Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Westminster will kick off the holidays, and promote shopping at small businesses, on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Black Friday no longer stands alone when it comes to post-Thanksgiving Day shopping blitzes. Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have become popular shopping days and Westminster is gearing up for a huge downtown holiday celebration on Small Business Saturday, or Nov. 24. Last year, American Express estimated that 103 million Americans shopped at a small business on Small Business Saturday. Main Street businesses in Westminster will be bustling on Nov. 24 after stores open at 10 a.m. Plan your shopping day around these festive holiday events also taking place on Main Street Nov. 24: Visit www.westminstermd.gov for more information. Will you enjoy downtown Westminster on Small Business Saturday Nov. 24? Tell us in comments.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Cake shops, wedding venues expect to see part of $90 million boost from marriage-equality provision.
- Ben Gross
Sunday, November 11, 2012
With the passage of Question 6 approving same-sex marriage, some financial analysts say believe that Maryland’s economy could see as much as a $90 million boost, according to a recent Gazette story. Mark Yost, president of the Maryland Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, quoted research from UCLA's Williams Institute that there could be $3.6 million in sales and lodging tax revenue, and $21 million per year from wedding-related businesses. A reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal spoke with Mary Alice Yetskey, the marketing director of Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes, who believes that her business will see a “much busier January” than normal. The story also quotes Mark Scurti, an attorney specializing in LGBT issues at Towson’s …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Five local entrepreneurs will pitch their business idea to a live audience in an effort to be crowned the first ever Carroll Biz Challenge winner.
Five of 22 entries in the county's first ever Carroll Business Challenge were chosen to be finalists in the local business start-up competition. The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll County Department of Economic Development partnered with Hometown Startups to launch the Carroll Biz Challenge 2012 in August. The winner of the challenge will walk away with $5,000. The following businesses were selected as finalists for the Carroll Biz Challenge 2012: All 22 applicant small business ideas can be viewed here. The fun part of the contest is right around the corner and you can get involved. The finalists will compete at a live contest on Nov. 29 at McDaniel College from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25. At the live contest, each …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
There were 22 entries in the first ever Carroll Business Challenge - a local business start-up competition with a $5,000 prize.
The first-ever Carroll Business Challenge brought in 22 small business plan entries. The winner will be announced at an event on Nov. 29. The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll County Department of Economic Development partnered with Hometown Startups to launch the Carroll Biz Challenge 2012 in August. The winner of the challenge will walk away with $5,000. Finalists will be announced Friday and the winner will be announced at the Carroll Business Challenge event on Nov. 29 at McDaniel College from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased for $25. Check out these entries submitted to the Carroll Business Challenge. This is just a summary, to see more detailed information about the entries, check the Carroll Business …