December 2, 2015
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Made in MD: Cardin Discusses Small Business Growth with Towson Chamber of Commerce
Following “Small Business Saturday” shopping in Old Ellicott City and downtown Frederick, Senator samples sweet taste of success at expanding bakery La Cakerie
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, this week discussed issues related to promoting Maryland’s small businesses with the Towson Chamber of Commerce and visited the artisanal bakery La Cakerie to sample one local company’s distinctive recipe for growth. 
Monday, as part of his “Made in Maryland” jobs tour, Senator Cardin visited La Cakerie in Towson. 
“It is tremendously encouraging to see both the numbers and types of businesses that are relocating to and expanding throughout the Baltimore area,” said Senator Cardin. “It makes me optimistic to meet with small business owners like those in the Towson Chamber of Commerce who are finding ways to make a thriving area even more exciting. It’s that type of energy that allows small businesses and entrepreneurs to carry forward the American economy.” 
Part of Senator Cardin’s “Made in Maryland” jobs tour, which celebrates the diversity of Maryland products and the Marylanders who create them, Senator Cardin’s visits in Towson will help inform his ongoing efforts to expand economic activity statewide. 
On Saturday, Senator Cardin and his family sampled a variety of local small businesses in Old Ellicott City and downtown Frederick. Joined by a host of local elected and economic development officials, Senator Cardin drew particular satisfaction from finding a distinctive, locally produced gift for the Senate’s “Secret Santa” gift exchange. 
Senator Cardin and his wife Myrna at the Lebherz Oil and Vinegar Emporium in Frederick, Md. for Small Business Saturday.
The Towson Chamber of Commerce promotes the business environment and quality of life in Towson and the surrounding area. The voluntary partnership of businesses and professionals works together to help local businesses prosper and grow, and to increase job opportunities. It encourages the responsible growth and development of all segments of the community, and aims to contribute to the overall economic stability of Baltimore County. 
La Cakerie offers a wide variety of seasonal products catering to all types of events and occasions. From breakfast specialties to distinctive weddings and special events, its team of talented pastry chefs, bakers and cake designers welcome the opportunity to exceed clients’ expectations. Owner and Executive Chef Jason Hisley has studied in the U.S. and Europe and been featured on Food Network pastry competitions.