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January 2016:

The 2016 Forecast Increasing Sun, With Some Clouds »

Despite its location next to the Nation’s Capital, despite its education level, despite its reputation as a high tech haven, Maryland hasn’t been listed among the states that have had an especially productive economy in recent years.


Schuh Completes Year One: Looks Ahead »

Steve Schuh was gung ho when he took office as Anne Arundel County executive 13 months ago, and he thinks he’s made a good start implementing his campaign promises and transforming county government.


USRA’s STEM Education Center Will Benefit Students »

A newly unveiled STEM Education Center at the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), in Columbia, will provide a dedicated space for regional students to explore robotics and prepare for robotics competitions.


Laurel, Howard Officials Press CSX for Dual MARC Stops »

Howard County and the City of Laurel have planned competing transit-oriented development (TOD) projects within walking distance of each other. However, the jurisdictions are on the same track in their assessment of future mass transit needs.


Hour of Code Program Expands in Local Schools »

In the media center at Brooklyn Park Middle School in Anne Arundel County, middle school students are attentively listening to older students from North County High School. At first glance, they appear to be playing some of the popular computer games — “Minecraft,” “Angry Birds” and a digital version of the movie, “Frozen.”


BGE Awards $325K to Nonprofit Emergency Response, Public Safety Orgs »

Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) is awarding $325,000 in emergency response and safety grants to 65 nonprofit emergency response and public safety organizations in 10 Maryland counties and Baltimore City as part of its Emergency Response and Safety Grant program.


Biz Roundup »

Kittleman Announces Energy Initiatives to Benefit Residents, Businesses Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has announced a pair of environmental initiatives that will provide incentives for residents and businesses seeking to make their properties more energy efficient. The bills were pre-filed with the county council on Dec. 23 for consideration by the council in January. The [...]


CFA’s Winter Festival: ‘Beyond The Blues’ »

The Columbia Festival of the Arts (CFA) has officially announced its Winter/Fall Festival line-up.


New Nonprofit CAMI Promotes Maryland Cybersecurity Industry »

Every business needs cybersecurity protection, but finding the right fit can be a job in itself.


Hogan, Legislators Begin Second Year »

“The honeymoon is over” at the State House, said Senate Republican Leader J.B. Jennings. “This session is not going to be the love fest we had last year.”


Kittleman Proposes Significant Government Reoorganization »

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman submitted a government Reorganization Plan to the county council on Dec. 22.


Top 10 Reasons Your Proposal Didn’t Win »

A recent discussion of mine with a government decision-maker focused on the real reasons why proposals were not selected as winners. The top 10 reasons are noted here, with the author’s comments.


Fearless Predictions, 2016 »

When does a tradition become obsolete? For those of you looking for a change in my January column topic, the answer is, “Not yet.”


Improve Results by Understanding Purchasing Influences »

Successful businesses know their clients. For instance, Amazon and Google built empires by harnessing data and behavior patterns about their customers.


Financial Tips for the New Year »

The new year offers a fresh start, a time when many of us feel energized, optimistic and open to change. When you set your New Year’s resolutions, consider financial goals, too.


People In Business »

The Lutheran Village Hires Two The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant has hired Tamara Griffin as general manager of dining services; she previously held the same position at Glen Meadows Retirement Community, in Glen Arm. Also, Don Knepper was selected as the director of facilities management. He is employed by Sodexo Senior Living, which provides [...]


Business Briefs »

R&R Taqueria Reveals Expansion, Cookbook, Food Network Spot Chef and Owner Rodrigo Albarran has announced that R&R Taqueria is moving from its celebrated gas station digs to a larger location next door that seats 126 guests and has a room for private events. The move also will enable R&R Taqueria to expand its menu. Albarran [...]


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

MakingChange Provides Free Income Tax Preparation MakingChange, a Howard County nonprofit organization, is hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at the Multiservice Center in North Laurel, starting Jan. 25. This site, like other VITA sites across the country, offers free tax assistance preparation and filing to most taxpayers who earned up to $54,000 [...]


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

We at Columbia Association (CA) don’t do all we do expressly for the sake of recognition. Nonetheless, it’s great news when CA and its staff receive awards. These honors demonstrate the commitment CA team members have to fulfilling our mission through a wide range of programs and services.


Spotlight On New Business »

Patrick’s Owners Open Skin Care Center Patrick’s Hair Design owners Jodie and Rudy Gil have opened the Aesthetic Center of Columbia, a medical skin care center, next door to the salon. The center is under the directorship of Ravi Dahiya, M.D., who is board certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive [...]


Letter To The Editor »

In Defense of Freelancing Paying money to obtain fake reviews is a ridiculous marketing tactic that should be contained to the extent Amazon and the Internet can do so. Thanks to Cliff Feldwick for writing his column on this topic on Nov. 4, in The Business Monthly. I haven’t personally met Cliff, but he has [...]


Letter From The Publisher »

Happy 2016 Each December, as I design the January issue, I have to remember to change the volume number and the copyright date. Not that it is a big effort, but it helps bring in the new year with the new edition. Speaking of which, with this issue, we are marking our 24th year of [...]


Should Commercial Real Estate Be Part of Your 2016 Investment Portfolio? »

Should you consider making commercial real estate part of your investment portfolio in 2016? If you are not currently invested in this area, you might want to give it serious consideration.