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July 2015:

Check Your Head: Early Concussion Detection Key »

It’s not hard to stumble across a story about concussions these days. They seem to be everywhere. Regardless of your media of choice, whenever the talk turns to sports or head injuries, that topic pops up, sooner rather than later.


Concept Plans Introduced: Long Reach Development »

Public input sessions focused on the redevelopment of Columbia’s Long Reach Village Center continued in May and June, with separate meetings targeting case studies on other redevelopment projects and the introduction of four preliminary concept plans.


Sen. Cardin Conducts Route 1 Business Roundtable »

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) met with approximately 40 Howard County government officials and local business leaders in June to discuss opportunity tied to the Route 1 Corridor.


Setting Up the Defense: The Opioid Addiction Fight »

By the time Steve Schuh took office late last year as the new Anne Arundel County Executive, he was well aware of the horrors of the local opioid market.


Startup Maryland Announces Entrepreneur Bootcamp »

Startup Maryland has been well received during its early years. That doesn’t mean Mike Binko wasn’t up for prompt consideration of some updates that will make it better.


Biz Roundup »

Kittleman Reports Progress on Transition Team Recommendations Three months after receiving recommendations from the 133-member Transition Team, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman highlighted projects in progress and what the next steps will be, based on the team’s input. Progress was reported on Transition Team recommendations and encompasses the areas of Citizen Services and Housing, Health [...]


Verizon Partners With Responders for Emergency Management Assurance »

Members from a cross section of Verizon’s crisis management teams met with regional first responders at the company’s Howard County Network Operations Center in June to discuss ways in which the telecommunications company can support local emergency operations.


HHC, Kettler Open West Promenade at The Met »

The Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC) and Kettler Inc. have announced the opening of the West Promenade, a nearly one-acre community park at The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia, a recently-opened luxury apartment community located on Town Center Avenue.


Q&A With Grow & Fortify Founder & CEO Kevin Atticks »

Marylanders who enjoy a mixed cocktail, sipping a glass of Chardonnay or tossing back a wet craft brew should know the name of Kevin Atticks. Atticks is the founder and CEO of Grow & Fortify, a new firm that supports value-added agricultural businesses and strengthens the organizations that support them.


HowardOnTap Craft Beer Trail App Launched »

Howard County Tourism & Promotion has invited the public to “Tap the App” this summer and experience the burgeoning craft beer scene.


Hogan in the Fight of His Life »

It’s no surprise that Republican Gov. Larry Hogan was fighting with liberal Democrats over his budget and tax reductions. But no one, including himself, imagined he would be fighting for his life in a battle against stage 3 lymphatic cancer.


McLaughlin Retires After 12 Years as DPZ Head »

Drawing the curtain on a 27-year career with Howard County that included a 12-year run as director of the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ), Marsha McLaughlin announced her retirement , which became effective June 30.


Four Ways to Make Customers Feel Appreciated »

What have you done for your customers lately? That’s a good question, because week in and week out, Better Business Bureau (BBB) encounters customers who are looking for small things — a return call, a thank you, an apology — and many times, nothing more.


Council Gets in the Way of Schuh’s Goals »

For elected chief executives, legislators are at best a rubber stamp, but more often they are annoying second-guessers. And, at worst, they are roadblocks to policy and political goals.


Cisco’s CEO Predicts 40% of Companies Will Die »

In a recent address to Cisco customers, CEO John Chambers predicted that more than two-thirds of companies currently in existence will not remain viable within the next 10 years.


Summer Brain Salad »

Like a glass of chilled rosé wine while reclining on a deck, a computer column in July should not be taken too seriously. Thus, for your amusement, we offer these tidbits.


Holiday Food Ideas: They’re Just a Click Away »

While the winter holiday season may be months away, it is never too early to start planning for fall and winter customer appreciation, business networking and celebration events.


Six Questions to Ask Before Buying That Vacation Home »

With a humid mid-Atlantic summer in full swing, many Marylanders are entertaining the idea of purchasing a vacation home. That might be wise — it can be a great place to rejuvenate and spend time with family and friends.


Historic Oakland: A Hidden Gem for Business Meetings »

Planning a business retreat, conference or two-hour meeting can be just as difficult as planning a wedding. Accommodating food allergies, selecting a productive atmosphere, creating effective floor plans, and following rules and etiquette can make hosting an effective meeting a daunting task.


So You Want to Buy a Vacation Home »

With the weather having warmed up, many people are thinking about summer plans — and possibly dreaming of buying a vacation home. Although the idea of having a permanent “home away from home” may sound appealing, purchasing a vacation property isn’t something to be entered into lightly.


The Giant Awakens »

As the residential real estate recovery rolls west to east and ultimately arrives on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, it brings with it a recovery in the commercial markets — though not without a few caveats and some advice.


LE Emerging Leaders Program Celebrates Class of ’15 »

The 2015 class of Leadership Essentials (LE) successfully completed its six-month leadership development program, which was celebrated at the recent closing ceremony at Loyola University Maryland.


Howard County Holds Funding Roundtable for Route 29 Ped Bridge »

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman convened a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, June 23, regarding the future of the pedestrian bridge spanning Route 29, which links Columbia’s Town Center to the Village of Oakland Mills.


Kittleman Creates Flood Advisory Group for Historic Ellicott City »

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman signed an executive order establishing a Flood Advisory Group to prioritize projects to control flooding in Historic Ellicott City. The 10-member group began meeting Monday, June 15.


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

The recent opening of the West Promenade outside of The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia added another reason for people to visit Downtown Columbia. I congratulate Howard Hughes Corp. and Kettler on the news, and join them in welcoming the public to the one-acre community park.


Business Briefs »

Kittleman Considers Proposal for RENEW HOWARD Loan Program Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has presented draft legislation to provide funding for RENEW HOWARD – Revitalizing Neighborhoods EveryWhere in Howard County, a neighborhood revitalization loan program. The program would use Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) funds, so Kittleman is seeking input from stakeholders and affordable housing [...]


Nonprofit News & Charitable Givings »

Howard County Students Receive SECU Scholarships Four Howard County students recently received scholarships from SECU, Maryland’s largest credit union, as part of the annual SECU State Employee Scholarship Program. The winners, each of whom received a $1,000 scholarship, are Matthew Heron, Columbia, who is going into his senior year at the University of Maryland College [...]


Index Funds: What Are They? Why Are They Growing? »

While 1975 may be the birth year of many notable people, it is also the birth of a sea change in mutual fund investing in America.


Letter From The Publisher »

Know Who You Want to Be For the past few months, I have been planning to write a publisher’s note about our “moral bucket list” … and then last month a dear friend passed away, motivating me to get on to it. In April, I read an article on The New York Times web site [...]


Letter To The Editor »

Getting It Politically Correct I recently picked up a copy of The Business Monthly (the February 2015 issue) for the first time and read it while waiting for my car to be serviced. I was horrified to see the derogatory term “retarded” used twice in George Berkheimer’s story on the proposed Jessup Homeless shelter. The [...]