• In the Outstanding Young Entrepreneur category won by Sally Grace, the other nominees were: Jennifer Cook, owner of Full Stride Wellness in Reisterstown, and Tim Bojanowski and Ali Lemon, owners of Zest Social Media Solutions LLC in Towson.
• In the Best Established Business category won by ABC Equipment Rental of Catonsville, Avara's Academy of Hair Design in Dundalk, J.S. Edwards of Pikesville and Bransfield Motor Company in Reisterstown were nominated.
• The Best Window Display award was given to Wear It's At of Reisterstown, and Plaza Artist Materials of Towson and Urban Outfitters in Towson were both nominated.
• The Best Neighborhood Restaurant award went to Mari Luna Mexican and Mari Luna Latin Grille in Pikesville. Java Mammas and the Grill at Harryman House, both of Reisterstown, were nominated.
• The Special Development Project award went to Palisades of Towson, while Former Suburban House Site and Schwaber Management of Pikesville were nominated.
• The Community Institution category recognized a nonprofit that has made a positive impact or implemented innovate solutions. The winner was Reisterstown United Methodist Church and Pastor Vivian McCarthy. The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Randallstown Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on Liberty Road were nominated.
The Commercial Revitalization program offers four resources to businesses within the designated districts:
• Architect On Call offers up to 10 free hours of professional architectural design services to businesses for improving the exteriors of their buildings. The service is free when improvements are certified as complete within six months, according to county information.
• Building Improvement Loan Program (BILP) offers $30,000 interest-free loans that may be used for exterior improvements such as awnings, landscaping and signage, and can be combined with other economic development incentives for larger projects, the county said.
• Commercial Revitalization Tax Credit offers five-year real property tax credit, jointly administered by the Baltimore County Department of Planning and the Department of Assessments and Taxation, provided the physical improvements increase the assessed property value by $100,000 or more, the county said. A 10-year credit is available if improvement costs exceed $10 million.
• Commercial Revitalization Action Gran awards $10,000 grant annually to business associations for projects that benefit the overall revitalization district.
Van Arsdale said the planning department has seen a greater number of residents requesting the Architect on Call program, which is what most fledgling businesses use to get started.
"We're hopeful that this is a harbinger of change that businesses will continue to establish themselves in the county," Arsdale said.