Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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2017 Forecast: A Generally Positive Vibe »

Maryland’s location next to the Nation’s Capital, its education and income levels, and its standing as one of the greatest high tech settings in the U.S. have not always equaled acknowledgement as one of the premiere locales to do business in the country.


The Counter-Drone Market: Maryland Companies Have Large Presence »

The availability of small, affordable drones has given rise to an increase in hobby enthusiasts and brightened prospects for the technology’s commercial use.


Expansion Planned for Howard County General Hospital »

Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) is planning a $40 million expansion that would add a two-story addition to the hospital and include the renovation of existing space in an effort to meet community needs for emergency care, general medical and surgical care, and behavioral health services.


Works in Progress: Route 1 Development Occurring, Ongoing »

Fifteen years after the Route 1 Corridor Revitalization Study and a few fewer since the issuance of the Route 1 Revitalization Manual, the result is a continuum of development activity stretching along the corridor, as well as across the calendar.


DataTribe Crucible Infusing Beltway Startups With Silicon Valley Expertise »

It’s not exactly accurate to call Maple Lawn-based DataTribe an incubator. The word “accelerator” doesn’t do its model much justice, either.


Local Entrepreneur Gives Back With HCC Scholarship »

Howard Community College (HCC) alumna Emily Kim vividly remembers starting her first business a few years ago, a clothing and fashion company called Dazzleous, with just $1,000.


Biz Roundup »

Done Deal: BWCC, WCC Merger Is Confirmed The board of directors for the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WCC) and the board of directors for the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber (BWCC) have officially voted to merge the two organizations into a single, new, regional chamber. The combined organization will be the largest chamber [...]


Q&A With Former ARINC Chairman and CEO John Belcher »

Canada native John Belcher came to Maryland in October 1997 to take the helm at Annapolis-based ARINC and build it into a global company.


Understanding China: Opportunities, Challenges for Maryland Businesses »

After many years’ growth, the Chinese economy is now second only to that of the United States. To understand the size of the Chinese economy, the following comparison offers an interesting perspective:


Startup Maryland Announces Winners for 2016 STRT1UP Roadshow »

Startup Maryland has announced the winners for the Great Eight and Rural Innovations Challenge from the 2016 STRT1UP Road Show and Pitch Across Maryland, the annual statewide celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.


SBSC Reports Highest Engagement in Six-Year History »

The Small Business Saturday Coalition (SBSC), the national grassroots initiative for Small Business Saturday, has announced that promotional efforts in 2016 resulted in the highest level of engagement since its founding from members of Congress, mayors, federal agencies and business organizations who encouraged Americans to shop small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.


Tax Preparedness: What Tax Records to Keep »

As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has information for taxpayers who wonder how long to keep tax returns and other documents.


For Some Journalists, Facts Don’t Matter Anymore »

Journalism has been struggling financially for most of the 21st century, but journalism is in a particularly bad state following the recent election cycle.


New Board of Ed Moves on Campaign Issues, Transparency »

Following the installation of three new members at its regular meeting in December, the Howard County Board of Education wasted no time in taking action on campaign issues.


Hard-Charging Schuh Loves His Job – Usually »

Halfway through his first term — and planning for a second one to finish what he’s started — Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh is having a great time, with a few not so minor frustrations, such as dealing with the county council, procurement roadblocks, the merit system for county employees and the teachers union.


Top Proposal Snafus Decrease Wins, Increase Costs »

One of the major challenges business people experience is fine-tuning the proposal response process to increase win rates, and also to reduce the cost of responding to requests for proposals (RFPs).


Health Care: Planning for a Healthy Community — An Innovative HMO, a Hospital Fight and the Quest for Wellness »

Jim Clark lay unconscious in a wheat field on his farm off of Route 108 on the morning of March 28, 1947. The 28-year-old wartime glider pilot had tripped while planting clover, and the drill the horses were pulling had knocked him out as they dragged him across the field.


Fearless Predictions 2017 »

Your task this month, dear readers, is to determine which news is real and which news is fake. That’s a skill that will be increasingly valuable in the coming years. No hints will be given.


From The Desk Of CA PResident Milton Matthews »

In 2016, Columbia Association (CA) had the privilege of hosting two distinguished, accomplished speakers: UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski III; and Rob Breymaier, executive director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.


Business Briefs »

MedStar Health, MED-IQ Announce Partnership The Med-IQ Quality Improvement Institute has joined forces with Columbia-based MedStar Health, the largest health care provider in Maryland and Washington, D.C., to address unrecognized chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among the baby boomer population. Expanding Success: Improving Alignment With Birth Cohort-Based HCV Testing and Linkage to Care is [...]


NonProfit News & Charitable Giving »

HCPSS Ranked State’s Top Public School System The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has been ranked the top public school district in the state of Maryland for 2017, according to a report released by Niche.com, an education and community analysis firm. Niche.com scored school districts based on factors that included college readiness, graduation rates, [...]


People In Business »

UMD Tabs Lenzer to Create Innovation-Based Economic Development Efforts The University of Maryland (UMD) has appointed Julie Lenzer, former executive director of the Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, as associate vice president for economic development. She also will serve as director of UM Ventures–College Park, in the university’s Division of Research. [...]


Got Referrals? Spammy Traffic Can Derail Analytics, Hurt Business »

Small business owners have a reputation for working “in their business.” In other words, finding time to perfect their organization isn’t always easy and often requires the help of specialty consultants.


A Letter From The Publisher »

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017 A new year. Usually with a new year comes new plans, resolutions, hopes and strategies. We certainly have them here at The Business Monthly, and we are looking forward to sharing them with you during the next few months. But first, we want to thank our readers, [...]