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Have You Ever Been to Woodwardville? »

Buy land that’s in the right place, financial analysts often say, and investors know why: Because they’re not making any more of it.

School Safety Studied at APL: Technology Center Conducts 5-Year Study »

The potential for violence in schools is an issue that rightfully begs for attention, given the history of extraordinary damage produced by mentally ill and obscurely disgruntled individuals in recent years.

State Commerce Department Outlines Cyber Strategy »

Former Fort Meade Commander Ken McCreedy took the reins as director of the Maryland Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Division of Cyber and Aerospace in November. Since, he has been busy reviewing strategy and piecing together a vision for a more robust cybersecurity industry in the state.

Howard County Looks to Expand Global Horizons »

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) has hired an international business developer, Maria Angelica Vargas, who will assist businesspeople considering international markets.

Howard School Superintendent Faces Contract Renewal Opposition »

Approaching the end of her first term as Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) superintendent, Renee Foose had until Feb. 1 to inform the Board of Education of her intent to seek a contract renewal. While that decision came too late to be included as fact in this issue of The Business Monthly, the superintendent’s [...]

BGE to Celebrate 200th Anniversary as Country’s First Gas Company »

The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., founded in 1816 as the Gas Light Company of Baltimore, will recognize its bicentenary with a series of events for company employees as well as customers and residents of central Maryland.

MCE’s VitusVet Stores Pet Health Records in The Cloud »

To Mark Olcott, most veteranarians are like most doctors: educated, caring and focused on what they’re supposed to be doing.

2016 Rising Star Finalists Compete at HCAC Celebration »

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) will celebrate 35 years of fostering the arts at the 19th Annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County on Saturday, March 19, at the Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College (HCC), Columbia.

Biz Roundup »

Arundel Council Approves Largest Fee Cut in County History The Anne Arundel County Council has approved County Executive Steve Schuh’s plan to reduce Capital Facility Connection Charges (CFCCs) by 30%. CFCCs are charged to new homes and businesses when they connect to public water and sewer to recover the cost of constructing water and sewer [...]

A Month of August Wilson, Jazz, Blues and More »

February is a month of jazz, blues, film, theater and more for the Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Q&A With Howard Bank President & CEO Mary Ann Scully »

Mary Ann Scully is the president and CEO of Howard Bank, and also serves as chair of the institution’s board of directors. She is a lifelong banker with more than 30 years of varied executive experiences in the Maryland marketplace.

Fall in Love at Howard Library on Feb. 11 »

Candlelight Concert Society (CCS) and the Howard County Library System (HCLS) will present a Valentine’s Concert: “Songs of Love,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Charles E. Miller Branch & Historical Center, which is located on Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

Addiction in the Workplace »

The opiate epidemic sweeping across Maryland has brought the issue of addiction to the forefront of local news, politics and conversation; and a starting point for conversation about the disease should start with the fact that drug addiction is a disease that does not discriminate; employment, relationships and geography are not protective factors.

Hogan’s $42B Budget Boosts Spending, But Offers Surplus, Tax Cuts »

Democratic legislators in Annapolis are trying to whip themselves into some kind of a fury over Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget, but the best they can come up with are frowns, questions and a vague sense of unhappiness.

Highway Improvements, Government Reorganization Announced for Howard »

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced an ambitious slate of transportation infrastructure projects in January, including widening Route 32 from a two-lane undivided highway to a four-lane divided highway between Route 108 and I-70.

Legislature Reverses Hogan on Annapolis Arts Center »

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, in Annapolis, will get an additional $2 million from the state after all, after the legislature overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s unusual veto of that item.

Chamber Corner »

HCCC State of the County: Feb. 18 Get ready for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s (HCCC) annual State of the County Luncheon, at which County Executive Allan Kittleman will recap activities and accomplishments in the county and discuss his priorities for the coming months. Don’t miss one of the biggest networking events of 2016. [...]

Decision-Makers See Red Flags, Business Owners Wise to Dodge Bull »

What is the single biggest myth in government contracting? That can be tough to say, because there are countless myths, misconceptions and confabulations in the federal, state and local government contracting marketplace.

Navel Gazing »

So, there are amateur future navel-gazers (see last month’s column of Fearless Predictions) and there are paid professional future navel-gazers.

Sherry: It’s Not Just for Grandma »

For many of us, our first thought, when it comes to sherry, is that dusty bottle of a dark, sweet liquid in the cupboard at Grandma’s house.

Schuh Unveils Arundel’s General Assembly Legislative Agenda »

At a meeting of the Anne Arundel County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, County Executive Steve Schuh formally unveiled his 2016 General Assembly legislative priorities.

Advice for Handling Employee Complaints »

It goes without saying that employees are one of the most — if not the most — important factor to the success of your business. Yet, while Better Business Bureau (BBB) doesn’t handle employee-employer disputes, your BBB often finds parallels between happy employees and happy customers.

People In Business »

Horizon Hires New Communications Director The Horizon Foundation, of Columbia, has hired Olivia Doherty as the organization’s director of communications. Doherty most recently served as a senior director of communications at The Hatcher Group, a Maryland-based firm specializing in public relations for nonprofit organizations. CCMIT Expands Its Outreach Client Support The Conference Center at the [...]

Breezy Willow Farm Video Unites Community »

​The Caulders have been growing vegetables and berries in Howard County for friends and neighbors for more than 35 years, which means they’re about community; in this case, the community that supports agriculture at Breezy Willow Farm, which is featured in the newly-released video, “Breezy Willow Farm: From the Land and the Hand.”

Howard County Tourism Head Bonacci Resigns »

The Howard County Tourism and Promotion (HCPT) Board of Directors has announced that Rachelina Bonacci, CEO for the past 13 years, has resigned. Since joining HCTP, Bonacci has helped oversee the expansion of the old post office in Historic Ellicott City into Howard County’s premiere Welcome Center, serving visitors from every state and around the [...]

Business Briefs »

Odenton Town Center Master Plan Final Draft Released County Executive Steve Schuh has released the final draft of the 2015 Odenton Town Center Master Plan. The plan establishes goals, policies and requirements for development in the town center with an overall mission of creating a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed-use community located around the Odenton MARC Station. [...]

Women Outnumber Men in Heart Health Battle »

The wish of many women would be to have more than 50% of U.S. companies with women as their CEOs, or to have a higher number of women as presidents of universities.

Nonprofits News & Charitable Giving »

Kittleman Reopens Howard County’s MultiService Center Following Expansion Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman joined Department of Citizen Services staff to officially reopen the county’s MultiService Center (MSC). The MSC, located at 9900 Washington Boulevard, recently completed an extensive renovation to better serve the needs of the North Laurel and surrounding communities. “The MultiService Center is [...]

How to React to the Recent Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hike »

In December, after seven years of record low interest rates, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) raised interest rates by 25 basis points (or 0.25%). It cited an improving economy and labor market as reasons for why now was the best time to begin to raise interest rates.

A Few Words About Medical Advance Directives »

Could you imagine your ex-spouse making end-of-life decisions for you?

From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

I know that I’ve used this space before to talk about redevelopment in Columbia, but the latest developments should have everyone excited about what’s happening.