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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Adam Feuerstein
Vice President: Gary Figurelle
Secretary: Genny Dill
Treasurer: Erin Nueslein
HCC CONTACT INFO
Adam Feuerstein, President
HCC, PO Box 19957
Hampden, Maryland 21211
George L Peters Jr
APRIL HCC MEETING
The next HCC meeting is on
Monday, April 25th.
Plan to join us at 7 p.m. at the Roosevelt Park
Recreation Center on West 36th Street. The
agenda will include committee updates and
discussions of the most important issues of
the day for business owners and residents
7:00-7:05 pm: Welcome
7:05-7:30 pm: Committee updates
7:30-7:45 pm: New business
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With several clean-up efforts on
the horizon, Hampden volunteer
coordinators would like to let you
know more about what’s coming up.
Sustaining our Local Economy
By Adam Feuerstein
These are exciting times to be in Hampden.
Over the next few months, you will see the
roll out of a couple of initiatives intended
to help strengthen the commitment to
local business and the sustainability of
our neighborhood. These programs are
not through the HCC but I applaud their
actions and their hopeful effect on the
neighborhood for years to come.
As part of our 10 year vision of Hampden
in the Hampden Strategic Vision and
Comprehensive Community Plan, we state,
“We have kept our historic and eclectic
character through the significant decisionmaking
role we created by participating
in and affecting local government. We
maintain our commitment to ensure that all
of us, as community members, have input
on those decisions. Hampden is a model of
balance and stability. We take pride in our
work and hold each other, our organizations
and our strategic partners accountable for
our neighborhood’s success.”
Both the upcoming roll out of the BNote
and the proposed Baltimore Co-op in the
Mill Valley Garden Center are two ideas
that will help meet the long term goals of
The BNote is preparing to launch in April.
The BNote is local currency that can only be
used at certain retailers and they selected
Hampden as their primary neighborhood to
launch the project. Once they are officially
launched, BNotes may be obtained at any
As the only all-natural salon in the
city, the first thing you might notice
when you walk into Sprout is the
absence of any chemical salon smells.
participating merchant who is running
a cambio, or money exchange. $10 may
be exchanged for 11 BNotes, which then
trade equal to dollars, so you get a builtin
10% discount. They will be available in
multiples of $10, up to $100 (BN110). In the
meantime, you can order them in advance
by going to http://baltimoregreencurrency.
Once you order them, you can pick them
up on April 16 at the EcoFest at Druid Hill
Park from 12- 5 or pick them up on April
17 at the Baltimore Free Farm on the 3500
block of Ash Street. For an abbreviated list
of merchants using the BNote go to http://
According to the website, a full
list will be available once the April 16 date
is a little closer.
Mill Valley General Store, 2800 Sisson St.,
will soon become the Baltimore Food Coop,
a member owned full-service grocery
store, run by a member elected board, and
professionally staffed. The co-op will focus
on locally sourced and sustainable foods.
Along with fresh produce, meat, eggs and
dairy products from as close to home as
Hamilton (Hamilton Crop Circle), the Coop
will stock canned goods, pasta, breads,
cereals, cleaning products, and so on.
The goal is for the store to be a one-stop
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Defining a Mission and Goals for the
Hampden Education Collaborative by Will
Critz, HCC Board Member and HEC Leader
The Hampden Educational Collaborative met
on March 1 at the Hampden Family Center.
After a quick update on school and community
events of interest, those attending broke into
teams to draft a mission statement for HEC,
and to begin listing specific goals to guide
HEC’s actions in the coming months. John
Bosley gathered the individual teams’ drafts
at the end of the meeting and he and Petey
O’Donnell from ISL1 worked with Will Critz
to blend these into a preliminary Mission
Statement to be reviewed, debated, revised
and adopted at HEC’s next meeting. This
combined draft states:
“The mission of the Hampden Educational
Coalition is to promote sharing resources
and expertise among its member schools
(Hampden Elementary, St. Thomas
Aquinas, Independence High School,
ACCE and Learning Inc), and thus forge a
stronger relationship between the schools
and the greater community, and to apply
shared resources to the most serious and
widely shared problems so as to maximize
benefits to our schools and to Hampden as
Neighborhood residents and business
people are invited to come to HEC’s next
meeting to take part in hammering out a
final Mission Statement and to add to the
list of possible goals. Dr. Judith Thomas
has invited HEC to meet at Hampden
Elementary-Middle School next month
(April). The meeting will take place on
April 26 (late due to tax season and Spring
Break) at 4:00 p.m. Broad community
participation is needed to set HEC on a
desirable and effective future course—so
come and join the dialogue at “School #55”
on April 26!
Springtime Outings Planned At
Independence School Local 1 by Chris
Spring is in the air—as well as in our step—at
Independence School Local 1. In two weeks
students from Chris Miller’s 9th grade
advisory will be heading to the Appalachian
Latest News from Hampden Area Schools
By Various Authors Credited Throughout Article
Trail to hike its 40-mile section across
Maryland. They plan to end the hike at
Harper’s Ferry with a tour of the town and
a lesson wrapping this trimester’s unit on
Civil War history.
Three other wilderness trips are planned
for the remainder of the school year,
including a senior bike trip on the C &
O canal for Chris Kosmides’ 12th grade
advisory —the culmination of the class’ US
History credit—and two “Introduction to
Backpacking” trips for Erica Hansen’s 9th
grade advisory, in which students will learn
camping fundamentals and simultaneously
earn PE credits.
Meanwhile, Danny Rosvold’s 12th grade
advisory is “Big Apple” bound in April!
These seniors will arrive early in Battery
Park for a ride on the Staten Island Ferry,
and then move north through the Financial
District and Chinatown.
Back in Charm City, Senior Prom is set for
May 20 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
And on June 4, former NFL player and Youth
Ambassador Program director Riddick
Parker will speak at Senior Commencement
exercises at the Creative Alliance, Patterson
Theater, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Love Thy Neighbor a la Learning Inc. by
Emily Wilson, Workforce Development & Outreach
Learning Inc. began the school year with a
2-week introductory program called WISE
to familiarize new students with our school
and build team spirit. Part of that program
involved two field trips to Meals on Wheels
of Central Maryland in Highlandtown,
which happily resulted in an ongoing
partnership with the organization and
the Hampden Family Center. Now, every
Monday two or three of our students deliver
hot and cold meals to senior residents at
the St. Mary’s Roland View towers at 3838
and 3939 Roland Avenue.
Spearheading other service learning
projects near and far, the LI math teacher is
coordinating a trip for his advisory group to
the local SPCA, and our English teacher is
helping her advisees knit or crochet teddy
bears for HIV-positive African children
as part of the Mother Bear Project (www.
motherbearproject.org). Other students
are getting in on the act, too: growing house
plants for decoration and air purification,
tilling the Learning Inc. garden and putting
on a car wash to benefit our school.
Incentive Mentoring Program at ACCE: A
New Tool for Student’s Success by Quinhon
Dedicated to enabling Baltimore youth
to pursue careers of their choice, ACCE
recently partnered with the Incentive
Mentoring Program (IMP), based at the
Johns Hopkins University Homewood
campus, to provide additional support to
A volunteer organization that provides
family-style mentoring, IMP aims to
transform high school students who are
falling short of the minimum academic
requirements into socially aware leaders
committed to a higher personal goal.
The program provides a support group
of as many as ten university-based
mentors per student. In addition to this
innovative mentoring approach, the IMP
model provides an extensive network of
resources to mentors and mentees. By
stressing the value of family relationships,
adaptability, and learning from everyone,
IMP mentoring has been associated with a
97 percent graduation rate for participating
high school students.
Recent Milestones and Coming Events at
St. Thomas Aquinas School by Bonnie Russo,
Librarian & Elementary Computer Teacher
St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) School is
currently enrolling students in grades Pre-K
(4-year-olds) through 8 for the 2011-2012
school year. Tuition assistance is available.
Students from parishes without a school
will receive the St. Thomas Aquinas School
In-Parish rate. For more information about
registration, please call Principal Sister
Marie Rose at 410-889-4618.
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Mrs. Cutter and her first grade class
sponsored a school-wide Kindness Day
on March 7. First graders made kindness
badges for the entire school and used
the PA system to encourage their fellow
students to be kind. They also displayed
kindness posters they had created in the
computer lab throughout the school. The
students collected $100 in coins, which
was donated to Courage Lion, the sponsor
of Bob’s Place, a hospice for children in
downtown Baltimore. They also collected
canned goods for the HWR Food Pantry.
Congratulations to our STA 8th graders
students who recently received high school
acceptance letters. Best wishes for their
STA’s next Family Night at Mamma’s Cucina
Restaurant is Thursday, April 14, from 3-9
p.m. Join us for a good meal and meet our
STA families. The school will celebrate
Grandparents Day on Wednesday, April 20.
STA will be closed for Easter Vacation from
Don’t Rain on Our Parade: A Wet but
Exciting Journey to Annapolis and Other
News by Dr. Judith Thomas, Principal,
Hampden Elementary-Middle School
We’re all proud of our parents (and
students ranging across grades 1 through
8) who braved record-breaking rain
on the night of Thursday, March 10, to
participate in the “Keep Your Promise”
rally in Annapolis. This rally was organized
by the Baltimore Education Coalition to
impress upon Governor O’Malley and
our legislators the importance of keeping
their promises to Baltimore City school
students, and cancelling his proposed
$15 million in education budget cuts
for Baltimore. Here’s what some of our
students had to say after participating: “I
was surprised by how many people turned
out that night. It felt like we were part of
history for going there and protesting,” 7th
grader Kristine Meekins later said. Fellow
7th grader Kassidy Fidler said, “When the
speaker asked who we were, I said, ‘We
the People!’ quoting from the Preamble to
the US Constitution. Governor O’Malley
and all the other politicians need to give
our schools proper funding. We are the
future of Baltimore!” You may wish to call
Governor O’Malley (410-974-3901) and
tell him you support keeping state funding
at the level called for in the Thornton Act.
In other news, Raymond DeBarge and
Shelby Sentz recently won a schoolwide
Spelling Bee. They then went on
to represent Hampden at the Citywide
Spelling Bee held at Towson University on
March 12. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
awarded both students lovely certificates
for their accomplishments.
The Baltimore Museum of Art is currently
showing prints and poetry that our
middle school students created as a result
of participating in our Art Integration
Program conducted by Ms. Jerrolyn
Hollinger, art teacher. We are so proud that
their creativity is on display in one of the
city’s major galleries!
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There is a $100 membership fee which is
a lifetime membership, with a nominal
annual renewal fee. The store will be open
to all. Members will receive a discount
at the register every time they shop as
well as member-only specials and sales.
Membership also entitles you to run for the
board of directors, serve on committees,
have a say in the merchandise BFC carries,
and other involvement. Or you can just relax
and enjoy! For more information on the Co-
Op, go to www.baltimorefoodcoop.com.
I wish both organizations the best, and
speaking as a Hampden resident, I am
planning on participating with both programs.
Are there other organizations that should
be highlighted here? If you think so,
let me hear about them. Email me at
email@example.com and tell us how
your organization is helping to strengthen
Updates from the Roosevelt Park Recreation Council
By Lisa Meyers
The Roosevelt Park Recreation Council will
have a Quarter Auction on April 1, 2011.
Doors will open at 6 pm and the auction will
start at 7 pm. Paddles are one for $3.00 and
two for $5.00.
The 2nd Annual Spring Fling Festival
& Flea Market will be on May 14, 2011
with a raindate of May 21, 2011. Spaces are
$15.00. For more information, please call
the Rec Center at 410-396-6050 or email us
We are now registering for our new
Basketball League! The season will begin
on April 25, 2011. Children ages 5-6
(clinic) are $20.00 and children 7-17 are
$30.00. For more information, call Todd
Clary at 410-396-6050.
We are now registering for the 2011 Camp
Baltimore. The camp will run from June
20th - August 5th from 9 am - 3 pm. We
will have group games, swimming lessons,
field trips, and arts & crafts. The ages for
the camp are 5-12 and the cost is $500.00.
Before and After Care is available for an
additional charge. Please contact Todd Clary
at 410-396-6050 for more information.
Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt is April 23,
2011 at 11 am (ages 0-10). Free picture with
the Easter Bunny and lunch for the children.
Pick up your tickets at the Center from
March 28 - April 14.
The Roosevelt Recreation Center is looking
for indoor skates. If you have some you
don’t need, please drop them off. You may
also make a cash donation to the Recreation
Council so we may put it all together and buy
some skates. Hope you all can help!
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Announcements from the Hampden UMC and St. Mary’s Outreach Center
By Betty Callahan and Sandy Simmons
clean & green team
The Clean and Green Spring Clean-Up Schedule
By Various Authors Credited Throughout Article
Hampden Food Pantry at the Hampden UMC
This month the Boy Scouts did their yearly
drive for food for the pantry. We have a
troop in Towson and our Hampden scouts
collecting for us. They do a terrific job; we
are still sorting and storing food! Also, we
will get government food this month and will
give an extra bag in April.
We are in need of small canned hams to give
away in our Easter bags. We would like to
have them by April 18th. If you would like
to donate, we are at the pantry on Monday
mornings from 8:00 am till 10:30 am, or
on Wednesdays from 8:00 am till 11:45
am. During Lent there will be concerts in
the church at noon, so the pantry will close
at 11:45 am. Everyone is invited and the Navy
brass ensemble will be among the players, as
well as other talented musicians. Come join
us and stay for lunch. You may bring your
own lunch or purchase a lunch the day of for
six dollars. A good time will be had by all.
We could not function without our volunteers
and contributions given by many people.
Every little bit helps. We thank you so much.
Have great holiday and God bless you all.
The Hampden Food Pantry is located at
the Hampden United Methodist Church at
3449 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211. For
information, please call 410-235-0679 or
Additional News from the Hampden UMC
There is a new thrift shop at the Hampden
UMC. It will be open on Wednesdays from
9:00 am till 12 noon. Come and get a bargain.
If you do not see what you want, ask one of
the ladies and they will help you. They will
also accept donations.
St. Mary’s Outreach Center
St. Mary’s Outreach Center is a free
resource and referral for seniors and for
students and faculty of the University
of Maryland and Baltimore Schools of
Pharmacy and Dentistry.
The Center will be sponsoring a Spring
Health Fair on Thursday, April 14th from
noon – 3 pm at St. Mary’s Outreach Center
(3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211).
The focus will be on Healthy Aging with
topics and screenings such as oral cancer
screening, medication safety and reviews,
diabetes, falls, and more. Free refreshments!
We hope you can make it to this fantastic
and FREE event! For information, please
Project Clean Stream by Jay Lazar
This year the HCC C&G Committee will be
volunteering to clean up the stream banks
of the Jones Falls along our neighborhood.
With the recent rain event and subsequent
flooding, there will be plenty of debris
and plastic bags to retrieve from the trees
along the stream. Saturday, April 2 at 9 am,
volunteers will meet at the corner of Union
Ave and Clipper Mill Rd where trash bags
and gloves will be distributed for the cleanup
effort. The event will be held rain or
shine, so please dress accordingly.
For those of you who wish to participate
but would rather work in the Stony Run
valley, there will be several groups working
the stream, with plenty to do for all. One
meeting point for the Stony Run clean-up
is the Remington Ave Bridge. Please let
me know by email sustainablehampden@
gmail.com if you participate since we will
be tracking community volunteer hours.
Mayor’s Spring Clean Up by Marla O’Neill,
Team Leader for 3300 block of Hickory Avenue
The Spring 2011 CityWide CleanUp
is scheduled for the weekend of April
16th/17th. This is the clean-up in which
neighbors come out together and clean
up the streets, alleys, and parks around
where they live. As team leaders, you can
schedule your site’s clean-up for your own
convenience at any time over the weekend.
The trash pick-up will be on Monday, April
18th. Please email me at mjfoneill@yahoo.
com to register.
What I need from team leaders is your contact
info (name, address, & phone), the estimated
number of volunteers, supplies needed (not
sure what’s available yet; see below), and the
location of your pile for pick-up.
I don’t know what, if any, supplies will be
available this year; you can certainly send
me “wish lists” and we’ll see what we can
get. In past years, rakes/shovels/brooms,
gloves, and bags were available. Just FYI,
the tools (rakes/shovels/brooms) have to
be picked up, signed for, and then returned
after the clean-up to 111 Kane Street in East
Baltimore, so unless you really need them,
they may be more trouble than they’re worth.
Get Trash(ed) On Tuesday by Bambi Chapin
and Liz Carney, 2011 “Get Trashed” Coordinators
Hello, Fellow Hampden Trash Pickeruppers!
The warmer weather means it’s time
to get ready to do a neighborhood cleaning
and, of course, a little drinking afterwards.
Just like last year, we will be Getting Trashed
on the last Tuesday of each month.
Our first night will be Tuesday, April 26th.
We will meet up at 7:00 pm in front of the
Royal Farms to get supplies and then head
out for an hour of cleaning. Then around
8:00 pm, we will head to Dogwood to recoup,
refresh, and congratulate ourselves for all
our hard work. Hope to see lots of you there!
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Naturally Gorgeous at Sprout
By Carrie Stickel
Discover a Wealth of Information at the Small Business Resource Center
By John Bosley
In 2006, Sprout opened its doors on the
Avenue and at the same time opened the
door for Hampdenites and Baltimoreans
to enjoy a natural, healthy, and friendly
salon experience. Rachael Epstein and
Alan Kolb opened Sprout together: Rachael
brought her expertise as a hair stylist and
Alan worked behind-the scenes.
Alan Kolb grew up as a military dependent;
he was born in Spain and lived on three
different continents by the time he was
15. In 1983 Baltimore became his chosen
hometown; he moved here to study at
UMBC and has lived in the city ever since.
For many years, Alan commuted to the
DC suburbs, where he worked in film and
video editing. The long commute and his
burgeoning desire to start his own business
according to his own values worked together
as impetus for Alan to open Sprout. Once
Alan and Rachael found a great spot in
Hampden for their vision, Sprout took root.
As the only all-natural salon in the city,
the first thing you might notice when you
walk into the salon is the absence of any
chemical salon smells. Alan believes in the
importance of using only natural products
on your skin. “Products that come in
contact with your skin go directly into your
blood stream. Because skincare products
are not regulated, consumers need to read
labels and educate themselves on what they
Environmental impact and sustainability
are strong factors in each design and
management decision behind Sprout.
In addition to the natural and organic
products the salon boasts, sustainability
practices are obvious throughout the salon.
The floors are made of bamboo, the wooden
scrim behind the front desk is made from
the original store front, and the electricity
used is offset with wind power credits. Alan
gives credit to his landlord, Joe Preller,
for helping with the refurbishing, noting
that Joe was equally invested in making the
space beautiful as well as functional.
In addition to supporting the global
environment, Alan is also committed to the
local community. Sprout carries products
made in Baltimore, including skincare by
Sevi and also features exhibits of artwork
by local artists.
The community within Sprout is also tightknit.
There is a staff of 14, including eight
stylists. In the four and a half years that
Sprout has been in business, only three
stylists have left. Though Rachael no longer
works with the salon, her vision and values
helped to shape Sprout into what it is today.
For more information, and for a preview
of the gorgeous work of the salon, check
out Sprout’s new ads in the Citypaper: the
models (real clients) were photographed by
Baltimore photographer Dean Alexander.
You can also see what’s new on Sprout’s
website, www.sproutsalon.com, where
changes to Sprout’s own product line will
soon be announced.
One recent afternoon, Hampden Happenings
visited the Small Business Resource Center
(SBRC) on the top floor of Johns Hopkins@
Eastern (formerly Eastern High School) on
East 33rd Street to interview Mr. Paul Taylor,
Center Director, and learn from him more
about the Center’s mission and services.
During the visit, sunlight chased shadows
across the tall windows and light flooded the
spacious and functionally furnished Center.
Director Taylor warmly greeted us amid
the work tables, professional-quality
library shelves and magazine racks, and the
computer work stations of the Center’s main
room, before leading us into the private
area the Center provides SBA’s SCORE (see
last month’s Hampden Happenings) to talk
about the SBRC.
The Center, Taylor said, was created to fill a
need that he had discovered while serving the
Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC)
as its Director of Business Development in
the early 1990s. There he observed that large
companies seeking BDC’s help with matters
such as expansion were easy to help because
they knew how the process worked. In
contrast, Taylor said that small businesses
often came to BDC for help with start-up or
growth without even knowing what questions
to ask—and conversely BDC was ill-prepared
to serve small enterprises.
Baltimore already had a small business
assistance facility downtown that had been
funded by a public-private consortium in
the early 1990s. When that Partnership
dissolved over ten years ago, Taylor—who
still worked for BDC—worked with Deputy
Mayor Laurie Schwartz of the Mayor O’Malley
administration with a plan for the presentday
SBRC. The Mayor and city government
approved the plan and, somewhat to his
surprise, lured Paul Taylor away from BDC
to serve as Center Director in 2001. BDC is
the SBRC’s city funding agency but the two
entities are independent of one another.
The SBRC’s mission focuses on meeting
the need that Director Taylor recognized
while still at BDC. Its mission is to help
people in Baltimore who operate or wish
to open a small business get the help they
need through SBRC itself—or by referring
the client to another suitable source of
assistance (SBA’s SCORE is one example of a
non-SBRC resource to help its clients.)
SBRC itself, though, offers a variety of valuable
services to present or future small businesses.
Director Taylor cited the extensive collections
of books on business, business periodicals,
specialized reports and other publications that
the Center makes freely available to clients.
The Center’s information resources now
included online free access to a number of
useful databases as well as general access to the
Web. It offers a variety of two-hour seminars
on a variety of topics from accounting methods
to the actual details of running a particular kind
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Upcoming Events at the Hampden Family Center
By Lisa Ghinger
Adult Basic Education Class Registration
Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00 pm.
Friday, April 15th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
If you’re not busy filing your tax return, join
us for a hot lunch and fun activity. Space is
limited, so please call the center to reserve
A volunteer from St. David’s Church
will hold a flower arranging class for
approximately 20 on Friday, April 22nd at
3:00 pm. Each participant will leave with a
flower arrangement for the Easter holiday.
Space is limited; you must be registered to
Thursday afternoons at 3:00 pm. Children
and their caregivers enjoy wonderful
children’s books while interacting with
If you need help with your gas or electric
bill, call or stop by the Family Center
to make an appointment to speak with
Josephine Battaglia who can help you apply
for energy assistance. Josephine is on site
Wednesday 9 am - 11 am.
Seedco Earn Benefits
Need assistance in attaining such benefits
as food stamps, healthcare, utilities support
and tax credits? Call or stop by and speak
with Brianne Phillips.
Meals on Wheels
If you or someone you know cannot leave
their home because of illness or injury,
regardless of age or status, Meals on Wheels
can help. Volunteers from the Family
Center will drop by each weekday with two
nutritious meals and a smiling face at your
After School Enrichment Program
Children work with a volunteer from a
local college or university on their reading,
writing and math skills. In addition, your
child can enjoy arts and crafts, music,
dance and drama. Monday through Friday,
2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Ages 1st through 6th grade.
Wyman Park Tutorial Project
Remedial reading, math and writing support
for students in 1st through 12th grades.
Monday through Friday 4:30 - 5:30 pm.
MAYOR’S SPRING CLEANUP
Saturday, April 16, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm in Your Neighborhood
Join your neighbors and choose a location that
needs special cleanup. This year’s theme
emphasizes the connection between
neighborhood litter and the health of
Baltimore’s streams and harbor.
Containers for debris collection are available on a
first call basis. Trucks will not be available. Even
communities without a container can participate
by bagging debris and stacking it at a designated
location for collection on Monday, April 18.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are
interested in designating a location in Hampden.
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of business. Wherever possible, the person
giving the seminar is actively engaged in the
business herself—for example, the accounting
seminars are given by working accountants.
The center also provides free space for
meetings between its clients and others.
Perhaps most valuable of all, the SBRC will
provide hands-on help to clients who have
an idea for a new business but who need help
securing financial backing in order to launch
it. When this stage is reached, it’s time to
write a business plan—a step that many
would-be entrepreneurs see as involving the
creation of a complicated and mysterious
document. A common reason for this
attitude, Taylor believes, is that the wouldbe
business person doesn’t have a clear idea
of just why a business plan is necessary. “It’s
not an academic exercise,” he said. “Nor is
it done simply for the person to use to as a
personal guide. The business plan must be
tailored to tell a decision-maker, such as
the loan officer of your local bank, enough
about you, about what goods or services your
business will offer for sale, what you believe
your customer base is, what infrastructure—
space, equipment, and so on—you plan to
set up to conduct the business, and other
key information that will convince the loan
officer that you can make enough money to
pay back any loan his bank provides you to
start up (or expand) your business.”
Taylor says that SBRC will help develop a
business plan all the way from clarifying
and sharpening the original idea through
gathering the information needed—data
to calculate the customer base size and
geographic distribution, for example—to the
actual plan writing.
More information is available online
at SBRC’s website at http://www.
sbrcbaltimore.com. The Center address is
1101 East 33rd Street, Suite C307, Baltimore,
Maryland, 21218. The phone is 443-451-
7160. It is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. and use of the center is free to all.
Union Mill Update
By Jon Constable, Seawall Properties
Work on the conversion of Union Mill to
apartments and office space has progressed
rapidly in the past month, with an American
Flag now flying from the clock tower. Union
Avenue was closed briefly in early March
to make necessary utility hook-ups. The
cement for floors has been poured and
framing for apartment walls is moving right
along (see photo above).
Improvements to the site itself are
underway, beginning with clearing and
earth-moving for onsite parking spaces
and for building terraces in the courtyard.
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