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Entrepreneur Expo Focuses on Inspiration, Innovation »

More than 500 of the region’s aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned business leaders attended the 2014 Entrepreneur Expo, which was presented by the Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO).


Marley Station: Building Back Up, Looking Ahead »

Consider the plight of Marley Station.


APL Scientist Helps ESA Score Comentary Touchdown »

The European Space Agency (ESA) made history on Nov. 12, more-or-less successfully landing a robotic craft on a comet; that is to say that the washing-machine-sized lander, named Philae, nailed the target bulls-eye, but failed to anchor itself as planned, bouncing twice before settling in the shadow of a cliff.


The RTA’s Up and Running, But What About the Details? »

The Regional Transit Agency (RTA) held an open board meeting on the windy morning of Tuesday, Nov. 18, when most of its board and many of its employees were just part of a good crowd at its Savage headquarters.


Ellicott City Lands Main Street Maryland Designation »

When Tammy Beideman opened Sweet Elizabeth Jane — an emporium with creative gifts and accessories located on Main Street in Ellicott City — her wishes were simple.


Cycling Advocates Update Howard County Projects, Goals »

Bicycling commuters and enthusiasts gathered in North Laurel earlier this fall to hear updates on Howard County bicycling initiatives and to learn about infrastructure improvements.


Biz Roundup »

Applications for InvestMaryland Challenge Due Dec. 12 As the deadline draws near for applications for the state’s third InvestMaryland Challenge, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) has announced that the international business competition has secured more than $600,000 in prizes for the winners. The prize pool, which will continue to grow in [...]


Q&A With Arundel Mills Vice President/General Manager Gene Condon »

Gene Condon has more than 30 years of retail experience and has now spent almost half of that time as the vice president/general manager of Arundel Mills, a position he’s held since the Simon Corp.-owned mega mall opened in November 2000.


CRTC Calls for Nominations for 2015 TechAwards »

The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) has announced the Call for Nominations for its upcoming 2015 TechAwards, entitled “Connect with Confidence #sociallysecure,” to honor the region’s rising tech companies and outstanding innovators.


Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter Program Underway »

The 12th season of the Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter program is underway and will run through March 30. The program, housed in Howard County’s faith communities, is provided for people who are unable to find emergency shelter when Grassroots, Howard County’s 24-hour crisis intervention center, is full.


Be a Parent — Not a Friend — This Holiday Season »

The Howard County Alcohol Coalition, led by HC DrugFree, is moving forward with its evolving web-based “Be a Parent, Not a Friend … don’t make alcohol available to teens” campaign.


MRA Expects Sales Uptick This Holiday Season »

Maryland Retailers Association’s (MRA) President Patrick Donoho has observed that “Retailers are hopeful for a gain in holiday sales this year,” noting that they are predicting a cautiously optimistic increase in sales, in the 3% to 3.5% range.


McClarty Named HCCC President, CEO »

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) has named Leonardo McClarty as its new president and CEO. McClarty comes to the HCCC from his role as director of the York (Pa.) Department of Economic & Community Development.


Grace Celebrates 160 Years, Debuts Global Headquarters Building »

W. R. Grace & Co. Chairman and CEO Fred Festa highlighted the company’s $100 million capital investment in Maryland during the past three years and recent addition of 74 employees to its Maryland operations at the introduction of Grace’s new, 90,000-square-foot, LEED Silver global headquarters building in Columbia.


Winter Preparation Checklist »

Are you ready for colder weather and the end-of-the-year rush? Consider using some of these tips to help you save money and time as winter approaches.


Governing Is the Hard Part »

For Larry Hogan and Allan Kittleman, now comes the hard part — governing. As the new Howard County executive, Kittleman has the easier task: governing an affluent and well-managed jurisdiction with nationally recognized schools, libraries and communities. They come along with the high incomes and high property values that generate plentiful revenues to maintain them all.


Republican Allan Kittleman edged out Democrat Courtney Watson in the race for Howard County Executive in the Nov. 4 Gubernatorial General Election, garnering 52,913 votes and claiming 51.25% of votes cast. »

Republican Allan Kittleman edged out Democrat Courtney Watson in the race for Howard County Executive in the Nov. 4 Gubernatorial General Election, garnering 52,913 votes and claiming 51.25% of votes cast.


HC Commission for Women Sponsors Drive »

The HC Commission for Women sponsored a different kind of drive during October — collecting feminine hygiene products and financial donations. This was the fourth annual Feminine Hygiene Products Drive — the commission focuses on this drive to support women in poverty and crisis in our community.


GOP Sweep: Wide, Deep in Anne Arundel »

With the results of the Nov. 4 election, Anne Arundel County has become the most dominant Republican county in Maryland. The GOP sweep was wide and deep, top to bottom.


How Technology Will Improve Your Love Life »

O.K., so now that I have your atten­-tion …


Nine Reasons Customers Leave Your Web Site) and Tips to Keep Them) »

Is your web site hurting your business? If people are leaving your site in droves and you’re not seeing many leads or conversions, your site might need a tune-up.


Changes Coming to GSA Contracts in 2015 »

Every year, the General Services Administration (GSA) manages close to $40 billion in the purchase of services and products on behalf of all federal agencies through the GSA Schedule contracting process.


Grower Champagne for the Holidays »

Champagne and the holidays are the perfect pairing. From festive holiday parties and dinners to popping a few celebratory corks at midnight on Dec. 31, these occasions all seem a little more special with a glass of your favorite bubbly.


Reduce Debt the Systematic Way »

As the holidays approach, you may be planning a gift list for those special people in your life. You may also be worrying about adding to your already sizeable credit card balances.


Business Briefs »

BWI Marshall: Park First 30 Minutes Free During Holidays BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is offering a holiday gift to customers by offering the first 30 minutes of parking in the Hourly Garage for free. The Hourly Garage will be free for the first half-hour through Jan. 15. The Hourly Garage is located directly adjacent to [...]


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

It has now been six months since my first day with Columbia Association (CA). With that milestone in mind, and with the New Year approaching, this is a good time to look back at what CA has accomplished in 2014, what we continue to work on and some of our goals for 2015.


People In Business »

Bon Secours Names Trio Executive VPs Bon Secours Health System (BSHS) has named Janice Burnett, Mark Nantz and Samuel Ross executive vice presidents for the company. Ross’ responsibilities include supply chain and project management office oversight for Bon Secours Kentucky Health System; Burnett will oversee the centralization of the revenue cycle function; and Nantz will [...]


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

HCCA Getting Ready for bHoCo Open 2015 The HoCo Open 2015, a non-juried exhibit that is held biennially at the Howard County Center for the Arts (HCCA), will accept submissions in January of one piece of original artwork completed in the past two years from adults aged 18 years and older who live, work or [...]


AACC Students Make a Difference in Community »

More than 1,300 Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) students worked to make a difference throughout the county by participating in community-based experiences through programs with the Sarbanes Center for Public and Community Service.


Howard County Startups Receive TEDCO Funding »

Vitus Vet and Vheda Health are resident companies at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, the Howard County incubator powered by the Howard County Economic Development Authority. Each business will receive $100,000 investments from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).