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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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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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