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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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Maryland government agencies have a history of funding worker training projects, but never before has training been made so widely available across an entire industry. Under the direction of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) Maryland Workforce Training Initiative is now offering an unprecedented opportunity for

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Baltimore, MD (June 27, 2013) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that the State, through the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), has approved a $150,000 grant to the City of Hagerstown to fund the Hagerstown Revolving Loan Fund (HRLF). Hagerstown is actively pursuing opportunities to attract and

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For Marylanders, the name McCormick calls to mind any number of flavors and aromas. The Sparks-based company, founded in 1889, develops hundreds of spices and seasonings, including Baltimore’s iconic Old Bay. But as the company has continued to expand into international markets, net income and revenue have risen, causing major gains for stockholders,

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Mary Sue Easter Eggs have filled Easter baskets across Maryland since 1948, but recently their reach has extended farther than ever. Baltimore-based production for the chocolate-covered creams will total between 3 and 5 million this spring (an exact count for 2013 has not yet been completed), according to Mike Weiss,

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Frederick-based Flying Dog Brewery recently opened its doors to the local producers of an essential beer flavoring ingredient—hops. The micro-brewery hosted the first University of Maryland Extension and Maryland Chapter of Northeast Hop Alliance Hops Conference, signaling significant growth in the local hops industry, the Frederick News-Post reported.

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At least one Baltimore-based engineering firm specializes in making people scream. In fact, their international reputation recently won them a major contract in Hong Kong. Premier Rides—which designs, supplies and maintains roller coasters, observation wheels, towers, water rides and other custom attractions—has been selected to provide technical services and support

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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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“Our focus is pulling any players that are currently leaving the state to play table games, going to Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey … That’s the intent, to bring new business.”

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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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