Author Archives: Ellie Heffernan

Ellie Heffernan is a rising junior at UNC-Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism and Media. She covers a variety of industries at The Daily Record.

Maryland startup addresses small businesses’ inventory challenges

Marvin Harris (Submitted photo)

A College Park-based startup says its product may help small businesses compete with Amazon. Ovalz, a digital inventory service co-founded by CEO Marvin Harris, addresses challenges small businesses face auditing manually.  Harris’ experiences as a social entrepreneur and the alumnus ...

Read More »

Pandemic has Md. businesses singing the wedding bell blues

A wedding kiss in more normal times at Padonia Park Club in Cockeysville. Wedding planners, venues, caterers, photographers, florists and others dependent on the wedding industry have had a rough go during the pandemic. (Padonia Park Club)

Maryland’s wedding industry faces unique challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. Statewide social distancing guidelines still prohibit large gatherings, and, unlike restaurateurs and retailers, wedding vendors and venues must schedule everything around a specific date. Venues say they have ...

Read More »

Pandemic’s impact on traffic, transit, may outlast outbreak

Traffic flows along interchanges that link the Capital Beltway and I-270. (The Washington Post/Katherine Frey)

The coronavirus pandemic has slashed Maryland traffic and transit ridership, but it also has led to some unexpected consequences and may be reshaping commuting patterns for years to come, local experts say. Since Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of ...

Read More »

Maryland nonprofit releases wealth of COVID-19 data

A bill in the state legislature would mean the Maryland Transit Administration can begin replacing old diesel and hybrid buses with zero-emission buses. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

A local nonprofit organization announced Thursday it has launched an online website to help policymakers understand and track the impacts of COVID-19 in the state. The Baltimore Regional Recovery Dashboard, which was created by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, features data and ...

Read More »

TEDCO announces new CEO, new seed fund investments


One of Maryland’s top sources of funding for early-stage, technology-based businesses announced new leadership Wednesday. Troy LeMaile-Stovall will lead the Maryland Technology Development Corporation as chief executive officer/executive director, effective. Sept. 7. LeMaile-Stovall has over 25 years of experience in ...

Read More »

Baltimore faces twin crises: Heat waves and COVID-19

A boy plays in a fountain to cool off as temperatures approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

For many Baltimore residents, this week’s heat wave would pose challenges even without a global pandemic. But the COVID-19 outbreak and the imperative of avoiding large gatherings of people in close proximity to each other has complicated city officials’ usual ...

Read More »

For Md. young adults, summer jobs, internships a casualty of coronavirus

The summer program at YouthWorks in Baltimore, shown from last year, has been able to offer only a little more than half of its normal 8,000 jobs. That’s better than some other large cities, which have canceled their summer youth job programs entirely. (YouthWorks)

Historically high unemployment rates triggered by the coronavirus pandemic are taking a toll on summer jobs for teens and young Marylanders. Maryland’s local governments and their partner organizations are adjusting internship and summer youth employment programs to hire as many ...

Read More »

Maryland company, 2 partners, get $34.6M to fight COVID-19

Emergent BioSolutions is headquartered in Gaithersburg. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

  A Gaithersburg-based global life sciences company announced Wednesday it will partner with two other organizations to work on a preventative COVID-19 product after receiving $34.6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense. Emergent BioSolutions will collaborate with the Mount ...

Read More »