Baltimore County News
By Bryan Dunn, Department of Economic & Workforce Development
Heard of a “stick doctor”? If you’re from Baltimore and LAX country, you know that a “stick doctor” has mastered the art of stringing lacrosse sticks. With US Lacrosse headquarters now in Baltimore County, what better place for a “stick doctor” to launch a business dedicated to improving the sport he loves?
Baltimore County native Greg Kenneally took the art of the stick doctor to a new level by developing and manufacturing a perfected wax mesh material called East Coast Mesh. Today, East Coast Dyes has 25 employees and a range of products sold through major sports retailers around the world.
Take a video tour of East Coast Dyes and learn how the Baltimore County Boost Fund is helping this entrepreneurial company grow in Towson.
A YouTube sensation
Greg started the company by selling his mesh on E-bay. He then became a social media sensation, going viral with lacrosse videos reaching tens of thousands of players, coaches and fans around the world. Greg was completing a graduate degree in accounting at Towson University just as product demand went through the roof. Partnering with twin brother Mike, the duo combined their knowledge of the sport, social media savvy and impeccable work ethic to take the company to the next level.
Boosting out of the basement
A flexible loan from the Baltimore County Boost Fund helped East Coast Dyes get the working capital they needed. They moved out of Greg’s basement into a 9,000 square foot space in Towson. The company now has 25 employees, with plans to add more.
Baltimore County’s stick doctor is now a CEO, leading a company that is adding innovative products to the East Coast Dyes enterprise.
The company motto says it all: Hard Work Pays Off.
The Baltimore County Boost Fund is a flexible financing resource for small, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses in the region. For more information or to apply for a loan, visit the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at www.BCBoostFund.com or call 410-887-8000.
Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking. Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-27. For last-minute shoppers, there also will be free meter parking December 21-25, just before Christmas and the start of Chanukah.
Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.
"A little relief at the parking meter during the busiest days of the holiday season makes it easier to support locally owned shops and restaurants,” said Kamenetz. “These small businesses help support the neighborhood economy. We encourage everyone to shop local on Small Business Saturday, November 26, and throughout the holiday season.”
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz encouraged local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.
Fifteen small, minority and veteran-owned businesses have been awarded $1.66 million in loans from the Baltimore County Boost fund, a flexible financing resource for entrepreneurs.
“The Boost Fund supports promising small businesses as they add jobs, expand facilities, invest in new equipment and move to their next stage of growth. We are especially pleased that this group includes six women-owned businesses, four minority-owned businesses and two veteran-owned businesses,” said Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz.
More than $3.1 million in Boost Fund loans have been approved to 27 companies since the program launched in late 2014. Added together, these small businesses employ 484 people.
Loans customized for each business
The Boost Fund, managed by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, can lend qualified small businesses in the region between $50,000 and $250,000 for start-up and gap funding, building and leasehold improvements, business and equipment acquisition, commercial real estate acquisition, and working capital.
Boost Fund loans are flexible, with a reduced down payment and interest rates set at or below market rates. Payment plans are customized to meet the cash flow needs of each business.
Loan funding comes from the Maryland Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Loan Fund, which was established with revenue from Maryland casinos.
Loans support businesses from Towson to Randallstown and Dundalk
Baltimore County Boost loans have been approved to the following companies:
East Coast Dyes, Inc. East Coast Dyes in Towson designs, manufactures and distributes lacrosse heads, mesh, shafts, lacrosse balls and other accessories.
Bob’s Overhead Door Repair & Service, Inc. Established in 1984, the company provides sales, service and installation of overhead doors, garage doors and door openers for commercial and residential customers.
Charles Village Pub & Wagner 5 LLC Charles Village Pub in downtown Towson has purchased and renovated a former bank building and is adding a new deck area at the rear of their existing property.
Devaney & Associates, Inc. The company is a full-service advertising firm with clients include Stanley Black and Decker, T. Rowe Price, Dewalt, AT&T and Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Elizabeth Klebe DVM, LLC A start-up veterinary practice that will focus on serving private horse owners, race horse owners, fox hunters on small family farms and large training and boarding facilities.
Exclusive Motors, LLC Makia Properties, LLC owns and manages the property located at 10100 Liberty Road in Randallstown. The property will be occupied by Exclusive Motorcars, LLC a used car dealership.
KLR Real Estate, Inc. (KLR) Founded in 2002, KLR Real Estate, Inc. is a full service real estate broker, property management and construction management firm..
Little Crystal Bijoux, LLC Little Crystal Bijoux, LLC was established in 2013. The company designs, manufactures and retails custom made jewelry. The business operates a small shop in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
Rosedale Printing, Inc. – Minuteman Press The company operates as a Minuteman Press franchise in Rosedale.
Schiavi, Wallace & Rowe, PC A full service CPA firm that provides specialized accounting and consulting services exclusively to the healthcare industry.
Site Support Services, Inc. The company provides sales, service and installation of HVAC systems that are used in IT environments.
Sparks Dynamics, LLC The company develops software systems that monitor the energy, security and operating status of industrial equipment.
Urban Design, Inc. (Aetna Shirt Company) The Aetna Shirt Company in Essex manufactures formal dress shirts for the Navy and Air Force and custom medical lab coats and scrubs. The company recently entered into an agreement with a Japanese retailer that will sell shirts that are manufactured by Urban Design and sold under the retailer’s brand name.
Suite of business assistance services
“The Boost Fund is a valuable addition to the County’s business resources, which include free employee recruitment and training programs, site selection assistance, and a suite of financing options. Baltimore County stands ready to support companies when they are ready to expand and add jobs,” said Will Anderson, director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
For more information on the Boost Fund or to apply for a loan, visit Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at www.BCBoostFund.com or call 410-887-8000.
Revised September 26, 2016