Latest business climate rankings for Maryland range from 5th to 41st

  By Donald C. Fry How does Maryland’s business climate fare in the latest round of national rankings of the best states for business? Our state ranks from 5th to 41st on major business climate lists published in 2012 or 2013 that were recently reviewed by the Greater Baltimore Committee....

McDaniell College named a “Best Value” private college by Kiplinger

  McDaniel College is among the top liberal arts colleges named a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and the only Maryland liberal arts college to make the list. The rankings are available online and will be published in the magazine’s December issue (on newsstands Tuesday, November 6). The 200 colleges and universities that make Kiplinger’s list provide strong academics and affordability. Colleges and universities are assessed based on cost … Continue reading

Eight GBC members participate in McDaniel College’s Interviewing Day

  Several GBC members recently participated in Interviewing Day at McDaniel College. This sixth annual event at McDaniel gave students a leg up in the current job market and has been tremendously successful in the past with many students finding jobs or internships that led to full-time jobs after graduation. More than 40 McDaniel students majoring in economics and business administration and/or minoring in accounting, business administration, or economics, as … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Employers: workplace skills gap driven by need for IT talent

  By Donald C. Fry It’s common these days for business CEOs and managers to complain that a “skills gap” exists in today’s workforce. I’ve heard numerous accounts of businesses that have job openings but are unable to fill them because they can’t find employees with the skills required for the jobs. Part of the challenge is that the skills needed in the modern workforce go beyond the academic skills … Continue reading

Donald Fry: STEM education: Coaxing young people back to the basics

  By Donald C. Fry Virtually everybody in business, government and education agrees that ramping up knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among young people in Maryland’s school systems and colleges is essential for the development of a workforce that can meet the needs of future employers. So, three years after the development of a STEM strategy for Maryland by a high-level gubernatorial task force, how are we … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Businesses must cultivate Baltimore’s youthful talent

  By Donald C. Fry More than 100 private-sector employers participated in Baltimore City’s new Hire One Youth jobs initiative this summer, with nearly 70 businesses placing 275 city youths in their work forces for summer jobs, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced last week. “Baltimore has one of the most successful summer jobs programs in the nation,” she told a roomful of Hire One Youth employers and their student workers who … Continue reading

GBC’s Don Fry to continue as Hire One Youth leadership chair

  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development hosted a “meet and greet” July 27 for businesses and Hire One Youth employees at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. More than 100 non-municipal employers have provided funding to pay for at least one six-week summer job to support Baltimore City’s 2012 YouthWorks program. Nearly 70 of these business champions directly hired job-ready 16- to 21-year-olds to work at … Continue reading

Donald Fry: State task force: Manufacturing is making a comeback

  By Donald C. Fry For years, experts have been conceding the demise of U.S. manufacturing, lamenting that it’s a victim of overseas low-wage labor and the seemingly inevitable conversion of our nation into largely a service economy. Is manufacturing really dead in America? Not yet, says a recent state task force report on industrial job creation. The report, delivered to Governor Martin O’Malley and state lawmakers in June, notes … Continue reading

Capitol College student Elizabeth Doyle receives SMART scholarship

  LAUREL, Md.  – Capitol College student Elizabeth Doyle has been awarded the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship by the Department of Defense. Doyle is currently a sophomore at Capitol College and is working toward her Bachelor of Science degree in Information Assurance. For the duration of her scholarship, Doyle will intern during summer breaks at U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) at Fort Huachuca in … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Maryland’s occupational licensing milieu worth examining

  By Donald C. Fry While business climate surveys almost always rank Maryland highly for its workforce, our state’s generally less-than-stellar rankings for regulatory environment won’t be improved by a new report on occupational licensing. Maryland has the 10th “most-burdensome” occupational licensing laws in the nation and is the 14th “most extensively and onerously licensed state,” according to a national study, “License to Work,” that was published in May by … Continue reading