GBC News: SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman Highlights New Agency Initiatives at Leadership Café

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working to expand its network of banks and other lenders that will lend capital to support small businesses in historically racially discriminated or underserved communities. In addition the SBA has a concerted effort underway to support women and minority-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs and is currently seeking to remove regulatory barriers for ex-offenders to apply for capital for entrepreneurship or operate a small … Continue reading

GBC News: Outlook Upbeat for BWI and Port of Baltimore as Both Recover from Pandemic Slump

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) saw a strong recovery in passenger traffic last year, with traffic bouncing back 68% from a steep pandemic slump in 2020. Meanwhile, the Port of Baltimore has seen import and export cargo business recover to almost pre-pandemic levels. Those were two of the takeaways that the leadersof both operations shared during the March 30 GBC Newsmaker: BWI and Port of Baltimore – Maryland’s … Continue reading

Inclusionary Housing Bill Would Curb New Home Construction Overall in Baltimore

By Donald C. Fry President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee This commentary was published in The Daily Record on March 25, 2022. A bill before the Baltimore City Council that aims to increase the number of new housing units built specifically for low-income residents, known as inclusionary housing, could end up having the opposite effect and even has the potential to stifle any major new housing construction in the city … Continue reading

Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board Highlights Maryland Women to Know and Toast

The GBC’s Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board (BWAB), which promotes the advancement of women in professional careers, invites you to join them in celebrating Women’s History Month by learning about some of the Maryland women who have broken barriers or made a significant contributions to society during the state’s history. Here BWAB has compiled summaries of some of the notable Maryland women worth learning more about. Like, share and comment on … Continue reading

Equity Challenges Remain as Maryland Becomes Highly Diverse State

Maryland has emerged as one of the most racially diverse states in the U.S., but racial inequality continues to be a challenge that must be addressed if the state is to be a model of diversity, experts said at an event hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee on February 24, Racial Equity and Social Justice: The State of Diversity in Maryland. The event, Racial Equity and Social Justice: The State … Continue reading

Justin Fenton Discusses His Book, “We Own This City” During Leadership Café Hosted by Goucher College and Greater Baltimore Committee

A joint drug investigation between Baltimore County Police Department and Harford County Sherriff’s Department uncovered evidence that eventually led to a wider federal investigation that uncovered extensive crime and corruption in the Baltimore Police Department’s now disbanded Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). That was just one of the startling facts that came to light while covering the trial and conducting research that resulted in the publication of the book “We … Continue reading


The Maryland General Assembly is off and running. One of the more troubling issues some legislators have their sites on is the proliferation of what are called ghost guns. These are handguns and rifles that can be assembled from parts and kits sold online. What’s caught the eye of legislators, police and prosecutors is the fact that once assembled, the weapons have no serial number. So, once fully assembled, the … Continue reading

What to Watch For in the 2022 Maryland General Assembly Session

This commentary was published by The Daily Record on January 12, 2022 By Donald C. Fry President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee The 2022 version of the Maryland General Assembly, which commences on January 12, will be an intriguing 90-day session mixed with election year politics and major public policy debates. It will be contentious and active as it is the last year for elected officials to impress upon the … Continue reading

A Growing Threat to Public Safety, Ghost Guns Must Be Banned

By Donald C. Fry President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee This commentary was published in The Daily Record on February 18, 2022. It’s no secret that the digital revolution is rapidly changing our lives and purchasing power, but perhaps few with such alarming potential public safety consequences as the sale of gun parts, individually and in kits, over the Internet so that virtually anyone with a credit card number can … Continue reading