Ladew Topiary Gardens in Harford County received funding through the tourism
funding program. Above is the Ladew Manor House on the grounds.
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The Office of Economic Development has launched new loan programs for Harford County businesses. The Revitalization Area Improvement Loan is available for companies facing U.S. Route 40 to make façade improvements; the Entrepreneurial Growth Loan is available for businesses that have passed the start-up phase and need assistance to be eligible for other loans; the Tech Attraction Fund is available for growing and stable technology companies looking to relocate to Harford County; and the Economic Development Opportunity Fund is available for businesses looking to fund new equipment and operations in order to grow.
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The Maryland Department of Commerce announced that manufacturing companies with 150 or fewer employees can be reimbursed for up to 50% of employee training costs through the Partnership for Workforce Quality. Eligible training activities must be used to improve employee productivity and to upgrade employee skills for new technological or production processes. Companies in Harford County can contact Bill Sorenson at 410-767-6804 for further eligibility requirements and more information.
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Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation Secretary Kelly M. Schulz recently introduced the Maryland Apprentice Ambassador Program, an initiative that encourages job seekers and businesses to engage in apprenticeship opportunities. The announcement was made at an event hosted by the Regional Manufacturing Institute, the first organization named as an apprenticeship ambassador. Ambassador organizations will help job seekers in apprenticeships make connections and gain work experience, creating a pipeline of qualified talent for Maryland jobs.
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In partnership with Maryland’s Commerce and Labor departments and local tech agencies, the Maryland Tech Council launched its Internship Network of Maryland (inMD) to streamline Maryland's internship process. Companies can post on an interactive job board which students then can search for internships that match their education and goals. Through inMD, recent graduates can connect to real-world work opportunities, and businesses can attract new, qualified talent for their workforce. Now in beta testing, inMD will go fully live early this year. Features will include virtual interviews and career fairs, internship resources for companies, skills training for students, and searchable student and company profiles. As an incentive for businesses with fewer than 50 employees to offer paid internships, the state will match up to $3,000 per intern.
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Aberdeen High School is seeking mentors for its Science and Mathematics Academy (SMA) for the 2018-2019 academic year. SMA is a magnet program that integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics beyond the traditional advanced program for academically talented students. SMA students shadow their mentors to gain skills and knowledge in their related field, and work with their mentors on a year-end capstone project. For more information or to become a mentor, contact Sarah Ashley at email@example.com.
On January 23, the Office of Economic Development hosted a Leadership Breakfast for members of the Riverside business community at the Holiday Inn in Belcamp. County Executive Barry Glassman spoke to attendees about the resources and services Harford County offers to help their business grow. Representatives from the Maryland Department of Commerce, BGE, Maryland Commercial PACE, Susquehanna Workforce Network and Harford Community College also discussed programs that benefit local businesses.
The Office of Economic Development hosted “Banking on Your Future", a small business financial seminar, on January 24. Attendees asked experts from M&T Bank and the Small Business Development Center about navigating the lending process, creating a budget for their businesses, understanding different financing options, and more. The workshop was the first of the county’s 2018 monthly financial series offered to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Harford County Office of Economic Development’s hosting of this event is not an endorsement of any opinions, products, or services of the presenters. Professionals interested in presenting at future workshops or events may contact Bonnie Barresi at 410-638-3059 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.