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Boordy Good Life Thursdays photoJulian Baker
  Intern, Baltimore County Office of Communications

Thinking about going somewhere for live music this summer? No need to fly to Nashville for country or bluegrass. The Good Life Festival at Boordy Vineyards provides good food, great music and an excellent atmosphere for just $10. Feel free to bring the kids as all guests under 16 have free admission. Come back to the Vineyards all summer, as the Summer Evening Concerts rock every Friday night from May to August.

Booking a trip to Cleveland to check out some classic rock? First, head on over to Parkville any Friday in the summer to see the PCBA Spring Concert Series. The event is free in the backyard of Racer’s Cafe, one of the best craft beer bars in town.     

Shakespeare isn’t only performed in the Globe Theatre. Join Stephanie and Saar at the Gordon Center for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where the work of famed composer Felix Mendelssohn will be paired with selections from Shakespeare’s beloved comedy performed by actor Stanley Morstein. Tickets for the June 14th event are free, but must be reserved.

Towson Feet on the Street photoIf the fun atmosphere of New Orleans is your thing, swing by Feet on the Street Block Party on Friday nights to experience Towson’s local music scene. There will be beer, wine and cocktails for the adults, and moon bounces and face painting for the kids. It might even start to look like Mardi Gras. Admission is free, and it goes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every night through September 25th.

Even the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is coming up to the County on July 3 and 4 for their Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge. Tickets at the gate will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, or you can buy your tickets in advance. Guests get to see the BSO perform classic American music with a spectacular fireworks show after the performance.

The Lurman Summer Concert Series, free every Saturday and Sunday from May to August, has all of the above; blues, funk, country, R&B, and classic jazz are on tap all summer long. The Lurman Woodland Theatre in Catonsville is your one stop shop for all things music this summer.

Baltimore County’s more than 80 summer concerts have everything you’re looking for; from Reggae in White Marsh to Folk in Catonsville, all you need for a summer of music is right here in the County.  

Review a complete list of concerts and events this summer.


photo of magazine coverBryan Dunn, Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development

Yes - you heard it right, magical and extraordinary things are happening in Baltimore County.  At a recent open house celebrating National Business Week hosted by the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), attendees where enchanted by a tale of daring to make a dream into a reality. 

Kim Cross started her business with an idea and a visit to the SBRC. Working with small business counselor Kim Taylor, she received financial planning, legal advice and help building a viable business and marketing plan.

Today, Faerie magazinetantalizes the imagination with lush exquisite photography, original fiction and poetry, articles to spark creativity, and craft tutorials—with a dash of faerie magic sprinkled throughout. Revenue for the high-end quarterly print publications tops $1 million. With over one million Facebook likes and not a cent spent on advertising, it’s easy to start believing in the magical and extraordinary. 

During the SBRC open house County Executive Kevin Kamenetz awarded the 2015 Small Business Resource Award to Ms. Cross for her impressive ingenuity and success.

“I’m constantly telling small business owners to check out the Small Business Resource Center because it is so extremely helpful, it does not cost anything, and you’re dealing with professionals that really care,” said Ms. Cross.

“To see someone go from an idea to revenues of a million dollars - and moving on up - is really exciting,” said Director of Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development Will Anderson. “We’re going to help Faerie Magazine get into the export market to their increase sales. This is the kind of exciting small business that the County can help grow, whether it’s through financing, marketing or working on a business plan.”

The SBRC conveniently shares space with the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, where programs and events help their more than 500 members develop strategic relationships in the business community.

So, start dreaming. Baltimore County is here to help make it happen.

Contact the Small Business Resource Center for a free business consultation at410-825-6200.

Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

www.baltimorecountybusiness.com


interior photo of McCormick HQBaltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Will Anderson, Director, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

The economic development race was on when McCormick & Company, the global spice and flavorings powerhouse, announced it was looking for a new headquarters campus location. We suspect there was a gleam of hope in the eyes of every governor, county executive and mayor in the mid-Atlantic as they revved up their economic development operations and opened Power Point to prepare their pitches.

Baltimore County rolled up its sleeves. One of the first business meetings of this administration was with the CEO of McCormick, one of our largest employers. Maintaining that sound relationship set the groundwork for open dialogue as the company started its site selection process. Baltimore County worked for more than13 months to identify sites and appropriate incentives to meet the company’s requirements.  

After rounds of due diligence and a lot of public speculation, McCormick chose to stay home, in Baltimore County Maryland.   

Here’s why we believe McCormick decided to stay and invest here.

·        Baltimore County’s business climate is right for a global company. Our property and income tax rates have not gone up for decades. This stability is critical for business planning.

·        For more than 40 years, McCormick’s C-level headquarters and key operations have been spread out in northern Baltimore County. An R&D innovation center and two active manufacturing plants already are in Hunt Valley, so it made good business sense to have these operations and talent closer together in a 21st century business environment.

·        McCormick employs more than 10,000 people around the world.  One fifth of McCormick’s workforce – 2,100 employees – work in Baltimore County. About 900 of these employees will be moving to the new Hunt Valley campus.

·        McCormick is a global publicly traded company with $4.2 billion in annual sales of spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and flavorings.  Baltimore County has ready access to international airports, Wall Street decision makers and services that support manufacturing and trade.     

·        McCormick told us they need a location that helps them recruit and retain top-tier talent. Hunt Valley is a perfect fit. We have some of the region’s most exclusive executive housing and great schools. Hunt Valley Towne Centre and Wegmans are right across the street from the new headquarters site. Plus employees can take light rail right from work to an Os or Ravens game.

So we say ‘thank you McCormick’ and raise a jumbo crab doused with OLD BAY in your honor. We’re glad you chose to stay here in Baltimore County, home of McCormick innovation for generations to come. 

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