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August 2015:

Discoveries Continue to Unfold After Pluto Flyby »

Families and space exploration enthusiasts filled the Kossiakoff Center auditorium at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in North Laurel, on the morning of July 18. The crowd spilled out into the adjacent dining area and overflow viewing tent, and the scene repeated itself in the afternoon.

A Tale of Two TODs: Laurel Development Update »

The City of Laurel’s Office of Economic Development, created last October, was just as suddenly left vacant with the passing of its first officer, Karl Brendle, only two months later.

Merriweather Upgrades (Finally) Begin »

A dozen years ago, Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion was practically left for (figuratively) dead. The once-proud venue suffered from aging grounds and facilities, lackadaisical promotion and a decided lack of vitality.

TEDCO Announces New Developments in Executive Exchange Program »

The Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) has announced the placement of four Loaned Executives and the establishment of the fourth Executive Roundtable through its Executive Exchange Program. In its first nine months, the program is already impacting a total of 55 companies and 57 entrepreneurs. “The interest in Executive Exchange within the TEDCO portfolio continues [...]

HCEDA Names New Leadership »

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) announced that Joe Mezzanotte, a partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, has been elected chairman of the HCEDA’s board of directors. Mezzanotte joined the board in 2010 and previously served as vice chair.

Cybersecurity Gives Rise to CyberScience »

For an industry focused on something as basic as ones and zeroes, the concept of cybersecurity is remarkably hard to pin down. Even cybersecurity experts can’t agree on a unifying definition.

Zaching Against Cancer, Little Things for Cancer Join Forces for the Good »

As John Lederer and Wendy Letow sit at a table in a modest office in Columbia, the combined forces of good emanating from these two people is nearly overwhelming. They are discussing the merger of two nonprofits: the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation (ZACF) and The Little Things for Cancer (TLT4C).

HCEDA Engaged at Home, Abroad in July »

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) hosted a 20-member delegation of mid- to senior-level economic development professionals from Eurasia in July.

Biz Roundup »

Partnership Announces Greene’s Retirement, Names Carroll Board Chair The BWI Business Partnership’s board of directors announced the retirement of Executive Director Linda Greene, effective Sept. 30. Greene has served the Partnership in that position since 2003, helping to strengthen and forge relationships with BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport, Fort Meade and Arundel Mills. The Partnership [...]

Corridor’s Performance Best Since Pre-Recession »

If the economic recovery were likened to a college basketball game, we would now be in the early to mid-stages of the second half. With the arrival of mid-June, the nation completed its sixth year of economic recovery and has entered its seventh.

The Howard Tech Council: Connecting Businesses, Inspiring Entrepreneurs »

Jeani Burns can register, categorize and stay in touch with 6,000 volunteers in a single day — and she’s still cheerful when she hits the hay that evening.

Q&A With Maryland Chamber President/CEO Brien Poffenberger »

It’s already been more than a year since the board of directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce (MCC) appointed Brien Poffenberger as the organization’s president and CEO.

Baltimore Still Miffed at Hogan Emphasis on Highways »

A month after Gov. Larry Hogan made the decision to ditch the Red Line light rail project in Baltimore, the city’s political and business establishment continue to express outrage.

Howard Executive Vetoes Vending Bill »

On July 13, one week after the Howard County Council passed a bill that would create nutritional standards for food and drinks sold in vending machines on county property, County Executive Allan Kittleman (R) announced his veto of the bill, which he termed an overreach of government.

Lobbying Still a Growth Industry, Evans at Top »

Lobbying continues to be a growth industry in Annapolis, with $18 million spent this past session to lobby the legislature and state government, according to figures combined by Common Cause from State Ethics Commission filings.

Chamber Corner »

HCCC Legislative Meet & Greet On a beautiful, low-humidity day in July, more than 20 representatives from Maryland joined 100 members of the local business community at Alexandra’s restaurant in Turf Valley for a chance to chat, mingle and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. The event provided a rare chance for Howard County citizens to talk, [...]

Top Business Development Challenges »

In a recent government contracting industry study, Deltek, a national federal data services company, identified specific trends affecting businesses serving the federal market.

Windows 10: It Doesn’t Suck »

That headline, by the way, comes as high praise from someone whose past columns include an effort entitled, “It’s Great to Hate Windows 8.” Let’s see why.

Four Ways to Make Customers Feel Appreciated »

Gone are the days when a web site was optional. Hold-outs might think creating one will take too much time, cost too much money or is unnecessary because “business is good.”

The Wines of Greece »

I’m not sure what the economic situation will be like in Greece by the time this article is printed.

History Shows, Time in the Market Beats Market Timing »

Sports commentators often predict the big winners at the start of a season, only to see their forecasts fade away as their chosen teams lose. Similarly, market timers often try to predict big wins in the investment markets, only to be disappointed by the reality of unexpected turns in performance.

Paint It! Ellicott City Award Winners Announced »

Landscape artists from around the mid-Atlantic region gathered in Historic Ellicott City from July 10–12 to capture the old mill town’s many charms while competing for cash prizes during the sixth annual Paint It! Ellicott City plein air paint-out.

Getz Named Dean of Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School »

Loyola University Maryland has named Kathleen Getz the next dean of the Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger School of Business and Management.

Estate Planning: Don’t Leave Home Without It »

Many of us will hit the road in search of a little R&R or adventure this summer and into the fall. In preparation for your trip, you already know there’s much to do.

Strategies for Saving Money on Airfare »

With more than 300 daily departures to 66 cities in the United States and eight international destinations, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is ranked among the top 25 busiest airports in the United States.

Sisters of Bon Secours USA Celebrate Three Jubilees »

Three Sisters of Bon Secours USA celebrate their jubilees this year, which recognize their decades of service with the Roman Catholic congregation.

Considering Central Maryland as a Business Location »

When considering the locational attractiveness of Central Maryland — specifically Anne Arundel and Howard counties — for corporate operations (e.g., manufacturing, office, resarch and development), know that the area has a lot to offer.

Four Questions Every Do-It-Yourself Investor Should Ask »

Many years ago, a potential client asked me, “Why do I need you to manage my money when I can do it myself?”

The HCC Columbia Classic Grand Prix Enters Its 28th Year »

The Howard Community College (HCC) Columbia Classic Grand Prix will mark its 28th year of bringing world-class equestrian competition to Howard County on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Life Insurance Can Serve as a Family’s Safety Net »

Life insurance, for those who qualify, is a powerful tool to help meet a wide range of personal and financial objectives.

On the Road Together: Expect & Respect »

With increasing bicycle-related crashes across the state and warmer weather, the State Highway Administration (SHA) has reminded drivers that bicycles belong on Maryland roadways.

People In Business »

CRTC Tabs Elstner as Interim Director The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) Board of Directors has announced Board Member and Treasurer John Elstner as its interim executive director. The appointment follows the departure of Kris Valerio Shock for a position in the private sector. Elstner joined the CRTC board in 2004 and has served as [...]

From Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

Howard County and the Columbia community are fortunate to have a thriving business community and a top-notch school system. I believe those two entities go hand-in-hand and are a result of the high standard of living envisioned for our region, plus the work it takes to achieve and maintain that standard.

Business Briefs »

Plans Revealed for New Hotel at Maryland Live! The Capital has reported that the Cordish Companies, the developers of Maryland Live! Casino, want to build an 18-story hotel at the Hanover casino, and that plans for the project are before the county Office of Planning and Zoning. According to The Capital, the long-discussed plans show [...]

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Providence Center, MRA, AACC Partner for Healthier Rivers Providence Center is teaming up with the Magothy River Association (MRA) and Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) to make local rivers healthier by producing a floating garden at Providence Center’s greenhouses that will provide a natural filtration process, as well as create a habitat for wildlife. The [...]

Letter To The Editor »

Dear Editor, On July 22, I received a telephone call from an organization that was conducting a research study about Howard County. After verifying that I was a county resident and had never run for political office, the surveyor asked two questions to obtain my opinion about how well Allan Kittleman and the [Howard] County [...]