Thursday, August 21, 2014

In This Issue:

As Seen on TV: Poker at Maryland Live! »

The mid-2013 unveiling of the poker room at Maryland Live! Casino opened a new world for players in the state who previously had to travel beyond its borders for a friendly public poker game or three.

Ascend One Corp. Will Focus on Health Centers »

As Columbia-based Ascend One Corp. restructures, the company will focus on its Nava Health and Vitality Center subsidiary. Ascend One announced 147 layoffs last spring, with some of those employees being absorbed into health center-related jobs.


Upcoming Events

August 21, 2014 Ellicott City Sunrise Rotary Club 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM August 21, 2014 Ellicott City Rotary Club 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM August 22, 2014 Columbia Patuxent Rotary Club 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM August 26, 2014 Rotary Club of Clarksville 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM August 26, 2014 HTC End of Summer Bash 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM View all upcoming events »

Latest News

BizWeekly 8/19/2014

ICBN Producing Savings for Public School System, Howard County Says

Howard County has announced that the first stage of work to allow the Howard County Public School System to use the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) for data services is complete, in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

As the result of a competitive process, ICBN was selected as the winning provider for network services for the Howard County Public School System. The ICBN bid was the lowest received by the school system, resulting in a savings of $2.8 million during the life of the five-year contract.

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MD Entrepreneur

Responding to the growing trend of entrepreneurism, The Business Monthly has introduced a new publication Maryland Entrepreneur Quarterly (MEQ). Subscribe and read articles »

Guest Article

Sipping With Sam

A Tale of Two Regions (With Apologies to Dickens)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ― Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

Mr. Dickens didn’t know at the time he penned this now famous opening line that he could have been describing the contrast of the 2013 harvest between two of the world’s premier winegrowing regions. While California’s Napa Valley enjoyed a near-perfect growing season, France’s Bordeaux region could not catch a break.

When we as consumers walk into wine shops and see shelves full of shiny bottles, with their eye-catching labels and colorful capsules, we often forget that wine is an agricultural product. Wine is made from grapes grown on farms called vineyards, by farmers called viticulturists; and like any other crop, grapevines grow at the whims of Mother Nature. Growers are constantly being challenged by pests, diseases and, most of all, by the weather.

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