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Maryland hotels, online rentals spar over paying taxes

Traditional hotels are making a push to require people who rent out their homes to guests to pay the same taxes and follow many of the same regulations that they do. A bill before the Maryland General Assembly, backed by the hotel industry, is aimed at regulating short-term rentals through Airbnb, FlipKey, VRBO and similar […]

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Chamber Member Jeannette Kendall Receives Women’s Leadership Award

Congratulations to chamber member Jeannette Kendall, with Success in Style, for being recognized next month with the Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business. Success in Style is a non-profit organization that provides interview attire to disadvantaged men and women seeking employment at no charge. They also operate resale boutiques that support their mission: […]

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80,000 More Salaried Workers Could Get Overtime Pay Under Proposed Bill

A bill that would make 80,000 more salaried employees in Maryland eligible for overtime pay is not sitting well with business and nonprofit groups, whose salaried employees often work more than 40 hours a week. But the bill’s sponsor says companies have avoided paying overtime for decades by unfairly classifying hourly workers as salaried employees. […]

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Annual Corporate Filing Fee Would Be Raised Based on Company Assets

Maryland businesses have come out strongly against a proposed change in an annual corporate filing fee that would go from a flat fee structure to a progressive tax based on a company’s assets. The annual corporate filing fee is currently a flat fee of $300 in order to maintain the legal entity’s existence in the […]

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Guinness Makes Its Pitch to Maryland Lawmakers

The owner of Guinness beer made a pitch to state lawmakers Monday to increase the amount of beer that can be sold at the brewery it’s planning to open in Relay. The Guinness brewery will draw hundreds of thousands of visitors and help “create a Maryland beer halo” that will boost the beer industry, said […]

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Howard County Community College Spring Job Fair on March 17th

The Spring 2017 Howard Community College Job Fair will be held Friday, March 17, 2017 between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Burrill Galleria of the Clark Library Building. Students and community members are invited to attend. There is no admission cost for attending. By participating, you will have the opportunity to connect with companies about jobs […]

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UMD student coalition teams up with Maryland delegate to push collective bargaining rights

The Fearless Student Employees Coalition is teaming up with a Maryland delegate this semester to gain collective bargaining rights for undergraduate and graduate student workers in the University System of Maryland. While the Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Senate are in session, the Fearless Student Employees Coalition — a student group formed last semester […]

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Measure Aims at Closing Pay Gap Between Men, Women, Minorities

ANNAPOLIS — If women and minorities are historically paid less, one way to balance pay scales could be to take past salaries off the negotiating table. Frederick County Delegate Karen Lewis Young, D-District 3A, is sponsoring a bill aimed at equaling pay for men, women and minorities. It would require companies with 15 or more […]

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Chamber Member Absolute Perfection Media at the DC Auto Show

Last month, Chamber member Michael Finazzo, Senior Digital Marketing Consultant, and his team at Absolute Perfection Media in Sykesville, MD got to show off their skills at the DC Auto Show. It was an unexpected opportunity and they only had 2 weeks to prepare.  Luckily tackling big jobs on a short deadline is something that […]

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Freshly to Open Meal Distribution Center in Howard County, Plans to Add 500 New Jobs

Freshly, a health-conscious food delivery service headquartered in New York City, is opening a meal distribution center in Savage and plans to add 500 new jobs by the end of 2018. Expected to open in fall 2017, the new 171,000 square-foot facility will be located at Bollman Place and serve as the company’s East Coast […]

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