Politics & Business

With the Referendum a Week Away, Dept. of Legislative Services Has Yet to Release Data on Gambling


When Del. Susan Krebs asked back in June for copies of all the data used by legislative analysts to argue in favor of a new casino in Prince George’s County, she was told “there wasn’t really anything.” That’s about $61,730 of nothing, as that was the final amount charged by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the consulting firm hired by the Department of Legislative Services to research the issue.

Marylanders Turn to Kickstarter, Not Banks, to Fund Start-Ups


Courtesy Citybizlist – When Fred Hicks, a board game developer in Silver Spring, decided to publish a pulp adventure trilogy featuring psychic dinosaurs,  flying jet men and talking gorillas, he didn’t go to a bank for the money. Instead,  he launched a fundraising campaign that quickly became the highest-earning project from Maryland on Kickstarter, the largest crowdfunding platform for creative projects.

Harborplace Sale Means Better Shopping…We Hope


Call us shallow, but we like nice places to shop in Baltimore.  Beats the alternative, right?  So we were pleased earlier this year when the long-neglected Village of Cross Keys was purchased by high-end developer Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp.  Now the company has bought Harborplace too.  

A Conversation with Gertrude’s Owner John Shields


Courtesy of Citybizlist – John Shields, recognized as “The Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay,” has authored four cookbooks (and is currently working on his fifth) and hosts a show on public television entitled, “Chesapeake Bay Cooking.” Beginning in 1996 (and in his “spare” time), John is the owner and operator of Gertrude’s – John Shields’ restaurant at The Baltimore Museum of Art. We recently sat down (over lunch, of course) to discuss with John his different ventures, the challenges he has overcome to be successful and achieve longevity, as well as to learn more about his recent activities, his thoughts about the future and quality of food served by restaurants and national food processing companies.

Laureate Education to Offer $300 Million for Senior Toggle Notes

Doug Becker of Laureate Education

Laureate Education, Inc., a Baltimore-based education company, has commenced an offer to purchase up to $300 million of its outstanding 10.25 percent/11 percent Senior Toggle Notes due 2015.

Downtown Partnership’s Operation Storefront Brings Brazilian Dance Studio to Charles Street


Baltimore residents looking who want to get fit will soon get to incorporate South American-style martial arts into their workout routine.

UB Names New Digital Communication Professor, Brought to You by “Go Daddy”

Go Daddy Founder and Baltimore Native Bob Parsons

Baltimore boy-done-good Bob “Go Daddy” Parsons made a $1 million gift last spring to his alma mater, the University of Baltimore, to build the digital communication program, including a professorship in digital communication.  Yesterday, the university named Sean Carton, D.C.D. ’05, the first holder of the Bob “Go Daddy” Parsons Professorship of Digital Communication, Commerce and Culture in UB’s Merrick School of Business.

Carton is currently the director of the University of Baltimore’s Center for Digital Communication, Commerce and Culture and professor of the practice in marketing in the Merrick School of Business. The professorship will strive to establish the next generation of digital designers, writers, leaders, scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Crowdfunding Jumpstarts New Ventures in Unlikely Places

Darren J. Gendron, CEO of Scallywags International, with the Scurvy Dogs board game. Photo by Steve Ruark, Bmore Media.

Courtesy Bmore Media – Darren J. Gendron wanted to develop a pirate-themed board game, but estimated that printing 1,000 copies would cost $15,000 – money he didn’t have.

So the Columbia entrepreneur turned to crowdfunding – the fast-growing global trend of using the Internet to raise small amounts of money from lots of people – to raise startup funds. The CEO of Scallywags International raised nearly $70,000 on Kickstarter to create his board game Scurvy Dogs, his comic card game 3v3, and children’s book “The Monster Alphabet.”

Sondheim Prize Moves from the BMA to the Walters


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced yesterday the relocation of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.  The finalists’ exhibition and award ceremony for the competition will be held at theWalters Art Museum in 2013 rather than the Baltimore Museum of Art, where the show of the finalists’ work has been held for the past several years. 

O’Malley Promises Casino Money Really Really Will Go to Education


Sure, I’m skeptical of politicians in general. But there is just something about the way the groups in support of Question 7 — which would allow Maryland’s current slots parlors locations to add table games and a casino in Prince George’s County — harp on the benefit to jobs and education; I believe it less every time I hear it.