When in Rome: Making Connections with Master Networker Jim Ries
“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” That’s what Jim Ries’ father used to say. Carey Ries likely had a solid handle on what building an empire requires. Before his passing in 2020 at the age of 90, he had spearheaded his family’s national shoe distribution business D. Myers...
The Job-Killing Double Whammy: Minimum Wage Increases + Automation
Is Maryland the Next California?
They Can’t Take What You Know: An Unintimidated Talk with HR Consultant Kimberly Prescott
Kimberly Prescott was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, home to the lauded Masters golf tournament. Only she didn’t know that. Not initially. “To be honest, I didn’t realize that everyone knew about the Masters until I left Augusta. I thought it was just something...
The Echo Chamber & Media Bias
How Money “Walks” from Maryland to Competitor States
Death and Taxes – Maryland: A nice place to live, but a bad place to die.
Maryland Enacts Paid Family Medical Leave: What Does this Mean for Maryland Businesses…and Employees?
Tax Time (and Time Again): An Interview with KatzAbosch CEO Mark Cissell
Time flies when you’re having fun. And, it seems, when you have the opportunity to consult with clients about their businesses and financial results. Just ask Mark Cissell, who joined Maryland accounting firm KatzAbosch back in 1985. Over the next 37 years, the...
The Power Behind the Policy: Reliability, Responsiveness, and the Future of Energy with Pepco’s Tami Watkins
Few can pinpoint the exact moment the trajectory of their life changed forever. Tami Watkins has a framed photo of the occasion in her office at Pepco. “It’s a picture of me and my dad on Capitol Hill,” Watkins says. “When I was 9 years old, my father took us all on a...
How to Help the Legislature Improve Maryland’s Economy
The Power of Persistence: Paul Clary Talks the Tricks (and Treats) of Entrepreneurship
Paul Clary is the co-founder of MD Energy Advisors, an energy solutions company that provides management, procurement, and efficiency services to commercial, residential, and government clients throughout the state. But growing up in the suburbs outside of Washington,...
Tax the Poor!
The Compounding Effects of Legislative Policy and Pandemic Closures on Maryland’s Business Climate
The Service Behind the Safeguards: Discussing Security Details with Secom, LLC’s Mike Toomey
For Mike Toomey, the most important lesson about being a security integrator came while he was cutting his teeth in the restaurant industry right out of college: customer service is everything. Today, as the president of Secom, LLC – one of Maryland’s highest-rated...
The Benefits of Belief: Kelly Benefits CEO Frank Kelly III Discusses Faith and 45 Years of Success
Kelly Benefits CEO Frank Kelly III Discusses Faith and 45 Years of Success According to Kelly Benefits CEO, Frank Kelly III, there are two things that his family loves dearly: lacrosse and the Lord God Almighty. The Kellys’ faith serves as the heart and soul of their...
Economic Freedom in Maryland (or the lack thereof)
Technically Speaking: A Word or Two with Power Couple Dave and Marie Hartman
Want to know what the most important word in technology is? Dave Hartman will tell you: “It’s ‘people.’” Surprise. “It’s not ‘system,’ it’s not ‘technology,’ it’s not ‘information,’ even,” says Dave, the president of Hartman Executive Advisors. The most important word...
36 States have a Better Business Climate Than Maryland. Here’s Why.
Looking Within: An Interview with Communicator and Change-Maker LaTara Harris
As the regional director of external affairs for AT&T in the Mid-Atlantic, LaTara Harris focuses on local legislative and regulatory matters in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Legislative work – strong legislative work, she says – is equal parts education, community...
Tax “Big Tech” and “Big Tobacco?” Marylanders Will Pay the Price
How to Build a Better Powerhouse
A Chat with Barcoding, Inc. Founder Jay Steinmetz The first thing you notice when getting on a call with Jay Steinmetz, founder of Maryland supply chain management company Barcoding, Inc., is the unmistakable, unmitigated passion that undoubtedly helped to earn him...
Vend Central, Inc. Gives Customers Options, Rocks All Quarters
An Interview with Owner and Entrepreneur Christina Ensley Vend Central, Inc. owner Christina Ensley can empathize with anyone standing in front of a fully stocked vending machine, agonizing over what to choose. Several years ago, she also had a big decision to...
Business Owners: Keep Your Eye on Annapolis
What to Know About the Recent and Upcoming Legislative Sessions A contribution to I-195 Business Journal by Maryland Free
Do Baltimore Residents Have A Right To Work?
July 04, 2020 - I95 Business Article: Do Baltimore Residents Have a Right to Work?
The “Free State” is Not So Free
April 7, 2020 - I95 Business Article: The "Free State" is Not So Free
5 Bad-for-Business Bills from Other States, Coming Soon to a Legislature Near You!
February 10, 2020 - I95 Business Article: 5 Bad-for-Business Bills from Other States, Coming Soon to a Legislature Near You!
Are Your State Lawmakers Helping Or Hurting Your Business?
Are Your State Lawmakers Helping Or Hurting Your Business? Maryland Free Can Help You Decide
5th Annual State of Business Address with Governor Hogan
5th Annual State of Business Address with Governor Hogan 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD Tuesday, June 4, 2019 11:00 – 11:45 : Networking 11:45 – 1:30: Lunch and Program