Tuesday, September 23, 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

BizWeekly 9/23/2014

New Telemedicine Project Announced for Five Howard Elementary Schools

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman was joined by Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Howard County Schools Superintendent Renee Foose to announce a groundbreaking initiative in five Howard County schools that will use telemedicine technology to boost health and student performance.

Ulman, Mikulski and Foose, and Howard County Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman, visited Phelps Luck Elementary School in Columbia to showcase the telemedicine equipment being connected to the Inter-County Broadband Network. The connection will allow direct remote physician consultations between the school and the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) in Baltimore.

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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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