Baltimore County Now
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
Baltimore 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.
By Fronda Cohen, Baltimore County Office of Communications
At the White House today: Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development Will Anderson. Anderson is attending the White House Upskill Summit, joining 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across America. The Summit is addressing ways to equip workers of all ages with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs.
Baltimore County was asked to participate in this select group because of its diverse economy in a strong metropolitan job center and the County’s commitment to innovation around workforce collaboration.
“Here in Baltimore County, our workforce and economic development teams are building new partnerships to bring our businesses, educators and County career centers together around these important goals,” said Anderson. “Baltimore County’s leadership role in the national Accelerated Connections for Employment program already is changing lives as parents, adults and youth learn new skills that will lead to jobs.”
President Obama issued a call to action in January “to help workers of all ages earn a shot at better, higher-paying jobs, even if they don’t have a higher education.”