low Interest Rates

The Boost Fund, managed by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, can lend qualified small businesses between $50,000 and $250,000 for start-up and gap funding, building and leasehold improvements, business and equipment acquisition, commercial real estate acquisition, and working capital.

Boost Fund loans are flexible, with a reduced down payment and interest rates set at or below market rates. Payment plans are customized to meet the cash flow needs of each business.

“Working capital is the lifeblood of small and early stage companies. Baltimore County’s Boost Fund is a valuable resource to help our bwtech@UMBC companies move to the next level,” said Ellen Hemmerly, Executive Director of the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park.

Loan funding comes from the Maryland Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Loan Fund, which was established with revenue from Maryland casinos

Approved Companies

Baltimore County Boost Loans were approved to the following companies:

Amethyst Technologies LLC
Amethyst provides technical assistance for quality assurance and compliance to US and international standards for laboratories. The US Army is a major client, with much of Amethyst’s revenue from prime contracting with the US government. The company provides training, policies and procedures, laboratory outfitting and software to support FDA and ISO compliance for research, clinical trials and drug manufacturing.

Airphoton, LLC
Airphoton manufactures, sells and trains users and maintains instrumentation for the measurement and monitoring of particulate air pollution.

Allovue, LLC
Allovue, LLC is an education resource-planning software provider for K-12 schools and districts. Their software program streamlines budgets, vendor transactions, general ledger balances and other accounting data into a single dashboard.

LessonCast, Learning, LLC
LessonCast Learning, LLC. is a Web-based teacher effectiveness platform that allows pre-service and in-service professionals to build a portfolio of documents and videos that convey effectiveness, learning and professional development.

Light Point Security, LLC
Light Point Security, LLC is a cybersecurity company that provides a secure Web-browsing solution to protect businesses from Web-based malware by moving and isolating employees’ Web browsing activity into the cloud.

RedShred, LLC
RedShred, LLC has developed a cloud-based technology that locates and reads RFPs (requests for proposal) and grants. The product increases the quantity and the quality of opportunities targeted for businesses and non-profits. RedShred accelerates the RFP review process by selecting RFPs that best fit the company so that a company does not waste time on RFPs that don’t match the company’s target market.

Vac Pac, Inc.        
Vac Pac, Inc. is a manufacturer of custom packaging. The company serves diverse industries with packaging for products including poultry, meat, seafood, produce, fragrance, seed, spices and toiletries. As specialists in cook-in packaging, Vac Pac holds a number of patents. The company is moving to Baltimore County to a larger Middle River facility.

Michele’s Granola in Timonium, Oak Creek Café in Arbutus, ServPro in Towson and Aegis Mechanical Contracting in Woodlawn were previously awarded Boost Fund loans.

Valuable County Resource

“The Boost Fund is a valuable addition to the County’s business resources, which include free employee recruitment and training programs, site selection assistance and a suite of financing options. Baltimore County stands ready to support companies when they are ready to expand and add jobs,” said Will Anderson, director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

More Information

For more information on the Boost Fund or to apply for a loan, visit Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at or call 410-887-8000.Logo of Boost Funds

No Unusual or Problematic Protest-Related Activity Occurred this Week

Chief Johnson released this statement Wednesday afternoon: "I want to assure citizens and local businesses that there is no need to curtail their daily business as a result of the ongoing unrest in Baltimore City," said Police Chief Jim Johnson.

"We have experienced no unusual activity here, and there are no indications that anything unusual is planned."

"Police continue to monitor social media and other sources for rumors about gatherings and other protest-related activity. The department is taking these messages seriously and has appropriate resources available for deployment, should the need for them occur. At this time, however, there are no credible threats to Baltimore County."

"Our county is uneventful and safe. There is no need for businesses, schools and other institutions to disrupt normal operations," Chief Johnson said.

Continued Support for BPD

BCoPD continues to support the Baltimore City Police Department. This afternoon, BCoPD sent about 50 officers back to Baltimore to assist with protests. The same number of county officers was deployed Monday and Tuesday.

Since last weekend, BCoPD has provided backup Tactical, K-9 and Aviation support for BPD's daily calls for service. In addition, Baltimore County Police are handling duties normally handled by the Maryland State Police in Baltimore County.

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