Business in Baltimore is booming once again and summer is a season bustling with new career opportunities. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), total non-farm payroll employment in the Baltimore area increased by 4,000 in May 2014. Some of the latest employment numbers issued by BLS illustrate that jobs in the business and professional services sector were up to almost 222,000 jobs in that same month.

To this effect, it is no wonder that Governor O’Malley’s InvestMaryland Challenge program attracts grant applications for novel products and services by some of the most innovative scene-changers in town. The grant, issued each May, is an excellent way for new or established entrepreneurs to propel business operations to the next level in the marketplace.

Maryland-based recipients of this year’s InvestMaryland grant include ClickMedix, a mobile health care company bringing medical services to patients at the touch of a screen, and Brain Sentry, an organization that designs special bicycle helmets with the ability to detect concussions in wearers. In total, InvestMaryland sponsors disseminated nearly one million dollars in awards to businesses this year.

Not quite ready to start a business but still eager to innovate and/or dabble with new technology? Check out the Targeted Jobs Fair to be held August 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Annapolis Junction. This event will allow tech and engineering savvy job seekers an opportunity to meet face-to-face with top employers in Maryland.

Prefer to interview with hiring managers during an on-the spot interview session? Choice Career Fairs is holding a hiring event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the Hilton Baltimore, BWI airport. Many of the area’s top companies will be available to answer questions from applicants from all fields. Bring your resume for a free assessment offered between 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Keisha Oduor is a professional writer and entrepreneur who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a degree in Communications and French from New York University with work experience in publishing, nonprofits, healthcare administration and program management. Her work can be found on