Friday, April 18, 2014

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Cherrybration Days Raise Money for Cancer Awareness »

The month of April means its time for a Cherrybration in Howard County, which is the series of events ranging from Pink Plate specials at local restaurants to a Pretty-In-Pink Champagne Lunch & Fashion Show at Turf Valley.

A Message From Stacie Hunt: President & CEO, Leadership Howard County »

Whether you are a small business owner or the CEO of a major company, you share a concern that our community strives to be the best it can be. It’s vital to the success of your business, your employees, your neighborhood and your family.

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Latest News

BizWeekly 4/15/2014

Census: Howard 4th Richest County in America; Anne Arundel at No. 24

Howard County ranked No. 4 and Anne Arundel County ranked No. 24 in the Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, based on data from 2012 (the last full year for which data is available). All told, 11 of the Top 30 locales in the list were located around Washington, D.C.

Falls Church, Va. — a city that was included in the new list — ranked first, with an annual median household income of $121,250; while Loudoun County, Va., last year’s No. 1, was second at $118,934. At No. 3, with a median household income of $112,115, is Los Alamos, N.M., the home of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Howard County checked in with an annual median household income of $108,234, while Anne Arundel checked in at $87,083. Other Maryland counties in the list included Calvert, Charles, Montgomery and St. Mary’s; in addition, five more of the 30 richest jurisdictions were in Virginia, giving the state seven places in the list.

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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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