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CCBC hosts ribbon-cutting Feb. 22 for The Collective

The Collective retail storefront features locally made goods that highlight the diversity of small businesses in our region.

Community College of Baltimore County is hosting a ribbon-cutting for The Collective at CCBC Owings Mills. CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis will be joined by Baltimore County Councilmen Izzy Patoka (chair) and Julian Jones (Dist. 4) as well as Krystal Henry, a vendor within The Collective and owner of Around the Way Parchment. The event takes place 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, at Owings Mills Metro Centre, 10300 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, Md.

The Collective, a retail storefront supported by CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation through generous funding from CCBC and the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, features locally made goods that highlight the diversity of small businesses in our region. Products from more than 30 local vendors and artisans will be for sale on site. These include candles, skincare products, custom cutting boards, jewelry, home décor, tea, artwork and more. Additionally, more than 20 service-based businesses can be found in The Collective online directory.

“We are excited to open our new storefront filled with high quality, unique goods at CCBC Owings Mills,” said Kenneth Buck, director, CCBC Westside Extension Centers. “The Collective is an incredible opportunity for local makers and entrepreneurs to showcase their products and introduce themselves to a larger audience. We are thankful to the Ratcliffe Foundation for their generous donation to make a retail space a reality for small businesses and to provide a new shopping destination for the community.”

The Collective will be open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The current makers, along with more than 20 local service-based businesses, are also highlighted on The Collective’s website at

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Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 50,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction, and transportation. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2022 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

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