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July 2014:

The Broad Approach: Howard’s Master Plan for Seniors »

The updating of its master plan began as a simple attempt by the Howard County Department of Citizens Services to address the needs of its seniors as more baby boomers segue into retirement age, mainly to bolster the offerings at the county’s senior centers.


Marketing to Millennials: The Shift in the Office Market »

Should you decide to start a conversation about improvement in the economy and how well your job may be going, it might be best not to do so with a commercial real estate broker who focuses on the office market.


Deliberations Begin on Howard Courthouse Expansion »

About 40 Howard County residents attended a kickoff meeting on June 17 to begin discussing a proposed expansion of the Howard County Courthouse.


Task Force Aims to Improve Howard’s Mental Health Service »

A newly-established task force studying gaps in mental health services will assist in the development of a Comprehensive Behavioral Health Action Plan for Howard County.


Cyber 5.0 Conference Highlights Cyber Industry’s Trends, Realities »

The fifth annual cybersecurity conference, held last month at The Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, presented a program focused on trends and realities within the cyber industry.


Building Associations Join Forces, Hang Shingle in Maple Lawn »

The Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) and the Home Builders Association of Maryland (HBAM) are poised to merge into a single entity that will represent Howard and Anne Arundel counties, as well as Baltimore City and Washington, D.C., plus Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties, as well as the Eastern Shore.


Biz Roundup »

O’Malley, Mikulski Launch Maryland Cybersecurity Roundtable U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the launch of the Maryland Cybersecurity roundtable on May 29 at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, in Hanover. Organized as a nonprofit entity, the Roundtable is modeled after the successful Maryland Space Business roundtable and will provide the state’s [...]


Q&A With Howard County Office of Human Rights Administrator Vernon Gray »

Dr. C. Vernon Gray, administrator of the Office of Human Rights for Howard County Government, has worn several hats during his long career, and recently added another title to his résumé: chair of the Howard County Human Trafficking Task Force.


LE Program for Emerging Leaders Graduates Class of 2014 »

The Howard County Leadership Essentials (LE) class of 2014 completed the six-month leadership development program at a June 5 closing ceremony at Loyola University Maryland.


The Arc Celebrates Inclusion, Support »

The Arc of Howard County praised the county’s elected officials at its annual Celebration of Excellence Awards ceremony, held on May 14.


Where Have All the Voters Gone? »

There was lots of handwringing about the low voter turnout in last month’s gubernatorial primary, and lot of explanation offered. People went on vacation, some said. I didn’t know the last week in June was such a popular vacation time.


Neuman’s Political Career is Over »

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman insisted she was no “career politician,” unlike her opponent in the Republican primary, Del. Steve Schuh.


The Beats Goes On »

If there’s a place more out of touch than our area on the pricing/value of things ’n stuff, in general, it has to be Silicone Valley, or the parts of California infected by it. Two recent acquisitions confirm this observation.


Awards: More Than Just Good Publicity »

Have you won anything lately? If your answer is, “Yes,” congratulations. If your answer is “No,” have you applied?


Summer Enrichment Program Gives Youngsters a Solid Head Start »

It may be summertime, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to take a break from learning.


The Family Summit: An Investment in Family Harmony »

One of America’s wealthiest men, Joseph Kennedy, often lectured his family about their extravagance. One evening at dinner, having received a new batch of bills, the senior Kennedy unleashed a barrage of criticism, causing Ethel (Bobby Kennedy’s wife) to flee from the room.


ManneqArt Kicking Off Its Second Year at Historic Savage Mill »

Historic Savage Mill again hosted the first of three major 2014 ManneqArt events, with the Hair Sculpture and Special Effects Makeup Competition, held on Sunday, June 22, as part of the annual Columbia Festival of the Arts.


Industry Perspective: Where Should You Invest? »

America’s economy is rebounding, and business and consumer spending are driving U.S. economic growth. As the economy improves, investing tactics to garner the highest performance changes.


Consortium Wins EARN Implementation Grant, Will Create Cybersecurity Training Program »

The Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp. (AAWDC) and Dunbar Armored have announced that the Central Maryland Cyber/IT (information technology) Consortium has been awarded a two-year, $366,000 Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Implementation Grant from the Department of Labor and Licensing (DLLR) to implement a business-driven cybersecurity workforce program.


Business Briefs »

Local Firm Completes Phase I of NSF-Funded Project Scale2Market, a Marriottsville-based technology development firm, has completed the initial phase of a National Science Foundation-funded project to research and develop an innovative learning and product development web environment for technology-oriented entrepreneurs. The web environment, Innovation2Market, is specifically designed to inspire, teach, connect and guide entrepreneurs through [...]


Spotlight On New Business »

Maggiano’s Opens at The Mall in Columbia Columbia’s Maggiano’s Little Italy celebrated its grand opening with a not-so-traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony and media/VIP luncheon in early June. Maggiano’s leaders, including the brand’s president, restaurant managing partner and chef managing partner, along with community leaders, cut a 10-foot, braided pasta “ribbon” to signify the opening of the [...]


CIC Announces Formation of Alumni Network »

The Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC) has announced the creation of the center’s Alumni Network, an initiative that is designed to connect and engage the entrepreneurs and technologists who have come through the CIC’s doors, either as resident or affiliate members.


People In Business »

Grassroots Elects Officers, New Board Members Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, of Columbia, has elected Mary Lasky as president and Sheryll Ziporkin as vice president of its board of directors. Tim Samuel is continuing as treasurer, and Rochelle Michaeux Conway is continuing as secretary. Lasky is program manager at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, [...]


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

HCAC Hosting New Exhibit on July 14 “Overtones: Tales Told Through the Eyes of Peruvian Children,” a new exhibit opening July 14 at the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC), offers a unique perspective on family life in two impoverished regions of Peru through photographs taken by the children who live there. Curated by Andres Gomez, [...]


Plan Now for a Healthy Summer Vacation »

The kids are out of school and you work hard all year. Everyone is ready for a break. But a relaxing vacation might be ruined if you or someone in your family gets sick. Whether it’s a quick road trip or a long flight, start protecting your health before you start packing your suitcase.


Howard Among America’s Healthiest Counties for Kids »

U.S. News & World Report has named Howard County as one of America’s 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids for 2014–15, ranking it 13th. The rankings were developed with the help of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Letter To The Editor »

Dear Editor, What an incredible disappointment I felt last week when my Howard County Times arrived with no League of Women Voters Guide. For decades, I have relied on its non-partisan, candidate’s own words, to help clarify my election decisions. A call to the league led me to The Business Monthly for the guide. I [...]


Officials Launch Projects to Eliminate Route 29 Bottleneck, Improve Route 32 »

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman recently was joined Maryland Transportation Secretary Jim Smith and other state lawmakers and officials to launch two major road projects that should improve the quality of life in Howard County.