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April 2015:

Blossoms of Hope Celebrates 10 Years, Future Growth »

Pretty In Pink, the Pink Greens Golf Classic, Power of the Purse, Pink Plates — and the list goes on.


Pedestrian Master Plan Update: Howard County Seeking Input »

A series of public workshops being held through April are intended to inform the public about the input phase of Walk Howard, the Howard County Pedestrian Master Plan Update.


Local Brewers Have Different Recipes for Connecting »

Wander through a microbrewery tasting room or craft beer pub and there’s a good chance the clientele will be discussing nuances of beer styles and hop varieties,


First Distillery Planned in North Laurel »

Howard County is set to join Maryland’s growing craft distillery movement with the establishment of the Lost Ark Distilling Co., in North Laurel.


Biz Roundup »

Howard Bancorp, Patapsco Bancorp to Merge; Commitments for $25M in New Capital Howard Bancorp, the parent company of Howard Bank, and Dundalk-based Patapsco Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Patapsco Bank, have entered into an agreement to merge. Under the agreement, Patapsco will merge into Howard in a part stock/part cash, transaction, having an aggregate [...]


Howard’s Kittleman Proposes Capital Improvement Budget »

Education and public safety are the priorities in a fiscal 2016 capital improvement budget proposed by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman on April 1.


Howard County Earns AAA Rating From All Three Agencies »

Howard County has received an AAA credit rating, the highest possible score, from all three bond ratings agencies.


Q&A With FIRN CEO and Executive Director Hector Garcia »

Hector Garcia, Jr., has been the CEO and executive director of FIRN —which was founded as the Foreign-born Information & Referral Network


Film Industry Hoping for Incentives Renewal, More Projects »

For the Maryland Film Industry Coalition (MFIC) and its supporters, the drill was the same during Session 2016 as it’s been, seemingly, every year.


Hogan Still Working Toward Change in Budget Squeeze »

Where Jim Rouse’s Downtown Columbia was in what some people still like to call the Rouse Building,


Howard County Spending Affordability Report Issued »

The Spending Affordability Advisory Committee appointed by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman (R) delivered a 16-page report last month,


Newest of the Newbie Delegates »

Six of Anne Arundel County’s 15 delegates are new this year, including the youngest delegate, Meagan Simonaire, 24, who is also part of the first ever father-daughter team with her father, Sen. Bryan Simonaire.


Drug Take Back Day in Howard County Scheduled for April 11 »

HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police Department are teaming up to hold the next Drug Take Back Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at nine locations throughout the county.


Chamber Corner »

HCCC Forum for Women in Government Contracting a Hit “Confidence is 25%-50% genetic,” said Claire Shipman, co-author of Womenomics and The Confidence Code, explaining how research shows that men come by their confidence “honestly,” while many women need to be prodded in order to gain the confidence they need to succeed. Shipman, the keynote speaker [...]


GSA Schedules Update: Use Shrinking Every Year »

The go-to federal contract vehicle in the past has always been the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Multiple-Award Schedules program.


Over the Top »

Can we avoid talking about the Apple Watch?


Ethics Matter in the Marketplace »

Every successful business incorporates ethics into its decision making. Here’s how your organization can apply the universal standards of right or wrong into daily operations.


Red, White and Green »

I’m not talking about the Italian flag here. I’m talking about going green when it comes to making wine.


HCEDA Announces Speaker Lineup for First Ignite in Howard »

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) has announced the speaker lineup for the first Ignite Howard County event scheduled for April 13.


Sonja Hines, at Helm of H&S Resources, Approaches Growth Thoughtfully »

As she contemplated her path to becoming an entrepreneur, Sonja Hines admitted that it wasn’t always clear that she would own a thriving business one day.


Report Projects When Women in Each U.S. State Will Achieve Equal Pay »

The first release from Status of Women in the States: 2015, a project of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), found that,


Police Recruits Sleep Out to End Homelessness »

The Howard County Police Department’s Academy Class 39 recently experienced what it’s like to live without a roof over your head in Howard County in the winter.


HCAC Presented Howie Award Winners at Celebration of the Arts »

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) honored its 2014 Howie Award winners at the 18th Annual Celebration of the Arts


Annie’s Project Graduates Second Howard County Class »

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) and the University of Maryland Extension – Howard County have announced the 2015 graduating class of Annie’s Project.


The Psychology of Saving »

Building household savings may depend not only on cash flow, but also on psychology. With the right outlook, saving becomes a commitment.


Chocolate Ball Attracts 450 Revelers »

The 18th annual Chocolate Ball, a benefit for The Arc of Howard County presented by the Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation,


Howard Office on Aging to Present WomenFest on April 25 »

Are you a multi-tasker? Do you need encouragement to boost your physical and financial fitness plans?


Concentrated Stock and Pooled Income Funds »

Owners of concentrated stock positions may gain significant benefits from contributing a portion of their shares to a pooled income fund,


AACC Child Development Center Reaccredited »

The Child Development Center at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) met 10 early childhood program standards and more than 400 quality standards to receive reaccreditation,


TEDCO Invests in Three Maryland Cybersecurity Startups »

The Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) has announced that three Maryland companies received funding from its Cybersecurity Investment Fund (CIF).


Kittleman Receives Transition Team Report, Recommendations »

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman received the report of the transition team he appointed to evaluate county government.


Business Briefs »

Kittleman Stops Use of Parking Meters in Ellicott City Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has announced that the use of parking meters in Ellicott City has been discontinued. Meters on Main Street, Maryland Avenue and in Parking Lot B in Historic Ellicott City will be covered and a two hour parking limit will be enforced [...]


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

Columbia Association (CA) is turning to technology in order to provide a better experience for its members — and an easier experience for those looking to become members.


Occupational Fraud: It’s Happening Right Now »

Organizations of all types and sizes suffer from financial fraud. In its latest report to the nation, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that 5% of all revenues are lost to fraud.


People In Business »

Local Resident Honored With Congressional Badge of Bravery An Ellicott City resident, Officer Dorian DeSantis, has been honored with the State and Local Congressional Badge of Bravery. DeSantis, of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, was one of the first responders to the Sept. 16, 2013, mass shooting at the Washington Navy [...]


CRTC Announces 2015 TechAwards Winners »

The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) and more than 350 technology executives from around the Annapolis-Baltimore-Washington region gathered on the evening of March 26


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

AACC Snares Honor for National Outreach Efforts Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is the only community college in Maryland and one of only 20 community colleges in the nation to be chosen for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Two other Maryland colleges also were chosen [...]