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  • Maryland Retailers Look to Legislative Session to Support Businesses Across the State

    Friday, January 15th, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has raged across retailers large and small with repercussions that will be felt long after the sting of the vaccine needles fade. Businesses across the state are struggling and when they suffer, their employees and consumers are directly affected. When the… Read More

  • Businesses of Every Sort Looking for Help During 2021 Session

    Monday, January 11th, 2021

    Business groups around the state will be looking for assistance from state government during the 2021 General Assembly session as they struggle to regain their footing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has hobbled the state’s economy. Those industries aren’t just looking… Read More

  • Small Businesses Struggle, Hold on to Hope for More Government Relief

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

    After the federal government approved a stimulus bill in early 2020 to offset the economic damage created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Benn Ray, owner of Baltimore’s Atomic Books, said spending at his shop improved. Despite obstacles to opening due to the coronavirus’ spread, once… Read More

  • Maryland Unemployment Drops to Lowest Since Beginning of Pandemic

    Monday, December 21st, 2020

    Maryland added 24,100 jobs in November and the state’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.8% to 6.8%, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday morning. The latest data means that Maryland’s unemployment rate is now at its… Read More

  • Carozza, Hartman Talk 2021 Session Goals

    Friday, December 11th, 2020

    Delegate Wayne Hartman (R-38C) and Sen. Mary Beth Carozza (R-38) detailed challenges and priorities for the 2021 Maryland Legislative session during a Zoom meeting hosted by the Ocean Pines Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Carozza said since the Maryland Senate adjourned its last… Read More

  • Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Receive Maryland Retailers Association 2020 Law Enforcement Award

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020

    Detective Christina Gilroy and Police Officer First Class Jack Austin of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were recently awarded the 2020 Law Enforcement Award by the Maryland Retailers Association. The officers were recognized during a virtual ceremony held on October 29. In 2019, Detective… Read More

  • Business Coalition Campaigns Against Maryland’s Proposed Digital Ad Tax

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020

    Business advocates haven’t had much luck in recent years convincing the General Assembly to sustain Gov. Larry Hogan‘s vetoes of what they consider to be onerous laws. They hope things will be different in 2021. A coalition of businesses, chambers of commerce and other organizations,… Read More

  • Shop Local Campaign Revs Up In MD

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020

    Shopping local does not mean compromising health and safety, according to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Franchot has launched the annual “Shop Maryland for the Holidays” campaign that encourages Marylanders to spend money in their local communities. Franchot told WGMD’s Mike Bradley that eight months into the… Read More

  • Market Profile: From Get-Go, MRA Steered Essential Businesses Through COVID-19

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

    Asked what the Maryland Retailers Association has been up to since March, President Cailey Locklair said, “I have a list a mile long.” MRA partnered with the State Emergency Management Agency to give away 30,000 facecloth masks to its sectors, which was a massive… Read More

  • Coalition Forms to Oppose Veto Override of Digital Tax Bill

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

    Marylanders for Tax Fairness, a coalition of businesses, advocacy groups and individuals, launched a campaign on Tuesday to oppose the General Assembly’s potential override of a $350 million tax revenue bill vetoed this spring by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). The digital advertising… Read More