Message from the Dean

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Dean KaynamaI take great pleasure in sharing with you the annual issue of the Baltimore Business Review: A Maryland Journal. With the inaugural issue in 2010, this marks our tenth year of partnership with the CFA Society Baltimore. Year after year, Baltimore Business Review has made it possible for the academic and professional worlds to be fully connected to each other and to be directly involved in the Baltimore and Maryland business communities and beyond.

Consistent with our vision, this issue creates a variety of topics that are relevant, challenging, thought-provoking, and inclusive of a diverse range of voices and perspectives, including scholars, local business practitioners, students, and other open-minded contributors. In this issue, we present the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on low-income families in Maryland, which is a very relevant and interesting reading. Further, we focus our attention on how we can protect Maryland’s voting process and mitigate potential cyber vulnerabilities to be extended to industries at large. You will also find other studies collaboratively produced by faculty and students addressing topics such as the contribution of the Maryland startup community to job creation and determinants of college student consumption in Maryland. Finally, we are proud to showcase an update from the Towson University Investment Group on the survey portfolio they created.

The strength of our journal lies with a strong editorial board and with active and high-quality contributors and interested readers. We are delighted that you are joining us as readers, and would like to appreciate your feedback and impressions of this publication.

Best regards,

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Shohreh A. Kaynama, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business and Economics