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Baltimore Is One of the Best U.S. Metros for Recent College Grads

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In case you haven’t heard, it’s a tough job market out there — and it’s even tougher for young people. But that’s not always the case, as a recent data analysis from Richard Florida and the Atlantic Cities shows:  Some metro areas have plenty of job openings for people with post-secondary education, and Baltimore turns out to be one of them.

Harbor Point TIF Officially Happening, to Break Ground in Five Weeks

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This should come as no surprise given the overwhelming support the City Council has shown this plan from the beginning, but let it be known that the $107 million in tax-increment-financing for the development of Harbor Point has received final approval, with Council members voting 11-3 in favor, with one abstention.

And it’s likely that construction will begin right away; officials from Beatty Development Group told the Baltimore Sun that they’ve set a target date of Oct. 15 to break ground on a skyscraper that will serve as Exelon’s new regional headquarters.

Harbor Point Developer Promises to Do the City One Better

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For commercial projects that receive financial assistance from the city, Baltimore typically requires that 37 percent of the businesses hired to complete the project be minority- or women-owned. But Beatty Development Group, the firm that is looking to develop Harbor Point, has already set its own hiring goal at 38 percent, a move that the president of the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association called “very forward-thinking.”

And according to Shina Parker, president of the African American Commercial Real Estate Professionals Association, Beatty Development has already demonstrated its commitment to hiring minorities

Need a fun, flexible Job in ad sales? Look no further than the Baltimore Fishbowl!

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We’re looking for an ad sales rep with strong presentation and communication skills who can really sell.  If you’ve been in print and are looking for the next place to go, come join the world of digital advertising!  (Even better if you have experience in digital advertising!)

We all work from home at the Baltimore Fishbowl, so the right person for the job will be self-motivated, able to manage a CRM system (Customer Relationship Management) and maintain communication with staff.  The position is outside sales and perfect for that special sales person who enjoys visiting businesses, networking and an independent work day. The ideal candidate is plugged into the local communities we are covering.

We are building a team, so full-time and part-time commission-based positions are available. Interested? Email [email protected]

 

Horseshoe Baltimore Under Fire from Maryland Minority Contractors’ Association

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While it waits for official goals from the state, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. — the general contractor for the Horseshoe Baltimore casino — set its goals for participation of minority and women-owned businesses at 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. But Arnold M. Jolivet, the managing director for the Maryland Minority Contractors’ Association, isn’t satisfied, and he’s set to sue Whiting-Turner and the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission

Groupon CEO’s Exit Letter Reveals Generosity and References Battletoads

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If you’re wondering why we are posting the exit letter of  founder and former (as of yesterday) Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, we remind you that Groupon’s business health affects local small business; that NEA, a Maryland venture capital firm with Baltimore ties, is highly invested in Groupon; and that the daily deal company is now co-chaired by Marylander Ted Leonsis.  And it’s a brilliant letter. – The Eds.

(This is for Groupon employees, but I’m posting it publicly since it will leak anyway)

People of Groupon,

After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today. If you’re wondering why… you haven’t been paying attention. From controversial metrics in our S1 to our material weakness to two quarters of missing our own expectations and a stock price that’s hovering around one quarter of our listing price, the events of the last year and a half speak for themselves. As CEO, I am accountable.

You are doing amazing things at Groupon, and you deserve the outside world to give you a second chance. I’m getting in the way of that. A fresh CEO earns you that chance. The board is aligned behind the strategy we’ve shared over the last few months, and I’ve never seen you working together more effectively as a global company – it’s time to give Groupon a relief valve from the public noise.

For those who are concerned about me, please don’t be – I love Groupon, and I’m terribly proud of what we’ve created. I’m OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to take the company this far with all of you. I’ll now take some time to decompress (FYI I’m looking for a good fat camp to lose my Groupon 40, if anyone has a suggestion), and then maybe I’ll figure out how to channel this experience into something productive.

If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to impart upon you: have the courage to start with the customer. My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what’s best for our customers. This leadership change gives you some breathing room to break bad habits and deliver sustainable customer happiness – don’t waste the opportunity!

I will miss you terribly.

Love,

Andrew

Baltimore’s Coolest Summer Internships — Start Readying Your Applications Now!

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We hate to hassle you right after winter break, but now’s the time to start looking. According to internship.com, the best time to apply for summer internships is before spring break — and some of Baltimore’s coolest and most interesting companies are just starting to post their 2013 internship listings. The details on a few of our favorites are below:

Under Armour:  The sportswear company clothes Olympians, Ravens, and even Batman. Prospective interns will be happy to hear that the company lists 39 summer internship possibilities, including apparel designers, graphic designers, retail strategizers, and logistics analysts. Internships run from May 28 to August 9, and are based in Baltimore. Applicants should have at least a 3.2 GPA.

Baltimore: Things Are Looking Up

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I like a little good news on a Friday morning, how about you? Well, here’s some:

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