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The Preakness Stakes – the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown – brings to Maryland not only thousands of visitors each May, but also millions in economic impact. From the dollars spent on wagering, to visitor expenditures on hotels and restaurants, to the state and local taxes generated, Preakness

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Secretary Mike Gill of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) sat down for an interview with Allan Hirsh of Aha! Business Radio this past Tuesday, April 21. “I tell everybody when I talk to them, ‘economic development is a team sport,’” said Secretary Gill. “I’ve been on the road heavily for

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Video by Emily Kimball Pope In one corner, students pounded a vortex machine, sending rings of air catapulting to the ceiling. Across the room, teenagers struck poses in front of an advanced camera to create blueprints for tiny 3-D prints of themselves. The Digital Harbor Foundation opened the doors of

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The second annual InvestMaryland Challenge is in full swing. If your business is in need of a jump start, check out this site for more information about the national business competition. The Challenge offers applicants free admission to networking events, social media promotion, scoring and feedback from judges, exposure to venture capital firms and angel investors

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Less than seven months before city streets are transformed into a 12-turn, two-mile IndyCar racetrack, Grand Prix of Baltimore planners are drumming up excitement with a new logo and tagline. The former “Festival of Speed” will now be known as a “Celebration of Acceleration.” The new tagline is accompanied by an

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Leave the car behind and hit some stores—that’s the message behind the new Walk Annapolis initiative. The program divides downtown Annapolis into five main shopping districts, no larger than the average shopping mall. Colorful maps and banners urge customers to explore each district on foot: City Dock and Main Street

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Looking to transform your small business? JJ Ramberg, the longtime host of MSNBC’s “Your Business,” may offer some ideas. On April 9, at 500 West Baltimore St. in Baltimore, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is sponsoring a free book signing and lecture featuring Ramberg. Starting

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Nearly anything is better than nothing when it comes to Internet marketing for small businesses, online marketing expert Aaron Weiche said during Friday’s Local University: Baltimore conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in White Marsh. “If you understand what [online marketing] is, you’re much more likely to do something. Actionable takeaways is one

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The BWI Business Partnership Regional Economic Development Summit is expected to include opening remarks from Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Dominick Murray. Between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on March 14 at the BWI Hilton Hotel, the conference will focus on regional economic pressures and

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Check back for Q&A profiles on all the competition finalists. The first-ever InvestMaryland Challenge is down to its final round with just 33 companies competing for more than $300,000 in grants and business services. The final winners will be announced during the Governor’s Cup Awards Ceremony on April 15. One

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