Posted inCommunity News

Hiring shortage expected to improve

Signs. Signs. Signs. Signs are everywhere with the same message: Help Wanted. Given the tight labor market, those two words are often accompanied by two more: “Signing Bonus.” While many observers point to long-running unemployment benefits in the wake of COVID-19 as the reason for the issue, others call it only part of the problem. […]

Posted inTourism

Q&A with VAAAC’s Kristen Pironis

It’s only been about four months since Kristen Pironis was named executive director of Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC). For the past 16 years, Pironis worked with the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation, most recently as executive vice president of marketing and communications. Today, she’s laying the groundwork for VAAAC as the […]

Posted inTourism

Five trips that keep you close to home

Feeling the need to break out? A day trip around the mid-Atlantic region may be the way to shake off COVID lethargy. Many unique locales are within an hour, give or take, from Central Maryland. All that’s needed is a half-day, or so, to enjoy their plentiful charms. Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Harper’s Ferry lies […]

Posted inSports

Businesses to jockey for sports gambling

Maryland lawmakers ended the 2021 legislative session by passing a sports gaming bill. The Senate approved the amended bill 47-0, then the House of Delegates approved the final version 112-16-1. Maryland voters supported a 2020 ballot measure to approve sports gaming by a tally of two-to-one. It was anticipated that House Bill 940 would be […]

Posted inAnne Arundel County, BWI Business District, Environment, Transportation

SCMAGLEV route raises concerns

A superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMAGLEV) train may one day swooshing by at 311 miles per hour, underneath significant portions of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. One proposal calls for the facility to store these SCMAGLEV trains to be located at the intersection of the Baltimore-Washington (B-W) Parkway (Route 295) and Route 198. Construction of the more than […]

Posted inBusiness News

Improving profits during a downturn

Starting a new company or rebooting an established concern is rarely easy but doing either during a pandemic requires intestinal fortitude and a game plan. Companies that are restarting after COVID-19 shutdown face a formidable task that requires changes. Management experts say the key is to add revenue, without increasing indirect costs and overhead, to […]

Posted inEducation

Bowie State to launch animation offerings

The animation business needs more people of color, women, LGBTQ and other underrepresented groups. “There are not many people from those communities in that part of the industry,” said Tewodross Melchishua Williams, chair of the Bowie State University (BSU) Department of Fine & Performing Arts. Now,  LAIKA Studios is partnering with BSU to offer the nation’s […]

Posted inBanking & Finance

Q&A with the MBA’s Ramon Looby

Fulton resident Ramon Looby recently took the reins as the new president and CEO of the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA). Looby comes on board at the MBA after serving as senior vice president and public policy lead at Bank of America (BofA), which gave him access to legislators and associations in a number of states, […]