Inc. 5000 names Maryland’s fastest growing companies in 2018

Maryland Business News - Thu, Aug 16, 2018

A total of 111 Maryland companies have been named among the fastest growing in the nation, according to the annual Inc. 5000 list.

The recent announcement includes 17 businesses in the top 500, as well as 57 newcomers to the 2018 list. And while Maryland ranks 16th in the number of companies named to Inc. 5000, the state ranks 7th as a percentage of all businesses. Click here to read the full list of Maryland companies.

“It makes me incredibly proud to learn that, once again, more than 100 Maryland businesses are listed in this year’s Inc. 5000 compilation,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “From working with businesses one-on-one, to marketing the state across the globe, this ranking proves that we are dedicated to fostering a business-friendly environment in every corner of Maryland.”

Approximately one-fourth of the Maryland companies fall within the government services sector and one-fourth are in IT, software, and computer hardware. The remaining companies make up the energy, health, and manufacturing sectors, among others.

Topping the list for Maryland is Mindoula, a Silver Spring behavioral health management company that provides support through its 24/7 technology. The company has a team of health workers, case managers, support specialists, and psychiatrists on hand to address a wide range of health challenges including anxiety and depression, as well as relational and situational situations.

Top Fastest Growing Companies in Maryland 2018 Rank Company Growth Industry County 36 Mindoula 7310% Health Montgomery 38 Rockhammer Talent Solutions 6953% Human Resources Montgomery 43 Homesnap 6336% Real Estate Montgomery 81 Vigene Biosciences 3949% Health Montgomery 113 Five Doors Network 3426% Real Estate Baltimore 218 Agil3 Technology Solutions 2141% Government Services Prince George’s 224 Y-Tech 2103% Government Services Howard 226 Phoenix Operations Group 2086% Government Services Howard 269 Growth Solutions 1817% Business Products & Services Baltimore 273 BarnAllen Technologies 1815% Government Services Montgomery 343 Alderson Loop 1447% Business Products & Services Carroll 349 T-Rex Solutions 1428% Government Services Prince George’s 430 Trinity Technology Partners 1161% IT Management Prince George’s 456 Delmarva Veteran Builders 1114% Construction Wicomico 467 Ripple Effect Communications 1083% Government Services Montgomery 468 MidPoint Technology Group 1077% Telecommunications Anne Arundel 494 The Bizzell Group 1030% Government Services Prince George’s 585 IMPACT ANALYTICS 854% Business Products & Services Anne Arundel 729 ReNew Home Designs 685% Construction Howard 798 VOR Technology 628% Government Services Howard 836 Resolute Technologies 599% IT System Development Howard 843 B & D Consulting 597% IT Management Washington 938 Precise Software Solutions 528% IT System Development Montgomery 943 American Small Business Alliance 524% Business Products & Services Howard 944 Index Analytics 523% Government Services Baltimore 973 DMedia Associates 508% Business Products & Services Montgomery 976 Volo City 507% Consumer Products & Services Baltimore City

 

View the Inc. 5000 list in its entirety at www.inc.com/inc5000.

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Nearly 2,000 jobs expected through More Jobs for Marylanders

Maryland Business News - Mon, Aug 13, 2018

In just over one year since the launch of the More Jobs for Marylanders program, 124 companies have indicated that they plan to either locate in Maryland or expand within the state to benefit from the program.

Of those companies, which include firms both from Maryland and other states, 49 have filed official enrollment applications, and are projecting to create nearly 2,000 jobs in total. Also, the program has been expanded to include five additional counties where manufacturers creating new jobs will receive the highest benefits.

More Jobs for Marylanders incentivizes manufacturers to create new jobs in the state. New manufacturers that locate in targeted jurisdictions and create at least five new jobs may qualify for income tax credits based on the number of jobs created, a state property tax credit, sales and use tax refund for specific purchases, and State Department of Assessment and Taxation fee waiver. Existing manufacturers that meet job creation criteria throughout the state may also qualify for the income tax credit.

Legislation adopted in the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly altered the qualification criteria and expanded the roster of targeted jurisdictions, known as “Tier 1 counties.” That list now includes Baltimore City and Allegany, Caroline, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Somerset, Wicomico, Washington, and Worcester counties. Three additional jurisdictions—Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and, as of this month, Cecil County—have also been designated as “Tier 1 counties” at the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce.

Companies applying to the program range from manufacturers of metal, food, adhesives, wood, and other products, and represent the potential for hundreds of new jobs, particularly in areas of the state where unemployment is high. Recent More Jobs for Marylanders applicants include Tennessee-based Ring Container Technologies, a manufacturer of plastic containers than plans to create 19 jobs at a new manufacturing and warehousing facility, and California-based Fabricated Extrusion Company, which plans to create 50 jobs at a new headquarters and manufacturing facility over the next four years. Both companies are establishing their new facilities in the Hagerstown area.

To submit an application or obtain additional information, visit commerce.maryland.gov/morejobs.

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Brilliant bakers get ready for Wicomico County Fair competition

Maryland Business News - Thu, Aug 9, 2018

Vanessa Junkin is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Wicomico County Recreation, Parks, Tourism & Civic Center. Follow along with Wicomico on Facebook and Twitter.

For more than 80 years, the Wicomico County Fair has been a staple in the Salisbury community. This year’s event is right around the corner and contestants are preparing for one local favorite pastime—the baking competition.

When Alan Gravenor started baking as a young 4-H member, he didn’t know he’d one day sell a cake he baked for $330. But that’s exactly what happened at least year’s event. The proceeds from Gravenor’s angel food cake went straight back into the county fair.

Each year, bakers enter their homemade goods into various competitions with specific categories. There are multiple categories within the sections of solid or loaf cakes, layer cakes and miscellaneous cakes. There are different cupcake, pie and brownie divisions. And when it comes to cookies, there are 20 different categories, not including the ones for miscellaneous and best collection.

Gravenor, who is past president of the Wicomico County Fair and a member of the Board of Directors, does food preservation – canning and pickling – in addition to baking. He enters about 100 items at each of five fairs per year, one of which is the Wicomico County Fair. Gravenor even earned Best in Show in 2017 for his cloverleaf yeast rolls.

What’s his advice for aspiring bakers? “Plan ahead and be organized,” he said.

He said he’ll have his ingredients and pans ready to go before he starts baking, and sometimes he puts more than one item in the oven at the same time if they need to bake at the same temperature.

Another Wicomico County Fair competitor, Katharine B. Allen, is also a former 4-H member who has been baking since she was young.

“I used to love to help my mother and my grandmother bake,” said Allen, who turned 81 in March.
Among the items she enjoys making are cookies and whoopee pies, she said. She’s also made plenty of coconut cakes.

In addition to baking, she also does canning and competes in flower categories. She said she likes horticulture – single blooms or three of the same type of flower – along with silk flower arranging.

Stop by to see these contestants and more at the Wicomico County Fair, held at the Winterplace Park Equestrian Center from August 17-19.

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Celebrate Maryland Farmers Market Week

Maryland Business News - Tue, Aug 7, 2018

Guest feature: Megan Guilfoyle is a Public Information Officer for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Follow along with MDA @MdAgDept and Maryland’s Best @MdsBest.

Maryland Farmers Market Week is August 5-11, coinciding with the 19th annual National Farmers Market Week. The Maryland Department of Agriculture encourages citizens to celebrate the week by visiting farmers markets and buying local products. Find a farmers market near you by visiting the Maryland’s Best website.

The growing consumer demand for locally-grown products is evident at both the state and national level. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service began the National Farmers Market Directory in 1994. Since then, the number of markets voluntarily listed has grown from 1,755 to more than 8,700 across the country.

There are currently more than 120 farmers markets in Maryland—including at least one in each county and Baltimore City. These markets are important economic drivers for the state’s agriculture industry. Maryland farmers markets generated $53 million dollars in total sales, with more than 2.3 million consumers visiting the markets in 2016, according to a 2016 survey by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Maryland Farmers Market Association.

Approximately 260 Maryland farmers participate annually in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) for Women, Infants, Children (WIC) and Seniors. Nearly half of the markets also participate in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as food stamps. These programs help expand access for low-income Marylanders to be able to purchase fresh produce at Maryland farmers markets.

Join the celebration online and help promote National Farmers Market Week and Maryland Farmers Market Week on social media using #FarmersMarketWeek, #LoveMyMarket or #BuyLocalMD.

For more information on farmers markets in your area, visit Maryland’s Best or call 410-841-5770.

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Guinness enters craft beer era with new Maryland brewery

Maryland Business News - Fri, Aug 3, 2018

Commonly known for its iconic dark stout and its proud Irish heritage, Guinness is ready to change things up as it re-enters the U.S. brewing scene. Today, the company officially opens doors to a brewery in Baltimore County, marking the first time the company has had a brewery in the U.S. since 1954. The brewery, called the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, occupies facilities in Southern Baltimore County once used in the production of Lord Calvert Whiskey.

The site, which also includes a 270-seat restaurant, is expected to host more than 300,000 visitors in its first year of operation. When fully operational, it will employ more than 200 people.

The signature Guinness Draught Stout is available on tap at the U.S. location, but will continue to be imported from Ireland. Instead of making its signature stout, the Baltimore County brewery will focus on making the Guinness Blonde American Lager. Catering to the tastes of modern beer drinkers, who increasingly seek out specialized craft beer, Guinness’ U.S. location will also focus on creating experiential beers.

Ryan Wagner, Guinness brand ambassador told USA Today that the core mission of the brewery in Maryland is to allow Guinness “to become a bigger part of the American craft beer industry, to have a place for innovation and creativity for Guinness in the states.”

According to the company website, having a U.S. location puts Guinness closer to the action in the thriving U.S. market and able to understand and respond to trends more quickly, as well as brew smaller batches and get them to market faster.

The company is enthused by the dynamic Baltimore region and booming beer scene in Maryland, saying: “The brewing industry in Maryland is growing fast with several notable breweries making a name for themselves locally and nationally. We hope we can help the industry prosper and achieve the recognition we think it deserves.”

As of 2017, 73 craft breweries called Maryland home, and collectively they produce 293,298 barrels of beer per year, or two gallons for every adult above age 21. Maryland’s craft brewing industry is complemented by an equally flourishing wine and distilling industries. Learn more about the craft beverage industry in Maryland.

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TierPoint expands to second Maryland facility

Maryland Business News - Fri, Jul 27, 2018

TierPoint, a top provider of IT and data center services in the country, has officially opened its new facility in Linthicum Heights.

The company’s expansion was celebrated at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 35,000 square foot data center this week. TierPoint, which also has a data center located in Baltimore City, expects to continue growing in Maryland as demand for its services continues.

Tierpoint’s growth in the state and expansion into Anne Arundel County was led by its geographic convenience, said Jim Weller, Vice President. In addition to the new data center needing accessibility and abundant power, it needed to be close to the company’s client base, which ranges from tech companies to the healthcare industry, and from tourist attractions to government agencies. Prior to this expansion, the company had nearly 150 customers in the Baltimore region.

“We like being in the tech corridor – there are a lot of cyber companies in this area. This location gives us a good reach into Washington, D.C., and convenient access to highways, rail, and the airport,” said Weller.

Weller continued saying that because every company has different technology needs, no two TierPoint customers are alike. TierPoint is able to run and house critical data for its clients, whether it is containing a company’s equipment in its secure facility, or providing the infrastructure needed for companies to operate.

“Every business is becoming data intense these days, everything is tech-dependent,” he said.

TierPoint has more than 40 data centers in 20 markets throughout the country, and has 5,000 clients, giving them one of the largest client lists in the industry. Learn more on www.tierpoint.com.

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18 MARYLAND COMPANIES RECEIVE EXPORTMD GRANTS

Maryland Business News - Thu, Jul 26, 2018

The Maryland Department of Commerce has awarded 18 small and mid-sized Maryland companies with ExportMD grants to help promote their products and services in the global marketplace. The ExportMD grant program helps businesses finance the costs of marketing internationally, including trade show fees, brochures, and travel expenses. Applications are accepted on a monthly basis and the next application deadline is August 1, 2018. Eligibility requirements can be found on the Commerce website.

“ExportMD has been one of most popular programs, and is a big part of the success of many of our small and mid-sized companies,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “The financial assistance as well as the guidance offered by Maryland Office of International Investment and Trade is invaluable to companies looking to grow their customer base in the global market.”

Among the companies receiving an ExportMD grant is Rockville-based Inky Technology Corporation, a leader in email protection whose anti-phishing solution – Inky Phish Fence – uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision to prevent phishing attacks. The company recently used its grant to travel overseas to Infosecurity Europe 2018, a leading information security conference that attracts nearly 20,000 attendees from across the globe.

“Being part of the Maryland delegation at Infosecurity Europe really helped us stand out, network with prospects, and meet more Maryland cyber companies. We have learned from each other,” said Dave Baggett, CEO of Inky. “The U.K. market is new to us, so it was helpful to learn about different opportunities and partnerships from other Maryland companies.”

Established in 1999, the ExportMD program provides matching grants up to $5,000 from Commerce’s Office of International Investment and Trade. ExportMD is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, which has awarded multiple State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grants to Maryland Commerce to help fund the program.

April-June 2018 ExportMD grant recipients

Anne Arundel County
Glacier Security
South River Technologies, Inc.

Baltimore County
AirPhoton, LLC
Rovner Products Inc.

Howard County
Bricata Inc.
Silent Circle
Vision Planning and Consulting, LLC

Montgomery County
Amarex Clinical Research, LLC
Clinical Research Marketing
Eniware, LLC
Inky Technology Corporation
Kolon TissueGene, Inc.
Rife International, LLC
Speak Agent, Inc.
Stress Indicators Inc.

Prince George’s County
Alertus Technologies
Cybrary Inc.
Untethered Labs, Inc.

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RSA 2019 call for speakers

Maryland Business News - Wed, Jul 25, 2018

For Maryland cybersecurity companies, the 2019 RSA Conference in San Francisco offers an outstanding opportunity to show the world how to protect data. While the conference is still seven months away – it takes place March 4-8 in San Francisco – RSA is already calling for speakers.

For consideration in all tracks, however, the deadline is August 1, just four business days away! The deadline for consideration in one of RSA’s two Hackers & Threats tracks is September 1.

General Keith Alexander, founder and CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity in Fulton, Md., has been featured in numerous panels and sessions at RSA. As an entrepreneur – and as the former commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and former director of NSA – he offers some sound advice for those pursuing an opportunity to present during RSA 2019:

  • Pick a topic that’s timely and compelling. Show it to your CTO and your best friend who doesn’t work in technology. If both would attend – or at least consider attending – you probably have a winner.
  • In describing the proposal, explain why it’s timely and what makes it compelling, and why the presenter or panelists are the right person(s) to present this particular topic.
  • Make sure your proposal description offers an explanation of how it will provide concrete, actionable takeaways or significant learning outcomes for the audience.
  • If it’s a panel, make sure the group represents a good spectrum of the potential views on a topic.
  • If it’s a solo presentation, describe how the presentation will keep the audience engaged.

Evan Blair, co-founder and senior vice president of Baltimore-based ZeroFOX, has also been featured at RSA. As an entrepreneur – and as a cybersecurity expert – he has some solid recommendations for those proposing a topic for RSA 2019:

  • Increase your chances that your topic will be selected and submit with a co-presenter from another organization, even better if they (or their company) have a “name brand” in the security space.
  • Have fun with it – the goal is to educate AND entertain the audience. RSA has strong technical tracks but oftentimes they prioritize TED-style presentations vs. hardcore research.
  • Stay away from product pitches! RSA is strictly a no pitch show and anything that whiffs of a product pitch will get you disqualified.
  • Make sure you have takeaways that can be concretely implemented by the attendees – this includes checklists or a 120-day plan to better prepare themselves for XYZ attack type or issue.
  • Get creative with your titles and abstracts – these are the tools RSA uses to attract people to your session and the name of the game is definitely butts in seats!

RSA also offers tips for speaker sessions as well, and proposals may be submitted online. For inspiration, check out Evan Blair’s session at last year’s conference. And here’s a clip from RSA 2018 featuring General Alexander and Nadav Zafrir, former commander of Israel’s 8200 Intelligence Unit, discussing their former roles in the private sector, as well as their strategies for building security companies in the private sector. Catch the entire 45-minute discussion – along with other RSA 2018 sessions – at RSAC onDemand. See you at RSA 2019!

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CES expands in Queen Anne’s County

Maryland Business News - Tue, Jul 24, 2018

Communications Electronics Systems LLC (CES), a provider of security services including video surveillance, access control, and intrusion detection systems, is expanding its operations in Queen Anne’s County and plans to hire 10 new employees in the coming months. The company is eligible for Maryland’s Job Creation Tax Credit.

CES was launched in 2017 as an expansion of the Maryland-based Communication Electronics, Inc., a 42 year-old communications company that is the largest Motorola partner/dealer on the east coast, with five offices and more than 150 employees that provide life safety and communications systems to a broad range of commercial business and government customers.

CES’s sales and engineering office opened in Stevensville in April with five employees. The CES management team boasts well over 100 years of combined experience in integrated security and have provided security systems to the highest levels of federal, state, and commercial clients including; the White House, Maryland State Police, major defense contractors, healthcare facilities, and national corporations.

“Maryland has always been our home so we’re thrilled to be expanding here,” said CES President Tom Steg. “We’re already at eight employees in the new office and expect to continue growing so we can enhance our engineering capability to deliver great services and products to all our customers. This service commitment is the foundation principle that differentiates us from our competitors. It’s exciting to have referral customers calling us.”

“Many of Maryland’s private businesses and as well as our government and military partners depend on top-notch security to ensure their systems, as well as their customers, are protected,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “That’s why the cutting-edge solutions and services provided by CES are a key resource for our state, and why Maryland’s talented workforce, strategic location and vibrant security sector are a great fit for CES.”

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Baltimore County couple finds passion in restaurant business

Maryland Business News - Mon, Jul 23, 2018

For Dan Stachura and his wife Anne, deciding to run their own restaurant took something of a leap of faith.

Dan spent more than 30 years in the corporate world, including starting an employee benefits company in 2002 in Hunt Valley called ConnectYourCare with several other partners. And Anne had a very busy career as a registered nurse.

But like most entrepreneurs, Dan had an epiphany one day that would dramatically change the track of both of their careers. ConnectYourCare was no longer a small business and had grown to more than 400 employees, with big name customers like Starbucks and Amazon.

“I needed to get back to my roots running a small business,” Dan said. “At that time, I didn’t know what the next step would be, but I knew I wanted to do something in the community.”

About two years ago, Dan began looking for a new venture, and learned that the popular farm-to-table restaurant Woodfire Kitchen along York Road in Parkton was looking for a new owner. The fact that neither Dan nor his wife had ever been in the restaurant business did not deter them, though Anne – who loves to cook – had always dreamed of owning a small café.

“Being in the corporate world, I did a lot of traveling all around the country and sat at a lot of tables and really came to appreciate good food, good service, and good atmosphere in restaurants,” Dan said. “I was always taking mental notes along the way…..what worked and what didn’t.”

And, once they brought in a partner with a long history in the hospitality business to help guide them, Dan and Anne felt they had a perfect fit.

“It was the right place at the right time,” Dan said. “Many people look back on their life and they regret the things they didn’t do and realizing that, I didn’t want to be in that position. “

In April 2017, Dan and Anne jumped headfirst into the business. With Anne in the kitchen preparing some of her homemade recipes, Dan said he did “every job there was – washed dishes, served, made pizzas and everything,” which helped him to get to know the restaurant, as well as the staff and the customers.

The past year, Dan said, has been an adventure, a challenge, and most of all, a learning experience that took drawing on his days in the corporate world.

“Once you are experienced and successful in one business, I think a lot of those skills can transfer over to another,” he said, adding that he and Anne have really enjoyed coaching their young staff in customer service, as well as being able to have control of their own future.

“Now, if we have a great idea, we can implement it in three days,” he said, talking about some of the changes they’ve made since taking over the business, including adding live music.

Among his favorites on the menu? The Seven Spice Woodfire Duck; the burgers, which are locally sourced from Roseda Farms; and the woodfire pizza.

“Everything on the menu is great, and everything we try to do with a little bit of a twist, a little bit of a flare,” he said.

Over the past year, Dan has started a journal to capture some of this thoughts on the new adventure.

“There are good days, and bad days, but you got to roll up your sleeves and fight through it,” he said.

So what Dan’s advice for other entrepreneurs thinking about taking their career in a completely different direction and owning a business?

  • Go into a new business with “eyes wide open” understanding as much about it as you can and knowing what the pitfalls can be.
  • Surround yourself with expertise in the area, as well as an all-star team.
  • Plan some fun moments along the way, and motivate your team to enjoy what they do, whether it’s through sharing a nice review, or just taking time to talk about the day.
  • Don’t forget to laugh!

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Paul Fredrick to locate headquarters in Baltimore County

Maryland Business News - Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Paul Fredrick, an online provider of high-quality menswear, is moving its corporate office from Pennsylvania to Baltimore County and expects to add 70 new jobs over the next five years. The company plans to lease up to 10,000 square-feet of space in the county where it will establish its new headquarters later this year. Led by former Jos. A. Bank senior executives, Paul Fredrick is also looking into adding a retail storefront component in the region.

“We are pleased to be moving our office to Baltimore County,” said R. Neal Black, CEO of Paul Fredrick. “Our team is looking forward to being in the greater Baltimore area, which has a long history in the apparel manufacturing business, and where we have the ability to hire from the area’s rich talent pool and terrific local colleges and universities.”

Founded in 1986, Paul Fredrick originally specialized in men’s dress shirts and over the years has grown its collection to include suits, sport coats, pants, ties, cufflinks and other men’s accessories, as well as men’s casual wear and shoes. For the past 30 years, the company has sold its apparel and accessories strictly through its catalog and website, without breaking into the retail sector. The company named CEO Neal Black and CFO David Ullman – both former senior officials at Jos. A. Bank – to its executive team earlier this year. The company’s majority owner is ClearLight Partners, a private equity firm based in Newport Beach, California.

“These 70 high-level executive, merchandising and marketing positions are just the types of jobs that keep our vibrant economy moving forward,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Paul Fredrick to Maryland and look forward to helping the company grow its footprint in the region,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill.

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Get the scoop on National Ice Cream Month

Maryland Business News - Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore what Maryland has to offer. What better way to start than a trip to one of our many dairy farms or local ice cream shops for a sweet treat?

July is National Ice Cream Month, giving Marylanders a delicious way to cool down during a Mid Atlantic heat wave.

According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, there are 387 dairy farms in the state that generated $169 million in sales last year. To help highlight the importance of Maryland’s dairy industry, the agency has launched the state’s sixth annual Best Ice Cream Trail, including nine dairy farms and their locally-made ice cream, stretching from Western Maryland all the way to the Eastern Shore.

Kicking off the trail in Western Maryland is Smithsburg’s Misty Meadow Farm Creamery, with flavors ranging from chocolate cake batter to the seasonal bubble gum. The creamery offers dairy-free sorbets, as well as gluten, peanut, and tree nut-free ice cream and desserts for those with allergies.

In Aberdeen, Keyes Creamery not only serves premium ice cream, but also customized ice cream cakes and ice cream pies for special occasions. This Harford County staple is gearing up for National Ice Cream Day on July 15 – be sure to stop by for a $7 banana split special.

The 290-mile trail is just one way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. Marylanders can visit additional locally-owned and operated ice cream shops to get in on the fun and taste test some local creations.

Opened in 2013, The Charmery in Baltimore has since expanded to two additional locations – York Road in Towson and the highly-anticipated Union Collective space on 41st Street.

Hoffman’s Ice Cream & Deli – which celebrated its 70th anniversary in Westminster last year – is operated by fourth-generation family members, with the fifth-generation currently in training.

Voted our capital’s best ice cream for 11 consecutive years, the Annapolis Ice Cream Company rotates its 36 flavors daily, and prides itself on being the only ice cream made in the city.

DoDo Cookie Dough & Ice Cream in Ocean City puts a spin on the usual ice cream sundae by pairing it with edible cookie dough. After an overwhelmingly positive response, the company has decided to ship its cookie dough nationwide.

These are just a few of our favorite sweets throughout the state. Check out this Ice Cream Lovers’ Guide to find even more Maryland creameries.

From small, traditional family farms to modern aquaculture operations, Maryland has it all—and it’s all thriving. Learn more about Maryland’s agribusiness industry.

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Bridges to Biotech: Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

Maryland Business News - Tue, Jul 10, 2018

With more than 500 biotechnology companies and 2,300 life science firms in Maryland, our state has one of the largest bio clusters throughout the country. In order to stay at the top of our game, it is critical that we prepare our future generations for entering the workplace. This is where the Bridges to Biotech Fellows Program comes in.

Bridges to Biotech is a collaboration between the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, the National Institutes of Health, and the Maryland Department of Commerce to provide Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows with additional training and networking within the industry. The academic and research partners work to recruit qualified science students through a competitive application process, while Maryland Commerce identifies companies that are interested in serving as mentors.

For each Bridges to Biotech session is a different host—typically a Maryland biotech business. Each session allows the company to teach students about the skills needed when joining the science sector, as well as understand the variety of employment opportunities available throughout the company and the state.

“At Johns Hopkins, we strive to give our PhD students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to interact and learn from professionals in an array of careers,” said Caroline Pounds, assistant director of biomedical careers initiative & employer relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Doing so offers the opportunity to gain exposure to different types of jobs as well as to build a network – critical pieces of a successful job search. The Bridges to Biotech program has been a great way for the local talent to engage with employers; our trainees are eager to take advantage of these opportunities.”

By hosting a session, companies are given the chance to raise their profile in the region and stand out among other workplaces in the life sciences industry. Participating companies also receive resumes from each attending student, which helps the host find all-star candidates for future employment.

“A program like Bridges to Biotech is important because it gets into the nitty gritty of each bio industry,” said Jennifer Aumiller, director of postdoctoral scholars and GPLIS/OPS career and professional development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Each industry is very different and this program gives students an idea of the different types of positions they could pursue, different roles they could have, and difference between academia and the working world.”

Over the past eight months, four sessions have been held and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. After hearing about the program’s success, Emergent BioSolutions – a global specialty biopharmaceutical company with locations in Baltimore and Gaithersburg – expressed interest. The company hosted its first session earlier this summer to approximately 30 students.

“We were pleased to partner with the Maryland Department of Commerce in hosting Bridges to Biotech at our Gaithersburg headquarters,” said Katy Strei, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Emergent BioSolutions. “Our goal is to be instrumental in connecting the scientific talent, grown from within our local, world-class academic institutions, with the experienced life sciences professionals in our industry.”

In order to host more sessions, the program needs more host companies like Emergent to participate. According to Aumiller, Bridges to Biotech is a win-win for both company and student.

“The feedback we’ve received from students and hosts has been very positive,” said Aumiller. “The sessions have resulted in both informational meetings and job interviews. Some employers are alumni at the school they present at, thereby creating a pipeline from Maryland student to Maryland employee to Maryland employer.”

Companies like Emergent understand that one of the state’s most critical assets is the talent pool.

“Maryland is home to a rich and vibrant biohealth ecosystem teeming with talent, and the Bridges to Biotech program is a perfect stepping stone for our local Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows to engage with the life sciences and biotech companies across the state, with the hopes of fueling our workforce of tomorrow,” Strei said.

If your company is interested in hosting a Bridges to Biotech session, please contact Nina Lamba, Ph.D., Business Development Manager for the Office of Biohealth and Life Sciences at the Maryland Department of Commerce, at 410-767-6799 or nina.lamba@maryland.gov.

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Datawatch Systems expands headquarters in Bethesda

Maryland Business News - Thu, Jul 5, 2018

Datawatch Systems, one of the top commercial office security providers in the country, is relocating its headquarters in Montgomery County and adding 50 new full-time jobs over the next four years.

The company is moving its operations to a nearby space on East West Highway in Bethesda, where it will lease 25,000 square feet of space in the coming years. Datawatch Systems currently employs 200 workers in the county.

“Datawatch Systems appreciates the support of both Maryland and Montgomery County in helping us remain and expand our company in Bethesda,” said William F. Peel III, president of Datawatch Systems. “Although businesses have many opportunities in this region, we are beyond thrilled to remain in Montgomery County and look forward to the continued growth and expansion of our organization.”

Formed in 1981, Datawatch Systems remotely monitors hundreds of thousands of doors in more than 4,000 buildings throughout North America. The company began by providing services to customers throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and has since expanded to various international clients. Today, its portfolio includes Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and more. The company prides itself on protecting building owners, tenants, and property managers with its security systems for more than 30 years.

To assist with the expansion, the Maryland Department of Commerce is providing a $50,000 training grant through the Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ) program, and Montgomery County is providing an $80,000 conditional grant through its Economic Development Fund. The company is also eligible for various tax credits including the state’s Job Creation Tax Credit.

“We are happy to have Datawatch as part of the community of great cutting-edge companies that call Montgomery County home,” said County Executive Ike Leggett.

“This expansion is a powerful testimonial to our business-friendly climate here in Maryland,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “We are thrilled to support Datawatch’s commitment to Maryland and we look forward to watching them grow the state’s security sector and talented technology workforce.”

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Maryland works towards Nipah virus vaccine

Maryland Business News - Mon, Jun 18, 2018

More than 8,000 miles away, a deadly outbreak is occurring that has already claimed the lives of 17 people. The Nipah virus – which is typically hosted in fruit bats and can spread to people and other animals – is impacting India and quarantining more than 1,000 residents to their homes.

After contracting Nipah virus, symptoms start off as flu-like with headaches and fever, but serious complications can occur including respiratory distress and brain inflammation, potentially leading to seizures or even coma. Currently, there is no known cure for the virus.

Here in Maryland, five organizations and biohealth companies are working to change that. The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Uniformed Services University (USU), Profectus BioSciences, and Emergent BioSolutions are teaming up to develop a human vaccine and stop the virus in its tracks.

Profectus and Emergent have been awarded a $25 million contract from CEPI to combat the spreading disease. The Maryland-made vaccine would work not only on the Nipah virus, but the closely-related Hendra virus, both species of the genus Henipavirus. The treatment is based on technology created more than 15 years ago by members of the microbiology and immunology department at USU.

Mark G. Scher, Ph.D., HJF’s Director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization

HJF’s Director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Mark G. Scher, Ph.D., sat down with MDBizNews to answer a series of questions.

The vaccine is based on virus technology developed by Dr. Christopher Broder and Dr. Katharine Bossart, from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, more than 15 years ago. Are they involved with this new development?
Dr. Broder continues to work with USU and will collaborate developing clinical testing for the Nipah virus vaccine response. Dr. Bossart is the founder and CEO of Integrated Research Associates, LLC, in San Rafael, California, and is no longer directly involved in the project.

How did these five organizations and biohealth companies team up to develop the vaccine?
The vaccine has been tested in multiple preclinical models and recently licensed to Profectus BioSciences by HJF to develop the human version of the vaccine. Dr. Broder began a collaboration with Dr. Antony Dimitrov of Profectus BioSciences to develop the human vaccine with financial support from the U.S. National Institutes of Health several years ago.

As a next step in the Nipah vaccine development program, Dr. Thomas Geisbert, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston National Laboratory, will conduct studies to evaluate vaccine effectiveness, and HJF, USU, and Profectus will collaborate on the development of clinical testing for the evaluation of the virus vaccine response.

Under the terms of the Framework Partnering Agreement for the collaboration among the three parties, Profectus will receive development funding from CEPI for advancing its Nipah virus vaccine and Emergent BioSolutions will provide technical and manufacturing support for the CEPI-funded program.

Emergent, through a separate agreement with Profectus, has an exclusive option to license and to assume control of development activities for the Nipah virus vaccine from Profectus. The international nonprofit health organization PATH will also be working with the group under a separate agreement with CEPI to conduct human clinical trials.

Was it easy to find the right project partners in Maryland’s growing science and technology industry?
Obviously – all of the talent for this collaboration was located within a short distance of each other, which is a credit to the availability of local public-private partnerships, to drive the translation of science from the bench to the bedside.

Can you tell us a little more about the experimental therapy doses that were recently transferred from Australia to India?
Due to the current outbreak, the Indian government requested that the government of Queensland, Australia, send them a supply of the experimental m102.4 human monoclonal antibody, the only known treatment against the virus, for compassionate use. In other words, compassionate use is treating a seriously ill patient using a new, unapproved drug, when no other treatments are available.

The m102.4 antibody producing cell line – developed by Dr. Boder and the USU microbiology department – was previously sent to Queensland after Australian residents were exposed to the Hendra virus, the sister virus to Nipah. Under additional agreements from HJF, Queensland produced the m102.4 and conducted a successful Phase 1 clinical trial showing the safety of the antibody in humans.

After receiving the request from the Indian government, HJF completed agreements with both the governments authorizing the transfer.

What is one thing the rest of the world needs to know about the Nipah virus outbreak?
The biggest issue with the Nipah virus outbreak in India – as well as the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in Africa – is that the industry has not stepped up to develop the therapeutics and vaccines needed against these deadly threats, as it does not see a market for these products.

However, it is crucial to have stockpiled therapeutics and vaccines—which is why the CEPI initiative is so important. Hopefully, the industry will see the critical need for these life-saving products for deadly emerging diseases and initiate development programs.

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Maryland Father’s Day Favorites

Maryland Business News - Wed, Jun 6, 2018

For many Marylanders, memories of dad are scattered across the state. Casting a line into the Chesapeake Bay, the first bike ride without training wheels at Patterson Park, snow carving down Wisp’s bunny slope, or a white-knuckled highway driving lesson around I-695 come to mind.

These reminiscences are just some of the reasons to celebrate dad this Father’s Day. If you’re struggling with how to tell your father figure how much he really means, we are here to help. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions.

Fathers Seeking Adventure
Give dad a thrill this Father’s Day at Terrapin Adventures in Savage. Bond over zipline rides, a high ropes course, climbing tower, terrapin flyer, and giant swing. Book three or more participants for the day to enjoy a 33% discount.

Hit the high seas with dad aboard the Spirit of Baltimore for great food, music, and interactive games. Spirit Cruises is offering two-hour Father’s Day Brunch Cruises from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. as well as a dinner cruise from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. Cruises start at $59 per ticket. See the city skyline from Spirit’s rooftop lounge for a meal he will never forget.

The Stylish Dad
Homegrown in Baltimore City, Treason Toting’s line of handmade leather goods and apparel is perfect for the stylish dad. Featuring beautiful backpacks, totes, duffle bags, and home goods, you’re sure to find his unique style – along with free shipping.

Located in downtown Annapolis, Capital Custom Clothiers prides itself on crafting tailored pieces that provide style, substance, and comfort without breaking the bank. Treat dad to a suit, shirt, or outerwear that will last a lifetime. Give a gift certificate or go for a fitting and enjoy the day in Maryland’s beautiful capital.

The Competitor
Take dad to the green at The Golf Club at South River in Edgewater. From PGA professional lessons to an HD Golf Simulator, South River has everything the golf-loving dad could want. To give dad a membership gift, or to purchase the gear he’s always wanted, visit their website for more information.

Take dad to watch the Orioles take on the Marlins at Camden Yards on Father’s Day at 1:00 p.m. and score a free Father’s Day Neck Tie if you’re one of the first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium.

A Toast To Dad
In historic Sykesville, Patapsco Distilling offers vodka, gin and seasonal spirits made with only local, Maryland grains by Towson University graduate Scott Jendrek. Take dad to the historic, 4,000 square-foot space for a taste of this Maryland made product or to pick up a bottle for him as you explore Carroll County’s quaint main street.

The Flying Barrel, located in downtown Frederick, is a one-stop-shop for home brewers and wine makers. Since 1980, the company has provided brewing supplies, on-site beer brewing and wine making, and lessons on how to get started in this unique hobby. Flying Barrel is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. Bring dad for a brew lesson or pick up unique hops for his next blend.

Located at Harford County’s historic Highland Heights Farm, Falling Branch is a small farmhouse brewery dedicated to creating Belgian-style and American ales using homegrown ingredients. Take dad to sip on different pints bubbling with character as you enjoy the farm’s scenic rolling hills and barns. The taproom is open on Saturdays 12 to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 12 to 6:00 p.m. Food vendors are on site with snacks available for purchase at the bar. The Beer Garden is open from April to November and features corn hole, a petting zoo, fire pit, and a kid’s game area.

Take a trip to Crofton for Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery’s Father’s Day Beer Release on Sunday, June 17 from 12 to 5:00 p.m. The Triple Mango Milkshake NEIPA is a thick, hazy, and delicious draft-only limited brew curated especially for dad. Chesepiooc’s taproom is open from 1 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

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Pirate ships set sail in Baltimore

Maryland Business News - Thu, May 31, 2018

This month we celebrated Baltimore City’s newest adventure, complete with pirate swords, bagpipes, and a blast from the USS Constellation’s cannon.

Twelve solar powered pirate ships are officially open for business at the Inner Harbor. The fleet, owned and managed by the Living Classrooms Foundation, will employ and inspire 50 young people with job training and hands-on education. Baltimore’s own Premier Rides helped design the ships, which can hold up to six pirates at one time.

Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill was on deck with Historic Ships in Baltimore Captain Chris Rowsom, Living Classrooms President James Bond, and Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh to set sail the Inner Harbor’s first new tourist attraction in five years.

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McCormick: Mastering flavors for 125+ years

Maryland Business News - Tue, May 29, 2018

Lots of businesses have basement beginnings. But few go on to claim industry dominance and a journey in business that spans more than a century… like McCormick and Company.

Best known today for its iconic red-cap spices that line grocery store shelves and home pantries, McCormick had humble beginnings. Founder Willoughby McCormick started the company in the basement of a Baltimore home in 1889, and went door-to-door selling the company’s spices and extracts. Once the flavors of McCormick caught on, the company moved into more suitable Baltimore headquarters. From there, the company continued to expand rapidly, and has yet to slow down.

Read more about McCormick’s success in Maryland.

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14 Maryland companies named to annual Cybersecurity 500

Maryland Business News - Wed, May 23, 2018

Cybersecurity Ventures has released its first annual Cybersecurity 500 list, including 14 of Maryland’s hottest and most innovative companies.

The rankings, which were announced at the Cyber Investing Summit earlier this month, feature sectors ranging from social risk management, to data encryption, to cyber defense and digital forensics.

The companies named to the official Cybersecurity 500 are:

  • Lockheed Martin (Bethesda)
  • Tenable (Columbia)
  • Arxan (Bethesda)
  • ZeroFOX (Baltimore)
  • KEYW (Hanover)
  • Cybrary (Greenbelt)
  • IronNet Cybersecurity (Fulton)
  • Protenus (Baltimore)
  • TrustedKnight (Annapolis)
  • Terbium Labs (Baltimore)
  • Sonatype (Fulton)
  • EnVeil (Fulton)
  • BlueVoyant (College Park)
  • Silent Circle (Columbia)

“I am proud to see 14 of our most innovative businesses named to this year’s Cybersecurity 500,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “These cutting-edge companies help protect our computers, our businesses, our identities, our federal agencies, and beyond – and we are excited to see Cybersecurity Ventures recognize our talented tech workforce right here in Maryland.”

Two companies named to this year’s annual list are recent additions to Maryland’s IT and cybersecurity industry. BlueVoyant’s corporate headquarters is positioned in New York City, but with help from state funding, the company established a global cyber analytics center in Prince George’s County earlier this year. Silent Circle moved its headquarters to Howard County in 2017 after hiring CEO Gregg Smith, who previously led the Baltimore cybersecurity firm OptioLabs.

Learn more about how Maryland is wired for success.

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Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex celebrates expansion

Maryland Business News - Mon, May 21, 2018

Vanessa Junkin is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Wicomico County Recreation, Parks, Tourism & Civic Center. Follow along with Wicomico on Facebook and Twitter.

On a sunny spring day, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver opened the expanded Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex with a first pitch.

An Opening Day event took place earlier this spring to celebrate the completion of the complex expansion. High school baseball and softball players paraded onto Field 5 before Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism Director Steve Miller spoke about the project.

“Over the last year and a half, we have invested more than $3 million in this facility, renovating this field that you’re on, building brand new fields and adding many other park amenities to make this the best baseball/softball facility in the state of Maryland, and arguably in the region,” Miller said.

As part of the expansion, three new baseball/softball fields were created, bringing the complex’s total to eight diamonds, and one of the existing fields – Field 5, where the Opening Day ceremony was held – was rebuilt to feature a synthetic turf infield. Other additions include new press boxes, scoreboards, concession stands, and batting cages.

Photo courtesy of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism

The complex is home to community recreation programs, as well as events like the United States Specialty Sports Association Eastern National Championships, which makes its 12th appearance at the facility this summer. The complex will also host the Youth Baseball Nationals tournament, coming to Wicomico County for the first time this year.

In addition to the more than $30 million economic impact of regional and national events, Miller said there will be plenty of opportunities for local residents to use the fields, including for high school and Eastern Shore Baseball League games, along with youth and adult softball and adult kickball.

“We’re just so thrilled to be able to offer this to the citizens as a benefit to our community,” Miller said.

To learn more about the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex, visit WicoSports.org.

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