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Incubators: Vital as Ever to Small Business »

You might hear that there are too many business incubators. Or that they cost too much to start and maintain, especially since there might not be a big payback. And that there’s no promise that all of the graduates will stay in the local market.

Howard Bicycling Advocates Mark Hard-Won Progress »

Promotion of active lifestyles has been a popular mantra in government, private and nonprofit sectors during the past few years.

Medical Marijuana Agreement: Schuh, Arundel Council Working On It »

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh has never made any bones about being dead set against selling medical marijuana. He was hoping to ban it.

ICBN Begins to Stream Benefits to Users »

In case you haven’t heard much about it lately, know that the One Maryland Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) has been operational since October 2013.

Historic Tubman Building Turned Over to Howard County »

Bessie Bordenave said she’s more than just pleased that Howard County Public School System Superintendent Renee Foose signed an agreement with Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman to transfer the historic Harriet Tubman School building to the county.

New APL Technology Helps Fine Tune Cellphone Alerts »

The only thing more disconcerting than receiving irrelevant emergency alerts transmitted to cell phones is not receiving the one that was highly relevant.

Columbia Festival of the Arts Brings Fresh Approach, Ideas to Area »

Under the direction of Executive Director Todd Olson, the Columbia Festival of the Arts continues to bring fresh ideas to Columbia. Proven by positive feedback from the festival’s recent British Invasion, the festival’s more frequent year ’round themed format is bringing “Arts for Every Season” to an expanding audience.

Is Now the Time? Residential Proposed by Crofton’s Front Gate »

At 6.9 acres, the land that lies immediately south of Crofton’s iron and brick front gate isn’t a swath that draws much attention. Many residents and passersby probably considered it part of a welcoming expanse that lies across its main entry point, Crawford Boulevard, from Lake Louise.

Biz Roundup »

Kittleman Relieves Transportation Head Powell, Pritchard to Manage RTA Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman has relieved John Powell of his duties as administrator of the Howard County Office of Transportation. Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) Director Val Lazdins is taking on the extra duties until a new deputy director of the DPZ is named. [...]

Community Members, Union File Suit to Stop Closing of LRH »

Community members and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, which represents workers at Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH), recently filed suit in Prince George’s Circuit Court against private operator Dimensions Health Corp.

Fiscal ’16 HCAC Grants Announced »

Forty-nine arts and cultural organizations will receive $579,896 in matching grants from the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) for fiscal 2016. The awards were announced at the HCAC’s recent annual meeting and reception at the Howard County Center for the Arts.

Downtown Columbia Partnership, The Mall Launch Loyalty Program »

The Downtown Columbia Partnership and The Mall in Columbia are working together on a campaign to promote dining in Downtown Columbia.

CFHoCo to Recognize Philanthropists at Annual Dinner »

The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo) will recognize Howard County philanthropists at its annual dinner, A Celebration of Philanthropy, on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Turf Valley, in Ellicott City.

Centre Park Grill: A Fresh Face in Columbia »

It’s a good beginning: Walking in, guests feel the light and airy vibe, with an open concept and an obviously fully-stocked bar. It is the area’s new restaurant — Centre Park Grill, housed in the space once home to Café de Paris, bordering Route 108, in Columbia.

Popular Hogan Has Little in Common With Trump, Carson »

What does Larry Hogan have in common with Donald Trump and Ben Carson?

October Proves a Good Month for Howard County Programs, Incentives »

In October, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the award of roughly $850,000 in fiscal 2015 funding through the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program to 12 institutions in Maryland.

Good News on Bomber Contract, Budget Deal »

A huge contract for a new model of U.S. Air Force bombers is going to Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC), and a major compromise in Congress on the federal budget that increases spending both spelled good news for the Anne Arundel County economy and the region.

Chamber Corner »

HCCC Signature Event Wrap Up The business community came out in force on Oct. 2 to honor its own. Almost 500 people joined in the celebration at Turf Valley as the Howard County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) recognize the achievements of the Damon Foreman Music Academy (Small Business of the Year), Clyde’s of Columbia (Large [...]

Adjusting Strategies to Win Contracts, Even During a Continuing Resolution »

The good news was that there was not a government shutdown to start the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.

Rate This Five Stars »

When I wrote last month about the problem of fake reviews on Yelp, etc., I hadn’t heard of But Amazon certainly has: According to, they’ve sued more than 1,000 people who had “worked” for Fiverr for writing bogus reviews on Amazon’s site.

Secrets to Crafting a Sound Privacy Policy »

Online privacy policies have come a long way as technology and buying habits have evolved, especially since social networking sites, search engines and businesses have come under fire for sharing user information without sufficient disclosure.

People In Business »

Bay Bank Adds VP, EVPs Columbia- based Bay Bank has hired Matthew Rickeman as vice president and commercial banking relationship manager. Rickeman comes to the institution with more than a decade of experience in banking, having held leadership positions at The Columbia Bank, Carroll Community Bank, Maryland Financial Bank and K Bank. Bay Bank has [...]

From the Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

The students who go to Columbia Association’s Youth and Teen Center don’t just benefit from having a fun, safe place to be with their friends while not in school. The options there go well beyond games and various recreational activities, to include leadership opportunities and mentoring programs that help steer the participants toward success as [...]

Business Briefs »

Architect Addresses Raising Roof at Merriweather After the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning’s approval of Merriweather Post Pavilion’s final development plan, residents gathered under the roof of the outdoor venue as project architect Jamie Pett, principal at JP2 Architects, of Baltimore, shared the 10-year plan for renovations at the facility. They include raising [...]

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

22nd Annual Symphony of Lights Postponed Until 2016 Symphony of Lights, a 20-minute drive-through of more than 70 larger-than-life holiday light displays benefiting Howard County General Hospital, will be postponed until fall 2016 to allow for the redevelopment of Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in Columbia. Symphony of Lights, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors [...]

Howard County’s 4th Annual Caregiver Workshop »

As November is National Family Caregivers Month, the Howard County Office on Aging will host its fourth annual workshop for caregivers, “The Caregiving Journey: Strategies, Support, Success,” on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel.