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March 2014:

CrispTek and the Taste of Success »

There has been good news at CrispTek lately: The company has launched three new Choice Batter products; it’s also graduating from the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) in Columbia and relocating to an office park in Howard County.


Study Details Economics of Obesity: Sponsored By The Horizon Foundation »

A new study from the Sage Policy Group, of Baltimore, estimates that obesity may cost Howard County businesses as much as $169 million in economic losses annually, which equates to an 8% drop in profitability and the cost of approximately 2,500 jobs (based on median wages).


Howard’s Watershed Fee Begins Funding Visible Projects »

Maryland’s controversial Watershed Protection and Restoration Act of 2012 has mandated the collection of stormwater management fees in Baltimore and in nine of the state’s largest jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.


Hot Commodity, Cold Calculating Propel TheraPearl World Market »

Columbia-based TheraPearl, manufacturer of therapeutic hot and cold packs, is on the fast track to worldwide brand name recognition with two recent accolades and a deal to enter the European and Asian markets.


HCLS Launches Learn4Life as New Online Option »

Are you looking for college level, professional or career development, or personal enrichment courses? If so, the Howard County Library System (HCLS) now offers hundreds of free, online courses that are accessible any time, day or night via its Learn4Life program.


CMRT to Launch Route Improvements »

In order to continue its 25-year tradition of “Connecting the Region, Creating Community,” Central Maryland Regional Transit (CMRT) will be implementing a series of new route improvements affecting its A, B, C, E, G, H, J, K and M routes. Proposed service expansions will go into effect on March 16.


Biz Roundup »

Unemployment Falls to 4% in Howard County; Lowest Since Mid-2008 in State The December 2013 (most recent) statistics show that Howard County’s unemployment rate stands at 4%, the lowest in Maryland. Unemployment in the county fell by a half-percentage point from November 2013. “Even though the rate is heading in the right direction, we must [...]


EHRs: Passing the Crossroads, Driving Toward Mass Acceptance »

A year or two ago, the buzz about Electronic Health Records (EHRs) concerned getting as many hospitals, practices and doctors as possible to leave their paper trails in the recycle bin and to start investing in their digital futures.


Q&A With Columbia Archives Director Barbara Kellner »

Barbara Kellner moved to Columbia in 1983 and promptly became absorbed by its history. Intrigued by the tidbits of information she gathered at the Columbia Exhibit Center, she answered a call for volunteers at the newly organized Columbia Archives.


Healthy Howard Establishes New Health Program in North Laurel »

Healthy Howard, the Columbia-based nonprofit focused on making access to quality health care and healthy lifestyle choices possible for everyone, has rolled out a new program serving the North Laurel, Savage and Jessup communities.


AirPatrol to Hire Engineers, Sales Staff at New Headquarters »

When Howard County Executive Ken Ulman recently helped cut the ribbon at the new headquarters in Maple Lawn for cyberindustry firm AirPatrol Corp., the ceremony marked more than your typical ribbon cutting: It capped a determined effort by the county to retain a business that was considering relocation.


Brown-Gansler: Waiting for the Next Round »

What if your personal attorney was also your business competitor, and a highly critical one at that?


Howard Council Considers Employment, Urban Renewal Concerns »

The Howard County Council unanimously approved Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) district zoning changes in February to enable Coastal Sunbelt Produce to keep its headquarters in Howard County.


Rain Tax Turns Into a Political Club »

It’s not a rain tax, the legislative aide insisted. It’s a fee to deal with polluted stormwater.


Chamber Corner »

WCC Sponsors Needed, Reservations Open The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce’s (WAACCC) annual Celebrate Community Awards Dinner, which is held to honor educators, public safety officers and a military service member of the year, will be held on Wednesday, March 26, beginning at 6 p.m. at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve. This annual [...]


Five Reasons You Lost the Bid »

Successful companies in the public and private sector markets are undergoing a dramatic change of attitude regarding bid–no-bid decisions. As contracts grow larger, the associated bid and proposal (B&P) costs climb, and even well-funded companies are reducing the number of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) responses because of these high overall B&P costs, which can easily exceed tens of thousands of dollars on small contracts and hundreds of thousands of dollars on large, multi-million-dollar deals.


Accreditation Adds Value to Howard Community College Programs »

Howard Community College (HCC), located in Columbia, has added two new accreditations in recent months and is working toward a third, enhancing the prestige of its Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies and the college’s Health Sciences Division.


CoolCAD Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Computer Security Keychain »

CoolCAD Electronics LLC, a University of Maryland-based electronics design company, recently launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign for its new GateKeeper Chain security product, a small, colorful key fob that automatically locks your computer when you leave and unlocks it when you return.


Motivating Millenials: Creating Loyalty Through Career Navigator »

Motivating college students to start thinking about a career can be a daunting task, and the current generation, Generation Y, also known as “millenials,” presents a special challenge. Millenials, born roughly between 1980 and 2000, are known for being incredibly self-reliant and tech-savvy, and for expecting the latest and greatest information to be immediately accessible.


Sayonara, Sony »

Shall we all whistle together to the tune of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”? Or, as I prefer to call it, “Another One Bites the Rust”?


18th Howard Women’s Hall of Fame to Induct New Class »

County Executive Ken Ulman and the Howard County Commission for Women will host the 18th annual Women’s Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of Howard Community College’s Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall in Columbia. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.


A Short Trip to the Islands »

I recommend that you dine at Taste of Aloha very soon. Do it now, because as soon as the word gets out about Chef Robert Alcain’s unique contemporary Hawaiian cuisine, there’ll be a line of people that will get nothing but longer waiting to get in his door.


Business Briefs »

Grace Emerges From Chapter 11 Columbia-based W. R. Grace & Co. announced that its Joint Plan of Reorganization became effective in early February, marking the company’s emergence from Chapter 11. The Joint Plan establishes two independent trusts to compensate asbestos personal injury claimants and property owners. The trusts will be funded with more than $4 [...]


People In Business »

bgr CPAs Welcomes Bevy of New Staff Members There are eight new hires at Columbia-based Berman, Goldman & Ribakow (bgr) CPAs. They include the following. Tony Lavin joins bgr CPAs as director of business development. Lavin is responsible for growing the firm’s business relationships in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia; Matthew Sherman has joined the firm [...]


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

SOMD, MSP’s Polar Bear Plunge Rescheduled for March 8 Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD), the Maryland State Police (MSP) and the Sandy Point State Park Service have announced that the 18th annual MSP Polar Bear plunge has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 8, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. More than 5,000 are expected to [...]


Howard County’s CVLab Announces Inaugural Class »

Conscious Venture Lab (CVLab), the accelerator of the David B. Wolfe Institute for Conscious Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), has officially announced the selection of its first cohort of companies for the curriculum and mentor-driven accelerator program.


Neuman Announces 2014 LDC Community Grant Recipients »

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has announced the recipients of the Local Development Council (LDC) Community Grants for fiscal 2014. The grants, administered by the LDC, were awarded to a cross-section of organizations, from a hospice to homeowners associations to a shelter for homeless individuals.


From The Desk Of CA President Phillip Nelson »

At Columbia Association (CA), we strive to be customer focused. With that goal in mind, we have unveiled the redesigned ColumbiaAssociation.org web site.


Spotlight On New Business »

CleaVe THE BOUTIQUE Opens in Annapolis Valerie Hall Yancey has opened the new CleaVe THE BOUTIQUE, a wedding and party planner, at 45 West Street in Annapolis. The boutique features more than 3,000 products that can help in meeting all wedding and party planning needs. Along with everything from invitations to party favors, it also [...]