AGA highlights gaming impact on small businesses in Maryland
The American Gaming Association recently made its third stop on the American Gaming Small Business Jobs Tour at Live! Casino & Hotel in Maryland. At a roundtable, stakeholders touted gaming’s strong community impact in Anne Arundel County, MD and across the entire state. The event highlighted the 350,000 small business jobs nationwide supported by the gaming industry and the nearly 3,000 small business jobs in Maryland. In Maryland alone, gaming employs 11,000 people, supports $446 million in wages, generates over $635 million in tax revenue and has an economic impact of over $1.7 billion.
A roundtable was established in conjunction with the Minority Outreach Fair at Live! Casino, which connects small-, minority- and women-owned firms with prime companies interested in doing business with them. “We love nothing more than coming in to properties like this...to get out in the local communities and highlight what this industry is all about,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. Rob Norton, Cordish Global Gaming president, highlighted Live’s engagement with the community and partnership with minority and women-owned businesses. Tony Hill, Edwards & Hill Office Furniture managing partner, said that he’s been able to expand his small business from seven employees to 22 because of the work he’s done with Live! Casino.