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SBRC logoDavid Heitlinger
Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce

What do law firms, financial institutions and accounting firms all have in common? They all need to network to prosper and grow.

This week is National Small Business Week and to celebrate, the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center will be hosting its annual Open House on Wednesday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event is a great opportunity to interact and build relationships with the people who move small business in Baltimore County. This year’s event will feature a complimentary breakfast, catered by the Spriggs’ Honey Biscuits Inc., who are being honored for their entrepreneurial achievements.

Cliff and Tracie Spriggs opened their catering business in 2005. Since then, they have incubated eight successful startups, including the cupcake designer Icedgems Baking. From patissiers to sauciers, the Spriggs have helped over 300 chefs cultivate their craft in their Randallstown kitchen.

“Small businesses are the backbone of a diverse, growing and economically viable Baltimore County,” said Keith Scott, president and CEO of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Resource Center.

For more than 30 years, the resource center has been a fixture within the county and its business community. Small businesses depend on the SBRC to help them turn their dreams into reality. Honey Biscuits Inc. is a testament to the wealth of knowledge that the SBRC counselors provide.

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center is a partnership between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development. SBRC works with prospective and current small business owners to assist in establishing, growing and improving their businesses.

Visit the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce website to read more here.

crab malletTim Murphy, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

Apparently, folks have been digging into a lot more steamed crabs and slurping more spicy crab soup if sales at J.O. Spice Company are any indication.  The Halethorpe company, established in 1945, manufactures crab seasonings, soups, batters and breadings for restaurants.   J.O. Spice’s online and retail stores offer seasonings and soups, plus Maryland crab jewelry, engraved mallets, crafts, and other “crabby” items. The company has just added 17,000 square feet of space to expand the growing retail portion of their business.

You can find J.O. Spice products in many crab houses throughout Maryland, by visiting the new store or online at . 

To celebrate their newly expanded retail store, J.O. Spice is holding a ribbon cutting Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. at 3721 Old Georgetown Road in Halethorpe.  All are welcome to attend for tastings, giveaways, and more. 

Stop by so you’re ready for outdoor crab season!

conceptual rendering of Towson Square Fronda Cohen
 Baltimore County Office of Communications

Towson is one of the most exciting suburbs in America.  Easy for us to say, but don’t just take our word for it.  A new survey by Business Insider ranks Towson #11 in the U.S.  The survey ranked nearly 140 suburbs across the country by what they call “excitement factors,” looking at:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better)

Towson has more than 60 restaurants, including new downtown destinations Cunningham’s and Oyster Bay. Towson’s 55,000 residents can go for a run around the Towson University or Goucher campus, through welcoming neighborhoods, around the Towson Y, in one of four County parks, and soon at the new L.A. Fitness in Towson Commons.  New bike lanes will make cycling easier throughout Towson. Turn up the music at a WTMD live lunch at Olympic Place, in Towson University Center for the Arts and Stephens Hall, or Goucher’s KraushaarAuditorium. This summer, Towson Square adds 15 Cinemark movie theatres and eight new restaurants to downtown Towson. 

Not hard to see the excitement here!

Read more at Business Insider

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