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39 Locally Owned Businesses to be Recognized

Catonsville Main StreetThirty-nine locally owned businesses will be recognized for their contributions to the well-being of Baltimore County’s traditional commercial districts.

“Our local business districts and their retail entrepreneurs add to the quality of life we enjoy. These unique shops, restaurants and services are central to the communities they serve,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The Baltimore County Department of Planning invited chambers of commerce and business associations to nominate outstanding individuals, institutions and locally owned businesses that have made an impact in economic vitality, design, promotion, sustainability and leadership.

The following nominees will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony June 3 at the UMBC University Center Ballroom.   

Best Neighborhood Service/Retailer/Restaurant

Calico Cat (Security/Woodlawn)
EarthTouch Healing Arts (Dundalk)
Caton Auto Clinic (Catonsville)
State Farm (Liberty Road)
Colin’s Seafood & Grill (Liberty Road)
Dunkin’ Donuts (Liberty Road)
Herb & Soul (Loch Raven)
Gourmet Again (Pikesville)
The Grill at Harryman House (Reisterstown)

Best New Construction using Architect on Call and/or Business Improvement Loan

Ristorante Firenze (Reisterstown)

Best Small-Scale Façade Improvement
Dugan’s Liquors (Pikesville)
Main Street Grill (Reisterstown)
Fractured Prune (Towson)
Bob Davidson Ford (Loch Raven)

Outstanding Community Event
Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival (Catonsville)
Dundalk Heritage Fair (Dundalk)
Concerts in the Park (Dundalk)
Holiday Event and National Night Out (Liberty Road)
Overlea Community Tree Lighting (Overlea)
Spring Concert Series (Parkville)

Best Marketing Campaign
Ristorante Firenze (Reisterstown)
Towson Tipster App (Towson)
Shop the ‘Ville (Catonsville)
Member Spotlight Mondays (Parkville)

Best Business/Organization Website
Liberty Road Community Calendar (Liberty Road)
Parkville Carney Business Association (Parkville)
The Grill at Harryman House (Reisterstown)

Best Clean-up or Greening Project 
Paradise Community Association (Catonsville)
Randallstown Gateway Park (Liberty Road)

Best Advocate

Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (Dundalk)
Coldwell Banker (Catonsville)
Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Department (Liberty Road)
Jason Plotkin, President Parkville Carney Business Association (Parkville)
Carin Smith, Reisterstown Improvement Association (Reisterstown)

Best Community Institution
The Children’s Home (Catonsville)
Dundalk Chamber of Commerce (Dundalk)
Northwest Hospital (Liberty Road)

Young Entrepreneur 
Erin Travis, Trails & Tails Pet Care (Catonsville)
Tim Bojanowski, Zest Social Media (Towson)

“Keeping our older commercial areas strong is a priority for Baltimore County. The Commercial Revitalization Program offers tools to support small businesses in 17 older commercial areas throughout the County,” said Andrea Van Arsdale, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Planning. "We encourage businesses and commercial property owners to work with our revitalization representatives to access district tax credits, architectural design services to improve the exterior of buildings, loans to help implement improvements and other technical assistance.”

More information about the Baltimore County Commercial Revitalization Program is available on line or by calling 410-887-3480.


County Executive Releases Video Message

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz released a video message to county residents today encouraging them to visit Baltimore City this weekend.

“Those of us who live in Baltimore County know how important the city is to the entire region, and we benefit from the many wonderful amenities that are available just minutes from county residents,” said Kamenetz. “This is a great weekend to stand together in support of our neighbors.”

Select the image below to view the County Executive's video message.

The County Executive near a fountain.


Devastating Earthquake Killed Thousands

On Saturday, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Latest numbers suggest more than 3,700 people have been killed with thousands more injured.

“We extend our hearts and prayers to the people of Nepal and encourage you to support aid efforts through the charity of your choice in this time of great need,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The following organizations are among the many that have established emergency relief funds to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Nepal and impacted areas of India and China:


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