Thursday, October 23, 2014

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October 2014:

ACIDD Advocates Shift in Mental Health Care Approach »

Mental health patients, and society in general, could benefit from sweeping changes that target an innovative and more integrated approach to mental health services.


Competitive Contests for Howard: Executive and Senator Races »

Most of the races on the November election ballot in Howard County are contested, but in only a few of them is there a real contest. That’s generally due to the lack of funding for challengers.


CyberWorks Program Aims to Build IT Workforce »

Representatives from local cyber and (information technology) businesses gathered at the new Odenton headquarters of the Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC) on Sept. 18 to kick off CyberWorks, a collaborative program designed to build central Maryland’s cybersecurity and IT workforce.


Local Market Provides Direction for Pulte’s Townhouse Products »

Usually, it’s the salesperson who tells buyers of new homes what the options are.


First Homes Rising at Age-Restricted Two Rivers »

As is the case with most large residential projects, the final plans for Two Rivers hardly came to fruition overnight. The new community, which is located just a couple of miles from Crofton, has been a good dozen years in the planning.


Q&A With MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine »

Glen Paine has been the executive director of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS), the Pacific Maritime Institute and the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT), in Linthicum, since 1999.


HCLS to Commemorate WWI Centennial With Tribute to Veterans »

In conjunction with a series of classes designed to commemorate the centennial of World War I, Howard County Library System (HCLS) plans to raise awareness for both veterans and active military personnel in November with a system-wide Salute to Veterans.


Biz Roundup »

Ruppersberger Announces $10M in Funds to Ease Traffic at Fort Meade Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger has announced $10 million in federal funds to widen Maryland Route 175 at Fort Meade, relieving base-related traffic and creating quality construction jobs. The project will expand the two-lane, undivided roadway to six divided lanes complete with a trail, sidewalks [...]


Anne Arundel County Voters Guide »

As a supplement to this issue’s election guide, which is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Howard County, The Business Monthly has asked candidates running for office in our coverage areas outside of Howard County to answer a short questionnaire about their candidacy.


Robert Andrew Enters Fifth Decade With Latest Expansion »

Robert Andrew “Bob” Zupko sure looks like he’s livin’ the dream.


What’s Likely and What’s Possible »

In all likelihood, by this time next month, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be the governor-elect and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman will have continued his rapid political ascent, taking Brown’s place as second in command in January.


Howard County Executive Candidates Debate Business Concerns »

Heading into the final month before the general election, there is uncomfortable evidence that the passionate political core in Howard County may be suffering from the apathy usually diagnosed in the general voting public.


Schuh Rebounds From Bitter Primary as Johnson Jabs »

Steve Schuh had a carefully laid out plan during the last three years to get elected the next Anne Arundel County executive. Then Laura Neuman came along.


Apple Says ‘No’ »

A lot has happened in the last year involving privacy and your cell phone.


Tech Transfer Turned Upside Down to Increase Revenues »

Technology transfer used to be thought of as the provenance of scientists tucked away in university labs, developing cutting-edge technologies that few people understand. There’s a flip side to this world that smart companies are quietly using to their advantage and, in the process, finding new and deep markets in the U.S. and even worldwide.


Managing Your Reputation: It’s Not Only Online, It’s the Bottom Line »

Perception is reality. We’ve heard it time and again. Your employees and your customers are watching and listening to your every move — or post. Whether you’re pushing out content or responding to a comment, all eyes are on you. They don’t blink, they don’t forget, and they even notice your silence.


Howard Government Announces 2014 Employee of the Year »

Howard County Government’s 2014 Employee Recognition winners were honored at a recent ceremony at Ten Oaks Ballroom, in Clarksville. The highest distinction went to Capt. Colleen O’Neill of the Department of Fire & Rescue Services (DFRS), who was named the county’s Employee of the Year.


HCEDA Announces Major Federal Funging for Tech Accelerator »

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is one of 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


HCAC Celebrating Arts, Humanities in October »

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is joining Americans for the Arts, as well as arts agencies across the nation, in encouraging citizens to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) during October.


Kettler, HHC, Orchard Announce Pre-Lease Opening of The Metropolitan »

Kettler, The Howard Hughes Corp. and Orchard Development Corp. have announced that pre-leasing has commenced at The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia, a new, mixed-use community featuring 380 luxury apartments and retail.


LHC Named 2014 Humanitarian Award Recipient »

The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) will honor Leadership Howard County (LHC) as its 2014 Humanitarian Award recipient. LHC will be presented with the award at the CAC’s John W. Holland Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Turf Valley, in Ellicott City.


DARS Rebrands, Launches New Web Site »

Columbia-based law firm Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny (DARS) has announced the launch of the firm’s new web site at www.darslaw.com, complete with a distinctive firm brand identity. Through an integrated rebranding effort that also includes a new logo and tagline, the firm showcases how it combines large firm expertise with specialized attention to each [...]


Mid-Atlantic Startups Strong at Year’s Final TechBUZZ »

To wrap its 2014 TechBUZZ series, the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) invited 20 promising companies from the region to command center stage. The event, held Sept. 19 at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., with co-producer Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, gave each entity a chance to present to an audience of investors, service providers and entrepreneurs.


Vantage House Awarded Healthy Howard Certification »

Vantage House senior living community has been recognized for its healthy and nutritious food and clean and safe environment by Healthy Howard, a Howard County-based nonprofit that works to make healthy lifestyle choices possible for all county residents.


Maryland Utilities Issue RFPs for Wholesale Electric Power »

The Potomac Edison Co. (PE), BGE, Delmarva Power and Pepco have issued requests for proposals (RFPs) for full-requirements, wholesale electric power supply to meet their Standard Offer Service obligations in their Maryland service territories.


Study Reveals BGE’s Economic Impact on the Region »

A study conducted by the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore Foundation (EAGB) to estimate BGE’s economic contributions to the region in 2013 found that its operations generated a total economic impact of $3.81 billion of output and supported 8,686 jobs.


Registration Open for Symphony of Lights, Festivities »

The annual Symphony of Lights Festivities, which benefit Howard County General Hospital, will kick off in mid-November. This year’s schedule is as follows.


What Comes After The Mall in Columbia Shooting? »

On Jan. 25, 2014, Darion Marcus entered The Mall in Columbia and fired approximately six shots, killing two mall employees, before committing suicide.


Business Briefs »

Puentes Donate $100K for IT Upgrades at Capitol Plans for a major investment in information technology (IT) infrastructure at Capitol College are underway, thanks to a gift from key donors John G. and Beverly A. Puente. The Puentes, who previously endowed the college’s state-of-the-art library, have donated $100,000 to help launch Capitol’s technology upgrade. John [...]


People In Business »

Pantelides Appoints City Manager, City Attorney Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides’ nominees for city manager and city attorney have been confirmed. They are Thomas Andrews as city manager and Michael Leahy as city attorney. Andrews brings more than 40 years of federal, state and local government experience to the position, including chief administrative officer, land use [...]


From The Desk of CA President Milton Matthews »

Columbia Association’s (CA) mission is to work every day, in hundreds of ways, to make Columbia an even better place to live, work and play. Customer service plays a significant role in us fulfilling this mission. One of CA’s priorities is to focus on providing an even greater customer experience than we already do.


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Howard County Watershed Protection Program Addresses Towering Oak Project Howard County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program is continuing with a project to improve an existing storm water management outfall on Towering Oak Path in Columbia. The outfall area will be cleared of sediment and modified for better water quality management. Additionally, the eroding downstream channel [...]