Baltimore Data Week 2021 will showcase neighborhood data based on Vital Signs 2019/20, the annual compendium of neighborhood data released by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance at the Jacob France Institute in The University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business. This year, with new administrations at the local and federal levels, Baltimore Data Week will feature new tools to help communities understand the impact of the pandemic, as well as how they can use data to plan for reopening and regrowth.
Fraudulent product reviews - the practice of creating and selling fake reviews of products and services for posting to online retail sites - is influencing about $28 billion in consumer spending in the U.S. economy, according to a new study co-authored by Roberto Cavazos, director of Risk Management and Cybersecurity programs in The University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business. All told, the practice is behind an estimated $152 billion in purchases around the world.
For their capstone project, three master's students in The University of Baltimore's Integrated Design program—Jasmine Loyal, Richard Neal and Nett Smith—worked with Rebecca Thompson, an Entrepreneurship Fellow, to come up with and test the business name Thompson adopted.
"The project allowed me to better understand what is expected when I am providing similar services to start-ups and established businesses looking to rebrand themselves," one student says. "I will forever remember this experience as one that shaped my ability to develop marketing materials in a professional sense."
Ting Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics in The University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, says the COVID-19 pandemic may "permanently impact" business and the lives of working people by significantly boosting the number of people who are working from home. Prof. Zhang's co-authored research on the topic appears in a new paper published in Small Business Economics.