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Klein Enterprises Purchase

When Klein Enterprises purchased a small vacant commercial building on Hooks Lane, it launched a positive chain of events that will bring new private investment, jobs and improved traffic flow to Pikesville.   

The building at 7 Hooks Lane will be demolished to clear the way for road improvements and access for a new office building to be constructed at Commerce Center. Klein Enterprises will convey the property to the County, providing the right of way needed to continue a second lane on Hooks Lane to Reisterstown Road.  

“With the developer stepping up, we can finally alleviate traffic back-ups along this stretch of Hooks Lane while saving the County over $350,000 in right of way costs,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This literally paves the way for a new office building at Commerce Center and clears concerns about future traffic congestion.”   

The proposed new Commerce Center office building will be a 40,000 square foot, two story expansion on top of an existing parking garage and infrastructure. The building features expansive windows for light-filled offices. 

Neighborhod Improvement

“Since Klein Enterprises acquired the Commerce Center in 2011, we have invested millions of dollars into the property,” said Daniel Klein, President of Klein Enterprises. “We hope to continue improving the neighborhood by working with the County to bring another Class A office building to the Pikesville business community and improving traffic along Hooks Lane.”

“This public-private partnership is a good economic development project for Pikesville, it adds to the tax base, helps retailers by bringing more workers to a new office building, and offers another ‘work where you live’ opportunity,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.  "As a side benefit, it will resolve a long-standing community complaint of traffic congestion that has been frequently raised since I was first elected to the County Council in 1994. I'm glad we are finally getting it done."

Once any appeals are resolved and final permits are issued to Klein Enterprises for construction of the new building, a resolution to convey the land to the County will be presented to the County Council and roadway construction can begin.

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

New Strategic Factory and Miller's Minuteman Press

A 100 KW solar array powers millions of dollars of state-of-the-art equipment in Strategic Factory’s new Owings Mills production headquarters. The new building also is powered by financing made possible through the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

Strategic Factory’s 40,000 square foot facility more than doubles the size of the printing and marketing firm’s former leased space. Financing for the expansion was supported by a $1 million loan from the Baltimore County Small Business Loan Fund, a privately financed partnership between Baltimore County and 23 of the region’s leading financial institutions. Sandy Spring Bank, a member of the Fund, provided the loan. A $5,500,000 Industrial Revenue Bond issued by Baltimore County to KM Printing-Miller’s Minuteman Press supported the company’s construction and equipment purchases. Baltimore County has no financial liability for the bonds, which are available to manufacturers making capital investments that meet federal bond requirements.

Production Headquarters Opens

Strategic Factory’s new production headquarters was built by Merritt Properties. The 40,000 square-foot facility, located on 8.5 acres on Dolfield Boulevard in Owings Mills, houses multiple agencies including Miller’s Minuteman Press, BRANDED4U, Graphic Tango, Master Signs and Production Facility.

Healthy Business Community

“A sure sign of a healthy business community is when companies make significant new investments. With Strategic Factory and Merritt Properties, we have two successful, locally owned companies investing in Owings Mills,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Baltimore County is pleased to have played a part in facilitating financing for Strategic Factory’s growth through our Small Business Loan Partnership and revenue bonds. Our confidence is well placed, as Strategic Factory already has added jobs at their new production headquarters.”

The company currently employs 100 people and added 21 new jobs since moving into the new building. They plan to hire an additional eight to 10 people by the end of this year.

“Our new headquarters brings new jobs and new investment to the Owings Mills business community. Since opening our doors we’ve increased our workforce by twenty percent, and we’re continuously adding new technology and equipment to the mix,” said President and CEO Keith Miller. “We’re looking forward to growing and expanding the company and collaborating with the local community to ensure continued growth and success, while bringing quality and excellence to the region.”

Small Business Loan Fund

The Baltimore County Small Business Loan Fund, a public-private partnership between the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development and 23 of the region’s leading financial institutions, has a pool of to $13.9 million in loan commitments from the financial institutions. Qualified small businesses with fewer than 100 employees may borrow up to one million dollars from the privately-financed loan fund. These fixed rate loans only require 10 percent equity, freeing capital for additional investment.

"These loans are critical to providing small businesses with capital to invest in people, equipment or buildings. It is heartening to see 23 local financial institutions stepping up to support economic growth through the Baltimore County Small Business Loan Fund,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "The fund’s lower equity requirement, lower interest rates and lower fees are an added incentive for small businesses to explore this loan option."

Baltimore County reviews each applicant’s financial statements, credit history and collateral to secure the requested loan. All applicants are then reviewed by an independent loan review board established by the participating lenders.

Participating Lenders

The following lenders participate in the Baltimore County Small Business Loan Fund:

  • Bank of America
  • Bay Bank, FSB
  • BB&T
  • BlueRidge Bank
  • CFG Community Bank
  • Chesapeake Bank
  • Columbia Bank
  • Farmers & Merchants
  • First National Bank
  • First Mariner Bank
  • Hamilton Bank
  • Howard Bank
  • M&T Bank
  • Northwest Bank
  • Peoples Bank
  • PNC Bank
  • Rosedale Federal
  • Sandy Spring Bank
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Susquehanna Bank
  • TD Bank
  • The Harbor Bank
  • Wells Fargo Bank


For more information on the Baltimore County business financing assistance, contact the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, by calling 410-887-8000 or visit .

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