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Why I Chose Maryland

As we close the year and reflect on the progress we’ve made together, we wanted to share the stories of the people behind the policies.

In this “People Behind the Policies” blog, we hear from a small business owner who talks about her decision to move her company to Maryland and how it affects our goal to Recover 100% of the jobs lost due to the Great Recession.

Susan Aplin, CEO Bambeco

As a small business owner, I looked all across the country for a new home for my company Bambeco, an online retailer specializing in sustainable home décor and furnishings. I considered sites in California, Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C., but, in 2010, I settled on South Baltimore to take advantage of the area’s public transportation, incentives for eco-friendly businesses, and job creation tax credits within Enterprise zones, and proximity to the Port of Baltimore.

My company, which sells everything from solar-powered tea lanterns to rugs made of recycled soda bottles, has experienced strong growth since moving to Maryland. We have been able to hire throughout 2012, expanding our staff by about half. And we expect our current workforce of 24 to more than double over the next two years.

I am also pleased to report that Bambeco expanded its corporate headquarters this year and we expect to be at capacity again in a few months. And this fall, we moved our distribution operations into a 22,000 square-foot warehouse in the city. I want to thank the Department of Business and Economic Development for investing in our company through the Maryland Venture Fund and InvestMaryland and helping us to expand, grow jobs and add inventory.

I am proud to say that because of Bambeco’s success in Maryland, our products are being featured all over the country in major media outlets like USA Today, Every Day with Rachael Ray, People Magazine, and on TV, including The Today Show and Emmy-winning sitcom Modern Family.

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Buzz Beeler December 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I'm sorry to break the bad new but O'Malley has left the state in total debt of $82 billion. That does not include the massive pension obligations. Right now pension obligations which are not included in the debt are about $65 billion and if the military budget and government cuts arrive we as Charlie Brown would say are doomed! Welcome to Maryland the land of the pending broke.
Steve December 07, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The Governor has lowered state spending $434 million below FY 2007 levels, cut $4.3 billion, and eliminated 3,200 state positions since he took office in 2007. That speaks for itself.
Ed Jr. December 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Steve - I'd like to research your figures. What sources are you using?
Buzz Beeler December 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I'm sorry to break the bad news but O'Malley has left the state in total debt of $82 billion. That does not include the massive pension obligations. Right now pension obligations which are not included in the debt are about $65 billion and if the military budget and government cuts arrive we as Charlie Brown would say are doomed! Welcome to Maryland the land of the pending broke.
Joe December 07, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Don't buy the lies. Never trust a habitual liar. Especially one who never posts any support for their lies. Fiscal Year Expenditures (billions) GDP (billions) 2000 $30.6 [53] $180.4 [53] 2001 $33.2 [53] $192.7 [53] 2002 $35.7 [53] $204.1 [53] 2003 $37.1 [53] $213.3 [53] 2004 $38.5 [53] $228.2 [53] 2005 $41.4 [53] $243.9 [53] 2006 $44.2 [53] $257.6 [53] 2007 $47.3 [53] $268.7 [53] 2008 $50.7 [53] $280.3 [53] 2009 $54.3* [53] $292.4* [53] http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Maryland_state_budget#State_Budget_for_FY2013 "Public spending in the Old Line State has risen steadily over the last several years, at an average of 5 percent annually, while population increased less than 1 percent. Contrary to lawmakers’ claims, this year’s ominously named “Doomsday budget” didn’t actually cut spending. Maryland’s budget ballooned by $3 billion this year to $37.1 billion. Deficits are equally massive, weighing in at $1.8 billion in 2012 and $1 billion in 2013. The latest figures from the Department of Legislative Services predict a deficit of over $400 million for 2014 and 2015. Those numbers could easily grow, depending on the outcome of negotiations in Washington over the fiscal cliff." www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/23/marylands-budget-turkey/#ixzz2EOdY0heH
Steve December 07, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I quoted from your own link you Idiot! Maryland has lowered state spending $434 million below FY 2007 levels, cut $4.3 billion, and eliminated 3,200 state positions since Gov. Martin O'Malley took office in 2007.[52] Read more: http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Maryland_state_budget#State_Budget_for_FY2013#ixzz2EOjoj9Gg
jag December 07, 2012 at 07:59 PM
LOL, Joe, your own first link has the exact quote/figures Steve cites. What an idiot.
Joe December 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Here is where Stevie gets his propaganda. http://www.governor.maryland.gov/blog/?p=3494
jag December 07, 2012 at 08:14 PM
You seriously can't even make this up. Unbelievable snark followed by a link that says EXACTLY what Steve said.
Joe December 07, 2012 at 08:47 PM
And you flaming idiots seem to think others are as stupid and ignorant as you are. Not the case. See the footnote fools? "Maryland has lowered state spending $434 million below FY 2007 levels, cut $4.3 billion, and eliminated 3,200 state positions since Gov. Martin O'Malley took office in 2007.[52]" Footnote #52 "↑ Gov. O'Malley Press release, "Statement from Governor O'Malley on Revised Budget Projections," October 17, 2009" You fools are idiots who can't or refuse to read and educate yourselves. THAT is where Stevie got his propaganda. Form the horse's mouth.
Joe December 07, 2012 at 08:54 PM
From the same link. Budgets For Idiots who Can't or refuse to read and become educated. "Governor's Proposed Budget The governor presented his proposed budget on Jan. 18, 2012, and it can be found here. The budget spends ...$108.5 million more than the state spent in FY 2012" "The state will face a roughly $1.1 billion gap between expected revenues and planned spending.[29][30] The state faces cumulative annual budget gaps of more than $7.2 billion over the next four years."
Joe December 07, 2012 at 08:54 PM
NOW I fully expect Stevie to have some bile against the source since he failed to read it.
Joe December 07, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Footnotes are your friend jagoff. WE can look at you as see why a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Joe December 07, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Stevie didn't read his own link again. What you quoted was O'Malley not the producer of the study. They debunk O'Malley's propaganda with the chart as proof. "The governor presented his proposed budget on Jan. 18, 2012, and it can be found here. The budget spends ...$108.5 million more than the state spent in FY 2012""
Joe December 07, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I get tired of the false information form him. then the other Patch Pigeon jagoff blathers about without reading the post. Both read what supported their idiocy and were so fast to want to jump on me they failed to see where that quote came from. Both prove a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Steve December 07, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Yep, sharp as bowling balls those two are....
Steve December 07, 2012 at 09:39 PM
This was a nice blog about a great company that relocated to Maryland and the usual suspects try to dump all over it and make it all about them...
Buzz Beeler December 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Joe, Ed, Steve makes up his own rules. He always has. He won't respond because he can't. Another good source is www.statebudgetsolutions.org
Buzz Beeler December 07, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Steve you are hopelessly outclassed. I never said a word abut the company just the propaganda that O'Malley spews forth. If she knew the truth she might have made a different choice. You're more qualified for a sandbox conversation not the internet. You get confused too easily. About them! Where do you see our names. My name is not O'Malley and neither is Joe's. Bowling ball make STRIKES! You just strike out.
TJ December 07, 2012 at 11:18 PM
We could save about 2 BILLION a year if we stop housing, feeding and educating illegal's. Cheaper to send them home.
Steve December 07, 2012 at 11:21 PM
She did her homework. That's why she relocated here. You didn't even read the article did you? You just saw the picture of the Governor and your automatic Fling Monkey Poo button was activated. It's another "Ready, Shoot, Aim!" moment from Beelersville.
Randy Barnhart December 07, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Whenever I visit my relatives in Maryland, I constantly hear about the bloated state government and high tax burden that Marylanders endure.
1ke December 08, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Buzz, do not use the word "class" in connection with this bickering over nothing. Try "venal", "short-tempered" or "crotchety".
1ke December 08, 2012 at 11:04 AM
And Sunshine Review's site is experiencing technical difficulties. Maybe it quibbled itself into knots and shut off. Looks like raising taxes is the only solution, folks. It's about time people got used to paying more for public services.
Buck Harmon December 08, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Nice article about a MD small business..! Hope it somehow improves her efforts..
Arbutus Town Crier December 09, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Steve Please don't act as if your incompetent, stay on Message. Hitting Buzz with the ball puts him on base (message), You allow him to load the bases when you go off message. Bases are loaded all the time. and Buzz hits grand slams out of the park as the ball flies over your head bewildered, your relief pitchers are no better , and you still let him load the bases. Stay on message I like to read a good debate Why I Chose Maryland? Born and raised here. O'Malley might get my vote if he can fix the zip codes, Promote Commercial Demolition of old run down properties and revitalize neighborhoods, instead of allowing the destruction of Nature like the Catonsville’s Promenade. Plenty of development is needed in the Zip codes that shared by the city.
Rick Jones December 09, 2012 at 06:08 PM
You thanked the Maryland Venture Fund and InvestMaryland for investing in your business and I'm sure that if those institutions could actually speak, they would certainly say "You're quite welcome Susan". But you completely neglected to thank the millions of Maryland tax payers who were compelled by politicians and legislatures to provide you with some of their earnings rather than spending these earnings voluntarily as they wished. On second thought, I suppose that thanking the victims of legal plunder for their "contributions" would be considered rude. Thus, being politically correct rather than factually correct necessitates that these poor souls had to be conveniently neglected when expressing gratitude for political plunder.
Joe December 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM
PcTech, what a bizarre rant! To blame one side is the epitome of insane.

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