Baltimore County Now
by Helga Weschke, Deputy Director
Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development
From a company that produces sorting machines to major corporations such as Lockheed Martin, teams from the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development met with over 300 companies in one week to deliver a single, clear message: “Your business is an important economic driver in the local economy.”
Baltimore County just finished its second annual Business 1st Week, a time dedicated to reaching out to the County’s business community to show appreciation and to remind companies about the many programs and services available to help them thrive. Companies received an overview of financing opportunities, free workforce recruitment and training programs, tax credits, and innovation and commercialization programs available to Baltimore County businesses. We also showcased the new Boost loan fund for small, minority and women owned businesses and entrepreneurs.
“We are very fortunate that over 20,000 businesses call Baltimore County home,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in declaring October 20-24 Business 1st Week. “We want to make sure that our diverse business community knows that Baltimore County has the resources in place to support their success.”
Business 1st Week is an opportunity for the County’s business and workforce development staff to hear what business issues keep company CEO’s up at night and how County resources can help support and grow their operations.
So what did we learn after a week blanketing the County? Our business community is certainly diverse when you look at it from street level. In a single day, one team visited a machine shop, a 3D product design company, and a nut processing company. We also learned that a well-trained workforce is the key component to business success. Most firms felt that the economy is stabilizing and improving, with many firms experiencing growth.
We appreciated the chance to meet and thank companies for being part of our economic prosperity. And we’ll do it again – once our feet recover!
For more information on Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development business programs and services, call 410-887-8000 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/business.
by 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 410-887-8000 or visit online at www.BaltimoreCountyBusiness.com.
Julia Lynton-Brown, Talent Management Coordinator, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
Let’s face it. Looking for a job can be a challenging, frustrating and sometimes lonely effort. Baltimore County’s Workforce Development Centers can help. Clients who visit the County’s Eastpoint, Hunt Valley or Liberty Center in Randallstown will experience a warm and friendly team of career professionals to assist with services such as professional development seminars, career counseling, resume review and job interview assistance. By registering in the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWE), jobseekers can also have access to employment opportunities, onsite recruitment events and timely labor market information.
Companies with jobs to fill work with Baltimore County’s Business Services team to connect with talented workers through free, customized onsite recruitments. Recent opportunities ranged from corporate call centers to manufacturing, with informational and interviewing sessions for companies such as McCormick, Toyota Financial, BD (Becton Dickinson) and Access Receivables.
“Strategic partnerships among the County’s Business Services team, Workforce Development Centers and our business partners have resulted in full-time opportunities offering competitive wages and benefits for many of our customers” said Leo Martinelli, Hunt Valley Workforce Development Center Manager.
Outreach and pre-screening by center staff is key to ensuring businesses meet well qualified candidates. BD and Toyota Financial have returned twice and hired qualified candidates as a direct result of workforce recruitment sessions. Access Receivables, one of the most recent businesses to partner with Economic and Workforce Development, hired additional workforce candidates.
“All service related businesses revolve around the ability to find, hire and train excellent people. In our experience with the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, we’ve achieved our hiring goals. We believe this success was entirely due to our partnership with the County and a mutual understanding of this business challenge, said Kevin Gillespie, Vice President of Access Receivables in Hunt Valley. “It is our hope to continue this partnership, as their dedicated team of professionals have built an excellent model for local employers, the local workforce and the entire community.”
“This has been one of the most successful methods for us to find and hire the talent needed to fill our Corporate Call Center opportunities,” states Scott Brooke, Talent Acquisition Consultant for Toyota Financial Services in Owings Mills.
“The talent is always professional and well prepared for the interview,” added Cindy Denholm, HR Partner for BD in Sparks.
Whether you are looking for a job or a company looking for qualified candidates, Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development can provide free, professional help. Details and resources for job seekers and businesses are available online or by calling 410-887-8000.