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The Business of Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.

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Seeds of success
Today's Maryland farm stand may smell like a grandmother's kitchen, but it operates like a modern commercial enterprise. Some customers still come for just the sweet corn, summer squash and ripe tomatoes, but that's not enough these days when large grocery store chains also offer market-fresh organic fruits and vegetables, owners say. Farm stands have to both tickle the senses and serve customers' practical needs.

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Businesses hope electricity prices will fall
The business community is hoping that the success local governments have had in negotiating money-saving deals on electricity means that prices are finally coming down, and that businesses are finally going to reap some benefits of deregulation, too.

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Spherix, Manugistics experience changes at the top
Two high-tech Maryland companies had major shakeups in top management this week, but under very different circumstances.

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Rosecroft cuts live racing days
The fate of Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington remains in limbo, as it continues to lose money and cuts back its racing days.

  • Manugistics Group, a supply-chain management software company based in Rockville, has named Jeffrey L. Kissling chief technology officer and senior vice president, promoted Jeffrey L. Holmes to president of worldwide sales operations and named Edward R. Daihl group vice president of revenue management. The announcements come the same week that Jeremy Coote was fired as president of the company.

  • EntreMed, a Rockville biotechnology company, has promoted Dr. Carolyn F. Sidor to corporate vice president and chief medical officer. Sidor was previously vice president for clinical and regulatory affairs.

  • JoS. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. of Hampstead reported sales of $21.8 million in August, compared with $17.4 million in August 2003. Catalog and Internet sales increased much more rapidly than in-store sales.

  • American Capital Strategies, a buyout and mezzanine fund based in Bethesda,�has invested $12 million in Breeze Industrial Products Corp., which supplies steel clamps primarily serving the heavy-duty truck, automotive and industrial sectors.

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