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photo of a man playing saxophoneFronda Cohen, Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission

This is about creativity.  And it starts with a few numbers.

Every day, more than 1,800 people work in 591 visual arts and photography businesses in Baltimore County. No, that does not count folks taking selfies.  These are real jobs in real companies.

Film, radio and television companies employ over 1,700 people, with nearly 1,000 people working in music, theater and the performing arts in Baltimore County.

All told, Baltimore County is home to 1,924 arts-related businesses that employ 6,448 people according 2014 Dunn & Bradstreet data.  Creative industries represent 4.4% of all businesses in Baltimore County, from performing and visual arts to design and publishing. 

But this is more than a numbers game.  Creative industries represent significant economic impact, stimulate innovation, and enrich our quality of life.

So whether you are an artist at a game development company, photographer, theater director, musician, advertising writer, designer, television producer or on the film crew, you’re in good company in Baltimore County.

Bring on the imagination!


image of shrink-wrapped spongeby Rick Johnson, Business Development Representative
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

The next time you open a pack of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, pay close attention to the inner wrapping. Notice the thin brown paper that helps seal in the candy's freshness. How does each packet get cut to perfection? For this precision, thank Mann-Pak, a veteran and family-owned packaging company in Middle River. 

Mann-Pak wraps more than just peanut butter cups. Thousands of products in grocery stores are sealed in shrink-wrapped packages from Mann-Pack, including paper towels, sponges, tissue multi-packs, confectionery wraps, and baked goods. In fact, Mann-Pak provides flexible packaging for major food industries and industrial organizations around the world. 

Products include Go-Green packaging that uses a proprietary process that reduces CO2 emissions by using less material and less energy. 

In business for more than 25 years, the company has become one of four major sources in the country for printing shrink film products in multiple markets. These markets include, poultry, bakery, candy, dairy, light industrial, and home table top paper goods. Mann-Pack serves companies internationally, including firms in South America, Mexico, Canada, and Asia.

Mann-Pak is proud to be known as a veteran-owned business. Working with the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, Mann-Pak's goal is to hire veterans to fill positions in their production operation, with significant growth forecast for 2015.

Although a small company now, Mann-Pak is capable of big things. And they’ll keep on helping those peanut butter cups stay fresh!  

For more information on locating in Baltimore County, contact the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at businesshelp@baltimorecountymd.gov, call 410-887-8000 or visit online at www.BaltimoreCountyBusiness.com.


Sara Trenery, Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development

On July 10, 1964, Alan and Lois Elkin opened a small business selling copying supplies, ribbons, carbons and duplicators in 1,200 square feet of space. Little did they know at the time that one day this small business would become Maryland’s largest independent document management company, Advance –The Document Specialists, employing over 180 people at four locations.

It took just three years before Advance outgrew its space and moved its eight employees to Timonium.  In an effort to demonstrate their copier products to the customer, Advance created the “Curbside Copier Showroom,” a modified Winnebago equipped with copy machines for mobile demonstrations.

With business booming, Advance moved to its current headquarters in Cockeysville.  In 1990 Jeff Elkin joined his parents in the business and in 2000 was named CEO of the company.

With annual revenues approaching $40 million, Advance continues to receive national recognition and awards for their commitment to providing outstanding service-not just during “normal business hours” but during evenings, weekends and holidays. Advance is also a manufacturer’s certified service training center, one of the few in the entire U.S.

In 2006, 2008 and 2009, Advance’s employees rated the company one of the best places to work, making Advance a finalist for Baltimore Business Journal’s Best Places to Work award.

Alan Elkin describes his philosophy this way: “Advance is not just a job. Advance is our life. We love what we do. It is what defines us. “We Live and Breathe This Stuff” is not just the tagline for our commercials; it is our culture.”

 As Advance celebrates 50 years in business, Baltimore County salutes the Elkin family for their commitment to their customers and their community.


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