Wednesday, September 3, 2014

In This Issue:

Slots Begin Paying Off for Maryland Racing Industry »

Casinos have become part of the Maryland landscape, thanks in part to a legislative arrangement that diverts a percentage of slot machine proceeds to support the state’s horse racing and breeding industries.

‘The Drinks Trail’: Local Beer and Wine Makers on the Rise »

Breweries. Wineries. Retail shelves bursting with craft beer. Wine dinners and tours. It’s a good time to be out and about on the local “drinks trail.” Here, the enjoyment of the consumer is a direct reflection of an industry that’s on a wave (albeit contained in a glass) of growth.

Mary Cannon Holds Strong Vision in Business, Community »

Seventeen years ago, Mary Cannon decided to leave her position as controller of Jordan Kitt’s Music to work for Allen & Shariff Corporation, a company that now builds and manages construction projects around the world.


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Latest News

Biz Weekly September 2, 2014

BWI Marshall, Port of Baltimore Win National Security Awards

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall) and the Port of Baltimore were selected as winners by Government Security News in the magazine’s 2014 Airport/Seaport/Border Security Awards Program.

A major security and public safety improvement at BWI Marshall, the Consolidated Dispatch Center Upgrades project, was recognized with two first-place awards in the competition: Most Notable Airport Security Program, Large Airports, and Best Physical Security Information Management System.

The improvement project upgraded the BWI Marshall dispatch center systems for police, security, fire and medical services. The new technology platform integrates and automates numerous systems in the airport’s consolidated dispatch center. The project scope included an automated dispatching system, mobile dispatching equipment in all first responder vehicles and an emergency call processing system, among other improvements.

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MD Entrepreneur

Responding to the growing trend of entrepreneurism, The Business Monthly has introduced a new publication Maryland Entrepreneur Quarterly (MEQ). Subscribe and read articles »

Guest Article

Sipping With Sam

A Tale of Two Regions (With Apologies to Dickens)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ― Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

Mr. Dickens didn’t know at the time he penned this now famous opening line that he could have been describing the contrast of the 2013 harvest between two of the world’s premier winegrowing regions. While California’s Napa Valley enjoyed a near-perfect growing season, France’s Bordeaux region could not catch a break.

When we as consumers walk into wine shops and see shelves full of shiny bottles, with their eye-catching labels and colorful capsules, we often forget that wine is an agricultural product. Wine is made from grapes grown on farms called vineyards, by farmers called viticulturists; and like any other crop, grapevines grow at the whims of Mother Nature. Growers are constantly being challenged by pests, diseases and, most of all, by the weather.

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