Sunday, November 29, 2015

In This Issue:

Incubators: Vital as Ever to Small Business »

You might hear that there are too many business incubators. Or that they cost too much to start and maintain, especially since there might not be a big payback. And that there’s no promise that all of the graduates will stay in the local market.

Flying Toward a Higher Level at Tipton Airport »

Since Tipton Airport reopened in 1999, the facility has enjoyed a slow, steady trajectory of success. Today, the facility is a solid contributor to the local economy, averaging 43,000 takeoffs per year.

In a Rapidly Changing Industry, Jolles Insurance Earns Trust »

More than 30 years ago, Jolles Insurance started off with the original tagline: “Setting the Standards for Service.”


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Latest News

BizWeekly November 24, 2015

Howard County, Laurel Join Forces on MARC Station Issue
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has accepted a request from Laurel City Council President Ed Ricks to support city efforts to keep the Laurel MARC Station open. Both officials are expected to submit a joint letter requesting that CSX open a full station at Laurel Park and also maintain the Laurel station as a full-service stop.

“[This option] will serve as a major economic driver to Main Street, Laurel, and the surrounding region,” Kittleman said. “There is growing demand on both … sides of the border to service high density developments with access to public transportation options. This demand can only be met with the full operation of both stops.”

Ricks said he has made the same request of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker,

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Guest Article

Small Business Nearly Makes It to the Big Game

By Brit Lang, Intern

Kavita Shukla’s idea for FreshPaper goes way back. As a 13-year-old who grew up in Ellicott City, she was visiting family in India. There, she drank a special tea with spices and herbs her grandmother brewed to keep her healthy. Her family called it a “healing tea.”

That was 16 years ago, and over the next several years, Shukla began to think that the tea’s ingredients not only could keep her healthy, but also could keep produce from spoiling.

The Birth of FreshPaper

She experimented with the idea, and by the time she was 17, she had multiple patents and had relocated to Massachusetts. She had decided that the best delivery method was a paper sheet imbued with her spice mixture, and once some samples were created, she distributed them to various vendors at a farmers market in Boston to see what response they would receive from customers.

The initial positive response convinced Shukla

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