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Marriottsville Stone Quarry Turns Corner »

Few people look at a hole in the ground and see opportunity. However, Chuck Lewis and his partners thought they could make it work.


What’s After the Rebuild: In Ellicott City? Ask ULI »

It’s been more than six months since the devastating late July flash flood that rushed down Historic Ellicott City’s Main Street.


Legislative Forum Focuses on Arundel’s Issues »

It’s not the Ides of March, but rather the Ides of January that have had business owners somewhat unsettled this year.


The USNA Football Stadium: What’s Its Market? »

It was renovated at a cost of $40 million about a decade ago. It accommodates about 34,000 spectators for Division I college football, and it’s located in Annapolis, barely a mile off of Route 50.


Kittleman Files Bills to Restore Property, Farmers’ Rights »

On Jan. 12, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman announced that he intended to file two bills — one to restore property rights to more than 30 county landowners in western Howard County and a second that would help protect farming operations.


Efficiency Engineered Into Design of New HCPSS School, Transportation Tool »

Last month the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) unveiled two completed projects that greatly increase the organization’s ability to squeeze savings from daily operations.


HCC Ramping Up Tech to Address Business Needs »

With nearly 900 students currently enrolled in technology-related majors, Howard Community College (HCC) is expanding its tech course offerings and strengthening its relationships with local businesses even more.


Biz Roundup »

HHC Acquires Two Downtown Columbia Office Buildings The Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC) has expanded its holdings in Downtown Columbia with the acquisition of the American City Building (ACB), which sits adjacent to Whole Foods Market on Little Patuxent Parkway; and One Mall North, positioned on the outside of the ring road surrounding The Mall in [...]


Q&A With Patapsco Heritage Greenway Executive Director Mary Catherine Cochran »

Howard County native Mary Catherine Cochran’s impact on the preservation of Howard County’s unique history and environment began in 1999 with Vision 2020, an exercise that drafted goals for the county.


Economic Development Update A Message From HCEDA CEO Larry Twele »

The past year was marked with great successes and great challenges. We had many opportunities to celebrate the achievements of businesses here and even greater opportunities to positively impact the businesses that call Howard County home, and to help them to grow and succeed.


New Regional Chamber Announces Board »

The newly-formed regional chamber of commerce composed of the former Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber and the former West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce held its first board of directors meeting on Jan. 18.


A Promising First: An International Entrepreneurship Platform in Maryland »

The Maryland Department of Commerce signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with two Dutch economic development agencies in October 2016.


Elections Have Consequences, Especially Trump’s »

Elections have consequences. Many politicians, from President Barack Obama to former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich, have said that over the years.


Growing Maryland Small Business Takes More Than Money »

The Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) is continuing to make investments in small businesses to help entrepreneurs grow their companies.


Education and Immigration or: Fear and Loathing in Howard County »

Another month, another education squabble. In the latest chapter, Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) Superintendent Renee Foose sued the county’s board of education concerning a series of measures taken in December that Foose deemed illegal.


Arundel Council Narrows Impact of Proposed Bill »

The Anne Arundel County Council has reduced the scope of a proposal bill that is intended to mitigate crime at commercial properties, notably at smaller hotels in Laurel along Route 198, so it now applies only to hotels with 200 rooms or less.


Schuh Record Fundraising Can Keep Challengers Away »

One of the key ways incumbents get reelected is by raising so much campaign cash that they can scare away most challengers, and beat any challenger bold enough to try.


CRTC, Montgomery County-Based TCM Merge »

The evening of Jan. 24, during the 29th Annual Maryland Policy & Leadership Dinner, the Technology Council of Maryland (TCM), of Rockville, and the Annapolis-based Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) announced a merger of the organizations.


Schuh Updates Arundel Citizens on Administration’s Progress »

After two years in office, County Executive Steve Schuh released a brief video updating Anne Arundel County citizens on his administration’s progress with accomplishing his five-point plan for making the county the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland.


Know Federal Contracting Market Trends »

As the United States transitions to a new president, the federal spending market is expected to continue with positive momentum, according to the experts speaking at the “GovConomy Today” event, which was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner, in McLean, Va., in January.


Costly Myths About Cybersecurity »

Data Privacy Day, which fell on Jan. 28, is a reminder that no matter how small your business is, it simply cannot afford to ignore cybersecurity threats.


Religion: Interfaith Centers Sought to Bring Congregations Together »

I could hear the chanting from the Sabbath services of Temple Isaiah down the hall of The Meeting House in Oakland Mills as our family gathered in the Catholic chapel for the baptism of Sarah Kelley Lazarick on Dec. 1, 1979.


Nothing Succeeds Like Excess »

The folks at the annual extravaganza in the desert — the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)


Saké Basics »

My first taste of Saké was many years ago, in a Japanese restaurant. It was an ounce or two, served warm in a small ceramic cup, slightly sweet with a good hit of alcohol.


Chamber Corner »

BWCC/WCC New Members The new chamber serving as a catalyst for positive relationship building with regional business leaders and an advocate for business development and growth is pleased to announce its newest members. • Absolute Perfection Media Group • BDC & Associates • Copy Cat • Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan • Hawkins Insurance Services [...]


From the Desk of CA President Milton Matthews »

Typically, a 50th anniversary is designated as the golden anniversary of a couple, an event, a business, etc. But Columbia doesn’t have anniversaries, at least not when it comes to celebrating the founding of our community; instead, we celebrate Columbia’s birthday.


Business Briefs »

HMC Hires Seven Grads of Sagamore’s Manufacturing Bootcamp HMC Inc., a Columbia based design and manufacturing facility, has hired seven of the first eight graduates of Sagamore Development’s pilot Manufacturing Bootcamp to work at its facility. A 100% woman-owned business, HMC is a commercial design-build firm focused on the design, fabrication and installation of interior [...]


People In Business »

Horizon Announces New Trustee, Board Officers The Columbia-based Horizon Foundation has announced the appointment of a new trustee and four officers to lead its board. They are Henry Posko, chair, Humanim; Gregory Olaniran, vice chair, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp; Robin Steele, secretary, Bridges Consulting; Janet Currie, treasurer, Bank of America; and Jeffrey Rivest, new trustee, [...]


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Arundel’s Schuh Announces Commission on Government Innovation, Effectiveness Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh has formed the County Executive’s Commission on Government Innovation and Effectiveness, a bipartisan effort to examine how government can better serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County. “We are committed to providing the best government we can to the citizens of [...]