Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Westminster will kick off the holidays, and promote shopping at small businesses, on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Black Friday no longer stands alone when it comes to post-Thanksgiving Day shopping blitzes. Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have become popular shopping days and Westminster is gearing up for a huge downtown holiday celebration on Small Business Saturday, or Nov. 24. Last year, American Express estimated that 103 million Americans shopped at a small business on Small Business Saturday. Main Street businesses in Westminster will be bustling on Nov. 24 after stores open at 10 a.m. Plan your shopping day around these festive holiday events also taking place on Main Street Nov. 24: Visit www.westminstermd.gov for more information. Will you enjoy downtown Westminster on Small Business Saturday Nov. 24? Tell us in comments.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Cake shops, wedding venues expect to see part of $90 million boost from marriage-equality provision.
- Ben Gross
Sunday, November 11, 2012
With the passage of Question 6 approving same-sex marriage, some financial analysts say believe that Maryland’s economy could see as much as a $90 million boost, according to a recent Gazette story. Mark Yost, president of the Maryland Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, quoted research from UCLA's Williams Institute that there could be $3.6 million in sales and lodging tax revenue, and $21 million per year from wedding-related businesses. A reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal spoke with Mary Alice Yetskey, the marketing director of Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes, who believes that her business will see a “much busier January” than normal. The story also quotes Mark Scurti, an attorney specializing in LGBT issues at Towson’s …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Five local entrepreneurs will pitch their business idea to a live audience in an effort to be crowned the first ever Carroll Biz Challenge winner.
Five of 22 entries in the county's first ever Carroll Business Challenge were chosen to be finalists in the local business start-up competition. The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll County Department of Economic Development partnered with Hometown Startups to launch the Carroll Biz Challenge 2012 in August. The winner of the challenge will walk away with $5,000. The following businesses were selected as finalists for the Carroll Biz Challenge 2012: All 22 applicant small business ideas can be viewed here. The fun part of the contest is right around the corner and you can get involved. The finalists will compete at a live contest on Nov. 29 at McDaniel College from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25. At the live contest, each …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
There were 22 entries in the first ever Carroll Business Challenge - a local business start-up competition with a $5,000 prize.
The first-ever Carroll Business Challenge brought in 22 small business plan entries. The winner will be announced at an event on Nov. 29. The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll County Department of Economic Development partnered with Hometown Startups to launch the Carroll Biz Challenge 2012 in August. The winner of the challenge will walk away with $5,000. Finalists will be announced Friday and the winner will be announced at the Carroll Business Challenge event on Nov. 29 at McDaniel College from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased for $25. Check out these entries submitted to the Carroll Business Challenge. This is just a summary, to see more detailed information about the entries, check the Carroll Business …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Birdie's Coffee Shop owner Sherri Hosfeld Joseph said that she was following a family tradition in opening a small business on Main Street.
Birdie's Cafe, a regular stop for many lovers of art, coffee, food and conversation, opened on Main Street Westminster in July of 2010. Owner Sherri Hosfeld Joseph said that her main inspiration for opening a small business was her uncle, John Hosfeld, who owned and operated The Flower Box on Main Street since the 1960s. According to Hosfeld Joseph, he purchased the business from a relative and ran it until he sold it and retired in October 2009. "When he made the decision to leave his post on Main Street after so many years, it didn't feel right to me for my family not to have a presence on Main Street," Hosfeld Joseph said. Hosfeld Joseph is also a professional photographer, contributing to Carroll Magazine and taking on freelance …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Bob Coffey talks about running a small business and School Band Tryout Day.
Bob Coffey, owner of Coffey Music, said he was "kind of thrown into the business" with no real vision of owning his own music store. But 28 years later, he continues to operate a store in Westminster that has served thousands of people who share his passion for music. Coffey said he graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Music Education. He said he was searching for a teaching gig when he was fortunate enough to meet Claire Christy, owner of Christy Music, who asked Coffey to manage his music store. When Christy Music closed its doors, Coffey decided to open his own store. When he's not selling instruments or showing musicians the latest recording equipment or working with music teachers, Coffey can often be found playing…