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July 2016:

Columbia Cultural Arts Center Proposed »

Noticeable change and large-scale development projects have occurred during the six years that have passed since the adoption of a 30-year master plan to redevelop Downtown Columbia.


Banks Still Merging: When Will the Cycle End? »

=Recently, there were two bank mergers involving banks based in the Corridor.


Plans for Homeless Resource Center Move Forward »

Six years ago, the Plan to End Homelessness adopted by the Howard County Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency recommended a housing-first approach in addressing the county’s chronically homeless.


Health Tech, Biotech Thrive With Local Growth »

Technological advances in the health care industry statewide are leading to local growth for businesses involved in digital health care and biotechnology. “Health tech is the most rapidly-growing sector of the U.S. economy, encompassing technological applications in health care, cybersecurity and compliance needed to protect industry, data management, diagnostics and treatment, and the list goes on,” [...]


Hopkins Study: Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death »

A recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine caught the attention of Doug Beigel and his colleagues at COLA, the Columbia-based national laboratory accreditor and advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care.


Annual Hire Power Awards Promoting Howard’s Workforce »

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and the Howard County Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency recognized five businesses at this year’s Hire Power Awards at a recent ceremony at Tino’s Italian Bistro, in Columbia.


Local Businesses Pursue Win/Wins Through Inmate Employment »

Howard County Department of Corrections Director Jack Kavanagh doesn’t usually want to see any released prisoner return to the Jessup Detention Center, but he recently eagerly welcomed one former inmate back.


Biz Roundup »

Cordish Unveils Plans for $200M Luxury Hotel, Event Center at Maryland Live! The Cordish Companies has shared plans for a significant expansion to its Maryland Live! Casino property, located in Hanover. The new, $200 million Live! Hotel will be the largest enhancement and investment at the casino since its opening in June 2012. The flagship [...]


Q&A With Col. Bert Rice, U.S. Army (Ret.) »

=It’s a wrap for Col. Bert Rice, a native of Montana and a 40-year resident of Odenton, who retired at the end of May after wearing a variety of hats at Fort Meade.


Elkridge Library to Feature ‘Do-It-Yourself ’ Education Center »

At first, it was just a dream. But when community conversations got going in Elkridge, that dream became solid plans for a 21st-century education center now being added to the Howard County Library System’s (HCLS) Elkridge location.


See Free Movies, Concerts During CA’s Lakefront Summer Festival »

Another great summer of movies, concerts and more has begun in Columbia.


Ameresco, U.S. Army Complete Solar Energy Project at Fort Detrick »

Ameresco, an energy efficiency and renewable energy company with offices in Columbia, joined U.S. Army leadership and federal, state and local officials for a ribbon cutting celebration to mark the completion of the large-scale,


Shows (and No-Shows) in Cleveland, Philadelphia »

Gov. Larry Hogan and I will not be going to Cleveland this month for the Republican National Convention, but for different reasons.


Howard School System Faces More Scrutiny »

Howard County residents weighed in on Council Chair Calvin Ball’s (D-Dist. 2) proposed resolution to create a School System Budget Review Committee during a legislative hearing in June.


Breaking News for Veteran-Owned Companies »

On Thursday, June 16, the Supreme Court ruled, unanimously, that the Veterans Administration (VA) must apply the Rule of Two to all of its procurements.


Council, Exec Agree on Boring Budget Compromise »

County government has gotten way too boring down at the Arundel Center. While fighting, name-calling and conflict prevail on the national stage, in Annapolis, there is soothing talk of compromise, cooperation and collaboration.


Never 10 »

In the last few weeks, three different clients awoke to find that their computers had “upgraded” to Windows 10 overnight. One decided he liked it, one accepted it and one did what I advise: She looked at the required legal screen asking “accept” or “reject” and chose reject.


Don’t Let a Directory Scam Get Your Number »

Reports to the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Scam Tracker don’t just come from consumers; businesses are also sharing information about disingenuous tactics and shady operators.


Cardin Joins Filibuster to Force Action on Assault Weapons Ban »

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated with colleagues including Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to attempt to force the Senate Republican leadership to allow votes


Chamber Corner »

WCC Search Committee Formed The Board of Directors of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WCC) has begun the search for a new president and CEO. They are seeking a full-time professional to lead the chamber in day-to-day operations and set goals for the future of the West Anne Arundel County community. The [...]


Stealing By Accident »

Whether you’re updating your company’s website, social media channels or next big marketing campaign, there’s always a need for a visual element.


The Arc Honors Kittleman for Championing People With Disabilities »

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman was presented with the President’s Award at The Arc of Howard County’s recent Celebration of Excellence.


Keeping an Eye on HR Compliance as a Contractor »

As the U.S. economy continues its gradual return to a growth path, it’s always important to recognize the role federal contractors play in driving economic growth and vitality across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.


Lewis Garners Honor From Rotary Club of Columbia/Patuxent »

The Rotary Club of Columbia/Patuxent has selected Mavis Lewis as the recipient of its fifth annual Community Service Above Self Award.


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

Whether you’re involved in a business, a governmental entity or a nonprofit organization, it’s wise to listen to the people you’re trying to reach and to be aware of trends and best practices in what you do.


E-Commerce Helps Maryland Businesses Flow »

=E-commerce companies, like Amazon, have allowed Marylanders to shop online for products ranging from airline tickets, books and music to clothes and even cars.


Building a Better, Budget-Friendly Vacation »

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get moving on your vacation plans before it’s too late.


Business Briefs »

Rickard Named New Garrison Commander at Fort Meade With the end of Col. Brian Foley’s three-year stint as garrison commander at Fort Meade celebrated at the Fort Meade Alliance’s sendoff at the BWI Airport Marriott in late June came news of Foley’s next assignment and the name of his replacement. Foley and his family will [...]


NonProfit News & Charitable Giving »

Kittleman Kicks Off Walking Program to Promote Fitness at County Parks Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has launched a walking initiative, HoCoWalks, to demonstrate how simple it is to get started with a fitness program. “We want to encourage people to get out, get exercise and have fun doing it,” Kittleman said. “The most successful [...]


People In Business »

Grassroots Selects New Board Members Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center has elected four new members to its board of directors. They include Sonya Bajwa, John William Cheek, Jr., Sheila Donahue and Alice Wade. Bajwa is CFO of the Abilities Network in Baltimore; Cheek is serving as an ordained minister after a career in education and the [...]


Howard Grads Cited by The Mount »

Ten Howard County residents received special honors when Mount Saint Joseph High School recently held graduation ceremonies for its 2016 Senior Class. Honorees included the following.