Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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December 2016:

Transfer of Merriweather to DCACC Follows TIF »

By the last day of November, it turned out that the Howard County Council’s passing $90 million of tax increment financing (TIF) legislation wasn’t the only big news to hit the street on Little Patuxent Parkway.


Trends and New Programs: Focus at Expanded Entrepreneur Expo »

To gauge the health of Maryland’s startup environment, look no further than the Technology Development Corp. of Maryland’s (TEDCO) annual Entrepreneur Expo.


Bus Rapid Transit En Route: Howard, Montgomery Benefit »

A new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system — the first in the state of Maryland — could bring some much-needed congestion relief to Route 29, and begin serving Montgomery and Howard counties by 2020.


It’s the Fast Track for Stronach at Laurel Park »

Just a couple of years ago, if you spent an afternoon at Laurel Park, you may have felt like you were in a time warp:


Local Banks Combat Credit Card Fraud  »

Reflecting a national trend for credit card users, members of the Applied Physics Lab Federal Credit Union (APLFCU) now have more say in controlling fraud on their credit cards.


Millennials, Changing Attitudes Boosting Popularity of Pet Health Insurance »

Changing attitudes, the proliferation of technology and the expectations of a generation of millennials raised in an age of digital diagnostics have led to some radical transformations in veterinary medicine.


Biz Roundup »

HCGH Proposes Construction Project to Serve Growing Community Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) is proposing a construction project that would add a two-story addition to the hospital and renovate existing space. It would rise in an effort to meet current community needs for emergency care, general medical and surgical care, and behavioral health services, including [...]


Q&A With Ellicott City Partnership Board President Karen Besson »

Karen Besson had served as an Ellicott City Partnership (ECP) board member since its founding in 2013, and also as chair of its Economic Vitality Committee since 2015, prior to her being named board president on July 1, 2016.


Columbia to Bloom Again With 50,000 Daffodils Planted for 50th »

Five decades ago, the figurative seeds for a groundbreaking new community had been planted.


Moving North? Consider Tax Consequences »

During every presidential election cycle, there are citizens who, fearing the direction the country is heading, begin researching the steps to move to another country.


Finding a Safe Way Home After the Holiday Party »

It’s that time again: office holiday party season. Time to let loose, break out the champagne and celebrate a successful business year.


Holiday Sales Should Rise, Including Online »

The holiday season is, for many retailers, the most important time of the year. The rush at the end of the year offsets dead sales times, enabling businesses to keep their doors open.


Secretary of State’s Office Warns of Charity Scams This Holiday Season »

As the holidays approach, Gov. Larry Hogan and Secretary of State John Wobensmith are warning Maryland citizens to beware of deceptive practices.


FMA Hosts 5th Annual STEM Family Night »

More than 500 attendees, including elementary and middle school students and their parents, participated in hands-on demonstrations during the Fort Meade Alliance’s (FMA) STEM Family Night, held recently in the food court of Arundel Mills.


Leadership U Students Team Up With Special Olympics Soccer »

This fall the Special Olympics Howard County (SOHO) soccer program caught the eyes of a team of students in the Leadership U program. Managed by Leadership Howard County, Leadership U empowers high school students to learn by doing in the local community.


Public Financing Coming to County Races »

The outcome of the national election may have been a shocker to Howard County voters, who voted 2-1 for Hillary Clinton, but the results of the school board race and the charter question for public financing of local campaigns were not as surprising.


TIF Legislation Passes, School Concerns Continue »

A challenge to replace the three incumbents up for reelection to the Howard County Board of Education this year succeeded in November, with the lone primary election survivor, Janet Siddiqui, defeated in the general election.


Franciacorta, Italy’s Answer to Champagne »

As the holidays approach, it’s again time to celebrate with family and friends. The popping of corks, the clinking of glasses and the toasts to health, wealth and happiness: Nothing says celebration like sparkling wine.


Dissatisfied With Choices, County Voters Went for Clinton »

For the first time in 52 years, Anne Arundel County voters went with the Democratic candidate for president, but the results reflect more dissatisfaction with the major party choices than any change in the county’s status as one of the most competitive, swing counties in Maryland.


New Fed Mentor-Protégé Program Affects Large, Small Businesses »

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced major changes to its long-standing Mentor-Protégé Program.


Education: Schools Were Crucial Then and Now »

As I walked into the Harriet Tubman building in the fall of 1975 to cover my very first meeting of the Howard County Board of Education, it would be difficult to underestimate how little I knew about school boards or public schools or even the building I was entering.


Privacy — Maybe »

In October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in an historic and contentious decision, voted to limit the use and sale of customer information by Internet providers, such as Verizon and Comcast.


Checking It Twice, a Reminder for Every Small Business »

Local businesses and charities have buckled down in a race to hit revenue goals before the ball drops, so to speak, at the end of this month and the year.


Chamber Corner »

WCC This is an exciting time for our region, and we at the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (WCC) could not be more enthusiastic about what lies ahead. There is a trifecta of assets that are primary drivers of economic growth in this region and, likewise, critical components to the healthy business ecosystem [...]


From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

I have often used this space to praise Columbia, Howard County and our community in general. It is one thing to believe that Columbia is a wonderful place. It is another thing for that belief to be validated with a prestigious award from a major publication.


Business Briefs »

One Dish Cuisine Named Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant in America AllergyEats has named One Dish Cuisine Café, Deli & Bakery, in Ellicott City, the most allergy-friendly restaurant in the United States. One Dish is free of most common allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy, as well as gluten. While the restaurant [...]


People In Business »

Hogan Names Former Howard Police Chief as New Sheriff Gov. Larry Hogan recently appointed Bill McMahon as Howard County sheriff. McMahon previously served Howard County as chief of police from 2006 to 2014. He most recently served as acting executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, and as director of the Commissions’ [...]


Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter program Is Underway The 14th season of the Grassroots cold weather shelter program is underway and will run through April 2. The cold weather shelter program, housed in Howard County’s faith communities, is provided for people who are unable to find emergency shelter when Grassroots is full. Last year, 85 people [...]


Letter To The Editor »

Under increased pressure from the big banks, many elected officials on both sides of the aisle have been hinting that it may be time to do away with the federal tax exemption enjoyed by credit unions nationwide.