Baltimore City offers Minority Business Fair; schedules minority vendor development series

Two major events for minority and women-owned businesses in Baltimore City have been scheduled for April by the Mayor’s Office of Minority Business Development. The 5th annual Mayor’s Minority and Women’s Business Outreach Fair will be held on April 10 at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Later in the month...
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GBC’s Donald Fry urges state lawmakers to revise historic rehab tax credit law

Greater Baltimore Committee president Donald C. Fry Feb. 15 urged state legislators to pass legislation that would increase total annual funding for the state’s historic commercial rehab tax credit and that would not exclude projects in any jurisdiction from access to available credits. Fry testified before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB 223, an administration bill that would increase the tax credit’s available funding to $30 … Continue reading

GBC’s first Bioscience Awards draws 31 nominees

Thirty-one nominees will vie for awards in four categories at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s first Annual Greater Baltimore Region Bioscience Awards, which will be presented on February 21 during 8 a.m. breakfast ceremonies in the GBC Board Room. Supporting the development of the emerging bioscience industry in the Baltimore region is one of the GBC’s top long-term priorities. As part of this effort, the awards program was established to recognize … Continue reading

Sara Bruszewski joins GBC staff as member services and events coordinator

Sara Bruszewski has joined the GBC staff as its new member services and events coordinator. She will be directing the GBC’s member retention and services program as well as coordinating major events, including the Annual Meeting and Business Outlook Conference. “We’re extremely fortunate to have obtained Sara Bruszewski’s services as we continue to host numerous programs and events for corporate CEOs, business and political leaders, and young professionals from the … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee launches new bioscience Web site

The Greater Baltimore Committee Feb. 13 launched a new Web site for its regional bioscience initiative. The new Web site, titled “GBC BioScience Connector,” will be used as a communication tool to educate business, community and political leaders about the regional economic growth in the life science industry. “The GBC bioscience Web site will make it easier for researchers, scientists, students, media and the general public to find information about … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee proposes tax credit for businesses locating in research parks

The Greater Baltimore Committee is urging state lawmakers to create a tax credit for businesses that locate at research parks affiliated with one of Maryland’s higher education institutions. Legislation that would create the tax credit, SB 739, has been filed by Senator Nathaniel J. McFadden, D-Baltimore City, and is before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. The bill would award a state income tax credit to companies moving into an … Continue reading

Expect contention in Annapolis over eminent domain, legislators tell GBC audience

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2006 legislative agenda drew generally supportive comments from Democrat and Republican General Assembly leaders at the GBC’s annual Legislative Forum on Jan. 30. But legislative leaders clearly indicated to the early-morning breakfast audience of more than 300 at the Hyatt Regency that they expect contention over one of the GBC’s top legislative priorities — retaining the ability of local governments in Maryland to use existing powers … Continue reading

GBC praises state’s increase in planned capital spending for Baltimore-area transit

Greater Baltimore Committee President Donald C. Fry and the Baltimore Transit Alliance have commended Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan and Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., for significantly strengthening planned capital spending for Baltimore-area mass transit during the next six years. The changes were part of Maryland’s final version of its Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) released last week by Governor Ehrlich. The Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Transit Alliance … Continue reading

Participants selected for 2006 GBC Leadership Program

Fifty-two Baltimore-area executives were selected for the GBC Leadership Class of 2006. The class will focus on the greater Baltimore region, including topics on regional economic development, politics/government, education, public safety, health care, human services, and Baltimore’s cultural offerings. GBC president Donald C. Fry was a guest speaker at the Jan. 23 opening session. Following the opening session,class members will attend dinner with keynote speaker Freeman Hrabowski, president of UMBC. … Continue reading

Tippett: Focus on computer security “risks,” not “vulnerabilities”

When it comes to computer security, what’s the difference between your company computer system’s vulnerabilities and its risks? A lot, says Dr. Peter Tippett, the well-known chief technology officer of Cybertrust, a Herndon, Va-based information security. Tippett, who is widely credited with creating the first commercial anti-virus product that later became Symantec’s Norton Anti-Virus software, lectured more than 25 GBC members on his contrarian view of computer security during the … Continue reading